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Giro stage 15: Forlì - Faenza, 161 km

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Giro stage 15: Forlì - Faenza, 161 km

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No long climbs today, but a hard day nonetheless. After 44 km the riders enter into the Apennines and will face twisting up and down roads until the end. The day will again be very hot and the riders' legs are tired.

As a personal note, the 2003 stage saw me on the final climb, the Trebbio. I was too busy photographing the break leader (Constantino Zaballa, Kelme) with my new camera, that I completely missed Simoni fly by. :eek:
 
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If they want to break Menchov, this seems to be the ideal stage, but probably that won't happen. A breakaway with guys like Voigt, Voeckler, Augustyn and Engels is more likely.
 
ingsve said:
Today the winner will be Kurt Asle Arvesen...;)
What, again?;)



Boy, it's hot!
Anybody who doesn't like the baking sun on his back is going to suffer.
Look to the decents to cause as many difficulties as the climbs....if anybody of note, gives it a dig.

One for those hovering outside the top 10 to either get in the break, or go out the back, suffering big time!:cool:
 
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Again a 14 riders breakaway, with some same names as yesterday (Grivko, Vorganov) and some strong ones (Bertagnolli, Pinotti, Serpa Perez, etc.). They are soon on the first hill of the day.
 
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ingsve said:
Hehe, that was a reference to the 2003 Giro where Kurt Asle Arvesen won a stage to Faenza where the last 100 km were identical to todays stage...
IIRC, in that breakaway there was Big Magnus too.
 
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Yes a strong group.
I give my five stars to Serpa now. The best climber in the breakaway with a good time trial. So maybe he can getaway on the final climb and maintain his advantage until the finish.
5* Serpa
4* Pinotti, Bertagnolli, Bak
 
Leopejo said:
IIRC, in that breakaway there was Big Magnus too.

Nope not that day...There were:

Gryschenko, Gonzalez, Illiano, Zaballa, Nocentini , Cioni, Bruseghin , Lunghi, Tiralongo, Lanfranchi, Bileka, Arvesen, Wegelius, Carrara, Scholz, Villa and Bertagnolli. They didn't get alot of time though and Simoni made an attack from the peloton that caught up to the riders that were still left of the break and managed to stay away from the main group that was chasing with Arvesen winning.
 
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We have a little confession to make. Last night we took some of the race organisation up for a joyride in the Cyclingnews' blimp Hindenberg VI. A little too much grappa and some low power lines were a really bad combination.

Luckily, we shorted out the power with the radio antenna so we avoided being electrocuted. Of course, we also knocked out power to a entire suburb of Florence... The end result is we're not flying high above the race today and it might take us some time to get the names of riders in this break.


That's very funny :)
 
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ingsve said:
Nope not that day...There were:

Gryschenko, Gonzalez, Illiano, Zaballa, Nocentini , Cioni, Bruseghin , Lunghi, Tiralongo, Lanfranchi, Bileka, Arvesen, Wegelius, Carrara, Scholz, Villa and Bertagnolli. They didn't get alot of time though and Simoni made an attack from the peloton that caught up to the riders that were still left of the break and managed to stay away from the main group that was chasing with Arvesen winning.
Strange, as I have a mental image of the break passing in Borgo San Lorenzo in the first part of the race and of Magnus hammering it.
 
Leopejo said:
Strange, as I have a mental image of the break passing in Borgo San Lorenzo in the first part of the race and of Magnus hammering it.

Ah, I found what you were remembering...

Meanwhile, four riders chasing the leaders have been rejoined by the main group. These four are Magnus Bäckstedt (Team fakta), Cristian Moreni (Alessio), Moreno Di Biase (Formaggi Pinzolo Fiave), and Maruo Zanetti (Tenax). Up front, the lead group's advantage over the peloton has gone up to 3'20".
 
Strangely enough, I was going to remind folks of one performance, that goes a long way to explain his recent PVC signing:
4 Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Team Saeco 0.10
A one man train for Simoni, that day.
I remember Pantani having the first of his two 2003 crashes.
Wicked decending between the two final climbs and off Monte Treb, until that final flat.
Also remember Frigo, Casagrande and Garzelli, mucking about, instead of chasing.
Oh, for a similar stage today!
 
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kjetilraknerud said:
14:24 CEST
We have a little confession to make. Last night we took some of the race organisation up for a joyride in the Cyclingnews' blimp Hindenberg VI. A little too much grappa and some low power lines were a really bad combination.

Luckily, we shorted out the power with the radio antenna so we avoided being electrocuted. Of course, we also knocked out power to a entire suburb of Florence... The end result is we're not flying high above the race today and it might take us some time to get the names of riders in this break.


That's very funny :)

+1. I had a good chuckle about that too.
 

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