(This photo of the glorious one is courtesy of flatbagger, our man on the spot)
One need only look at the profile to suspect that Greipel will once again steal the stage. He's a very worthy contender, but young Bling Matthews is feeling very despondent. He thinks he's let his Rabo boys down because he couldn't keep Renshaw's wheel today. I hope Hutarovich doesn't win because listening to his name being mangled in such spectacular fashion, and repeatedly, is like fingernails on a blackboard. I wouldn't quibble with a GE win either, but short of a miracle, I can't see it happening. They don't seem too downhearted if the twitter chat about the captain of the ship in Italy falling/slipping into the lifeboat is any indication. PS. The last three kilometres are so flat, this is a finish for the big men.
This is how it looks at the beginning of the stage:
1. GREIPEL, Andre (GER)Lotto-Belisol11:54:52 2.KOHLER, Martin (SUI)BMC0:08 3.MATTHEWS, Michael* (AUS)Rabobank0:12 4.DE GENDT, Thomas (BEL)Vacansoleil -DCM0:14 5.GERRANS, Simon (AUS)GreenEDGE0:16 6.BAKELANTS, Jan (BEL)RadioShack-Nissanst 7.BOASSON HAGEN, Edvald* (NOR)Sky Procyclingst 8.VORGANOV, Eduard (RUS)Katushast 9.DENNIS, Rohan* (AUS – SA) UNI SA – Australia0:17 10.FLORENCIO CABRE, Xavier (ESP)Katusha0:20
This looks interesting: http://www.mapmytracks.com/events/tour-down-under-2012/race/stage-21
Live-ish ticker. It is quite informative.http://www.tourdownunder.com.au/live-feed.htm