When it rains...
We had yet another rainy day at the Giro today, but despite a few crashes, seems like everyone made it home ok. The main concern now becomes chest infections, sore throats and colds that may come with these wet, windy conditions. Let's hope Kittel is the last of the retirements due to the crappy weather.
It's like déjà vu all over again.
It was very, very nice to see the Colombian National Champion's jersey out in the break again today. Some people may not know, but Rubiano, Anacona, Atapuma and a few of the other Colombians who ride for teams in Europe made a pact to work together during the championships last month to make sure the jersey came to Europe with them. I'm very glad that Rubiano is showing it off. He picked up a few more points in the mountain's classification today, and now we'll have to see if Team Colombia are actually making a run for the Blue Jersey. I hope they are. It may turn out to be a Colombia vs. Venezuela vs. Italy three-way smackdown.
I told you so.
Yesterday I told you today's stage was going to be way more exciting than anything we've seen so far. Fans of sprint stages can say what they want, but I'll take a finish like today's over any sprint stage ever raced in a grand tour... and it was only a 4th category bump.
A nice top 10.
Ulissi, Arredondo, Evans, Uran, Majka, Matthews, Rodriguez, Kelderman, Pozzovivo, Quintana. Two Aussies, a Pole, and three Colombians. The new cycling elite?
I've said before that Trek got a bargain by picking up Arredondo during the off season. I just hope the Colombian climber was able to negotiate a decent contract and isn't getting ripped off like so many other first-year PRO tour riders usually do.
Pozzovivo wasn't looking too hot there for a while during today's stage, hanging out toward the back of the bunch. He seems to do that a lot and I'm not sure why, but "The Doctor" finished today with class, in the first group, in 9th position.
If you add the weights of Pozzovivo, Rodriguez, Quintana and Arredondo, you'll get about an average American male.
Tomorrow we'll have another "mountain top" finish. Montecassino isn't the steepest, most difficult pass in Italy, but It's the first 2nd category climb of this years race. I'm expecting a very similar race to what we saw today. I'll take that, thank you very much.