Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Giro d'Italia stage 11

After Joaquin Rodriguez fast climb through the narrow streets of Assisi we have what after yesterday's medium mountain stage is a 'flat' stage with more climbs.

There is a category 3 at about half way and a category 4 11km from the finish as we head from Assisi to Montecatini Terme. However, while today is considered a flat stage it is another finish that may prove hazardous for the sprinters.

After scaing the last climb where there is a maximum gradient of 8.5% there is a downhill or flat run to the finish. However, within the last km there are sharp right, left and right again turns. The last of these being in side the final 500m once again like on Monday. Once again all the lead out trains will be trying to fight for the very head of the race round those bends delivering their sprinter in the place where he can get around that last bend without interference so that he can launch the perfect and winning acceleration off it.

My prediction is that there will be another spill in that last bend. I hope that both Matt Goss and Mark Cavendish avoid it this time and have another sprint between the two of them.

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