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Title: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 14, 2018, 09:01
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Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino

"How long have we waited for it!", it says in big letters on the website of the Gualdo Tadino tourist office. "It seemed impossible that one day our little town could appear in the ranks of the 'città rosa', but thanks to the work done by an entire community, the dream of hosting the greatest champions on two wheels has become reality. Gualdo Tadino will thus bounce in all the international news stories and the images of our splendid city will be broadcast worldwide in the longest stage of the event, from Penne to Gualdo Tadino over 239 km.

So although the organizers had to wait over 100 years, one day without the Giro wasn't easy to cope with for us either. The race has moved further north meanwhile, from Abruzzo to Umbria, for this little beauty:

(https://static2.giroditalia.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/G18_T10_GualdoTadino_alt_jpg.jpg)

Often riders tend to struggle a bit to get back into rhythm after a rest day, so I guess everyone with ambitions will be seen on the roller an hour before the start instead of sipping a cappuccino, as the first climb is a pretty tough one:

(https://static2.giroditalia.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/G18_T10_S01_FonteCreta_alt_jpg.jpg)

The remainder of the stage is undulating, although not overly tough, but given the hard start and the length, the most likely scenario is probably that a big breakaway goes clear, never to be seen again.

This would be to the better at least, as the finish doesn't look particularly well-suited for big sprint trains to come through at full speed:

(https://static2.giroditalia.it/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/G18_T10_GualdoTadino_ARR_jpg.jpg)

As a category c) stage, this is also not of major interest for those fighting for the #ciclamino points classification anyway- which, to be fair, is more or less only Viviani anyway.

Corridore punti
1      #ciclamino   VIVIANI Elia      178
2      #bora   BENNETT Sam      100
3      #uae   MODOLO Sacha      73
4      #androni   BALLERINI Davide      68
5      #academy   BOIVIN Guillaume      52
6      #mitchelton   YATES Simon Philip      51
7      #androni   FRAPPORTI Marco      49
8      #katusha   BELKOV Maxim      46
9      #jumbo   BATTAGLIN Enrico      45
10      #bahrain   BONIFAZIO Niccolò      43

For the mountain classification it's of a bit more interest with 22 points on the table, so someone like #androni Masnada could try to get back into contention to take the lead in the coming days.

Corridore punti
1      #blue   YATES Simon Philip      55
2      #mitchelton   CHAVES Jhoan Esteban      47
3      #fdj   PINOT Thibaut      36
4      #movistar   CARAPAZ Richard      23
5      #androni   MASNADA Fausto      21
6      #bahrain   POZZOVIVO Domenico      16
7      #dimension   BERHANE Natnael      15
8      #bora   FORMOLO Davide      12
9      #ag2r   CHEREL Mikael      12
10      #bardiani   BARBIN Enrico      11

Of course, if one of the major contenders for #pink bonks massively on the first climbs, there's also the small possibility that it turns into a spectacular GC fight over 240k - but it's probably more likely that this classification remains unchanged:

Corridore Distacco
1      #pink   YATES Simon Philip      
2      #mitchelton   CHAVES Jhoan Esteban      +0’ 32”
3      #sunweb   DUMOULIN Tom      +0’ 38”
4      #fdj   PINOT Thibaut      +0’ 45”
5      #bahrain   POZZOVIVO Domenico      +0’ 57”
6      #white   CARAPAZ Richard      +01’ 20”
7      #jumbo   BENNETT George      +01’ 33”
8      #bmc   DENNIS Rohan      +02’ 05”
9      #astana   BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA P.      +02’ 05”
10      #ef   WOODS Michael      +02’ 25”

Due to the length the stage starts early (10:55 cest), but with no live coverage for the first two hours.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 14, 2018, 09:17
hard to name a favourite for this kind of stage, but climbing abilities, having a half decent sprint and being 15+ minutes down in gc certainly can't hurt.

So half the field fits into those criteria :D

Among others:
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 14, 2018, 11:00
two other riders who may have an eye on this stage are those living in Umbria, namely #quickstep Eros Capecchi and #sky Salvatore Puccio. For Puccio it's the 2nd home stage in the race already, as the Giro came past the city he was born on Sicily last week, with all his family and old friends around:

(https://scontent-frt3-2.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/32105616_10156506124464873_1415589004211912704_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&_nc_eui2=AeGK9PpV2H6t0Po9G86P-Ym_NGVpKQFLQnDDJdOybS7T-1pLMpw_Y0giNylSB45GezicANqM2zpyCVR1Fw-Iv_pSVU1nvCU6zDdYURBjtTjg1A&oh=d07ee8abbd12508301001c853f9f974c&oe=5B86D27A)

Both have mainly been on domestique duties for the past weeks (well, years) though, so it remains to be seen if they get the nod from the team to give it a try.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Caruut on May 14, 2018, 17:08
A climb like that at the start just after a rest day is going to be really dangerous for someone I think. If any GC contender goes off the front or out the back it could be absolute carnage.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Mellow Velo on May 14, 2018, 21:37
 Just the sort of weather you want, when you have to spend 240kms in the saddle..........................not!

https://www.3bmeteo.com/meteo/gualdo+tadino/1
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: t-72 on May 14, 2018, 22:09
Exceptionally cold (it is like 10 degrees C warmer here actually, and yes, I am still in Bergen, Norway....) - but only chances of rainshowers and not that intense ones. 4-8 mm would count for nothin' round here....

This isn't so bad weather for cycling, I think.

EDIT: I prefer my penne ARABBIATA  ;)
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: t-72 on May 15, 2018, 06:32
Maybe it is a little bit early in the race, but is this a stage start that could work for an ambush? Chris Froome often struggles with a head-on start and has been caught out on a couple  of occasions. Now they are not the defending team anymore, and it’s still Chris Froome, so not that likely #sky will attack. In fact, very unlikely any GC squad would try at all, but what if boring #bmc BMC tried? Astana #astana also seems strong enough, but Dennis is more of a roleur than Lopez.

If #mitchelton looses Tuft on the first climb, the team’s strength on flatter terrain will be compromised, affecting their ability to chase.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 15, 2018, 07:18
I was thinking about it as well, but I can't really see any team able (and willing) to push on for over 200 km, even if Froome gets dropped on the first climb
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Mellow Velo on May 15, 2018, 08:11
 The trouble with that scenario is that should that happen, other teams with GC contenders would then put riders into the chase.
We saw it at the Tour when Meintjes in 10th spot, did exactly that.

 Still seeing we aren't that far from L'Aquila, another day like the one in 2010 wouldn't upset cycling fans too much. :D
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Leadbelly on May 15, 2018, 08:28
An extra 5km has been added to today's stage. Seems to be have been added near the bottom of the descent of the cat 2.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DdOFKRGX4AA2wlM.jpg)

Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 15, 2018, 08:41
so that's even a batter chance for #academy Plaza now to increase his most km solo winning breakaway record?! :D
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: LukasCPH on May 15, 2018, 11:29
Well, well, well ...
Looks like we might get a mad 200+ km chase today. :cool
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: M Gee on May 15, 2018, 16:36
One of the podcast analyses of the Giro so far pointed out that 16 of Yates' seconds advantage are time bonus seconds. If I were Tom's DS, I would henceforth know exactly where EVERY coming time bonus was, and calculate ways to take advantage of each.

Which may be dream-time, I know.  But considering that almost half of Yates' advantage to date is because of time bonuses puts a different complexion on matters. A little, anyway.

And I haven't confirmed this yet, but apparently Chavez lost time today? If he did, that changes things also. Still a hard race for Tom to win - but I'm hoping!

Got confirmation:

General Classification after Stage 10
GBR  1  YATES, Simon (MITCHELTON - SCOTT)              43:42:38
NED  2  DUMOULIN, Tom (SUNWEB)                           +   41
FRA  3  PINOT, Thibaut (GROUPAMA - FDJ)                  +   46
ITA  4  POZZOVIVO, Domenico (BAHRAIN - MERIDA)           + 1:00
ECU  5  CARAPAZ, Richard (MOVISTAR)                      + 1:23
IRL  6  BENNETT, Sam (BORA - HANSGROHE)                  + 1:36
AUS  7  DENNIS, Rohan (BMC RACING)                       + 2:08
ESP  8  BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, Pello (ASTANA)       
CAN  9  WOODS, Michael (EF EDUCATION FIRST - DRAPAC)     + 2:28
GBR  10 FROOME, Chris (SKY)                              + 2:30

So Chavez got dropped somewhere, and #mitchelton will now have one leader. On the bad side, Tom lost a few more seconds.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 15, 2018, 17:57
from a rider's perspective...

https://twitter.com/ryanmullen9/status/996426601670873090

:D
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Mellow Velo on May 15, 2018, 18:58
One of the podcast analyses of the Giro so far pointed out that 16 of Yates' seconds advantage are time bonus seconds. If I were Tom's DS, I would henceforth know exactly where EVERY coming time bonus was, and calculate ways to take advantage of each.

Which may be dream-time, I know.  But considering that almost half of Yates' advantage to date is because of time bonuses puts a different complexion on matters. A little, anyway.

And I haven't confirmed this yet, but apparently Chavez lost time today? If he did, that changes things also. Still a hard race for Tom to win - but I'm hoping!

Got confirmation:

General Classification after Stage 10
GBR  1  YATES, Simon (MITCHELTON - SCOTT)              43:42:38
NED  2  DUMOULIN, Tom (SUNWEB)                           +   41
FRA  3  PINOT, Thibaut (GROUPAMA - FDJ)                  +   46
ITA  4  POZZOVIVO, Domenico (BAHRAIN - MERIDA)           + 1:00
ECU  5  CARAPAZ, Richard (MOVISTAR)                      + 1:23
IRL  6  BENNETT, Sam (BORA - HANSGROHE)                  + 1:36
AUS  7  DENNIS, Rohan (BMC RACING)                       + 2:08
ESP  8  BILBAO LOPEZ DE ARMENTIA, Pello (ASTANA)       
CAN  9  WOODS, Michael (EF EDUCATION FIRST - DRAPAC)     + 2:28
GBR  10 FROOME, Chris (SKY)                              + 2:30

So Chavez got dropped somewhere, and #mitchelton will now have one leader. On the bad side, Tom lost a few more seconds.

 Not that I dislike him. My family was given one of his bikes from last year's Giro win. By all accounts he's a really nice guy, but......
I am fascinated as to why you are so keen on Tom Dumoulin.
He follows wheels all day in the mountains and takes chunks of time in the ITTs.
Sounds familiar?


 Anyhow, presumably Chaves will take the next few days for respite, then look to get up the mountain road at every occasion.
That way he can snaffle up loads of KoM points for the jersey and be there on tap for the final climbs.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: M Gee on May 15, 2018, 19:39
Not that I dislike him. My family was given one of his bikes from last year's Giro win. By all accounts he's a really nice guy, but......
I am fascinated as to why you are so keen on Tom Dumoulin.
He follows wheels all day in the mountains and takes chunks of time in the ITTs.
Sounds familiar?


 Anyhow, presumably Chaves will take the next few days for respite, then look to get up the mountain road at every occasion.
That way he can snaffle up loads of KoM points for the jersey and be there on tap for the final climbs.

You mean, does he ride like Froome? Otherwise you lost me. AFAIC, Froome started acting like a jerk (I'd rather use something stronger, but can't here) back when he was lieutenant to Bradley. If he was a "nice guy", I probably would be cheering HIM on.

Dumoulin, first, was an unlikely dark horse, an underdog, and that usually appeals to me. Second, he isn't a climber - but he's hanging in there against climbers. And he's not a complete wheelsucker, either. He does attack, on occasion, even tho it seems a bit risky for him to do so.

But most importantly, he's always acted like a nice guy. He appreciates his team and the races. He even laughs at his own "sh*t happens" moments in life and racing. No complaining, no whinging, no tragic drama. He rides his own race, and doesn't look for other people (team or otherwise) to hold him up.

So, I've got my reasons. And now you know!

Yeah, the good side for Yates, and the down side for Dumoulin, is that this frees Chavez up to act for Yates - which means #mitchelton just got a little stronger.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: M Gee on May 15, 2018, 19:43
. . .


Often riders tend to struggle a bit to get back into rhythm after a rest day, so I guess everyone with ambitions will be seen on the roller an hour before the start instead of sipping a cappuccino, as the first climb is a pretty tough one:
 . . .

The remainder of the stage is undulating, although not overly tough, but given the hard start and the length, the most likely scenario is probably that a big breakaway goes clear, never to be seen again.

 . . .

You sure got that right!
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Mellow Velo on May 15, 2018, 20:06
You mean, does he ride like Froome?

 Got it in one. You could have stopped there.
Rider personality never interests me much, I guess.
It really boils down to not knowing riders personally.
Sure he seems nice 'n all, but as a rider he's a bit beige.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 15, 2018, 20:21
most of us (including me) may not know much about #ag2r Nico Denz - but that was a great performance coming 2nd today in that stage. And he has just published a long blog post about it

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What a day. I'll probably remember that for a long time. At the moment I am still a bit confused. I am not sure if I am disappointed not to have won or would rather be happy about my 2nd place. At the moment, the disappointment prevails over the big coup.

But still; there are not many such crazy days and then to be at the very front in the end still fills me with pride.

The stage started very stressful already when it was still neutralization, because everyone wanted to be up front.

At kilometer 0 then the surprise: A large group got clear immediately and drove out almost 3 minutes. But on the climb the war unleashed and we drove the 16km to the mountain classification full out. I had made a big red circle around this stage and wanted to be in the group. Accordingly, I was disappointed when Matteo Montaguti was ahead for us and I had to stay in the bunch.

So I kept on without significant problems over the mountain and the downhill, in which some drivers were realed back in.

Since Chaves - at this time runner-up - had caught a black day and the other favorites did not want to let him come back, the pace was accordingly high. The speed was extremely high during the first 160km and it hurt everyone.

My legs did a good job and when my teammates all told me they were so done, I knew that was my day.

They told me if you want to try something, today is your only chance - as I have to work on both the sprint and the mountain stages.

So I got my plan togteher and followed de Marchi and Henao on the last mountain classification. Then I pushed on myself and immediately had a gap. I waited. We changed by I pushed on again on a wave and again no one on the rear wheel so fully on, everything went through the departure. I felt fantastic. I had a day that was not so often.

I closed the gap alone to Villella and Mohoric in the downhill. Villella did not want to work, but was still able to follow everytime we increased th espeed. He turned into me from the side at the start already, because he thought I was in his way, so I wanted to get rid of him. He left a gap to Mohoric and I let him do it first. Until here I still felt really good. Then I jumped forward. Here I had to go really deep and went deep into the red area.

The last 12 kilometers we drove so two. I walked through the guide but prayed that he would not attack me, but he did it in every damn wave. But I bit through.

I also stayed cool in the sprint. 1300m before the finish, I was always at the rear wheel and focused only on the sprint. 500m on the bike. 350m on the bike. 250m it attracts. 200m I will come back. 150m we are handlebars to handlebars. 100m I lose 1m go really deep. Lactate 37. I lose another 1m. I will 2.

Second of the 10th stage of Giros. An amazing result. 2nd of a really blatant stage, which had brought everyone to the limit 250km; 4000hm and I finished second.

I will probably need some time until I can realize everything and be happy about it ...

Now I go but first eat something, because there are still 11 stages, so 11 opprtunities ;)

http://www.nico-denz.de/giro-d-italia/
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: t-72 on May 15, 2018, 22:48
MV and MG, stop saying that Dumoulin is not a climber! He is one of the best climbers in the world, that is reasonably proven by winning the Giro last year, winning an uphill finish. To be fair that uphill finish was not on the top of Stelvio, but still it definetly was a finish for climbers. However, one can add, he also proved it by being the only winner of the giro to ride fast enough over the top of Stelvio twice in a day,  while taking time for a toilet break! If you can do that, you are a climber.

If a cyclist can ride faster than anyone else up Fløyen in the ITT world championship and "anyone else" includes Chris Froome and Primz Roglic - he is  a climber. 

The fact that a cyclist has a  larger advantage on the bunch in the indicvidual time trial, does not make the cyclist "not a climber". That goes for, amongst others active in today's gruppo - #sky Chris Froome and #bmc Rohan Dennis. Rohan is an absolutely awesome climber, especially at altitude.  I remember in the Tour of Colorado that he won - he could have been riding circles around all the other participants.   

Other riders on this list but not in this Giro would include #sky Geraint Thomas, #sunweb Wilco Kelderman, #trek Bob Jungels and #movistar Marc Soler. To get back to the giro theme, let's add Ryder Hesjedal. I also think #astana Superman Lopez should also be an addition here, but he needs to prove it in a GT: however, when he won the Tour de Suisse a few years back, his ITT was excellent. He was 2nd on the stage, and the guy in 3rd was a local guy named Cancellara.  :-x

These guys, that are good against the clock, are also climbers.

Winning the GC is about all round abilities and it is absolutely permitted to be more than a one-trick pony. The climber that can only take time on the mountain top finish stages should have very limited chances to win a grand tour, but it shouldn't be impossible.

As for riding style , my favorite just dropped out of the GC. #mitchelton Chaves was the one that could attack from waaaay down in the valley when the percorso was crossing the Agnello at 2800 meters above sea level. #rosa #mitchelton Simon Yates rides in the bunch until <1 km from the finish line and then he uses his sprinting kick, his best weapon. If he wins the Giro, it will be painful for #movistar - because Valverde is the most similar rider, and he has been better at this at least up to this date.

Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: AG on May 16, 2018, 05:05
Its interesting.  For a long time, Grand Tour winners have been primarily climbing types who could time trial well enough ... Contador, Evans, Nibali and the like.

Now though, we are seeing more of the TT guys who can climb well enough to hold on.  Wiggans, Froome, Dumoulin.   Froome is a bit of an exception as he wasnt really either before he started winning ... but he is definitely these days good enough to be a TT specialist, as opposed to just holding on and gaining his time in the mountains.

The case of Pinot then, and Quintana will be interesting to follow - can the climber types come to the front again?
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 16, 2018, 07:06
It depends what you mean by a long time. Pre Contador there used to be hundreds of TT kms and it was almost impossiblr to win without being competitive against the clock, see Pantani's TTs in 98.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 16, 2018, 07:31
From #bmc Nicolas Roche's stage report:

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On a training spin in Laragh recently I stopped for coffee and was asked what it takes to get through days like today – so here we go: Eight hours’ sleep.

Two hours’ transfer in the bus. Six hours and five minutes on the bike. Four thousand metres of climbing. Average speed: 39kph. Maximum speed: 89kph. Average heart rate: 140bpm. Highest heart rate: 174bpm.

Normalised power for the day: 337 watts.

I burned 6,326 calories today and consumed five coffees; two bowls of porridge, a sprinkle of fruit and nuts; two slices of toast; one poached egg; one slice of ham; a sprinkle of cheese; a scrape of jam, a scoop of peanut butter, six half-litre bottles, five or six mini wraps (3 cream cheese and ham /2 banana and jam), two energy bars and a couple of healthy pancakes. By the way, that’s before dinner. Oh, and we’ve ten days done. Eleven days left!

 :dizzy
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Servais Knavendish on May 16, 2018, 09:18
so just wondering ( and I am prepared to be swamped) but are there any recent (21stC) examples of a GC rider in a top position, being alone in the field in losing such an enormous slug of time (eg >20mins), without any extenuating injury, crash, or other special circumstances???
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 16, 2018, 09:26
Landa two years ago?! Post rest day as well
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Capt_Cavman on May 16, 2018, 12:11
Landa two years ago?! Post rest day as well
viral gastroenteritis no? and he DNF'd
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Mellow Velo on May 16, 2018, 12:33
MV and MG, stop saying that Dumoulin is not a climber! He is one of the best climbers in the world, that is reasonably proven by winning the Giro last year, winning an uphill finish.


 Neither of us said he wasn't a good climber: he is.
I only made the observation that his usual MO is to sit on wheels and conserve energy for the TTs.
As to being one of the best climbers in the world. I would say it depends how long a list you make.
However, he would not make my top 10 for sure.
Winning on Oropa is one thing, but if he is to get on my list, he will have to deliver on either the Zoncolan or Monte Jafferau.

Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 16, 2018, 12:41
viral gastroenteritis no? and he DNF'd

some kind of rest day sickness, yeah. I would still put it more or less into the same category.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: Servais Knavendish on May 16, 2018, 16:50
I guess I am wondering if Chaves put in the 'worst days ride by a well placed GT GC contender in 21st century history; without extenuating circumstances' looks like answer is simply yes.

Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: search on May 16, 2018, 17:28
yeah, probably. I mean, it's not that uncommon that gc contenders completely drop out of contention, but as stages are usually not raced full gas from the start we don't usually see those kind of gaps when they do. I can't remember any at the moment at least
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: LukasCPH on May 16, 2018, 18:26
You mean, does he ride like Froome?
Got it in one. You could have stopped there.
More like Indurain, no? ;)
Froome attacks on climbs to put the knife into his opponents.

most of us (including me) may not know much about #ag2r Nico Denz - but that was a great performance coming 2nd today in that stage. And he has just published a long blog post about it

http://www.nico-denz.de/giro-d-italia/
Good write up. :cool
One thing is for sure, though: Google Translate sucks at translating German. :D

so just wondering ( and I am prepared to be swamped) but are there any recent (21stC) examples of a GC rider in a top position, being alone in the field in losing such an enormous slug of time (eg >20mins), without any extenuating injury, crash, or other special circumstances???
Ivan Basso in the 2005 Giro stage to Livigno (210 km, 6h46'33" winner's time), swallowing a massive 42 minutes to the stage winner, is the biggest time loss by a GC contender I can remember.
Title: Re: Giro 2018 - Stage 10: Penne › Gualdo Tadino
Post by: AG on May 17, 2018, 00:25
the stage was pretty much full gas from the start as it was a big climb first up - so a fight to get in the break as people thought the break would stick.

They were chasing it down and going fast up the big climb and Chavez got distanced along with a large group.  The other contenders then realised that he was in the back group, so all worked together for a lot of kilometres to keep him away. 

This was all with 150 km to go.  The gap wasnt huge, and Quickstep were helping as Vivianni was in the second group as well and they wanted him to win ... but with everyone riding up front the gap soon grew and they gave up.  Mich-Scott had 2 plus Chavez and were never going to be able to make it back on their own so also gave up - with still 150km to go.

It doesnt take that much for this to happen - not a really, really bad day ... just a gap early and the rest willing to work together to enforce it.