Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Giro Stage 11: Tortoreto Lido - Castelfidardo, 142km
This shark-toothed profile of this 144km leg to Castefidardo suggests a day packed with attacks. Famous for a key battle during the unification campaign, the finishing town of Castefidardo stands high above the countryside.
Stage 11 has what is known as a “comb style” or “sawtooth” profile and, apparently, the longest stretch of flat section on this 144 km day is just 3 km. After leaving the beach of the seaside resort town of Tortoreto Lido, the peloton will head inland for an up and down day through the foothills of the Central Apennines. There are four category 4 climbs on the way to the uphill finish in Castelfidardo.

As for the results: Frenchman John Gadret made a late attack to win the 144km 11th stage of the Tour of Italy from Tortoreto Lido to Castelfidardo on Wednesday as Spaniard Alberto Contador retained the leader's pink jersey. With the peloton hunting down a 12-man breakaway group, AG2R's Gadret sprung from the pack with just 400m left and overhauled Spain's Daniel Moreno to win by several bike lengths.

Stage: John Gadret
Maglia Rosa: Alberto Contador

Region: Marche
Wine: Conte Leopardi Sauvignon Blanc Calcare 08 $23.00 13.5% abv

Jon Bonne says: 2008 Conte Leopardi Dittajuti Calcare Marche IGT Sauvignon ($18): Sauvignon Blanc typically grows in the northern reaches of Alto Adige, at the edge of the Alps. The Marche, the coastal region where northern Italy meets the south, is not Sauvignon territory per se. However, work with consultant Riccardo Cotarella on six clones of Sauvignon and the presence of limestone-marl soils has left this wine deep and herbal, with weight but not undue gloss. Sharp, stony stuff - dried pineapple, green apple and tart quince, with a minty intensity that stands with the best of Alto Adige. (Importer: A.I. Selections) Read more:

I say:   Sharp is right. Structured also. After, I get done with the Wines of the Tour de France, someone remind me that Italian whites are not just for the Giro?

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