From the Garibaldi:
Very short stage, mostly descending. Short climbs interrupt the descent: Pieve di Alpago (intermediate sprint), the Muro di Ca’ del Poggio (max 16% - GPM) and Santa Maria della Vittoria on the Montello (max 14% - GPM). Roads generally straight and flat. Final urban circuit 7.5 km long, ridden once.
Final circuit entirely within urban area, with two technical sections, each with a left-hand bend (6800 m from the stage finish and 1700 m from the finish line). Wide, well-surfaced roads. Momentary narrowing at 400 m. Finish straight 1100 m long. Road width 7.5 m, surfaced with asphalt.
A day for the sprinters, unless they can be dropped on the early hills. Hoping for some points for my fantasy cycling team from Mark Cavendish today. Though perhaps he will be off his game?
@MarkCavendish 3 times in a row last night at Chess, so expect him to be reeling from those devastating losses a bit in today's sprint.
Also, on the weather front:
|1||Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team||46:28:14|
|2||Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team||0:00:41|
|3||Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling||0:02:04|
|4||Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco Pro Cycling Team||0:02:12|
|5||Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida||0:02:13|
|6||Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia||0:02:55|
|7||Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida||0:03:35|
|8||Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar Team||0:04:05|
|9||Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale||0:04:17|
|10||Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff||0:04:21|
Monteforche Vigneto Carantina 2010, $24.99
Winemaker Alfonso Soranzo manages a small property with his father in the Colli Eugani. Soranzo, a horn player, decided to leave music five years ago to devote – body and soul - to viticulture. Helped by his father in the vineyards, he personally helms all the cellar operations. The family’s tiny estate is on one of the best plots of Colli Euganei, southwest of Padova. Colli Euganei, while certainly not a well-known appellation in the Veneto, is one of the best areas to grow vines in Italy. Volcanic soils with marl and limestone, good aeration, mild constant winds and average rains make it one of the best growing areas in the Veneto. Particularly, the Vo area (western slopes of mount Venda) is the cooler and fresher of the whole appellation, giving finesse and balance. Using biodynamic practices and ambient yeasts, Alfonso crafts unique wines that reflect the terroir of the Veneto.
From the importer:
Garganega Vigna Carantina
Legal Designation: Bianco del Veneto IGT
Grape Varieties: Garganega
Wine Type: White, dry
Viticulture and Vinification: Winemaker Alfonso Soranzo manages a small property with his father in the Colli Eugani. Volcanic soils with marl and limestone, good aeration, mild constant winds and average rains make it one of the best growing areas in the Veneto. Using biodynamic practices and ambient yeasts, Alfonso crafts unique wines that reflect the terroir of the Veneto.
From the Wine Trio: