Many riders' show solidarity with jerseys 'Forza l'Aquila'
after last years earthquake.
Winds of change that included bucket's of rain and plain bad luck turned to good luck made stage 11 satisfying to behold. After some 20kms, 56 riders' bolted off never to see the peloton again. Unheard of as favorites, pink jersey Alexander Vinokourov, Ivan Basso, Cadel Evans & Vincenzo Nibali strangely stayed put in the peloton to lose almost 13 minutes. Those were the chief losers.
The winners of this incredible stage was Captains; Carlos Sastre and Bradley Wiggins. Two favorites at the start of this Giro only to lose valuable time and plagued by accidents and punctures look back to contention. Italian neo pro Dario Cataldo made the tifosi's hearts sink in disappointment as he came in second behind Russian speedster Evgeni Petrov. So far, the Italian grand tour has nothing to speak for their riders except for another second placing. This Giro has the makings for surprise and unpredictability.
Tasmanian devil Richie Porte steps into that special limelight sharing the bianca and now wears the maglia rosa. Let's see how far this young man can carry it as his riding has been a revelation. I'm liking this neo pro's chances of a top ten finish and he's proven himself and riding very well indeed.
Carlos Sastre may have come back from the dead as his brilliant third place today, catapulted the grimpeur from 22nd to 8th overall. After Amsterdam he's lost time and out of contention for the overall. Like Wiggins and showing that special knack for coming back the two captains anchored themselves in fine position in the overall standings. Wiggins finished in fourth and now sits in 10th. Together with their strong teams look towards the mountains for the final battleground.
I'm loving this Giro!