Stage 6: Mola di Bari to Margherita di Savola, 169km, flat
The profile of this stage looks uncannily like a python halfway through digesting a small pig – flat in the front and back but one big lump in the middle. Personally, I think that anything to do with snakes means sprint trains. Continue reading
Stage 5: Cosenza to Matera, 199km
John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) took his maiden win in his first ever Giro, securing victory on a crash-marred stage ahead of Angel Vicioso (Katusha) and Paul Martens (Blanco). Continue reading
In last week’s Talking Tactics I looked at how different teams’ objectives influence their rider selection for the Giro, depending on which of the many races within the race they are focussing on: general classification, climbing, sprints, individual stage victories and so on. Today I’m following on from that to explore how team tactics can influence the outcome of individual stages, depending on whether their agendas align or conflict – in particular the chain of events which led to Luca Paolini winning a thrilling stage three and taking the overall lead.