Stage 10 – 2013 Giro d’Italia
Distance: 167km, Cordenons – Altopiano del Montasio
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1. It was disheartening to see Ryder Hesjedal implode yesterday on the first climb of Cason di Lanza. As mentioned here, he had been suffering of bad legs. The drop meant he finished more than 20 minutes down on the stage winner Rigoberto Uran thus slipping out of the general classification contenders’ group. Last year, he won the Giro with panache and I rooted for him throughout the race. I desperately wanted him to defend his crown and mimic the likes of Binda, Bartali, Coppi, Merckx and Indurain. Sadly, it will not happen this time.
2. But then every cloud has a silver lining. And it was true yesterday too when the current maglia rosso passione wearer Cadel Evans was seen matching every pedal stroke of Vincenzo Nibali on Altopiano del Montasio. Before the Giro, Cadel had suffered bad results at Tirreno-Adriatico and Criterium International. His main stated aim for the Giro was to get back in form and prepare for Tour de France. But as we saw at Giro del Trentino, Cadel was slowly getting back his climbing form and with no general classification expectations, he has really flourished in the race. He has been the revelation of the race and with Hesjedal dropping out of contention, the Canadians on the roadside will be cheering the helium-voiced man.
3. The composition of the break yesterday was mind-boggling. On a difficult mountain stage, it comprised exclusively of sprinters and rouleurs. I don’t know what Jackson Rodriguez of Androni-Giaccotoli was thinking when he was pushing like mad at the front. It was never going to work with his limited climbing prowess. His teammate Franco Pellizotti also tried to break free on the climb of Cason di Lanza but slipped on the descent. That was the end of a valiant effort but may be forgot that what goes around comes back around.