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Giro Stage 12: ITT

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It *is* hard. At the moment:

Zabriskie has the fastest time on top of the first climb (18,6 km) with an average of 31,9 km/h.

Ignatiev is holding the fastest time at the bottom of the descent, before the start of the second climb (34,5 km) with an average speed of 36,8 km/h.
 
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Jasper said:
Any idea of the weather there at this moment, and the forecasts for the rest of the afternoon?
Sunny weather, 27 C, maybe some clouds at the end of the stage. A weak (5 km/h) wind from SW - SSW.
 
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Wow, Zabriskie is getting a serious beating. 2nd time with a one second gap at the first intermediate point, but already 2.15 behind at the third intermediate. And that's only up against riders like Andriotto, Ignatiev and Chiarini. Imagine how much the big guns will put him behind.
 
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It seems a challenge to not blow your engine on the first 3.5% climb. Since it's so 'shallow' it perhaps feels you can go full throttle, but then you pay the consequences in the second climb.

In case the end time is 1:35, the avg speed will have been 38.274
In case the final time is 1:30, the avg speed will have been 40.4

I don't know about today, because it's long, technical, it's hilly and windy as well as long steep an flat straight. It seems like the most complete cyclist will win, or someone who knows how to minimize his weak points, and split up the stage in multiple mini TT sections, while being alert not to blow up the engine on the sections you favour.
 
Bala Verde said:
It seems a challenge to not blow your engine on the first 3.5% climb. Since it's so 'shallow' it perhaps feels you can go full throttle, but then you pay the consequences in the second climb.

Looks like Zabriskie did that. He lost 2.39 to Andriotto in just the 2nd climb. He might have had a fall as well but since it's mostly uphill that seems less likely. Anyway that's alot to lose in just 10Km.
 
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Looks like this is going to require brains as well as brawn, meaning a guy who can really parse out his effort with a very good feel for his changing limitations realtime. Could be some big surprises.

Should be a plus for guys like Sastre, Rogers. Maybe Levi (he's so cautious, he'll be lining up all his marbles very, very carefully with Bruyneel's feedback on the course realtime). Menchov may be too linear, charge ahead, 100% gas kind of guy to get his head around this course.

I just can't see di Luca's punchey style panning out by the end; it's just too long, unless he's a Selle.
 
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karlboss said:
i can't get any pictures, but what are they riding? road bikes with clip ons? discs?

According to the cyclingnews coverage:

'Armstrong is on the road now, and he is not using his special time trial bike. He has normal wheels, and a normal helmet. However he does have clips, aero bars clipped on to his handlebars.'