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Giro Stage 8 - Foligno to Arezzo *Spoiler*

RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
edited May 2016 in Pro race
Thought I would get in early with this one. The Giro now heads for Tuscany and with some luck we will see some GC action, though this could be limited due to the ITT on Sunday.

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We might see some attacks on the Alpe di Poti with around 20km to go. Sterrato on the profile = unsealed, gravel surface which will make the climbing more of a challenge.

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Failing that, check out the small ramp just before the finish which could catch out a few riders and lead to some gaps opening up right at the end of the stage.

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,663 Lives Here
    Love stages like this.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    We know what you're doing tomorrow then...
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Just about guarantees that a breakaway will stick and the GC favourites will just mark one another & save their energy for the TT then :wink:
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,663 Lives Here
    dish_dash wrote:
    We know what you're doing tomorrow then...

    Walking around harrods with the with the future in-laws?
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,012
    Might be wet, too.
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  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    the in-laws?
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,663 Lives Here
    Grim.
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    the weather?
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  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    Anyway, there isn't going to be any real GC action here, is there? TT next up, and unless the weathererally shakes it up the preceding kms aren't going to be enough to soften the legs up, are they?

    Which, if my normal predicting skills are on display, means carnage.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,663 Lives Here
    If you can't survive this stage you ain't a GC contender.
  • MechanismMechanism Posts: 895
    GCN preview of the Alpe di Poti https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc7dqnGUIv4.

    Hope the stage lives up to its potential.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Anything could happen today
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,433
    joelsim wrote:
    Anything could happen today

    TWH's Rule of Sport - If anything could happen, nothing will.

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  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    joelsim wrote:
    Anything could happen today

    TWH's Rule of Sport - If anything could happen, nothing will.

    (There's no future for me at Sky Sports Marketing Team)

    I'm just hedging my bets.
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    Mechanism wrote:
    GCN preview of the Alpe di Poti https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc7dqnGUIv4.

    Hope the stage lives up to its potential.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,433
    https://www.instagram.com/p/BFYelMAqIYe/

    Daniel Lloyd ‏@daniellloyd1 · 1h1 hour ago

    Last few hundred metres of today's climb



    Daniel Lloyd ‏@daniellloyd1 · 33m33 minutes ago

    Ironically, organisers decided that the road leading to the dirt track was too rough, so resurfaced it
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,060
    Excited- sun's out, been out on the bike, giro's on. Good day :)
  • MechanismMechanism Posts: 895
    There's a 13-man break with about 3 mins on the peleton. It includes some contenders for the stage e.g. Brambilla and Moreno Moser.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Given that Brambilla is only 1'56 down on GC, I'm bemused why he would go in the break
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Just under 80km to go & the break has around 4'20" on the rest.
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,932
    no one watching or has the forum died?
  • hammeritehammerite Posts: 3,408
    joelsim wrote:
    Given that Brambilla is only 1'56 down on GC, I'm bemused why he would go in the break

    He's done ok so far.

    Brambilla in the lead by himself. 21km to go, 2m 55 gap to the favourite group (no Dumoulin in there). On the dirt climb.
  • hammeritehammerite Posts: 3,408
    Mad_Malx wrote:
    no one watching or has the forum died?

    like buses.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,060
    Valverde and Nibali (plus others) have got about 30s on the Dumoulin group. Dumoulin isn't looking very comfortable. Seems barely able to hold the group he's in either, could lose a lot of time.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,060
    Yep Dumoulin is dropped from his group.

    Brambilla is up the road, then the remnants of the break, then the Valverde/Nibali group at 2'40" and Dumoulin at 3'12".
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,932
    I see the giro is sponsored by meldonium bank.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,060
    Chaves looked comfortable on the climb.

    Dumoulin is just coming over the climb - he's lost a lot of time.

    Montaguti is chasing Brambilla.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,060
    Chaves on Valverde like a limpet on the descent.

    Dumoulin has a teammate trying to ride him back on.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,060
    Brambilla 1.5km to go, 45s on Montaguti. Likely to be in pink after this unless Zakarin (who's in the main chase group with Valverde et al) gets it. They're at 2 mins.
  • hammeritehammerite Posts: 3,408
    1m 40 gap back to the favourites group at the finish. Brambilla wins the stage and goes in to pink.

    Dumoulin loses about a minute to the favourite group.
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