So we enter into the first of the 2021Grand Tours with the Giro d’Italia.
A complete plonker of a spectator gets in Lopez’ way and makes him fall with only 5 Km to go on the final climb. Lopez needs to develop his right hook though.
I’m glad Lopez slapped him around though.
In every other sport (that I’m aware of), fan interference isn’t tolerated. And the opposing team isn’t allowed to benefit from it. But a fan knocking a rider down isn’t “just racing” and the rider shouldn’t be punished for it. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-jury-decision-under-scrutiny-after-lopezs-assault-on-giro-ditalia-fan-goes-unpunished/
Maybe they should have marshals on smaller motos for the climbs so they can stop more easily and arrest fans who interfere (there must be some charge they could bring) and then publicise the result of the case. There were a few times where runners were desperately close to doing the same thing that happened to Lopez when they run alongside but don’t realise there is another rider behind them.
From the coverage I was watching, I noticed they use a lot of scooters (so slightly smaller than a typical moto) with dual front wheels. Not sure exactly which one, but I’m guessing Piaggio since it’s an Italian brand.
Those things they use are not Scooters they are full on Motos but with twin front wheels. They are some beasts, I was looking at them in Siena on the Strade Bianchi. I think the basis is that they will be more stable at low speed vs two wheels.
As a former moto rider, they are scooters. This is a moto. 🙂
Me during California Superbike School at Virginia International Raceway.
Great to see Chaves get a stage win.
What a day for the breakaway. So close but great to see Cima hang on to take it but soooo close!
Nibali declaring to go for it on the final mountain stages so still stands to be a good run in over the last 3 days as there will obviously be time gaps in the final ITT.
Hmm – not quite so nailed on for Roglic now………….
Quite a day today – will have to watch that on catchup this evening – laying a floor so missed the live broadcast today. Nibali is clearly hot and Roglic seems to be tiring………….
Standings on second rest day….
1. Richard Carapaz
2. Primoz Roglic + 0.47
3. Vincenzo Nibali + 1.47
4. Rafal Majka + 2.35
5. Mikel Landa + 3.15
6. Bauke Mollema + 3.38
7. Jan Polanc + 4.12
8. Simon Yates + 5.24
9. Pavel Sivakov + 5.48
10. Miguel Ángel López + 5.55
Yates pulls himself into the top 10, Carapaz Sitting In Pink. Great ride. Though Roglic sitting pretty in second with no pressure on the team to lead and control.
Likely that the Gavia will be cut due to avalanche risk. Some impressive photos of the snow depth. Shame as if it was safe it would be pretty spectacular.
Mitchelton Scott with two in today’s breakaway. Does that signal they are now going for stage wins and Yates has put up the white flag or are they out there for Yates to go for bust………?
Yates has done well to get back into the Roglic Nibali group with 6.5 Km to go.
…………and even attacks at 5.8 Km. Is some form coming back? But then drops back into the group…….
Carapaz will be sitting pretty though not quite in Pink if he can hold this.
Yates going again at 3Km and Nibali / Roglic hanging and giving more time to Carapaz. Going to be interesting changes in the standings.
Tao Geoghegan Hart suffered a “fractured right clavicle” in his crash today and will fly home. Best wishes for a rapid recovery.
Standings after today……..great ride by Zakarin. Nice shot by Landa and hopefully Lopez will be back fighting tomorrow.
Also has to be said that Movistar had a visible plan and it worked!
Movistar might actually have the strongest team. But I can’t see Landa making up the time he needs and then some in the mountains to fend off Roglic in the TT.
Nibs is playing the long game and banking on experience. Stay close to Roglic and maybe he’ll crack over the course of accumulated mountain stages. He has just over a minute to make up on Roglic currently and could conceivably gain several minutes on him if Roglic has a jour sans or just runs out of gas in the mountains. So maybe enough to hold him off in the TT? We’ll see. At least the Giro isn’t the TdF.
Yea, isn’t it nice that one team isn’t dominating the whole race. It should be very interesting to see if Roglic can handle repeated mountain stages. Nibs didn’t look like he had anything for Roglic today. I am still thinking Roglic is playing his cards correctly right now. There doesn’t seem to be a point in him chasing Landa right now and burn up a bunch of matches doing so. Nibali is the one that needs to be attacking. Tomorrow should be another great stage and maybe we will have a better idea of who has legs that will stand… Read more »
ITT strengths aside, I don’t think that His Nibs and Roglic can now ignore any of the top 8 and perhaps even the top 10 if they continue to go away in the mountains. Hopefully things will only get spicier.
Not looking like Yates has it this year at the moment anyway. 12Km to go and he’s dropping back from Nibali and Roglic. Landa giving it a go though.
Ugh – mechanical for Lopez – not great timing for that. Bike change but time lost waiting on team car.
Sivakov looking strong in the Nibali/Rogloc group.
I think you can put a fork in Yatesey after today.
Indeed, looks cooked. Shame for Lopez, great effort to limit his loss.
Totally f*cked up wheel/bike change. Otherwise, he probably would’ve finished with Roglic and Nibali.
It looked to me like Roglic had a good strategy for the race today. He was able to sit on wheels all the way to the finish. I assume he is trying to save as many matches as possible for tomorrow and Saturday. Somewhat concerning that no one on his team was with him after the big climb, but maybe they were saving matches too.
Although I picked Roglic to win for the OTR League, I’m actually rooting for Nibs.
Fun to watch racing today. GC after Stage 12:
This should be a better, i.e., easier to read, picture of the GC:
Finally … a real climb!
Was out riding today. Lovely day to break out a wool jersey and the Gios! Looking forward to tomorrow though. Roglic and Nibali isolated today, can we get some fireworks from Lopez and Yates? Here’s hoping…..
Meanwhile the mountains loom and the sprinters go home (well circa 50% or so of them).
Best wishes to the crews trying to clear Passo Gavia in time for next week’s Giro d’Italia queen stage. The Gavia is buried under something like 12 feet of snow and crews trying to clear the road before stage 16 next Tuesday. According to dace director Mauro Vegni “Right now, there is a 60-percent chance we can race the Gavia”.
Here’s hoping they get it cleared. Should be some epic pictures as well as keeping the queen stage intact.
(Though this is the Stelvio as you can plainly see…………)
Leaders board on first rest day. Roglic looking extremely strong. Will someone have to “do a Froome” and go for broke at some point? 1. Valerio Conti 2. Primoz Roglic + 1.50 3. Nans Peters + 2.21 4. José Joaquín Rojas + 2.33 5. Fausto Masnada + 2.36 6. Andrey Amador + 2.39 7. Amaro Antunes + 3.05 8. Valentin Madouas + 3.27 9. Giovanni Carboni + 3.30 10. Pello Bilbao + 3.32 11. Vincenzo Nibali + 3.34 12. Bauke Mollema + 3.45 14. Bob Jungels + 4.08 17. Davide Formolo + 4.42 18. Rafal Majka + 4.43 19. Sam… Read more »
Roglic has put a shed load of time into most of his main competitors. That was some ITT performance.
Things could change in the ITT and obviously will change when they hit the mountains but could this be the first time that on the first rest day everyone’s provisional standing is last equal on zero points? ( I refuse to rate that as first equal!)
Roglic looses a helper as De Plus abandons today. Gaviria also abandons.
Dumoulin set to continue today.
But then abandons.
Impact on overall……Dumoulin 4 mins time loss.
Silver lining is that Dumoulin now doesn’t have to contest the Giro. Assuming he’s OK, he can just ride. And instead be ready to take on Sky/Ineoas at TdF.
Indeed, have to see if he starts tomorrow and goes for stage wins or pulls and concentrates on TdF prep.
Big crash with 5Km to go today. Roglic in the lead group but other favourites gapped. Dumoulin down and up with cut knee. Yates gapped.
Will be some significant time gaps by the looks of things.
Dumoulin limping in with a big loss bleeding from his knee some 2 mins down.
Yates limited loss to 16 secs over Roglic.
Nibali also gapped.