THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM | What the riders are saying...
The top GC riders always say races are won and lost in the mountains. And with just three high mountain stages left in the Giro, Basso, Scarponi, Rodriguez and Hesjedal and the leading contenders will all be looking to mount their challenge from tomorrow.
STAGE 16 | Non Contenders will go for Glory.
This is a day for Farnese (not Rabottini again, surely?) or NetApp, or, in fact RadioShack-Nissan-Trek who have had a terrible year made worse by Frank Schleck's departure from the giro.
STAGE 15 | Rabottini holds on in mountain thriller
Rabottini must have had somebody very important looking down on him, as, in what was no doubt an act of divine intervention, or simply unworldly determination, he sucked up to Rodriguez's wheel, face twisted in pain..
STAGE 14 | Amador takes stage. Hesjedal wins back Maglia Rosa.
In a day best not remembered for it's weather, Andrey Amador (Movistar) broke with an early group at 70km, dropped some of his rivals, and went on to win a 3 man sprint finish.
STAGE 12 | An Outsiders Chance
The race is now steadily moving north, where the big mountain beckon. Today is a 'medium mountain' stage from Seravezza to Sestri Levante on the north west coast. There are 4 categorised climbs.
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