Bad news for tomorrow's queen stage of le Due Mare:
Instead, the fifth stage will conclude with five finishing circuits in Torricella Sicura before the final stage on Tuesday in San Benedetto del Tronto's urban circuit.
So instead of a hotly contested stage with two major finishing climbs, they're going a glorified crit around Torricella Sicura. A few other notes:
- Cancellara's stage win ends the drought for CSC, and forestalls the post I had about what a miserable month they're having. But one TT win on a day almost too miserable to ride is a nice feather for Cancellara but hardly for the team cap. Their injuries just keep growing, with Julich joining O'Grady and Vandevelde on the cracked ribs squad.
- Thomas Dekker? A 21-year-old kid might outfox them all and take what's left of the T-A. Too bad, it would have been pretty interesting watching the Discos attack him in the big stage. Especially Savoldelli.
- Hoste's second place is inspiring. Maybe he's ready for the cobbles this year. Hincapie is clearly option #1 when the peloton returns to Belgium -- he's supposedly bailing on MSR next weekend to stay focused -- but Hoste will be a solid option #2/wingman/Gent rider.