5.20.2014

Giro d'Italia 10: BASTA

The winner Nacer Bouhanni
It means: ENOUGH! Another stage wasted by a massive crash!  
Fedi and Bandiera had spent the day in the break-away but a bunch sprint was the expected finish. Them caught, sprinters teams took the lead, trains got organized. Team Sky went to the front and set a smashing pace. Cataldo first then Boasson Hagen made a big selection entering in Salso Maggiore, Ben Swift on their wheel. BMC let them work, keeping Cadel Evans safely in front. 
The last kms were dangerous and technical, with many curves. Trek Factory Racing were pulling hard for Giacomo Nizzolo and Nacer Bouahnni in Red Jersey was coming back to the front... when Tayler Farrar fell, bringing down almost everybody.
In front a small group disputated the sprint and Nacer Bouhanni won. Again on Giacomo Nizzolo.
But honestly I'd like to see him sprint against ALL the sprinters NOT against the few still on bike after a crash. 
Ben Swift was only 8th and I got the impression he's scared  - and pissed - when it comes to sprint in such a risky mess. Sprints are always a risk and a mess but that's too much. It is NOT a normal Giro. 
The crash happened into the last 3 km so no consequences for the GC but for sure injuries and a sore body can affect a gc rider's performance with no regard for the lost of time.

What Cadel Evans said:
"There were fresher riders and maybe some of the sprinters seeing their last opportunity – so they were taking more risks on the descent. Then, in the final with the corners, there is only so much space for so many riders. But a lot of them want to be in front." 


What Rigoberto Uran said:
"Today it was relatively easy until the last kilometers. I felt well the entire day. Then at about 20 kilometers from the finish, the fight to take the last climb in the best position possible started. The team did a great job another time and I took the climb really in the front. The speed was really high, even in the downhill. I managed to stay in the front surrounded by the OPQS guys. Then in the last few hundred meters, there was that crash. I don't know what happened, but suddenly I saw a few riders going down on the ground. The crash happened on the left side of the road and I was lucky that I was on the other side of the road and I passed. As I said already, every day something can happen here at the Giro. I'm happy that this stage is behind us."

MORE TO COME

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr 4:01:13
2 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
3 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge
4 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
5 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani-CSF
6 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Team Katusha
7 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano
8 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
9 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
GC
1 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 42:50:47
2 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:57
3 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:01:10
4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:20
5 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:31
6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:39
7 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:43
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:44
9 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:01:45
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:49

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