Friday, May 19, 2006

Giro TT - Jan wins

So our form guide is shaping up. We have Basso in the lead and clearly on top in the GC but with more mountains to face in the coming days he will have to keep pushing and digging deep. Cunego lost ground (TTs not being his specialty) but will gain in the steep bits to come. Meanwhile Jan Ullrich has nothing to lose and is using the Giro to gain race form. 2 weeks in he finds himself on a flat TT course with the win for the taking - and for the first time clearly shows his form. He wins, decisively. So he has TT power but at the moment is possibly off his best mountain form. We won't know for sure in this race - he'll only do so much to hang in there, he won't commit to a mountain battle in the Giro. So he will be race fit and relatively fresh for Le Tour in July. Will Basso, pressing hard for a win now, be even fitter and faster in July, or will the Giro sap his strength?

Top 10 on GC from Cyclingnews:
General classification after stage 11

1 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC 40.28.56
2 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 2.48
3 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team 3.24
4 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 3.26
5 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 5.38
6 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 6.37
7 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems 6.54
8 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
9 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 7.13
10 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas 7.33

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