93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage 16 Live Ticker Part 1
The Third Wave of Riders are on the course -
Colombian Rigoberto Uran sets the fastest time scoring a great
Gazzetta dello Sport
2010 Giro d'Italia
Jersey Leaders - Stage 15
Maglia Rosa: David Duran Arroyo Caisse
Cadel Evans BMC Racing
KOM: Matthew Lloyd Omega Pharma/Lotto
Porte Saxo Bank
Classification After Stage 15
Tuesday 25 May
Stage 16 San Vigilio - Plan de
Corones, 12.9 km ITT
Welcome to our live ticker; we pick up the action with the 3rd wave of riders on
the course. yuri Trofimov just finished posting a time of 43:48.
Early starter Gilberto Simoni, the two time winner is riding his final race at
this years Giro. Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
Rigoberto Uran sets the fastest time scoring a great 43:04
The Colombian now leads Samoilau by 29 seconds, with Johann Tschopp a further
second back, long-time first-placed rider Sylvester Szmyd was kicked down to
fourth place, a few seconds clear of Yuri Trofimov. So those are three current
top five spots in the stage standings after the recent changes.
Marco Pinotti wears the Italian National ITT Champion Jersey today. The
Bergamasco is still in the first half of the parcours.
Stage 16 [rofile -
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Vincenzo Nibali just started his own race.
Dario Cataldo set the second best time at the Furcia Pass intermediate check:
a good 21.33, albeit it can't get even close to Stefano Garzelli's top record at
that point: 21 minutes and as many seconds.
Garzelli is now getting closer to the last kilometer in the stage. Is the A &
S rider going to improve Rigoberto Uran's record (43 minutes and four seconds)
at the finishing line?
Michele Scarponi goes under the ten-to-go banner, while Vino just got in the
1616 CEST - In the meantime Evgueni
Petrov scored the second best time at the line: 43:14. Worse than the record of
current leader Uran by ten seconds.
Stefano Garzelli working the final 3 km, on his way to the victory.
Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
But watch out for upcoming Garzelli. 300 meters to go for the Italian. There
he comes, with the BEST TIME (thus far): 41 minutes and 28 seconds for Stefano
Garzelli. Better than Uran's by ... one minute and 36 seconds. Garzelli is the
brand new "stage leader".
Red-clad Cadel Evans (leader in the points classification) started his own
challenge to the clock - and the climbs.
Garzelli gained over a minute on Uran in the last five kilometers.
Quite impressive performance from the Italian veteran.
Carlos Sastre sets off. Will the Spaniard be able to thread his way in
between the two "big enemies" Basso and Evans? Sure this race suits quite well
the 2008 Tour de France winner's skills ...
Next at the start is ... guess who. Ivan the Terrible himself!
John Gadret looks nice in the saddle as he get closer to the finish. The Ag2r athlete stops the clock at 42:22, turning him into second-placed rider so
far, 54 seconds behind Garzelli.
Pinotti has the third best intermediate time, losing "only" 23 seconds to
Garzelli,. His time distance to the man from Varese is gonna get bigger in the
steepest part of the "climb to the clouds" though, trust us.
23:19 for Linus Gerdemann at the intermediate check. It was the 57th
time so far, losing close to two minutes to the leader. His performance isn't
even worth a mention in fact, but we're good guys, you know ...
MICHELE SCARPONI's result is worthy of mention instead: the Androni athlete
set the BEST time after seven kilometers, bettering Garelli's record by eight
Damiano Cunego was ten-second slower than Scarponi at the same halfway point
in the stage.
Lampre announced this morning a few minutes that their mechanic Enrico Pengo
talked about the technical details of Wilier Superleggera that the Cunego and
the riders would use.
Pengo: " Our riders will use the traditional road bike with a weight of 6.8 kg
as required by UCI rules. Regarding the wheels we will use - low-profile
carbon wheels to maximize the ease with the traditional tubes.
The special thing today is the chainrings and sprockets, we have installed: 39 x 34 and 12 x
29 sprockets. The choice is dictated by the fact that after careful observation
by the riders and technicians we have noticed that
until Furcia on the asphalt road riders can push a larger than on the dirt and
then suddenly think the 39 is more suitable for this type of effort. "
1633 CEST - And in the meantime Dario
Cataldo clocked a solid 43:09 at the finish, putting him in spot number four.
Quick Step's Dario Cataldo Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
Evans leads Basso by seven seconds in the one-on-one challenge. for Nibali at
the halfway point check. It's the seventh time there, 19 seconds behind
Scarponi's outstanding record.
Basso almost "closed the gap" on elegantly riding Evans, as it was just
three seconds at the latest check. Paolo Savoldelli, that follows the Aussie on
a Rai TV motorbike, thinks the World RR Champion is saving his legs (as much as
one guy can on such a route) for the toughest piece of today's cyclist-torture.
Vino after 7 kms: 21:39. 4th time, 24 seconds behind Scarponi. That means
Nibali's was the third best record not the seventh. Our apologies.
1639 CEST - Michele Scarponi is flying around and about to catch Linus
Gerdemann who started three minutes ahead of him (and it's TWO mentions of
Gerdemann today. We're good guys, aren't we?).
But the BAD news for the Italian is that CADEL EVANS ROCKS. Or he did in the
first half of the stage at least: the Aussie scored 21:11 after seven
kilometers, bettering Michele's score by four seconds. The man in red is the
brand new stage leader at the halfway point.
Cadel changed his pace big time as he entered the unpaved piece, and
Savoldelli sees him in form today.
44:11 for Marco Pinotti at the finish. The Italian National ITT Champion
struggled a lot to cross the line with the 16th time thus far. This course was
not good for him, and he couldn't be a factor today.
There comes Damiano Cunego, also having a hard time in the saddle in the last
half kilometer on the way to the Plan de Corones summit.
In the meantime, Evans extended his advantage on Basso to a dozen
Pinotti had a hard time even speaking after he crossed the line. Cunego kicks
him down to 17th places as he sets the ninth score thus far.
Sastre Disaster!!! The Spaniard is losing close to a minute and a half at the
halfway point check! The man is going to lose all of his Maglia Rosa chances
today if he keeps going (going?) like that ...
Ivan's Record ain't too good: 29:29. The Liqui-guy lost 18 seconds to
Evans in the space of about seven thousand meters. His teammate Kiserlovski is
doing far worse today: the Croat, a former top three placed rider in the GC,
clocked the 28th time to the line.
1649 CEST - 700 meters to go for
Scarponi. In basically ANY other course, that would be a short way to the
finish. Today, it's quite the opposite.
Richie Porte at km. 7: 22:05. Losing 54 seconds to Evans, and scoring the
14th time at the halfway point thus far. All efforts sustained so far in the
race are taking a toll on the Tasmanian's legs.
Canadian Michael Barry (Team Sky) Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter
Scarponi is NOT going to improve Garzelli's record. The Androni athlete,
leading his fellow countryman by 08 secs at the Furcia Pass check, had a worse
second half of the stage, and finished in 42 minutes and 35 seconds, putting him
in spot number three, 01:07 down on the Acqua & Sapone team "Capitano".
So Garzelli seems the man to beat now, But another "man in red" could perform
such task as well today.
So bad, for Arroyo. Losing over a minute to Evans at the first time check.
The Spaniard is going to pay quite a price on the slopes up to Plan de
Linus Gerdemann (and it's THREE mentions for the German today) finished
the stage, even if NOT EXACTLY in a top time.
Vincenzo Nibali in third place at the finish: 42:29. A minute and a second
600 meters to go for Vino. The Kazakh ain't going to take first place either ...
You can be sure of that.
Basso is fighting back, "shrinking" his gap to Evans to14 seconds at the
newest check of their one-on-one battle.
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