Saturday, May 16, 2009

Twittering the Giro

For those following along on the Giro d'Italia, I've been posting several daily updates on the Lanterne Rouge on Twitter. For added value, I'm including a few tweets concerning DNFs and crashes and the like. For example, there's a link to a photo of the site where Pedro Horrillo of Rabobank had a horrific crash down a vertical gully. (Some additional photos of Horrillo being airlifted out here.) Stuff like that. In July I'll post more here with expanded coverage of the Tour de France Lanterne Rouge.


Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Rolling into Stage 4

The Giro has their first summit finish today. Yesterday was a busy day as well. I've been twittering about the Lanternes Rouges and the DNFs, please check over there for breaking news!

Unfortunately ChristianVDV (Christian Vande Velde) crashed out of the Giro during stage 3. Garmin-Slipstream reported that he had two broken ribs and a severe contusion and sprain to his mid-back. Today, directly from him: "I body slammed my self something awful, but as always, i couldve been worse."

The Giro peloton is now 196 (down from 198 starters). That's still a big bunch o' bikes out on the roads. Just think, if they ride with 8 riders abreast, that's still 24 rows of bikes. One little wobbly wheel at the front can become a massive debacle toward the back.

Milram's Matthias Russ, Stage 2 DNF, broke his clavicle (cycling's fashionable injury) and has surgery scheduled today in Germany. Bart Dockx, a Belgian rider for Silence-Lotto, became Giro Lanterne Rouge in Stage 3 (at 18:29 back from the leader). A mass pileup at ~10 km from finish shook up the standings as much as the next few mountaintop finishes will.

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Sunday, May 10, 2009

Solo break and now Lanterne Rouge

Leonardo Scarselli, Italian rider on Team ISD, is Giro Lanterne Rouge after a brave 116-km solo escape in Stage 2 (Jesolo - Trieste). Matthias Russ, German rider on Team Milram, did not finish the stage after crashing in the final circuits in Trieste.

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Saturday, May 09, 2009

Giro begins in Venice

At the Giro d'Italia Stage 1 team time trial in Venice, Danish rider national champion Nicki Sørensen of Saxo Bank (at 5:56) took the first Lanterne Rouge (at 5:56). Fuji-Servetto was the last of 22 teams at 1:37 back.


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