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Horrendous weather! Call this the Giro di Douche (Deutsch shower).
Unfortunately, it looks like Wiggo really was ill after all, and in these weather conditions even a small problem is going to put you on your knees. Sensible option is to not start tomorrow, hold a quick news conference and then focus on the Tour. It may be a route that is better suited to Froome, but it still offers opportunities for Wiggo! Next few days will be interesting if the snow that is forecast arrives. May work in Evans favour if some of the big mountain stages get shortened. Hope he wins it... he gets loads of stick but seems a decent bloke who always gives 100%!
Must be just like riding at home on the Isle of Man for Cav! If he wins this stage he can also be known as the Manx Torpedo!
Don't know if it's his cold or fear of descending in bad weather, but Bradley looks no longer to be a threat; shame. Sky should turn their attention to Uran now, and then Froome and Porte for the Tour. Maybe Wiggins can be a lead-out man for Eddy Boss!
cheers Jake s.....good call
actually I would suggest cyclingnews is better as they are doing a lot more updates. Here's the latest - So many of the teams are wearing black rain gear, it is very difficult to pick anyone out. Wiggins still at the very back of the pack. (Wiggins is on the slide - that's my additional comment by the way)
ok, its off to the Beeb for me
...and another - Expect that to be the first of many spills today. If you can't see the TV pictures, it's difficult to get across just how wet it is. There are streams running down the sides of the road in places. The peloton has slowed almost to a standstill as they take the bend that accounted for Belkov et al. Wiggins is towards the back of the peloton and barely pedalling.
Her's a thought - why not copy paste the BBC commentary for Eurosport fans? Here goes Yikes! A massive spill in the leading five. Belkov leads round a sweeping right-hand bend and his front wheel just gives way and down he goes. Lammertin, Felline and Marcato follow him on to the tarmac - not that you can see it for all the water on the road. De Backer is the only one who manages to stay upright.
Someone find them 10p for the phone please
no comm today ??
In the absence of live comments, I bring you the news as of 4 minutes ago. The breakaway (of four) have nearly two minutes on the peloton. Chasing is Marcato, 22 seconds adrift.
BBC Sport has theirs up now.
Where is the commentary
Looks like a stage for the climbers today! :-)
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