Wednesday, May 14, 2008

2008 Giro - Stage 5

So today was looking awesome as I was watching the race this morning. Big Maggy had tried in a break but it didn't stick. Then Millar goes and with 4 others, the break sticks and they're off. Dave was looking great. He had taken some long pulls up front and for a bit I wondered if he had enough to win it as he was doing a lot of work. But then in the last say 2-3 K's they guys were starting to attack each other and it was pretty clear the he had some left and could win this thing. Then, the craptastic moment of the stage - his frickin' chain breaks! I was just like, what the hell? In full-on-winning race mode, he picked up the bike and tossed it like some of the very best. Some say that's totally unprofessional, I say, hey he was pissed watching his win now gone.

I got to chat with John again today. So glad he's back from his vacation. Today's race was good and I hope that David goes for it again. I for one love Slipstream so much because they animate races a lot and get into break aways. Today C stayed alert and looked good with the other leaders. I'd love to see him back in pink for sure but still excited he's right there in the mix givin' hell. :-)

Live Chatter: CN - DP - VN - PC

Stage 5 - Wed 5/14: Belvedere Marittimo - Contursi Terme, 203km
Results
1 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Tinkoff Credit Systems 5.04.52 (39.951 km/h)
10
Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0.31
27 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30
35
Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana
104 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 3.03
107 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30
110 Jason McCartney (USA) Team CSC 3.18
111 Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30
119
David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 0.25
143 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 8.53
144 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 11.21
158 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 13.27
166 Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30
General classification after stage 5
1
Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 21.46.49
2 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 0.01
16 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0.30
21 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 0.40
64 David Millar (GBr) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 2.02
81 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 5.26
100 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 11.55
141 Jason McCartney (USA) Team CSC 22.40
160 Magnus Backstedt (Swe) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 29.40
174 Julian Dean (NZl) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 34.06
175 Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 34.38
180 Danny Pate (USA) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 37.54
188 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Slipstream Chipotle P/b H30 44.29

Slipstream: Bad break ends Millar's brilliant day
Slipstream_JV: Stuff happens
Slipstream_DM: My chain reaction
CW: Watch Giro stage last kilometre
CW: Millar denied by snapped chain at the last
PEZ_Jered: Brute Force Gets It For Brutt
BikeRadar: Tinkoff wins by Brutt force

Graham Watson Photos: Stage 5

4 comments:

Julie said...

Thanks for the links as always! Crazy day, David and JV's write-ups were awesome. I agree, toss was right-on, in the moment, can't believe people want to give him s*** for it!

GG said...

That sucks for David and I think I would toss my bike too so who cares what those other people say he was in the moment.

Erik said...

He wins the Bobby Knight award and then loses it for saying that he doesn't really get angry. I love that guy.

Nikki said...

Hey gang! Talking to John yesterday I was telling him how I never really liked nor disliked Millar in years past but now following him since last summer and reading more from him and getting some pretty funny inside stories - I'm loving him more everyday. Good stuff!