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    Giro d'Italia

    Good ride by Geraint Thomas yesterday but Cav's the daddy today!

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    If Cav is there at the end then he will invariably win and today was no different. Still great to notch another grand tour stage win up though! Phinney did well to get back to the peleton after losing his chain. Though Geraint might be able to sneak into the lead for a moment.

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    Yeah - was hoping to see GT in Pink. A good ride for 10th place today though.

    Today's result:
    1 CAVENDISH Mark GBR SKY 4:53:12 0:00 - 20" bonus
    2 GOSS Matthew Harley AUS OGE 4:53:12 0:00 - 12" bonus
    3 SOUPE Geoffrey FRA FDJ 4:53:12 0:00 - 8" bonus
    4 FARRAR Tyler USA GRM 4:53:12 0:00
    5 FERRARI Roberto ITA AND 4:53:12 0:00
    6 RENSHAW Mark AUS RAB 4:53:12 0:00
    7 HUSHOVD Thor NOR BMC 4:53:12 0:00
    8 BENNATI Daniele ITA RNT 4:53:12 0:00
    9 BONNET William FRA FDJ 4:53:12 0:00
    10 THOMAS Geraint GBR SKY 4:53:12 0:00

    Haven't seen the overall classification yet.

    As an aside - heard that the Mayor of Horsens, where tomorrow's third stage will take place, has died of a heart attack today.
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    Overall classification after Stage 2:

    1 PHINNEY Taylor USA BMC 5:03:38 0:00
    2 THOMAS Geraint GBR SKY 5:03:47 0:09
    3 RASMUSSEN Alex DEN GRM 5:03:51 0:13
    4 BOARO Manuele ITA SAX 5:03:53 0:15
    5 LARSSON Gustav Erik SWE VCD 5:04:00 0:22
    6 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas LTU GRM 5:04:00 0:22
    7 LANCASTER Brett AUS OGE 5:04:01 0:23
    8 PINOTTI Marco ITA BMC 5:04:02 0:24
    9 SERGENT Jesse NZL RNT 5:04:04 0:26
    10 OLIVEIRA Nelson POR RNT 5:04:05 0:27

    Cav currently in 12th @ 27 secs

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    Going to watch it on Eurosport in a bit.

    Stage 20 is really a fucking doozy. Not only the Stelvio to finish but Mortirolo about 60k out. What a fucking brute of a stage.
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    Well today's stage was a great example of the dangers of sprinting. It all seemed a lot less controlled than yesterday and Cav lost Thomas' wheel near the end but still managed to get himself into a good position (by following Renshaw!) only to be utterly wiped out by Ferrari (don't know him). Cue carnage. Despite being ridden over twice, Cav got up and carried his bike over the line so hopefully just cuts and bruises. Pink jersey Phinney went down heavily and crossed the line in the ambulance but says he should be ok to continue. Will Ferrari be chucked out of the race? It was reckless at best.

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    Ferrari has been relegated to last place on the stage I think. You don't often get chucked out for dangerous sprinting, although I remember a rider being chucked for trying to headbutt an opponent in a sprint.
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    Ouch!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Yeah I think that was Renshaw in the Tour a couple of years back. Right decision I think, his placing has to be invalid on today but to get rid of him for an entire 3 week race would have been harsh IMO.

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    Weird one today - good ride by Goss though.

    Stage 3:
    1 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
    2 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank
    3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Barracuda
    4 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
    5 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team
    6 Thor Hushovd (Nor) BMC Racing Team
    7 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team
    8 Romain Feillu (Fra) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    9 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
    10 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team

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    Overall after Stage 3:
    1 PHINNEY Taylor USA BMC 9:24:31 0:00
    2 THOMAS Geraint GBR SKY 9:24:40 0:09
    3 RASMUSSEN Alex DEN GRM 9:24:44 0:13
    4 BOARO Manuele ITA SAX 9:24:46 0:15
    5 NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas LTU GRM 9:24:49 0:18
    6 LARSSON Gustav Erik SWE VCD 9:24:53 0:22
    7 LANCASTER Brett AUS OGE 9:24:54 0:23
    8 GOSS Matthew Harley AUS OGE 9:24:54 0:23
    9 PINOTTI Marco ITA BMC 9:24:55 0:24
    10 SERGENT Jesse NZL RNT 9:24:57 0:26

    Cav in 13th @27 secs

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    Ferrari should have held his line, but had the lead outs held then he'd have been politely told he wasn't welcome!

    Doubt they'd kick out an Italian before the race actually got to Italy, punishment was about right regardless.

    That looks like an uncomfortable plane journey for Cavendish...
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    Team TT today - Phinney no longer in Pink. New Leader is Ramunas Navardauskas

    Provisional stage result:
    1 Garmin-Barracuda 37:04
    2 Katusha 0:05
    3 Astana 0:22
    4 Saxo Bank 0:22
    5 Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:24
    6 Orica-GreenEdge 0:25
    7 Liquigas 0:26
    8 RadioShack-Nissan 0:28
    9 Sky 0:30
    10 BMC 0:31
    11 Movistar 0:32
    12 Lampre-ISD 0:34
    13 Netapp 0:43
    14 Farnese Vini-Selle Italia 0:59
    15 Rabobank 1:01
    16 Lotto Belisol 1:05
    17 Vacansoleil 1:10
    18 FDJ-Big Mat 1:10
    19 Colnago-CSF Inox 1:12
    20 Androni Giacattoli-Venezuela 1:44
    21 AG2R-La Mondiale 1:45
    22 Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:22

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    General classification after Stage 4:

    1 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Barracuda
    2 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin – Barracuda 00:00:10
    3 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda
    4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin – Barracuda 00:00:11
    5 Taylor Phinney (USA) BMC Racing Team 00:00:14
    6 Manuele Boaro (Ita) Saxo Bank 00:00:19
    7 Geraint Thomas (Gbr) Sky Pro Cycling 00:00:21
    8 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Garmin – Barracuda 00:00:25
    9 Christian Vandevelde (USA) Garmin – Barracuda 00:00:26
    10 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 00:00:30

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    Really not a fan of the team time trial at all. Just don't see the point. Might as well have another individual time trial.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    Really not a fan of the team time trial at all. Just don't see the point. Might as well have another individual time trial.
    Agreed - it's neither one thing or another but I guess it is a bit of a leveller for the teams with out and out specialists (sprinters, climbers etc).

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    TT's (team or otherwise) always struggle to capture my imagination this early on in a grand tour.
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    Cav again!

    From Cycling News: Sky got it together, coming through with two men for Cavendish in the final 500 meters, they put him in a perfect position.
    Goss tried to come around the Sky rider but it was a losing battle. The Brit had the perfect run in and once he sees the line it's very, very hard to come around him.

    Todays result:
    1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 4:43:15
    2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team
    3 Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan
    4 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Barracuda
    5 Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox
    6 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha Team
    7 lia Favilli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle Italia
    8 Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    9 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat
    10 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank

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    Cav, should bag a few stages in the Giro and Tour this year, but it may be difficult for SKY to go for both Green and Yellow jerseys. I can't see him winning the olympic road race however, I think Geraint Thomas would be a better bet for supported rider.
    I actually prefer the Giro to the TDF, tougher stages, more exciting racing. Difficult to say who will come out on top overall this year though.

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    The mountains on the giro are pretty vicious at times. Not that the tourmalet is a walk in the park, but I would rather struggle up that than mortirolo followed by stelvio.
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    Good stage today and building to a good finish on a fairly tough climb.
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    excellent - felt bastard sorry for the breakaway riders getting caught with about 700 metres of the climb to go
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    Bunch sprint again today but unfortunately Cav crashes on the final curve, as does Matt Goss.

    Ventoso takes the stage.

    Reports say Goss crashes hard on his elbow, while Cavendish was able to brake down the impact into the barriers. They are all back up now.

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    That was a very difficult corner. Looked like Pozzato overcooked it completely on the way in and took Goss out. Cav had nowhere to go but the fall wasn't serious at all for him
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    That was a very difficult corner. Looked like Pozzato overcooked it completely on the way in and took Goss out. Cav had nowhere to go but the fall wasn't serious at all for him
    Thankfully!

    It's beginning to look like a tactic - take the key sprinter(s) out on the final corner.

    From Cycling News:
    Felline second, Nizzolo third. Movistar is celebrating while we can be sure there will be comments about the sense of this tight curve with only 300m to go.

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    Excellent ride by Rodriguez today:
    1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 4:25:05
    2 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp 0:00:02
    3 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:02
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF Inox 0:00:06
    5 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:06
    6 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:06
    7 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:06
    8 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:06

    He's taken over the overall lead now from Hesjedal - (Basso ominously placed in sixth at 57"):
    1 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 40:27:34
    2 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Barracuda 0:00:17
    3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:32
    4 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro Team 0:00:52
    5 Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:52
    6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:57
    7 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:02
    8 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:01:03

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    What a cracking finish that was. Only a little hill but really steep and narrow. Bad bad day for Frank Schleck by the look of it - reckon he lost about 30 seconds
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    What a cracking finish that was. Only a little hill but really steep and narrow. Bad bad day for Frank Schleck by the look of it - reckon he lost about 30 seconds
    Yeah - I'm surprised by that, thought he might have shown up today.

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    It's getting repetetive now - another final corner crash with 400m to go that causes mayhem.

    Ominously Roberto Ferrari emerges unscathed and wins the stage.

    Other placings to follow.

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    1 Ferrari
    2 Cicchi
    3 Vaitkus
    4 Cavendish

    From Cycling News:
    "Cavendish was definitely impeded slightly but Ferrari produced a great burst of speed and pulled away from the Briton in the final 200m."

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