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Stage 18: Valdaora › Santa Maria di Sala
« on: May 29, 2019, 19:36 »
Stage 18: Valdaora  › Santa Maria di Sala


Finally a calm, little sprint stage again...



...or maybe not?!

If we discount guys like #androni Belletti, #bardiani Simion, #gironippo Lobato, #dimension Gibbons or #lotto Tosh van der Sande, the only sprinters of note left in the race are #groupama Arnaud Démare, #bora Pascal Ackermann and #academy Davide Cimolai.

Currently Démare leads the #ciclamino points classification by 13 points ahead of Ackermann (as his attempts to join the breakaway today and get a bigger lead were not succesful). Now, as the difference between 1st and 2nd at the finish are 15 points, he risks losing the jersey tomorrow if he doesn't win the stage.

So I would think #groupama Groupama FDJ will not join the chase, which would leave Bora stranded doing all the work themself over 220k, maybe with #academy Conor Dunne giving them a hand every now and then.

So... another one for the breakaway?! There are still 10 winless teams in the race, probably very eager to give it a go
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    M Gee

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    It's a faux rest day! Downhill, with a pimple in the middle! Is Demare still with us? Any other sprinters around? Maybe they'll let the break take the day? Doubtful. Any sprinters around will want a part of today.




    Post Merge: May 29, 2019, 19:44
    Go see Search's post on Stage 18.
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  • . . .He had the bit between his teeth, and he loiked the taste, mate . . .

    M Gee

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    Ha. We're posting at the same time!
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    Ha. We're posting at the same time!

    I now merged them. Yours has a map ;)
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    I imagine that the only possible factor that could affect the GC (barring a crash, dog, errant moto collision, etc) would be the weather?

    But it looks to be near perfect conditions from what I can tell.

    Valdaora
    57ºF / 14ºC
    Mostly cloudy, cool

    Winds from the
    N 6 km/h
    Gusts: 9 km/h

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    Santa Maria di Sala
    72ºF / 22ºC
    Partly cloudy

    Winds from the
    S 7 km/h
    Gusts: 13 km/h


    Oh well.  :D
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  • M Gee

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    I imagine that the only possible factor that could affect the GC (barring a crash, dog, errant moto collision, etc) would be the weather?

    But it looks to be near perfect conditions from what I can tell.

     . . .Oh well.  :D
    A day to kick back and tune in twice. The first time midway, just to see if the spirit of Tommy Voelckler has been reborn. And then for the last 30 km to watch the fun.
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    then for the last 30 km to watch the fun.

    You added an extra "0" by mistake.  :-x
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    Drummer Boy

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    You added an extra "0" by mistake.  :-x

    I take that back!  :P

    It was quite an entertaining run-in. It just got closer...and closer...and closer...then not...then again...then not...then again...with sprint intrigue building the whole time.

    I told you today would be exciting!  :D

    https://twitter.com/giroditalia/status/1134118312605048832
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    https://twitter.com/EuroHoody/status/1134121063560962049

    Good!  :D

    To quote my favorite duo from one of my favorite finishes from years gone by...
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    Sherwen: That serves them completely and utterly right!
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  • « Last Edit: May 31, 2019, 01:29 by Drummer Boy, Reason: Gotta get that quote accurate! »

    Drummer Boy

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    Worst. Soundtrack. Yet.  :secretlol

    Stage 18 | Highlights


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    All smiles here:

    Stage 18 | Best of
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