Tirreno-Adriatico: Riders with Grinta!

The Shark Attacks!
Photo: Graham Watson

The Shark took his bite, a huge one, to win Tirreno-Adriatico.

Vincenzo Nibali is an excellent tactician and rider. Since winning into Prati di Tivo, he positioned himself cleverly and gained huge time to third on the GC (20s bonus) and six in bonuses in Offida.

Card Shark...
In the end, the Shark had the winning hand!

His ride, in a way, eclipsed World TT Champion, Cancellara's TT winning ride. The Shark cleverly gain time, as in the past two days, put 20 seconds on Chris Horner to win the overall. I thought, perhaps, Horner could win it. He was a new rider since falling with concussion and abandoning the 2011 Tour. Many months later the 40-year old returned with a strong comeback ride for 2nd place on GC.

Cameron Meyer rode an amazing TT for 3rd, along with teammate, Svein Tuft (4th) showing that he's enjoying his new WorldTour GreenEDGE team. Stage 2 winner, Mark Cavendish (via Twitter) said, "Ride of the day.. No, make that ride of the millennium, goes to GreenEDGE's Svein Tuft, 200km ALONE controlling the peloton! Respect!"

Now, I wonder if Horner's words will ring true... will Sagan, now, buy Nibali that Mercedes?

Tuft rode with Grinta!
Photo: Cor Vos

Chris Horner,
"I'm coming out of here in one direction,
and that's very optimistic about the races to come."
Photo: Graham Watson