Monday, May 14, 2012

Highlights of the 2012 Giro D' Italia

Via Cycling Art Blog. Designer Vincent Vermeij

Stages 1 through 9 of the Giro D' Italia

Normally, I stick to the topic at hand which is my commutes from the perspective of a bicycle. But since this is the Giro D' Italia, it would be almost sinful not to talk about it, being that I am such a big fan of this race. Here is a short recap of what Has happened from stage 1 until now.

Stage 1: The Giro begins in the town of Herning, Denmark. Taylor Phinney of Team BMC wins the Time Trial to take the lead in the General classification, a lead he will hold for the first 4 stages of the race. He is the youngest American to get the pink jersey in the Giro D'Italia, at 21 years of age.

Stage 2: Trouble starts to follow Taylor Phinney when he gets a mechanical failure just a few kilometers of the finish line, but is able to hold on to the jersey.

Stage 3: Roberto Ferrari of team Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela  side swipes Mark Cavendish about 500 meters from the finish line, taking out Taylor Phinney and leaving him with a swollen ankle. Taylor Phinney had to finish the race in an ambulance. The move was controversial and was talked out for a few days afterwards.

Stage 4: Trouble continues for Taylor Phinney during the team time trial, going off the road and getting grass caught in his shoes and drivetrain. Team BMC finishes over 30 seconds behind the lead, causing the pink jersey to go to Ramunas Navardauskas at the end of the day.

Stage 5: Mark Cavendish wins a sprint victory with his family watching in the audience. He celebrated his stage victory on the podium with his newborn daughter, Delila.

Stage 6: Ramunas Navardauskas, Taylor Phinney and Mark Cavendish get caught up in a crash, and finished the race 34 seconds of the cut off time. Navardauskas loses over 4 minutes on the overall leader. Miguel Angel Rubiano rides to a solo stage win with one minute 12 seconds ahead of the chase group and over two minutes ahead of the peloton. He becomes the first Columbian to win a stage victory in six years at the Giro.

Stage 7: Ryder Hesjedal for Team Sky starts off the day in pink.

Stage 8: Andre Amador held the largest gap in the race at over 11 minutes ahead of the peloton. Domenico Pozzovivo of Team Colnago rides in solo for the stage victory, described as "the diminuative Italian" because of his stature. Pozzovivo thrived on the last category 2 climb of the stage. Ryder Hesjedal battled stomach problems and made a great effort to hold on to the jersey that day. Joaquin Rodriguez moved into second place in the general classification with a 9 second advantage.

Stage 9: Francisco Ventoso wins a sprint victory after a tight corner at the end of the race causes Filippo Pozzato to rear end Matt Goss, which causes a chain reaction that got Mark Cavendish involved. Ryder Hesjedal continues to hold on to the pink jersey at the end of the day.

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