Giro d’Italia Week 1 Recap
Looking at the first week of the Giro d’Italia, you could probably predict a few things, a couple stages for Cav, a breakaway victory by a random Italian, a TTT to set up Wiggins as the leading GC rider, and then a 51k TT to put him in the drivers seat going into the first rest day.
Yes, Cav did get his victories, and yes we did have some great stage wins so far (Battaglin, Hansen, etc.) but the GC battle has not shaped out how many may have thought. Wiggins and the Skybots (credit to A Twisted Spoke for the term) have looked more than human over the first week, and as the aforementioned Twisted Spoke mentioned over a month ago Nibali’s best bet for combating Team Sky would be inclement weather and his massive cojones. In a rain soaked stage, we watched as rider after rider hit the deck descending down towards the finish. Even Nibbles hit the deck, but he was up and on his way as if nothing happened. Unfortunately, Mr Wiggins did not have the same outcome. CLEARLY spooked by the roads, we watched as Wiggins gingerly and cautiously rode at the back of the peloton losing 1:24 to his main rivals. Was this Wiggins throwing in the towel already? Or was it be safe, limit losses (IE: stay upright) and live to fight for another day? After all, the time trial was the next day, and we were all expecting Wiggo to put 2 maybe even 3 minutes into Nibali right?
Notsomuch.. Nibbles had been rumored to have been working on his TT position all winter and pulled together a great time trial. Right now, he seems to be in the drivers seat. The course most certainly suits his abilities much more than Wiggins. Most of us assumed he would be playing catch up into the mountains. Will he be able to hold off the rest of the GC contenders and roll into Rome w/ the Maglia Rosa? As for Team Sky, can they suffocate the peloton and shed their GC rivals? Or is Wiggo done and Henao/Uran the better choice? With so many questions the next 2 weeks should be awesome.
Cav: Another sprint stage, another win..Yawn. Seriously, I am surprised we haven’t more of Cranky Cav (is this live?) since OPQS hasn’t nailed this whole lead thing out thing, but his stage 1 win was more than impressive. Boxed in by 2 teams, he had to swing waaay right and then had enough to power to the line ahead of supremely disappointed…
Elia Viviani: Emerging as Cav’s next “main rival”? Solid 2nd place finishes in both sprint stages so far. I’ll be keeping my eye on him.
Matt Goss: Where has this dude been? Seriously, I’m gonna start searching in kangaroo pouches and crocodile bellies for him.
Enrico Battaglin: Awesome stage win for this kid. Velonews probably said it best..
In the Giro, random wins by Italians are all but guaranteed. Battaglin’s a rider we like seeing win. DiLuca…not so much.
Cadel Evans: In prime position right now, only question is: Does he want it? The plan was supposed to be riding for fitness, prep for France..but Cuddles has been riding sneaky aggressive so far.
Ryder Hesjedal: After his awesome attack filled stage 3, Ryder bonked hard and lost over a minute on yesterdays stage. Ryder is a fighter though, and we haven’t seen the last of him.