Wednesday, May 15, 2013

STAGE 12 Preview 2013 Giro d'Italia


Stage 11 winner Navardauskas
It took a long time for an escape group to form on the 11th stage to Vajont, but once they did they stayed away. The peloton allowed the break plenty of room since no threats to the overall classification were up front. Patrick Gretsch rode a long solo break in the front before being reeled in by a couple of his erstwhile break-mates. He was one of the escapees on stage 4 also. In the end it was Ramunas Navardauskas, Team Garmin-Sharp’s Lithuanian TT champ, who stayed away to claim the win on top of the 800-meter high Diga del Vajont.
The GC favorites finished together a few minutes later, so the overall situation is basically the same. No jerseys changed hands.

STAGE 12 Profile

Thursday’s stage 12 from Longarone to Treviso will be short and fast. I can’t imagine the sprinters’ teams will allow those few bumps in the profile to keep them from a bunch sprint finish. This will be one of their last chances to get one, so they will want it here. Rain is definitely expected again tomorrow. On their home turf are Guardini, Viviani and Modolo, who will likely want to steal the show. Will we get a Cavendish-Ferrari showdown?


LIKELY PICK: Mark Cavendish (OPQ)
MY PICK: Cavendish of course, but I’d like to see Danilo Wyss get a high placing.

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