"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - Stage 17: VARAZZE - LIMONE PIEMONTE (Colle di Tenda)
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Stage 17: VARAZZE - LIMONE PIEMONTE (Colle di Tenda), 194 km
05-26-05, 10:16 AM
What an exciting finish. It's a shame that Basso was sick because he looked to be in great form today. Simoni's looking great too. My man Cioni suffered towards the end though.
05-26-05, 10:54 AM
How about that Rujano, too bad he wasn't on Basso. I feel so much cooler wearing this now. :D
Apologies for the horrible spelling.
Will Salvodelli hold off Lampre? I think he's got to do a serious TT to do it given the profile of Stage 19. Simoni looks pretty strong. I think its great that this is going to come down to Stage 19! Way better than the TDF last year. Too bad OLN can't be bothered to show anything but the weekend recaps :(
I'm pretty pumped to watch Basso take it to Lance at the TDF. No matter who wins I think this year will be more entertaining than prior years. I agree its a shame about the virus. The guy's got some toughness for sure. I think probably 9 of 10 riders would have abandoned. If he stays healthy for TDF I think it's going to be an exciting race this year.
05-26-05, 11:03 AM
Basso is a hero. It's very inspiring to see him determined to make a result after his diffuculties.
Rujano is making it fun, too. My husband came by while I was watching last weekend and, seeing Rujano riding next to someone bigger, said "Isn't that nice--they let someone bring his son to the race!" :D
I could not agree more. Basso has looked great when not sick and I couldn't help but think that he would have been in the driver's seat had it not been for the virus. I am very proud of him for not abadoning. IMHO he is a cycling hero.
05-26-05, 01:25 PM
Salvidelli should out TT Simoni and consolidate his lead. What a pity Basso got sick he's a true hero.
Yeah,Savoldelli can out TT Simoni and Rujano, but can he keep his lead on Saturday, the most brutal day in any GT in the last few years? We'll see. It will make for an exciting race.
I'm surprised Simoni and Rujano could take so much time on Savoldelli on what is essentially a seven km climb that isn't very steep and without too much climbing earlier on the stage. Compared to Colle delle Finestre (http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2005/upload/tap/Tappa19_1_Finestre.jpg) Colle di Tenda (http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2005/upload/tap/Tappa17_3_Tenda.jpg) isn't much more than a speed bump :). Tomorrow, I don't think either Simoni and Rujano will lose more than two minutes on Savoldelli, and I think he'll lose more than that on Saturday.
Maybe if the Finestre stage is a success the French can host a stage up their side of Colle di Tenda:
05-26-05, 07:58 PM
One climb at the end of a race suits Simoni's explosive style. A sustained day with lots of climbing and descending seems to suit Salvodelli more. I think he will hold on to it. That being said, if anyone in the peloton can pull off a huge victory in the mountains, it would be Simoni. Regardless, it will be exciting. This is one of the best Giro's I've ever seen.
Pity about poor Basso. If he's come back that strong, imagine what he could have done if he would have stayed healthy. I hope he saves enough to be competitive in the Tour this year.
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