posted: 15/05/12 at 07:17 pm


By: Christian
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He is in a great shape. We know. He was the favorite for the stage. We know.
But see Joaquim Rodriguez sprinting in the historic arrival in Assisi, 250 meters before the finish line, has been a unique show.
A shot without the possibility for replicating. Lethal action for all other competitors that allowed him to put in safe not only the stage victory but the Pink Jersey too, due with the bonus time for the winner.

The gaps were small, none of the climb of the day has provided the selection and in the last mile all the best riders were all in group.

The last 700 meters in the historic center of Assisi were characterized by continuos shots until the decisive sprint of the captain of Katusha Team.
Third place for Giovanni Visconti.
The group of the best delayed with 6′ seconds.

The Maglia Rosa changes yet, but we know that will be so difficult to wrest it from the shoulders of the Spanish.
This years Rodriguez was capable to win in Tirreno Adriatico, Tour in Basque Country and in Fleche Wallonne.
A strong customer for all.

To note the withdrawal of Pippo Pozzato after the crash of yesterday on the finish line in Frosinone.

This the general standings after stage 10:

RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Joaquin ESP KAT 40:27:340:00

HESJEDAL Ryder CAN GRM 40:27:51 0:17

TIRALONGO Paolo ITA AST 40:28:06 0:32

KREUZIGER Roman CZE AST 40:28:26 0:52


BASSO Ivan ITA LIQ 40:28:31 0:57

CARUSO Damiano ITA LIQ 40:28:36 1:02

CATALDO Dario ITA OPQ 40:28:37 1:03 

CAPECCHI Eros ITA LIQ 40:28:43 1:09

10 URAN URAN Rigoberto COL SKY 40:28:44 1:10

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