Giro d’Italia 2021 : Stage 17 – Martin gets his GT hat-trick; chaos for GC

Phew! Where shall any of us begin when discussing Stage 17 of the 104th Giro d’Italia? I have had more than an hour and a half to ponder this question, and I can confidently say that I still have not the slightest clue! So much happened inside the final 20km that the mind blurs it together into one big, hot mess of awesome racing. So let’s start where we always start stories like this: with the winner. Israel Start-Up Nation’s Dan Martin took a solo win, despite all odds stacked against him, to complete his grand tour hat-trick atop the Sega di Ala.

Mentioning his win does not even begin to scrape the slightest dribble of ice from the iceberg. Chaos reigned supreme in the group of GC favourites with scintillating teams tactics, downhill crashes, and the first moment of weakness from race leader Egan Bernal. The flaunty Colombian retains the maglia rosa, but today’s spicy racing lit a flame of hope that everything is still to play for in this third week of racing! Continue reading

Giro d’Italia 2021 : Stage 12 – Vendrame survives breakaway squabbles; GC favorites sleep it off

Despite having an exciting route on paper, Stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia proved once again that long grand tour stages are very rarely exciting. With a breakaway more than 10 minutes up the road, the peloton took an opportunity to recover from yesterday’s excitement. Up ahead, the race got only slightly kinky as Andrea Vandrame (AG2R La Citroen) outsprinted DSM’s Chris Hamilton, while George Bennett (Jumbo Visma) and Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo) had a lover’s quarrel in the race for 3rd and 4th place. Continue reading

Giro d’Italia 2021 : Stage 7 – Ewan fastest in the slowest stage ever

On what is likely to be the most painful to watch and agonizingly slow stage (until the next one, of course) of this year’s Giro d’Italia, pocket rocket Caleb Ewan tallied up his second stage win on Stage 7 in his season-long hunt to win a stage at each grand tour. The (I was going to use an adjective here, but he’s kind of just basic, isn’t he?) Australian proved to be the fastest of the sprinters on the uphill finish, single-handedly chasing down an energetic Fernando Gaviria inside the final 500 meters before easily crossing the line ahead of all others. Davide Cimolai (Israel Start-Up Nation) finished second while Stage 2 winner, Tim Merlier (after reportedly suffering a Dumoulin), came home in third. In the general classification, Attila (is) The One (who) retains the maglia rosa with no changes to the top of the leaderboard. Continue reading