5.15.2014

Giro d'Italia 6: shame

Wet road again. A huge crash. Riders scattered on all the road at a roundabout just before the last long climb to Montecassino starts. The break-away - Bandiera, Fedi, Torres and Zardini - has just been caught, pace is high and the crucial moment of the stage aproaches.
In pain, sitting and laying, moving, holding a shoulder or a leg. Worse: completely still on the concrete. The Katusha young rider Caruso looks bad. Bad memories com back. Please no.
Time passes but no doctor yet. It takes AGE. It takes too long. Seconds are life in some cases. People trying to take care of Caruso, a race staff keeps one hand on his body: useless and human, as to say "We are here, you are not alone. All will be fine. Don't be afraid.". How fragile a life is.
But the race goes on. It seems that BMC keeps pulling so Matthews is forced to follow to defend his jersey. A small group formed in front: six riders. They went to the finish and Matthew wins.
The GC drasticly changed. That was expected. But NOT because of a crash.
Now I'm waiting to know how everybody is, hoping that Caruso isn't too bad hurted and so all the many who crashed. 
But I can't avoid to feel it wasn't right to go on, that the front group should have slow down a bit allowing the peloton to reform at least. gaining time in the GC on a massacre isn't sporty, isn't fair and isn't right honestly. Maybe they didn't know how serious it was... but they have got radios and it was someting like 2 km to go.

Cataldo's pic
Hard but fair tweet by Dario Cataldo:

"Sarà contento Beppe Conti....."
(Beppe Conti can be happy )
He's the rai commentator who told riders had no guts in Bari.

What Rigoberto Uran said:
"The crash happened in the front of the group because we were all up there. All of the GC guys went down except Evans. Fortunately, I only have a few scratches and a contusion on my left side, the elbow and hip specifically. Fortunately it is nothing serious."

What Robert Kiserlovski said:
“I was in the middle of the crash and somehow I did not go down. I was one centimeter from [Giampaolo] Caruso – I was lucky. But I did not panic. I just slowed, and did not brake hard - that way even if I did crash, at least I don't crash hard. Unlike yesterday, with the late puncture, I had the luck on my side today.”

Team Sky  Sports Director Dario Cioni about the crash:
 “We didn’t see much of the crash itself in the Jagaur, only the bikes and bodies lying everywhere when we arrived at the roundabout.
Bernie and CJ were our only riders not to come down in the crash, but they were still caught up behind it and they waited to make sure everyone else was OK. Fortunately, it looks like none of our riders went down too badly, but we’ll continue to assess them overnight and then see how things stand in the morning.
It was a really unlucky situation as it had only just started to rain and if they had passed that spot 10 minutes beforehand then everyone would have been fine.
Not surprisingly, the mood wasn’t great on the bus at the end and Cataldo was disappointed that he lost time on the GC. He did a good ride on the last climb though to limit his losses and dropped some good riders along the way. That proves he’s in good form and we’ll continue to look out for him on the GC.
This is a long race and we’ve seen already that things can change every day. It’s not impossible for him to get back in contention and there’s a long way to go.
Tomorrow looks like it could be a sprint stage so we should be riding for Ben [Swift] and Edvald [Boasson Hagen]. We’ll assess their situation in the morning and then make a call. It’s going to be a special day for Salvatore because the race finishes near his home town. His local knowledge will help us a lot so we’re hoping for better news tomorrow.”

MORE TO COME


RESULTS
STAGE

1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge 6:37:01
2 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
4 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
5 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge 0:00:13
6 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:00:23
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:49
8 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
9 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida
10 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) Colombia
GC
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica Greenedge 24:18:14
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:21
3 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:18
4 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:01:25
5 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo
6 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica Greenedge 0:01:47
7 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:51
8 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:52
9 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale 0:02:06
10 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:08
............ 
Cfr  http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/big-time-losses-for-gc-contenders-at-giro-ditalia
 

How the GC contenders stand after stage 6
2. Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC +21
3. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma-QuickStep +1:18
4. Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo +1:25
9. Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale
11. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar +2:08
12: Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin +2:11
14. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R-La Mondiale +2:11
17. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana +2:28
32. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida +3:41
48. Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha +5:46
60. Joaquim Rodríguez (Spa) Katusha +9:40
80. Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo +15:55
106: Julian Arredondo (Col) Trek Factory Racing +19:50

   

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