Sizing up Rodriguez, Bike Bling, Dawn of a New Guard-ini

Look out! Cav, Guardini in da sprinting house!
Photo: Luk Beniesluk

The final day for the sprinters to show their fast legs on the short stage 18 to Vedelago was an upset win by up an comer Andrea Guardini.

He beat King Cavendish cleanly to win his first Giro stage. He's only 21 and I heard the Italian press has called him the new Cipollini. Why not? I wonder whether  Cipo has given him some sprinting advice, he's already supplying the Farnese Vini-Neri team with his bikes. What a great confidence boost for the young Italian sprinter.

The battle for the pink jersey will continue in earnest with the monster climbs of stage: 19 & 20. Here's Christian Vande Velde sizing up Rodriguez...

Friday's Stage 19 horror.

I expect to go up them pretty well. The Stelvio is good for me.
The longer, the better.

Vande Velde one of Hesjedal's closest friends said,

Tomorrow is going to be another big day. And the way he looked yesterday, I think it destroyed some people's mental fortitude. He's definitely got the eye of the tiger.

Canadian, Dominique Rollin (riding his first grand tour) was hit by a Vacansoleil car on stage 17, suffered minor injury to his left arm and leg on the descent off the Passo Valparola. Luckily, nothing broken and he appears to be ok and will continue on with the goal of finishing in Milan.

And, Shimano has this teaser to captivate any bike lover, I'm included in this fast growing tribe. If you don't find the expensive bike bling interesting, well there's always the shiny big team buses! My favorite are the FDJ's Lapierre bikes complete with the fierce rooster on bike motif!