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Title: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: Mellow Velo on October 04, 2020, 19:14
Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km

The 3rd stage of the Giro d'Italia serves the first high altitude finish. At 150 kilometres, the race leads from Enna to a finish climb of 18.2 kilometres at 6.8% on the slopes of Mount Etna.

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This start town of Enna is in the middle of the island, and heads east through a sequence of shallow climbs and descents, rarely surpassing 5%, heading towards the highest active volcano in (geographical) Europe. None of these climbs are categorized. The route serves more gradual climbs in the second half.

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The black ashen slopes of Mount Etna form the backdrop for a Giro finish for the sixth time, but this year’s ascent from Linguaglossa is unprecedented. The 18.2 kilometres climb at 6.8% serves double digit gradients in the last 3 kilometres. A very regular climb at 7% in the first two thirds, followed then by an easier and then a harder section.

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Undoubtedly, the GC riders will go head-to-head on Mount Etna. But will it be for the stage honours or to put time into their rivals with the winner coming from the breakaway?
The last Giro stage on the Etna had a little bit of both. Esteban Chaves and Giulio Ciccone were the remaining breakaway riders in the last 5 kilometres. The Colombian left his Italian companion behind, while his team mate Simon Yates attacked in the GC group. He surged across to Chaves and the two came together in the final kilometre. Stage win for Chaves, pink jersey for Yates.

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Weather for Sicily.

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Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: search on October 04, 2020, 19:53
Undoubtedly, the GC riders will go head-to-head on Mount Etna. But will it be for the stage honours or to put time into their rivals with the winner coming from the breakaway?

The last Giro stage on the Etna had a little bit of both. Esteban Chaves and Giulio Ciccone were the remaining breakaway riders in the last 5 kilometres. The Colombian left his Italian companion behind, while his team mate Simon Yates attacked in the GC group. He surged across to Chaves and the two came together in the final kilometre. Stage win for Chaves, pink jersey for Yates.

I was just thinking about it... Astana is down two men already, Ineos may not be to keen to defend #pink, Jumbo and Trek have leaders probably more likely to shine in week 3, and Mitchelton has fairly bad memories from going hard all race.

So that would leave us with basically only Deceninck to chase? Could be one for the breakaway indeed.
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: Mellow Velo on October 05, 2020, 17:07
 Thomas's crash was caught twice.

This one shows a number of bidons flying around the road and gets the offending one finishing at their feet.
Even has a traditional "Mama Mia" on audio.

https://twitter.com/salxber/status/1313111817045016585

This one shows has fast they were moving in the NZ and catches the full crash.

https://twitter.com/salxber/status/1313114965620994051
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: search on October 05, 2020, 18:18
pretty wild result there, with Yates dropping out of nowhere, and also some other proven GY guys like Kangert and Oomen lost loads of time, while Pozzovivo finished with the very best



when thinking about potential breakaway contenders before the start, I disregarded #lotto Vanhoucke as "not good enough" - in the end he came 1st from the peloton :dizzy
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: just some guy on October 05, 2020, 18:34
Nasty crash from G

Yates might be ok if he gets better. But not looking great.

Lucas Hamilton ready for GC leadership then
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: t-72 on October 05, 2020, 21:48
Help!
Can´t find out what happened to #jumbo Tobias Foss today, did he also find a bidon on the street somewhere after #ineos G. Thomas flipped out? Team orders to save himself for later (like #jumbo Jumbo possibly did with sepp Kuss on some of the early Tour stages?) Not feeling well? Just a terrible day for no medical reason?

 :angry warning, proceed at your own risk

Finding out what happened is about as easy as finding news from the Uighur re-skilling camps in Xinjang. There are no Norwegian media offering a tight coverage of the giro, most likely because they´re sick of Discovery/Eurosport and NENT killing the competition for sports TV and streaming tights. Quite frankly it is better to have the races at national broadcasters that give something back to the sport, ie more than just live TV with second-rate commentaries. The TV2 coverage of any race is better than what Eurosport is making out of the Giro right now.

 :angry off
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: AG on October 06, 2020, 08:22
Hard for Thomas - he always seems to get that bad luck.   But that is racing.

As for what happens now - I guess Pogacar and Porte both lost 1.20 in the crosswinds and still made the podium in a vastly better field ... so anything is possible.  But its not super likely.

Nibali's race to lose now.
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: Servais Knavendish on October 06, 2020, 09:29
Real shame for Thomas would have liked to have seen him competing; plus really disappointing performance by Yates.  Leaves race with an 'after the Lord Mayor's show' feeling.  Could still make for exciting racing; but really light on real top step talent; and yes surely Nibali's to lose... we shall see!

Updated - Thomas out with confirmed hip fracture - sad to see
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: Drummer Boy on October 06, 2020, 13:52
Thomas's crash was caught twice.

This one shows a number of bidons flying around the road and gets the offending one finishing at their feet.
Even has a traditional "Mama Mia" on audio.

Terrible to see, but it does give one a much better impression of just how fast they were traveling, and just how precarious life in the pro peloton really is.


Also: That had to be the most "Giro-sounding" commentary I've ever heard. *it
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: t-72 on October 06, 2020, 14:39
Something I was thinking about, 40 km/h down narrow bumpy city streets, isn't that quite counterproductive to the idea of having a neutral start?  Might as well have a traffic light system, CX-style, if they want that kind of drama at the start, but the reasons for having neutral starts is the opposite, everyone gets safely underway and the tifosi lining the streets in the start town get a chance to see the riders in more than one wink of the eye.

Both good for safety and good for publicity, what was wrong with that? Bring back the safe neutral start.
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: LukasCPH on October 06, 2020, 20:17
Both good for safety and good for publicity, what was wrong with that? Bring back the safe neutral start.
Yeah, that's why I don't get.
You want the sign-in etc. somewhere central, but you don't want to start the race with the maze out of a city centre.
When it's a neutral start, why not just go at a lower speed? :S
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: search on October 06, 2020, 20:29
yeah, but who decides to go that fast? Must be the riders?! If someone gets dropped, they need to wait for him anyway before they can officialy start the stage
Title: Re: Giro 2020 - Stage 3: Enna – Etna 150 km
Post by: LukasCPH on October 07, 2020, 21:36
yeah, but who decides to go that fast?
The commissaire's car - the one with the guy who officially starts the race by waving the flag. The riders must not be faster than this car, or they'll be disqualified.

Simple solution, have the commissaire's car go no faster than e.g. 30 km/h for the neutral section, then speed up to 40-45 km/h just before waving the flag.