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Giro d'Italia 2013, stage 18: Oderzo - Val Di Zoldo 161 km

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I like that final 15km profile, gives a lot of opportunity for attacks. Someone who gets a small gap on that 19% section on Coi will suddenly look like they have a big gap on the descent.

I would hope that if any of the GC riders show a sign of weakness, the others won’t hesitate to put the boot in. It’s a good chance for some of the “other” top 10 riders (Caruso, Kamna, Dunbar, Carthy) to make some racing moves, rather than just a pure w/kg-contest uphill attack.
 
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Savoldelli flying away on the Duran descent was magnificent. That '05 Giro was an all-timer

Savoldelli was a great example of riding smartly and utilizing your abilities to the maximum. Despite not being the strongest rider uphill (but strong enough) he won the Giro thanks to amazing descending skills (the best I've seen) and not going over his uphill limits:
1) Descent from Duran, when gaining advantage before the final climb enabled him to ride his own tempo and hold Basso's wheel when he was caught (unlike Simoni) and win the stage.
2) Finestre stage, when he was dropped almost instantly and rode his own tempo the whole monstrous climb (behind a super strong Simoni, Rujano, Di Luca group) but managed to reduce his loss on the descent and stayed ahead in the GC (two of the attackers actually paid for their efforts at the end, only Rujano stayed strong).

BTW, the drama of that Giro was great indeed. Strength and drama of Basso (who lost like 40 minutes on Stelvio due to stomach virus) and incredible GC fight at the end between 4 riders. Not only climbs but also descents were important there, thanks to Il Falco.
 
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Savoldelli was a great example of riding smartly and utilizing your abilities to the maximum. Despite not being the strongest rider uphill (but strong enough) he won the Giro thanks to amazing descending skills (the best I've seen) and not going over his uphill limits:
1) Descent from Duran, when gaining advantage before the final climb enabled him to ride his own tempo and hold Basso's wheel when he was caught (unlike Simoni) and win the stage.
2) Finestre stage, when he was dropped almost instantly and rode his own tempo the whole monstrous climb (behind a super strong Simoni, Rujano, Di Luca group) but managed to reduce his loss on the descent and stayed ahead in the GC (two of the attackers actually paid for their efforts at the end, only Rujano stayed strong).

BTW, the drama of that Giro was great indeed. Strength and drama of Basso (who lost like 40 minutes on Stelvio due to stomach virus) and incredible GC fight at the end between 4 riders. Not only climbs but also descents were important there, thanks to Il Falco.
2005 IMHO was the best Giro d'Italia of the last 20 years. Even better than the slightly overrated 2010 edition. Even the first week was quite interesting with Bettini and Di Luca . From Zoldo Alto on the story indeed was super exciting. Cunego cracks. Basso completely melts down on Stelvio. Rujano cautiously rides himself back in contention in the overall. Savoldelli strikes back in the TT, just before the big showdown on Finestre.

That stage was like a thriller. Even when in the end nothing changed in the overall standings. You couldn't know that watching it. I remember sitting in front of the TV as a kid and thinking "Wow. This is as thrilling as a crime movie!"
 
That stage was like a thriller. Even when in the end nothing changed in the overall standings. You couldn't know that watching it. I remember sitting in front of the TV as a kid and thinking "Wow. This is as thrilling as a crime movie!"

Also those no color images of top riders on Finestre strada and references to Coppi & Bartali times were cool.
 
This is also the last good option to do anything on the descents. In addition to the little descent into Cibiana discussed by @Mayomaniac, the descent of Cibiana itself is reasonably technical and that of Coi, while short, is narrow and twisty. Roglic or Caruso may try something.
Obvious attempts by the organisers to make Thomas overcautious on the descents by plastering his beautiful wife's name on signs all over the place.
 
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It will depend on UAE if GC guys wins the stage or break takes it. If Almeida thinks he's the strongest, his team will probably control the stage. Ineos will not chase because they lacks the men, and Jumbo could only drill it on Coi if Roglic feels really well.
 

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