We are packed, PACKED with Giro goodness, plus farm-track fun with Tro-Bro Leon. We have GC intermediate sprints! We have cats predicting stage wins! We have Caleb Ewan controversy! We have otters with pockets! We have sockless commentators!! And so much more …
Stage 8 of the 2021 Giro d’Italia had equal shares of craziness and torpor. Victor Lafay of Cofidis won from the day’s breakaway. Meanwhile, the GC riders all came home together and a couple of sprinters made minor headlines (for the wrong reasons).
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