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The Spin: Giro Stage 9

It looks flat but look again. The last 10km have a series of short hills that could ruin the hopes of the sprinters or allow a crafty rider to get away whilst the sprint trains try get their wagons back on track.

In particular there are three short ramps and the profile above does not go them justice, the last one is 1.2km long with a gradient of 6%. That’s enough to make the sprinters worry.

Can Mark Cavendish survive the final climb? We’ll have to wait and find out as the slopes are just about enough for a rider to benefit from the slipstream of team mates. But it could be a safer bet to think of riders like Matthew Goss or Francisco Ventoso although you write off Mark Cavendish at your peril.

Either way today’s stage marks a change, the race has finished its southwards journey and now bends north, although Milan is still almost two weeks away. If the racing won’t be too dramatic, the race will pass tobacco fields and buffalo farms famed for their mozzarella cheese although the weather won’t be too great, thunderstorms are lurking although expected to clear for later.

The finish: a quick mention of the final kilometres. After the short sharp climbs come some short, sharp corners, including a very tight bend with 325m to go. There’s a good chance that the top three into this corner are the top three at the finish line too.

Piano piano
And in case you missed it, yesterday’s stage winner Domenico Pozzovivo might dance on the pedals but he can play the tunes as well.

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  • Ankush Monday, 14 May 2012, 9:58 am

    I’ve been smitten by Pozzovivo’s abilities. He’s an intellectual and a ferocious climber. Now I’m his fan.

    Cav for today please.

  • InTheGC Monday, 14 May 2012, 10:08 am

    Pozzo is fast becoming my New Favourite Rider (even if he does look like a 12 year old boy).

    Matt Goss for today…

  • bluesky Monday, 14 May 2012, 10:18 am

    ok………now then Pozzo ……….. if i sing these lyrics dya think u cood play along ????

    Bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride my bike
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride it where I like

    You say black I say white
    You say bark I say bite
    You say shark I say hey man
    Jaws was never my scene
    And I don’t like Star Wars
    You say Rolls I say Royce
    You say God give me a choice
    You say Lord I say Christ
    I don’t believe in Peter Pan
    Frankenstein or Superman
    All I wanna do is

    Bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride my bike
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride my
    Bicycle races are coming your way
    So forget all your duties oh yeah!
    Fat bottomed girls they’ll be riding today
    So look out for those beauties oh yeah
    On your marks get set go
    Bicycle race bicycle race bicycle race
    Bicycle bicycle bicyI want to ride my bicycle
    Bicycle bicycle bicycle
    Bicycle race

    You say coke I say caine
    You say John I say Wayne
    Hot dog I say cool it man
    I don’t wanna be the President of America
    You say smile I say cheese
    Cartier I say please
    Income tax I say Jesus
    I don’t wanna be a candidate
    For Vietnam or Watergate
    Cos all I want to do is

    Bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle bicycle bicycle
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride my bike
    I want to ride my bicycle
    I want to ride it where I like

    now that would be cool …………………………………………………….

  • LPR Monday, 14 May 2012, 11:43 am

    This is the same finish as in 2005 when Bettini “pushed” Baden Cooke into the barriers: http://autobus.cyclingnews.com/road/2005/giro05/?id=results/giro054

  • The Inner Ring Monday, 14 May 2012, 8:47 pm

    Well I mentioned that sharp corner and even tipped Ventoso but he won for different reasons.

    • Bundle Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 12:06 am

      Kudos. The best stage in the race so far.

  • malx Monday, 14 May 2012, 8:48 pm

    “The finish: a quick mention of the final kilometres. After the short sharp climbs come some short, sharp corners, including a very tight bend with 325m to go.”

    Unfortunately the peleton didn’t read this article!

  • Bundle Tuesday, 15 May 2012, 12:17 am

    Pozzovivo was also impressive today. What determination in chasing Purito. He looked like he was the one defending the maglia rosa.

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