Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Krushing the Giro: Stage 4

Battaglin may look like a consenting adult celebrating, but look below and you'll find out the truth

And for the second day in a row: What a stage!

We got to see Euskatel's Minguez attaching with 87 bottles in his jersey, Leo Duque attacking on the descent, and fellow Team Colombia Quintero showing his face. Let's not forget Chalapud, DiLuca, Felline, Georges and, of course Enrico Battaglin, who took the stage in a wet, slow-motion sprint. While yesterday was heavily animated by the GC contenders, today was obviously everyone else's turn.

If you look a little deeper into today's results, maybe it represents the passing of the proverbial torch in Italy. Old man Danilo DiLuca (37) tried, but couldn't hold off the younger generation of Italians, Battaglin (23, but looks 15), Felline (23) and even Visconti (30). With all the shame that DiLuca, and his generation, have brought Italian cycling, maybe it's all for the best.

Today's winner looks more like a character in a Disney Channel show than a pro cyclist

As I'm typing this Wiggins sits in 6th spot in the GC, because of 17" he lost in today's finish. However, that may change as the day goes by, if the commissars deem that Wiggins lost that time because of a crash within the last 3km. As of now every report on RAI (and you'd think they'd be the first to know) is that he will lose that time and Uran has moved into second place 17" behind Paolini. I'm sure the Colombian media are going ape right around now.

Also of note is Cadel Evans' stage result. Sure, coming in 6th (and moving into the top ten in the GC) in an apparently inconsequential day may seem like no big deal, but it shows two very important things: Evans is motivated, and he's in good form. I knew I should have picked him for my fantasy team.


- Sponsor spotlight: Team Colombia Yup, you read right. Team Colombia is an official "Partner/Supplier" of the Giro.
- Mario Cipollini mention counter: 2
- Helmet talk counter: 7
- Euskaltel guys on the deck counter: 2
- Stage winner wearing cycling cap / baseball hat / no hat counter: 0 / 2 / 0

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