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Giro Competition: The (Inner) Key Ring

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.

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  • Lawrence Bywater Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:17 pm

    Petacchi to prevail again.. Cavendish 2nd

  • Irvin Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:19 pm

    Cav will win…1st all the way!

  • ant1 Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:19 pm

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

  • David Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:19 pm


  • david gardiner garcia Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:20 pm

    I say He wins.

  • LM16 Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:20 pm

    Third – I think Mt. Etna wiped him out!

  • Agatha Milne Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:22 pm


  • Jack Sargeant Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:23 pm

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

  • Matt Walker Monday, 16 May 2011, 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 Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:25 pm


  • Stephane Bihan Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:26 pm


  • simis Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:28 pm

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

  • ElBeeJay Monday, 16 May 2011, 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 Monday, 16 May 2011, 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 Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:33 pm


  • Jorgen Monday, 16 May 2011, 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 Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:41 pm

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

  • Tom Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:44 pm

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

  • yves Monday, 16 May 2011, 9:49 pm

    3Γ¨me .Merci

  • Playvelo Monday, 16 May 2011, 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 Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:02 pm


  • Rick Chasey Monday, 16 May 2011, 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 Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:04 pm

    To win that is, naturally…

  • bubnoff Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:12 pm

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

  • Peter Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:19 pm


  • Tommy Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:21 pm


  • Neil Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:22 pm

    Cav will not finish the stage…

  • LeBurger Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:24 pm


  • Winton Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:26 pm

    He’s cooked – 22nd

  • bumpby Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:29 pm

    Uphill you say. 16th

  • Matt Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:36 pm


  • ThoreRK Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:42 pm

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

  • Fran Reyes Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:51 pm

    I’m going for a 22nd place =)

  • ervgopwr Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:52 pm

    Cav will finish 11th.
    Mark my banana.

  • Houston Monday, 16 May 2011, 10:57 pm

    He will finish 18th

  • Mike Monday, 16 May 2011, 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 Monday, 16 May 2011, 11:15 pm

    Cav will rally for a first place finish!

  • Walen Monday, 16 May 2011, 11:23 pm

    13th πŸ™

  • chase Monday, 16 May 2011, 11:27 pm


  • Crommy Monday, 16 May 2011, 11:35 pm


  • El Tejan Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:07 am

    I’m with Neil….dnf.

  • Pedaling the road Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:16 am

    Love competitions, I’ll go with 5th.

  • Mike Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:19 am

    69, dude.

  • Tigersprung Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:26 am


  • limonata Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:34 am


  • Ben Hall Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:36 am

    1st, why not.

  • rebs Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:46 am


  • Furmanator Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:57 am

    Cav will finish 4th.

  • J Passant Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:13 am


  • Rouleurs Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:18 am


  • GreaseMonster Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:35 am


  • Abby Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 2:36 am

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

  • DJ Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 2:47 am

    1st, unfortunately.

  • Velotoday Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 3:12 am


  • Oliver Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 3:15 am


  • matt Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 3:19 am


  • Big Snoz Oz Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 3:37 am

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

  • Thomas Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 4:01 am

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

  • JustJoshinYa Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 5:26 am

    Cav will not win a Giro stage this year.

  • Matt Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 5:33 am

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

  • Luke Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 5:38 am

    I think he’s hurting… 14th

  • robin Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 8:26 am

    Cav to win. Great blog – btw

  • SlapshotJC Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 8:54 am

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

  • Simma Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 8:55 am

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

  • beev Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 9:24 am

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

  • Requiem Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 9:38 am


  • Chris Alfred Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 9:39 am


  • andmujika Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 9:47 am


  • cc_dop Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 9:56 am

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

  • bikecellar Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 10:04 am

    1st of course

  • Eddi Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 10:13 am


  • The Inner Ring Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 10:34 am

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

  • Phil C Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 10:34 am

    1st no question!

  • TomC Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 11:07 am

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

  • Cameron Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 11:27 am

    4th! Won’t have the legs going uphill

    Pettachi/Ventoso to prevail

  • Nick Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:49 pm

    Too late i think πŸ™

  • Anonymous Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:53 pm

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

  • Cat Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:54 pm

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

  • Psyclyst Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 12:55 pm

    Sixth. An epic fail

  • Adrian Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:00 pm

    He will win!

  • LeeBoyBrown Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:02 pm

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

  • Baz Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:02 pm

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

  • Laurence Guttmann Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:04 pm


  • Andy Powers Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:05 pm


  • chris downey Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:05 pm


  • howard Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:07 pm


  • Aidas Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:09 pm


  • David N. Welton Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hotelling%27s_law

    I’ll go with 30th.

  • Marcus Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:13 pm

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

  • tadescu Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:16 pm

    Cav 1st today!

  • Jack Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:17 pm


  • Shaun Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:17 pm


  • Zan Dobersek Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:23 pm

    Mr. Cavendish takes a tumble, finishes 138th.

  • ChrisO Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:26 pm


  • The Inner Ring Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:35 pm

    They’re off. Good luck guys.

  • Andrew Pearson Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 1:58 pm

    i am afraid it will be 4th plave for cav

  • jkeltgv Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 2:05 pm

    Cavendish will finish 3rd.

  • Mary Mulderrig Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 2:42 pm


  • BorutV Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 2:56 pm


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

    Cavendish 3rd today.

  • The Inner Ring Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 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 Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 7:31 pm


  • Juanjo Tuesday, 17 May 2011, 11:49 pm

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

  • Jay Taylor Thursday, 19 May 2011, 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.