STRICT DEADLINE = STAGE START TIME 13:05 CET
Stage 12 is a medium mountain stage starting from Seravezza, a town in the Lucca Province, on the Tuscan Riviera. We'll then head north along the coast for 50 flat km until we hit the first of four categorized climbs...For the final 100 km of this stage we'll snake our way, up and down, through the demanding Cinque Terre and Genoa regions, the most beautiful parts of the Italian Riviera, before the flat finish in Sestri Levante.....The final of the four categorized climbs, the cat 4 Villa Tassani, crests just 11 km from the finish followed by a technical descent and the straight run into Sestri Levante.
Ferrari - Chicchi - Vaitkus
Roberto Ferrari had shown promise with confident and aggressive riding to finish 5th in Stage 2. Had this aggression not turned into recklessness in Stage 3, he might well have place top 5 for a second time. pablo777 overlooked the polemica to appreciate the underlying talent, and was rewarded when Ferrari positioned himself superbly in the finale. Another tortuous sprint led to another crash, but in this case Ferrari's confident bike handling through the last corner had already sealed the victory over any of the potentially quicker favorites.
With the sole successful pick of the day, pablo777 picks up a 28 point bonanza to win the stage and surge ahead of VirtKitty into cappello rosa leadership.
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For each stage, pick three riders. The order of your picks does not matter.
The first three riders on the stage score. The basic score is stage winner 4 points, second place 2 points, third 1 point.
In addition there are bonus points awarded. Stage winner bonus is 24 points, second place bonus 12 points, third place bonus 6 points. The bonus points are split equally among all the DS's who picked that rider.
The entry deadline is the official start time of the stage. Now, people may want to be sneaky and change their picks before the stage starts when they see what other people's picks look like. That's fine, it's a normal part of the game and quite acceptable - but we'll allow strictly one change. You can change all three riders if you want, but it has to be in one new post. If you want to make a change, post it as a reply to your original post. Rule change: In the rare event of a DNS announced in the press before the stage starts, the "one change" rule is waived to allow you to put in someone else - subject to the same deadline.
If you miss making an entry for a stage, no problem, you're still in the competition - you just score zero for that stage. Also, there's no limit to how early you can make picks, so if you're going on vacation, feel free to enter ahead of time for as many stages as you want.