2010/05/19

The Giro falls apart



Just like the buildings did last year in a vicious earthquake, the Giro fell apart today in L'Aquila.

Astana and Liquigas didn't race too smartly today if you ask me. They let a break go, and go very far ahead. That break contained almost more riders than the main bunch they were in. Add that there was some dangerous riders and that's what you get, a whole new race. Vino, Evans, Basso and Nibali are now well behind and the roles are reversed, they have a lot of time to make up while Sastre, who everyone (me and himself included) thought had no more chances in this Giro.

Why do I blame Astana and Liquigas but not Cadel's team? What team? They're no better than the Lotto team he had before. Cadel Evans is as much a one man band as Bob Log, talented yes but on it's own (and Bob Log plugs and assembles the stage himself when he's doing a show).

As much as he was the big loser of the first half of the race, Sastre was the big winner today. He not only made up all the time he had lost so far but finds himself ahead of them! He should be able to erase the deficit to the few riders still in front of him in the general classification but he has minutes of cushion to the other overall contenders now. Add that he also has a mountain goat of a teammate named Tondo right up there on GC too, Sastre came out of hell and kicked the other big names in it.

But, if you look at the stages to come, you'll know there will be plenty of chances for more drama, more surprises and hopefully, lots of attacks. What a race! Now I can check that training ride in California to help me get to sleep.

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