1.24.2013

SLAM! TDU and more


Embedded image permalinkSLAG-TER! sounds like SLAM! for slam-the-door, abruptly close it. But it's all about the side of it you are. Slam it and dash toward the future, that seems the case. Tom Slagter is one of the young riders I (re)'marked' yesterday - in red of course: lets make it contemporary like my new hall tree, as a Best Youth he should be all-white too. (Not) seriously - why should I be serious? - but cheerfully (yes): I'm happy that Slagter won in a stage very open on paper and very tough on real.
"Stirling stage summary" Alan Marangoni (Cannondale) said: "up and down, up and down, hot, hot, sore legs...it's enough!?" Not really: you must add many attacks, a fluid and thrilling sto and go between breaks, chasers and peloton, a crash (Duggan), some badtimed flats (Voigt too). Team Saxo-Tinkoff informs that "unfortunately broke his left collarbone". What a pity for the USA champ! the door slams with him inside. But they are both so young, he and the season... there is all the time to find the key again.
Geraint Thomas has got a doubt: "How can I put on all those jerseys they gave me today?" "In additional to his overall lead" Team Sky says " also holds the sprint and mountains jerseys at Tour Down Under Well no, not bad at all. Reading the name on podium you can think "All went normal". Maybe it's true - what's normal anyway? - because Goss and Gilbert can sprint uphill. But they had to fight to get there: a Two-Clarke-Break didn't want to give up. Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge achieved the More Competitive Rider's award but he should share it with his daily-mateWill Clarke (Argos-Shimano).
Last re-mark: Simone Ponzi 7th is good. The young Italian is a promise: left Liquigas for Astana but didn't slam the door because he's a good, polite, serious guy. Nice to see him there.

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco 3:36:46
2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC
4 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling
5 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar
6 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar
7 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana
8 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida
9 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC
10 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
11 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco
12 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar
13 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM
14 Mikaël Cherel (Fra) Ag2r La Mondiale
15 George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack Leopard
..........
124 Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack Leopard    0:16:47
GC
1 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling 9:56:17
2 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Blanco 0:00:05
3 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar 0:00:06
4 Ben Hermans (Bel) Radioshack Leopard 0:00:08
5 Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:15
6 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
7 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi
8 George Bennett (NZl) Radioshack Leopard
9 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin Sharp
10 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Blanco
11 Tiago Machado (Por) Radioshack Leopard
 ...........................
124 Andy Schleck (Lux) Radioshack Leopard 0:24:36
125 Gédiminas Bagdonas (Lit) Ag2r La Mondiale 0:24:40
126 Luke Rowe (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:24:58
127 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM 0:26:24
128 Mikel Astarloza (Spa) Euskaltel Euskadi 0:27:13
129 Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Astana 0:28:35
130 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC 0:28:58
....AND MORE
Tour de San Luis: WHO? Diniz? who's that? I'm glad to see my red-marked guys in the top 11: Diego Ulissi, Egor Silin (BRAVO!). But where are Nibali and Contador? about the winner I found that: he scored 6 victories in 2.2 races and doped in 2004. And so? nothing, just to know... Impressive Santambrogio in a stage where big names 'cracked' (read here how http://www.cyclingnews.com/tour-de-san-luis/stage-3/results) and as far as the GC is concerned I'd bet on van Garderen because there is a TT, isn't it? and Van Den Broeck looks worse at it. However... who can tell? Diniz won the Queen Stage, he could also trash the clock. And so? should we slam the door and throw away the key? It's an open debat.
RESULTS
STAGE
1 Alex Diniz (Bra) Funvic Brasilinvest 4:29:36
2 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:24
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
4 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:25
5 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
7 Ricardo Diaz (Arg) San Luis Somos Todos 0:00:29
8 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:00:34
9 Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Androni Giocattoli
10 Andre Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural
11 Egor Silin (Rus) Astana Pro Team 0:00:48
GC
1 Alex Diniz (Bra) Funvic Brasilinvest 12:07:48
2 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:00:24
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step
4 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:00:25
5 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol
6 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
7 Ricardo Diaz (Arg) San Luis Somos Todos 0:00:29
8 Miguel Angel Rubiano (Col) Androni Giocattoli 0:00:34
9 Andre Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural
10 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida

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