Giro 2021:- Stage 21: Senago – Milano 30.3 km ITT **Spoilers**

blazing_saddles
blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960
edited May 2021 in Pro race

Stage 21: Senago – Milano 30.3 km ITT

Sunday, May 30th, 13.35 CEST





Technical Info:

The final stage of the Giro is often ITT and given that the last clock test was on stage one, this 30km challenge seems somewhat overdue. But will it be sufficiently long to change the appearance of the GC on the very last day of the race?
This happened last time in 2012, over 28kms, when Ryder Hesjedal overturned a 31 second deficit to snatch the maglia rosa on the very last day.
Last year the rather shorter ITT broke the GC deadlock.

Starting Kilometres.



From Senago to Milano, the road will always be pan flat, with several changes of direction The route is divided into three parts by the two intermediate checkpoints, in Cascina Battiloca (km 9.2) and Sesto San Giovanni (km 18.8). Of these three sectors the last one features long straights with the final turns only at the end, getting to the usual finish line in front of the Duomo.

Final Kilometres.



What to expect:

Early on, it is a time trial for pure specialists, with the potential for a lower order GC battle, at the end.

Favourites 21st stage 2021 Giro d’Italia

*** Filippo Ganna
** Edoardo Affini, Rémi Cavagna, João Almeida
* Tobias Foss, Alberto Bettiol, Nelson Oliveira, Pello Bilbao

Milano
Widely regarded as the World capital of fashion and design, a centuries-long historical and cultural tradition born out of the city being a hub for trade and commerce from the very beginning. A textbook visit to the city can only start from its centre: the Duomo, with its marbles, its spires, its great windows and its five centuries of history.



Milan provides cooking for every taste and every budget: 20 Michelin-starred restaurants, countless trattorie, local eateries, vegetarian, romantic, traditional and ethnic. But also bars and pubs to celebrate the rite of aperitivo in the evening, with elaborate cocktails and tasty finger food. History is represented by risotto alla milanese,



with marrowbone steak and saffron rice, mondeghili (fried meatballs), rostin negàa (roast doused in white wine).



The typical Christmas cake is Panettone, now famous throughout the world.










"Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
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Comments

  • salsiccia1
    salsiccia1 Posts: 3,725
    As ever, thanks for these threads Signor Saddles!
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,397
    30k slightly downhill is my kind of bike ride.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,397
    Can't see anything changing other than maybe 5th / 6th place.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,205
    Pross said:

    Can't see anything changing other than maybe 5th / 6th place.

    Agreed.
    Only other interest is Ganna blowing it or mechanicals/crashes.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Pross said:

    Can't see anything changing other than maybe 5th / 6th place.


    I think 5th-8th could end up in any order
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960
    edited May 2021
    RichN95. said:

    Pross said:

    Can't see anything changing other than maybe 5th / 6th place.


    I think 5th-8th could end up in any order
    Almeida could certainly jump into the top 5. The only rider who can time trial and is showing better form, is Martinez. He's got almost a minute in hand, too.
    He's a shoe in to beat Bardet and Carthy.

    Current standins:
    Bardet
    Martinez @ 8"
    Carthy @ 34"
    Almeida @ 1'-02"
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    edited May 2021
    Key start times (Uk time)

    1.08 Ganna
    1.11 Affini
    1.58 Cavagna
    3.10 Martin & the top 10
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    thanks for the threads blazing
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • Lanterne_Rogue
    Lanterne_Rogue Posts: 4,091
    Just a quick one to say thank you, as ever, for the intros and starting the spoiler threads - very much appreciated.
  • phreak
    phreak Posts: 2,926
    Thanks for the threads, they've been great (as always).
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,208
    Sterling work over three weeks once again, thank you.
  • flite
    flite Posts: 222
    Thanks from me. Always a good start.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 41,397
    Pfft, just a bunch of stuff plagiarised from other sites





    😉
  • Another vote of thanks for the threads B-S, always appreciated.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960
    edited May 2021
    Pross said:

    Pfft, just a bunch of stuff plagiarised from other sites



    😉

    Too right! ;)

    Although without all the reading and some researching, I might have missed one stage, when the Giro site went full Italian and put up all the info from last year in Sicily.
    So my plagiarism is top notch, not just a straight forward cut and paste job, even though I say so myself. :p:D

    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,716
    Ah I see the French open takes precedence over Ganna
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960

    Ah I see the French open takes precedence over Ganna

    Eurosport player £19-99 for the year atm, Rick. ;)

    Both Ganna and Affini are on the course now.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 17,648
    No dodgy tiz?
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Ganna fastest by 12 seconds at checkpoint 1. 10:18
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Affini 10:33 at check 1
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Bodnar fastest at the finish 34:42
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Ganna 21:55 at checkpoint 2. Fastest by 32 seconds
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960
    Gamma riding in a different time zone
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Affini 2nd at check 2 - 22:25, 30s down
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Max Walsheid best finish at 34:22
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Puncture for Ganna. Bike change
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960
    Ganna drama.
    Adds a bit of excitement before he wins
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,960
    Still over half a minute faster and almost 54kph
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,188
    Ganna still fastest at 33.48 but Affini may beat it
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,238
    RichN95. said:

    Puncture for Ganna. Bike change

    PTP carnage