Giro d’Italia 2016 -Stage 8

Distractions. Everything stops for Eurovision. I saw the last 50km of yesterday’s stage live (well, on my iPad, in the kitchen, helping the children to make cake pops) so I know that Gianluca Brambilla from Etixx won and took the Maglia Rosa from Tom Dumoulin.

There was A LOT of bellowing on the commentary about Dumoulin blowing up, losing it, fading. I wonder if, when it became apparent that he couldn’t keep the pink jersey without expending considerable effort, he decided to save himself for today’s individual time trial. We’ll find out later this afternoon.

More distractions. Tonight (in the UK), the Tour of California starts. When I looked at the Giro start list I struggled to find a handful of riders to take an interest in. I have no such problems with the ToC: Phinney, Wiggins, Geoghegan Hart, Cavendish, Brammeier, Eisel, Coquard, Boonen, Degenkolb, Kennaugh, Peters, Tennant, Dibben, Doull, Blythe, Sagan. Sagan! He’s a bit of a guilty pleasure for me, but he’s always entertaining. The ToC stages can be a bit variable – watching a bunch of cyclists trundle along a massive freeway for several hours at a time gets a bit dull – but the mountain stages and time trial more than make up for it.

Back to the Giro, I’m looking forward to the ITT although I won’t be able to watch it live. I’ll catch up this evening.

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Giro d’Italia 2016 – Stage 6

I must confess. I have not seen even a moment of today’s stage. The highlights clashed with the second Eurovision semi final which I absolutely have to watch live. (Yes, we have TiVo but I didn’t have a chance to set it.) It’s actually quite hard to watch every stage of a Grand Tour (live or highlights) if you’ve got a. A job and/or b. a life.

According to the official app Tim Wellens won the first mountain stage of this years’ Giro, the second stage win in a row for the Lotto Soudal team after Andre Greipel’s victory yesterday. Tom Dumoulin retains the Maglia Rosa in the #fightforpink

Tomorrow’s stage is one for the sprinters and it’s International Top Gun Day so I’m expecting a win for Iceman Kittel.

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Can’t stop, won’t stop the Gifs.