Just a minor update on the Giro which ended less than a week ago. I was lucky having the possability to go to Herning and watch the 2nd stage of the 3 held in my homecountry for the very first time, and i was even luckier to stand right after the finishline, having a great view of Mark Cavendish winning in his rainbow world championship trikot, which you can see in the video below
But how was the Giro of 2012? Well, the winner turned out to be a man nobody thought would win it, Ryder Hesjedal, but he was just the best rider combined. Of course it was sad for "Purito" losing the Giro with whats about 200 meters, after done more then 3500 km done in 3 weeks. 16 tiny seconds from being the guy no one ever will remember, to be the one who will be in the record books forever.
But hey, thats what makes cycling awesome! Some times you lose, some times you win, thats just how the way it is. Joaqium Rodriguez did his best and he can be proud of his 2nd place in the general classification, and he has already shown to be one of the best climbers in the world, so he will get plenty of more chances to get a general classification win in one of the big 3 grand tours.
For the Italians though, it was a big disaster. Last years winner Michele Scarponi from Lampre, was the best Italian in the general classification, and he was just outside the podium with a 4th place. Ivan Basso couldnt do much better, and failed to follow the very best of the favourites in the climbs. He is sadly not the rider he were once.
Another big surprise, apart from Hesjedal, was the Belgian Thomas De Gendt, who won the 20th stage, on top of the loooooong mountain of Stelvio. A great solo ride and effort! He won by such a margin, he could overtake Scarponi's 3rd place in the final time trial. Scarponi did a good TT though, but De Gendt is just a way better time trialist.
As a last note, i can give you a pic of Cav celebrating his stage win, and Taylor Phinney with the pink jersey, which he won in the first stage, which was a time trial.
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Written by René