I’ll be blogging for The Roar tonight.
The Giro d’Italia is known for throwing in some odd stages, and it didn’t take long for the 2013 edition to encounter one.
Stage 2 is a team time trial on the small island of Isola d’Ischia of 17.4 kilometres. A short ferry ride from Naples, what makes this stage unique is that none of the riders have been able to ride the course.
A number of teams have driven it and taken video footage to show the riders, but actually riding it will be a new experience for all of the peloton.
The course is basically flat, with four small climbs encountered, but the last 2.5 kilometres are packed with dangers, including some sharp turns at the bottom of quick descents and a tunnel with just 250 metres to go.
Garmin Sharp look the team to beat, and a win here could give defending champion Ryder Hesjedal a few valuable seconds over his rivals.
Australian hope Cadel Evans and his BMC team should also be right up there, Evans hoping that he can turn around his disappointing early season form and mount a serious challenge for the maglia rosa.
Mark Cavendish’s hold on the pink jersey after his stunning sprint win in the opening stage could be short lived, with his Omega Pharma-Quick Step outfit not expected to be amongst the main contenders on this stage. You can view the final kilometre and Cav’s powerful finish here http://youtu.be/5bsd-H-SpNI
Join me for all the action from 11:30 pm AEST. A link will be posted at that time.