Wednesday, June 28, 2017

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Gilbert Doubles Up At The Giro d'Italia

Philippe Gilbert captured his second stage of this year's Giro d'Italia Thursday after soloing out of a breakaway that included teammate Amaël Moinard, who finished fifth.

Gilbert earned the BMC Racing Team its 10th victory of the season by attacking 19 kilometers from the finish. He soloed his BMC teammachine SLR01 in 47 seconds ahead of Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani-CSF Pro Team) and 61 seconds ahead of Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling), who won a six-up sprint for third.

 

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Contador launches attack from afar to extend his lead at Giro d’Italia

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador was well aware of what lay ahead on the decisive climb Monte Ologno, as he launched a strong attack at the bottom with 43km to go on stage 18. The determination would eventually net him 1’13” to his main rivals and at the finish line he had extended his overall lead to 5’15” over Mikel Landa.


While Philippe Gilbert won stage 18 from the breakaway, Alberto Contador extended his lead over his GC rivals after the Tinkoff-Saxo captain had put in an acceleration at the bottom of Monte Ologno – a climb he knew very well.

 

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Tinkoff-Saxo took no risk in protecting Contador before the tricky stage 18

Tinkoff-Saxo’s Alberto Contador finished in the front main group sprinting for glory after a fast descend down towards the captain’s hometown of Lugano had ripped the peloton apart. Contador maintains his 4’02” lead before tomorrow’s stage to Verbania that, according to Steven de Jongh, might see the GC guys going toe-to-toe.

 


Once again there was no rest for the weary in the Giro d’Italia, as stage 17, which on paper looked like a transition stage, turned out fast and hectic. Tinkoff-Saxo’s Head Sports Director Steven de Jongh asserts that the team did well in protecting the team leader.

 

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2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 18 Preview

So far, we have learned that this Giro is far from predictable.  Stage 18 is one of those stages that about the only "safe" prediction that can be made is it's not going to be a sprinter first across the line!

 The riders will tackle 170kms from Melide to Verbania, starting in Switzerland before returning to Italy. 

The first 100kms are relatively “tame” with the intermediate sprint falling in Stresa at 79kms.  The feed zone in Feriolo will allow the riders to get amped back up for the next sprint on the top of an uncategorized climb in Bieno. 

Things get really tough on the cat-1 Monte Ologno at 134kms.  This steep monster is 10.4kms long with an average gradient of 9%, reaching 13% at some places! A very tricky descent, including several additional climbs along the way, will befall the riders before the conclusion in Verbania.  I could see one or two men from the early break away desperately holding on, but this would be a good chance for a GC man to put in some time over his rivals as well.

2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 17 Preview


The non-climbers should be happy to leave the higher mountains on Stage 17, running a short 134kms from Tirano to Lugano.  This also will take the riders into neighboring Switzerland. 

 

 

The route isn’t perfectly flat.  There is a cat-3, Teglio, that summits just after 15kms.  And after yesterday’s stage, that could hurt a bit! But, rest of the route flattens after that.  There are bumps, but no more categorized climbs.

The first intermediate sprint occurs at Morbegno, roughly 60kms in. The  second is just over 40kms later.  So my prediction is both of these will go to the break.  But, despite a bump 5kms out from the finish, I think the sprinters’ trains should be able to reel in the break and set things up for their fast man. 

 

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