That's what Joaquim Purito Rodriguez does so well, at the end of the uphill finish in the ancient city of Assisi secured a stage victory and the pink jersey from going out with guns blazing by Ryder Hesjedal.
The pocket rocket (my nickname for him) looked like his explosive run up the Mur de Huy to win the Fleche Wallonne. He was pegged as the favorite to win this steep climb (a very harsh last kilometer) into the narrow streets of Assisi. Classy win by a classy rider, wearing classier shades on the podium blowing kisses wearing the maglia rosa.
Hey Purito, aren't those Oakley Frogskins?
For Ryder Hesjedal, a good fight until the end losing six seconds, and with Purito taking the time bonus points, is in second overall 17s behind. Still, a good position to be close but not having the pressure to lead it. Hesjedal achieves a massive amount of respect and admiration and readies for a busy third week where he says,
"I am looking more toward the third week. That's where I am usually at my best. That's where everything is decided. I hope to be at my best. There's still a long way to go."
Ryder's last day in Pink?
Stage 10: Civitavecchia-Assisi 187 km.
Maglia Rosa: Joaquim Rodriguez
Maglia Rossa: Matt Goss
Maglia Azzurra: Miguel Rubiano Chavez
Maglia Bianca: Damiano Caruso
Canadians on GC:
2. Ryder Hesjedal (0:17)
143. Dom Rollin (1:03:59)
147. Christian Meier (1:05:58)
164. Svein Tuft (1:16:34)