A quick glance at today's stage may make you wonder why so short. After all, Belluno-Nevegal, Cronoscalata, 12.6 km, sounds like a repeat of Monday's rest day. Instead, we have a mountain time trial. The time trial, for those not familiar with cycling is the one stage of a race that it is simply one man on a bike riding against the clock. This stage, apart from a short descent at the start, is all climbing, sometimes steeply so. The middle 4km of the stage averages more than 10 per cent, ramping up to 14 per cent as the route reaches Tornante. So unlike a typical time trial which favors the power men, this course is for the climbers. And so it went.
Stage: Alberto Contador
Maglia Rosa: Alberto Contador
Wine: Monte Tondo Soave Classico $14.99
They say: 100% Garganega,hand-picked last ten days of September and first ten days of October. Cold maceration for more than 12 hours depending on the ripeness of the fruit; soft pressing; fermentation in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of between 18-20°C, with autoctoni raising agents.
Yellow with gold highlights and green hues; floral bouquet laced with scents of exotic fruit, almonds, hazelnuts and mineral aromas; full-bodied with a long finish; balanced and harmonious on the palate; improves with ageing.
I say: Full bodied, golden yellow, fruity nose with some pear.