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.


Maglia Nera Stage 11

By: Gavin Gould May 21

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Stage 11 Collecchio – Savona 249km

Different day, similar story. Svein is holding strong to the Maglia Nera at +2:16:01 after today’s stage, coming in with about 65 other riders at +18:14.

Two riders went even further off the back and missed the time cut, Davide Appollonio of AG2R and Nicola Ruffoni of Bardiani-CSF. We also say ciao to Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp) and Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) who both crashed out, and former Maglia Rosa Michael Matthews, as he did not take the start today.

Anyway let’s get back to Svein. Reading some older articles, he’s a bit of an outdoorsman. The story goes that at 18 he took a $40 thrift-store bike with a homemade trailer carrying his 80lb dog, camping gear, and some food… and cruised off into the Canadian wilderness to climb mountains. In 2003 he rode from Canada to his team’s training camp near Los Angeles. Svein is ruling. I want to know what his favorite beer is.


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