189k and another big day of climbing. Around 5000 metres all leading up to Blockhaus. It’s listed as 13.6k at 8.4% but it’s more like 26k with a little descent and that brings the average down.
First really big GC day. Etna isn’t hard enough but today is. Then again, it still needs someone to try something to get it going. Trek will be hoping Lopez can stay in Pink so they’ll be happy to see a break with nobody dangerous in it take the stage.
If it’s not for the break, we’ll get to see how the favourites are fairing. Not sure what the wind will be like but hoping it’s not a headwind. Doom, Nibs and Foss all lost their chance on Etna, you’d imagine a couple more will fall by the wayside tomorrow. I imagine we’ll end up with a mixture of break picks and Shell and SPY at the top with a smattering of Wilco, Bardet, Landa and Almeida picks. If it is a break, we should see yesterday’s guys try again in Mollema, Bouwman, Doom and Ciccone plus the usual suspects. With today a difficult day, picking breakaway riders for this stage will need to wait till it’s over. I had been thinking of Harm having recovered and like Tejada but as they’re both up front as I type, I’ll have to see if they eventually sit up first.
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