Oops. I did it again.
So, I went out with a bunch of friends last night and ended up drinking at a bar with the Pittsburgh Penguins. I drank way, way, way too much. Again. At some point this morning, in the midst of the headache and nausea I realized I had missed the stage. I need to curb the partying during Grand Tours. Anyway, since I didn't actually watch the stage, I can't promise that this post will have any substance.
The Colombian Conspiracy continues.
Featured in today's breakaway were Robinson "El Chala" Chalapud for Team Colombia and Winner Anacona of Lampre. I'm not sure why Lampre would send a climber on a breakaway on a day like today, but I'm glad Winner is getting some exposure. Plus, he's in my fantasy team.
Another sprint finish.
Nacer Bouhanni won his second stage of the Giro. Good for him and good for FDJ. Nizzolo and Mezgec completed the podium. As I read the results I was glad to see Leo Duque in the top 20, and Petacchi coming in just ahead of Urán. I guess he is, in fact, there to protect Rigo.
Rodriguez did not start this morning thanks to a broken thumb and yet another broken rib courtesy of yesterday's crash. It's really too bad. Purito isn't getting any younger and is running out of Grand Tours. This Giro suited him quite well. He's already at home and said he was going to "disappear" for about ten days. Can't say I blame him.
Tomorrow we'll have the first proper mountain top finish of this year's Giro and if any of the GC contenders are as eager to get this show on the road as I am, the stage is gonna be coconuts. The final climb to Montecopiolo is basically two GPMs in one. The riders will first crest the Villaggio del Lago and after a short descent head up again to the finish line. The total climb is just under 19kms, averaging 6.3% and with a 13% ramp in the last kilometer. The stage was almost tailor-made for Rodriguez. I guess Arredondo is just gonna have to win it now.