After three incident-packed days in Denmark, the Giro circus has packed up to return to Italy in preparation for a marathon 12-stage middle ‘week’. Some riders will be reflecting on a job well done so far, while others will be licking their wounds. And a certain Italian sprinter will be steering clear of the team hotels of Sky and BMC for the foreseeable future. Here’s part one of my analysis of the first three days of action in the 2012 Giro d’Italia.
Stage profile: Another flat stage, ending in a few circuits around Horsens set up perfectly for another bunch sprint.
Top three: 1. Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE) 2. J J Haedo (Saxo Bank) 3. Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda).
Stage profile: Herning to Herning, 206km in a loop around the coast with a final circuit in Herning before a sprinter’s finish.
Top three: 1. Mark Cavendish (Sky), 2. Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEDGE), 3. Geoffrey Soupe (FDJ-Big Mat).