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93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 12 Live Part 1
By Bart Hazen
Date: 5/20/2010
93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 12 Live Part 1

93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 12 Live  Ticker Part 1
 Quiet skies, a peaceful day?  of three adventurers away...

© 210 Gazzetta dello Sport

2010 Giro d'Italia
Jersey Leaders - Stage 11

Maglia Rosa:  Richie Porte Saxo Bank
Maglia Rossa: Tyler Farrar Garmin/Transitions
KOM:  Matthew Lloyd  Omega Pharma/Lotto
U26:  Richie Porte Saxo Bank
Team: Saxo Bank
Stage 11 Live

Thursday 20 May:
Stage 12: Citta Sant'Angelo - Porto Recanati  206 km

Welcome to stage 12 of the Giro D'Italia from Città Sant'Angelo to Porto Recanti over 206 km. The riders have good weather with lots of sun and good temperatures alongside the Adriatic coast.

The stage so far has been animated by a break of three riders Yuri Krivtsov (Ag2r-La Mondiale), Rick Flens (Rabobank) and Olivier Kaisen (Omega Pharma-Lotto)

With 84 km to go the gap of the three in front is still 4-5 minutes on the bunch led by Greipel's HTC and Farrar's Garmin team.

Team Saxo Bank with race leader, Richie Porte has an easy day out thus far sitting back on the second line.

Flens was the first one to attack from the break after about 15 km. The rest bridged across a few kilometers.  There were two non-starts today: stage winner Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step) and Dominik Roels (Milram). Weylandt had to withdraw with fever.

The riders are now in the hillier zone. It's going up and down until the final climb but only two of them are KOM sprints.

In The Netherlands the prestigious Olympia's Tour is going on. Trek-Livestrong Taylor Phinney won the prologue and the first two stages of this event. Today Phinney was beaten in the sprint by Rabobank's Coen Vermeltfoort but the American remains in the overall lead.

In the bunch Garmin, Katusha and Liquigas have put one rider on the front to chase.

68 km to go, The gap to the three musketeers is down to 4.40

Stage 12: Citta Sant'Angelo - Porto Recanati  206 km © 210 Gazzetta dello Sport

Its still 80 km to go. In the final of the race the riders will head  inland and they will face some more hilly roads. The riders will get two KOM sprints in the final sixty km; the first one at 56 km from the finish and the final one, 12 km before the finish.

Rick Flens is a 27 year old Dutch rider and pro since 2007 with Rabobank. He is a good TT rider and a great domestique rider for the team. In 2007 he won a stage in the Tour of Denmark. This year he was second in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne behind compatriot Bobbie Traksel

Yuri Krivtsov is a 31 year old rider from Ukraine and riding for the Ag2r-La Mondiale team since 2004. Krivtsov is a guy for the long breaks and has a good TT as well. In his career he won a stage in de Tour de Romandie and the Circuit de la Sarthe and was national champion of Ukraine in the ITT in 2004.

Olivier Kaisen is a 27 year old rider from Belgium and is the boyfriend of Belgian Champion in the women's ranks Ludivine Henrion (Red Sun Cycling Team). Kaisen who rides for Lotto since 2006 won a stage in the Tour of Turkey last year and was the best in the GP Gerrie Knetemann in 2007.

Back to the race the three riders in front have a lead of about 5 minuets with 75 km to go.

We can also announce that Omega Pharma-Lotto team captain Phillipe Gilbert will skip the Tour de France this year.Gilbert will race the Vuelta as preparation for his goal the Worlds in Australia.

The cycling world has been shaken  by the doping confession of Floyd Landis and his accusations to Johan Bruyneel, Lance Armstrong and the former Phonak team specific team boss Andy Rihs, sports director John Lelangue and Jim Ochowicz. The latter three are currently working with the BMC Racing team of world champion Cadel Evans. Daily Peloton has posted a report of the content of the e-mails Floyd sent to officials at the UCI & USA during April and reactions from the UCI, USACycling, Lance Armstrong and others.  The report also contains links to the radio interview with Floyd on why he came clean by the Wall Street Journal journalist Bonnie Ford, and other related articles.

Back to the Giro. It's a long but easy day in the saddle today. Still 60 km to go to the finish where its expected to be another bunch sprint.

Yesterday in the stage to L'Aquila a group of about 50 riders finished outside the time limit over 46 minutes down on winner Petrov. The race Jury decided not to sent riders home;  but penalized each of the riders 25 points in the points rankings.

As a result points leader Tyler Farrar saw his comfortable lead going down to a lead of just a few points over Cadel Evans. With the mountains stage to come it's a pity for the fast American. Other riders now carry a minus 25 points beside their names in the points ranking.  The riders penalized are noted in the Stage 11 Results page.

UCI Press release -
Declarations made by Floyd Landis: the UCI’s position

Description: The International Cycling Union has learned of the declarations made by Mr Floyd Landis and published in the Wall Street Journal.  The UCI regrets that Mr Landis has publicly accused individuals without allowing sufficient time for the relevant US authorities to investigate.

An impartial investigation is a fundamental right, as Mr Landis will understand having contested, for two years, the evidence of his breach of the Anti-Doping Rules in 2006. The UCI will leave it to the individuals accused by Mr. Landis to take the position they see fit with regards to this issue.
UCI Press Services

The three riders in front are on the first KOM of the day. Still 500 meters to the top with Olivier Kaisen setting the pace.  Olivier Kaisen takes the max. points ahead of Krivtsov and Flens.  The three are no danger at all for the leader in the KOM ranking Kaisen's teammate Matt Lloyd.

Garmin has put three riders in front of the bunch with youngsters Jack Bobridge and Cameron Meyer doing most of the turns. On top of the climb in Macerata the gap of the three is down to 3.17

its the classic boring giro stage; but OK after all the misery in the past 1.5 weeks you can say they deserved it; With the tough final week to come in the mountains another relative rest day is welcome for most of the riders.

50 km to go in the stage the gap still 3.17 -

The gap of the three stays a bit steady with 3.12 and 45 km to go. The riders are almost on the local finishing circuits. During the large finishing circuits they have to climb the Potenza Picena twice. the final time KOM points are on offer.

40 km to go with still the same three Garmins setting the pace Jack Bobridge, Cameron Meyer and Svein Tuft. in the meantime the gap dropped down to 2.40

The riders are now in Potenza Picena. The riders can recognize the roads they will get in the final 15 km again.  After the final climb of the Potenza Picena with 10 km to go the riders will get a fast descent towards the finish in Porto Recanati

The gap dropped down to 2.10 -  30 km to go, the gap down to 2.00

The second stage in the Circuit de Lorraine is won by young Footon-Servetto's Fabio Felline. Felline who was 10th in the E3 Prijs Harelbeke in Belgium earlier this year is also the new leader.

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