How much we all enjoying watching the Giro at the moment?
Here are a couple of things that we, at Avio basecamp, have been watching out for and have analysed so far in the Giro D’Italia.
1) Teams are sharing the workload
From the result of winding up doing most by a long shot of the chasing after stage four, BMC Racing were allowed a touch of respite on yesterdays stage as some of the other teams helped keep the breakaway inside reach.
After his triumph into Caltagirone yesterday, Tim Wellens was unmistakably sure as Lotto-Fix All finished a massive measure of work, while Mitchelton-Scott, Team Sunweb, UAE Team Emirates and Groupama-FDJ all put vitality in the front of the peloton,
BMC will decidedly be grateful for having a decently early day before the certain weight that they will be put under on Mount Etna today and if Dennis can keep up his lead before the two extraordinary mountain stages in the Apennines toward the finish of the week.
2) How much of a beast Rohan Dennis is
Are we wrong? Rohan’s dream of wearing the pink jersey while in Italy has already come true, but how far can he go in the 2018 Giro D’Italia?
Dennis is one of just four dynamic riders to wear the pioneer’s shirt in every one of the three Grand Tours alongside Mark Cavendish, Fabio Aru and Vincenzo Nibali. Much the same as at the 2018 Giro, alternate times in the number one spot came by means of time trialling, however, Dennis now looks prepared and ready to challenge over the three weeks.
Simon Yates has now taken the maglia rosa after Esteban Chaves won the stage on Mount Etna after they came together in the final kilometre of the 15km climb. Rohan Dennis is a beast but he was not able to hold onto the pink jersey and handle the pace, he’s slipped to sixth overall, which is 53 seconds behind Yates.
The Giro d’Italia heads to Italy’s mainland for Friday’s 159km phase from Pizzo to Praia a Mare. The stage takes after the Calabria coastline so is a day for the sprinters after the exhaustion of Mount Etna.
3) Team Sky are underperforming
As we all know from now, Chris Froome has had a difficult start to the Giro D’Italia. He suffered a setback on stage four of 21 seconds to the stage winner Tim Wellens of Lotto Fix All.
Froome is currently put twentieth overall now, 55 seconds down on race leader Dennis, and 54 seconds behind protecting Giro d’Italia champion Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb).
However, Froome says he is feeling better and very much improved after the crash before the time trial on day one.
It’s still very achievable for Team Sky to win, they just need to now keep Chris safe. The team need to make sure that Chris is deployed on the hill at the right time. If he can release that furiousness that we all know he has, we know what kind of impact that can have on the rest of GC.
‘Til next time…
The Avio Team