Giro d'Italia: On the Scene at Alpe di Pampeago for Stage 19

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The Alpe di Pampeago stage finish was one of the most fun Giro stage finishes I've seen. The weather was nice, and everyone -- press, race organization staff, soigneurs -- seemed to be in a good mood. As we watched the race unfold on the big screen on the podium stage, we all kept looking at each other and grinning, because it was such a great, action-packed stage.

Everyone was thrilled by Kreuziger's stage win, especially the Astana soigneur seen in the photo above, celebrating as Kreuziger crossed the finish line.

Alla flippa...

I watched the first pass over Alpe di Pampeago 450 meters before the finish line. I didn't get any great pictures, but here's a shot of i big, led by Eros Capecchi:

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Kreuziger just after the finish:

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Hesjedal showing the strain of his efforts as Rodriguez and Scarponi sprint for third:

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Hesjedal came to a stop right in front of me, then sat on the ground, took off his shoes, and rubbed his feet as if they had been cramping.

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Mikel Nieve was eighth on the stage.

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John Gadret was tenth.

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Diego Ulissi:

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Andrey Amador. I've heard of weight weenies, but drilling your bibs? That's hardcore ;)

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Manuele Boaro:

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BMC riders prepare for the ride down to the buses:

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Peter Stetina suiting up for the ride down:

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Some podium champagne action:

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