This Giro just keeps on providing the drama, doesn’t it? On a day when everyone and their mother predicted a bunch finish without worrying the GC teams, two unexpected situations unfolded. First an Italian-flavoured breakaway of five held the entire peloton at bay with Bardiani-CSF’s Nicola Boem taking a brilliant win and the lead in the points competition. Secondly, Richie Porte suffered an untimely mechanical in the closing stages losing 47 seconds to Alberto Contador, who stays in pink, and then receiving a two-minute penalty after Simon Clarke stopped to help him out.
Orica-GreenEDGE put three different riders into the pink jersey, but at the end of a frenetic first week of the Giro d’Italia the maglia rosa sits on the twice-dislocated shoulder of Alberto Contador. Chris, Midge and Tim review the action from the first nine stages.
The first nine days of the Giro have been jam-packed with action – and stories. Last week seems to have been all about paradoxes – the good and the bad, the mouthy and the silent, the boring and the restful – in the form of Contador, Formolo, Flecha, Cipollini, Dowsett and Sagan (among others).