5.31.2010

Giro all'arrivo! by your reporters in Verona

Pic by me: 1 Me and Mollema: he was very kind :)
2 Mollema's bike
3 Linus Gerdeman: can't say the same... My son asked a signature and he made it without looking...
4 Lloyd
5: Garzelli before the TT
6: Scarponi
7: De Greef: he made a very good Giro
8: Niki Sorensen
9: Morkov
10: Richie Porte was very busy that day but found a moment for a signature to Liveri. When for my interview?
11: S.Haedo: the kindest with SB little supporter ;)
12:Mathew Hayman back from the Arena
13: Liveri super happy in the Arena



You said he could do that and he did: Richie Porte won the white jersey! and Gustav Larsson got the stage victory, by a great TT. That means 2 stage victories and an important jersey for team Saxo Bank. Moreover Richie is 7 in the final GC.
Ivan Basso
won the Giro and started a new life - so they say. I can't avoid I was moved when he flashed past in Corso di Porta Nuova with they pink jersey
simply on the team suit as an old time racer. My son was there too and I'm sure he will remember that moment for his lifetime.
Arroyo and Nibali are on the podium: they deserved that. But Scarponi and Evans would have deserved too: Liquigas and Caisse d'Epargne were way too strong then Androni and BMC. Vino made some mistakes and can be happy with his 6 place. Sastre instead was a disaster and confirmed what I thought from before: he would have never won the TdF without the team... and without attacking a team mate in jellow jersey. And I stop.
Evans won the point red jersey and M.Lloyd the mountain green one. I'm happy! and more happy seeing that Bauke Mollema ended 12 in final GC and 3 in BYC. Great!! I took a pic with him and am very proud :)
BDW The organization of the event was a pity, specially in the Arena, where stupid people with a microphone completely ignored the race and the racers arriving in. Buuuu!!
1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 87:44:01
2 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:51
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:37
4 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:02:50
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:27
6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:07:06
7 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:07:22
8 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:09:39
9 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 0:14:20
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:14:51
11 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:17:10
12 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 0:19:41
13 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:23:03
14 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:25:21
15 Mauricio Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank 0:32:29
16 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:34:49
17 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Sky Professional Cycling Team 0:36:44
18 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank 0:37:27
19 Alexander Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 0:39:43
20 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:45:17
21 Francis De Greef (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:50:08
22 Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Spa) Footon-Servetto 1:07:37
23 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:10:16
24 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank 1:10:55
25 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Acqua & Sapone 1:11:10
26 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1:19:31
27 Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 1:19:34
28 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:19:58
29 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1:20:05
30 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni Giocattoli 1:24:28
31 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha 1:25:52
32 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 1:27:52
33 Laurent Didier (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 1:31:36
34 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 1:34:31
35 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 1:37:06
36 Jan Bakelandts (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 1:37:40
37 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Caisse d'Epargne 1:42:55
38 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervelo Test Team 1:44:55
39 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step 1:46:02
40 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 1:47:58
41 Andrei Amador Bikkazakova (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne 1:50:40
42 Josep Jufre Pou (Spa) Astana 1:52:09
43 Massimo Codol (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 1:53:45
44 Michael Barry (Can) Sky Professional Cycling Team 1:55:13
45 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 2:00:13
46 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha 2:02:47
47 Cayetano Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Acqua & Sapone 2:03:49
48 Markus Eibegger (Aut) Footon-Servetto 2:04:20
49 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 2:08:58
50 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2:13:22
51 Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 2:13:32
52 Carlos Jose Ochoa (Ven) Androni Giocattoli 2:14:39
53 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2:14:54
54 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha 2:15:29
55 Steven Cummings (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team 2:17:55
56 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 2:19:47
57 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions 2:20:53
58 Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 2:22:28
59 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 2:23:07
60 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo 2:27:19
61 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team 2:28:40
62 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 2:29:15
63 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 2:29:30
64 Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank 2:30:43
65 Francesco Failli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 2:30:45
66 Rubens Bertogliati (Swi) Androni Giocattoli 2:33:16
67 Ludovic Turpin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2:39:00
68 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 2:40:00
69 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 2:40:14
70 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana 2:41:18
71 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2:42:18
72 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 2:42:22
73 Simone Stortoni (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 2:45:07
74 Alessandro Bisolti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 2:45:11
75 Alessandro Donati (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 2:53:33
76 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 2:58:53
77 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Androni Giocattoli 3:03:44
78 Craig Lewis (USA) Team HTC - Columbia 3:04:01
79 Luca Mazzanti (Ita) Team Katusha 3:04:07
80 Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 3:05:57
81 Florian Stalder (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3:09:00
82 Remi Cusin (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 3:09:45
83 Yuriy Krivtsov (Ukr) AG2R La Mondiale 3:11:06
84 Matthias Russ (Ger) Team Milram 3:12:43
85 Inigo Cuesta Lopez (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 3:12:44
86 Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 3:12:56
87 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana 3:13:47
88 Gregory Henderson (NZl) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:16:25
89 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 3:17:13
90 Matthias Brandle (Aut) Footon-Servetto 3:18:09
91 Tiziano dall'Antonia (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 3:20:36
92 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana 3:20:57
93 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 3:22:21
94 Serguei Klimov (Rus) Team Katusha 3:24:12
95 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 3:27:09
96 Robert Forster (Ger) Team Milram 3:29:44
97 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3:32:33
98 Kalle Kriit (Est) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 3:34:05
99 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team 3:34:30
100 Sebastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3:34:35
101 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 3:34:42
102 Markus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 3:34:50
103 Daniel Lloyd (GBr) Cervelo Test Team 3:35:19
104 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 3:39:35
105 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 3:40:04
106 Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo Test Team 3:40:16
107 Alan Marangoni (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 3:41:13
108 Marco Velo (Ita) Quick Step 3:41:32
109 Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Rabobank 3:41:45
110 Guillaume Le Floch (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 3:44:23
111 Michiel Elijzen (Ned) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3:45:11
112 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra) Garmin - Transitions 3:48:11
113 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 3:48:23
114 Edward King (USA) Cervelo Test Team 3:50:57
115 Alessandro Bertolini (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 3:51:50
116 Jos Van Emden (Ned) Rabobank 3:53:24
117 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia 3:54:35
118 Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 3:54:57
119 Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 3:57:49
120 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 3:58:45
121 Mauro Facci (Ita) Quick Step 3:59:42
122 Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 3:59:49
123 Michael Albasini (Swi) Team HTC - Columbia 4:01:06
124 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 4:03:02
125 Svein Tuft (Can) Garmin - Transitions 4:03:06
126 Addy Engels (Ned) Quick Step 4:04:57
127 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo 4:05:53
128 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank 4:07:41
129 Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank 4:11:06
130 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 4:13:27
131 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 4:13:51
132 Dario Andriotto (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 4:15:17
133 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team 4:15:24
134 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia 4:19:17
135 Rick Flens (Ned) Rabobank 4:21:47
136 Damien Gaudin (Fra) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 4:25:58
137 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Garmin - Transitions 4:26:16
138 Marco Frapporti (Ita) Colnago-CSF Inox 4:42:07
139 Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto

5.29.2010

Giro in a hurry


I am in a hurry but Basso and Nibali too, yesterday. They was runing to get a pink bus a top a the mountain and Scarponi decided to go with them. Arroyo was a lion in an exhausted sheeps flock. Richie Porte defended his jersey and is 7th in GC, Bauke Mollema is now 3th and improved his GC too.
Tomorrow I'll be in Verona: nice pics and stories soon :)
BDW
Andy couldn't sleep because of jet lag last night... next time...

5.27.2010

So far so close

No, I'm not in a romantic mood. I'm not talking about love. I'm talking about France! Our guys are back from California - and also that wasn't easy seen that Jakob tweeted: "Sitting in LAX waiting for my flight to London...so far 3 hours delayed! Had a good time in Cali but look forward to get home 4 a few days!" Jat lag was a problem for Andy before the TOC - and after 30 hours in Frankfurt airport - and after it: "Hmmm was up 5 am this morning!Jet lag now it s gonna be a long day but I quite busy so I will survival" BUT they must survive also to the cahos in air transport that by now seems to be normality. Jakob: "Looks like i'm going to Missy connecting flight from Munich to Toulouse since we are standing on ground in Verona and take of was 40 min ago" Andy: "Is that an empty airport??? Guess where it its not Luxembourg http://tweetphoto.com/24189090" Global Cycling can't work without fast plane connections. And they are lucky, they can take a train. Poor Cimolai "è a casa per ben 2 giorni..:-) poi mi aspettano 2 giorni in slovenia,5 in ritiro con la squadra sul San Pellegrino e poi di nuovo america direzione Philadelphia.." (is back from California for 2 days, then 5 days training with the team in Slovenia and to America again, Philadelphia). I wonder if that is healty. For sure isn't eco-friendly.
Anyway
Andy and Jakob are - hopefully - "flying to the Pyrenees this evening - 4 days of climbing!"training for the Tour de France. Then they are going to race Tour of Suisse. I have a present for Andy's birthday, so hope he will be at home on that day. If not, he'll open later: I send it, can't be in Luxembourg till the end of June... so far so close that too.

5.26.2010

Giro 17: la prémière de Monier


Stage
1 Damien Monier (Fra) Cofidis, le Credit en Ligne 4:29:19
2 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:00:36
3 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:39
GC
1 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 73:11:38
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:27
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:44
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racin

Giro 16: I don't like 'crono scalate'

I prefer climbers to sprinters and mountain stages to flat ones, I moderately like TT, but I definitely don't like that sadistic mix of TT and mountain climbing. I didn't like the Plan de Corones stage in 2008 and felt pain yesterday watching the poor Daniel Martin in the last, terrible 5 kms. That isn't road cycling in my opinion. That is another speciality and maybe it would be nice to watch specialists competing in it. It's painful instead - in my opinion - looking at those guys suffering way to much for almost nothing. I mean: in a normal TT if you are fighting for the GC and you aren't a specialist you must work hard and try to loose as few as you can, and often that's a real sufference (Andy's TT usualy are like that); if you aren't a specialist and you are't fighting for the GC you can simply do your best to end in time. But in a 'cronoscalata' ending in time is anyway a very hard work and takes lots of energy, too many. The winner of a great tour must show to be the strongest in mountain, flat and TT, I agree, but that is to be the best climber, good or decent in TT and maybe able to sprint in small groups. And a good great tour is a mix of specialities in almost every stages.
Anyway Garzelli was super... but also Gadret! Do you wonder who is he? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Gadret
Do you need some Andy? me too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YheuCLMx1oI Old but good :)
Pic 1 by Bettini, pic 2 by Sirotti

Stage
1 Stefano Garzelli (Ita) Acqua & Sapone 0:41:28
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:42
3 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:54
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:01
5 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:07
6 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:10
7 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:01:36
8 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:01:37
9 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 0:01:41
10 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:01:46
11 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step 0:02:05
12 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:06
13 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Bbox Bouygues Telecom

14 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:02:10
15 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:12
16 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:16
17 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:17
18 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:02:18
19 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:02:31
20 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions 0:02:32

GC
1 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 68:32:26
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:27
3 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:36
4 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:03:09
5 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:04:36
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:04:53
7 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:05:12
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:05:25
9 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:08:57
10 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:09:13

BYC
1 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 68:35:02
2 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:06:21
3 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 0:11:34
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 0:12:40
5 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:22:38

5.24.2010

TOC: article by Cyclingnews


Don't worry Andy, we understood that Uncle Bjarne stoped you. And he was right :)
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/riis-schleck-cancellara-on-target-for-tour

Riis: Schleck, Cancellara on target for Tour

By:Kirsten Frattini
No expectations for Amgen Tour of California

If Saxo Bank’s World Time Trial Champion Fabian Cancellara and Luxembourg Road Champion Andy Schleck have failed to impress at the Amgen Tour of California this week, it is because the pair are using the eight-day event to prepare for the Tour de France. According to Bjarne Riis both talents are still on target for their July endeavors.

“You can see by how we raced here that we are decent but we are not strong,” Riis told Cyclingnews. “Our next big objective is the Tour. We did not expect to win the race here but that is how it is.

“Both Andy and Fabian are aiming for the Tour de France,” he reiterated. “They are both on good targets for the Tour de France and that is the way it has to be. I think this race was perfect training actually. The only thing about it was the travel and time zone but other than that it is perfect for us to be here.”

The crowds went wild when Cancellara rolled off the start ramp sporting his world champion skin-suit at the stage seven 33.6 km time trial held in Los Angeles. His resume as a time trialist, not to mention his recent wins at the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, made him one of the favorites to win the individual event. However he crossed the line with a time of 43:26 minutes, down in 16th place.

“He went as hard as he could here today,” Riis said. “But we knew his form was not good enough to win today and it is not a big deal. He’s been taking some time off since the Classics. His next focus is the Tour, to do well in the prologue and to work for the team.”

Schleck showed signs of struggling on the decisive Bonny Doon Road ascent during the stage three road race, where he could not hold on to the lead climbers’ pace. He did, however, land himself in the significant breakaway for nearly 200 km during the queen stage six that finished atop Big Bear Lake.

“Andy wanted to try to be with the best on Bonny Doon but I said, ‘hey, common, easy’,” Riis said. “He kept pushing and I told him to go back to the gruppetto and to just take it easy. We talked about it after and he was worried what everyone was going to talk and write about it.

“But I didn’t expect him to follow the best, that was not the plan,” he added. “Now we are here for training and our goals are for later. Then he was fine. But I like the fact that he knows what he has to work on and that is good, that is perfect.”

Jens Voigt is currently sitting in fourth place in the overall classification, 1:12 minutes behind race leader Michael Rogers (HTC-Columbia), heading into the eighth and final stage’s circuit race in Thousand Oaks-Agoura Hills.

Giro 14 & 15: Liquigas massive attack



Stage 14: Vincenzo's show! Arroyo in pink, Richie Porte still in white. Basso building for the final GC. But also a GREAT Bauke Mollem
a!
1 Vincenzo Nibali
(Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
4:57:51
2 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:00:23
3 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli

4
Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team

5 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:01:34
6 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Quick Step 0:02:25
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank

8 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini

9 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram

10
Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia

11 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team

12 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne

13 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Spa) Cervelo Test Team

14 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team

Stage 15: The Long Way Up - playing with the title of a great book of Nick Horby - to the top of the Zoncolan is a long nasty way, the hardest climb in Europe they s
ay. And the most loved by Andy Schleck's Italian fans, who will never forget that too young guy in white fighting for the victory. What a memory! And how older he looks now... Cycling makes y
ou gr
ow up fast... Anyway, Basso won. I was sorry for Evans: he's the strongest in that Giro but has no team (again!). But I was happy for Richie: he's still in white, still second and arrived 18 helped by a wonderful CA (19). And I'm super happy for Bauke Mollema: 13! he's do
ing a great Giro and now is 3 in BYC, 14 in GC! Allez Bauke!!
1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 6:21:58
2 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:01:19
3 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:01:30
4 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:01:58
5 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:02:26
6 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:02:44
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:03:07
8 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 0:03:20
9 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - Transitions 0:03:31
10 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:46
11 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:50
12 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:04
13 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank
14 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 0:04:24
15 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:04:26
16 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:05:19
17 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank 0:05:27
18 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:05:46
19 Chris Sorensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:05:50

GC
1 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 67:48:42
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:35
3 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:03:33
4 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:04:21
5 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:04:43
6 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana 0:05:51
7 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:06:08
8 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli 0:06:34
9 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:07:12
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Liquigas-Doimo 0:08:13
11 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini 0:09:19
12 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Team HTC - Columbia 0:09:53
13 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:13:09
14 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank 0:14:35
15 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Quick Step 0:14:45

Toc Toc : anybody at home?

Sorry, I was away for the week end. I spent Friday night watching TOC and it was amazing seeing Andy pulling in the front. Of course I'd like better he won the stage but I'm sure he'll be in his top shape in July, and less tyred then other racers. "Nasty day@ATOC" he tweeted "but I feel good was 180km in front with @ghincapie@Jakob_fuglsang work hard payed it off in the end:)good work 4TDF." Probably you noticed that he went to the teamcar before to be left behind. My son Liveri instead made a wonderful race on Saturday. He's 8, you know, and he started racing last year. He was unlucky because he had to start from the last row but he was 34 and ended 16, fighting as a lion to go to the front. The sun was hot and the Tuskany country nice: more summer then spring already... The works for my B&B are almost finished so if you are planning to come to Italy in August or September, you can stay by me: I'll make you a discount :)
But go on reading about TOC: Sagan confirms to be a great talent but Andy improved his gc ending 29...
Pic by Jonathan Devich.


TOC stage 6




1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 6:07:08
2 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis

3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia

4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack

5 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions

6 Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia

7 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team

8 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions

9 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank

10 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions

11 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack

12 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack

13 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis

14 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1

15 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team

16 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team

17 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Transitions

18 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step

19 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1

20 Thomas Peterson (USA) Garmin-Transitions

21 Lucas Euser (USA) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy

22 Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:32
23 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:34
24 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia 0:01:23
25 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia

26 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack 0:02:07
27 Matthew Wilson (Aus) Garmin-Transitions

28 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:14:30
29 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank

TOC stage 7: Cancellara is in holyday, but 22 in a TT isn't bad for Andy!
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia 0:41:41
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia 0:00:22
3 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:00:27
4 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:00:33
5 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:59
6 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia 0:01:06
7 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:12
8 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 0:01:19
9 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis

10 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin-Transitions 0:01:21
11 Scott Zwizanski (USA) Kelly Benefit Strategies 0:01:25
12 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell 0:01:26
13 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 0:01:31
14 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 0:01:33
15 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia 0:01:42
16 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:45
17 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:47
18 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack 0:01:57
19 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:02:08
20 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 0:02:16
21 Lars Boom (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:23
22 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:35


TOC stage 8: Andy ended 23, not bad again and....
1 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 3:21:56
2 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team

3 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step

4 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack

5 Oscar Pujol Munoz (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:00:05
6 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:28
7 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack

8 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia

9 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions

10 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Team Radioshack 0:00:34
11 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 0:01:00
12 Charles Dionne (Can) Fly V Australia

13 Maarten Tjallingii (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team

14 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1

15 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team

16 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack

17 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank

18 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1

19 Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia

20 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis

21 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo

22 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Transitions

23 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:42


TOC final GC: ... his final result is 21. TOC wasn't such a disaster.
1 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC-Columbia 33:08:30
2 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:00:09
3 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack 0:00:25
4 Christopher Horner (USA) Team Radioshack 0:01:04
5 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Transitions 0:01:08
6 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:44
7 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis 0:01:58
8 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Doimo 0:02:06
9 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team Radioshack 0:02:42
10 Phil Zajicek (USA) Fly V Australia 0:03:21
11 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Transitions 0:03:57
12 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:04:40
13 Marc De Maar (Ned) Unitedhealthcare Presented by Maxxis 0:04:56
14 Valeriy Kobzarenko (Ukr) Team Type 1 0:04:59
15 George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:05:25
16 Christopher Jones (USA) Team Type 1 0:06:34
17 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC-Columbia 0:06:48
18 Lucas Euser (USA) SpiderTech Powered by Planet Energy 0:08:18
19 Jeremy Vennell (NZl) Bissell 0:33:20
20 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo 0:35:34
21 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:36:33

Sometimes fans are a bit cruel, always want a win and are disappointed with result that are good but not super. Andy is a true champion, we know that, don't need confirmations anymore. This year he had some problems, is late with training and not in his best shape: in spite of all that he was always in the top ten in Classics. Look at others racers in the same situation: often they simply disapear from GC or stop racing for a bit. I booked my trip to the Tour de France and I'm looking forward!