Giro d’Italia Stage 7

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The Giro hasn’t arrived to the real mountains yet, but Stage 7 was a preview of who we’ll probably see as contenders at the pointy end of the race. The guys who have a real shot at GC will be hanging back at 30-60 seconds in the overall as they won’t want to defend the Pink jersey at this early stage of the race. The GC pretty much stayed the same after today.

L’Equipe publishes UCI’s “doping suspicion list” from 2010 Tour de France

On another note, I’m sure you all saw the “leaked document” that L’Equipe published of last year’s Tour de France riders’ index of suspicion for doping.

I have no problem with transparency and responsible journalism, but I think this is abhorrent how L’Equipe published this while providing very little context on how biological passport data is derived. The Biological Passport is a much more complex beast than simply looking at a chart and seeing a spike on some blood values. Many things are taken into consideration and interpreted including how well a rider is performing and where he is in the season. All this leads to is a bunch of amateur hematologists and uninformed armchair critics judging many of these riders who have done nothing wrong (Contador was the only rider testing positive).

This another example of tabloid journalism in cycling that does nothing but harm the sport for no good reason except to sell newspapers, get hits and be antagonistic. All this list is saying is that certain riders were targeted for random testing in the 2010 TdF. That’s it. With a limited budget, targeted testing is a definitely a good thing (something the UCI has been criticised of not doing in the past), but I wouldn’t read much more into it that that. After each stage of the Tour, four riders are tested: the GC leader, the stage winner, and two riders at random. Also, every rider is tested before the prologue. All this list tells is who are the targeted random riders after each stage.

Nobody wins by this data being released and it does not help clean up the sport. Now that this is out there in the open, I hope that it’s interpreted by cycling fans as being a positive step in doping control rather than a way for the public to judge which riders are “suspicious” and which are clean.

Enjoy your weekend, enjoy the Giro and Tour of California, and dedicate your ride to Wouter.

Cam’s Giro Diary

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Wow that went quick. Short and sharp but with the same result of racing. I liked it. Probably helped that my legs felt much better today and I was able to climb a hill at a half decent pace.

So today we knew it would be fast all day with such a short stage no break was going to be given much gap. In the middle of the stage we had a 10km Cat 2 climb with also a finishing Cat 2 over 17km long at an average gradient of 5%.

So for those who don’t know about time cut and how riders can be eliminated for basically going to slow it works like this. The stage is given a percentage depending on its length and hardness in which the riders must complete the stage behind the winner of the race. So today was given 15% which if the winner crossed the line after approx 3 hours of racing then we have around 25mins to cross the line after he does.

So with today being a short stage and finishing on a 17km climb you could not afford to relax and go slow up the last mountain.

Christophe Le Mevel had another great ride with a top ten placing which holds him in 4th overall. I managed to hold onto the front leading group, getting dropped at 1.5km to go and finishing one minute behind.

It was good to be up there on the final climb. If something have had happened to Christophe, Peter Stetina or I were there to give him help had that been a wheel change because of a puncture and a chase back onto the group for him.

Tomorrow we have another epic stage. 217km of mostly flat roads which is expected to end in a sprint. Sunday will be a ripper of a stage as we tackle the erupting volcano Mount Etna twice which I believe will be live on SBS. Enjoy.

DATA FACT – 325 watt average for 110km in the bunch all day at 69kg. World Tour racing at its highest.

Adios

Cam

Final Kilometers

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courtesy of Veeral Patel, Sirotti and RCS

Stage 7 Results

1 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2:54:47
2 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD
3 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana
4 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
6 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team
7 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
8 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team
9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard
10 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo

55 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
132 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
133 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard
160 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad
171 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo
192 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack
194 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team

General Classification after Stage 7

1 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 23:09:59
2 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:02
3 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad
4 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:05
5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre – ISD 0:00:14
6 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:22
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:24
8 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:28
9 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:30
10 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:33

130 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:34:56
166 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:47:23
182 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:56:42
185 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:58:13
191 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack 1:02:02
192 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 1:02:09
194 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 1:11:51

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