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Giro 2017: STAGE 8: Molfetta – Peschici 189 km *spoilers*

blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,519
edited May 2017 in Pro race
STAGE 8: Molfetta – Peschici 189 km

START TIME: 12.25 CEST

The stage starts from Molfetta, for the first time in the history of Giro. The route is on flat and straight roads in the first 90 km, while the following 100 km are constantly undulating, with several curves and changes of direction. Past Manfredonia, the stage clears the Monte Sant’Angelo categorised climb, and then takes the entire scenic route, all the way to Peschici (with a KOM climb in Coppa Santa Tecla and an intermediate sprint in Vieste) which has already been stage town for other four times (one starting and three arrival). The stage finale is fairly complex, with a fast-running descent from 5 to 3 km to the finish, followed by a short flat stretch, up to 1,500 m from the finish. Here begins the closing climb, which grows increasingly steeper as the finish draws nearer (with peaks reaching 12%), and with several sharp bends. The home straight (200 m), on 7-m wide stone-paved road, has a 9-10% uphill gradient.

Map:-
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Profile:-
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Climb:-
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Last Kms:-
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,519
    Fair flying along today. Average still around 55kph.
    16 man break have just over 2 minutes.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ellerslierdellerslierd Posts: 266
    Technical-looking finish today.

    T08_Peschici_ARR_web.jpg
  • yourpaceormineyourpaceormine Posts: 1,231
    Composition of the break:

    Jan Barta (Bora-Hansgrohe), Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo), Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension Data), Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice), Branislau Samoilau (CCC), Jasper De Buyst (Lotto Soudal), Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Katusha-Alpecin), Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates), Mirco Maestri (Bardiani-CSF), Vincenzo Albanese (Bardiani-CSF), Iljo Keisse (Quick-Step), Chris Juul-Jensen (Orica-Scott), Alex Howes (Cannondale-Drapac), Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana), Lukas Postlberger (Bora) and Gregor Muhlberger (Bora).
  • ellerslierdellerslierd Posts: 266
    Wilier and Gazprom on the punishment chase bring the gap down to 1:27 at 100km to go. About to start the Cat 2 GPM.
  • ellerslierdellerslierd Posts: 266
    L-L Sanchez's pace has dropped the rest of the breakaway a couple of times now with Samoilau on his wheel. Those two now seem to be pressing on. The wheels falling off for the Gazprom & Wilier chase. Gap went below 1 min but now back out to 1:15.
  • ellerslierdellerslierd Posts: 266
    Sanchez now solo. Gap to bunch now down to 57 seconds. Quickstep now on the front of the bunch
  • ellerslierdellerslierd Posts: 266
    Visconti attacks from the bunch as they mop up dropped breakaway riders. Brian Smith calls it as a move for the stage win not a GC move for Nibali.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,749
    (ILJOOOOOOOOOO)
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Richmond Racer 2Richmond Racer 2 Posts: 4,698
    Sofa, coffee and Giro watching

    Lovely
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    I've done that Monte Sant'Agnelo climb. In August. I nearly died of heat exhaustion. It wasn't helped by the big statue of Pius whatsit the pope, I thought I might actually have died, or was halucinating.

    The road through the centre of Manfredonia used to be really shiny marble type cobbles.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    Ooo look at that lovely sea.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Richmond Racer 2Richmond Racer 2 Posts: 4,698
    I've done that Monte Sant'Agnelo climb. In August. I nearly died of heat exhaustion. It wasn't helped by the big statue of Pius whatsit the pope, I thought I might actually have died, or was halucinating.

    The road through the centre of Manfredonia used to be really shiny marble type cobbles.


    What. Were. You. Doing. Climbing. A. Mountain. In. Sardinia. In. Aug. You. Lunatic
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,774
    I'm confused - there appears to be actual racing on my TV.

    Is this something from another year?
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,146
    What are Katusha up to? They can't make their mind up if they're chasing or not.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    I've done that Monte Sant'Agnelo climb. In August. I nearly died of heat exhaustion. It wasn't helped by the big statue of Pius whatsit the pope, I thought I might actually have died, or was halucinating.

    The road through the centre of Manfredonia used to be really shiny marble type cobbles.


    What. Were. You. Doing. Climbing. A. Mountain. In. Sardinia. In. Aug. You. Lunatic

    Looking for a bar. :lol:
    Correlation is not causation.
  • Richmond Racer 2Richmond Racer 2 Posts: 4,698
    I've done that Monte Sant'Agnelo climb. In August. I nearly died of heat exhaustion. It wasn't helped by the big statue of Pius whatsit the pope, I thought I might actually have died, or was halucinating.

    The road through the centre of Manfredonia used to be really shiny marble type cobbles.


    What. Were. You. Doing. Climbing. A. Mountain. In. Sardinia. In. Aug. You. Lunatic

    Looking for a bar. :lol:



    *fist bump*


    In other news, why is Italy so glorious
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,519
    Conti v Quick Step and so far it's Conti on points.

    I prefer the North, but there sure aren't many ugly bits in Italy.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,617
    Could still all come back together
  • Richmond Racer 2Richmond Racer 2 Posts: 4,698
    ooh excitement!
  • kleinstrokerkleinstroker Posts: 2,130
    Oof! My man Landa lights it up.
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,617
    Moviestar and Barhain leading the peloton. Interesting
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,617
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    Chute
    Correlation is not causation.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 10,863
    Izagirre takes it.
    Correlation is not causation.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,860
    The crashing uphill club is fairly exclusive.
  • kleinstrokerkleinstroker Posts: 2,130
    Did Landa pull up behind Conti and stop? Looked like a sky rider stopped
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,519
    Looked to put a pedal on the floor in the corner.

    Well, it took a week and a day, but that was alright.
    Did Landa pull up behind Conti and stop? Looked like a sky rider stopped

    Nope. Both Sky boys in the GC sheep group. :)
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,892
    Got to feel a bit for Michael Woods. That's twice now where he's been the quickest from the peloton but his team haven't been able to pull back the break.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 23,098
    milton50 wrote:
    Got to feel a bit for Michael Woods. That's twice now where he's been the quickest from the peloton but his team haven't been able to pull back the break.
    But would he still be the quickest if it was for the win? Maybe he's just the most bothered
    Twitter: @RichN95
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