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.