The temperature gets turned up to medium today, with the climb of the Croce d'Aune and finish at San Martino di Castrozza. However much we anticipate the first day of climbing, there doesn't look to be much room for serious selection among the top guys, though of course a lot of pretenders to the jersey will be switching to stage-hunting mode by tonight. The big guys will almost certainly keep a close eye on each other until the final km, where the stage victory comes into play. CW is all about Danilo Di Luca, which makes sense when you look at his Giro stage victories over the years -- often early stages and at the end of climbs that are selective but not brutal. OTOH, Di Luca's interest in stages like this is one of the worst kept secrets in cycling, and half of Italy will be parked on his wheel. Which is why I like Damiano Cunego today in a mini-sprint from the main climbers' group. And of course, I am never wrong. Sorry about spoiling the ending for you; hope the stage is interesting nonetheless.
On the home front, I have just connected my DTV converter and have Universal Sports on the telly! The antenna is a bit spotty, so I may have to buy something more sophisticated before tomorrow, but that doesn't change the fact that the Giro d'Italia is on my TV. What's not to like?