Thursday, May 17, 2007

Giro Update: Stage 5

Someone I haven't heard of, but I'm sure Granny has (he probably knows the 12-year-old down the street!)...

Gerolsteiner's Robert Förster worked his way through a tricky finish to win a field sprint at the end of the 173-kilometer fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday. The German sprinter edged out Credit Agricole's Thor Hushovd in a mad scramble to the line that saw usual favorites Alessandro "Low Fruit" Petacchi and Robbie McEwen boxed out of contention on the narrow roads of the final kilometer in Frascati.

I'd like to see that, Versus, during Sunday's Cyclysm.

Tinkoff's Mikhail Ignatiev led an early breakaway that lasted 138 km, all but the final 20 km of which was spent alongside Frenchman Mickael Buffaz, but the peloton hunted the Russian down in the final stretch.

I mention all these names because Ivan Basso is vacationing.

For Förster, 29, the stage win was his second in the Giro after winning last year's final stage in a sprint in Milan. He has also won a stage in the Tour of Spain (sorry Granny, but I still haven't heard of him!).

Friday, riders tackle a 177 km sixth stage from Tivoli to Spolete, crossing the Terminillo mountains. The big question: What will "Low Fruit" do?

Italian Danilo Di Luca of Liquigas continues to lead countryman and teammate Franco Pellizotti by 26 seconds.

1 comment:

Granny's 30 said...

sadly enough i do know forster...as I chose him as my sprinter sleeper at last year's giro and tour...

the 12 year old is actually 18 and his name is Chris Barton...potentially the next big american thing if he hasn't reached his ceiling yet...will post something about him one of these days

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Giro Update: Stage 5

Someone I haven't heard of, but I'm sure Granny has (he probably knows the 12-year-old down the street!)...

Gerolsteiner's Robert Förster worked his way through a tricky finish to win a field sprint at the end of the 173-kilometer fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday. The German sprinter edged out Credit Agricole's Thor Hushovd in a mad scramble to the line that saw usual favorites Alessandro "Low Fruit" Petacchi and Robbie McEwen boxed out of contention on the narrow roads of the final kilometer in Frascati.

I'd like to see that, Versus, during Sunday's Cyclysm.

Tinkoff's Mikhail Ignatiev led an early breakaway that lasted 138 km, all but the final 20 km of which was spent alongside Frenchman Mickael Buffaz, but the peloton hunted the Russian down in the final stretch.

I mention all these names because Ivan Basso is vacationing.

For Förster, 29, the stage win was his second in the Giro after winning last year's final stage in a sprint in Milan. He has also won a stage in the Tour of Spain (sorry Granny, but I still haven't heard of him!).

Friday, riders tackle a 177 km sixth stage from Tivoli to Spolete, crossing the Terminillo mountains. The big question: What will "Low Fruit" do?

Italian Danilo Di Luca of Liquigas continues to lead countryman and teammate Franco Pellizotti by 26 seconds.

1 comment:

Granny's 30 said...

sadly enough i do know forster...as I chose him as my sprinter sleeper at last year's giro and tour...

the 12 year old is actually 18 and his name is Chris Barton...potentially the next big american thing if he hasn't reached his ceiling yet...will post something about him one of these days