Sunday, May 18, 2014

Giro d'Italia Stage 9: A Defiant Victory

I don't know what more I can say about Orica GreenEdge.  Their Giro d'Italia has been nothing short of amazing thus far winning the opening Team Time Trial in Belfast and then holding the Maglia Rosa through eight days of racing first with Svein Tufts and then starting with Stage 2, Michael Matthews.  After Matthews lost over twenty minutes and surrendered the jersey to Cadel Evans (BMC) today started out even rougher for the former Maglia Rosa.  He hit the deck early on in the stage, yet managed to get back on the bike, although he was missing a fair amount of skin and a nearly obscene about of the Orica kit.  But rather than despairing, the team managed to get one of their own into the 14 man break away.  From there it was all Peter Weening (Orica GreenEdge) chasing down Davide Malacarne (Europcar) and besting him at the line after an extended game of cat and mouse.  So it is that Orica GreenEdge now has three victories out of nine stages, certainly the most successful of Giros and it is only just the second rest day.  This is an original watercolor and ink postcard that is available for purchase from my artist website at  For this particular painting, just follow the direct link at the end of this post.'Italia%202014/2365613---198213/Painting.html#.U3lyqc_D_IU