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Giro 2017: Stage 7 - Castrovillari > Albertobello (224 km) **Spoilers**

RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
edited May 2017 in Pro race
Ok here goes ...

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Probably a bunch sprint after yesterday's win from the breakaway group, but the final few kms in the town centre might be tricky for a full gas full peloton to negotiate.

Dmitriy Kozontchuk and Giuseppe Fonzi are the two riders up front. No surprise to see a Wilier rider there since they missed yesterday's break. 110km to go, gap at 4 min.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,911
    The latest PTP opinion poll sees a huge swing of support away from Ewan to Gaviria - they are neck and neck now. But with a commanding lead the establishment candidate Greipel is still expected to win.

    Greipel 41.5%
    Gaviria 26.8%
    Ewan 26.8%
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  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Going to be one of those days when the commentators really earn their €
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    edited May 2017
    Fonzi (Wilier Triestina), Ponzi (CCC) and Kozonchuk (Gazprom) made the break of the day practically from the gun. Ponzi had a mechanical, which put him out of the break. Shame as it could have lit up the commentary until the peloton decides to go for it... Fonzi and Ponzi

    104km to go, gap 4'23". Smart money on the break being reeled in and a sprint deciding it.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,911
    RonB wrote:
    Going to be one of those days when the commentators really earn their €
    Rob Hatch should just read a book aloud. Maybe The Rider by Tim Krabbe. He could serialise it over several stages.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,911
    Fonzi (Wilier Triestina), Ponzi (CCC) and Kozonchuk (Gazprom) made the break of the day practically from the gun. Ponzi had a mechanical, which put him out of the break. Shame as it could have lit up the commentary until the peloton decides to go for it... Fonzi and Ponzi
    Fonzi is cool but Ponzi is a bit of a schemer.
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  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    In other news, Colin (of this parish) has set a new para world record. Chapeau!
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,761
    And the stage has finished with a Jumbo 1-2-3!!!
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    Oh how embarrassing, I didn't look at the route book properly and am 3hrs too early.
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    95km to go, gap down to 3'13". Down by 1'10" in 9km.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 9,162
    Why didn't I know there was a rider called Fonzi? Combined with Jack Bauer, there's the stirrings of a specialist fantasy team there.
    and then the next thing you know
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    Jungels' bike looks very tasteful. As does his kit. The glasses might be a bit much though.
    85km to go, gap creeping out again 3'51"
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,761
    So who is our "Pedaleur de Charme" of the day?
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,129
    Are they going to finish before it gets dark?
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,725
    While we wait Bloomberg has got some nice mix of photos about the Giro and its history...

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/photo-es ... -bike-race
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    Lordy be! Still 47km to go. Gap 2'18"
    I don't think I believe Rob Hayles suggesting that it will kick off in the final 40km
  • FocusZingFocusZing Posts: 4,416
    Cheers nice shots.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    So, after this funeral procession, a technical, mostly downhill charge, a ninety degree bend at half a km, followed by a "blind" sprint?
    Nice work RCS. Wait until the mountains and ITT are almost upon them, then put the GC boys in harm's way.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • FlâneurFlâneur Posts: 3,027
    Anything happened?
    Stevo 666 wrote: Come on you Scousers! 20/12/2014
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  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    Breakaway caught. 15km to go. Sprint trains forming and jostling for position.
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    4km to go. Peloton getting stretched out. Cannondale attack (Koren). Sky bring him back
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    2 to go. Gaps opening in bunch. Orica on front. Andre there too, Gaviria too
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    Flamme rouge. Bora driving it. Sam B there. Greipel 4th wheel, Sam B 5th
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    Ewan or Bennett or Gaviria photo
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    Ewan gets it
  • mfinmfin Posts: 6,652
    Nice sprint there. Ewan did well to hold that, thought he was gonna be nipped.
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    Gaviria 2nd, Bennett, Greipel
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,021
    Ewan finally wins, but he needed a tight, criterium circuit to do it.
    Another 220kms long censored .
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,744 Lives Here
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  • wombly_kneeswombly_knees Posts: 657
    Nice one. Greipel's had a bit of a censored race so far despite his win.

    When does the race actually begin?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,911
    Nice one. Greipel's had a bit of a shoot race so far despite his win.

    When does the race actually begin?
    Sunday possibly
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  • wombly_kneeswombly_knees Posts: 657
    Cheers
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