Basso keeps it going

Today's Giro stage had everything to promise fireworks. Lots of climb with the finish atop the famous Monte Zoncolan. Again, Liquigas controlled things and once the decisive climb arrived and the action started, we were treated to some incredible bike racing.

Nibali couldn't stick with the front, perhaps paying the price of yesterday's finale but again, Basso, Evans and Scarponi were quickly ahead of the other contenders and catching the early broken break. Basso was smooth and in front for most of the climb, Scarponi snapped first and eventually, we knew it was coming, Evans cracked too. Basso kept his high pace to win solo, his first win since his return.

In the process, Basso is now in third on the general classification but everyone expects the two ahead to drift away. It's pretty clear who are the rivals now.

With his win, Cannondale and Liquigas are stretching the stage winning streak. First Francisco Chicchi won stage 4 in California, then his teammate Peter Sagan won stages 5 and 6. The following day, the team's Giro team took over, Nibali and Basso going 1st and 2nd in stage 14 and now, Basso taking the 15th stage. What a week!

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