Giro 15: On the Tough Slopes

Mountain. Dry. La Fricca (2nd cat): 11.3 km long, 5.1% average, 10% max. A few riders try to excape: Visconti, Rosa, Intxausti, Zakarin, Siutsou, Montaguti, Dupont and Paulinho have 1'52". Intxausti is collecting points for the Blue Jersey, but Paulinho and Rosa are too high in the gc so the peloton doesn't let them go. 57 km to go Visconti and Sioutso go solo. Bookwalter and Dupont join, Gavazzi is chasing, while the rest of the break gets caught. Gap is about 3'.
Embedded image permalinkPasso Daone (1st cat): 8.4 km long, 9.2% average gradient and 14% max. On the first ramp Bookwalter lost the wheels.
37 km to go Zardini gets off the bunch, passes Gavazzi and tries to bridge to the break. Richie Porte gets dropped at the back.
Team Astana all in front, Contador has got just Rogers. Uran is also suffering at the back of the main peloton.  Kruijswijk, Van den Broeck, Konig, Caruso and Betancur are still there. 
Visconti, Siutsou and Dupont have 1'58" with 35.2km to go.
Behind a huge Kiryenka is coming back to the main group. 
32 km to go Bookwalter gets caught
Embedded image permalinkAtop Passo Daone Visconti sprints to get the KOM points. Intxausti sprints from the main group (+9 points). 
Descent. Anton and Atapuma go off road in a bend. Fortunately nothing serious and they are back. Involved also Kreuziger and Van den Broeck. Gap is 1' with 24.6 km to go. All Astana still in front and Contador is isolated as Rogers is slightly dropped. 
Sioutsou waits and is back working for Konig. Kiryenka isn't far. 19 riders in the favourites group. Uran is already 4' behind!
Pinzolo: intermediate sprint and 2''. 1st Dupont but in the bunch Contador sprints to get the points. 14 km to go Dupont is caught: break over. Race on!
Madonna di Campiglio (1st cat): 15.5 km 5.9% average gradient, 12% max. Hesjedal tries to bridge  from the chasing group to the leaders. Only 14 riders left in front.
11 km to go Rosa ends his work. Sioutsou, Dupont and Betancur get dropped.
Only 12 riders left: Aru and 3 Astanas, Konig, Contador, Caruso, Visconti, Kruijswijk, Amador, Geniez, Trofimov and Monfort.
Porte is sinking 8' behind.
8 km to go Kangert ends is work. Monfort, Visconti and Monfort get dropped. Caruso and Geniez are suffering at the back. 
6 km to go Caruso and Geniez got dropped.  The front group is down to just Aru and 2 Astanas - Kangert and Landa - Konig, Contador, Kruijswijk, Trofimov and Amador.
2.30 km to go Landa attacks and Contador  goes on conter. Aru gets dropped. Contador keeps pulling, Landa is on his wheel. Aru and Trofimov manage to come back.
2 km to go Aru attacks, Contador and Landa follow. Trofimov is there. Landa attacks again and again Aru gets dropped. Trofimov gets dropped but he attacks on conter. Last km, Trofimov is in front. Contador talks with Landa and Aru: "Chasing is on you" he says. And Trofimov goes. 
Landa attacks again, catches Trofimov, wins the stage.  2nd Trofimov. Sprint for 3rd: Contador wins.
A new Team Leader for Astana? Contador is still the boss. 
Porte finishes at 27' .

Mikel Landa:
“We have a very good team in the climbs and today it was the best part of the Giro. Obviously we wanted to finish with Aru in the best place that we can but it was difficult. We have the second place with him and we will still try to win the Giro, playing with the superiority of the team.”

Leopold König:
"I'm really happy that it worked out for me today. I'm just trying to get every second back from the stupid crash we had and the two-minute time loss. I just hope that it's not going to be the difference in Milan."
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Rigoberto Uran:
"Today I didn't feel well since the start of the race. On the first climb I was struggling to stay with the first group. When they accelerated on the Passo Daone I really couldn't follow. I couldn't dig deep, I couldn't even breathe properly. I tried my best to hang on but I couldn't. Fortunately my teammates stayed with me and gave me a big help. I'm a bit sad because I counted a lot on this Giro. But I didn't completely overcome the bronchitis I suffered since the first stage. With the several days of rain it was really a lot to try and come back from bronchitis. The crash made things even worse. My will at this point is bigger than what is possible for me. The level at the Giro is really high between the competitors and the course, which means you need to be 100 percent for three weeks if you want to fight for the GC. At this moment of the race, with my condition, I am doing my best, but I have to face the reality of the situation. After today the fight for a high position in the GC is out of my grasp. We now have to look ahead with a different perspective. There are a few difficult stages in front of us. I will do my best to get a good result for my team." 

Steven Kruijswijk:
"My performance yesterday was no coincidence. Today I had a good feeling in my legs. Jan Boven had warned me for the descent and so knew I had to be at the front there and I gained time on some competitors.
Embedded image permalinkAfter the descent to the Campiglio, Astana began to push hard in the front. It was predictable. The pace was hard but then with ten kilometres from the finish, Tanel Kangert started pulling a murderous pace and behind me, a lot of riders dropped off. I could stay there until three to the end, but when Contador attacked, I couldn’t follow.
I look at it day by day. When I can continue to perform around a top five in the stages then a top ten is possible. But again, I want to take it day by day. The last week was very hard and also I have to spread my energy. First thing tomorrow is to enjoy the rest day and put the legs up in the air."

Damiano Caruso:
"I was alone, but Fabio Baldato said into the radio to 'go, go, go, go. I tried not to lose too many seconds from the leaders of the race. We will try to get into the top five next week. There are still many more hard stages to come."

Alberto Contador:
“In the final sprint, you always want to pick up a bonus if you can, especially as it doesn’t use up energy that might cost you later in the race. Clearly everyone would like to win a stage of the Giro, especially in a legendary place like Madonna di Campiglio. But it was a complicated climb today, there were a lot of Astana riders in the front group, and the gradients weren’t very steep for much of the climb. Landa was incredible, too, so it wasn’t easy.
I need to analyse every stage, there might be days where I could attack rather than defend, if my legs allow.
Landa was stronger than Aru, I think we saw that today. You never know. Maybe he showed today that he had more than Aru alright. Aru was on the limit after his attack, but then you don’t know if things will be the same as that in the days ahead.
This is a long Giro and everybody has good days and less good days. But I’m not worried, I’m happy, I have good sensations. 
Three Grand Tours in 2015? I think Martinelli is very optimistic. It’s easy to talk but I’ve been riding Grand Tours for a long time and I know how hard it is to do just one, let alone three. There’s not a lot of time to recover between them. I’ll give everything to win the Giro and then I’ll rest up and prepare for the Tour. The energy you use up in a Grand Tour is mental as well as physical.
Pantani was an inspiration when I started to get interested in cycling. I’d watch him on television and then I’d get out on my bike and imitate him on the climbs.”

Embedded image permalinkFabio Aru:
“Contador showed he’s in great shape but he’s beatable because today we beat him with Mikel. The Astana team have won another stage and that’s the important thing. I saw that Mikel was riding well, so it was right he tried something. I was being marked and so he won. There was no misunderstanding. The important thing was to drop Alberto and the Katusha rider after all the work that our teammates had done for us.”

1 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 4:22:35
2 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:02
3 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:05
4 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:06
5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:00:38
6 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:42
7 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:01:00
8 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team 0:01:10
9 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:49
10 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:02:13
11 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:02:18
12 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:03:11
13 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:03:48
14 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:03:50
15 Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:46
16 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:05:05
17 Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:05:10
18 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:05:11
19 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team 0:05:14
20 Igor Anton (Spa) Movistar Team
21 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team
22 Jonathan Monsalve (Ven) Southeast Pro Cycling 0:05:20
23 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:05:33
24 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:05:47
25 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:17
26 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky 0:06:32
27 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky
28 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:06:55
29 Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:07:21
30 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:07:50
31 Fabio Felline (Ita) TrekRacing
32 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:08:00
33 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
34 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step
35 Grega Bole (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
36 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
37 Mauro Finetto (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
38 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF
39 Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ.fr
40 Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:08:55
41 Edoardo Zardini (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:09:36
42 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:11:18
43 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:12:05
44 Luca Chirico (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:14:02
45 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
46 Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
47 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
48 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
49 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
50 Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Team Katusha
51 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:16:34
52 Gianfranco Zilioli (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
53 Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling
54 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team
55 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
56 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha
57 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:16:37
58 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
59 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:16:49
60 Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo 0:17:17
61 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
62 Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
63 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
64 Francesco Bongiorno (Ita) Bardiani CSF
65 Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
66 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) TrekRacing
67 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
68 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
69 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
70 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling
71 Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.fr
72 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team
73 Dayer Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
74 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 0:17:48
75 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:17:55
76 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:19:35
77 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
78 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha
79 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team
80 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:24:05
81 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal
82 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Soudal
83 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr
84 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:27:04
85 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
86 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
87 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
88 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
89 Pier Paolo De Negri (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
90 Elia Favilli (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
91 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
92 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha
93 Ivan Rovny (Rus) Tinkoff-Saxo
94 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro Team
95 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
96 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
97 Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team
98 Matteo Busato (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling
99 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
100 Gang Xu (Chn) Lampre-Merida 
101 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:27:11
102 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team 0:27:20
103 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:27:33
104 Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
105 Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
106 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step
107 Juan Jose Lobato (Spa) Movistar Team 0:28:11
108 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:31:38
109 Alessandro Malaguti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
110 Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSF
111 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
112 Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Team Giant-Alpecin
113 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre-Merida
114 Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
115 Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) TrekRacing
116 Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky
117 Riccardo Stacchiotti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini
118 Eduard Michael Grosu (Rom) Nippo - Vini Fantini
119 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha
120 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida
121 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
122 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
123 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge
124 Rick Flens (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo
125 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
126 Calvin Watson (Aus) TrekRacing
127 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge
128 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling
129 Bartlomiej Matysiak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
130 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr
131 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr
132 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
133 Janier Acevedo (Col) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
134 Elia Viviani (Ita) Team Sky 135 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge
136 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin
137 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
138 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal
139 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling
140 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo
141 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
142 Fabio Silvestre (Por) TrekRacing
143 Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Southeast Pro Cycling
144 Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
145 Nikolay Mihaylov (Bul) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
146 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
147 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge
148 Serghei Tvetcov (Rom) Androni Giocattoli
149 Marco Coledan (Ita) TrekRacing
150 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Alpecin
151 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Soudal
152 Boy Van Poppel (Ned) TrekRacing
153 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) FDJ.fr
154 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 
155 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
156 Iljo Keisse (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
157 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr
158 Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
159 Arnaud Courteille (Fra) FDJ.fr
160 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
161 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin
162 Caleb Fairly (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin
163 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha
164 Davide Appollonio (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
165 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
166 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) TrekRacing
167 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) IAM Cycling
168 Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:32:02
169 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:32:05
170 Bert De Backer (Bel) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:32:11
171 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling
172 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
173 Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida 0:32:57
174 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Southeast Pro Cycling 0:33:06
DNS Oscar Gatto (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
DNS Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) TrekRacing
DNF Nicola Ruffoni (Ita) Bardiani CSF
DNF Stef Clement (Ned) IAM Cycling
DNF Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team
1 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 60:01:34
2 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:35
3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:04:19
4 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:04:46
5 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky 0:06:36
6 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:06:58
7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:07:10
8 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:08:20
9 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:09:53
10 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:10:03

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