Wednesday 16th May
Assisi - Montecatini Terme 255 km
STRICT DEADLINE = STAGE START TIME 10:55 CET
Starting from the Stage 10 finish in Assisi, we'll head into Tuscany avoiding the strade bianche and difficult climbs. Although the course is straightforward, there is a cat 3 climb at km 155 and then a cat 4 climb on the 14.4 km finishing circuit around Montecatini Terme which averages 5.5%. The circuit will also have a fast descent and twisty turns including a U turn just 400m from the finish before a slight uphill run to the line.
Stage 10 Results
J-Rod, Huzarski, Visconti.
The winner was no surprise, but NetApp rider Huzarski beat out more favored riders for second. Huzarski rode well in Coppi e Bartali and Trentino, and has in the past done well on a similar finish in Emilia.
Commiserations, but no points, to KDZ who picked Huzarski for stages 7 & 8. But holmovka picked him when it mattered, and scoops the whole 12-point bonus and the stage win. Honorable mention to broerie, the only DS to pick Visconti in 3rd. VirtKitty stays in pink, but holmovka has surged up the cappello rosa competition to join pablo777 and wannabe_scattista within 10 points of the lead.
The twitterverse is alight with scurrilous gossip, with many pundits raising doubts about a sprinter winning today on a steep uphill finish. I can only assure everyone that holmovka is the most tested SPG competitor on the planet.
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The first three riders on the stage score. The basic score is stage winner 4 points, second place 2 points, third 1 point.
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