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Giro Stage 4 - Catanzaro to Praia-a-Mare *spoiler*

RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
edited May 2016 in Pro race
Italy after the long transfer. Will all/ some of the sprinters make it over the final climb to compete for the win?

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This is the important climb which tops out with just 8km to go -

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A series of tight bends after the fast descent will make it difficult for sprint teams to chase down any lead group, but after that it looks like a straight 2.5km run along the seafront to the finish.
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  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Early break - Mohoric, Brändle, Boem and Rosskopf. Team Nippo are not too happy to have missed it though, so it looks like these 4 will get caught. 50km covered in the first hour. Peloton riding along the Calabrian coast -

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    Source @giroditalia
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,631 Lives Here
    Fast first hour: 50kph
  • specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,242
    Fast first hour: 50kph

    Current 18mph dead easterly - which would have been a full tail wind to the coast
  • TurfleTurfle Posts: 3,762
    Exciting finish today I think.

    Love that Rob Hatch just started to translate Visconti's English answer into English!
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,892
    Very interesting finish I think.

    Probably be one of those scenarios where 15 or so riders kick off on the climb, get a gap but then mess about wanting someone else to do the work.
  • Topper harleyTopper harley Posts: 599
    Reading the inner ring preview of today's stage at work today...i think this stage is a little tougher than maybe some will be expecting
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    PTP Picks for today look like this:

    Kittel - 38%
    Demare - 16%
    Colbrelli - 7%
    Viviani - 7%
    Nizzolo - 7%
    Trentin - 4%
    Wellens - 4%
    Ewan - 4%

    Also one off picks for Bak, Battaglin, Cancellara, Jungels, Moser, and Sbaragli.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,011
    Nizzolo getting a very long dose of magic spanner and Pelucchi showing once again, that he can't climb, even at pedestrian pace.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    After Diamante comes the cat3 San Pietro. The top of the climb comes with 50km to go. Leaders have 30" on the main field.
  • Topper harleyTopper harley Posts: 599
    that gap came down very fast
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,631 Lives Here
    Gizza shout when I should turn it on.
  • Topper harleyTopper harley Posts: 599
    Kittel going backwards..
  • Topper harleyTopper harley Posts: 599
    Astana pushing it now
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 905
    No commentary on eurosport or has my account been upgraded?
  • ShadowriderShadowrider Posts: 483
    Here's a working English stream from Eurosport 15K to go, Kittel out the back, probably a reduced bunch sprint for the end.

    http://cricfree.sx/update/euro.php
  • Topper harleyTopper harley Posts: 599
    Just seen the final climb...thats bloody steep
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Just staring the dash to the foot of the last climb and 14km to go. Now might be a good time Rick.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Climb starts now. Leaders have 34" on the main peloton.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,572
    dish_dash wrote:
    PTP Picks for today look like this:

    Kittel - 38%
    Demare - 16%
    Colbrelli - 7%
    Viviani - 7%
    Nizzolo - 7%
    Trentin - 4%
    Wellens - 4%
    Ewan - 4%

    Also one off picks for Bak, Battaglin, Cancellara, Jungels, Moser, and Sbaragli.

    I'm assuming that, like me, no one really looked at the profile today...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 905
    Here's a working English stream from Eurosport 15K to go, Kittel out the back, probably a reduced bunch sprint for the end.

    http://cricfree.sx/update/euro.php

    Cheers, not sure why my eurosport player just has ambient noise.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Moto doing a grand job up front for the leaders :roll:
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,932
    Here's a working English stream from Eurosport 15K to go, Kittel out the back, probably a reduced bunch sprint for the end.

    http:// cricfree.sx /update /euro.php

    That stream screws my browser
  • ShadowriderShadowrider Posts: 483
    If Landa looses time here he really has no chance to win this race I think.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    ddraver wrote:
    dish_dash wrote:
    PTP Picks for today look like this:

    Kittel - 38%
    Demare - 16%
    Colbrelli - 7%
    Viviani - 7%
    Nizzolo - 7%
    Trentin - 4%
    Wellens - 4%
    Ewan - 4%

    Also one off picks for Bak, Battaglin, Cancellara, Jungels, Moser, and Sbaragli.

    I'm assuming that, like me, no one really looked at the profile today...

    Well the Kittel pick % is well down on the last two stages...
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 905
    Landa lucky there, if Astana had started drilling it he could have struggled to get back on.
  • Topper harleyTopper harley Posts: 599
    that ramp has blown the race apart
  • ShadowriderShadowrider Posts: 483
    jam1e wrote:
    Landa lucky there, if Astana had started drilling it he could have struggled to get back on.

    Yeah, I'm working whilst flicking between watching and listening to this, I misheard how far back Landa was, and for a second thought he was in the Kittel group.

    Valverde maybe for this stage and a pink Jersey.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    With the bonus seconds on offer many riders from the Nibs group will fancy being in the Maglia Rosa tonight.
  • Topper harleyTopper harley Posts: 599
    Sky should have taken big Kiryienka to help Landa on the flat
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,572
    Clever by Ullissi this. good ride
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
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