Giro d’Italia – Stage 10 – Joaquim Rodriguez takes pink

The 10th stage of the Giro d’Italia had Joaquim Rodriguez written all over it. Short, punchy and extremely steep climbs and he didn’t disappoint taking the win, gaining time over his rivals and taking the pink jersey from Canada’s Ryder Hesjedal. Hesjedal, who held the jersey for three days performed exceptionally well considering the terrain finishing in the second group just 6 seconds behind the three man Rodriguez group. Hesjedal only lost time to Rodriguez and even managed to pry out a few extra seconds on some of his other major GC competitiors (Cunego +12″, F. Schleck +26″) over terrain not suited to the lanky Canadian.

Tomorrow, things calm down a little for the GC guys and ramp up again for the sprinters. It’s a flat stage with a small bump at the 11.5km to go mark and then it’s all downhill from there. The way the sprint teams are going right now, this will be a group finish. We’re down Hushovd, Farrar and Pozzato, so it’s really between Goss and Cav. on these days if they stay upright.

Stage 10 Top Six
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)____4h25’05”
2. Bartosz Huzarski (NET)_____+2″
3. Giovanni Visconti (MOV)
4. Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)__+6″
5. John Gadret (ALM)
6. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)

Complete Stage 10 results: Gazzetta Official

General Classification after 10 stages
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)____40h27’34”
2. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_______+17″
3. Paolo Tiralongo (AST)_________+32″
4. Roman Kreuziger (AST)_______+52″
5. Benat Intxausti (MOV)________+52″
6. Ivan Basso (LIQ)___________+57″
7. Damiano Caruso (LIQ)_______+1’02”
8. Dario Caltaldo (OPQ)________+1’03”
9. Eros Capecchi (LIQ)_________+1’09”
10. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)_______+1’10”
11. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_____+1’11”
12. Domenico Pozzovivo (COG)__+1’12”
13. Frank Schleck (RNT)________+1’25”
14. Sergio Luis Haeno (SKY)_____+1’27
15. Damiano Cunego (LAM)______+1’37”

29. John Gadret (ALM)___________+2’55”

35. Mikel Nieve (EUS)___________+3’35”

Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official

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