Maglia Nera Stage 16

By: Gavin Gould May 27

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Stage 16 Ponte di Legno – Val Martello/Martelltal 139km

Short stage right? Except for the Gavia, the Stelvio, and summit finish. Oh yeah, there was rain and snow too. They tried to run this stage last year and had to cancel it due to poor weather, but the show was on today as this would be the queen stage. It was pretty crazy looking with the fog and all, but I’m not going to use the “e” word – commentary form the riders post-stage said that it sucked, but they used fancier words. As much as the time gaps blew up, there’s still a lot of racing to do for the top ten on GC.

Bottom of the GC though, Jetse’s widened his gap to over ten minutes to the next Maglia Nera challenger Michael Hepburn – one of only 3 remaining riders from Orica-GreenEdge. Adding +44:07 today puts Jetse at +4:07:53 total.

 

Maglia Nera Stage 14 and 15

By: Gavin Gould May 26

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Stage 14 Agilè – Oropa

Jetse’s keeping it real – last on the stage, and now at +2:57:00 in the overall.

Stage 15 Valdengo – Montecampione 225km

Totally missed viewing this stage because we were all out racing bikes. Apparently there was a pretty badass climb, because the finish times are all over the place – a significant portion of the peloton coming in at 19+ minutes down. Jetse Bol firmed up his grasp on the Maglia Nera, adding +29:58 to his tally, which is now 3:26:16. From the looks of Jetse’s twitter, the Belkin squad is enjoying some pizza from the team chef on today’s rest day. Looks good, save us a slice!

 

Maglia Nera Stage 12 and 13

By: Gavin Gould May 23

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Stage 12 Barbaresco – Barolo 41.9km TT

Nothing happened with regards to our Maglia Nera except Tobias Ludvigsson of Giant-Shimano crashing out, bummer for him. No change in Maglia Nera, though normally a TT would be where Svein smashes dudes. He’s tired and been in a few spills, so he took it chill. Good man.

Stage 13 Fossano – Rivarolo Canavese 157km

Svein finished with the main pack today, so he’s out of the cellar, though not by much. Probably wanted to get back to the hotel and catch a playoff hockey game or something (because Canadian).

So you’re thinking, cool, got us a new guy in the Maglia Nera to learn about!! Hold on there, sports fan… we got Jetse Bol back in black at +2:28:00. His twitter said something about it after the stage in Dutch, so he’s into it, just like us, we think.

As an aside, Jetse is blowing up the Instagrams, and peering through them, it sort of seems like dude is into bikes, cyclocross, wheelies, and espresso. Jetse is good people.

 

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