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Wyss (left) and Alessandro Ballan (right) were satisfied they stayed safe until the finish in Assisi, Tuesday. (Blandine Roquelet Photo.)
Wyss (left) and Alessandro Ballan (right) were satisfied they stayed safe until the finish in Assisi, Tuesday. (Blandine Roquelet Photo.)

Giro d'Italia, Stage 10: Tricky Finish

15. May 2012

The BMC Racing Team's Marco Pinotti (24th) and Johann Tschopp (28th) were among the front group of riders Tuesday at the Giro d'Italia who navigated a twisting, uphill finish through the narrow streets of Assisi.

 



No One Hurt In Crash
BMC Racing Team Assistant Director Fabio Baldato said the start of the 187 kilometer race spoiled the team's plans to send a rider in the breakaway. "After seven kilometers, there was a bad crash that split the group, so we had our guys wait to see if everyone was safe," he said. "Fortuantely, we had no one involved. But during that time, the break went away. But we knew that with less than 10 guys in the it they wouldn't make it to the end." After the breakaway was brought back, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha Team) outsprinted Bartosz Huszarski (NetApp) and Giovanni Visconti (Movistar Team) and took the overall lead from Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barracuda) on the strength of a time bonus. Baldato said Tschopp (19th overall, 2:02 behind) and Pinotti (23rd overall, 2:09 behind) will save their strength for the more decisive days. "We'll wait for the harder climbs later on to make the difference," Baldato said.