2011 Giro D'Italia

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  1. Andrija

    Andrija Member

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    No.
    Apparently, he wasn't attentive enough.


    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/video-zomegnan-to-respect-memory-of-weylandt-in-alba
     


  2. ranjanis

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    Wow - what a horrible thing to happen to such a talented guy. RIP, WW.
     
  3. sitzmark

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    Condolences to family and friends. Heartbreaking.
     
  4. pennstater

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    Very emotional stage today for all of the riders. Classy tribute by the peloton, and it was a nice gesture for leopard-trek to invite Farrar to join them across the finish line. I hope Weylandts' loved ones can find some peace in the days, months and years to come. RIP Weylandt.
     
  5. steve

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    Stage 5
    Stage type: Medium Mountain Length of the course: 191 KM

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    Stage 5 News

    Facts about the Wouter Weylandt crash There's a lot of conflicting information about the crash that took the life of Belgian cyclist Wouter Weylandt near the end of Stage 3 at the Giro d'Italia on Monday. Here's what we know about the accident. Link: http://www.universalsports.com/news-blogs/blogs/blog=shiftinggears/postid=532869.html Le Mével takes aim at pink jersey As the racing resumes at the Giro d'Italia after the procession honouring the memory of deceased rider Wouter Weylandt, a man to watch is Christophe Le Mével. The Frenchman from Garmin-Cervélo is on sixth position in the overall classification and might find himself at ease in stage 5 using 19.3 kilometres of gravelled roads on the way to Orvieto in Tuscany. He's the climber who made the selection on the final hill preceding the arrival in Rapallo on Monday. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/le-mevel-takes-aim-at-pink-jersey Leopard Trek withdraws from Giro d'Italia Team Leopard Trek has withdrawn from the Giro d’Italia following an emotional stage four tribute to teammate Wouter Weylandt. General manager Brian Nygaard announced the decision of his riders and staff this morning (AEST). In a team statement Nygaard said: “The decision needed to be taken by the riders, because they are the ones that participate in the race. We have always said that we would stand behind their choice. Link: http://www.sbs.com.au/cyclingcentral/news/24631/BREAKING:-Leopard-Trek-abandon-Giro- Leopard Trek to lead tribute to Weylandt in Giro d'Italia The Giro d’Italia will pay a moving tribute to the late Wouter Weylandt on the road to Livorno, with his Leopard Trek teammates to cross the finish line ahead of the peloton in a stage dedicated to his memory. Competition has no place on such a day of mourning, as the Giro and cycling at large come to terms with Weylandt’s tragic death on the descent of the Passo del Bocco on Monday Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/leopard-trek-to-lead-tribute-to-weylandt-in-giro-ditalia Team-mates honour Weylandt The remaining members of Leopard-Trek's Giro d'Italia team withdrew from the race after staging a poignant tribute to colleague Wouter Weylandt. The eight riders and Weylandt's friend Tyler Farrar, who rides for Garmin Cervelo, linked arms and crossed the fourth-stage finish line in front together to honour Weylandt. Link: http://news.brisbanetimes.com.au/breaking-news-sport/teammates-honour-weylandt-20110511-1ehmy.html Farrar to leave the Giro d'Italia after stage 4 Tyler Farrar will leave the Giro d’Italia after stage 4, a stage neutralized by a common agreement between the riders and the organisation of the race. He was a close friend and neighbour of deceased rider Wouter Weylandt in Ghent. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/farrar-to-leave-the-giro-ditalia-after-stage-4 Riders hold grief stage Giro d'Italia cyclists with black armbands took part Tuesday in a "stage of respect" for Wouter Weylandt, the Belgian rider killed in a crash the previous day. With the pace deliberately slow and the results for Stage 4 not counting, team after team took over the lead on the 216-km ride from Quarto dei Mille to Livorno. Weylandt's eight Leopard Trek teammates, accompanied by his close friend Tyler Farrar of the U.S., fought back tears as they moved to the front of the bunch at 4 km out and crossed the line with arms around each other. Link: http://www.theprovince.com/sports/Riders+hold+grief+stage/4762390/story.html An Italian tragedy Before flying to Italy for the Giro d'Italia, one of cycling's three Grand Tours, Wouter Weylandt of Belgium made sure he was ready for the gruelling three-week race. He had gotten a haircut, trimming his signature spiky blond hair. He said goodbye to his girlfriend, who is five months pregnant with their first child. Link: http://www.todayonline.com/Sports/EDC110511-0000301/An-Italian-tragedy Nocentini suffering from bronchitis Rinaldo Nocentini of AG2R-La Mondiale finished stage one of the Giro d’Italia in 205th place, yesterday, over six minutes behind the race winner Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre ISD). But this surprising result for the Italian rider, who held the yellow jersey for eight days in the 2009 Tour de France, is down to health problems, according to Tuttobiciweb. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/nocentini-suffering-from-bronchitis Somber Stage at Giro d’Italia The teammates of Wouter Weylandt, the Belgian cyclist who was killed in a crash Monday, crossed the finish line side by side and with arms linked to honor him at the Giro d’Italia. After a somber day of ceremonial riding, his Leopard-Trek team withdrew from the race. Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/05/11/sports/cycling/somber-stage-at-giro-ditalia.html Leopard Trek leaves Giro d'Italia The Leopard Trek team announced it would leave the Giro d’Italia tonight, following the tragic death of Wouter Weylandt in a crash on stage 3. The team completed the neutralised fourth stage today, with the team's eight riders crossing the line, arm in arm ahead of the field, along with Weylandt's close friend Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Cervelo. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/leopard-trek-leaves-giro-ditalia
    General classification after stage 4
    1 David Millar (GBr) Team Garmin-Cervelo 10:04:29 2 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:07 3 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 0:00:09 4 Marco Pinotti (Ita) HTC-Highroad 5 Craig Lewis (USA) HTC-Highroad 6 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:00:12 7 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:13 8 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:18 9 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team RadioShack 0:00:19 10 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack 11 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team RadioShack 12 Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:26 13 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:29 14 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:31 15 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 16 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 17 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 18 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Omega Pharma-Lotto 19 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:33 20 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 21 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 22 Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:35 23 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 24 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 25 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:37 26 Richie Porte (Aus) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:00:39 27 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Saxo Bank Sungard 28 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:42 29 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:00:46 30 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 31 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 32 Thomas Lövkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling 33 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Procycling 34 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Procycling 35 Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky Procycling 36 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 37 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:47 38 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team 39 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 40 Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team 41 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar Team 42 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team 43 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:48 44 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 45 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 46 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 47 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 48 Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 49 Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 50 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:50 51 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 52 Alberto Ongarato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 53 Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team 54 Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team 55 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek 0:00:51 56 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 57 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 58 Davide Vigano (Ita) Leopard Trek 59 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek 60 Addy Engels (Ned) Quickstep Cycling Team 61 Brice Feillu (Fra) Leopard Trek 62 Bruno Pires (Por) Leopard Trek 63 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 64 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:52 65 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:58 66 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 67 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 68 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 69 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana 0:00:59 70 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Pro Team Astana 71 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Pro Team Astana 72 Francesco Masciarelli (Ita) Pro Team Astana 73 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana 74 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 75 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC 0:01:02 76 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Geox-TMC 77 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Geox-TMC 78 David Blanco Rodriguez (Spa) Geox-TMC 79 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Geox-TMC 80 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:01:03 81 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:01:11 82 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 83 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 84 Joaquím Rodríguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:01:13 85 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha Team 86 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team 87 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD 0:01:14 88 Fabio Taborre (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:01:16 89 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 90 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 91 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone 92 Andrea Noe (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 93 Carlos Alberto Betancourt Gomez (Col) Acqua & Sapone 94 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 95 Kjell Carlström (Fin) Sky Procycling 96 Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 97 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 98 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:01:21 99 Inaki Isasi Flores (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:22 100 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 101 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 102 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 103 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack 0:01:38 104 Ruggero Marzoli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:01:42 105 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Pro Team Astana 0:01:52 106 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:01:55 107 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:01:57 108 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 109 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:01 110 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling 0:02:05 111 Chris Butler (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:02:09 112 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:10 113 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:13 114 Morris Possoni (Ita) Sky Procycling 0:02:14 115 Russell Downing (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:02:29 116 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone 0:02:36 117 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:42 118 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:02:52 119 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:02:55 120 Mark Cavendish (GBr) HTC-Highroad 0:02:56 121 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Movistar Team 0:02:58 122 Carlos Oyarzun (Chi) Movistar Team 0:03:02 123 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) HTC-Highroad 0:03:08 124 Robert Hunter (RSA) Team RadioShack 0:03:18 125 Bjorn Selander (USA) Team RadioShack 126 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:26 127 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:03:30 128 Gert Dockx (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 129 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 130 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISD 0:03:32 131 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:03:45 132 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) BMC Racing Team 0:03:49 133 Simon Zahner (Swi) BMC Racing Team 134 Chad Beyer (USA) BMC Racing Team 135 Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 136 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:03:50 137 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 138 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Leopard Trek 139 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:03:52 140 Dominic Klemme (Ger) Leopard Trek 0:03:54 141 Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:57 142 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 143 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:04:10 144 Federico Canuti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 145 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:04:11 146 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:04:13 147 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:04:15 148 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Geox-TMC 0:04:17 149 Daniel Sesma (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:04:21 150 Giampaolo Cheula (Ita) Geox-TMC 0:04:24 151 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:04:32 152 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Pro Team Astana 0:04:35 153 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:04:41 154 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:04:51 155 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Team RadioShack 0:04:59 156 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team 0:05:00 157 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:04 158 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:05:20 159 Jesús Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:05:22 160 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:05:25 161 Mark Renshaw (Aus) HTC-Highroad 0:05:30 162 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:05:36 163 Maxim Gourov (Kaz) Pro Team Astana 0:05:42 164 Peter Stetina (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:05:45 165 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:05:48 166 Filippo Savini (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:05:52 167 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team RadioShack 0:06:22 168 Manuel Antonio Leal Cardoso (Por) Team RadioShack 0:06:24 169 Tiziano Dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:34 170 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:06:36 171 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team 0:06:42 172 Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:06:43 173 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:06:49 174 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:06:54 175 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - ISD 0:06:55 176 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:06:57 177 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 178 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:01 179 Laurent Didier (Lux) Saxo Bank Sungard 180 Michael Mørkøv (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 181 Kasper Klostergaard Larsen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:07:03 182 Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha Team 0:07:06 183 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha Team 0:07:16 184 Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Geox-TMC 0:07:24 185 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:07:33 186 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:07:35 187 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:08:14 188 Alex Rasmussen (Den) HTC-Highroad 0:08:25 189 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:08:27 190 Francesco Reda (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:08:36 191 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:08:37 192 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:09:10 193 Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:09:20 194 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 195 Elia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 196 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) HTC-Highroad 0:09:35 197 Giairo Ermeti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:09:41 198 Leonardo Giordani (Ita) Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli 0:10:15 199 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:10:34 200 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:10:51 201 Adam Blythe (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:11:08 202 Claudio Corioni (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:12:12 203 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:13:47 204 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:14:09 205 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:20:31 206 Chris Barton (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:24:22
     
  6. steve

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    Lots of minor crashes throughout the stage /img/vbsmilies/smilies/eek.gif
     
  7. Johnp234

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    I wouldn't need a bike change for the descent. But I'd definitely need a Bib change AFTER that descent! Just hope that the 20-somethings racing realize they're not invincible now that they have actual evidence of that fact. And that they put their lives above their careers. (Yeah, I know…)
     
  8. slovakguy

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    looking like liqui are getting themselves in proper position before the mountains to make saxo do a bit of work keeping contador up front. might be an interesting ride up etna in a few days.
     
  9. grandamn

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    I'm a little confused. I thought the pink jersey was like a Masters green jacket. I just saw the guy in the pink jersey riding with everyone behind him for a very long time, then he moved to the left and everyone took off like a bat out of hell. What's up with that?
     
  10. JAPANic

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    Maybe he farted.
     
  11. pennstater

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    heads up move by AC to get a time bonus plus a few second gap. Didn't see that one coming, and apparenly neither did the other GC riders. Sunday's stage should be the first real duel between the contenders with the ascents of Etna.
     
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    lol. They were climbing and I think he ran out of steam. I'm a little more familiar with what is going on now. I was thinking he might be like a pace car or something.
     
  13. tonyzackery

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    The Giro is over, barring some anomaly. No reason to watch any further. AC has sealed the deal over the past two days of racing.

    I'm highly impressed by his confidence and shear ability to take control of his own destiny. He proved it while enduring and ultimately prevailing against the odds while a "teammate" of Armstrong's, and these past two days have demonstrated there's no one at the Giro on his level. Bring on the Schlecks - and it will take both of them working together to - possibly - defeat AC...
     
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    wow. like lambs to the slaughter. with the time contador put into his rivals, he should be able to defend all the way to the finish. i just hope the crow i am eating hasn't been fattened with clenbuterol.
     
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    Wow! Contador really demolished a field of the world's best riders, didn't he? They looked like the 60+ masters at the local crit, caught with their bibs down!

    But unless I can assume ALL of those GC contenders in that sorry peloton of "also rans" are unassisted by PED's, it leads me to the sorry conclusion that AC must have had "help" to clean their clocks like that. And I can't assume they are all clean.

    It sure was something to see, wasn't it?
     
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    There is still a lot of racing with some brutal climbs to come. Despite how good he looked today, he could perhaps bonk on a big stage. Remember 2009 Paris-Nice? There is also that risk of falling ill, ala Basso in the 2005 Giro. That being said, he is at another level. Scarponi tried to match and paid for it. I thought Rodriguez would be able to keep up with him in the mountains to some degree, at least more so than the other GC riders, but he is over 3.30 down already. Right now, no one on GC can match him in the mountains and he will almost certainly take time in the TT. It might be a race for second... I'm still going to watch though.
     
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    Of course I'll continue to watch - my comment was more tongue-in-cheek. As you supported, an anomaly (illness or bonk or ???) will have to occur for AC to lose this Giro. He'll simply mark his most dangerous adversaries in mountains, put a little more time into 'em on the uphill TT, and ride a conservative final flat TT...
     
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    I also think the race for the first place is over.
    Too bad, it has just begun.
    I really expected more from Nibali. Not because Etna is, practically, in his backyard, but because this kind of climb should suit him well and because the Giro is THE race of his season.
    Scarponi showed surprising inexperience by trying to momentarily follow Contador in such huge gear. Off course, it's his style, but Contador's attack was unmatchable that way. What Nibali tried to do was the only way to respond on it (attack). The only problem was tempo ride after the attack... It was too slow (or Contador was too fast).

    Everything is perfectly falling into place for Contador. He took the jersey early, built significant advantage at the same time, he can continue the race measuring his efforts in order to save himself for the Tour.
    I think Contador's Giro has to be watched in prospective of the Tour. For someone who has the Tour on his mind, leaving GC fight for the last week wouldn't be smart.

    Fight for the second place should be equally exciting as for the first, because, at the end, it could prove it was the fight for the victory. I think riders and DSs are aware of that, and that the race will continue in thrilling manner.
     
  19. limerickman

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    Just watching the highlights now on Eurosport and you're right Scarponi tried to follow Contador pedalling a big gear.

    Contador makes climbing look effortless. Rojano even struggled to stay with him
     
  20. ilpirata

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    Contador is fabulous. He is superior to field, he knew it, and went for it. He can still be pressured by alternating attacks and breaks from riders way back in the gc. so I too will watch. But more likely there will be a battle for the remaining podium places. I am thinking that perhaps the blood passport is taking away some of the ridiculous performances. What do you all think?
     
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