Team Tinkov’s strategy for protecting Contador in the Giro sucks

Seriously? On a day where nothing was really supposed to happen on the GC Contador loses the lead to Aru after being caught in another crash. I did not see it but i really have to question the Team Tinkov strategy of protecting Contador. This is the second time he went down at the end of the race. Thankfully he did not break his collarbone again. It is not a disaster for Contador as he is only down 19 seconds to Aru and Porte lost even more time. Time trial tomorrow so let’s see how Aru handles the race of truth. Not having to defend the maglio rosa for a few days will give Contador’s team a break. Huge mountains on Sunday so I see Contador back in pink maybe after the time trial but certainly after Sunday’s stage. The only kicker is that Team Astana has been very strong in the race so far so they may be able to defend Aru’s pink jersey. Here is what happened today:

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) won the bunch sprint of the 13th stage of the Giro d’Italia in Jesolo. He outsprinted Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek Factory) and Elia Viviani (Sky) on another wet day in Italy. A mass crash just outside the three kilometre zone greatly reduced the final field, and upset the general classification, giving Fabio Aru (Astana) the overall lead.

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“Finally I’ve won a stage. My great companion, colleague and friend, Max Richeze, gave me the perfect lead-out, and I just finished off the work of my team,” Modolo said. “At Fiuggi, I was disappointed with myself. At Forlì the breakaway made it so I didn’t get the chance to sprint, so it was destiny that I would win my home stage. I have so many friends standing at the barriers from San Vendemiano, my home village, that this experience is unforgettable.”

Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) was caught behind the crash, while rival Aru was near the front. That was enough for the leader’s jersey to change hands, as Aru came in on the same time as the leader, while Contador lost nearly 40 seconds putting him 19 seconds behind the Italian.

Richie Porte’s string of bad luck continued, as the crash cost him two minutes. He was said to have finished the race on a borrowed bike, allegedly from teammate Vasil Kiryienka, which was actually much too large for him.

Contador said that he hit the ground in the crash, checked himself to make sure he was uninjured and then looked to see where he could find a team bike to take himself to the finish.


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