Maglia Nera Stage 10

By: Gavin Gould May 21

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Stage 10 Modena – Salsomaggiore Terme 173km
 
Svein Tuft (Canada, Orica-GreenEdge) takes over the Maglia Nera today, adding 6:58 to his total which is now +1:57:57.

You may recall Svein got his 37th birthday gift in the Stage 1 TTT, taking the first Maglia Rosa of this year’s Giro. Since then it’s been a steady decline through the ranks, spending a lot of time on the front of the peloton to keep Michael Matthews in pink for the first week.
 
Apparently Svein’s past included a stint as a Trailer Park Boy – living behind the team owner’s house back when he was with Symmetrics (2005-2008) – teammate Christian Meier in the neighboring trailer.

He’s gone on to two seasons with Garmin, one at Spidertech, and now his 3rd season at Orica-GreenEdge, presumably no longer residing in a trailer or a van down by the river.
 
Svein doesn’t have twitter (http://twitter.com/sveintuft) – there’s an account but it appears to be run by a fan who hasn’t updated since last July. No Strava. No Instagram (at least not with the username sveintuft) but there are 44 items with the #sveintuft hashtag. I didn’t bother checking on the status of his potential Facebook, MySpace, Friendster, or LinkedIn accounts.

The internet says it’s pronounced “Swain” by the way.

 

Maglia Nera Stage 9

By: Gavin Gould May 18

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Stage 9 Lugo – Sestola 172km

The GC battle has started to shake out as we head into the second rest day. Meanwhile, individual battles just to stay in the race continued on Stage 9 with a DNS for Neri-Sottoli’s Francesco Chicchi and DNF for Steven Kruijswijk of Belkin.

Speaking of Belkin, Jetse Bol held onto the Maglia Nera, adding 22:29 today and putting his total at +1:52:32.

Jetse is also last placed in the Best Young Rider jersey competition, which Rafal Majka of Tinkoff-Saxo leads. Mr. Bol is also ranked 52nd in the Points classification with 12pts; almost 100 riders have 0 points, but Jetse’s still a good way off Nacer Bouhanni’s 166 points.

As of publishing time, his Strava of today’s stage had 82 kudos and 3 comments. He also picked up 4 KOMs along the way, adding to his roughly 100 KOMs and Course Records. Think on that for a minute: the guy who is spending the most time on the course at The Giro right now owns about 100 KOMs. Put that into context of the race and you start to realize how insanely fast these guys really are.

 

Maglia Nera Stage 8

By: Gavin Gould May 17

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Stage 8 Foligno – Montecopiolo 179km

First proper climbing stage today and Michael Matthews tumbled well out of the Maglia Rosa, but that’s of little consequence to us. Cameron Meyer’s 1-day reign in the Maglia Nera also came to a close at the beginning of Stage 8 when he did not start due to viral infection. We wish you a rapid recovery, Cameron – but does Svein Tuft have to get a new roommate or does he get a single room now?

Next up in the Maglia Nera is 24-year-old Jetse Bol from Avenhorn, Netherlands. Starting as a pro in 2008 with the Rabobank continental team, he’s stayed in the organization through the current Belkin set-up; he hit the WorldTour level in 2011 after a couple stints as a stagiaire. Besides having one of the coolest names in the peloton, he’s on Strava, which reveals he lives in or around Girona and rides far more (and faster) than we do.

So far this year he’s ridden Qatar, Oman, KBK, Paris-Nice, Nokere Koerse, Dwars door Vlaanderen, E3, Rund um Köln, Turkey and this far in the Giro. Took a few DNFs along the way, but still covered 6221km in 40 race days.

Definitely in the grupetto of Stage 8 at +34:19, he was 11th on Stage 2 but has struggled ever since; pretty sure we’ve seen him hit the ground a few times. After Stage 8, Jetse is at 185th place, +1:31:11.

 

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