• Nation of Flandria: Morning Madness

    by  • May 25, 2012 • too random

    Bike race heaven this morning!

    Today’s stage was all about avoiding those “furnitures” on the road and that includes spectators.  Belgium have a lot of those.  It’s always nerving to watch the last 4 km with narrow roads and all the sprinters pretty much do at that time is go full gas.

    So what does a racer do, to avoid furnitures that is?  Usually they jump the curve, run into spectators, swirve into a house or car, crash, go on a bike trail etc.  There’s a lot of nerves and taking risk but heck, these are pro-people and they better know what to do.

    Greipel got a good lead out with his Lotto team, perfect and he took the win easily.  3 consecutive stage wins.

    Lars Boom is creeping up the GC.  Just sayin’.

     

    Okay, there is no doubt that the Giro always have gigantic mountains for climbers.  What is it about Italians and climbing?  Is it the pasta and olive oil?  Check out today’s profile…gnarly.

    Stage 19…and it’s not even the weekend yet.  Normally, weekend stages are even tougher.  Do you think Cavendish will make the time cut today?  Stay tuned…28 km more to go!  Get it here!  Rodriguez is in pink so find out where the pink ends up today.  Pink is the color of the Italian newspaper that sponsors or started the Giro d’Italia.  It’s really a very manly color, honest!

    Ever wonder what these pro bike racers think about those fans or spectators running after them and yelling into their ears?  This usually happens on a mountain top finish, major climbs and KOMs.  Some wear their favorite flags, some wear strange costumes and most of them push, touch and run after the racers.  A few too many Italian names being called out on Eurosport coverage that last few kilometers.  There’s a lot of suffering and yet these racers still pedal about 90 rpm on a 10% grade.  So, they attack each other to see who can really suffer more than the other.  Some crack, some pace and the strongest survive to win.

    Scarponi (Lampre) and Hesjedal (Garmin) together, with Kreuziger (Astana) up the road at 40 seconds…at 1 km to go.

    Hesjedal is having a ride of his life in the Giro, so far.  Kreuziger wins, Rodriguez (Katusha) still in pink but gap is closer.  Basso (Liquigas) lost big time today.  Results here.

    Did Mark Cavendish make the time cut today?

     

    Crash at the Prologue yesterday took Kristin Armstrong out of the race.  Big change on the GC predictions board.  Canadians were a power house yesterday and today’s race is going to be another catalyst.  Today’s Stage 1 is a 74.7 miles of ups and downs with a few QOM’s.  There’s no clear GC positions yet but today will determine that.  Obviously, Tibco will defend so tune in at 10:00 am PST.  It would be great to see a break away stay away for the win and it’s rare but exciting to watch!   Stay tuned…lots of Exergy coverage and commentating at NorCal Cycling News facebook page!

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