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.

 

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.

 

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