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Giro Notebook stage 14: Amador scores for the Ticos; Pozzovivo still believes; Schleck, Cav hang tough

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published May. 19, 2012
Amador was left for dead in Costa Rica two years ago. Today, he did the beating at the Giro. Photo: Graham Watson | www.grahamwatson.com

Race Notes

Jerseys
Stage winner: André Amador (Movistar) wins the first grand tour stage for Costa Rica
Pink leader: Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) recaptures lead, now :09 ahead of Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)
Red points: Mark Cavendish (Sky) defends the points jersey
Blue climber: Marcus Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) defends the KOM jersey, despite missing out on the breakaway
White young: Rigoberto Urán (Sky) slots into the lead

Weather: More rain on horizon
Cool, rainy weather is expected for the afternoon, with temperatures at the finish line in the high 50s F, mostly cloudy skies and a 50-percent chance of afternoon showers.

Tomorrow’s stage: No walk in park
The 95th Giro d’Italia continues Sunday with a challenging, potentially explosive stage with the second-straight mountaintop finale. The 169km route from Busto Arsizio to Pian dei Resinelli starts off relatively mild, with 70km of rolling terrain until the base of the Cat. 1 Valico di Valcana climb, the most difficult so far in this Giro. The 11.6km climb has an average grade of 8.1 percent and features ramps as steep as 17 percent. Anyone who loses contact here will have a tough time getting back.

After a harrowing descent, there’s an unrated climb ahead of the Cat. 3 Forcella di Bura at 124km, and the Cat. 2 Culmmie Di San Petro at 144km. From there, it’s straight down to the base of the final, second-category climb to the summit.

The final, 7.8km climb averages 7.8 percent, with a steep wall of 12 percent right at the base. The twisting climb features no less than 15 switchbacks and will favor the likes of Rodríguez and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD).

There are no finish-line time bonuses, something that will favor the race leader who can follow wheels without the danger of losing seconds on placement.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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