26 May 2012

A little better on Stage 20 ...

Belgian Thomas De Gendt's great solo breakaway did the job in today's Stage 20 of the Giro d'Italia.  Below are the results with De Gendt's average speed listed afterwards.
  • Stage 20:  6h 54' 41" (actual), 6h 30' 56" (predicted), 23' 45" fast (-5.73% error)
  • Stage 20:  8.80 m/s (19.7 mph)
It boggles my mind just how good those athletes competing in the Giro really are.  That final climb was amazing.  I love the snow!  The past two mountain stages have given me a new appreciation for the challenge of completing the Giro with such a strenuous ending.  As someone heretofore more familiar with the Tour de France, my respect for the Giro and desire to model it more completely in the future have grown considerably this week.

Below is our prediction for tomorrow's final stage, which is an individual time trail.
  • Stage 21:  39' 39" (prediction)
It should be a fun ending in Milan tomorrow!

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