Giro Competition: The (Inner) Key Ring

Monday, 16 May 2011

I’ve been doing the Inner Ring for over a year now and have landed my first freebie. Mick and Andy from British bike shop Prendas Ciclismo emailed to say they were readers of the site and generously sent a couple of tasteful retro cycling calendars as well as some Giro d’Italia themed keyrings and matching “socks” to store your keys when you go for a ride so they don’t make a hole in your jersey.

They’re quite fun… but “easy come, easy go”. I’m hoarding a couple but now’s your chance to get something for free in a small competition.

Prendas Giro Key ring

Where will Cav finish?
The task is simple: predict Mark Cavendish’s official finishing position for Tuesday’s stage from Termoli to Teramo.

It’s been a tricky race for Cavendish so far. Second to Alessandro Petacchi in the (briefly controversial) sprint on the second stage, there have not been many other chances thanks to several uphill finishes. He seems on form but so is Petacchi and Tuesday’s finish is slightly uphill meaning others will want a say too.

Just leave your pick in the comments below, you can post under a pseudonym but if you leave your email it’ll help me contact you in case you win. It’s that easy and I’ll post the keyring anywhere in the world.

  • Boring small print: the stage starts at 1.30pm Euro time so please be sure to comment before then. Don’t email or tweet as that way all entries are in one place. If several predictions are right then I’ll pick someone at random… and if nobody guesses right then it’s the closest answer that wins.
Lawrence Bywater May 16, 2011 at 9:17 pm

Petacchi to prevail again.. Cavendish 2nd

Irvin May 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Cav will win…1st all the way!

ant1 May 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm

1st. he’s got to win at least one stage.

David May 16, 2011 at 9:19 pm


david gardiner garcia May 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm

I say He wins.

LM16 May 16, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Third – I think Mt. Etna wiped him out!

Agatha Milne May 16, 2011 at 9:22 pm


Jack Sargeant May 16, 2011 at 9:23 pm

I’m going to say a disappointing 4th I think!

Matt Walker May 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm

Don’t think he will win it, think it will be a flyer out of the bunch but know if predict him not winning he will, so going to go for a double jinx? He will finish 1st!

bily May 16, 2011 at 9:25 pm


Stephane Bihan May 16, 2011 at 9:26 pm


simis May 16, 2011 at 9:28 pm

I do belive that uphill finish won’t be for him so 5th

ElBeeJay May 16, 2011 at 9:32 pm

I already have a prendas. It’s perfect for my iPod nano. btw: Cav will be a credible 9th. Alex Rasmussen will fuck up his sprint

ElBeeJay May 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm

I already have a prendas sock. It’s perfect for my iPod nano. btw: Cav will be a credible 9th. Alex Rasmussen will fuck up his sprint

Jez May 16, 2011 at 9:33 pm


Jorgen May 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm

He’s not really in the shape he should be & Pettachi looks good. And looks a little bit like an uphill finish so I dontthink he can handle it. He’ll be 2nd

Gadi May 16, 2011 at 9:41 pm

I’m not for the lovely stuff these readers sent : Its still Pettacchi time

Tom May 16, 2011 at 9:44 pm

I think he’ll win thanks to a dedicated lead-out

yves May 16, 2011 at 9:49 pm

3Γ¨me .Merci

Playvelo May 16, 2011 at 9:50 pm

Looks like a slight uphill finish. Cavendish finishes 56th and the back sipping espresso.

Ventoso gets the win ahead of Petacchi.

Tom May 16, 2011 at 10:02 pm


Rick Chasey May 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Odds put Cavendish as favourite, as do the head-to-heads for Cav versus Petacchi for stage 10, so it’s Cavendish for me πŸ˜‰

Rick Chasey May 16, 2011 at 10:04 pm

To win that is, naturally…

bubnoff May 16, 2011 at 10:12 pm

I hope Cav will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the unification of Italy by finishing right 150th

Peter May 16, 2011 at 10:19 pm


Tommy May 16, 2011 at 10:21 pm


Neil May 16, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Cav will not finish the stage…

LeBurger May 16, 2011 at 10:24 pm


Winton May 16, 2011 at 10:26 pm

He’s cooked – 22nd

bumpby May 16, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Uphill you say. 16th

Matt May 16, 2011 at 10:36 pm


ThoreRK May 16, 2011 at 10:42 pm

Damn Winton, you had mine 22’ish – so I’ll go with a 18th place for Cav

Fran Reyes May 16, 2011 at 10:51 pm

I’m going for a 22nd place =)

ervgopwr May 16, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Cav will finish 11th.
Mark my banana.

Houston May 16, 2011 at 10:57 pm

He will finish 18th

Mike May 16, 2011 at 10:59 pm

Has had a day off will be g’d up from talking to Peta. Cav will be first over the line.

Gary May 16, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Cav will rally for a first place finish!

Walen May 16, 2011 at 11:23 pm

13th πŸ™

chase May 16, 2011 at 11:27 pm


Crommy May 16, 2011 at 11:35 pm


El Tejan May 17, 2011 at 12:07 am

I’m with Neil….dnf.

Pedaling the road May 17, 2011 at 12:16 am

Love competitions, I’ll go with 5th.

Mike May 17, 2011 at 12:19 am

69, dude.

Tigersprung May 17, 2011 at 12:26 am


limonata May 17, 2011 at 12:34 am


Ben Hall May 17, 2011 at 12:36 am

1st, why not.

rebs May 17, 2011 at 12:43 am

Got to got for being 3rd break away fella wins, tackie wins the bunch followed by cav!

Am hoping for a 1st place though πŸ˜›

Col May 17, 2011 at 12:46 am


Furmanator May 17, 2011 at 12:57 am

Cav will finish 4th.

J Passant May 17, 2011 at 1:13 am


Rouleurs May 17, 2011 at 1:18 am


GreaseMonster May 17, 2011 at 1:35 am


Abby May 17, 2011 at 2:36 am

19th for Cav… Not his Giro this year……..

DJ May 17, 2011 at 2:47 am

1st, unfortunately.

Velotoday May 17, 2011 at 3:12 am


Oliver May 17, 2011 at 3:15 am


matt May 17, 2011 at 3:19 am


Big Snoz Oz May 17, 2011 at 3:24 am

He’ll crash within 40m of the line bringing down three other riders and limp across in 154th place. The crash will be his fault (as usual) and he’ll pull out of the Giro and start talking up his chances at the Tour.

Oliver May 17, 2011 at 3:37 am

btw, looks like you are quite the reader of French fiction (caught a glimpse of your folios). Any favourite authors?

Thomas May 17, 2011 at 4:01 am

I think Cavendish needs anger for motivation. He is highly motivated. 1st place with a special hand gesture.

JustJoshinYa May 17, 2011 at 5:26 am

Cav will not win a Giro stage this year.

Matt May 17, 2011 at 5:33 am

13th….break stays away, Cav finishes 2nd to Petacchi….

Luke May 17, 2011 at 5:38 am

I think he’s hurting… 14th

robin May 17, 2011 at 8:26 am

Cav to win. Great blog – btw

SlapshotJC May 17, 2011 at 8:36 am

18th, He’ll fight but get run over by the quick guys who can also get uphill a wee bit. Stage 12 is a different matter πŸ˜‰

Maxx May 17, 2011 at 8:54 am

7th place, break stays away, Cavendish 1st of the peloton.

Simma May 17, 2011 at 8:55 am

83rd dropped from group πŸ™‚ (even though my fingers are crossed for a win xD)

beev May 17, 2011 at 9:10 am

Ok – I’m going to make my bid for glory with “last” place. Most likely following a commissaire taking exception to him having the audacity to make a sprint against Italians while in Italy….

RMS May 17, 2011 at 9:24 am

1st. Cav tends to either win or blow up completely–he hardly ever posts 2nd or 3rd.

Requiem May 17, 2011 at 9:38 am


Chris Alfred May 17, 2011 at 9:39 am


andmujika May 17, 2011 at 9:47 am


cc_dop May 17, 2011 at 9:56 am

He has to be 1st. Surely HTC will be ALL out for the win with so few chances left.

bikecellar May 17, 2011 at 10:04 am

1st of course

Eddi May 17, 2011 at 10:13 am


The Inner Ring May 17, 2011 at 10:30 am

So many entries, it’s great to see…and a headache too manage too! Keep ’em coming though.

I will be using a random formula based on prime numbers and Cav’s date of birth to determine the winner in case of a tie. I’m also interested in the “wisdom of crowds” aspect here, if the average prediction above proves right or not.

Sean Perry May 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

Cav 1st for me. He’s got to light up some time in this Giro

Phil C May 17, 2011 at 10:34 am

1st no question!

TomC May 17, 2011 at 10:59 am

There’s an uphill slope to the line, surely the death knell of any cav win, i’m going for 5th.

Ronan May 17, 2011 at 11:07 am

Cav to finish in 1st spot. Ale Jet to be out done for once.

Cameron May 17, 2011 at 11:27 am

4th! Won’t have the legs going uphill

Pettachi/Ventoso to prevail

Nick May 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Too late i think πŸ™

Anonymous May 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm

cav 1st…he has got to..i need the cyclingweekly forum points

Cat May 17, 2011 at 12:54 pm

I’m going for 1st! A rest day and he’ll be motivated for the win!

Psyclyst May 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Not 1st today. Sorry Cav, you’re great but you struggled up Etna and I think you are saving yourself for the Tour. And..*coughs* I am covering my bases πŸ˜‰

Nick Bagot May 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

Sixth. An epic fail

Adrian May 17, 2011 at 12:55 pm

6th place…….at the front of the group but a break of 4 or 5 will take the stage and pink.

Dan May 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I don’t want to join the crowd, I also have a feeling something will happen in this stage, maybe a surprise. But I transferred him into my fantasy team for this race so I am going to have go with Cav in 1st place.

Juanjo May 17, 2011 at 1:00 pm

He will win!

LeeBoyBrown May 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

Cav loses ground on uphill finish, sits up, finishes 28th

Baz May 17, 2011 at 1:02 pm

I say he wins it. He really wants it, and they’ve just had a rest day.

Laurence Guttmann May 17, 2011 at 1:04 pm


Andy Powers May 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm


chris downey May 17, 2011 at 1:05 pm


howard May 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm


Aidas May 17, 2011 at 1:09 pm


David N. Welton May 17, 2011 at 1:11 pm

The reason why you won’t get ‘the wisdom of crowds’ is because your incentives are a bit off: if you have 10 people guessing ‘1st’, then it makes sense to guess 2nd if you’re the only other player in the game, because that covers 2nd through last via “closest”. If many people start grabbing the higher places, there’s less room for ‘close’ so either you nail it exactly, or you lose out. In that case, you might as well go with something like 50th, in the hopes that he gets shelled up the hill, sits up, and your guess is ‘closest’ to as wide a range as possible.

Not entirely unrelated to this:

I’ll go with 30th.

Marcus May 17, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Renshaw will do his thing but Cav will struggle (as he has been) – 8th

tadescu May 17, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Cav 1st today!

Jack May 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm


Shaun May 17, 2011 at 1:17 pm


Zan Dobersek May 17, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Mr. Cavendish takes a tumble, finishes 138th.

ChrisO May 17, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Love it if Cav wins but I reckon Stage 12 is his big one – the little kick at the end will be a problem today.


Mark May 17, 2011 at 1:26 pm


The Inner Ring May 17, 2011 at 1:35 pm

They’re off. Good luck guys.

Andrew Pearson May 17, 2011 at 1:58 pm

i am afraid it will be 4th plave for cav

jkeltgv May 17, 2011 at 1:59 pm

oh no…thought i said “57th” on my phone this morning but it didn’t go through. i’ll just take the moral high ground in the event of a victory.

Mauro Figueira May 17, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Cavendish will finish 3rd.

Mary Mulderrig May 17, 2011 at 2:42 pm


BorutV May 17, 2011 at 2:56 pm


Marcos (Brazil) May 17, 2011 at 2:59 pm

Cavendish 3rd today.

The Inner Ring May 17, 2011 at 5:46 pm

Congratulations to:

David gardiner garcia
Rick Chasey
Ben Hall
Sean Perry
Baz May
chris downey
Mark May

…for picking Cavendish to win. Now I will use my random formula via spreadsheet to generate a winner… give me a few minutes…

The Inner Ring May 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

It’s Juanjo!

Thanks for everyone taking part and I’ll do another give away competition before the end of the race.

david gardiner garcia May 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm


Juanjo May 17, 2011 at 11:49 pm

Oh! Yes!! Thank You!! I’ve just send you an email!

Jay Taylor May 19, 2011 at 8:13 am

Ha! Today I just received a Santini jersey I ordered from Prendas Ciclismo and what did I find sitting on the counter after I unwrapped the package but a little Giro d’Italia keyring! I neglected to enter the contest, but I still won! Keep up the great work, Inner Ring and fellow posters, and nice win by Cav yesterday.

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