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Giro 2017 Stage 13 Reggio Emilia to Tortona *Spoiler*

RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,895
edited May 2017 in Pro race
Pancake flat sprint stage. Last chance for the fast men.

On twitter said that if the Stelvio stage is the Queen stage then this is the Prince Edward stage

Today's PTP sees a huge swing towards Gaviria (a massive turnaround after no-one picked him on the first stage he won)

Gaviria 58.5%
Greipel 17%
Ewan 14.5%
Bennett 7.5%
Battaglin 2.5%
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,013
    edited May 2017
    So, SDB suggests to Ashley that it wasn't the crash with the moto that did for Geraint, but the crash earlier in the stage.
    Perhaps he can rest up and taper back to the shape he was in coming here and get a good top 10 result at the Tour, while still towing Froome around the French mountains.

    Anyhow, pan flat you say?

    Map:-
    T13_Tortona_plan-1.jpg

    Profile:-
    T13_Tortona_alt-1.jpg

    Last Kms:-
    T13_Tortona_ukm_web-1.jpg
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,013
    Edit: Windy out there.

    A true siesta fiesta stage.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    So one of my first thoughts after getting to the station this morning to discover there were no trains running was "great, I'll work from home and have the giro on"! And this is the stage I get...
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,757
    Flat stage + bit of wind + animosity between teams = chance of some mischief...
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,609
    dish_dash wrote:
    So one of my first thoughts after getting to the station this morning to discover there were no trains running was "great, I'll work from home and have the giro on"! And this is the stage I get...
    I feel your pain, the first weekend of the Giro was a bank holiday weekend here, and we get two flat stages and a rest day!
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Folks will always associate Jesper Skibby with that iconic photo on the Koppenberg in '87, but he was also the winner the last time the Giro finished up in Tortona.

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    Oh - that's not the iconic photo btw, in case you were wondering.
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,892
    There's a part of me that mischievously wants Geraint to comprehensively fail at the Tour or Vuelta (if that's what he goes on to do now), just so that he goes back to the cobbled classics from next year.
  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,757
    RichN95 wrote:
    Today's PTP sees a huge swing towards Gaviria (a massive turnaround after no-one picked him on the first stage he won)

    Gaviria 58.5%
    Greipel 17%
    Ewan 14.5%
    Bennett 7.5%
    Battaglin 2.5%

    Having followed PTP for many years, this follows a familiar selection pattern of picking riders based on yesterday's result.

    However it is Greipel's last day in the race today so he is going to make sure he wins...
    Half man, Half bike...and now more familiar with the work of Prostate Cancer UK
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,013
    If anyone is struggling to stay awake.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39972898

    Heaven forbid, not the article, but the trolling in the comment's section.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 9,094
    If anyone is struggling to stay awake.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/39972898

    Heaven forbid, not the article, but the trolling in the comment's section.

    "Typical cyclist. Runs into a stationary vehicle and then blames it for the accident!"

    Not bad...
    and then the next thing you know
  • Richmond Racer 2Richmond Racer 2 Posts: 4,698
    milton50 wrote:
    There's a part of me that mischievously wants Geraint to comprehensively fail at the Tour or Vuelta (if that's what he goes on to do now), just so that he goes back to the cobbled classics from next year.


    Naughty Milton





    Me too...a bit
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,609
    As the B samples from Pirazzi and Ruffoni come back positive, Bardiani should be kicked off the Giro. Maybe they should tell Albanese
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,013
    Such a slow race day.
    Vegni thanks Geraint and SDB for honouring the race.

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAMIJ1iU0AESYq1.jpg:large
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,013
    From the climb yesterday, to the hills around Bergamo. 500 pan flat kms with Oropa at between.
    So, basically the RCS threw in a Tour of Qatar into the middle of their 100th Giro.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,577
    PIPPO!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,577
    edited May 2017
    exhibition in lead out riding from Bora Hansgroe for Bennet can't handle Gaviria

    Last EOPQSF rider manages to take out Ewan...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 9,094
    Gaviria - how the hell??
    and then the next thing you know
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 9,094
    Ewan all over the place and lost his feet again.
    and then the next thing you know
  • dav1d1dav1d1 Posts: 653
    Gaviria comes from a long behind after being boxed in to take the stage!
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    Caleb's leadout lost him again and QS played a nice blocking move. He seems too small to deal with the rough and tumble at the front of a sprint.

    Nice for Gaviria... four wins now in his first GT!
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,932
    From the overhead that was amazing - 8 or 9 places and a gap closed in last 100m
  • philwintphilwint Posts: 763
    he's pretty good that lad!!!
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 9,094
    No, wasn't Ewan's foot that was off the pedal, was the guy he rode into.
    and then the next thing you know
  • dav1d1dav1d1 Posts: 653
    Gaviria comes from behind after being blocked in by griepel, Ewan goes bars to bars with the last quickstep rider to try and push him closer to the barrier where gaviria comes round and takes the sprint from bennet
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,013
    Gaviria came like a rocket from miles back.
    Meanwhile Ewan is riding the dodgems again.
    Still at least this time he got Richeze to pop his foot out, rather than his own.

    Sam Bennett string together some tidy results without actually winning.
    But no one is, against Gaviria, .
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  • ContrelaMontreContrelaMontre Posts: 3,027
    Ewan to be relegated? Discuss

    Rule No.10 // It never gets easier, you just go faster
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,892
    Gaviria is on fire but the Quick Step leadout men are clearly the best in the race.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,128
    Ewan to be relegated? Discuss

    6 of one, half a dozen of the other wasn't it? He wanted to go where Gaviria was heading, Richeze held his line. You could argue that Richeze was a bit over enthusiastic in holding his line, but he'd probably argue he had to put the shoulder in to maintain his balance.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,724
    I'd relegate Ewan for being such a PTP let down...

    Thought Richeze was a bit cheeky but well within his rights to hold his line. Ewan wasn't in the right place to to take the win to begin with.
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