Maglia Nera Stage 7

By: Gavin Gould May 16

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Stage 7 Frosinone – Foligno 211km

BREAKING NEWS: A change in the Maglia Nera!

Our sources report that Ramon Carretero took a DNF today. Not sure what happened, but my guess would be that dude is exhausted.

Cameron Meyer of Australia and Orice-GreenEdge takes over the Maglia Nera at +1:03:04 after today’s stage.

STATS (according to wikipedia): 26 years of age, 5’11” 152lbs.

PALMARES (also according to wikipedia): Mulitple World Champ on the track for Individual pursuit, Madison, Team pursuit, and so on. Multiple National TT champion. On the road, he’s won the overall Tour Down Under in 2011, 10th overall at Tirreno-Adriatico in 2012, National Criterium champ in 2013 along with taking the mountains classification at Circuit de la Sarthe, 5th overall at Tour of California and Tour of Turkey, plus 10th overall at Tour de Suisse. He’s taken a couple solo TT stages and several TTTs with Orica-GreenEdge.

GC at a Grand Tour may not be Cameron’s thing, but the dude clearly has the chops to ride at excessively high rates of speed!

Our condolences to Ramon and a hearty welcome to Cameron!

 

Maglia Nera stage 6

By: Gavin Gould May 15

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Stage 6 Sassano – Montecassino 257km

Longest stage of the Giro this year, which means Ramon would be out there suffering for a long time, and indeed he was. Winning time was 6 hours 37 minutes 1 second today. Ramon managed 131st place today, coming in at +14:02 with his teammate Francesco Chicchi, Bernie Eisel of Sky, beardo Luca Paolini plus Vorganov and Belkov from Katusha.
Today’s last finisher on the stage was Ben Swift of Sky at +25:58, but in the GC for Maglia Nera it doesn’t matter; Ramon’s got a commanding lead on being last at +1:04:39, close to fifteen minutes further adrift than his nearest challenger.

Four riders were lost to DNF today in that pile-up (surprise, it was raining again) with about 11km to go, and one DNS so the full field is down to 190 after six stages. Tomorrow’s stage looks like one for the sprinters – with a cat3 climb in the first 30km and then just a cat4 at around 40km from the finish, anyone dropped should have time to be towed back up to the front.

As of yet, Ramon’s twitter has been quiet on picking up our coverage.

 

Maglia Nera stage 4 and 5

By: Gavin Gould May 14

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Alright, Maglia Nera fans… we skipped out on reporting yesterday because nothing really happened.

Stage 4 Giovinazzo – Bari 112km
It rained more. Short, flat stage. There was a weird finish, but as usual the fastest guy won. Caught a little TV time of Ramon getting tailed off the back of the bunch when they were in the circuit with around 30k to go. No change to Maglia Nera standings, Ramon is at +24:16.

Stage 5 Taranto – Viggiano 203km
More of a lumpy stage, with a Cat3 and two Cat4 climbs. No Ramon sightings today, but I’m guessing dude was suffering pretty badly. Our Maglia Nera contender rolled in at +26:12 with Arnaud Courteille (FDJ) and Tom Stamsnijder (Giant-Shimano) bringing his GC standing to +50:27.

I’m beginning to wonder if he can make it through; there may be an abandon or time cut in his future. It’s Ramon’s first Grand Tour, so we’re hoping he can pull through and finish!

 

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