The 2012 Giro d'Italia continues in Herning, Denmark, on Sunday with what is nearly a loop around the city. Taylor Phinney of BMC racing (and a Boulder native) wears the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) to signify that he is the leader of the race, having won the Stage 1 individual time trial with a 10:26 ride. Will he still maintain the lead after Sunday's run?
This will be another flat stage -- all three stages in Denmark are -- but its 128-mile/206-kilometer length will make this one of the longer endurance tests. Winds from the North Sea are expected to create a divide in the peloton -- the main mass of riders -- but a sprint to the finish would surely provide the most highly contentious action of the day.
Boulder-based Garmin-Barracuda had a strong start to the Giro with four racers in the top 15 finishers, led by Alex Rasmussen and his third-place standing. Every Garmin-Barracuda racer is within the top 52 racers, making it the top team in the Giro so far. Will the cyclists come up with another strong performance on Sunday?
Stage 2 is expected to begin at 4:25 a.m. MT and last until about 9:12 a.m. MT. Steephill.tv has numerous options to catch the action, though live coverage will not be available until 6:00 a.m. MT. Universal Sports will have live coverage in the morning while NBC Sports will air the day's action at 12:00 p.m. MT.
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