3.13.2015

Both Breathtaking: What a Day For Team Sky in PN and TA!

Dream 1-2 at Paris-Nice
Porte and Thomas in PN
I was at school, explaining my students about the psychological consequences of disability.
I have seen nothing, just a few pictures. 
Both breathtaking: Richie Porte rising his arms in Paris-Nice and Gerain Thomas smiling in a close background. Smashing!
 ...but a smashed Elia Viviani crossing the line after a brutal crash, sorry, resigned, looking forward. Because riders always just want to ride, no matter how much it hurts. They want their chance and grabbing a great victory.
A great victory that was in Paris-Nice:

Richie Porte:
"That was a great performance from the team. We took it on from the bottom of that last climb – it wasn’t easy on there, so to finish first and second is fantastic. We’ve got two more hard days coming up now and then a time trial on the Col d’Eze. I love that climb and I’d love to have a good ride there. I think I can, but as I said, there’s two very hard stages coming before it. I’m in a good position though, and having such a strong team here will definitely help. With Geraint and I up there on the general classification now, it’s good to have two cards to play. The dream is to hold the yellow jersey on Sunday evening. I love this race and I’d love to win it again. It’s not over until it’s over, and we’ll have to see how the next three days go.”

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Elia Viviani
A big crash in Tirreno-Adriatico due to Cavendish's mechanical problem brought Elia Viviani down:
Tean Sky Doctor Inigo Sarriegui:
"Elia is pretty battered and bruisedHe took a big fall at the end. We took him for x-rays just to make sure everything was okay and they confirmed there are no fractures. Obviously he's lost a bit of skin and he's going to be pretty sore. We'll monitor him tonight and tomorrow before deciding where we go from there."
DS Dario Cioni:
“Elia took a big bang at the end there and has lost a lot of skin. It was encouraging to see him able to finish the stage though. Most of the stage has passed fairly uneventfully, but as is often the case, it got pretty nervous at the end. Salvatore [Puccio] got caught up in another crash about 10km from home, but he was OK, and then we heard over the radio that Elia had gone down as well.
Being in the team car, we didn’t get to see anything of that last crash, but we’ll assess the situation overnight and see how things develop.
The plan had been to ride for Elia again tomorrow, but that’s unlikely to happen now, and maybe we’ll try and get Salvatore in the break because the race finishes in his home town.”  

RESULTS
STAGE PN

1 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 5:18:39  
2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky  
3 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:08  
4 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:17  
6 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:00:24  
7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal  
8 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
9 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida  
10 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha
GC
1 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Etixx - Quick-Step 19:44:11 2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:00:01  
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:03  
4 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:27  
5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:32  
6 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Soudal 0:00:38  
7 Rui Costa (Por) Lampre-Merida 0:00:41  
8 Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:44  
9 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Katusha 0:00:50  
10 Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:00:51
STAGE TA
1 Jens Debusschere (Bel) Lotto Soudal 3:30:18  
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Argon 18  
4 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha  
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) MTN - Qhubeka  
6 Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica GreenEdge  
7 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
8 Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF  
9 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Bora-Argon 18
10 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Etixx - Quick-Step
GC
1 Adriano Malori (Ita) Movistar Team 3:36:22  
2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff-Saxo  
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:01  
4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:02  
5 Matthias Brandle (Aut) IAM Cycling  
6 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
7 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:04  
8 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale-Garmin 0:00:05  
9 Stephen Cummings (GBr) MTN - Qhubeka 0:00:06  
10 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:07

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