2016 Giro d'Italia - Rest Day 2 Round-up



Rest Day threads used to be part of the usual GT thread cycle, and with three different threads of discussion, it might help to get consolidate the discussion.

Here's where we stand:
GC
1 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 34:33:04
2 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:01
3 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:00:32
4 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:00:51
5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:53
6 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:55
7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:58
8 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:18
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:01:45
10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:51
11 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:09
12 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:28
13 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 0:02:31
14 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:02:54
15 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:02:56

Mountains
1 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 21 pts
2 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 20
3 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 16
4 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 16
5 Stefan Kueng (Swi) BMC Racing Team 15

Points
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 119 pts
2 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 106
3 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ 91
4 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 82
5 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 78

Sprints:

1 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 40 pts
2 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 24
3 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step 20
4 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 20
5 Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSF 16

Combativity
1 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 21 pts
2 Giacomo Berlato (Ita) Nippo - Vini Fantini 19
3 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 15
4 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Etixx - Quick-Step 14
5 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 14

Young Riders
1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step 34:33:05
2 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step 0:04:47
3 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:05:21
4 Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky 0:11:52
5 Valerio Conti (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:12:07

Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Etixx - Quick-Step
2 Movistar Team 2:49:00
3 Astana Pro Team 4:13:00
4 Team Katusha 5:14:00
5 AG2R La Mondiale 8:36:00

Team Points
1 Etixx - Quick-Step 261 pts
2 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 230
3 Lotto Soudal 181
4 Team Giant-Alpecin 146
5 Team Katusha 119

Stage Winners
Stage 9 SLO 1 ROGLIC, Primož (LOTTO NL - JUMBO)
Stage 8 ITA 1 BRAMBILLA, Gianluca (ETIXX - QUICK STEP)
Stage 7 GER 1 GREIPEL, André (LOTTO SOUDAL)
Stage 6 BEL 1 WELLENS, Tim (LOTTO SOUDAL)
Stage 5 GER 1 GREIPEL, André (LOTTO SOUDAL)
Stage 4 ITA 1 ULISSI, Diego (LAMPRE - MERIDA)
Stage 3 GER 1 KITTEL, Marcel (ETIXX - QUICK STEP)
Stage 2 GER 1 KITTEL, Marcel (ETIXX - QUICK STEP)
Stage 1 NED 1 DUMOULIN, Tom (GIANT - ALPECIN)

In the next week we get a finish at the top of a Cat 3, some good Cat 1 and 2, the highly anticipated stage 14, and a MTT.

Etixx have been big winners of the first half; they have had the breadth of performances they wish they had in the spring with 3 stage wins, and the top-2 places in the Pink Jersey, White Jersey competitions. Lotto Soudal are also performing well, with diverse wins from sprints and a breakaway. Roglic is the new star, and Domoulin ushered in some momentum for Giant-Alpicin that was missing through the first half of the season.

Lots of teams without wins so far, but to early to declare any teams losers so far. I expect some colorful breakaways as Bardiani, Gazprom-Rusvelo, Nippo Vini-Fanitini, Southeast, and others all light up the bigger, mountain breakaways. The mountains are wide open, and the mountains this week will give the points competition an overhaul.

The Etixx 1-2 will have to face off against the mountain goats and GC men. Amador and Nibali held off early hiccups and are into 3rd and 5th place. Kruijswijk showed brought his 3rd week attrition to the Giro from day 1, with some savvy to earn seconds early on. Landa was a big winner of the time trial, limiting his losses better than anyone could predict, opposite of Zakarin, missing an opportunity to gain time on his rivals. Ulissi is leading Uran... Half of this thread will be about Dumoulin going or not going for GC, but I everyone agrees the current GC order is not settled.
 
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Brambilla will go full Voeckler. :cool:
Jungels will probably drop out of the top 10, there are just too many great climbers in the top 20 and Ryder (16th) is only 3:28 behind him and the high mountains should be brutal.
Right now it looks like the weather will be good in the Dolomites, about 15°C and sunshine in Corvara, that would be perfect climbing weather.
 
Katusha pulled Tsatevich out of the race following his discgraceful TT. He was fined, but the DS said it's not enough, it was embarrassing and he's being sent home. Class from Katusha this time.
 

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