Viva il Giro! Podium Cafe's coverage of Italy's grand tour
We're all about accountability here at the cafe. All about standing by our very expert predictions. Many is the time I have heard ursula say "I really screwed up the VDS price on that rider"......... well, now that I think of it maybe I haven't and ursula isn't so big on it. But the rest of us are so here's a look-back at what we thought before the Giro and how it panned out.
Another entertaining day further shakes up the standings.
On a day that turned into pure anarchy Mikel Landa won his second stage of the year as his team leader Fabio Aru was the big loser on the day. Alberto Contador now sits even more firmly in the lead, having had to fight back like a crazed man on the Mortirolo.
Vasil Kiryienka won today's time trial with a powerful performance, but Alberto Contador stole the show with a third place finish, reclaiming the maglia rosa just 24 hours after losing it to Fabio Aru in a late race crash.
On a wet stage the finale caused the havoc everyone was fearing. A crash just outside the 3 km mark affected all the GC favorites while Lampre delivered Sacha Modolo safely and perfectly for a free run at the stage win. Coming unscathed out of the crash Fabio Aru took enough seconds to propel him into the Maglia Rosa.
As expected Philippe Gilbert won the day on the uphill, Cauberg-like, finish of stage 12 in the Giro. After a hard day in the rain we also saw plenty of action among the GC favorites in the wet and tricky finale. Fabio Aru lost some time on Contador despite all the work done by his team .
On a day when the sprinters looked certain to take the day we saw one of those rare cases where the peloton miscalculated and allowed the breakaway to stay clear. Nicola Boem of Bardiani instead took an impressive stagewin. The drama did not end there as Richie Porte had an ill-timed mechanical in the final 10 kms and lost valuable time on his opponents.
Restdays are restdays. Please join us for a 72 image tour of Richie Porte's motorhome ...... or not. While the Giro boys may have had a restday, the rest of us have had a normal Monday, meaning a shitload of extra work so this will be a very limited restday effort.
In an ever unpredictable Giro, today was a day for the breakaway as Astana's Paolo Tiralongo took a solo stagewin a few seconds ahead of his breakaway-companions. Behind we once agin saw the quartet of Aru, Contador, Porte and Landa take time on everyone else after an attack by Aru on the final climb of the day. Alberto Contador remains in the leader's Maglia Rosa.
Benevento - San Giorgio del Sanno 215 km Difficulty rating: ★★★★
After some shrewd tactics in the breakaway Beñat Intxausti took a welcome stagewin for Movistar while behind there was something of a detente between the big favorites. After a few tentative attacks Contador, Aru, Porte and Uran all finished together 35 seconds behind the winner and Contador stays in the Maglia Rosa.