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
Stage 6 was another chaotic day in Giro d’Italia 2021, with the weather gods soaking chilling riders with pouring rain, sidewinds and a strong headwind on the final climb. The Beast known as Ganna™ then added insult to injury by punishing them kilometre after kilometre. Bahrain Victorious’ Gino Mader eluded the INEOS tractor beam all day and took a solo stage win that so drained him, he couldn’t even do a victory salute for fear he would fall off his bike. Behind him, GC riders had a battle on the final climb, with Egan Bernal (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation), Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck QuickStep), and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) coming in together. But it was FDJ’s Attila Valter who wears the maglia rosa tomorrow.
Caleb Ewan (Lotto-Soudal) launched from a LONG way back to grab victory on a messy Stage 5 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia. The Aussie pocket rocket zoomed past his rivals like a hot knife through butter, condemning Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos) to yet another second place with Cofidis’ Elia Viviani rounding out the podium. Alessandro De Marchi (Israel Start Up Nation) retains the pink jersey but a chaotic, crash-marred finale saw UAE-Emirates’ Joe Dombrowski lose over 8 minutes, Pavel Sivakov (INEOS-Grenadiers) trail in 13 minutes down and later withdraw, and Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious) unable to finish the stage at all.