|It was that steep!|
The result: Vincenzo Nibali is the new race leader.
Taylor Phinney: "Probably the most trying day I've ever had on a bike. When I wanted to stop, I thought about my Dad and I didn't quit. I made it, 37min down". Phinney was the only rider that continued on despite that his effort would see his arrival at the finish outside the time limit (there is a fan sentiment that for his efforts he should be allowed to be allowed to race the final stage tomorrow).
Alberto Condator remarked, "Sometimes you don’t believe it’s possible to go up on the bike.”
Peter Sagan: "It was a very hard stage. When the rain started to fall, the gradients of 30% were hard to get up. I heard Contador say that, when he climbed out of the saddle, his back wheel slipped. I rode in the saddle all the time."
Fabian Cancellara: "I have just to say today's stage has nothing to do with bike racing."
Chris Froome: "That was really hard. As soon as the weather came down, the conditions got even harder. I just didn't have the legs in the final. I felt I was a little over-geared and I don't think I was dressed warmly enough for the weather."
The last 1.6 Km of a saw-tooth course profile:
Top 10 GC:
1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 27:57:26
2 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:34
3 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:37
4 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:48
5 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:00:58
6 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:01:05
7 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Vini Fantini-Selle Italia 0:01:20
8 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida 0:02:54
9 Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar Team 0:02:58
10 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:03:08
Tomorrow: final stage, 9.2 km individual time trial, in which Vincenzo Nibali will hope to repeat last year's race victory.
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