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BIG mountain stage:
We're just hitting the base of the climb right now. The weather is gawdawful! The final descent is going to be sketchy. I hope everyone gets down safe, specially Il Falco.francois said:BIG mountain stage:
Defending Giro champion Paolo Savoldelli has been dropped by an elite cadre of 18 riders at the front of the race. Danielson is dropping back to help.
Even if he went by himself, Savoldelli is likely to have caught him on descent. In the end Savoldelli would be lower than if they stayed together and worked as a team, and Danielson wouldn't get a significant amount of time anyways. There's very little to gain for a team by moving someone from 10th to 9th, while sacrificing podium guy in the process.Mosovich said:sacraficed Danielson and made him stay with Salvadeli? I wonder if he is stronger the Salvadeli now? It doesn't really matter now since he's like 8+ minutes? back, but I wonder if he maybe could be in the top 5 if he raced for himself.
I don't think Salvo is a major contender for the Tour, although I could be wrong.
I hope he keeps at it and wins by 12 minutes. This could be the start of a memorable season for Basso.Americano_a_Roma said:I wonder when Basso will stop attacking and ride conservatively? I mean, he's got big time gaps already, and presubmably he'll want to expend as little energy as possible in view of the Tour coming up. At some point I'd expect him to mark attacks and limit damages, rather than attacking himself. But it sure is damned impressive to see him blow the "pure climbers" all over the mountainside again!