Giro d’Italia – Stage 7 – Tiralongo wins, Ryder Hesjedal in Pink!

Ryder Hesjedal has become the first Canadian in Giro history to wear the Maglia Rosa as leader of the Giro d’Italia. The first mountain finish of the race completely rearranged the general classification as the finish on Rocca del Cambio was much more selective than I originally expected and the big favorites came out to battle for important seconds.

Ryder Hesjedal Giro

After the descent off the 18km penultimate climb the favorites hit the final 1.5km slope at top speed when Michele Scarponi launched a stinging attack, which could only be followed by Paolo Tiralongo. Behind him was a select group of riders including Hesjedal, who was riding to finish in pink, but also gain valuable time on his rivals.

Tomorrow, we’ve got a similar stage to today’s but with a downhill finish to the line in the last 4km. The final climb is a more tame 10km rise up to Lago Laceno and Garmin shouldn’t have much trouble protecting pink on this day. The concern, as always with races with time bonuses, are the 20 seconds given out for the win. It gives two riders a chance to take the Maglia Rosa just based on bonus gaps alone, unless Hesjedal finishes on their wheel.

Stage 7 Top Five
1. Paolo Tiralongo (AST)_____5h51’03”
2. Michele Scarponi (LAM)
3. Frank Schleck (RNT)_______+3″
4. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)
5. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_____+5″

General Classification after 7 stages
1. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)________26h16’53”
2. Paolo Tiralongo (AST)_________+15″
3. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)______+17″
4. Christian Vandevelde (GRM)____+21″
5. Peter Stetina (GRM)__________+26″
6. Daniel Moreno (KAT)__________+26″
7. Roman Kreuziger (AST)________+35″
8. Ivan Basso (LIQ)_____________+40″
9. Damiano Caruso (LIQ)_________+45″
10. Dario Caltaldo (OPQ)________+46″

12. Frank Schleck (RNT)__________+48″

16. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_______+54″

24. Damiano Cunego (LAM)________+1’14”

53. John Gadret (ALM)___________+2’38”

59. Mikel Nieve (EUS)___________+3’18”

Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official

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