Sunday, May 24, 2015

Giro Stage 15: Able to Fly Free

The Gruppo Maglia Rosa kept shucking riders as they neared Madonna Di Campiglio.  For the last couple of kilometers the group came down to race leader, Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo), the wearer of the white jersey and second place rider, Fabio Aru (Astana), his teammate Mikel Landa and Yury Trofimov (Katusha).  Each of the men took turns attacking the other three, each time Landa got a gap, he would then wait for his team leader, Fabio Aru.  As the other three started looking at each other, Trofimov sprung his final effort to claim the stage.  With just 500 meters to go, it look liked the Russian had pulled it off, until Landa was given the okay to go for the stage, leaving Aru behind.  Landa had the legs to drop everyone and spread his arms wide in a joyous victory salute.  Trofimov held on for second and Contador grabbed some more bonus seconds beating Aru across the line to claim the final podium spot.  Landa's victory moved him up on the general classification presenting another Astana rider to challenge the Pink Jersey.

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Giro Stage 15: Hunting Alone

Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale Garmin) apparently got frustrated with the slow pace of the chasing group that was two minutes behind the Gruppo Maglia Rosa.  He sprang out of the group of chasers and went off alone in hopes of catching those up the road.  At this point on the long straightaway he can just see them making the sweeping right turn.  Hesjedal is not having the best of Giro's, certainly not coming close to his overall victory in 2012.  Sadly, this is as close as the Canadian got to the Maglia Rosa both the wearer or perhaps the chance of wearing it.

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Giro Stage 15: Visiting the Doctor

Amongst the members of the following caravan is the all important Medical Assistance car.  Those that are suffering from both new wrecks and old ones alike can drop back to visit the doctor while tooling along at 40 kilometers an hour.  The descent off of the Passo Daone was fast, twisting and narrow.  One of the especially tight turns was further constricted by a rather foolish reporter and motorcycle driver who stopped on the road surface in order to broadcast a mid race report.  Several riders went down trying to avoid the fools, most notably Damiano Caruso (BMC) who dived head first into the soft dirt.  While I didn't see Igor Anton (Movistar) go down, I assume he was one of those who had difficulty negotiating the narrow descent.  One of the common methods of treatment is the 'magical spray' that is both disinfectant and numbing agent that will tend to the immediate symptoms of the crash and help prevent infection.

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Giro Stage 15: Nearing the Summit

These three, Kanstanstin Siutsu (Sky), Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) and Hubert Dupont (AG2R) slipped off the front of the dimished break away and set about the second climb of the day up the Passo Daone.  The trio had gotten annoyed with Sergio Palinho (Tinkoff Saxo) and Diego Rosa (Astana) sitting on, not contributing to the effort of escaping the peloton.  Giovanni now has to try and grab the maximum King of the Mountains points to help defend his teammate, Benat Intxuasti's lead in the KOM competition.  Siutsu is hoping to redeem the aspirations of his team with the collapse of their leader, Richie Porte.  However, only Team Sky would be moaning about how bad their Grand Tour is going when they have won two stages and have a man in the top ten overall.

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Giro Stage 15: Into a Long Dark Tunnel

The most recent man to join the continuously swelling breakaway was the Italian Sergio Palinho (Tinkoff Saxo).  He had bridged across from the peloton mainly as an insurance policy for the Tinkoff Saxo leader, Alberto Contador.  As Paulinho slide onto the back of the break as Diego Rosa (Astana) was discussing the teams alternatives on besting the strong and talented Contador.  Benat Intxausti (Movistar) had zipped down the first mountain and looked well positioned to achieve his goal of securing his hold on the blue of the King of the Mountains jersey.  As the group road across the valley floor, they passed through several tunnels carved through the steep foothills of the Dolomites.

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Giro Stage 15: Securing Azure

Benat Intxausti (Movistar) bedecked in the Azure Blue King of the Mountains Jersey jumped out of the large breakaway on the climb up La Fricca, along with his teammate, Giovanni Visconti and a previous stage winner, Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha),  Intxausti had hit the breakaway fulling intending to be the first to reach the top of all three of the climbs that faced those remaining in the 98th Giro de Italia.  By summiting the climb up to La Fricca, he could chalk off the first of the three catagorized climbs of stage 15.  With the return of the sun, the fans came back out in droves to watch their heroes struggle up the climbs that they have all strained to climb on their own bicycles.

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Giro Stage 15: Getting Established


Usually, a breakaway goes from the moment the peloton leaves the neutral start zone.  Today, riders attempted to get away and were reeled back in time after time.  With 80 kilometers covered it was still failed attack after another as the peloton approached the first big climb of the day.  This mixture seemed to contain a member of just about every team in the Giro, which is often what is needed to make a break stick.  But the peloton wasn't yet ready to let this group go, it seems it was a little too big.  Big breaks can often generate as much speed as the peloton, so the GC men or the sprinters will try to control just how many guys slip up the road.  Some of those who had managed to get into this group were, Maxime Bouet (Etixx Qucikstep), Salvatore Puccio (Sky), Ruben Fernandez (Movistar), Stig Broeckx (Lotto Soudal) and Cedric Pineau (FDJ).

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Giro Stage 14: Driving Back into Pink

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) must not have been happy about how he lost his Maglia Rosa on Stage 13.  The Spaniard has always been great against the clock, so it came as no surprise that he was able to reclaim pink from the less time trial capable Fabio Aru (Astana).  But the erstwhile wear of pink finished just 14 seconds behind the winner of the stage, Vasil Kiryienka (Sky).  The ride definitely put the Tinkoff Saxo team leader back in pink, but also left him over two minutes ahead of the Italian, Aru.

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Giro Stage 14: Slipping Around

For many on the course up to Valdobbiadone, slipping around had more to do with the wet roads and the notoriously unstable time trial machines.  While I didn't see any riders actually hit the tarmac, many slid on the corners, particularly those with painted road markings.  For Steve Kruijswijk (LottoNL Jumbo), the slipping around is in reference to his slipping around his 'two minute man' (the rider who left the start gate two minutes ahead of him).  Kruijswijk has been showing himself in most every break away that has succeed to the line ahead of the peloton, sadly he has twice finished second on those stages.  Today, he was not to win, again.  But his ride certainly help to move him up the GC and to solidify his reputation as a strong man of the peloton.  I was unable to get the name of the rider from Tinkoff Saxo who fell to the faster Dutchman.

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Giro Stage 14: Starting His Defense

Fabio Aru (Astana) was the final racer to roll down the start ramp in Treviso.  Due to his Maglia Rosa, he was the last competitor to attack the 59.4 kilometer race of truth.  Today's time trial was the longest in the Giro in nearly a decade and was a combination of a long flat course and a dominantly uphill finish.  Aru is not known for his abilities in the race of truth, but hoped for the 'power of the pink'.  It is well documented that holding the leader's jersey in a Grand Tour enables riders to turn in miraculous rides that far exceed their previous achievements.  Aru was unable to pull out the upset and retain the overall lead, but his ride brought respect to the Maglia Rosa.

Each rider is follow by both a team car and a race official.  Those that are of interest to Italian television are also followed on the ground by a TV Moto and in the air by one of the helicopter mounted cameras.

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