5.13.2014

Giro back to Italia: rain, crashes and GC standing

Pic by Nicolas Roches
'Giro bagnato giro fortunato' (Wet Giro, Lucky Giro) is an Italian way to say mutuated from rainy wedding day ('Sposa bagnata sposa fortunata'/ Wet bride, lucky bride)... but I'm not sure that all the riders who crashed and got injuried in the first stages will agree.
Nicholas Roche doesn't lack of irony when tweets: "For those who say it only rains in Ireland! #Bari @giroditalia "
Indead: it's rain again. The Giro is back to Italia but the sky is still the same. In Florence today is sunny but it was raining in the morning. Lets hope for a dry week-end because I'm going to Lugo-Sestola with my friend - journalist, singer and burlesque model - Camilla.
So where do we stand with the race? The opening TTT shaped a first temporary GC and already elimitated one of the main contenders: the Irish Dan Martin. The last stage in Ireland, on paper easy and innocuous, has been disrupted by a big crash affecting many GC riders (all, Scarponi excluded) who lost some time and also some sprinters, like Manuel Belletti who bravely managed to sprint anyway and scored a 12th place (more than decent in such a situation) but also Giacomo Nizzolo (who had to change a wheel). 
The list of riders who hit the tarmac in Ireland is long. Lets hope it doesn't get any longer in Italy. 
On the brighter side the Giro's logistic has been efficient - riders especially apreciated the team buses just next to their airplane in the airport area - and the Irish fans incredible. On the other side staff had to work very hard to bring home the Giro, the weather wasn't good and some idiots liked to link a bomb with the race in the newspapers (reality seems to be different).
As far as results: well, Marcel Kittel won all sprints, all on Ben Swift and Elia Viviani. Both of them are in a splendid shape so I'm waiting for more exciting sprints. ORICA-GreenEdge surprised me: not in the TTT (in that case I'll say that Sky disappointed me in spite DS Dario Cioni said he's pleased because they did the best time in the worsened weather) but for their ability in keeping the Pink Jersey. They are doing a great Giro so far. Michael Matthew is wearing a number of Jersey (Pink and White) while Kittel is obviously in Red.
UPDATE:  Kittel DNS!!
Marcel Kittel @marcelkittel 
"So, the Giro got me earlier then I thought. Absolutely disappointed that I have to leave this beautiful race today because of a fever. :'((( "
Also Belkin Maarten Tjallingi is doing a great Giro: he landed in Italy in a well deserved Blue Jersey of King of Mountains. Wilco Kelderman has a been quite unlucky so far and I'm not sure that his form is as good as last year. We'll see.
The GC riders are so far placed like that:

5Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge +14''
8Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team0:00:19
14Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team +21''
19Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:26
20Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky0:00:29
21Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky0:00:35
27Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo + 37''
32Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:41
38Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky +49''
49Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing0:01:03
55Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale + 1'.07''
59Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team0:01:09
69Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team +1'.12''
73Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
76Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing0:01:14
106Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida0:01:34
116Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha0:01:47
156Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp +3'.40''

But in my opinion that situation is going to change quickly and drasticly. Gaps around 1' are nothing in such a long hard race and even Ryder Hesjedal can come back to the top ten or five. The real Giro has just begun. Or better: no! because today stage has been neutralised: "dued to the rain and extremely slippery roads, the peloton will ride with caution until the circuit and then reassess" the comunicate says. 
Fair enough: safety first.

GC
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge 10:06:37
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:08
3 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:10
4 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:14
5 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge
6 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge
7 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica Greenedge
8 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:19
9 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
10 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
11 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
12 Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
13 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:21
14 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
15 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team
16 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
17 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:23
18 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:00:25
19 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:26
20 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:29
21 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team Sky 0:00:35
22 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:36
23 Wout Poels (Ned) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
24 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
25 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:37
26 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
27 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo
28 Jay Mccarthy (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
29 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
30 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
31 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
32 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:41
33 Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
34 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
35 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale 0:00:49
36 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky
37 Sebastian Henao Gomez (Col) Team Sky
38 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Team Sky
39 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
40 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky
41 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:52
42 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro Team
43 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team
44 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team
45 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
46 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:56
47 Davide Appollonio (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:58
48 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo 0:01:01
49 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:03
50 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing
51 Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
52 Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:01:06
53 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:01:07
54 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
55 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale
56 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
57 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale
58 Moreno Moser (Ita) Cannondale
59 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:09
60 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team
61 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team
62 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team
63 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
64 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:10
65 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Shimano
66 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
67 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:11
68 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:12
69 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
70 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
71 Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
72 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
73 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
74 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
75 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
76 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:14
77 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing
78 Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing
79 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:15
80 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
81 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
82 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
83 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:17
84 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:20
85 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani-CSF 0:01:21
86 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
87 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
88 Francesco Manuel Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
89 Marco Canola (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
90 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
91 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
92 Edwin Alcibiades Avila Vanegas (Col) Colombia 0:01:23
93 Leonardo Fabio Duque (Col) Colombia
94 Yonder Godoy (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:26
95 Diego Rosa (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:28
96 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
97 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli
98 Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Androni Giocattoli
99 Oscar Gatto (Ita) Cannondale 0:01:29
100 Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Cannondale 0:01:30
101 Laurent Pichon (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:32
102 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr
103 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr
104 Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ.fr
105 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr
106 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:34
107 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
108 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida
109 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
110 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida
111 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:37
112 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Colombia
113 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia
114 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:43
115 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:45
116 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:47
117 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha
118 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha
119 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha
120 Tony Hurel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:01:48
121 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
122 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol
123 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol
124 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano 0:01:49
125 Bjorn Thurau (Ger) Team Europcar 0:01:51
126 Andrea Fedi (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
127 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:56
128 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale
129 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:02:02
130 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar
131 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
132 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale
133 Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar
134 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
135 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar
136 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
137 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:07
138 Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Colombia 0:02:10
139 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:23
140 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:02:27
141 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:28
142 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:02:29
143 Daniele Colli (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo 0:02:31
144 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:36
145 Rick Flens (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:02:46
146 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 0:02:57
147 Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:02:58
148 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:03:06
149 Carlos Julian Quintero (Col) Colombia 0:03:07
150 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:03:19
151 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:25
152 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:03:26
153 Rodolfo Andres Torres Agudelo (Col) Colombia 0:03:33
154 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr 0:03:35
155 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin Sharp 0:03:40
156 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp
157 Thomas Dekker (Ned) Garmin Sharp
158 Dylan Van Baarle (Ned) Garmin Sharp
159 Simone Ponzi (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo 0:03:52
160 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha 0:03:55
161 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:04:06
162 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:04:10
163 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano 0:04:14
164 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Team Sky
165 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:04:15
166 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:20
167 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:26
168 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:29
169 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:04:30
170 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:04:32
171 Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:04:37
172 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:04:47
173 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Col) Colombia 0:04:51
174 Angelo Tulik (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:59
175 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 0:05:06
176 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:05:12
177 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05:21
178 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:05:22
179 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:05:29
180 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha
181 Kenny De Haes (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:05:35
182 Giorgio Cecchinel (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo 0:05:42
183 Jeffry Johan Romero Corredor (Col) Colombia 0:05:46
184 Mitchell Docker (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:05:51
185 André Cardoso (Por) Garmin Sharp 0:06:11
186 Nathan Haas (Aus) Garmin Sharp
187 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:07:33
188 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:07:48
189 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:08:45
190 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:09:42
191 Jetse Bol (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:10:39
192 Marc Goos (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:10:42
193 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:13:42
194 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:14:20
195 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica Greenedge 0:19:34
196 Ramon Carretero (Pan) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo 0:23:23

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