Giro 2021:- Stage 20: Verbania – Alpe Motta 165 km **Spoilers**

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  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,035
    "Everybody get to the front of the bus!"
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • thejimmymethod
    thejimmymethod Posts: 458
    edited May 2021
    RichN95. said:

    "Hang on lads, I've got a great idea"


    Looks like a bit of a coach park heading down

    One of the team busses is stuck heading down Passo della Spluga and the road is now temporary closed. #Giro

    (Video from Nicolas Roche IG in DSM bus heading down.) pic.twitter.com/tIOrOjXm79

    — La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) May 29, 2021
  • DeVlaeminck
    DeVlaeminck Posts: 8,762
    Glad Caruso got a stage win.

    Not just because he's always worked for others but it would have been easy to defend his 2nd yesterday but he risked losing that to take a chance at winning the Giro - and it could have worked if Bernal hadn't been able to follow Martinez. At least now he won't wonder could I have win the Giro on that stage - he knows the answer is no you couldn't Bernal was too strong.

    The other thing from yesterday I thought it was interesting the way Bahrain and DSM used the descent to get a gap taking advantage of Ineos prioritise keeping the team together - and then how Martinez was clearly slowing the chase with his lack of confidence down hill. I wonder if teams have taken note of that as a possible way to put Ineos under pressure in future.
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    For all the "Shame to see Martinez riding as a domestique, typical Ineos" stuff I saw on twitter, 5th (which he should make) will be his best gt result, he's only just scraped in to top 30 before.

    And yes, he needs some serious work on his descending or he's an exploitable weakness for Ineos. As leader he'd be slaughtered, it was bad enough seeing Ineos having to wait for him as mountain domestique.
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  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,407

    RichN95. said:

    "Hang on lads, I've got a great idea"


    Looks like a bit of a coach park heading down

    One of the team busses is stuck heading down Passo della Spluga and the road is now temporary closed. #Giro

    (Video from Nicolas Roche IG in DSM bus heading down.) pic.twitter.com/tIOrOjXm79

    — La Flamme Rouge (@laflammerouge16) May 29, 2021
    According to the Boulting/Millar podcast it was total bedlam. Every bus got stuck on every hair pin. Total organisation Fail...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    ddraver said:



    According to the Boulting/Millar podcast it was total bedlam. Every bus got stuck on every hair pin. Total organisation Fail...


    Actual footage of Dani Martinez on the Ineos bus and the reason he left the opportunity to come 8th with EF Education



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  • huret
    huret Posts: 62
    dabber said:

    huret said:

    So fans don't need to wear masks at the roadside now? Just asking as I'm going to some Dauphine stages next week. I have a feeling it won't be the same in France.

    How are you going to handle the quarantine?

    I live here.
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  • davidof
    davidof Posts: 3,044



    Verbania became the destination of an international élite tourism and the summer residence of the aristocracy and upper classes that led to the opening of the first hotels and the building of sumptuous villas with gardens.




    Just a heads up that Villa Taranto (the villa is now the prefecture building but the gardens are open to the public). was developed by Scotsman Neil Boyd McEacharn and it is one of the best gardens.... in the world. McEacharn gifted the gardens and house to the Italian state and they are run as a not for profit organisation.

    They are well worth a visit although July/August is very hot in the area.

    Not far from Verbania is Alpe Rossombolmo, which is one of the hardest climbs in Europe. From Boden the climb is closed to public road traffic.
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    Bernal was meant to go back to Colombia to a big celebration. But he's tested positive. For Covid - this is 2021 not 2006.
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Ugh poor guy.
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,407
    Well done everyone for resisting the urge to do a thread titled

    BERNAL POSITIVE!

    In no way would I have done it if Rich hadn't been sensible in here 😶
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver
    ddraver Posts: 26,407


    🤷‍♂️🤷‍♀️🤷‍♂️🤷‍♀️
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • webboo
    webboo Posts: 6,087
    Given how he was snogging everyone he could after the time trial it’s a wonder C19 is all he’s got.
  • red.rider
    red.rider Posts: 1,106
    Pedantic point: the first pass photo is of the San Gottardo Tremola, not San Bernardino (below)



    I hope that your prediction of things kicking off on the second climb is correct, as I'll be roadside on the Splügenpass tomorrow
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,479
    red.rider said:

    Pedantic point: the first pass photo is of the San Gottardo Tremola, not San Bernardino (below)



    I hope that your prediction of things kicking off on the second climb is correct, as I'll be roadside on the Splügenpass tomorrow

    I reckon you've got your dates mixed up😄
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    gsk82 said:

    red.rider said:

    Pedantic point: the first pass photo is of the San Gottardo Tremola, not San Bernardino (below)



    I hope that your prediction of things kicking off on the second climb is correct, as I'll be roadside on the Splügenpass tomorrow

    I reckon you've got your dates mixed up😄
    Shhhhhh. Looks like a nice spot to hang around anyways
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  • red.rider
    red.rider Posts: 1,106
    gsk82 said:

    red.rider said:

    Pedantic point: the first pass photo is of the San Gottardo Tremola, not San Bernardino (below)



    I hope that your prediction of things kicking off on the second climb is correct, as I'll be roadside on the Splügenpass tomorrow

    I reckon you've got your dates mixed up😄
    Ha! Looks like my post visited a red-zone and was quarantined for two weeks