sabato 23 maggio 2015

Giro 14: Joy and Tears

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Rain. Wet slippery roads. 
1st intermediate check: Richie Porte is 2' down the best time of his team mate Vasil Kiryenka. Not exciting. His pedaling cadence is lower than usual. DS Dario Cioni keeps talking in his ears - not screaming, softly talking to support and motivate. Is Porte going to quit the race? Rumours say. 
Embedded image permalinkRigoberto Uran is on the ramp now. Prosecco wineyards on the screan. Fabio Aru puts on the helmet, a smile on his face and no eye contact. I didn't like the fact he said nothing about the (un)fortunate way he got that Pink yesterday. Unlike a champion. 
Fabio Felline makes a very good time and it's provisional 3rd. Bravo! Zakarin goes incredibleli (?) slow.
Alberto Contador is riding a tt bike with modified handlebar due to shoulder pain: fisrt time in his career he lost a leader jersey.
2nd intermediate time for Porte and he's 3' 23'' down on Kiryenka
Embedded image permalinkLL Sanchez is a surpring 2nd and Kiry - on the hot seat - even rises an eyebrow. It seems that Uran is slower than Porte: 2’10” on Kiryenka at the 1st intermediate check. Cataldo is quite slow! probably he doesn't  want to take anyrisk risk. There is a strong head wind.
Steven Kruijswijk gave it all and finishes on 4th provisional.
At the 1st check Contador is 1' 06'' down on Kiryenka and faster than Uran and Aru. To be exact: Contador 22:20, Aru +48, Porte +51 and 4 Uran +1:04. 
Rumours about Porte talk about a sore knee after yesterday crash - and for sure a sore soul.  He finish on 41th  with 1 22' 12''+4' 20'' down on Kiryenka.  
Meanwhile Contador catches and passes Landa, 3' ahead.
Is Leo Konig the new Team Sky leader? his tt isn't that bad: he can have his say in the GC.
Meanwhile Contador is 3’12” faster than Aru at the second intermediate point.
Embedded image permalinkJürgen Van Den Broeck sets a great time: 6th on the line. The final GC top ten is on reach.
20 km to go Aru is pulling time back:1'55 down on Contador. Rigoberto Uran finishes on 22th in 1 20' 37''. Contador is taking risks. Aru is full gas. Contador is on the line: Kiryenka has won. Contador is back on Pink.
Joy and tears for Team Sky: 2nd stage victory but GC disaster for Richie Porte. Leo Konig is in contention.
Kiry on the hot seat shows all his enthousiasm moderately smiling.

Vasil Kiryenka:
"It was a long and difficult wait. I was waiting for the maglia rosa and the arrival of Alberto Contador. It was a nice day though. I was lucky, even though it seemed like one of those days where it was raining and it wasn't going to go well. It turned out well in the end.
Of course we're not very lucky this Giro with Richie. When we looked at the profile some days seemed easier but we've actually had harder days on those "easy days". But we've achieved some good results. It seems that it is difficult for the overall now, but in the next few days of course we'll be there and we're going to try and fight for wins.
It's a really special victory me for. Of course I go well in the time trials but I've not had a big time trial victory in a while so it's nice to take one.
Team Principal) Dave Brailsford said 'we're going to win the time trial'. It didn't matter who, but we're going to win it. He told me at breakfast that I was going to have my chances today. I've had really good feelings over the last couple of days. I had a good warm-up today and everything went okay!"

Embedded image permalinkAlberto Contador:
“I’m really happy. My legs are absolutely killing me as I had pain from the crash. I wasn’t sure how I was going to be today. The wind change was difficult but I’m really happy with today's performormance. The result is a big surprise to me. I gave it all I had, and paced myself carefully all the way. I have to keep my focus. There is still a lot of this Giro ahead of us.
The team has been really impressive. Yesterday, just 3.2km from the finish we had the crash. Tosatto was very attentive and quick, giving me the bike and making sure I got across the line as fast as I could to limit my losses. Every day they’ve been working hard and they’re going to continue to do so”.

Embedded image permalinkRigoberto Uran:
"Today wasn't a good day for me. I was expecting a lot from this day, and I hoped to do well, but I couldn't find a good rhythm and speed in the first part. I wasn't in the best condition. The crash of a few days ago affected me a bit on the bike. I had immediate pain in my gluteal, shoulder, and back muscle on the left side and I couldn't quite push full gas the way I would have liked. The time trial position is a lot different from the road and I struggled to find a good position due to my pain from the crash. It was also windy in the first part, and rain along the parcours, which further affected my ability to find a good rhythm. But, it is what it is. In any case I am confident about the last week. There is a week of difficult high mountain stages. I will try of course to keep fighting to stay there with the best of the GC. I will keep going until the end of the Giro d'Italia. I like to fight and I know in a race like the Giro things can change in a moment. I will do my best in the last days of the Giro." 

Fabio Aru:
“Alberto’s a champion, it’s going to be very difficult. He’s won a lot of big tours in his career. Ma dai, it was nice to nice to wear it but Alberto certainly put in a beautiful performance today.
Embedded image permalinkTomorrow, there’s Madonna di Campiglio. On Tuesday, there’s the Mortirolo. On Friday, there’s Cervinia. On Saturday, there’s Sestriere. There are still important mountain stages to come. A lot of hard stages. The last week is a hard final week.
That depends on my legs. Tomorrow is a summit finish at the end of a difficult stage. We’ll have to recover and have a go. The base is there for the rest of the Giro and I certainly haven’t lost any of the hunger I had before today.”

Steven Kruijswijk:
"In the weeks up to the Giro, I put a lot of attention into it and spent time with the team for this time trial.
In the last few days, I had confidence, but this result gives me an extra boost. This is proof that my shape is good, despite the loss of time of eight minutes on that one day. I have fought my way back to the front. I was able to prepare without pressure for this time trial and knew the race would suit me. It’s nice when you pass four riders. The pace was good and I was able to hold this uphill well.
Embedded image permalinkI'm going to try to win a stage. I noticed that I was able to go well uphill. Now it is about finding the right time to attack because I should not wait for Contador and Aru to go for the stage win. The mountain jersey is something that I see as an afterthought. There are still so many points to gain, someone who has no points but who is in the right escape can be king of the mountains in this Giro."

Luke Durbridge:
"Happy with 10th today. 60 km was a long way esp in the rain!! Back to the grind in the mountains tomorrow. #giro2015"

Chad Haga:
"Whoa. I just downloaded my power file from the TT and my brain exploded. So many records!Thanks to @The_Teun for the pacing, it was perfect!"

Fabio Felline:
"For me it was a really good performance, it was the first time in my life that I have done a long time trial of 60 kilometers. It was a little dangerous with the rain, but I finished and didn’t crash.
Embedded image permalinkIt was strange because with my feelings during the race I was thinking that I am finished, I don’t have more energy to continue. I don’t know what happened, how I was able to keep pushing hard; maybe it was the people on the sides who gave me motivation and also from the car as they gave me good words for motivation.
I also kept telling myself that all the riders are feeling the same, the same sensations as me."

Kristof Vandewalle:
“I am feeling okay other than my finger. I was feeling very good in the time trial, a very good rhythm that I thought I could hold to the end. Already on the first roundabout my back wheel was sliding a little bit, and that made me a little nervous about the roads.
But I continued a good rhythm, over the climbs I could accelerate over the top. Then in a certain corner in a descent I thought I could take it harder and I went too hard and I could not correct it.
I went out of the corner and through a hedge. I jumped immediately on a spare bike but it felt totally different and the gears were smaller. I still got back into a good rhythm, but all my trust in the descents was gone. It’s a pity because I was really, really feeling good. I think I easily lost 1 minute and a half.  Maybe more because I went so slow in the descents after that.”
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Damiano Caruso:"This was one of hardest time trial stages in my life. The last climb was very, very long. But I think I did a good time trial and for the next stage, I will try to improve on my position."

1 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 1:17:52
2 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:12
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:14
4 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 00:23 0:00:23
5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:09
6 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana 0:01:17
7 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Soudal 01:25 0:01:25
8 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:26
9 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 01:27 0:01:27
10 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 0:01:36
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 55:39:00
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:28
3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:03:36
4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:04:14
5 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:04:17
6 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:04:50
7 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:04:55
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:04:56
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:04:57
10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:05:35

Giro 14: ITT Start Time - Who's your pick?

Embedded image permalink1 Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 12:00:00  
2 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling 12:01:00  
3 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 12:02:00  
4 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin 12:03:00  
5 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling 12:04:00  
6 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 12:05:00  
7 Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast Pro Cycling 12:06:00  
8 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 12:07:00  
9 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 12:08:00  
10 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 12:09:00  
11 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 12:10:00  
12 Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 12:11:00  
Embedded image permalink13 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) 12:12:00  
14 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini 12:13:00  
15 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Soudal 12:14:00  
16 Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing 12:15:00  
17 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 12:16:00  
18 Riccardo Stacchiotto (Ita) Nippo - vini Fantini 12:17:00  
19 Rick Flens (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 12:18:00  
20 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF 12:19:00  
21 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 12:20:00  
22 Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 12:21:00  
23 Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing 12:22:00  
24 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli 12:23:00  
25 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 12:24:00  
26 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 12:25:00  
27 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling 12:26:00  
28 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo 12:27:00  
29 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 12:28:00  
30 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team 12:29:00  
31 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 12:30:00  
32 Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida 12:31:00  
33 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal 12:32:00  
34 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 12:33:00  
35 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 12:34:00  
36 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 12:35:00  
37 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 12:36:00  
38 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 12:37:00  
39 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 12:38:00  
40 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 12:39:00  
41 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 12:40:00  
42 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) 12:41:00  
43 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 12:42:00  
44 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha 12:43:00  
45 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 12:44:00  
46 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin 12:45:00  
47 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 12:46:00  
48 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 12:47:00  
49 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge 12:48:00  
Embedded image permalink50 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 12:49:00  
51 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing 12:50:00  
52 Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 12:51:00  
53 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) 12:52:00  
54 Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 12:53:00  
55 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha 12:54:00  
56 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 12:55:00  
57 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 12:56:00  
58 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 12:57:00  
59 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 12:58:00  
60 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 12:59:00  
61 Tom Boonen (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step 13:00:00  
62 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 13:01:00  
63 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal 13:02:00  
64 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling 13:03:00  
65 Kévin Reza (Fra) 13:04:00  
66 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 13:05:00  
67 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 13:06:00  
68 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step 13:07:00  
69 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 13:08:00  
70 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 13:09:00  
71 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:10:00  
72 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 13:11:00  
73 Cédric Pineau (Fra) 13:12:00  
74 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:13:00  
75 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 13:14:00  
76 Janier Acevedo (Col) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 13:15:00  
77 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:16:00  
78 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge 13:17:00  
79 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 13:18:00  
80 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:19:00  
81 Anthony Roux (Fra) 13:20:00  
82 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin 13:21:00  
83 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 13:22:00  
84 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 13:23:00  
85 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:24:00  
86 Elia Favilli (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 13:25:00  
87 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:26:00  
88 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team 13:27:00  
89 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha 13:28:00  
90 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing 13:29:00  
91 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 13:30:00  
92 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 13:31:00  
93 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin 13:32:00  
94 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team 13:33:00  
95 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 13:34:00  
96 Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 13:35:00  
97 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 13:36:00  
98 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal 13:37:00  
99 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 13:38:00  
100 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 13:39:00  
101 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal 13:40:00  
102 Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 13:41:00  
103 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 13:42:00  
104 Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling 13:43:00  
105 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 13:44:00  
106 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 13:45:00  
107 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 13:46:00  
108 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre-Merida 13:47:00  
109 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 13:48:00  
110 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 13:49:00  
111 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF 13:50:00  
112 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 13:51:00  
113 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky 13:52:00  
114 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team 13:53:00  
115 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 13:54:00  
116 Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 13:55:00  
117 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 13:56:00  
118 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin 13:57:00  
119 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 13:58:00  
120 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling 13:59:00  
121 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 14:00:00  
122 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 14:01:00  
123 Francis Mourey (Fra) 14:02:00  
124 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) 14:03:00  
125 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team 14:04:00  
126 Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 14:05:00  
127 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha 14:06:00  
128 Igor Anton (Spa) Movistar Team 14:07:00  
129 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 14:08:00  
130 Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 14:09:00  
131 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 14:10:00  
132 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 14:11:00  
133 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 14:12:00  
Embedded image permalink134 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge 14:13:00  
135 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 14:14:00  
136 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 14:15:00  
137 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 14:16:00  
138 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 14:17:00  
139 Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF 14:18:00  
140 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 14:19:00  
141 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 14:20:00  
142 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 14:21:00  
143 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 14:22:00  
144 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 14:23:00  
145 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 14:24:00  
146 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Southeast Pro Cycling 14:25:00  
147 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 14:26:00  
148 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 14:27:00  
149 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 14:28:00  
150 Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling 14:29:00  
151 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha 14:30:00  
152 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 14:31:00  
153 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team 14:32:00  
154 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team 14:33:00  
155 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 14:34:00  
156 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 14:35:00  
157 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 14:36:00  
158 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 14:37:00  
159 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 14:38:00  
160 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 14:39:00  
161 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 14:40:00  
162 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 14:41:00  
163 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 14:42:00  
164 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team 14:45:00  
Embedded image permalink165 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 14:48:00  
166 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 14:51:00  
167 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 14:54:00  
168 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) 14:57:00  
169 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 15:00:00  
170 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 15:03:00  
171 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15:06:00  
172 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 15:09:00  
173 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 15:12:00  
174 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 15:15:00  
175 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 15:18:00  
176 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 15:21:00  
177 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 15:24:00  
178 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 15:27:00  
179 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 15:30:00  
180 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 15:33:00  
181 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 15:36:00  
182 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 15:39:00  
183 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 15:42:00

venerdì 22 maggio 2015

Giro 13: dreadful

Embedded image permalinkRain. Lots of rain. A full flat stage. Sprinters day.
Break: Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli). Rick Zabel (BMC Racing Team), Jérôme Pineau (IAM Cycling). In this order at the first intermediate sprint while Giacomo Nizzolo (TFR) wins for the peloton. 78 kms to go gap is only 1'13".
At the second intermediate sprint Zabel is 1st, Boem - in Red - wins for the peloton. 
Embedded image permalink60 km to go Frapporti, Zabel and Pineau have only 55"
All together 17 km to go. Team Tinkoff takes the front.
4 km to go sprinters team time and TFR leads. 
Embedded image permalink3.30 HUGE CRASH! Alafaci crashed hard and is still down, Richie Porte, Fabio Aru and Alberto Contador got involved and have to chase. Bravo Tosatto who runs and gives  Contador his bike. Porte eventually gets on Kiryenka's bike but it's late (and the frame too big!)
At the sprint Sacha Modolo put his bike slightly in front of Giacomo Nizzolo.
Aru is the new Pink Jersey. Viviani is back in Red.

UPDATE about Manuel Belletti: it's a fracture of the patella with bursitis and inflammatio. Bad news really!
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UPDATE about Eugenio Alafaci : according to his team "he's being shuttled off to hospital for further analysis but possible fractured elbow."

Richie Porte:
"That's bike racing I suppose. Sometimes you're the hammer, sometimes you're the nail #nail"
"I was down in amongst it. There's not much you can do, is there, when everyone in front of you goes down. What's happened? There was a crash. It's just how it is today. It's wet and nervous. It wasn't really a big surprise there was a crash to be honest."
Embedded image permalinkWe'll see what happens. We saw the jury the other day, they don't like changing the rules, do they?. It happened in Paris-Nice too, and they changed it, so we'll just see."

Alberto Contador:
"I remain motivated and will try to recover as quickly as possible"

“We were well positioned in the stage and we could see the crash coming. We were waiting for the 3km mark but, unfortunately, the crash took place 3,200 meters from the finish and as a result there was no neutralization. My first reaction, before checking if I was ok, was to try to get a bike as soon as I could in order to make it to the finish line.
Embedded image permalinkThe time I lost wasn't extraordinary, about 36 seconds, but it will be quite difficult to recover. However, what worries me more is the blow I received on my left leg because it seems I got hit by the chainring of another bike. This is what could potentially harm me the most. Hopefully, it's nothing more than superficial wounds.
Nevertheless, I won't lose my fighting spirit and I will keep a positive attitude. I will try to recover as soon as I can, put ice on my leg in order to limit the inflammation and then see what happens tomorrow”. 
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Elia Viviani:
“The red jersey is the big focus after my stage win. Richie lost more time today after the crash and it’s certainly not a lucky Giro d’Italia for him. Tomorrow we have a big time trial and then after the Madonna di Campiglio stage he can decide what he wants to do for the rest of the race.
We knew it was dangerous today with the rain and we had a lot of guys to support Richie. But there was another crash and it’s just not a lucky race for us.”

Rigoberto Uran:
"Today was a short, but nervous stage with a lot of rain, so I had big help from my teammates to always stage in good position. Boonen and the others knew how I had to stay in a flat and chaotic stage like this. The finale was slippery and therefore a bit dangerous, especially with a few roundabouts. So I followed the wheels of my teammates and avoided bad luck, crossing the line in good position. As for tomorrow there is a time trial which is a crucial stage for me, but also the other riders. We will do our best to try to get a good result.
They also predicted rain tomorrow, so it will be even harder. It's a huge effort and of course it is an important stage for me, as well as the other GC contenders. I want to honor my Colombian Champion jersey.
My neck and shoulder still hurt, but fortunately I have our physios who will help me a lot, and will work on the muscles tonight. They have been doing a great job for me. I will be at the start tomorrow in the best condition possible."

Fabio Aru:
"Now I'm just thinking of tomorrow. I'll give it everything. But the Giro ends in Milan" 

Giacomo Nizzolo:
“I knew the ending was tricky so I preferred to use the team early. In the last 10kms there were a lot of turns so I wanted to be safe in the front, but of course in the real finale I missed some guys and I was isolated. Anyway, I took the wheel of Modolo who had a super leadout from his team; they left him at 180 meters to go, so for him it was perfect.
I saw the door open on the right and I went full on this side, but of course Modolo tried to close me on the barriers… and it was not possible to take the victory. Modolo changed his trajectory a little for sure, but he did not close the door. Anyone in his position would do the same. Good for him to win at home. I am really sorry because as everyone knows I have done enough second places.”

Eugenio Alafaci:
"A guy crashed just in front of me and I couldn't do anything to avoid it. I crashed on my left side, and the biggest pain I have is in my elbow. I wanted to finish, and after we did the X-ray which said it might be broken, but after a second one I am lucky because it's actually not broken. Tomorrow I think I can take the start."

Team Sky DS Dario Cioni: 
"The guys were well-positioned in the peloton when the crash happened. There wasn’t much that we could do. Let’s see how it goes tomorrow with the time trial. It’s a huge test and after the outcome of that we’ll see where we are and make a plan."
"I don't know about Porte's reaction. Everybody responds in his own way. The gap was already pretty big yesterday, now it's like this. With the penalty and now another two minutes of bad luck, the gap is big."


1 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 03:03:08
2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
3 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky
4 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
5 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rou) Nippo-Vini Fantini
6 Axel Maximiliano Richeze
7 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
8 Nicola Ruffoni (ITA) Bardiani
9 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin
10 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
1 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 54:20:55
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:19
3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:14
4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:38
5 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:49
6 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:02
7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:12
8 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:02:21
9 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:40
10 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:15
16 Porte +5' 05''

Giro: Stefan Küng is out with a vertebrae compression fracture

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A bad news agin from this unfortunate Giro d'Italia! 

BMC Press Release

"Vicenza, Italy - Stefan Küng of the BMC Racing Team suffered a compression fracture of his T9 vertebrae Thursday when he crashed with two others in the last 25 kilometers of the Giro d'Italia stage won by his teammate, Philippe Gilbert. 

Küng said he could not avoid going down after two riders from the CCC Sprandi Polkowice team crashed in front of him on the rain-slickened descent of the Crosara, the second-to-last climb of the 190-km race.

"I did not want to take risks and my sport director, Valerio Piva, said not to take risks," Küng said. "I had a little bit of space from these two guys, but then they crashed in a left-hand corner. I tried to avoid them, but they were everywhere on the road. I hit the bike of one of them, went over it and hit my head on the ground. I think that is how my vertebrae was compressed."

BMC Racing Team Chief Medical Officer Dr. Max Testa said Küng was taken to a hospital in Vicenza, where he will remain for several days.

"He has no neurological problems and the fracture appears to be stable," Dr. Testa said. "He will be kept under observation, then discharged wearing a brace and transferred back to Switzerland for further evaluation and treatment. He will be on bed rest for several days before he can start the rehabilitation process."

Testa said it has been his experience that cyclists who suffer this type of injury can return in 12 to 16 weeks.

Küng, the reigning world individual pursuit champion on the track, said he is bitterly disappointed not to be able to continue. He was looking forward to competing in Saturday's individual time trial after earlier this year finishing runner-up to world time trial champion Bradley Wiggins in a time trial at Driedaagse De Panne-Koksijde. Küng also was the solo winner of two races: the Volta Limburg Classic in April and Stage 3 of the Tour de Romandie earlier this month.

"I was in the ambulance and the tears were running down," Küng said. "As a sportsman, you always want to keep going. I was looking forward to the time trial every day. So it is a shame to finish like this. When they told me what I have, it is even worse because I know I will not be able to ride my bike for awhile. It is going to take time for me to come back. But for sure, I will come back."

giovedì 21 maggio 2015

Giro SPLASH 12

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I was at school and honestly I lost interest. Porte's case makes it all looking so ridicolous... Astana dominance - ah yeah Astana - Contador leadership - oh well Contador - and now a new victory by Philippe Gilbert - you know... ehm... Gilbert.
Mah! My favourite riders had such a bad luck: Pozzovivo crashed, Uran too, Porte got that absurd penality and today Belletti went home.

Philippe Gilbert:
"This is amazing and it is a great feeling. Before the stage this morning, we had a talk and the entire team was really focused because we knew this would be a good stage for me. All of the guys did a great job for me, especially the tremendous effort to bring two guys back late.
I decided to wait for the group because I heard that Silvan Dillier and Amaël Moinard had rejoined from behind. We got organized and worked well as a team for the final few kilometers. This win is very important for the team and for me. We have tried many times, and finally we have won."

Alberto Contador:
"It was yet another very hard day. We rode at 50km/h for the first two hours and then the rain started. The peloton broke apart because of the high speeds, but I felt that I had good legs. Philippe Gilbert was strong on the final climb, but I was focusing on the general classification and I’m very pleased with the outcome today.
We were of course riding at the front to minimize risks. We’re trying to ride in a clever way during the stages, considering each situation as they came. Astana are still very strong but I think that we are well organized as a team and I think it was a really good day for us”. 

Rigoberto Uran:
"It was a difficult stage in the final 50 kilometers. The speed was high and the wind played a factor as well. The downhills were technical and a bit dangerous due to the slippery ground from the rain. So I decided to stay near the front and not take risks. The team worked perfectly today and they put me in great position for the first climb. There were also crosswinds, so we had to pay attention. As for the finale, it was hectic. This kind of finish is meant more for guys like Gilbert and he deserved the victory today. I tried to hang on to not lose time. I am happy that this stage is behind us. Physically, I felt OK, even if not 100 percent from my crash yesterday. I had pain in my shoulder and neck muscles and the rain didn't help the situation. Tomorrow they also forecast rain, so it will be important to stay vigilant in the front. We will see what can happen."

Team Sky DS Dario Cioni:
"It was really fast in the first part of the stage. They couldn’t get the break to go so it was over 50km/h up to the first sprint. The second half was also tough because you had the climb and the bad weather came in. That made it quite a tough day.
The guys looked in control. There were quite a few crashes on the descent. Sebastian (Henao) was involved in one but he got going. Richie did well to be in the front group and then we were able to get more guys in the group for the final.
Tomorrow it’s a pure sprinters' stage. It’s totally flat for 147km. In his home region it’s definitely a stage Elia will be targeting for sure. The only question is the bad weather and how that affects the stage. I think some of the sprinters will possibly be leaving the race soon so it could be the last chance for some teams to commit."

Astana site is embarrassing. Sorry, no reaction by Fabio Aru!

1 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team 4:22:50  
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:03  
3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
4 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
5 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
6 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
7 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:06  
8 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale  
9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
10 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
11 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step  
12 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
13 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
14 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
15 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
16 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo  
17 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:00:11  
18 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
19 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team  
20 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 51:17:06  
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:17  
3 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:55  
4 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:30  
5 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:55  
6 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:02:19  
7 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:02:21  
8 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:29  
9 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:02:38  
10 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:02:44  
11 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:10  
12 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:03:18  
13 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 0:03:24  
14 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team  
15 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:32  
16 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:03:42  
17 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:04:14  
18 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) 0:05:03  
19 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:05:05  
20 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:05:56