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Giro stage 15: Forlì - Faenza, 161 km

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Rabobank actually has to do some work to keep the break in check today, since Serpa is "only" 9.52 behind Menchov. An italian alliance trying to destroy Menchov's team before the big stages next week perhaps? Could we see Cunego in a break tomorrow? Or perhaps Scarponi?
 
Looks like this stage will be similar to the 2003 stage. The break just won't get 15 minutes since Serpa is only just over 9 minutes behind and giving them more than 4-5 minutes brings him well within the top 10. So they'll keep the break at half distance like now and then we'll see if anyone tries to bridge the gap to try something...
 
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Surprise move by Liquigas, the bunch has broken into several smaller groups. I bet they won't stop anymore now. It looks like all the GC contenders are in the front group?
 
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Liquigas

Finally a team is starting to do something for the overall this Giro. Good day to do something, BEFORE everyone expects the fireworks tomorrow.

Make it long and hard, and blow up Rabo BEFORE the big days. It's Basso and Pellizotti's only chance. Good to see they're trying something: light the matches in the gasoline.
 
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Will Quickstep help Astana (re Astana helping Davis the other day, pulling at the end in the sprint)? re Bruyneel's Belgian connections.

Who's friends with whom here?
 
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Good for Basso! Kudos. Get that VW Golf diesel engine going, lots of mileage. Fire your blanks long before the end, and keep going.
 
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Get far enough ahead, and force Menchov to start thinking hard (get him to do what Evans had to do on Alpe d'huez last year: too many guys to watch/cover). Then Astana should attack Menchov.
 
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And of all people it's Garzelli who can jump to Basso's wheel. It's hard not to make certain assumptions :eek:


Seeldraeyers is looking very good today, kudos for the young lad! I wish they'd go back to the leading group again, Serge Pauwels was looking very strong in front.
 
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False flats. Perfect for Basso' VW Golf diesel. Deceptive and grind the other into the ground. Basso looking good: dancing on the pedals.
 
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Basso and Garzelli are no real threat for Menchov - yet. All he has to do is keep an eye on Di Luca and Leipheimer, saving his strength for tomorrow, when Liquigas is bound to attack again.
 
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kjetilraknerud said:
This is great stuff. Someone has to do the work in the maglia rosa group, maybe Menchov has do to it himself.

Astana should show what they're worth. Basso threatening LL's podium! ;)

Go Ivan! Ballsy move.