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Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
« on: April 15, 2019, 17:25 »
Giro d'Italia Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)



Beh, dopo l'incredibile anteprima di ieri di hiero / search / t-72 (cancella come appropriato), temo che oggi ne siate affittati uno proprio, ma hey, ognuno di noi deve dare la spinta alla croce, come il Grand Tour tempo e questo è il mio impegno.

L'Aquila dovrebbe suonare campane per gli appassionati di ciclismo, anche quelli con brutti ricordi come i miei. Torna indietro nel 2010 e una giornata piovosa in Abruzzo ...



Era uno di quei giorni folli in bicicletta. Oltre 260 km, 6 ore e mezza in sella e brutto tempo. Proprio il tipo di palcoscenico in cui si desidera un'interruzione di oltre 50 cavalieri per fuggire ... e questa non era una rottura di Joe Shmoes (okay ce n'era una - Wiggins). Comprendeva Sastre, Arroyo, Gerdemann, Tondo, Serpa ecc. Ecc. Il gruppo ha perso oltre 12 minuti.

Un po 'di ricerca su internet rivela anche un palcoscenico ancora più difficile che è finito a L'Aquila. Torna da oltre un secolo al 1914 e una tappa lunga 428 km ....

Comunque abbastanza storia, ecco cosa stanno affrontando nel 2019:





Il blurb ufficiale:

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Il palcoscenico ha un profilo collinare. Il percorso inizia a fianco del mare, fino a Ortona, per poi seguire le continue ondulazioni dell'entroterra (salendo su Ripa Teatina e Chieti). Svolte di Popoli, prima dell'altopiano che porta a L'Aquila, è l'unica salita classificata. Dopo il GPM, strade dritte con pendenza moderata porteranno fino a L'Aquila, attraversando le aree colpite dal terremoto dell'aprile 2009.

Chilometri finali

Con 9 km da percorrere, il percorso lascia la ss. 17 e affronta la salita di Via della Polveriera, con pendenze intorno al 5-6%, superando il 9%. Il percorso scende verso il castello, serpeggiando e serpeggiando attraverso la città fino alla discesa finale (in parte all'interno del centro), che termina con una brusca svolta a destra a 2 km dal traguardo. Con 1.500 m per andare, la strada risale. L'ultimo chilometro ha una pendenza di circa il 7%, con un picco dell'11% a poche centinaia di metri prima del rettilineo di casa (450 m, pendenza del 7% in salita). Il traguardo si trova su una strada asfaltata larga 7 m.

La Flamme Rouge ha un profilo più dettagliato, ovviamente.



Quindi una fase molto più breve del 2010, ma condivide lo stesso ultimo ~ 60 km.

Anche se è improbabile che assisteremo a una massiccia azione di GC, è possibile perdere tempo nel finale con i due kicker e, naturalmente, è un giorno che alcuni specialisti della pausa vedranno e segneranno sulle loro carte.

Le luci principali di Leadbelly seguiranno tra qualche settimana.

ps. Scuse agli italiani ovunque. Incolpare Google Translate.
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  • « Last Edit: April 20, 2019, 19:11 by Leadbelly »

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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #1 on: April 15, 2019, 17:57 »
    I’ll migliore italiano on this site ever. :) escaped from your drafts folder?  :)
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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #2 on: April 15, 2019, 18:26 »
    Escaped from your drafts folder?  :)

    No, no. Just getting it out of the way while I have time. California coincides with the first week of the Giro and although by sheer coincidence I'm on holiday for that, I might not be too inclined to do the donkey work then.

    On a more serious note, one which I deliberately didn't really mention in the first post, is that it is ten years since the earthquake in the region which claimed over 300 lives.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2009_L%27Aquila_earthquake

    308 dead
    1500 injured
    65000 homeless

    I'm sure the organizers will have some ceremony on the day to remember the event and the lives lost.
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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #3 on: April 20, 2019, 19:16 »
    A closer look at the finish.





    The final km doesn't look too bad on Street View.
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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #4 on: May 16, 2019, 16:58 »
    So does today's result bring a new dynamic to tomorrow's stage?

    • Conti has a big GC gap over anyone who wasn't in today's break. Therefore there are lots of safe people UAE can allow to escape.

    • Conti will be tired after his big effort today.

    • UAE are a man down already and they will have limited available helpers once they hit the cat. 2 climb.

    On the other hand....

    • The peloton did take a day off today.

    • Ewan might fancy his chances after missing out the other day.

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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #5 on: May 16, 2019, 17:19 »
    Potential winners?

    Uphill Sprint - Ewan or Ulissi

    Late Attack - Gallopin or Jungels

    Break - Senechal, Neilands, De Gendt, Bakelants or Ciccone
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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #6 on: May 17, 2019, 01:43 »
    It's interesting, how this Giro is taking a very traditional turn - turning over the pink to a lesser rider to save energy - after the very modern way of winnowing the GC riders (selection by crash).
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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #7 on: May 17, 2019, 08:18 »
    in 2010 when chaos burst out and Arroyo took the lead, a lot of this was caused by a weak team (Astana) heading the race for a surprise leader (Vinokourov)...

    :wave #uae UAE
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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #8 on: May 17, 2019, 16:57 »
    https://twitter.com/giroditalia/status/1129408851055398912

    Today's stage through the medium of smileys (some of it anyway):

     :boom The action started with a bang. Lots of attempts to get a break started and the fast pace continued through the day.

     :flustered Some strong riders (top-10 GC in a couple of weeks) in the break caused a bit of consternation in the peloton.

     :slow Bahrain were instrumental in bringing the first dangerous break back, but then let an even stronger one with multiple threats get away. Strange.

     :gesink Abandons of Gaviria and De Plus.

     :x_x There was time for a bit of a afternoon snooze in the mid-part of the stage.

     :party Old man Rojas was back for more punishment in the break today. It could have been party time if Trek hadn't put on a big injection of pace towards the end.

     :dizzy MV will know who this is, but I think he's being a bit harsh on him as the others all just leant on him in the finale.

     :s Mr Bilbao played it cool and took the win.

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    Re: Stage 7 - Vasto > L'Aquila (179.35km)
    « Reply #9 on: May 17, 2019, 22:47 »
    Stage 7 Highlights


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