Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Prince Dan keeps the streak alive

16 stages, 16 different stage winners. I'm guessing that Corones probably has something to do with crown or coronation. How fitting is it, then, that the winner atop the vicarious Plan de Corones should be a member of the FGBC Giro d'Italia Pool's royal family? Today's winning combination was Evans, Uran, Samoilau, and Arroyo. Together, they managed 270 points and a stage win for the heir apparent. Mike had 255 points to finish second. And Dallas and Jonny B once again found themselves tied. This time they shared the final step of the podium, with 250 points apiece.

Dallas's lead in the overall race continues to grow. It is up to 259 points now. Jonah has moved back into second. But Val is just 25 points back. And the Lunchbucket kid is only another 15 points back of her.

Full results and overall standings here.

That the riders are thinking they finally get to see a slightly more humane stage tomorrow is confirmation that Angelo Zomegnan, the Giro's race director, has an insatiable desire to make riders hurt. They are still in the mountains and it still ends with an uphill finish. Is there any wonder that most of the sprinters have long gone home.

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