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Tirreno-Adriatico stage 5: Chieti - Colmurano, 234 km

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Dekker_Tifosi said:
He's good, but not super, he shouldn't be if he wants to be good in april.
Ditto for Evans... this is just training for the big goal like a lot of riders in this race.
Still doesn't mean they would mind winning it either.
 
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maltiv said:
Does anyone know where Löfkvist finished?
Not a clue, sorry.
I did see a Sky rider finish about half a minute down from Gasparotto, but I couldn't tell who he was, the rider in question was half-hidden behind someone else...
 
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Moondance said:
Evans certainly didn't look like he was training today.
He was in a race wasn't he...part of training is to push yourself to see your level of fitness at a particular phase of your training program. He has spent the last week and a bit reconing the Giro stages.

Sure he was going for the win today; and tomorrow, he will if he is positioned ok, try to win again. Don't tell me Gesink wasn't trying to place himself in a position to challenge for the win today or yesterday; if he could have beaten out Cadel by half wheel again today he would have.
 
Moondance said:
Hmmm... If Gesink rides well tomorrow he might lock up yet another 4th place. Gesink seems to love finishing just beside the podium. If he keeps this up he might become the most famous number 4 since Bobby Orr. :p
Tomorrow's profile looks like a mini-Giro dell'Emilia, and the final climb is not as short. Who knows, he might lock up a third place for a change.
 
powderpuff said:
He was in a race wasn't he...part of training is to push yourself to see your level of fitness at a particular phase of your training program. He has spent the last week and a bit reconing the Giro stages.

Sure he was going for the win today; and tomorrow, he will if he is positioned ok, try to win again. Don't tell me Gesink wasn't trying to place himself in a position to challenge for the win today or yesterday; if he could have beaten out Cadel by half wheel again today he would have.

You're absolutely right of course, on all counts. If the course hadn't flattened out Cadel would've certainly ridden off Gasparotto; probably Iglinsky as well. Don't know about Garzelli. He was clearly better than Gesink, if you think I was implying he wasn't then I've said something wrong. Gesink doesn't quite have it yet this season, which figures since it's only his 2nd race this year.

All I'm saying is that BMC are still winless this year, and Cadel is the only one who has shown up in any significant race for them. They need a win or two if Cadel wants to solidify his chances to ride the Tour. I don't see any BMCer winning Sanremo; and judging by their past performance it's not likely they're gonna rock the E3 Prijs or Gent-Wevelgem. Cadel has a chance still to win here, and he'd d@mn well try to take it.
 
theyoungest said:
Tomorrow's profile looks like a mini-Giro dell'Emilia, and the final climb is not as short. Who knows, he might lock up a third place for a change.

I looked at the profile and thought the exact same thing :D

But he ain't the man in form right now. It'll probably be Garzelli, Scarponi, Evans or Iglinsky (who is in major form right now)
 
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Moondance said:
Cadel has a chance still to win here, and he'd d@mn well try to take it.
Bl@@dy oath he'll give it a go. BMC season gets going a bit later in the Classics because they don't really have a top sprinter to pick up wins in the smaller early races. I don't think it would be such a bad thing to miss out on the TdF for one year.
 
I'm pretty sure Gesink is trying as hard as he can. All the explosive stuff at the foot of a climb is just never his thing. Everytime so far he has recovered at the 2nd part of a climb, same thing today. But on short hills like these, that is too late.
Still his weak point, just like Sastre and Basso who often had the same problem at the foot of a climb

Plus I agree, he is not in top shape. He is good, or normal. I wouldn't say bad. Riding in 5th place in a race like the Tirreno when it's only your second race of the season is not bad. Gesink never has done better than 11th in this race (although due to bad luck last year)
 
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Some good classic riders today. Hagen was good, Van Avermaet, Flecha, Langeveld as well..good to know for Flemish classics
 
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Lovkvist and Kirchen are the biggest losers in TA this week. Showed absolutely nothing. Obviously have other goals in mind, but still, the form isn't there when there were indications it would have been.
 
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maltiv said:
As I said earlier, EBH is much stronger when the stage is not so long. Only 23 seconds behind, pretty impressive.


id have him down as a favourite for msr even though its the longest race of the year
 
Evans has a decent sprint but it seems he has a tendency to go too soon. He gave his three competitors the perfect lead out. I just can't figure out what he was thinking going from so far out, especially with someone like Garzelli, who is known to also have a decent kick. I just knew Garzelli was going to take because I figured Gasparroto would've been cooked after getting caught. Great effort by Enrico!

Edit: I know I'm tardy but I just had a chance to view the final 5k on steephill.:eek:
 

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Bad day for Colombian Jose Serpa, who suffered a heavy crash in the fifth stage of Tirreno - Adriatico. Jose Serpa could merely contribute to maintain the overall lead of his teammate Michelle Scarponi.
 
Bala Verde said:
Scarponi's wrist hurts. (How that would have occurred isn't clear). They will take him to the hospital tonight to see if it is broken.

Scarponi crashed when his teammates Jose Serpa and Leonardo Bartagnoli
went down in front of him, bringing him down with him. This occurred on the ascent of the penultimate climb.

He did well to finish within 8 seconds of the lead 4 riders who battled for the stage win.

This partially explains Evans seemingly leading out the final sprint between himself, Iglinski, Garzelli and eventual stage winner Gasparotto. He saw that Scarponi was struggling and isolated on the final climb and was attempting to take as much time as possible from the race leader.
 
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Angliru said:
Scarponi crashed when his teammates Jose Serpa and Leonardo Bartagnoli
went down in front of him, bringing him down with him. This occurred on the ascent of the penultimate climb.

He did well to finish within 8 seconds of the lead 4 riders who battled for the stage win.

This partially explains Evans seemingly leading out the final sprint between himself, Iglinski, Garzelli and eventual stage winner Gasparotto. He saw that Scarponi was struggling and isolated on the final climb and was attempting to take as much time as possible from the race leader.

Great, thanks for the update. I am actually now watching the race again on Universal, so I'll take a closer look.
 
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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
Garzelli was the strongest, wonder if he can bring this form into the giro. He must have felt good today, cause his team did a lot of work to set him up.

Evans did well.
Gesink didn't seem to great on the final steep climb, he didn't look great yesterday either.

also.. Iglinsky impresses me.

Well Done Evans. Great ride!!!! He's in good shape and a strong ride from him. Hoping he can go all out for tommororw's stage!