Thursday, May 20, 2010

Giro boilover reminds everyone of Pereiro's Tour

Well, almost. Pereiro's break (and subsequent overall victory in Le Tour) was far less star-studded. Instead, this Giro breakaway contained just about everyone who was a GC contender but not close to the lead. Of course the leaders were marking Vino - and he simply didn't defend. Of course if they'd tried to bridge they'd just drag Vino with them. It's a risky play by Astana - will Sastre or Wiggins now re-invigorate and go for it? Time will tell.

Giro D'Italia: Stage 11, Route Maps & Results |
Cervélo's Carlos Sastre and Team Sky captain Bradley Wiggins, who were both part of the day's successful break, put themselves back into contention on the general classification. The pair now re-enter the fight for overall honours after a disastrous few days for Sastre and a forgettable week for the Briton.

Sastre began the day 9:59 in arrears of race leader Alexandre Vinokourov, while Wiggins sat 10:54 behind. The Spaniard was one of the big winners and jumped 13 positions by day's end, now sitting in eighth, 7:09 behind new overall leader Richie Porte.