At the stage start in Cherasco, I had the chance to have a brief conversation with once and future maglia rosa Ryder Hesjedal before he headed to the sign-in area.
It was a grey, wet day at Cervinia.
One of my favorite moments at the stage finishes is just before the riders arrive, when the moto photographers speed in, removing their helmets on the fly, then jump off the motos and rush to find good spots near the finish line.
Amador wins his first race as a professional, and the first grand tour stage win by a Costa Rican rider.
Immediately after finishing, Hesjedal rode to a fence and held on, then turned around to see how far back the other gc guys were.
Shortly across the finish line, Frank Schleck put a foot down and leaned over his handlebars, and stayed in the position for quite a while. Check out Benat Intxausti behind Schleck, gasping for air as he finished.
Slagter and Cunego:
Purito grabbed a jacket and hat and made a quick exit from the finish area.
Having lost his maglia bianca to Rigoberto Uran, Damiano Caruso made his way through the crush of cars, riders, and photographers.
Christian Vandevelde looked very happy to have the maglia rosa back in Garmin hands.
Hesjedal on the podium:
Amador at the press conference:
On his way into the press conference, Hesjedal passed the buffet that was laid out for the moto drivers and other staffers who can't break for lunch during the stage, and he picked up a bowl of potato salad, which he scarfed between questions. He looked cold and tired, but very happy. He said he had missed the maglia rosa when he lost it, and was happy to have it back.