Giro Stage 20 Preview
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by The Inner Ring
6h ago
The last decisive stage of the Giro d’Italia and two climbs of Monte Grappa await. Can anyone beat Pogačar? The Dukes of Savoy: a lively stage with a fierce fight to get in the break. Finally two groups went up the road and merged to form 19 away for the day and the peloton behind sat up as if they’d stopped for lunch. Julian Alaphilippe attacked on the steepest early part of the Passo Duron and this prompted a selection. Andrea Vendrame was chasing over the top, a few metres behind but able to close the gap on the descent. Vendrame wasn’t climbing the best but has a sharp sprint, although so ..read more
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Giro Stage 19 Preview
The Inner Ring
by The Inner Ring
1d ago
A stage for the breakaway. Stage 18 Review: a win for Tim Merlier. Jonathan Milan was out of position and was closing in but Merlier got the positioning and timing better and won. The Route: 157km and a dash north into the Carnic Alps. Three features in the first 100km, the small climb to Forgaria; the intermediate sprint in Peonis should be near the monument to Ottavio Bottecchia; and Tolmezzo, the claimed birthplace of Jonathan Milan and Tiramisu. The Passo Duron is 4.4km at close to 10%, so short but selective. There’s a descent to Cercivento and then the Sella Valcalda, underrated as a ..read more
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Giro Stage 18 Preview
The Inner Ring
by The Inner Ring
2d ago
A likely sprint stage but the last chance for the breakaway among riders who fear the Alps. Try, try again: Giulio Pelllizari won the Cima Coppi ahead of Nairo Quintana at the Passo Sella and their sprint helped a group form over the top which went away on the descent and more come across including Georg Steinhauser. Romain Bardet had been in the mix but was caught and this mattered as DSM Firmenich took up the chase mid-stage on the Passo Rolle and rode down the breakaway. It looked like once again teams were conspiring to serve up the stage on a platter for Tadej Pogačar. But Steinhauser j ..read more
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Giro Stage 16 Preview
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by The Inner Ring
2d ago
The Giro resumes… hopefully given the mix of bad weather and some beef between the riders, their union and race organisers RCS. The Route: …pending the weather with talk that the Umbrail could be crossed in team cars… 206km and 4,350 vertical metres. It’s out of Livigno via the road the race rode in on Sunday, the Eira and then the Foscagno, unmarked climbs but really passes and hard work from the start. Probably insufficient as well for the breakaway to go. Then it’s onto the Passo Umbrail to reach the Cima Coppi. The Umbrail is 85% of the Stelvio, still a monster of a pass. Only the summer ..read more
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Giro Rest Day Notes
The Inner Ring
by The Inner Ring
2d ago
A welcome rest day in the Giro for many riders after the hardest stage although spending it at altitude can make it a little less restful. UAE look a rider short by the final climb. However the team was pulling so hard during the stage, especially in the valley to the start of the Foscagno pass yesterday that only Majka was needed for the final move… and of course Pogačar can finish the job, they just have to get him with range and he can move but it can mean no margin for error like a mechanical or a bike change… but he’s minutes up no so that’s covered. UAE’s Tour team will offer a lot more ..read more
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Giro Stage 13 Preview
The Inner Ring
by The Inner Ring
1w ago
The traditional Emilia-Romagna sprint stage. There’s not much to preview as you can surely already tell from the preview above that it’s a sprint stage and Jonathan Milan is the pick.. but we can review as well. Al commando: an anarchic stage saw many attempts to get in the breakaway. No soon had the main move established itself did the attacks fly as the group was too big. Julian Alaphilippe and Mirco Maestri took off with 127km to go. Madness? On paper yes but behind the group was so big and chaotic that every chase attempt doomed itself. If Filippo Ganna took a long turn to help Jonathan ..read more
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Giro Stage 11 Preview
The Inner Ring
by The Inner Ring
1w ago
A sprint by the sea. A Fond La Forme: it felt like no move was ever going to get away and UAE would just have to do a few turns on the front and voila, they’d reach the foot of the Bocca della Selva with only a small deficit on the riders away and could launch Pogačar. Only a bigger group fought harder to get away. Behind a decision was taken. Pogačar and others, both his team mates and rivals, stopped to urinate and that was it, the breakaway was going to be allowed to stay away. Name another sport where stopping for a leak is a tactical component. Up ahead Jan Tratnik attacked after the Int ..read more
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Giro Stage 10 Preview
The Inner Ring
by The Inner Ring
1w ago
The Giro swings north. Today has a short mountain stage in the Matese hills with a summit finish. A chance for the breakaway or does Pogačar eat their lunch again? The Route: flat as the race skirts around the menacing Mount Vesuvius with 50km on the plains. It’s awkward terrain for the climbers who want to win, they’ll have a roll a big gear to get in the breakaway, ideally they have a team mate to help. The first sprint at Arpaia looks like an unmarked climb and it is a mountain pass – the Forche Caudine – but it’s just a gentle drag up the valley for the race today. The Camposauro climb is ..read more
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Giro Stage 9 Preview
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by The Inner Ring
1w ago
It’s back to Napoli for the third time in three years and an urban finish. Pink Panther Purrs: it took a lot of trying but finally a big breakaway got away with some GC outsiders like Romain Bardet. No threat to Pogačar but still able to do a “snakes and ladders” Giro, losing time one day only to gain it the next. Pogačar said post-stage that he asked his team mates if they were up for riding for the stage and they replied yes. It wasn’t a revelation given UAE rode hard during the stage and kept the breakaway at two minutes before catching them the foot of the climb to Prati di Tivo, even if ..read more
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Giro Stage 8 Preview
The Inner Ring
by The Inner Ring
2w ago
A real mountain stage and a good day for the breakaway, unless Tadej Pogačar wants to eat their lunch. Peru-gia: Tadej Pogačar crossed the line with a victory celebration, knowing he won the stage. He beat Filippo Ganna by 17 seconds and even if the Italian had gone faster Pogačar would have still won the day because the likes of Geraint Thomas, Dani Martínez and Ben O’Connor were two minutes adrift. Pogačar built his victory against his GC rivals on the flat, taking time on them all at the two early time checks, then speeding uphill into Perugia to eject Ganna out of the hotseat. The result ..read more
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