Thursday, February 23, 2017

Giro News

Contador assesses his rivals on stage 11 of Giro d’Italia

Tinkoff-Saxo’s team captain Alberto Contador retained his pink jersey on the rainy stage 11 of the Giro, where breakaway rider Ilnur Zakarin took the win. Although the terrain didn’t favor the GC riders, Contador chose to launch an attack on the last hill.

Elaborating on the day, Alberto Contador says he saw some interesting details during his attack on the top of the short, final climb with 6km to go.

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2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 11 Preview

The riders return to the bumps on the road for Wednesday’s Stage 11.  The 153kms from Forli to Imola are constantly up and down, including three categorized climbs. 

The first intermediate sprint occurs at 7.6kms, so a break will be hard-pressed to escape until after, probably securing around a minute or two by the summit of the first categorized climb for the day, the cat-3 Passo Del Trebbio.  Various other climbs, although none ranked, lie between the Trebbio and the next categorized climb, the cat-3 Valico Del Prugno. 

On the descent, the riders will encounter the second intermediate sprint and the feedzone.

The final climb of the day—the cat-4 Tre Monti, falls just 23kms from the finish.  So, my guess is this will be a good day for the break or an attacker to pull off a win. 

2015 Giro d'Italia: Stage 10 Preview

The day after a rest day is always tricky for the riders.  It’s a test of how well they used their “day off” to recover while maintaining form.  For injured or ill riders, particular race leader Alberto Contador or Movistar’s Rigoberto Uran, the rest day was probably a very welcome sight indeed. Nonetheless, time to continue on  in the race!

Stage 10 will lead the riders 199kms from Civitanova Marche to Forli and should be a sprint victory.  The feedzone comes at 91kms with the only categorized climb of the day, the cat-4 Monte Di Bartolo, about 10kms thereafter.  By this point, the day’s break away should be fairly well-established. 

 

The second half of the course, however, is interesting in that the two intermediate sprints occur so close to one another AND so close to the end of the race—one at 159.4kms and one at 178.8kms. 

My guess? The riders will start gearing up for the first of the intermediate sprints, the break will start a game of cat and mouse around the second, and the trains of the sprinters will line things up for a “catch” and “set up” finale. 

Alberto Contador: “Each day after my crash I've been getting better”

Alberto Contador did a light recovery ride with his teammates of Tinkoff-Saxo during the first rest day of the Giro d'Italia 2015. After an hour of riding, the squad returned to the hotel and Alberto met with the press, after also having tested his time trial position ahead of Saturday’s long time trial. 

At the press conference, Alberto Contador, who spends the first rest day of Giro d’Italia in the leader’s jersey, spoke about his race so far, his crash and injury and the challenges ahead.



-This morning you tested the time trial bike, did you want to adjust something?

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Tinkoff-Saxo and Contador wrap up first week at Giro d’Italia still in pink

Tinkoff-Saxo deflected an array of attacks from its rival teams, while Alberto Contador himself responded to accelerations from Fabio Aru in the race finale. Consequently, Tinkoff-Saxo will spend the rest day still in the lead, while Alberto Contador notes that he already today felt progress with his injured shoulder and knee.


Finishing in a select group of favorites with Aru, Landa and Porte behind stage winner Paolo Tiralongo, Alberto Contador comments that he was happy with his sensations on the “unusual stage”.

Read more: Tinkoff-Saxo and Contador wrap up first week at Giro d’Italia still in pink

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