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.
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:
Kreuziger just after the finish:
Hesjedal showing the strain of his efforts as Rodriguez and Scarponi sprint for third:
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.
Mikel Nieve was eighth on the stage.
John Gadret was tenth.
Andrey Amador. I've heard of weight weenies, but drilling your bibs? That's hardcore ;)
BMC riders prepare for the ride down to the buses:
Peter Stetina suiting up for the ride down:
Some podium champagne action: