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    GIRO Update
    So we have reached the last rest day…

    A lot has happened in the past 6 days and the GC is beginning to take shape for the final push towards the finish.

    The weekend saw two very hard stages. Saturday was the Queen stage (14) across the Dolomites to Corvara. A beautiful but brutal stage with 5,400m (nearly 18,000 ft) of climbing over 6 mountain passes – it had the peloton scattered across the parcours. Atapuma took off on a solo mission from the breakaway to win the stage on final pass, the second-category Valparola, but alas he was caught with 1km to go and his columbian compatriot Chaves took the win. Sunday was the mountain time trial (15) – a 10.5km race against the clock up the Alpe Di Siusi at an average gradient of 8.3%. Nice!

    After stage 15, Random Rouleurs remain top of the classification on 2828pts with Team RJE making ground in second with 2550pts. The final podium spot is now occupied by ONE noPRO cycling with 2399pts! ONE noPRO have made a rapid ascent of the leaderboard in the past few days, largely thanks to Chaves and Valverde who scored 262pts and 165pts respectively over the two weekend stages. Iran has also started to picked up some points which has helped.

    Cookies Giro Heroes remain in contention on 2371pts with Valverde and Majke both on their team, but it will be it may be tough to make up ground with an otherwise depleted or misfiring team. Early leaders Squadra Antonio have now slid to mid table and with 5 of the original team of 9 having now climbed off the bike, it doesn’t look good for a finish in the top half of the table.

    Shed Brewers have had some success in the past 6 days, including a win on stage 13 for Nieve and Nibali getting amongst the action, picking up 252pts in the past three stages. But alas I fear there are too many Sky riders on their roster to pick up serious points in the final week.

    Frostarama Flyers have been collecting useful points with Zakarin, Chaves and Fulsang but their slow start has cost them with probably too much ground to make up. It has not been a successful Giro for Pietro Power, and whilst they have a chance with Nizzolo for a sprint finish on stage 17, realistically they are only likely to pick up points with Majka to the finish.

    Last but not least, Team Hillsnailio prop up the leaderboard with 1759pts. Valverde will continue to score for them through to the finish barring any problems, but beyond that, they look unlikely to trouble the scorers and must now be looking towards the Tour to rebuild.

    Tomorrow’s stage 16 is is short, yet it features long climbs and descents.

    The list of retirees from the Wheelers league now stands as follows:

    Jean Christophe Peraud
    Boy Van Poppel
    Marcel Kittel
    Fabian Cancellara
    Alexey Tcatevitch
    Mikel Landa
    Tom Dumoulin
    Valerio Agnoli
    Andre Greipel
    Caleb Ewan
    Arnaud Demare
    Matthias Brandle
    Ryder Hesjedal

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    • Love the summing-up – put’s a smile on face every time!

      • I’m not smiling…! 😉

        • Peter, will you be organising a league for the TDF?
          Perhaps you may have better luck then!

          • I will indeed! Can’t get much worse!

            • I fear Uran is going to abandon and Formolo just isn’t delivering as he thought he might. It’s going to be Chaves and Valverde I’m relying on and I just hope Oss continues to attack in the breakaway and Modolo picks up another sprint or two in the absence of the big guns! Digger looks hard to catch… but you never know.

    • Good day for ONE noPRO scoring 351pts, moving into second on the podium and just 211pts behind Random Rouleurs who managed 133pts on stage 16. It’s going to be a close run race to the finish. Looks like a sprinters finish on stage 17 and possibly one for Modolo given that many of his rivals have climbed off. That would bring ONE noPRO within a sniff of the lead…

    • Just caught up on last two days of Giro and it’s all been going on in my absence… ONE noPRO have, as I expected come strong and passed Random Rouleurs, but a massive day for RJE sees them move into a very strong second, only 4 points behind. There are a lot of points on offer for the final GC and with RJE currently having riders 1 and 2 on his roster, it looks very much like ONE noPRO may not finish on top of the podium…

      • I’m now relying on Valverde to have a strong day today and for Uran to get in the mix too. If I can count 3 in the top 10 of the final classification, then I might be able to hang onto RJE’s back wheel