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Giro Stage 7:- Sulmona to Foligno 211km *Spoiler*

RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
edited May 2016 in Pro race
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Another win for someone from the break or will they be chased down by the sprinter teams?

Flat, but it looks like there are some tricky bends in the last 2km, so positioning will be crucial if there is going to be a mass, bunched sprint.
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  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Well before the cameras start to roll on today's stage, the route heads through Popoli ...

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    ... then we get that early Cat2 climb, which will be of great interest to those who are battling for the Maglia Azzurra (Cunego et al)
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    The three riders in the early break - Patrick Grestch (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Stefan Küng (BMC) and Jay McCarthy (Tinkoff). Team Nippo are chasing so that they don't miss out.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Placings over the Cat2 Svolte de Popoli as follows:

    1. Kung 2. McCarthy 3. Gretsch (all from the early break) then 4. Wellens 5. Cunego 6. Visconti.

    With that MTF yesterday that could mean Wellens has overtaken Cunego for the KOM blue jersey.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Yep Wellens is KOM leader

    Front group of 55, inc all the main favourites, now have 2m19s over the rest. 45km covered. 38.2kph avg speed.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    If the pace stays high it could tricky for the sprinters and their teams as they decide whether it is going to be worth the effort today.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Kung's gone again and has 1:08 on the GC peloton
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Much more varied split of PTP picks today but the top four are:

    Greipel - 36%
    Kittel - 25%
    Demare - 14%
    Nizzolo - 11%

    Others include Ewan, Hofland, Modolo, and Lars Bak.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Several GC guys in 2nd peloton. Ulissi, Zakarin, Chaves, Uran. 2 mins behind peloton 1.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    After 80km Kung, Domont, Ciccone, Denifl, Koshevoy & Martinez have 2'30" on what's looking like a single peloton after that early activity when sprinters and significant others were dropped.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    100km to go and the breakaway group has 3mins on the rest. This stage is very similar to S7 of the 2014 race. Nacer Bouhanni won on that day in a bunch sprint ahead of Nizzolo and Mezgec.
  • philwintphilwint Posts: 763
    Man down - but ambulance looked to be up very quickly
  • imatfaalimatfaal Posts: 2,716
    Javier Moreno down hard - looks as if he is being taken off to hospital
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Speed the peloton are going up the last Cat4 climb, the Valico Della Somma, no-one is going to get detached. Breakaway only has 1'30", which probably has something to do with it. They won't want a catch too soon as this will just encourage lots of attacks later on.

    Edit - Cunego is trying to gain a few points to hold on to the blue jersey by going off the front of the main field.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Cunego didn't succeed. The little prince will cede the jersey to Wellens.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Cannnondale hammering it, while Kittel slips off the back. Kung still out front...
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,012
    Cannondale: anyone?
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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Cannondale: anyone?

    Need to get on TV somehow!
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    This finish is where Cummings took that win at TA, non? So maybe Cannondale setting up Navardaskas (who's launched similar attacks before)...
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Break caught. Kittel made it back to the peloton... some dodgy bends on the run into the finish...
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    BTW for friends of the podcast - Larry Warbasse was DNS due to back pains.
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,932
    kittle bike change
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Kittel mechanical at 5km
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Grielpel & his team right at the front as they head for the nasty bends.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Greipel takes it. Lotto-Soudal having a decent Giro...
  • On a plate for Ewan and he didn't show anything there. Disappointing.

    Greipel looking strong.

    Hat trick for Lotto-Soudal!
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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Top 10:
    Greipel
    Nizzolo
    Modolo
    Ewan
    Battaglin
    Trentin
    Prosev
    Tcatevitch
    Ruffoni
    Viviani
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    edited May 2016
    Good win for Greipel that. Didn't panic, used his experience then his power. Nothing straight forward about it at all.
  • ben@31[email protected] Posts: 2,322
    edited May 2016
    200m from the end, Greipel engages beast mode and makes everyone else look like they're stationary as he disappears over the line.
    Im surprised Greipel doesn't bend his bike when accelerating with such explosive power.
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  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Ewan young and got a lot to learn.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,012
    Strung out in single file for 20kms followed by an over cluttered bunch sprint.
    Flipping odd stage.
    Tomorrow, we have a Vuelta stage. :)
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