Stage 8 – Sulmona to Lago Laceno, 229km
Stage profile: The second-longest stage of the 2012 Giro features just two categorised climbs but is constantly undulating throughout. The final climb of the category two Lago Laceno represents the most southerly point of this year’s race. The 14.25km climb has a steep middle section which exceeds 10%, and then a flat 4.4km run to the finish.
Top three: 1. Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF), 2. Benat Intxausti (Movistar) +0:23, 3. Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) +0:27.
Inigo Asensi at work (image courtesy of Joserra Alvarez)
I’m back in my favourite spot on the VeloVoices sofa sipping an espresso and chatting with Iñigo Asensio who – among many other things – commentates live at all professional cycle races in the Basque country, in Basque. He is to Basque cycling what Daniel Mangeas is to French, but with a twist.
Let me explain. While spectators near to the finish line at French races generally have the benefit of a big screen to watch the action unfold, they frequently don’t in Spain. It’s left to the commentators to convey, as expressively as possible, what’s going on. The skills required to be, in effect, a radio commentator are different, and arguably broader, than those for television. Continue reading