Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Giro d'Italia "Albo d'Oro"

When will the Giro d'Italia change the winner for 2011 from Alberto Contador to Michele Scarponi? We'll tweet Michele Acquarone to see what he says. As of today:


2011 CONTADOR Alberto Velasco Saxo Bank Sungard
2010 BASSO Ivan Liquigas-Doimo
2009 MENCHOV Denis Rabobank
2008 CONTADOR Alberto Astana

The Giro has a more pressing problem on its hands at the moment: Since Contador was stripped of his victories that also means he was stripped of the points he brought to Team Saxo Bank (representing approximately 68% of the Saxo Bank-Sungard team's total points) which enabled the team to qualify as a ProTeam. In turn, that has now led to the UCI having to rule on Team Saxo Bank’s future, possibly being stripped of its ProTeam status. Michele Acquarone and his Giro team are contemplating what to do if the UCI cuts Saxo Bank and decides to not name a replacement (bringing the number of Proteam's from 18 to 17). As Aquarone said, "At that point we will evaluate whether to proceed with the replacement of Saxo Bank....we will have to do this in the in the shortest possible time."

The Tour de France has also yet to revise its records for 2010:
Yr Nat. Winner Number of stages The riders Kilometers Time Average speed (km/h) Age
Engagés Classés
2011 Australia Cadel EVANS 21 198 167 3 430,5 86h12'22"
2010 Spain Alberto CONTADOR 20 + prologue 180 170 3 642 91h58'48"
2009 Spain Alberto CONTADOR 21 180 156 3 459 85h48'35"
2008 Spain Carlos SASTRE 21 180 145 3 559 87h52'52" 40,492 33
2007 Spain Alberto CONTADOR 20 + prologue 189 141 3 570 91h00'26" 39,228 24

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