Picture of the day

Today is the first rest day of the Giro so a good time to see where things stand.

As was expected, it looks like Alberto Contador could fly away with the win. He was 'tranquil' for the first stages but his little acceleartion stole a few seconds on stage 8 then a solid attack up Etna yesterday probably have the other favorites probably thinking about the podium's 2nd step now... or thinking about that upcoming CAS decision...

But the other contenders are now fewer. Sastre is long gone but so is his teamate Menchov and Rodriguez. Those left fighting for the podium are Nibali, Scarponi and Kreuziger who are all close together. Of those, Nibali was the best/smartest yesterday. When Contador left, he remained calm and punched it later while Scarponi tried to go with Alberto but burned his engine... but he will fight again. And there is plenty of good racing to be done and much harder stages to come but it will be extremely hard to get the Maglia Rosa back from Contador who is the best climber and the best time trialist of the contenders.

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