In short and translated: article about Andy Schleck & co. TdF recon

Col de Pailhères
Read it all here (French):
In short and translated:
1. Col de Pailhères: together with Jens Voigt and Bob Jungels, Andy Schleck climbed it two days ago but had to stop 3 km to the top because of the snow, so they went to Ax 3-Domaines.  "The hardest in the Pyrennes" Andy said. "I already know it since 2010. Today (yesterday) we do Saint-Girons, Bagnères de Bigorre»
2. Corsica: "We rode the three first stages. The first two are for sprinters and the 3rd isn't really high mountain."  Corsica's stage will not decide the winner. Then there are Pyrénées and Alps.
3. Ax 3-Domaines: "You can win or loose the Tour everyday but we must be attentive in the Ax 3-Domaines stage. The second stage in the Pyrennes can suit a long break-away."
4. Johny Schleck said:  «TdF main conteders are still Froome, Wiggins, Evans, Contador, a two hands of riders can aim to the podium. This year Andy is only an outsider, he finished ATOC but he isn't at his top yet. He still has got a little pain at his back and very often ride en danseuse (out the sadle)».

Tour de Suisse next... and more

"Then Suisse?", "Yes". Life wasn't looking bad last night in Narbonne. "Spain of France tonight?", "France".  Busy days for Andy Schleck and mates: "...and we got Sun here in our little Tour recon lot of climbing today we start dry then rain fallowed by snow and in the end Sun pls Stay". Another Tour de France contender, Jürgen Van Den Broeck, is stuck in hotel on a snowy Alp d'Huez: "Is that almost June?!" he tweeted today. Weather is crazy, also in Florence it's raining hard since days... 
June is there and Tour the France's Grand Départ is on the 29th this year. So close! just the time to refine your shape and persuade yourself you are ready. Just the time for few other races: Dauphiné or Tour de Suisse, last de lux training for who aims to win the Tour. 
Andy always optated for Tour de Suisse and after last year horrible crash I guess he isn't eager to go back to Dauphiné. That remember me another race where he had a bad crash, GP Cholet: never gone again. About Dauphiné, Andy said: "Last year I tried a different preparation for the Tour, it didn't work so I'm back to the old one. Why should you change something that's good?" Yes, why? Tour de Suisse is a hard, high level race. Dauphiné is trending more lately and that should also be a reason to NOT go there: in Tour de Suisse the atmosphere is more relaxed and media's coverage less stressing. 
Lets have a look to the race:

1st stage SAT 08.06.13 Quinto - Quinto (Prolog)
2nd stage SUN 09.06.13 Quinto - Crans-Montana
3rd stage MON 10.06.13 Montreux - Meiringen
4th stage TUE 11.06.13 Innertkirchen - Buochs
5th stage WED 12.06.13 Buochs - Leuggern
6th stage THU 13.06.13 Leuggern - Meilen
7th stage FRI 14.06.13 Meilen - La Punt
8th stage SAT 15.06.13 Zernez - Bad Ragaz
9th stage SUN 16.06.13 Bad Ragaz - Flumserberg (Individual Time Trial)


Movistar Team

1   Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por)
2   Andrey Amador Bikkazakova (CRi)
3   Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa)
4   Imanol Erviti (Spa)
5   José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa)
6   Vladimir Karpets (Rus)
7   Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa)
8   Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa)
Sky Procycling

11   Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA)
12   Joshua Edmondson (GBr)
13   Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
14   Mathew Hayman (Aus)
15   Gabriel Rasch (Nor)
16   Luke Rowe (GBr)
17   Ben Swift (GBr)
18   Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (GBr)
Katusha Team

21   Vladimir Gusev (Rus)
22   Vladimir Isaychev (Rus)
23   Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)
24   Alexander Kristoff (Nor)
25   Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr)
26   Gatis Smukulis (Lat)
27   Simon Spilak (Svn)
28   Vyacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus)

Radioshack Leopard

31   Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
32   Stijn Devolder (Bel)
33   Andreas Klöden (Ger)
34   Maxime Monfort (Bel)
35   Grégory Rast (Swi)
36   Hayden Roulston (NZl)
37   Andy Schleck (Lux)
38  Jens Voigt (Ger)
Garmin - Sharp

42   Tyler Farrar (USA)
43   Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
44   Lachlan David Morton (Aus)
45   Daniel Martin (Ire)
46   Peter Stetina (USA)
47   Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
48   Fabian Wegmann (Ger)
Omega Pharma - Quickstep Cycling Team

51   Tom Boonen (Bel)
52   Kevin De Weert (Bel)
53   Bert Grabsch (Ger)
54   Zdenek Stybar (Cze)
55   Niki Terpstra (Ned)
56   Kristof Vandewalle (Bel)
57   Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel)
58   Peter Velits (Svk)
BMC Racing Team

61   Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
62   Tejay Van Garderen (USA)
63   Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
64   Mathias Frank (Swi)
65   Martin Kohler (Swi)
66   Ivan Santaromita (Ita)
67   Michael Schär (Swi)
68   Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)

Blanco Pro Cycling Team

71   Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa)
72   Wilco Kelderman (Ned)
73   Steven Kruijswijk (Ned)
74   Tom Leezer (Ned)
75   Bauke Mollema (Ned)
76   Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor)
77   Mark Renshaw (Aus)
78   Sep Vanmarcke (Bel)

81 Stefano Agostini (Ita)
82 Ivan Basso (Ita)
83 Mauro Da Dalto (Ita)
84 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg)
85 Edward King (USA)
86 Michel Koch (Ger)
87 Moreno Moser (Ita)
88 Peter Sagan (Svk)
Ag2R La Mondiale

91   Jean Christophe Peraud (Fra)
92   Maxime Bouet (Fra)
93   Mickaël Cherel (Fra)
94   Sébastien Minard (Fra)
95   Lloyd Mondory (Fra)
96   Matteo Montaguti (Ita)
97   Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)
98   Christophe Riblon (Fra)
Astana Pro Team

101   Borut Bozic (Svn)
102   Francesco Gavazzi (Ita)
103   Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz)
104   Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)
105   Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita)
106   Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)
107   Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz)
108   Simone Ponzi (Ita)

Lampre - Merida

111   Diego Ulissi (Ita)
112   Manuele Mori (Ita)
113   Roberto Ferrari (Ita)
114   Davide Cimolai (Ita)
115   Luca Wackermann (Ita)
116   Simone Stortoni (Ita)
117   Michele Scarponi (Ita)
118   Davide Vigano (Ita)
Orica Greenedge

121   Michael Albasini (Swi)
122   Baden Cooke (Aus)
123   Matthew Harley Goss (Aus)
124   Daryl Impey (RSA)
125   Aidis Kruopis (Ltu)
126   Sam Bewley (NZl)
127   Cameron Meyer (Aus)
128   Stuart O'Grady (Aus)
Team Saxo - Tinkoff

131 Karsten Kroon (Ned)
132 Daniele Bennati (Ita)
133 Oliver Zaugg (Swi)
134 Marko Kump (Svn)
135 Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
136 Michael Morkov (Den)
137 Nicholas Roche (Ire)
138 Roman Kreuziger (Cze)

Lotto - Belisol Team

141 Brian Bulgac (Ned)
142 Francis De Greef (Bel)
143 Jens Debusschere (Bel)
144 Kenny De Haes (Bel)
145 Olivier Kaisen (Bel)
146 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa)
147 Frederique Robert (Bel)
148 Maarten Neyens (Bel)

Euskaltel - Euskadi

151 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa)
152 Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa)
153 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa)
154 Jure Kocjan (Svn)
155 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa)
156 Adrian Saez (Spa)
157 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa)
158 Robert Vrecer (Svn)

161   William Bonnet (Fra)
162   David Boucher (Bel)
163   Arnaud Demare (Fra)
164   Laurent Mangel (Fra)
165   Cedric Pineau (Fra)
166   Thibaut Pinot (Fra)
167   Jérémy Roy (Fra)
168   Benoît Vaugrenard (Fra)
Vacansoleil - DCM Pro Cycling Team

171   Grega Bole (Svn)
172   Martijn Keizer (Ned)
173   Bertjan Lindeman (Ned)
174   Nikita Novikov (Rus)
175   Mirko Selvaggi (Ita)
176   Wesley Kreder (Ned)
177   Boy Van Poppel (Ned)
178   Tomasz Marczynski (Pol)

Team Argos - Shimano

181 John Degenkolb (Ger)
182 Tom Dumoulin (Ned)
183 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger)
184 Simon Geschke (Ger)
185 Patrick Gretsch (Ger)
186 François Parisien (Can)
187 Georg Preidler (Aut)
188 Matthieu Sprick (Fra)
IAM Cycling

191 Stefan Denifl (Aut)
192 Martin Elmiger (Swi)
193 Heinrich Haussler (Aus)
194 Pirmin Lang (Swi)
195 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe)
196 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe)
197 Johann Tschopp (Swi)
198 Marcel Wyss (Swi)

201   Anthony Delaplace (Fra)
202   Brice Feillu (Fra)
203   Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra)
204   Cyril Lemoine (Fra)
205   Jean Marc Marino (Fra)
206   Maxime Mederel (Fra)
207   Julien Simon (Fra)
208   Yannick Talabardon (Fra)


A pic from France... and more

Pic by Josue Aran Garcia
"Good legs on Ventoux?" I asked, "Yes, was good" Andy said. It was long time since our last chat, he was heading to California and had the Ardennes Classics under his belt. He was confident. I think ATOC confirmed his good feeling and he can look to July in a different way. 
Recon in France is also a good training for the next race that should be Tour de Suisse. In California Andy attacked almost everyday and failed to win a stage just because he was still lacking a bit of power to make the difference in a uphill finish. The weather was dry - even too hot - and that means also something but his shape was definitely different from when in Italy he struggled to keep the wheels of the peloton.
Siting next to him in Lido di Camaiore and listening to him so sure it was only matter of time while all media were about his probable retirement from cycling... well... it was a bit unreal. Andy looked surprised. What reirement?? "I'm coming back". He knew better of course. Andy hardly looses his coolness. He's more incline to face the problem in a pratical way. He wasn't happy with his condition, that's obvious, and got hurted by some criticisms, as harsh as superficial. But he never stopped working for his aim: to be back to his level. It sounded unreal eh when he added: "...and even better!". 
Realism is important to find the way but dreams point to the aim. Andy has never stopped dreaming and his dream is still the same. Once he said: "My palmares should have been richer, sure, if I had targeted smaller races" and you could tell him: "Ok, you still have to demonstrate you could win those races". The point with Andy is... that really he doesn't care. You must resign and live with that. He wants to win the Tour de France, he will for sure. Meanwhile... he works to win it. 
He won a splendid Liège, as far as me he also won a Giro (2007) and a Fleche (second behind some dopers). An Olympic Medal too, probably (if dopers not involved). I think he suffers thinking about those races and I guess he doesn't think often about the past. As far as I know Andy, he has got the precious quality to be in the present. I talk too much, he's able to be quiet and to listen, to apreciate the silence around, the beautiful sound of nature. He's a fisherman indead. 
Yesterday there was the snow on his way and today a little rain on the Pyrennes. Lots of rain when he won on the Tourmalet. Who was there that day didn't forget (and I was there). Andy has been in yellow so long in 2010 that people remember it very well but I agree when he says he was stronger in 2011, when he was in yellow only few days but conquered the Galibier solo. His opponents were many that time, not only nor mainly Alberto Contador.
Next Tour de France will be different and in my opinion he should target many goals not just one: he could win some beautiful mountain stages (Ventoux but not only that), he could try to win the Mountain classification, that nice polka jersey he would deserve very much. The GC looks hard at the moment but it will depend on his shape in July. We'll know something more after Tour de Suisse.


A pic from France

Embedded image permalink"Second day of training" Andy tweeted "yesterday we did Mt Ventoux sunny 25 Celsius, today col de Pailhères and -2 c and snow".


Giro final marks

Trofeo Senza Fine
It's just a play. I took a finish list and started giving marks. It's easy for the first 10, 20 riders... then it becomes a challeng. Can I remember everybody? can I even remember if he did well or not? Well... I can remember very well about team leaders, jerseys contenders, stage winners, main sprinters and breakers-away. That's already a lot. But there are many guys in a team who 'simply' work all day to keep their leader in front, to bring bottles, to collect rainjackets, to prepare a sprint. Each rider should be judged according with his goal and role in the race. That's harder. 
I'm also a teacher, you know, so I'm used to work with 'marks'. Marks are always unfair. There is a story behind each results and in general you can't say a pro rider didn't give it all, was lazy or didn't collaborate. Who finished this Giro hasn't been lazy for sure. Who didn't has been unlucky and wasn't happy to leave. You can say Evans was disappointing but he finished and is 3rd in one of the most important and hardest race in the world. Is 6/10 few?  But he came for to win. Niemiec came to support Scarponi (on paper) so his 6 place is impressive and he deserves a 8 in my opinion. Maybe all top ten finisher would deserve a 10/10 but I think Betancur was smarter and than Majka and probably stronger given that he went close to win many stages  while Majka 'only' defended his GC position. We can discuss about.
I gave all OPQS and Astana riders a 7/10 because they have been all essential for Cavendish and Nibali's win. The same for Euskaltel - Sanchez excluded - because they all worked well for Intxausti. I tried to differentiate as far as Sky and AG2R were concerned: some of them looked (to me) more brilliant. Some teams looked disappointing in general.
Reading again all the stage finish orders, I have seen this Giro again in my mind. How many things I had forgotten! how many images were still there, so vivid! I didn't like this Giro very much, I'll tell more another time. I didn't like it because Nibali had no contenders, because climbers had few climbs to attack - dued to the weather ok, but after San Remo organizers could think about - and Cavendish dominated all sprints. I can't remember so many GC riders abandoning a big tour. 
By the other hand I really liked the young attacking riders: the fight for White this year has been more exciting than the fight for Pink. And finally I liked a lot to see riders together against stupid dopers and against stupid exposure to risks. I mean: Giro organizers had to face the neutralization of Moncenisio's climb and cancealed Val Martello's stage because riders refused to race. That's an important step for a cathegory of workers that has been often weak because not cohesive.
Nibali's victory has been boring but it isn't Nibali's fault. Instead he won two stages and the last one in a epic way. A pity he didn't win against champions at his level. I don't mean to offend anybody, it's just a fact.
So, what do you think? can you add something? any comment is welcome!

1 (1) NIBALI Vincenzo10 Perfect: always in control

2 (3) URAN Rigoberto 9 Very good but had to work for Wiggo
3 (2) EVANS Cadel 6 Discontinous and finally disappointing

4 (4) SCARPONI Michele 7 I'm honestly surprised to see him up there
5 (7) BETANCUR GOMEZ Carlos Alberto 10 Great! target white and got it. Strong and smart. He was finally right to not chase Uran for a stage win!
6 (5) NIEMIEC Przemyslaw 8 Impressive! 3rd in Galibier's stage. 3rd in Ivrea's stage.
7 (6) MAJKA Rafal 9 Very strong, lacked experience in a leader role and adequate support by his team. 4th in Galibier's stage.
8 (9) INTXAUSTI Benat 10 A stage victory, one day in Pink, a top ten in final GC: not bad for a rider who is old in cycling but new to a leader role.
9 (8) SANTAMBROGIO Mauro 8 Oustanding Giro by a rider who had lost his way a bit.
10 (11) POZZOVIVO Domenico 7 He wasn't captain and even got sick but worked well for Betancur and still ended in a nice 10 GC place.
11 (13) PELLIZOTTI Franco 7 I'm honestly surprised to see him up there
12 (10) SANCHEZ GONZALEZ Samuel 7 I expected much, a stage win at least and a top five. But his last ITT has been superb.
13 (15) TROFIMOV Yuri 6 Best finisher for Katusha: honest job.
14 (14) KANGERT Tanel 10 WOW! I'll look him closely in the next races and season. That's a great talent (I hope... ehm...).
15 (16) KISERLOVSKI Robert 5 Disappointing. Never in the big game: he always lost the decisive move in spite he was always in front. Typical RSLT.
16 (17) HENAO MONTOYA Sergio Luis 6 He can be so much better!
17 (18) KELDERMAN Wilco 10 WOW! I'll look him closely in the next races and season. That's a great talent (and I have no doubt). He had to work for Gesink but kept attacking and never gave up. Bravo!
18 (20) ATAPUMA HURTADO John Darwin 9 In every break-aways, in every last attacks. A great rider.
19 (23) CARUSO Damiano 8 Last minute leader for Cannondale, not supported at all, he still managed to end in the GC top 20 and even showed himself in a few occasions. 3rd in the mountain ITT.
20 (22) MOUREY Francis 6 Best finisher for FDJ: honest job.
21 (21) DE GREEF Francis 6 Best finisher for Lotto-Belisol: honest job.
22 (19) PETROV Evgeni 6 Crashed in Lavaredo's stage but went to the finish. That's all.
23 (25) MARTINEZ DE ESTEBAN Egoi 7 He worked a lot for Intxausti renouncing to personal glory.
24 (27) HERRADA LOPEZ Jose 7 Best finisher for Movistar: honest job. We even saw him a few times.
25 (29) ROSA Diego 7 Often in a break-away, often in front. He didn't get results but showed his team jersey a lot.
26 (24) KRUIJSWIJK Steven 5 Disappointing. He has been in White some years ago but we have never seen him in this Giro. Maybe he was too busy working for Gesink but still...
27 (28) SERPA PEREZ Jose Rodolfo 5 Desaparecido.
28 (30) DUARTE AREVALO Fabio Andres 8 Often in a break-away, often in front. 5 in Galibier's stage. Strong and smart he well deserved his podium spot in Lavaredo's stage.
29 (31) VALLS FERRI Rafael 5 I expected more by a supposed promise of cycling.
30 (34) SANTAROMITA Ivan 4 When Evans was in need of help he wasn't there.
31 (32) GARATE Juan Manuel 6

32 (33) DUPONT Hubert 5 He and Gadret were the French surprise some Giros ago. This year we have barely seen him.
33 (37) AZANZA SOTO Jorge 6 Well worked for the team.
34 (39) MORABITO Steve 5 When Evans was in need of help he wasn't there.
35 (36) MACHADO Tiago 5 Named as leader together with Kiserlovski, he has never had a go. Very disappointing.
36 (35) VISCONTI Giovanni 9 Oustanding Giro by a rider who had lost his way a bit.
37 (38) SIUTSOU Kanstantsin 6 he can be so much better!
38 (44) WEENING Pieter 6 so unlucky!
39 (41) AGNOLI Valerio 8 One of the splendid helpers of Vincenzo Nibali: he shares the win!
40 (43) IGNATENKO Petr 6

41 (40) CARUSO Giampaolo 6

42 (46) ARU Fabio 8 One of the splendid helpers of Vincenzo Nibali: he shares the win!
43 (42) FELLINE Fabio 7 A good Giro by a rider who had lost his way a bit.
44 (49) PIRAZZI Stefano 9 He wanted, got and defended his Blue Jersey with passion and power. He's down here because of a misuderstanding: his real time is -5.
45 (45) KARPETS Vladimir 6

46 (47) PANTANO GOMEZ Jarlinson 8 Often in a break-away, he was 3rd in Firenze's stage.
47 (48) RUBIANO CHAVEZ Miguel Angel 5 Where is the old one??
48 (54) CLEMENT Stef 7 His ITT have been both great. Then he had to work hard for Gesink.
49 (56) DANIELSON Thomas 5 Best finisher for Garmin?! please!
50 (51) RODRIGUEZ Jackson 7 Often in a break-away, often in front.
51 (50) GASTAUER Ben 7 Oustanding Giro for the only Luxembourger in the race: his ITT has been very good and he well worked for Betancur. Bravo!
52 (52) DAMUSEAU Thomas 6

53 (57) STETINA Peter 5 Disappointing. I expected definitely more by him (and his team). Retired Hesjedal he could have been the new team leader but we saw nothing at all.
54 (59) RABOTTINI Matteo 5 Disappointing. He won the Mountain Jersey and an epic stage in last Giro, in this one we have barely seen him.
55 (55) RUIJGH Rob

56 (61) STORTONI Simone 5 Disappointing. Where is the rider who won a stage some Giros ago?
57 (62) CATALDO Dario 7 He wasn't captain and even got sick but worked well for Wiggins and then for Uran. His last ITT has been great. Imo Team Sky should give him a bit more freedom in races.
58 (53) SELLA Emanuele 6 In some breaks, in some attacks, always working for the team. In 2008 he had been a main character in race, now was back as a good route captain.
59 (58) PAOLINI Luca 7 A few days in pink, then nothing. A honest Giro by a last minute team leader who had already had a wonderful spring.
60 (65) KNEES Christian 6 Maybe I'm wrong but I got the impression he worked well and more than others in this Giro.
61 (64) MANUEL SILVA PIRES Bruno 5 Never seen if not pulling when Betancur got a bike change.
62 (60) GOLAS Michal 7 One of the splendid helpers of Mark Cavendish: he shares the win!
63 (68) MARTENS Paul 7 5th in Vajont's stage and a few times in a break-away.
64 (73) VERDUGO MARCOTEGUI Gorka 6 Well worked for the team.
65 (66) GUSEV Vladimir 6
66 (63) VENTOSO ALBERDI Francisco José 6
67 (67) LONGHO BORGHINI Paolo 6
68 (70) DURASEK Kristijan 6
69 (77) GRETSCH Patrick 6
70 (80) CAPECCHI Eros 7 A good Giro by a rider who had lost his way a bit.
71 (72) BONGIORNO Francesco Manuel 7 Another young attacking guy. Often named in breaks and last moves.
72 (76) HANSEN Adam 8 Sometimes the break-away goes to the finish! stage winner: bravo! (and a very nice guy: I was impressed by the fact all the peloton was happy with his win.)

73 (69) PUCCIO Salvatore 7 4th in Vajont's stage and a good work for his team. One of the most promising young Italian riders. We'll see more.
74 (71) KEUKELEIRE Jens 6
75 (83) ROLLIN Dominique 6

76 (79) MARCATO Marco 5 Wasn't in shape. Maybe I have lost something here: sick?

77 (74) PAUWELS Serge 7 One of the splendid helpers of Mark Cavendish: he shares the win!
78 (82) PIETROPOLLI Daniele 6
79 (81) DE KORT Koen 6
80 (75) DUQUE Leonardo Fabio 6
81 (78) OLIVEIRA Nelson 6 A decent ITT. That's all.
82 (93) ZANDIO ECHAIDE Xabier 6
83 (84) VEUCHELEN Frederik 6
84 (85) NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas 8 He won a stage and almost won a second one, but there was Visconti ahead.  4th in Ivrea's. He saves the honour of his team.
85 (86) WYSS Danilo 6
86 (89) LASTRAS GARCIA Pablo 6
87 (91) SALERNO Cristiano 6
88 (94) SARMIENTO TUNARROSA Jose Cayetano 6
89 (98) PRONI Alessandro 7 An hard story behind, a promising future ahead, a good Giro.
90 (87) VRECER Robert 6
91 (90) COLBRELLI Sonny 8 A star was born! I already liked him but in this Giro he has been always on the attack. In spite he fell and crashed a bit too often, his name was almost everyday in the speakers' list. Bravo!
92 (97) KESSIAKOFF Fredrik 6
93 (88) CHALAPUD GOMEZ Robinson Eduardo 7 Another brave Colombian breaker.
94 (103) SABATINI Fabio 6 Well worked for Viviani.
95 (92) BAK Lars Ytting 6
96 (101) HONDO Danilo 7 Nizzolo's last man but also 5th on his own in Vicenza's stage.
97 (105) TIRALONGO Paolo 7 One of the splendid helpers of Vincenzo Nibali: he shares the win!
98 (95) SUTHERLAND Rory 6
99 (96) GATTO Oscar 6
100 (106) BOARO Manuele 6
101 (99) KEIZER Martijn 6
102 (100) LOCATELLI Stefano 6
103 (114) BRUTT Pavel 6
104 (124) BRAMBILLA Gianluca 7 One of the splendid helpers of Mark Cavendish: he shares the win! but also...
105 (104) DOCKX Gert 6
106 (102) BONNAFOND Guillaume 6
107 (119) ZEITS Andrey 6
108 (110) GARZELLI Stefano 5 Useless. Sorry but I don't see what he was there for.
109 (107) REYNES MIMO Vicente 6

110 (108) VANDE VELDE Christian 5 Where is the old good one??
111 (126) BELLEMAKERS Dirk 6

112 (109) LUDVIGSSON Tobias 7 4th in Firenze's stage: not bad at all!

113 (116) MARANGONI Alan 6 Well worked for Elia Viviani
114 (117) DALL'ANTONIA Tiziano 6 Well worked for Elia Viviani
115 (111) LE BON Johan 6

116 (112) COBO ACEBO Juan Jose 5 Where is the old one??
117 (115) WILLEMS Frederik 6
118 (113) TRENTIN Matteo 7 One of the splendid helpers of Mark Cavendish: he shares the win! but he also....
119 (118) VIVIANI Elia 8 One of the few opponents of Mark Cavendish
120 (120) BENNETT George 6
121 (121) POZZATO Filippo 4 Twitted a lot, did nothing at all.
122 (123) LANCASTER Brett 6 Some decent sprints.
123 (125) MEZGEC Luka 8 Degenkolb's last man, Argos sprinter after he retired. And a very good one! we'll see more.
124 (127) PINEAU Jérome 7 One of the splendid helpers of Mark Cavendish: he shares the win!
125 (128) CHRISTENSEN Mads 6
126 (122) MODOLO Sacha 7 One of the few opponents of Mark Cavendish. Arrived to the Giro after an injury and without racing some important races.
127 (130) WURF Cameron 6
128 (133) TIMMER Albert 6
129 (131) CAVENDISH Mark 10 Just Cav: the fastest. 5 victories and the Red Jersey. Chapeau!
130 (132) NIZZOLO Giacomo 7 One of the few opponents of Mark Cavendish. He was always there but always missed the win. I think he's good. Something wrong somewhere...
131 (136) TJALLINGII Maarten 6
132 (139) POPOVYCH Yaroslav 6 We have just seen him in the last stages working for iselovski and in Brescia for Nizzolo. A little few honestly.
133 (134) VERMOTE Julien 7 One of the splendid helpers of Mark Cavendish: he shares the win!
134 (135) PATE Danny 6
135 (147) BULGAC Brian 6
136 (143) DEKKER Thomas 6
137 (137) BOEM Nicola 7 Another young attacking guy. Often named in breaks and last moves.
138 (138) ZARDINI Edoardo 7 Another young attacking guy. Often named in breaks and last moves.
139 (141) CANOLA Marco 7 Another young attacking guy. Often named in breaks and last moves.
140 (142) OSS Daniel 8 2nd in Vajont's stage. One of the best BMC riders in this Giro.
141 (144) MEIER Christian 6
142 (145) HUNTER Robert 6
143 (140) MESTRE Ricardo 6
144 (146) DURBRIDGE Luke 6 First Giro. Nothing special but a good experience.
145 (148) FISCHER Murilo Antonio 6
146 (149) BELLETTI Manuel 6 Well... Still missing a food finger after last Milano San Remo, not exactly supported by his team, he did his best but wasn't enough. A pity because he can do much better.
147 (151) GRUZDEV Dmitriy 6
148 (150) DOWSETT Alex 10 He's a TT man. He won the Giro ITT. That was his goal and he achieved it. Bravo! and bravo team Movistar that apreciated him for what he can do.
149 (153) CUMMINGS Stephen 6
150 (156) ERMETI Giairo 6 I remember he was in a break-away...
151 (154) SERGENT Jesse 6 Very often the last one in the peloton. He did a good ITT (15).
152 (152) FERRARI Roberto 5 Last year he was a serious opponent for Mark Cavendish but this year... no.
153 (155) TAMOURIDIS Ioannis 6
154 (157) TUFT Svein 5 Where is the old good one?? he even did bad in the ITT!

155 (159) LAMMERTINK Maurits 6
156 (160) DEHAES Kenny 6 7th in Brescia. And that's all.
157 (161) DE BACKER Bert 7 Sure I remember him! he was in a break-away and once said: "I started cycling because I wanted to go faster to school" :P
158 (162) WAUTERS Willem 6
159 (165) KEISSE Iljo 7 One of the splendid helpers of Mark Cavendish: he shares the win!
160 (163) LIGTHART Pim 7 A rider I like. He was in a break-away at least. Then I think he carshed, did he?
161 (164) MOURIS Jens 6
162 (169) MARENTES TORRES Wilson Alexander 6
163 (166) PICHON Laurent 6 The first rider to crash in this Giro... already in Napoli...
164 (167) AVILA VANEGAS Edwin Alcibiades 6
165 (170) ANDRIATO DE MATTAS Rafael 7 he made Cav angry sprinting for an intermediate sprint, but he won the IS classification so he was right to.
166 (168) MINGUEZ Miguel 6
167 (172) BLYTHE Adam 6
168 (171) APPOLLONIO Davide 6 The Black Jersey of the Giro. I think he crashed and/or was sick. He's a very good sprinter but didn't get the chance to shine in this Giro.


URTASUN PEREZ Pablo He crashed in Napoli.

JI Cheng  First Chinese in the Giro... He was better to wait some years more...

GIL MARTINEZ Tomas Aurelio

CHICCHI Francesco





DEGENKOLB John Pity! He won a sprint on cavendish! chapeau!







One of Cav's main opponents, a bit risky...

WIGGINS Bradley :(



VANOTTI Alessandro

BENNATI Daniele Desaparecido...

STEEGMANS Gert :( Cav's last man: outstanding!


KROON Karsten

ROUX Anthony

PHINNEY Taylor :(



BOLE Grega

DI LUCA Danilo


GESINK Robert :(