Serious stuff, serious contenders. On those mountains you can't mess around. You can't hid. Weakness, strenght, generosity and fear: you are nacked. On those mountains - waited, desired - Ivan Basso attacked finally and put his name as a sign after all the hard daily work his team mates did in the last two weeks. He pulled in the climb, descended at his best, even sprinted. Chapeau. Roman Kreuziger disapeared, so Henao, so Cunego, Gadret, Nieve... Not so Pozzovivo, Hejesdal, Rodriguez, Uran: steadily there. Not so Scarponi: what a ride he rode! strong in the climb, cramped in the descent, got dropped, looked cooked... and came back! amazing!
They went away and nobody could follow. They are the selected group in this Giro and Rodriguez won at the sprint. He was wearing a black ribbon for Xavi and kissed it crossing the line. http://ewoud.home.xs4all.nl/cycling/jrodxav.gif Sweet. Touching. Movistar rider Intxausti managed to win the peloton sprint for the 7th place.
Fair play award for Rigoberto Uran who gave Pozzovivo his bottle. My favourite for the final victory was 4th today, is 5th in GC and White Jersey. I'm proud.
Splendid stage. Splendid places. An open face clash slow and brutal like climbing on those roads.
A word for no-climbers: today too Cavendish arrived in time. He already won his Giro because tomorrow he will sprint. Probably he will also win the jersey he's well deserved wearing.
|1||Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team||5:24:41|
|2||Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale|
|3||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda|
|4||Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling|
|5||Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD|
|6||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox||0:00:02|
|7||Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team||0:01:22|
|8||Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team|
|9||Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team|
|10||Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team|
|1||Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team||74:46:46|
|2||Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda||0:00:30|
|3||Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale||0:01:22|
|4||Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD||0:01:36|
|5||Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling||0:02:56|
|6||Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team||0:03:04|
|7||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox||0:03:19|
|8||Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team||0:04:13|