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93rd Giro d'Italia

Stage 11 - Lucera to L'Aquila - 262.0 km (162.4 mi)

19 May 2010

 

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Wow... now THIS was a crazy day of cycling! On the longest day of this year's race, with 160+ miles covered during the stage, one could've expected that a breakaway would form the winning selection for the day's race. I suspect that few had tabbed such a large and influential group of riders getting clear up the road... yet that's exactly what happened in today's Stage 11 romp from Lucera to L'Aquila, a whopping 53 riders giving the slip to the maglia rosa and the contenders clinging to his side to mark any attacks by the leader. In the process, over ten minutes was lost by the rear group containing Vinokourov, Cadel Evans and the rest, and the entire top ten would shift to a new batch of riders.

On a day when the riders tackled mountains which first visited the Giro back in 1909, and the rain decided to return in full force after lulling the peloton with sunshine yesterday, there was no amount of technology that could prevent the stage from evolving into a throwback classic. The breakaway continued to consolidate its gains all the way to the line; only within the final ten kilometers did anyone deign to try to split off and attempt a solo to victory. Jerome Pineau (Quick Step), who won Stage 5 in a breakaway that barely survived to the line, took a long dig but gained but ten seconds; he was soon back in the fold, which was rapidly dwindling as the accelerations took their toll on fatigued legs.

Then we saw Dario Cataldo, Pineau's teammate, make the first counterattack. He was eventually bridged by two riders, Jan Bakelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto) and Linus Gerdemann (Milram), and then dropped back to the front field. Bakelandts would crash with just two kilometers to go, leaving Gerdemann alone off the front to dream of the stage victory. As the inclines ramped up in the final kilometers, it would be hard to sustain a winning pull for the German.

Instead it was Evgeni Petrov who caught and then passed Gerdemann to solo in himself to the victory. The Russian rider for Katusha, pumping his legs furiously through the driving rain, easily outdistanced his rivals at the finish to claim his first-ever Giro stage victory. The two-time former U-23 world champion on both the road and the time trial, Petrov showed his veteran instincts in winning the day. Behind him Cataldo was still resolutely churning onward and would take second over the line, just ahead of GC contender Carlos Sastre.

And that's the biggest thing about this breakaway. The restructuring of the general classification is astounding. The big losers, naturally, will be the men at the top, Alexander Vinokourov and Ivan Basso and Vincenzo Nibali and Cadel Evans. The maglia rosa would change shoulders yet again, and none of these usual suspects were within sniffing distance anymore of the race lead. There is never a dull moment in this Giro, as today yet again proved. And nothing can be predicted with any accuracy for but the most fleeting of moments, and then it all shifts again. What a hell of a race, and a hell of a result for Petrov.

It was a hell of a damaging day to the fortunes of the former race leaders. For the guys like Vinokourov, Basso, Nibali and Evans who didn't make the split, thirteen minutes was handed away on this stage. After everything was tallied, it was Richie Porte who traded the maglia bianca of the best young rider and took over the maglia rosa from Vinokourov. The former leader would end the day down ten minutes on the general classification and drop out of the top ten completely. The big winners among the pre-race contenders were Carlos Sastre and Bradley Wiggins. Sastre, who has won in his career both the maillot jaune at the 2008 Tour de France and the King of the Mountains at the 2000 Vuelta a Espana, vaulted into eighth place; Wiggins, who won the sprint for the line behind the podium finishers to claim fourth -- two seconds behind Cataldo and Sastre and eleven seconds ahead of the group including Porte -- and claw his way back over Vino and crew and into tenth in the GC.

But Porte and Saxo Bank were the biggest beneficiaries of the breakaway, Bjarne Riis' squad trading up in jerseys to take over the race lead. They also landed Laurent Didier into the top ten, sandwiched between Sastre and Wiggins in ninth. The team which best held its losses? Liquigas, which despite seeing Nibali and Basso drop to 14th and 15th respectively over eleven minutes behind the lead, still sits two of its riders in the top five. Robert Kiserlovski and Valerio Agnoli, who were previously contenders against Porte for the bianca, united with him this day to put themselves at the forefront of the Liquigas movement. They have proven to be the deepest team in this race, four strong and nine deep as the Stage 4 team time trial showed, and it will be a shock if they don't land at least one rider on the podium before all is said and done in this race...

 

 

RESULTS - STAGE 11

  1. Evgeni Petrov (Katusha)     4:28:29
  2. Dario Cataldo (Quick Step)     +0:05
  3. Carlos Sastre (Cervelo)
  4. Bradley Wiggins (Sky)     +0:07
  5. Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale)
  6. Linus Gerdemann (Milram)
  7. Jerome Pineau (Quick Step)
  8. David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne)
  9. Xavier Tondo (Cervelo)
  10. Jan Bakelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto)     all s.t.

 

 

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

  1. Richie Porte (Saxo Bank)     45:30:16
  2. David Arroyo (Caisse d'Epargne)     +1:42
  3. Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas)     +1:56
  4. Xavier Tondo (Cervelo)     +3:54
  5. Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas)     +4:41
  6. Alexander Efimkin (AG2R La Mondiale)     +5:16
  7. Linus Gerdemann (Milram)     +5:34
  8. Carlos Sastre (Cervelo)     +7:09
  9. Laurent Didier (Saxo Bank)     +7:24
  10. Bradley Wiggins (Sky)     +8:14

 

 

POINTS CLASSIFICATION

  1. Tyler Farrar (Garmin)     84
  2. Cadel Evans (BMC)     52
  3. Jerome Pineau (Quick Step)     48
  4. Matthew Goss (HTC-Columbia)     47
  5. Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)    47
  6. Robert Forster (Milram)     47
  7. Wouter Weylandt (Quick Step)     46
  8. Graeme Brown (Rabobank)    43
  9. Andre Greipel (HTC-Columbia)    41
  10. Bradley Wiggins (Sky)     39 

 

 

KING OF THE MOUNTAINS

  1. Matthew Lloyd (Omega Pharma-Lotto)     29
  2. Xavier Tondo (Cervelo)    16
  3. Chris Sorensen (Saxo Bank)     15
  4. Jan Bakelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto)     10 
  5. Paul Voss (Milram)     10
  6. Simone Stortoni (Colnago)   10
  7. Rubens Bertogliati (Androni Giocattoli)     8
  8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago)     6
  9. Alexander Vinokourov (Astana)     5
  10. Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago)     5

 

 

BEST YOUNG RIDER

  1. Richie Porte (Saxo Bank)     39:01:26
  2. Robert Kiserlovski (Liquigas)     +1:56
  3. Valerio Agnoli (Liquigas)     +4:41
  4. Jan Bakelandts (Omega Pharma-Lotto)     +8:45
  5. Francis De Greef (Omega Pharma-Lotto)     +12:21
  6. Dario Cataldo (Quick Step)     +13:22
  7. Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)     +16:03
  8. Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank)     +37:47
  9. Andrei Amador (Caisse d'Epargne)     +39:48
  10. Rigoberto Uran (Caisse d'Epargne)     +44:32

 

 

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