Locked out of the Floyd Landis trial? Don’t know what to do with your weekend? Well, there is more web watching that can be done regarding our sport. Turn your attention from California to Italy. The Giro d’Italia is in my opinion the best stage race in the world bar none. This weekend has the riders heading up the center of Italy on a collision course with the Dolomites.
Both today’s stage (Seven) and tomorrow’s (Eight) offer a little for everyone. The route organizers chose this route that give hope to breakaway specialists and make the sprinters work hard if they want to win.
The route hugs Apennines guaranteeing that the road will be either going up or down all day long. Look for Tinkoff to light things up again. As the Dolomites loom large a few stages down the road, teams like Milram will be desperate for a win before Petacchi’s allergies (mountains) kicks in. I predict a late catch of a break that contains Pavel Brutt to wear down the pure sprinter’s trains allowing a veteran rider like Bettini to escape the confusion in the final meters for the win.
So, point your browser away from Courtroom Connect and over to Cycling.tv to remember why we are so in love with this sport.