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Giro Notebook, Stage 19: Vande Velde on TT; Savio livid with Rujano

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published May. 25, 2012
  • Updated 1 day ago

Tough day in saddle for Intxausti, Tiralongo, Guardini

Two riders hanging in the top 10 going into the final stages of the Giro faced a day of reckoning on Friday.

Beñat Intxausti, the promising Movistar rider who was sixth going into Friday’s 19th stage, sunk like a rock after finishing with the gruppetto in 157th, at 40:42 back. He fell to 33rd overall, at 43:14.

Paolo Tiralongo, the Astana rider who won a stage in the first week and was fourth overall after the first major climbing stages, also suffered. He lost 17:51, and coupled with his losses Wednesday, is now 22nd, at 21:32 back.

Among the biggest cheers came for Andrea Guardini (Farnesi Vini-Selle Italia), who finished dead last in 163rd, at 46:44 back. He made the time cut and remains in the race, but team cars and officials were all patiently waiting for him to cross the line before they could bust down the mountain road.

Guardini was last on the stage to Cortina, last in Friday’s stage, but first when it counted, when he beat back Mark Cavendish (Sky) in Thursday’s sprint. Guardini is down 4:53:38 — nearly an entire stage — on overall leader Rodríguez.

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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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