Stage 13 – Giro D’Italia
The first day of three huge mountain stages that will sort out the Giro general classification going in to the final week. It’s an open stage and a lot depends on the first climb, where if the GC decide to go for it will ensure a crazy day of riding. Still no mountaintop finish, but this is a big day of climbing, featuring a couple of cat 1s and cat2s. Expect Movistar and Astana to boss proceedings.
Here’s a lowdown on the main favourites.
With Landa gone, Vincenzo Nibali is a huge favourite for the race. He knows how to manage his efforts over a 3 week period, something the others don’t. Astana were keen on keeping Fuglsang, Scarponi and Kangert high on GC, but crashes have stopped that from happening. It means they have to change their tactics, hopefully making them more attacking early in the stage. The climbs and descents are in the favour of the Italian and he’ll be keen to move up the GC.
Alejandro Valverde should have taken a stage by now. The hardest climbs are usually just a little out of his reach, but the fact that we finish with a cat 2 climb is great news for him. The question is will Amador be given free rein or will he have to help Valverde through the mountains.
Orica will be delighted with Esteban Chaves, so far. He has easily followed on the climbs and descents. He looks a real danger to the GC and today will go along way in to telling us just how good he is.
Others in the hunt today are my main pick Rafa Majka who is a pure climber and far enough down tyhe time sheet to be given a little headway. He’s capable of winning solo or in a big break, and either way he’ll be there at the finish.
Steven Kriejswijk has started the Giro, they way he finished the last one. He’s always near the front of the bunch and is climbing as well as I’ve ever seen him. The Dutchman is starting to look like the real deal and must be thinking of the podium.
Lastly a small bet on Firsanov to surpise the peloton and join a break at the first climb.
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