The 2012 Giro d'Italia continues on Friday with the events first mountain stage, a 210 km ride from Urbino to Porto Sant’Elpidio. This is a continuous up-and-downhill route that offers two tough climbs during the middle portion of the race. At 95.4 km, the riders face Cinguli, which reaches 746 m in elevation, but there won't be much time to recompose after that challenge. At the 118th km, the Passo della Cappella looms at 772 m in elevation, a Category 2 climb.
But those aren't the end of the climbs for the cyclists. There will be three quick climbs over a span of 22 km before a few rolling hills and then a descent to the finish line.
We will likely see Garmin-Barracuda's Ramunas Navardauskas surrender the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) at the end of this stage since he is not a great rider in the mountains. But this could favor his teammates, Ryder Hesjedal and Christian Vande Velde. As Podium Cafe observes in its Stage 6 preview:
Expect Garmin-Barracuda also to take an interest in the finale of this stage. Ryder Hesjedal sits 11 seconds off the race lead, while Christian Vande Velde is eighth at :26.
Will Garmin retain the Maglia Rosa with Hesjedal wearing it? Stay tuned.
Start Time: 3:40 a.m. MT
Expected Finish (all racers): 9:11 a.m. MT
Television Coverage: Universal Sports begins coverage at 7:30 a.m. MT, but Steephill.tv provides online streaming links
Here is the top 10 as we enter Stage 6 (complete standings here):
|4||Matthew Harley Goss||AUS||OGE||14:45:26||0:13|
|8||Christian Vande Velde||USA||GRM||14:45:39||0:26|
|9||Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver||ESP||KAT||14:45:43||0:30|