Monday, May 6, 2013

Giro: Putting the 'A' back in Aggression

San Mauro Cilento.




Today's crazy steep climb up San Mauro Cilento and Sella di Catona and back down on the equally crazy descent was fever pitched starring Ryder Hesjedal's aggressive riding. He did that... and more.

The defending champ proved that he belonged in the hunt for his second Giro title. The technical descent was a good example for Hesjedal's MTB skills as he caused plenty of disorder for the top favorites. A startling ride, heroic to be sure but just enough to cause pandemonium in the peloton. Astana had to take up chase and expend energy and Scarponi crashed a loss time on a descent. 



Ryder...
 aggressive style.


Luca Paolini, 36 year old veteran and in his very first Giro escaped to win alone -  for the winner of this year's Omloop, a brilliant classic style win.

Ryder Hesjedal puts an aggressive stamp of authority finishing 3rd behind a cagey Cadel Evans. Hesjedal leapfrogs from 35th to 7th place overall... looking very much like a threat. 



Evans...
a cagey ride.
photo: Graham Watson


Hesjedal said, "We had a plan to race today. We're here to race." Asked if his ride was in response to those who doubted him after the TTT, he said, "If anyone doubted, then that's their problem."










Stage 3, Sorrento - Marina di Ascea 222 km:


1Luca PAOLINIITAKAT5:43:50
2Cadel EVANSAUSBMC+16
3Ryder HESJEDALCANGRS+16
4Mauro SANTAMBROGIOITAVIN+16
5Samuel SANCHEZ GONZALEZESPEUS+16
6Giampaolo CARUSOITAKAT+16
7Pieter WEENINGNEDOGE+16
8Bradley WIGGINSGBRSKY+16
9Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGAESPMOV+16
10Robert GESINKNEDBLA+16

General Classification after Stage 3

RankNameNationalityTeamResult
1Luca PAOLINIItalyKAT9:04:32
2Bradley WIGGINSGreat BritainSKY+17
3Rigoberto URAN URANColombiaSKY+17
4Benat INTXAUSTI ELORRIAGASpainMOV+26
5Vincenzo NIBALIItalyAST+31
6Valerio AGNOLIItalyAST+31
7Ryder HESJEDALCanadaGRS+34
8Giampaolo CARUSOItalyKAT+36
9Yury TROFIMOVRussiaKAT+36
10Sergio Luis HENAO MONTOYAColombiaSKY+37




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