11/05/2014 Giro d'Italia 2014


11/05/2014

Jill Douglas presents live coverage as the Giro d'Italia leaves Northern Ireland to head south and a sprint finish in Dublin.


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The Giro bid goodbye to Belfast. Thousands watched Marcel Kittel

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stormed to victory. The German powerhouse has now won all stages of

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the tours. Michael Matthews will wear the pink journey as they had

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South over the border into Dublin this afternoon. We are here with all

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the live actions. Hello and welcome. It has been a bit showery here and

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I'm joined by Michael Hutchinson again. We are about 100 metres from

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the finish line in Dublin. We could not ask for a better spot. It is the

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best seat in Dublin. The Sprint will be right behind us. They have given

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us a bit of shelter but no walls, so we might have to grab umbrellas if

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it starts raining. There have been some heavy downpours earlier today.

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There is quite a kink in the course at 150 metres to go. It is a lot

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worse in real life. So with a bit of a tail wind, they might come into

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that very fast which could be interesting. Marcel Kittel will be

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very interesting indeed. He celebrates his 26th birthday today.

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This is the route that the riders are taking today. 187 kilometres to

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Dublin, a bit shorter than the stage yesterday on the north coast. It

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starts at Armagh city just below St Patrick's Cathedral. They head

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around the villagers down towards the border. From there, it is

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straight down to Dublin along the old road and along the coast. It

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will most likely finish with another bunch sprint right here in Dublin

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city centre. These were the scenes as the Giro rolled out of Armagh

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earlier. Fantastic support once again from those who came out to

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support the races. There is Michael Matthews wearing the leader jersey.

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Such a great performance in the time trial. He took it yesterday. This

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was very much a procession through the streets, letting everybody get a

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good look at the riders. A quick burst, one or two riders

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keen to stretch their legs and get a feel for it. You can see all the

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riders really preparing for what could be a wet day on the roads, all

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wearing their rain jackets and everything they can muster to keep

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themselves dry. So, beautiful scenes as they ride through the Orchard

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County. Nobody was more proud to see them than local rider Stephen

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Gallacher. He has been instrumental in planning this route. Is the start

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time much different? Realistically, I thought it would be very difficult

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to do. I thought there would be enthusiasm at a political and local

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level. I understood the logistics of what would be needed to bring a

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massive sport event over better than others perhaps, so I could see it

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from both sides. We obviously had the bid for this leg against other

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cities that were trying to do it. Thankfully, we were successful and

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on behalf of the work that they've done at the government level here,

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it is a credit to them. I really remember the exploits of some of the

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historical races, the romanticism of the sport, that is what planted the

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seed in me. It is fantastic to be involved in it. It must be a

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complete dream to bring them to your home county. Yes. Whenever you set

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back a step back you start to see the other side of it, the enthusiasm

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of young people. To bring a sport of this scale to the country at this

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time, it is like nothing else. Enthusiasm has grown so much. To

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bring all these top, top cyclists, it is a once in a generation chance.

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One of my initial roles was to assist RCS and give them local

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knowledge in planning the route. It was a chance to ride my bike when I

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could and to think, there will be 200 riders coming up over this hill

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in two weeks. That was a bit surreal. It is just fantastic and

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slightly surreal. One final point. You will sleep a lot next week. What

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has the pressure but unlike? -- been like? Yes, my family will be glad to

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see me a bit more, I think. Along with the rest of the team, I've been

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working very long hours. Sleeping has probably been a luxury over the

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last couple of weeks. But it is no different to anybody else. It will

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be a big relief, I think. I will certainly enjoy a few days off.

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Obviously relishing the opportunity to be involved with this great race.

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And we heard from Darren yesterday, he was so important in bringing the

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ten won to Northern Ireland. Michael, what have you made of the

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route over the past couple of days and what has it meant to this part

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of the world? We have showcased some fantastic scenery. I loved the

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route. Along the Antrim coast, the rocky headlands and the foreshore

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over that iconic road. Today, it is much more rule, the softer, rounder

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hills. -- more rural. I think it has showcased Northern Ireland

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beautifully. They will be getting to Dublin probably around 4pm depending

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on how fast they attack these roads. We will join the live racing very

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shortly, but let's just bring you up-to-date with some of the earlier

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events on the road. This was the riders approaching the border

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heading out of Northern Ireland into the Republic of Ireland. Again, just

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blown away by the crowds who have come out day after day, no matter

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what the weather. Just a wonderful brother of pink they are riding

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alongside. The roads have been two or three deep. It does not get a

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reception like this in its own country. Plenty of incidents as

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well. There was the odd crash or two yesterday, and we certainly remember

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Dan Martin going down heavily on the opening day. This man had a puncture

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after going down, I think he clipped a wheel. This is actually the

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breakaway, you can see there is a break array -- a breakaway and the

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pallet and decided to sprint even though there were no sprint points

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on offer. As a result, there was a bit of jockeying for collision. --

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the pelaton. The weather seems to have deteriorated a little bit.

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At the moment, they have 73 kilometres still to go and the

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breakaway up the road has now just about four metres on the main

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pelaton. Let's handover to our commentary team, Carlton Kirby and

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Dan Lloyd. A feud teams might have wet weather tyres. -- a few teams.

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But in general, pretty much just a case of letting a bit of pressure

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out of the tyres so there is slightly more grip available around

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the corners. The stages that were being talked up by Michael Matthews

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were five and six. When you said it, I thought, into Monte Cassino? !

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I'm just looking at that now and I can understand perhaps, but these

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are bumpy stages and I wondered whether it was an error. There was

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one area of the race which I thought would suit Ben Swift right down to

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the ground. I imagine it would suit Michael Matthews as well. I think it

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was something like stage seven, let me have a look. Yes, stage seven is

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pretty lumpy all the way through. They start on a long climb. They

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finish around 40 days to go. It is a long way for a team to control it.

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They have to take opportunities when they can.

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I think Orica GreenEdge and Team Sky might join forces on those days. The

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next sprint stage which Mark Cavendish won he was riding very

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hard. The only one that they dropped was Marcel Kittel whose team did a

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great job trying to get him back on but unfortunately did not succeed.

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In the end, there was a crash on the finishing straight and Mark

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Cavendish triumphed at of his team-mate. Marcel Kittel famously

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join that race, she picked up his -- he picked up his bike and slammed it

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to the ground in distrust. -- in disgust. There was a bit of a PR

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moment. He sorted it out himself without any help from the

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manufacturer or the sponsor. The next day he tweeted a picture of

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himself offering flowers to his beloved by saying they had to

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impress jewellers relationship, but it is only love. And it was amazing,

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he turned a PR disaster into an absolute triumph. He is good looking

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as well! Apparently he has booked himself into a cheap whitening

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clinic. -- teeth whitening. He is a near-perfect example of what every

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man would like to look like and what every woman would like a man to look

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like as well. He is a beast of a bloke, he speaks in P Gould --

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impeccable English as well, which always helps. The pace has picked up

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a little bit. I'm not quite sure who we are seeing there. Eurovision

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seemed to stop everything last night. A lady or a gentleman with a

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beard won it, I'm not sure which. But there you go. Speaking of

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beards, there seemed to be a crop of them in the pelaton at the moment.

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I'm always surprised when I see people with stubble, as there is a

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focus on being streamlined. I'm not on TV so I can be lazy in the

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mornings. I will have a shave tomorrow morning! BBC Two Northern

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Ireland, a warm welcome to you watching in. We are here, tell your

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friends. The big question is classes or no glasses. Looks like they are

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going for it today. You do get a lot of water kick up in the eyes. In the

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sprint you may see riders choosing to have the vision. You just have to

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blink more. It can be painful when you get rain in your eyes,

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especially at speed. Many people are asking what sort of

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protection is offered by being in the pack. Dan was talking about it

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earlier. If you want to test it out with resistance, when you are

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driving in the car, or somebody else's driving and you are a

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passenger, pick out the old road map and hang it out of the window, and

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you will feel just how much the wind is affecting, and how strong it is,

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and what a job the windscreen does in protecting you. It is the same

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deal having all those bodies in front of you. It is a bit like the

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windscreen. Don't do it when the Garda are around, although they are

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a extremely friendly here. Most times when you stop and ask a

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policeman, he points you in the right direction. Over here, they

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start asking you questions! I had a five-minute conversation today about

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the car I drive. The Belgian team, the latest to come toward the

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front. The very experienced Alexandra Pataki, 40 years old,

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getting a little bit too excited thereat the front. They are out

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there protecting the interests of Rigoberto Uran, second overall last

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year, with massive ambitions to equal or better that in this year's

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race. There are the golden arches towards the left. It looks like the

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cameraman is hungry. He pulls a wide view just so he can... Maybe he is

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after free food! Just look at these people. You are all magnificent.

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Northern and Southern Ireland. I am informed that contract

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negotiations for riders are officially allowed to begin on July

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the 1st, which makes sense, because the Who's Who of cycling will

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descend on France, and indeed, Yorkshire, this year, throughout the

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Tour de France, which takes place in July. It is like a rock star

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welcome, and the riders love it. Mike Matthews yesterday got on the

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podium, and it was almost like the end of a set. It was phenomenal. He

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absolutely loved it. He spent time drinking in the moment. It has been

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an extraordinarily warm welcome the Giro has had this year. Yes, it has

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been great, and I think it always is when it starts outside the country.

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I lasted the Giro d'Italia in 2010, and it started in the Netherlands. I

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did the Tour de France that year as well. Very well received on both

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occasions. In Denmark, it was exactly the same, but I think it has

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superseded everything so far at least three days of here. Indeed.

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Some lovely slow motion going on. That is road rash par excellence. It

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looks like the plaster has slipped just a bit. There is no restriction

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on holding onto a medical car, incidentally. Sometimes, I have to

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wonder about some of the plaster requests. "I have a be staying. --

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bee sting. 's it is amazing how many bee stings I got on mountains! No

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restriction on holding onto the medical guy, but I suppose if you

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are found out, you will be in trouble.

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A small industrial town, this, apparently. The Boyne River around

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here. Possibly, the less said about that, the better. 65.5 kilometres to

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go. The cameraman's Kleenex is getting a good work-out today, as

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you can see. It is a forward facing camera. If he gets a little bit

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further forward, the rain will not hamper him too much. That was Nikko

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Boem. Team badly and. . It looks like just a tower. Is that

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a memorial, or just a remnant? Not quite sure. 64.8 to go. It is a

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shame, actually, that we have been dogged by rain today, because their

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arson beautiful scenes on the border between North and South. We were

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little bit lost yesterday looking for fuel. We almost ran out. Yes, we

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were on vapours. That would have been your fault. I told them to fill

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an hour previously, but he decided to go on.

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There was not much conversation as the miles to go before zero went

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down below 25. That looks like a Napoleonic

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defensive installation. I will find out for you in a few minutes. I have

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dropped my notes. Hard to attack something like that by running up

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the mound. If you were to tunnel in, and burn it down, the whole place

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would collapse. Obviously, that has not happened here. This is why

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miners were employed in medieval times to sack Cassells. What about

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that?! We have run out of conversation. Paolini in his every

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dynamic Hamlet at the frontier. Stage winner last year on the third

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stage, going into the pink jersey, which he held onto for some time,

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protecting his lead. Rodriguez, the Spaniard, just behind him. At the

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start of the day, he lost a massive chunk of time. Far from ideal

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situation for him. He goes to Italy, probably with one minute and 20

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seconds or just over, deficit to some of his key rivals, including

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Uran and Evans. That is not easy to make up. Blessing, there he is.

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Lovely bloke, actually, and he has sort of crept up on us over the last

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few years. I am always startled to find out how old the years. I always

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think of him as Roesch the younger, -- Roche.

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Yesterday, he was suffering with a knee injury. We hope that will not

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get any worse, but it doesn't seem to affect him too much today. He is

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in the wind for his team leader, detecting him and keeping them safe

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towards the front, saving as much energy as possible.

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These victories have brought a lot of popularity to cycling in

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Australia. He came fifth in a World Cup mountain biking race as a

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junior, and went on to huge things, winning the World Cup overall a few

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times. I don't think he ever managed to win the world Mountain bike

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championships, but he won the Road race Championships. 1998? 2009!

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A fantastic mountain biking. He has a real personality all of his own,

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Cadel Evans. Some people like it, others are mystified by it, but I

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really like the man. He is one of my favourite riders, and has been great

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for cycling. The way he won the Tour de France was amazing. Essentially,

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no one was helping him out on the big mountain climbs. Just a super

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solid rider. I don't know what he will end up doing, but we will see a

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lot more of him, I am sure, in the future. If you could just get a bit

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more chatty! Incidentally, Robbie McEwen has retired, and turning into

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a great commentator. I listened to him on the tour down under at the

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start of the year. Of course, a wealth of knowledge from, I think it

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is safe to say, the best sprinter Australia has produced. Inspired

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clearly by Mark Cavendish, who always said that Robbie McEwen was

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his hero. Who did I see the other day saying the same thing? I think

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it was Sam Bennett, the Irish rider, who is now a professional

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with a team who unfortunately aren't here. He is a sprinter as well, and

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he could have been in the top ten or even better on these first two

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stages. No one is attempting to bunny hop over the roundabout, which

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happens on occasion. Incidentally, thank you for all of your help with

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Drogheda. I know now how to pronounce that. 42.5 kilometres to

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go until the end. 60 kilometres left. That tells you we have about

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an hour and a half. We said three minutes and 33 would be the gap, and

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it is holding absolutely steady. Many of you have found is for the

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first time on BBC Two Northern Ireland. It is nice for you to join

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us. Likewise, to hear from you over in Canada, North America, even India

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and the Asian Pacific rim. Can you get beyond Australia? Are we in the

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Antarctic? It feels moderately cold today, speaking of which, but it has

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been cheerful nonetheless. The Dutch champion here, a number of the

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riders down. We have also got another one of the Carrow Road is.

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What a bad time they have been having. That does not look good for

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the Steiner rider. Working per Scarponi and our in the overall

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classification. Is that Scarponi closest to us in the black? It is.

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The former winner of this race, back in 2011, has come down. He is

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straight back onto his spare bike, but he does not look too happy. I am

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not surprised. Ferrari is here, incidentally, for lamb praise. Their

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chosen sprinter today. At least he has plenty of team-mates around him.

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The problem is, they have also fallen, so there has been a big bike

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change. They have been thrown asunder. One of the Oracle riders,

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perhaps two of them, there as well, it must have happened close to the

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front of the bunch. We did not see exactly what happened there, but

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everything is not looking too good. Agnoli as well there. A key

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lieutenant governor between leaders and the climbs, and he is also not

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looking happy. He is waiting for his spare bike to get going again.

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Agnoli, he has got a bit of a face rash as well. They have been

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damaging their visages. Not a hugely high pace, but we were chatting

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about it. No one is really knocking it back.

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Back and underway, but this adds to the discomfort, certainly today.

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This is not a nice site. Know, and I mentioned yesterday, with these

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opening stages of grand Tours, always very, very nervous. You have

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the sprinters teamed up towards the front, the leaders and their teams

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protecting them as well, and it simply does not all fits. It means

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everyone crowds together to protect their position, and Italy when the

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roads are wet, and it only takes a very small touch of wheels, and

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there will be a domino effect. Ten or 20 riders can come down. We saw

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it in the Tour de France 2012. Around 50 guys on the floor, and

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some of them with very severe injuries, in fact.

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With the rain capes and lack of numbers on display, it is a bit of a

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lottery out there. But these guys are not happy with the cameras. They

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just want to get on with their job. This is being a professional

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cyclist. But a long way back for some of these fellows. Even though

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there are 50 70 so kilometres remaining, -- 57 or so, this will be

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a deficit to them, I am afraid. Moreno Moser, handed that

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essentially by Peter Sehgal, who is not here. But he is a tough egg in

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on the last. It is never going to be his day-to-day, but it is just not

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what he wants. Certainly not this early in a grand tour, to pick up

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bruises. There is a truce in the pelaton at the moment. Certainly if

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the pink jersey goes down more often than not they will sit and wait

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until they get back on before resuming the chase. The breakaway

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may not have had too much of a chance before. Things looked to be

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getting slightly better for them. That can make people more nervous,

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if they have to go really fast to catch the breakaway riders. That is

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again when crashes can start to happen. Let's keep our fingers

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crossed for everybody. They are gently chugging along at the moment.

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Taking the opportunity to have a feed on some of those gel bars. This

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is moderately pleasant riding the sum of those guys. Some of them have

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gripped where they shouldn't, and they will be feeling damp and dirty.

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Not nice. A shame that Ferrari was caught out in this. I'm not 100%

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sure it was him. 56.3, four minutes now and it really has knocked back,

:31:56.:31:59.

nobody has the will to punish those who bad trouble. When sky first came

:32:00.:32:10.

into the pelaton they inspired a lot of jealousy because of the funding

:32:11.:32:14.

they had. They turned up in their Jaguars which did not help things.

:32:15.:32:22.

It's very old though. What year is it? I call it a classic! But when

:32:23.:32:30.

sky were in trouble they were actually being attacked earlier on.

:32:31.:32:41.

They came onto the scene with a bang, there is no doubt about that.

:32:42.:32:45.

They were advertising how much better their buses were then

:32:46.:32:48.

everybody else's. And people thought, we've been cycled --

:32:49.:33:01.

cycling for a long time. One man came up to me and said, if they

:33:02.:33:03.

could reinvent water than they would? ! You can hear them talking

:33:04.:33:14.

about the investment sky put into their team. Their bus was nicknamed

:33:15.:33:22.

the death Star in a humorous moment. All the teams have pretty smart

:33:23.:33:26.

looking buses these days. In our efforts to bring the

:33:27.:33:30.

behind-the-scenes access, Gavin Andrews our reporter has been able

:33:31.:33:34.

to have a sneak inside that famous Team Sky bus. The bikes are

:33:35.:33:41.

state-of-the-art. Talk us through this. You're very welcome. We got

:33:42.:33:53.

two of buses. Basically, they were designed primarily for rider

:33:54.:33:57.

comfort. We tried to create a lot of space. We ripped everything out and

:33:58.:34:03.

started from scratch. We wanted to replicate a business class lounge on

:34:04.:34:08.

an aeroplane. A meeting room at the back, rider food and bars etc. So it

:34:09.:34:15.

doubles up as a bit of a mouse large area, there are two sets of sliding

:34:16.:34:27.

doors for a bit of privacy. -- a bit of a massage area. Two showers as

:34:28.:34:37.

well. The floor was made lower so the tour guys can get in. And there

:34:38.:34:42.

is space if one guy has an accident and he is covered in road rash,

:34:43.:34:46.

somebody can get in and help him to rub down. Just a small kitchen

:34:47.:34:55.

area. Very important copy machine which gets a lot of use. -- coffee

:34:56.:35:07.

machine. Hydration drinks and yoghurt just to give them some food

:35:08.:35:12.

after the race. They've all got their own spot? Yes, they've all got

:35:13.:35:19.

their own individual seats. They were specially designed, a bit

:35:20.:35:22.

narrower than an aeroplane seat but extremely comfortable. You can try

:35:23.:35:35.

one out. They were about ?1000 each. They recline, they swivel because we

:35:36.:35:39.

have meetings on here sometimes as well, so they can all face each

:35:40.:35:45.

other. At the front, there is a big screen projector. Primarily we are

:35:46.:35:51.

here to look after the riders. We need them to be in good shape, well

:35:52.:35:53.

recovered with good morale. need them to be in good shape, well

:35:54.:36:07.

atmosphere to work in. Have a seat, we'll kick back and watch a film,

:36:08.:36:16.

what do you say? Sounds good to me. We remember the Orica GreenEdge bust

:36:17.:36:26.

last year getting stuck under the arch. That reminded me a bit of our

:36:27.:36:34.

bus ride down to Belfast last night. Yes, with the reclining seats and

:36:35.:36:41.

the showers! Now, let's get back to the racing because they are still

:36:42.:36:47.

going, five breakaway riders at the front. There is a rest day tomorrow,

:36:48.:36:58.

there are no climes at all, so he has badgers eat for the next few

:36:59.:37:12.

days now. -- he has that jersey. Four minutes behind is the main

:37:13.:37:18.

peloton, including Michael Matthews in the pink jersey. There was a

:37:19.:37:22.

suggestion he came down in that crash but that does not seem to have

:37:23.:37:27.

happened. Let us return to the action and join Dan and Carlton

:37:28.:37:40.

again. There is a double turn and then a gentle ramp climb to the

:37:41.:37:45.

finish line. We're keeping our fingers crossed that everybody stays

:37:46.:37:50.

safe. The sprinters at the moment are all intact. A couple have had a

:37:51.:37:54.

spell but they are back and ready to race. With just over 50 kilometres

:37:55.:37:58.

to go, today there will be fireworks at the end. A very good job out

:37:59.:38:15.

front. Do you have a pic today? -- a pick. I think the pic is obvious. I

:38:16.:38:29.

would like to go for Elia Viviani. I saw how well he sprinted in the tour

:38:30.:38:34.

of Turkey. He got it slightly wrong yesterday, as did his team, I think.

:38:35.:38:39.

They ran out of energy towards the end. Perhaps he just wanted to stay

:38:40.:38:47.

safe at the end it sure he got into a good position using the least

:38:48.:38:57.

amount of energy. I'm looking for somebody with a bit of an on-off

:38:58.:39:05.

switch. We are looking for outsiders, by the way. Giacomo

:39:06.:39:11.

Nizzolo was somebody I mentioned yesterday. His team is a young

:39:12.:39:24.

outfit. I think maybe somebody who will do it on their own. Roberto

:39:25.:39:29.

Ferrari was all on his lonesome yesterday, he finished fifth. If it

:39:30.:39:34.

starts to get nasty, people like Ferrari can take a fat -- take a

:39:35.:39:46.

bite. I'm going together NASA blarney. He is a kick boxer. -- I'm

:39:47.:40:02.

going to go for Nacer Bouhanni. They are heading towards the coast now.

:40:03.:40:08.

Then they will head inland and go south westwards, so that will be a

:40:09.:40:12.

change in direction for the cause. The wind has not affected the race

:40:13.:40:18.

too much so far. It is a westerly wind but it has been reasonably

:40:19.:40:24.

protected, the road. The majority of the time, it looks to me like

:40:25.:40:30.

they've had a tail wind. Whether that will change over the next few

:40:31.:40:35.

kilometres - you can see the road opens up quite a bit towards the

:40:36.:40:38.

coast and there will be more and more nervous people back in the

:40:39.:40:41.

peloton and perhaps more crashes, you never know. Let's hope not. It

:40:42.:40:49.

is a question of keeping hold of those rain capes, because you are

:40:50.:40:57.

going to need them again and again. There is a lot of warm weather gear

:40:58.:41:03.

as well. Rather strangely, as it warms up, it can feel rather

:41:04.:41:10.

pleasant. You can see the poly falls over the ground, Polly Keen sheeting

:41:11.:41:20.

with rice starch worked into it. -- polytheme sheeting. It biodegrade

:41:21.:41:28.

and the plans can grow through it. So it offers a greenhouse effect for

:41:29.:41:33.

the plans, gives it a bit of protection, then it rots away and

:41:34.:41:39.

the plant grows. Magnificent. I don't know how I know that. It was

:41:40.:41:52.

invented in Israel. A bit of a warning, the riders really do look

:41:53.:41:57.

after each other throughout little sections where there is road

:41:58.:42:02.

furniture. It is great to see the collective spirit within the

:42:03.:42:06.

peloton. Riders feel that they look after everybody, they know that you

:42:07.:42:10.

don't read it want anybody to ball, even if it is your worst enemy.

:42:11.:42:20.

Former winner of this race suffering from a puncture there. He will be

:42:21.:42:24.

helped back on by team-mates I'm sure. I don't think the wheel is

:42:25.:42:38.

quite straight. I don't know if he got a bit of a bribe. -- a rub. It

:42:39.:42:48.

is amazing how much you can read with just a dumb rub on the tire.

:42:49.:43:02.

Yes, if it is wet they will just let out a bit of air just to give them a

:43:03.:43:10.

bit more grip. I have seen a whole bike changes when the weather

:43:11.:43:13.

changes dramatically. Especially principal riders who have an

:43:14.:43:19.

alternative. They will have two bikes set up exactly the same.

:43:20.:43:23.

Everybody seems to have their favourite even if they are deemed to

:43:24.:43:29.

be exactly the same. It's amazing when you spend so long on a bike how

:43:30.:43:36.

used you get to it. The mechanics and professional teams have some

:43:37.:43:39.

great instruments to make sure bikes are exactly the same, but it is a

:43:40.:43:42.

prize in, they can just feel slightly different. -- it is

:43:43.:43:53.

surprising. You saw there a perfect example of the depression you get

:43:54.:43:58.

with a 90 degrees corner. Not really comfortable to be more than two or

:43:59.:44:04.

three wide. See you get this stretching effect of the peloton. As

:44:05.:44:10.

you come into town, if you have a number of turns, that effect is

:44:11.:44:14.

multiplied and you have a difficult chicane to deal with at the end.

:44:15.:44:18.

That is going to stretch them out with three and 50 metres to go. --

:44:19.:44:28.

350 metres to go. It is a day where you will have to fight for a good

:44:29.:44:32.

position with two or three kilometres to go and then try and

:44:33.:44:38.

hold it. In some ways, it can mean the battle for position happens

:44:39.:44:41.

earlier and if you are not in the right position you have no chance of

:44:42.:44:46.

doing anything in that last kilometre if you are outside the top

:44:47.:44:52.

70. They will all know that, they will have done their research. There

:44:53.:45:02.

is very detailed information given out about the ups and downs, the

:45:03.:45:07.

twists and turns. And most teams will also use modern technology,

:45:08.:45:16.

Google Earth, to look at the road. Team Sky will have a preview on

:45:17.:45:22.

their projector. So most riders will have a good idea of what faces them

:45:23.:45:29.

towards the end of the day. Mark Cavendish always wanted to be as

:45:30.:45:34.

well prepared as possible. He does a lot of research to find out which

:45:35.:45:36.

side of the road he needs to be on. Because it doesn't matter how much

:45:37.:45:46.

research you do online, there's nothing like seeing it with your own

:45:47.:45:53.

eyes. Garibaldi, essentially, was a general, and was responsible for the

:45:54.:45:56.

unification of Italy, bringing all the provinces together. There were

:45:57.:46:00.

city states in that time of the world as well, and they were all

:46:01.:46:04.

brought together. Some would say it is still very much a divided

:46:05.:46:07.

country, with the Northern league and the rest of it, and it does feel

:46:08.:46:12.

very different. I guess you could say that not only for Great Britain

:46:13.:46:16.

but for the island of Ireland as well. But differences are part of

:46:17.:46:23.

life. Garibaldi, you might actually see a bearded gentleman walking

:46:24.:46:26.

around, who is the sort of mascot of the race. We call the guy the

:46:27.:46:32.

Garibaldi, because it is the whole of Italy unified. This chap pretends

:46:33.:46:37.

to be Garibaldi. His name is that Gary and he is not Bol! He has a

:46:38.:46:44.

silver beard, and wears a red pillbox hat. If you see him, go and

:46:45.:46:52.

say buno giorno! Three minutes and 15, and arms going

:46:53.:47:04.

up. Assistance required. There you go, shoe cover coming off. It is

:47:05.:47:08.

getting to the serious end of the day, and riders will take a bit more

:47:09.:47:13.

discomfort in exchange for likeness. Yes, they are all getting prepared

:47:14.:47:17.

now for the crunch point of this race, where things speed up and get

:47:18.:47:20.

more nervous. It might not be that they are particularly warm at this

:47:21.:47:24.

point, or that the conditions have improved, but they will start to

:47:25.:47:27.

strip off, and team leaders might give rain capes to their helpers, or

:47:28.:47:35.

domestiques, to take back to the car. It means when they get hotter,

:47:36.:47:38.

they are prepared, and more aerodynamic, particularly for the

:47:39.:47:43.

sprinters, of which we have one on our screens now. Mike Matthews,

:47:44.:47:48.

wearer of the pink jersey. He has got ripped shorts! We will see how

:47:49.:47:53.

much that affect him today. To be honest, when the adrenaline kicks

:47:54.:47:57.

in... One thing that is rather silly, though, is to have a flapping

:47:58.:48:02.

rain cape. I did do it up or take it off. We are talking about

:48:03.:48:07.

aerodynamics here, and he is just wasting wattage. Yes, that is

:48:08.:48:12.

something that our colleague, a former professional rider,

:48:13.:48:18.

absolutely hates. Very into aerodynamics, and he has done a lot

:48:19.:48:24.

of testing in the wind tunnel with the British track squad to see how

:48:25.:48:28.

much difference it can make. It is a significant amount. You can't really

:48:29.:48:36.

feel the difference going along, but who knows when you can save five or

:48:37.:48:42.

ten seconds through a stage? That makes a lot of difference through

:48:43.:48:46.

all the stages. Somebody asked earlier how much difference it makes

:48:47.:48:49.

to be on somebody's wheel. I think it is about 30%. Much more than that

:48:50.:48:56.

in a big peloton. But it is also not great to be right at the back. I

:48:57.:48:59.

can't quite remember the science now. If you can remember, get in

:49:00.:49:07.

touch and tell me. I'm not sure exactly what it is, but in the

:49:08.:49:11.

research with team pursuit of four riders going round a track, the

:49:12.:49:14.

person in second has an advantage, the person in third has the most,

:49:15.:49:18.

and the person and forth slightly less. As the wind billows behind

:49:19.:49:27.

you, it actually has a factor on the man at the back. As they come

:49:28.:49:32.

through, lots of checks. Just to make sure everyone is in a safe

:49:33.:49:34.

place. I have forgotten what I was going to

:49:35.:49:50.

say now! A terrible picture has entered my mind. We will swiftly

:49:51.:49:56.

move on. The beach is here. Terrific seafood, incidentally, in this part

:49:57.:49:59.

of the world. You will never taste better salmon than around here. Our

:50:00.:50:04.

friends in Scotland will probably disagree, but it is amazing.

:50:05.:50:15.

We are in Skerries, and it looks like a river estuary. Very shallow,

:50:16.:50:21.

and some beached boats as well. A coastal town. These information

:50:22.:50:27.

schedules are not offering us much! We can see it is on the coast. Three

:50:28.:50:33.

minutes and three. Into the woodland area, which is nasty. They can get

:50:34.:50:37.

quite skitter re-, and the roads can be quite greasy. When the leaves

:50:38.:50:43.

fall, some of them rot on the road at this time of year, and it can get

:50:44.:50:54.

very slippery. You can also get a lot of micro-sought from diesel

:50:55.:50:56.

exhausts that finds itself on the road, and that is not washed away.

:50:57.:51:06.

-- soot. They all skipped over that speed bump, which has not been

:51:07.:51:10.

ground down. Whistles and penance for the safety folk. They were

:51:11.:51:14.

warned about it. A big shout for the marshals, who have done a fantastic

:51:15.:51:18.

job in Northern Ireland will stop they called in volunteers and use

:51:19.:51:20.

them very wisely. STUDIO: indeed, thousands of

:51:21.:51:37.

volunteers helping out here. It is a global sport, but no more so than

:51:38.:51:46.

for the local riders. We have Dan Martin, who crashed out on the take

:51:47.:51:49.

their word time trial, and Nico Roshan. His team-mate Chris Jensen

:51:50.:52:00.

was actually born in Ireland as well, although he now represents

:52:01.:52:05.

Denmark. Gavin caught up with his dad. You have come all the way from

:52:06.:52:09.

Denmark. Tellers about the special connection

:52:10.:52:13.

your son has been Ireland. Well, he was born here in 1989. The

:52:14.:52:18.

connection is really strong. Elementary and he is officially one

:52:19.:52:23.

of ours! He would like to think so, but with Danish parents, he is a

:52:24.:52:27.

little bit torn between his loyalties to Denmark and Ireland.

:52:28.:52:30.

But having lived here for 16 years before we moved back to Denmark, he

:52:31.:52:34.

has every right to be a bit confused! How much has the enjoy the

:52:35.:52:39.

experience? Enormously. I have never seen him so nervous as he was on the

:52:40.:52:43.

starting line in Belfast, and he was lapping it up, and once the team

:52:44.:52:47.

time trial was over, which went well for him and the team, he was able to

:52:48.:52:52.

relax, and he is so delighted to be doing a grand tour and especially

:52:53.:52:58.

one in Ireland. It is amazing. And in great company, with Nicholas

:52:59.:53:04.

Roach. Yes, his Irish team-mate. They do argue about who is the most

:53:05.:53:08.

Irish! I would have thought Chris would be a little bit at a

:53:09.:53:11.

disadvantage, because Nicholas has at least one Irish parent, but Chris

:53:12.:53:15.

counters by saying he was born in Ireland, and if that evens it out,

:53:16.:53:20.

he claims to deliver the killer punch by saying he speaks English

:53:21.:53:23.

with an Irish accent, hinting that Nicholas maybe has a bit of a French

:53:24.:53:28.

accent to his English. But that is just friendly banter. Chris works

:53:29.:53:31.

for Nicholas, and his role is as a helper, a domestique, as we say. It

:53:32.:53:39.

is not particularly glamorous, but he loves it. He is living out his

:53:40.:53:45.

dream. The fact he helps Nicholas, giving him his bike if he has a

:53:46.:53:48.

crash, or the waiting for him if he ever delay on the road, or if the

:53:49.:53:54.

peloton is split, that is his job, and he is enjoying that. He hopes

:53:55.:53:57.

one day that in some of the smaller races, maybe he will be the captain,

:53:58.:54:02.

and Nicholas will work for him. This must be a very special day for you,

:54:03.:54:08.

a very proud dad. Very much so. We owe Ireland an enormous amount,

:54:09.:54:11.

having lived here for 16 years and enjoyed every moment of it. I don't

:54:12.:54:15.

think Chris would raise a bicycle and it was not for Ireland, because

:54:16.:54:19.

the Wicklow Mountains, the many mountain bike races we did in the

:54:20.:54:23.

north and the fact that he was part of the Irish team for the youth

:54:24.:54:29.

Olympics in 2005. A not particularly strong member of that team, but he

:54:30.:54:33.

sneaked into it. That gave him the boost and gave him the hope that

:54:34.:54:36.

even in Denmark, where the competition is higher, a higher

:54:37.:54:39.

level over on the continent, but he felt that with his Irish background,

:54:40.:54:44.

and the ruggedness, if you can go up the Wicklow Mountains with the wind

:54:45.:54:49.

in your face and tarmac under your wheels, you can really hack it

:54:50.:54:52.

anywhere. So Ireland has been so important for us. Being back is

:54:53.:54:57.

quite emotional for him and for his mother, and for me as well, of

:54:58.:55:02.

course. Just around 40 kilometres. It will

:55:03.:55:06.

get an awful lot quicker and an awful lot more dangerous. It is

:55:07.:55:11.

always getting quicker and quicker. You can see problems with the

:55:12.:55:14.

barriers here at the finish line. The wind coming in and pushing them

:55:15.:55:22.

over. They have the sponsors' logos strapped to the side, and they will

:55:23.:55:24.

have to make sure that does not happen when the riders coming. In

:55:25.:55:32.

some places, they have been taken off. I don't know if that is because

:55:33.:55:35.

they had been blown over. But it gives you an idea of how windy it is

:55:36.:55:40.

at the finish. Very much so. The organisers will have to take great

:55:41.:55:43.

care, and indeed, the security staff will stop a might have to have

:55:44.:55:47.

someone hold onto it. We will see. Let's hope they stay safe. Together

:55:48.:55:54.

taking a little feed. Thinking about internal, who probably started this

:55:55.:55:59.

race as an out and out favourite, and we haven't had a test for the

:56:00.:56:04.

climbers so far. We have a leader of the King of the Mountains

:56:05.:56:07.

competition, and it is Mr Gillingham D. He has taken both of

:56:08.:56:14.

bottles and gels being handed out, and they are taking their time,

:56:15.:56:20.

making they are taking them properly. Time for a couple more

:56:21.:56:23.

questions before we get into the real back end of this race. Mark

:56:24.:56:29.

Moore had asked what the top speed riders might get up to is over the

:56:30.:56:34.

course of the three weeks. A Sprint like today, riders can get it to 70

:56:35.:56:40.

miles an hour in the right conditions. I don't think they will

:56:41.:56:43.

get there today. A slight headwind finish, but still close to 60, if

:56:44.:56:48.

not over. On the mountains, it very much depends on the descent.

:56:49.:56:53.

Technically, if there are a lot of corners, you cannot reach a

:56:54.:56:56.

high-speed, although it might be up to 80. I think I got my highest ever

:56:57.:57:02.

speed on a bike in the first zero I did. -- versus Giro d'Italia I did.

:57:03.:57:11.

I got 126 kilometres an hour. Not exactly sure what that is in miles

:57:12.:57:15.

per hour, but very fast. That sounds scary! You have to have confidence

:57:16.:57:22.

not only in your bike handling skills, but in your bike. I have to

:57:23.:57:27.

say, I can't remember exactly what speed it was, but there is a certain

:57:28.:57:31.

speed where you just start to think, I hope the mechanic did the

:57:32.:57:39.

bolts up! My fastest descent ever was in Sheffield. When I hit the

:57:40.:57:48.

breaks, the locks broke, and I went break free.

:57:49.:57:55.

To film a helicopter, you need a helicopter. It is a rule of the

:57:56.:58:01.

movies. At least you definitely now know we have two helicopters. Rain

:58:02.:58:05.

clouds are rolling in, giving is a good old soaking, but the sun has

:58:06.:58:09.

joined as yet again at the end of the day. This is stage three of the

:58:10.:58:13.

Giro d'Italia, finishing in Dublin, and look at the wind. It is going to

:58:14.:58:19.

be massive. Yes, the first point at which I have seen wind playing a

:58:20.:58:23.

part. You can see the flags in the background there, blowing across the

:58:24.:58:25.

road from the left-hand side of the screen as we look at it, which is

:58:26.:58:29.

why we see these riders just fanning across the road. The Colombian

:58:30.:58:34.

champion at the front, and behind him and to the left, Dockx. Just

:58:35.:58:40.

trying to get protection from the wing. Whether anyone in the peloton

:58:41.:58:43.

will start riding high behind, I am not sure, that they will have to

:58:44.:58:47.

write reasonably hard to close this gap down. It is still close to three

:58:48.:58:51.

minutes, so they will have to ride at a reasonable speed from here to

:58:52.:58:54.

the finish to make sure they catch this breakaway. Do your jersey up!

:58:55.:59:03.

He does exactly that. He was trying to do it before. That's when I first

:59:04.:59:06.

noticed, the wind caught his front wheel and threw him off, not enough

:59:07.:59:12.

to cause him to crash, but that was the first indication I got that

:59:13.:59:16.

there was a lots of wind out there. When we look at these little rooster

:59:17.:59:20.

tail is being kicked up of the wheels, it even stings the face,

:59:21.:59:24.

when that kind of level of water is being thrown up. 36.5 kilometres to

:59:25.:59:31.

go, and a bit of and acceleration here. They have had a bit of a

:59:32.:59:36.

crash, if you crashes, where they have waited for riders. What that

:59:37.:59:41.

has done is, it has allowed those in the breakaway to hold station. We

:59:42.:59:46.

told you yesterday about the general rule about a breakaway. Avellino

:59:47.:59:54.

here, trying to pace himself. Do your rain jersey up, and you will go

:59:55.:59:57.

quicker! He is a sprinter, might well be there towards the end. He

:59:58.:00:05.

was ninth yesterday. A general rule, as I just said, two minutes and 43,

:00:06.:00:11.

it is about one minute per ten kilometres. That could be closed

:00:12.:00:15.

down. If that gap holds, and we get to around about 15 or 18 to go, they

:00:16.:00:28.

might be back on dry roads. Very different weathering conditions

:00:29.:00:31.

between the breakaway compared to the peloton, where the rain is

:00:32.:00:36.

really coming down hard. There must only be two kilometres between the

:00:37.:00:40.

two of them but it is making a surprising difference. There will

:00:41.:00:46.

only be three riders comfortable in that bend. Some of the team cars

:00:47.:00:56.

have TV and they are probably listening to exactly what we are

:00:57.:01:08.

saying now. Sometimes we tease them! A mixed servers as well, there are a

:01:09.:01:16.

few repairs going on that were forgotten in the build-up. This is a

:01:17.:01:32.

high paced babe. -- day. It is amazing how much energy you can save

:01:33.:01:42.

if you use the slipstream. Yes, sometimes it is impossible to get

:01:43.:01:48.

back to the peloton if you cannot use the slipstream effect behind the

:01:49.:01:56.

cars. There is the experienced duo at the front. Doing a fantastic job

:01:57.:02:06.

just in case anything happens in the wind. Nairo Quintana did not want it

:02:07.:02:16.

to be too windy but he is doing a great job. Oh! We neared our cabin.

:02:17.:02:25.

They have stacked up behind. This could well be big one. -- we knew it

:02:26.:02:39.

would happen. Brett Lancaster is there. This is a disaster for the

:02:40.:02:45.

Australian squad. Not looking particularly good. Oh, my goodness.

:02:46.:03:07.

That is Cameron Meyer on the floor. He has gone completely pale and I'm

:03:08.:03:13.

not surprised. Just wondering if he is OK. Has he taken a crack on the

:03:14.:03:23.

jaw? Let's have a look, look just to the left of your screen. It is just

:03:24.:03:31.

out of shot, you will see the camera catch up with it right now.

:03:32.:03:39.

Goodness. It looks like team-mates may well have got involved. One of

:03:40.:03:51.

the sky riders is also down. It is hard to tell from the overhead

:03:52.:04:00.

shots. Unfortunately, one of the riders had already been involved in

:04:01.:04:04.

a crash at the intermediate sprint. He is just getting back onto his

:04:05.:04:11.

bike, as is Cameron Meyer. He will try to re-game contact with the

:04:12.:04:16.

peloton. Not going to be an easy task, they haven't let up this time

:04:17.:04:24.

and they can't afford to do so. It will be a difficult contact for

:04:25.:04:27.

those guys who crashed to get back to the peloton. They have a big

:04:28.:04:35.

problem, because they have more team principals up the road there will be

:04:36.:04:39.

protected and that gap cannot be allowed to get out. We told you how

:04:40.:04:53.

clever BMC are. They knew there was a technical area coming up and they

:04:54.:05:00.

completely avoided that problem. You can see groups trying to chase back

:05:01.:05:07.

on here. But they are still off the back of the peloton. It takes teams

:05:08.:05:12.

are well to know exactly who has been left behind. There will be

:05:13.:05:16.

allsorts of communications going on to make sure the team leaders are

:05:17.:05:24.

OK. I think you are right. Carleton Evans is widely experienced and he

:05:25.:05:28.

knows where he needs to be. You widely reduce your chances if you

:05:29.:05:38.

stay up there in that top 20. Plenty of rain protection has been handed

:05:39.:05:43.

out to the crowd. I'm looking out at the moment and there is no way to

:05:44.:05:47.

walk by on the paving. It is absolutely rammed. They will get one

:05:48.:05:56.

hell of a welcome south of the border, as they have had north on

:05:57.:06:03.

the two stages. Heading down to Dublin, just over 180 kilometres for

:06:04.:06:10.

them to deal with today. 31.8 of them left. You are looking at the

:06:11.:06:15.

breakaway riders. They have had more road space to play with, so they

:06:16.:06:21.

have stayed safe. Yes, it is very calm up there compared to further

:06:22.:06:30.

behind. They are nervous. You can see the group behind is just about

:06:31.:06:37.

making contact with the peloton. We don't have identification of the

:06:38.:06:40.

members of that group but it looks like they will make it back to the

:06:41.:06:44.

peloton. That will have taken some energy out of them. Although there

:06:45.:06:55.

has been a gentle easing off the pace, I think the deed is starting

:06:56.:06:59.

to play a part for those in the breakaway as well. -- I think

:07:00.:07:20.

fatigue. 31.1 kilometres to go. Back on his bike, yesterday they were

:07:21.:07:30.

working for Ben Swift. The drag out the finish might favour him a bit

:07:31.:07:35.

more than yesterday. Let's hope the Norwegian is doing OK. It will give

:07:36.:07:42.

him a big rat although. Even if you have not broken anything, it affects

:07:43.:07:46.

the musculature and he will have had to fight to get back on. That said,

:07:47.:07:52.

he has let it be known he is looking for an exit from sky. It may well be

:07:53.:08:08.

hampering Ben 's chances as well. We will see how ragged the build-up to

:08:09.:08:21.

the home stretch will be. These crashes have affected a lot of

:08:22.:08:28.

people. Here is the other Irish rider in the race that people forget

:08:29.:08:34.

about. He's got a plethora of raincoats. He as to be careful that

:08:35.:08:41.

he doesn't get snagged! He has won in his mouth! -- he has one. You can

:08:42.:08:59.

find them on eBay later. If it is wet tomorrow they will be forced to

:09:00.:09:05.

wear Orica GreenEdge advertising. There is a good relationship between

:09:06.:09:16.

that team and Sky. Some of the movies that they put up features Sky

:09:17.:09:22.

riders as well. So it is a nice, friendly rivalry and they help each

:09:23.:09:28.

other out. These guys are in sunshine. A little bit more pressure

:09:29.:09:33.

in the tyres is wanted at this point, I would think. Not much they

:09:34.:09:44.

can do about that. Although those high tubes do leak air so where the

:09:45.:09:52.

optimal pressure is as low as 4.5 bars, they will actually start with

:09:53.:09:56.

more than that so that they get to the crunch point at the right time.

:09:57.:10:06.

They usually called for the last drink about 30 kilometres from the

:10:07.:10:08.

line. Just under 30 kilometres to go from

:10:09.:10:18.

the finish, the breakaway has just over one minute on the peloton but

:10:19.:10:22.

that is likely to come back together and we are predicting a strained

:10:23.:10:29.

finish. All eyes will be on yesterday 's stage winner and the

:10:30.:10:34.

birthday boy Marcel Kittel. Gavin caught up with him last night after

:10:35.:10:39.

his stage win. How special is this to you? I was looking forward to

:10:40.:10:48.

today. I wanted to get a win and I was very excited before the start.

:10:49.:10:53.

Now I am super proud. Everyone was nervous and wanted to be in front.

:10:54.:11:00.

No team could really make a lead, including our own team. So we had to

:11:01.:11:05.

fight for position. And it was about coming first around the last corner.

:11:06.:11:14.

Tomorrow you will be the favourite again. I think so, but after today,

:11:15.:11:23.

there is some pressure gone. We can look forward to tomorrow. Certainly

:11:24.:11:30.

looking forward to seeing the race arrived here in Dublin. It could be

:11:31.:11:35.

chaotic in that sprint finish. Who better to tell us what it is like

:11:36.:11:45.

than the men involved? 800 metres, we are nearly at the big turn! The

:11:46.:11:57.

adrenaline is forlorn. It is pretty exciting. -- is full-on. Every team

:11:58.:12:13.

has a view riders working to put their printer -- best sprinter into

:12:14.:12:24.

the ideal position. The guys at the front go to the max until they are

:12:25.:12:28.

entirely empty and then they swing off. Actually you need for eyes to

:12:29.:12:44.

check everything. It is a battle. Then you get a lot of shoulders and

:12:45.:12:49.

head butts. It's not a nice place to be. In the end, it is all about

:12:50.:12:58.

timing. You have to concentrate and be relaxed enough to follow your

:12:59.:13:04.

plan. You can sense the adrenaline as you get closer and closer. And it

:13:05.:13:10.

kind of goes into slow motion almost. And then it just erupts.

:13:11.:13:46.

If you think about your own personal safety, you cannot sprint. You need

:13:47.:13:57.

to rely on your team-mates and completely trust everybody. When a

:13:58.:14:00.

spring goes wrong, it always goes horribly wrong. I know people

:14:01.:14:09.

prepare a lot for these sprints. They will know what to expect. I

:14:10.:14:14.

should just say the noise behind us is the crowd cheering on the riders.

:14:15.:14:27.

You will have seen the chicane. They will have videos of these parts of

:14:28.:14:34.

the race. They will have viewed it this morning. They won't know about

:14:35.:14:39.

the wet conditions, or about the wind. We've seen sprinters in

:14:40.:14:45.

trouble today, so it is very unpredictable. We understand Mike

:14:46.:14:51.

Matthews did go down briefly but he is back on his bike and looking

:14:52.:14:56.

comfortable. Cameron Meyer went down very happily. Yes, and his team-mate

:14:57.:15:09.

did as well. That will certainly affect the Orica GreenEdge team.

:15:10.:15:18.

These guys are so hardy, often doing running repairs as they go. When

:15:19.:15:25.

they get back to their team bus as tonight, that is where the real

:15:26.:15:28.

helpful comment. Yes, you want to get back on your bike as soon as

:15:29.:15:34.

possible. As long as you take, the peloton is getting away. You have to

:15:35.:15:37.

get back on your bike and cope with any injuries you have picked up will

:15:38.:15:43.

stop you often see riders getting back on their bike and then pulling

:15:44.:15:47.

out of the race later with something like a broken collarbone or even a

:15:48.:15:51.

broken pelvis that is masked by the adrenaline. The gap is plummeting

:15:52.:15:58.

now, 46 or 47 seconds. The breakaway have been away most of the day, the

:15:59.:16:03.

five riders, including the leader, but the rest of the peloton is just

:16:04.:16:06.

coming along. That will be controlled now by the sprint teams

:16:07.:16:10.

as they try and bring it back together. Yes, Shimano and or occur

:16:11.:16:17.

have clearly had a bit of a day, Orica GreenEdge, and they are trying

:16:18.:16:23.

to catch the break too soon. They don't want the race back together

:16:24.:16:27.

before they get into the outskirts of Dublin. They want to make sure

:16:28.:16:30.

there is no opportunity for anyone else to attack before the finish.

:16:31.:16:34.

Della Machar lets get back to the commentary now to bring this race

:16:35.:16:35.

today to a climax. When it comes to the mountains, they

:16:36.:16:44.

can make up ground, and they do want to lose any of those favoured guys

:16:45.:16:49.

here. They carried the top numbers. Even though our defending champion

:16:50.:16:52.

is going to do the Tour de France this year, they still have Scarponi

:16:53.:16:56.

and Fabio Aru, and Michael LAMDA is there as in doubt climbers, and

:16:57.:17:02.

indeed GC specialist. So they have a decent team with them, but the time

:17:03.:17:07.

trialling expert amongst this team... This year, there is a

:17:08.:17:11.

mountain time trial as well, just to test everybody out. That will be a

:17:12.:17:17.

challenge. Certainly will. For the GC riders, it is more to their

:17:18.:17:20.

favour than a flat time trial, I guess. I am trying to think

:17:21.:17:28.

quickly, Evans is probably the best flat time trialist of the GC riders.

:17:29.:17:42.

Kent Arnault, himself, has won some big time trials on some big races.

:17:43.:17:47.

In the Basque country, he won overall by winning the last time

:17:48.:17:53.

trial. Nonetheless, that means he is pretty accomplished against the

:17:54.:17:58.

clock. Tony can have his off days when he gets a bit salty. I was

:17:59.:18:02.

going to say his lip starts trembling, but if that starts

:18:03.:18:05.

happening, there could be an earthquake! 22.7 kilometres to go.

:18:06.:18:10.

48 seconds, and I think they have done the job now. Just in case there

:18:11.:18:16.

are any more knocks, I think they wanted to close that gap right down

:18:17.:18:21.

so they can manage the situation. I think it is...

:18:22.:18:30.

They have also had cars and on the deck earlier. So they're too quick

:18:31.:18:40.

men have had issues. There is appear to be mechanical. Let's have a look.

:18:41.:18:43.

Sailing out. Ben Swift yesterday finished in

:18:44.:18:57.

seventh place in a mixed sprint. Could do better today, because that

:18:58.:19:06.

uphill RAM as well, . Thank you for all of your kind comments on

:19:07.:19:09.

Twitter. It has been a joy to hear from you today. It has not been a

:19:10.:19:16.

dramatic stage necessarily, but certainly a long one. Tomorrow is a

:19:17.:19:21.

rest day, don't forget, so a little hiatus to build up the drama yet

:19:22.:19:27.

again. And then on stage four, another one for this printer is, so

:19:28.:19:31.

I hope you stay with us throughout the entire Giro d'Italia, especially

:19:32.:19:35.

those fans in Northern Ireland and indeed the Republic of Ireland, who

:19:36.:19:37.

have now found the sport and fallen in love with it as an island in its

:19:38.:19:45.

entirety. Quite remarkable, and lovely to see. We are glad you have

:19:46.:19:48.

been along for the right, so thank you for that. Here they come. They

:19:49.:19:53.

will be making a turn fairly shortly down, and it will be destination

:19:54.:20:00.

Dublin. Let's talk about this run, shall we? At this point in time, I

:20:01.:20:06.

believe they are heading back towards the coast. A feud twists and

:20:07.:20:09.

turns before they finally had South West into Dublin. We will explain

:20:10.:20:14.

the technical running a little later on. The pink jersey from last

:20:15.:20:19.

year's race helping Ben Swift to get back towards the peloton, so he is

:20:20.:20:24.

doing a good job for his team-mate. No word yet as to whether Hagen

:20:25.:20:30.

managed to get back on. He is here somewhere, but they have not spotted

:20:31.:20:35.

him yet. Yes, a difficult day, especially when you have do

:20:36.:20:43.

essentially retrieve yourself . Nicolas Roche does not want to go

:20:44.:20:47.

the same way as Dan Martin. There is a possibility that someone might

:20:48.:20:50.

have a big issue late on. It is technical in the running, and we are

:20:51.:20:54.

approaching the 20 kilometre mark. All the main GC boys are very

:20:55.:20:59.

conscious about being out front. I suppose if you don't do your

:21:00.:21:02.

research, just watch BMC and follow what they do. They have an amazing

:21:03.:21:07.

quick turn of speed, and can guide their principal rider, to the right

:21:08.:21:12.

place at the right time. In the right place right now are a

:21:13.:21:18.

breakaway group of fried riders -- five riders. 20 kilometres to go,

:21:19.:21:22.

including Maarten Tjallingii, the man who wears that leaders jersey,

:21:23.:21:29.

albeit in the King of the Mountains competition. The other jerseys have

:21:30.:21:33.

had their issues today, although Marcel Kittel seems to have avoided

:21:34.:21:37.

the problems that have dogged some others. Mike Matthews is wearing the

:21:38.:21:42.

overall general classification pink jersey, the one that everyone wants,

:21:43.:21:46.

and he has taken a tumble today. He is not amongst the fast men we are

:21:47.:21:53.

expecting to feature. Boasson Hagen of Team Sky has taken a tumble as

:21:54.:21:59.

well. Plenty of road rash to be dealt with tonight, but I think they

:22:00.:22:02.

will forget about that now as the adrenaline kicks in. 51 seconds now,

:22:03.:22:07.

the gap between these men in the break and the pack, with just 19.3

:22:08.:22:12.

to go. Soon we will make the turn towards the city of Dublin, where

:22:13.:22:13.

our finish line awaits. For those who have just joined us, a

:22:14.:22:43.

nasty chicane year with 350 metres to go, a left followed by a right

:22:44.:22:48.

very quickly afterwards. That is what happens in chicanes! And before

:22:49.:22:52.

that, within one kilometre to go, they go over the Liffey. To

:22:53.:22:58.

left-hand turns, and a right-hand turn. So it is technical, it is a

:22:59.:23:02.

case of being in a good position some way from the finish, and I'm

:23:03.:23:06.

sure Marcel Kittel on his birthday will be hoping that his team-mates

:23:07.:23:11.

can deliver him to win number two. Average speed has risen to 41

:23:12.:23:16.

kilometres an hour, so the automatic speed indicator at the side of the

:23:17.:23:20.

road, part of a traffic calming plan, I think, indicates. Not quite

:23:21.:23:30.

sure what was going on there. It looked like indigestion! 18.3

:23:31.:23:35.

kilometres to go. 49 seconds is the gap. The crowds have been

:23:36.:23:39.

immaculate. We do, of course, tease them, but that is the great

:23:40.:23:44.

friendship in mind. Yes, it is to reflect. Everybody seems to be wants

:23:45.:23:49.

to be part of this great race. It is great to see. Everyone also wants to

:23:50.:23:53.

be part of the safety area, which is out front. Dan, you are having a

:23:54.:23:58.

brief moment to look out of the commentary position, as we both are.

:23:59.:24:02.

You can't see anything other than people's head. It is remarkable.

:24:03.:24:06.

Yes, I was looking to see the road conditions, but it is incredible,

:24:07.:24:10.

hard to even walk through. I would say it is beyond ten deep in

:24:11.:24:14.

places. Incredible support for the last three days. A big thank you to

:24:15.:24:19.

the fans here in Ireland, locals and people that have come from further

:24:20.:24:22.

afield, but also to the volunteers who have done such a fantastic job

:24:23.:24:25.

the last three days, and before that, it has really been a huge

:24:26.:24:29.

pleasure for us to visit, a huge pleasure for the riders, and I'm

:24:30.:24:33.

sure the organisers are extremely pleased with the way it has gone.

:24:34.:24:40.

This is the phoney war. The calm before the storm. They know this is

:24:41.:24:43.

technical, so they are all strategising at the moment. They

:24:44.:24:45.

have done the job is far of the break is concerned. 45 seconds. I

:24:46.:24:50.

bet that chillingly goes for it again. He did yesterday, and had a

:24:51.:24:55.

bit of a late turn of speed. They are all getting into their colour

:24:56.:24:59.

blocks, as you can see. The teams are coming together in formation for

:25:00.:25:01.

this big assault. Through Portmarnock, and then making the

:25:02.:25:09.

turn towards Dublin. It is a little wiggly course, and then we finish

:25:10.:25:16.

just beside of Trinity University, a beautiful part of town,

:25:17.:25:19.

incidentally. Lots of Georgian buildings, tall and elegant, as they

:25:20.:25:29.

are. So are the locals! 16.9 kilometres to go. 42 seconds is the

:25:30.:25:37.

gap, and it looks like plenty of furniture also giving them the kick

:25:38.:25:39.

up the backside at that point. If nothing else, that will wake them

:25:40.:25:44.

up. How will Marcel Kittel do, and indeed, his boys from Canada? And is

:25:45.:25:49.

looking at Al Timmer at the moment. Here he is. Part of a very well

:25:50.:25:56.

marshalled team. Not the a team as far as lead out our concern for

:25:57.:26:00.

Marcel Kittel, but he has so much power to deliver, that he can. Yes,

:26:01.:26:06.

he is so powerful. Over the last 12 months in particular. I remember

:26:07.:26:09.

riding against him for the first time, I think for years ago, and my

:26:10.:26:15.

team-mate at the time said, watch out for this man. The same with John

:26:16.:26:19.

Deighton, who has gone on to great things, but Kittel was already fat

:26:20.:26:22.

then, and he has got faster since then. He is supremely powerful and

:26:23.:26:28.

has put the dominant sprinter from the last ten years, Mark Cavendish,

:26:29.:26:33.

in his place a couple of times in the last two years. Cavendish,

:26:34.:26:37.

arguably the best sprinter of all time, but certainly the best

:26:38.:26:44.

sprinter of his generation. Tinkoff-Saxo coming to the front

:26:45.:26:47.

now, and we have seen them do this in the past. Look already at the

:26:48.:26:54.

effect that is having on the rest of the bunch. They knew where the wind

:26:55.:26:57.

was coming from round the corner. It has already strung out. Doesn't take

:26:58.:27:02.

too long with pressure like this to start opening up between riders.

:27:03.:27:07.

Absolutely streaming, there are ways in the wind, you can be sure.

:27:08.:27:12.

Gullies as well taking the water away from the road. Not much

:27:13.:27:16.

standing water, considering the amount of rain we have had. Ken L

:27:17.:27:23.

Evans, BMC, the wise old dog hears, calling for his boys to put in some

:27:24.:27:26.

power. He is playing the long game and doing a good job. Evans in third

:27:27.:27:32.

place. Wheels Alessandro Petacchi. Mike Matthews, a couple of

:27:33.:27:39.

team-mates around him, they are trying to bring him up to make sure

:27:40.:27:41.

he is protected and that the very front. Daniel Oss is on the very

:27:42.:27:46.

front, with Evans two behind him, so we have some very experienced guys

:27:47.:27:49.

up towards the front. Whether or not they will have enough strength to

:27:50.:27:52.

split things completely, I am not sure, but they are doing a great job

:27:53.:27:55.

of keeping their leader safe and making sure he is not behind any

:27:56.:28:06.

splits. A nasty little break around this roundabout, with 15 kilometres

:28:07.:28:11.

to go for the pack. They are 26 seconds in arrears of the five

:28:12.:28:14.

breakaway riders, who have already started checking over their

:28:15.:28:19.

shoulders. Here we go. I don't know where they get these outfits from!

:28:20.:28:24.

He nearly came a cropper! He did the job, though. Also doing the job is

:28:25.:28:36.

chillingly. He will be lighter, and it might be more than just spending

:28:37.:28:41.

a penny. 14.4 kilometres to go, 19 seconds.

:28:42.:28:46.

It is BMC, . Here comes Harare, amongst the lamprey boys. He will

:28:47.:28:59.

have to do it on his own yet again, but he is capable of doing so. 14.1.

:29:00.:29:07.

For me, Viviani, we know Kittel is the out and out favourite. We are

:29:08.:29:14.

trying to look beyond him. But also don't count out Francesco Kiki in

:29:15.:29:16.

what looks like the laundry accidents. Bright yellow. It is

:29:17.:29:21.

bright pink that is the leader's jersey in the Giro d'Italia, and

:29:22.:29:33.

Stephen Roche, in a decent addition, staying safe. It is

:29:34.:29:36.

starting to open up in the middle-of-the-road.

:29:37.:29:42.

More street furniture, unguarded. Somebody blew a whistle, and thank

:29:43.:29:47.

goodness the riders are working for each other with 13 to go. The first

:29:48.:29:52.

we have seen of Trek Factory Racing coming up to the front, I think on

:29:53.:29:59.

behalf of Kittel, although it should be another wearing that. Things so

:30:00.:30:06.

nervous here in the peloton at the moment, from the crosswinds to the

:30:07.:30:09.

corners to the street furniture, everybody wants to be towards the

:30:10.:30:17.

front, and so far, they have done a great job. Less than 13 kilometres

:30:18.:30:20.

to go before we see the big sprinter teams coming back up, and that will

:30:21.:30:25.

be Callan del and Jane Shimano primarily, with others trying to get

:30:26.:30:32.

into the mix. Me outside pick yesterday made the podium. If they

:30:33.:30:35.

had got the running better sorted out, it was a young leader, maybe he

:30:36.:30:40.

could have gone that extra step. They are mobbing the road at the

:30:41.:30:43.

moment, and there will be a hiatus once these boys are caught. I don't

:30:44.:30:47.

think Maarten Tjallingii will go over it again. That is usually when

:30:48.:30:53.

he goes to the back of a breakaway group, and then attacks late on.

:30:54.:30:56.

Somebody will have a go just to do it for the sponsors. A late one. The

:30:57.:31:14.

sprinter there has had a problem. Believe it or not, I don't think you

:31:15.:31:18.

will find it too hard to get back to the peloton. There is a headwind,

:31:19.:31:27.

which is why the peloton is spread across the road. The breakaway has

:31:28.:31:37.

almost extended its lead. No chance of anything splitting up, but for

:31:38.:31:44.

the second day running, he is having problems. It is a shame, he was one

:31:45.:31:54.

of my outside picks for the day. He looks very concerned, which I think

:31:55.:32:00.

means he is taking today seriously. So watch out for him. Because of

:32:01.:32:17.

this, everybody is wanting to keep it together as it is at the moment.

:32:18.:32:26.

No declared gap between these five breakaways and the pack mobbing the

:32:27.:32:35.

road. That is a hell of the site. Everyone is quite happy to be at the

:32:36.:32:40.

front of that group. The pace has gone out with the danger of the wind

:32:41.:32:43.

direction but it won't be long before the spring teas -- the sprint

:32:44.:32:53.

teams come up. It seems like the strap is broken, said the mechanic

:32:54.:32:59.

having to tape his shoe tight. It is very important, it makes a

:33:00.:33:04.

difference to the amount of power you can put into the pedals. The

:33:05.:33:21.

breakaway is about to be swept up, and can I just apologised to some of

:33:22.:33:25.

our viewers. The picture on the satellite is breaking up. All source

:33:26.:33:34.

of weather conditions, that is the name of the game when you are

:33:35.:33:37.

covering a big sport event like this. But apologies for the less

:33:38.:33:42.

than pristine picture and we hope things will be perfect as we come to

:33:43.:33:55.

the finish. Showing off the blue jersey on the left there. They are

:33:56.:34:00.

down to four, the Colombian rider has just left. As soon as the

:34:01.:34:08.

sprinter teams get themselves in good order, they will be ready to

:34:09.:34:13.

go. Just about ten kilometres to go now. The gap has expanded slightly,

:34:14.:34:18.

but this is just make sure all the personnel are where they should be

:34:19.:34:27.

for each the teams. It will hover at around 20 seconds until one of the

:34:28.:34:31.

sprint teams comes to the front. They are literally just there to

:34:32.:34:33.

keep their teams in the right position. For the sprinters teams it

:34:34.:34:40.

does, they want to have a chance of their leader crossing the line in

:34:41.:34:45.

the first position. And birthday boy Marcel Kittel will be looking to

:34:46.:34:50.

double up. In order to do that, they need to put somebody at the front.

:34:51.:34:55.

They won't be too worried, they will want to save as much as possible for

:34:56.:35:00.

this final lead up. It will be interesting to see who takes it up

:35:01.:35:07.

first. It does not really get technical until round about five

:35:08.:35:11.

kilometres to go. Then there are number of corners towards the

:35:12.:35:17.

finish. There will be a left-hand turn, then a snaking run before a 90

:35:18.:35:23.

degrees left-hander over the river. Then there is a sequence of turns

:35:24.:35:32.

all culminating with the run. Left over the bridge, left again and then

:35:33.:35:38.

right, and then all hell breaks loose. We are still worried about

:35:39.:35:45.

that chicane which we injured 50 metres to go. 11 seconds is begat,

:35:46.:35:53.

it is virtually nothing. The breakaway knows it is over, it is

:35:54.:35:57.

the pack behind them sorting themselves out. They know that is

:35:58.:36:04.

the business end of the day. We know it is highly technical. We have

:36:05.:36:15.

everyone stays safe. Everyone is happy to be in their sprint trains

:36:16.:36:22.

right now. Surprised to see one of these breakaway riders doing a last

:36:23.:36:26.

ditch attack. As someone pointed out on Twitter, there is a prize every

:36:27.:36:30.

day for the most aggressive rider, which will go to the person in the

:36:31.:36:35.

breakaway who is out the front for the longest. So we might well see

:36:36.:36:42.

him up at the podium at the end of the day. Away he goes! We believe he

:36:43.:36:52.

is going for the combat award. Nobody will be overly concerned

:36:53.:36:56.

about this. He will win some beer money for his team. I don't believe

:36:57.:37:10.

anybody else wants to go for this. They will just go over to the

:37:11.:37:14.

right-hand side of the road, everybody knows they are there and

:37:15.:37:22.

they will be gently reabsorbed. So he decides to help himself to an

:37:23.:37:29.

award, maybe. We'll see. So here's alone, but take no notice. Eight

:37:30.:37:35.

kilometres to go. Look at those beautiful lines of colour. A wide

:37:36.:37:39.

road has opened up an opportunity for teams to marshal themselves into

:37:40.:37:46.

their preferred running order. It is not an easy thing to do to stay in

:37:47.:37:51.

one line as a team. Particularly through corners. This wide road is

:37:52.:37:56.

allowing almost the entire peloton to get towards the front. But it

:37:57.:38:01.

will not be long before we get towards some corners and some

:38:02.:38:06.

narrower roads. Judgement is crucial. Things can really go astray

:38:07.:38:20.

if you judge it wrong. Skype team have got themselves into a decent

:38:21.:38:25.

place. It was a 2-pronged attack which opened up the sent. -- opened

:38:26.:38:47.

up the space. Just look at the way Giant-Shimano are moving. And the

:38:48.:38:57.

king among them is Marcel Kittel. A lovely reverse view at the moment.

:38:58.:39:06.

You can see those guys who'd done their job today, they are not part

:39:07.:39:11.

of the sprint. Seven kilometres to go. It is about the sprinters.

:39:12.:39:17.

Everyone for now is reasonably happy. They will cat and mouse

:39:18.:39:21.

there's almost all the way to the line, it looks like. It is just the

:39:22.:39:28.

nature of the wind at the moment which is making it look this calm.

:39:29.:39:32.

The headwind means it is not strung out. We are seeing sprinters coming

:39:33.:39:43.

up. Then Swift is on the wheel on the right-hand side of our screens.

:39:44.:39:52.

Let's just hope the wind does not cast. Dan Lloyd is standing on his

:39:53.:39:59.

feet and having a look as they come towards the absolute barrier. That

:40:00.:40:06.

is not what you want. Back wheel is changed. If this speed suddenly

:40:07.:40:12.

picks up he is going to need help to get back. That is a bad time for

:40:13.:40:20.

this to happen. He will try his best to get back on. There is a team-mate

:40:21.:40:27.

who will help him get there. He will offer up some wind resistance. Six

:40:28.:40:44.

kilometres to go. 5.9 kilometres. This is where timing becomes crucial

:40:45.:40:47.

because they are just about to come up to a left-hand turn. There will

:40:48.:40:54.

be a mini sprint to get into that one first. After that, there is a

:40:55.:40:59.

long right-hand bend. This is quite an important time for all the

:41:00.:41:04.

sprinters to get themselves into the right place. But easier said than

:41:05.:41:23.

done. You can see the red jersey of Marcel Kittel over on one side of

:41:24.:41:29.

the road. Look at this, 5.2 kilometres to go. They are only

:41:30.:41:33.

about four wide. They all want a part of the road. Three of the

:41:34.:41:44.

Cannondale riders up towards the front. You can see the fact that

:41:45.:41:52.

back corner had on the peloton. These riders have had the advantage

:41:53.:41:57.

of dry roads for the last ten kilometres, but there are patches of

:41:58.:42:02.

wet on this last stretch and that could cause chaos. This is that

:42:03.:42:09.

snaking road I was telling you about. There was a big fight for

:42:10.:42:12.

Marcel Kittel to get back in good order. He has managed to do that.

:42:13.:42:22.

But he is second from last in his own line because he has a wing man

:42:23.:42:25.

behind him protecting his back wheel. He is an enormous presence

:42:26.:42:36.

out there. 4.4 to go as they make this big turn. It is 90 degrees.

:42:37.:42:45.

They will head along the riverside and take a left-hander to cross

:42:46.:42:52.

over. There is a lot to deal with. Not a surprise to see Cannondale and

:42:53.:43:00.

Giant-Shimano up at the front. Alessandro Petacchi, he has won

:43:01.:43:04.

quite a few stages over his career. He said he is not sprinting because

:43:05.:43:12.

he is protecting the interests of Rigoberto Uran. A lot of green, they

:43:13.:43:28.

have lime green. Tyler Farrar rah is mixed in with the largely black

:43:29.:43:35.

races on the left-hand side of your screen. In nasty turn out one, that

:43:36.:43:41.

was well marshalled by Cannondale and Giant-Shimano. 3.2 to go.

:43:42.:43:57.

Perfect positioning for Marcel Kittel and Elia Viviani. But Marcel

:43:58.:44:04.

Kittel is down to two team-mates, which is not ideal. You can see two

:44:05.:44:10.

white jerseys. Elia Viviani still has five guys left to work for him.

:44:11.:44:20.

Marcel Kittel looks sort of meerkat like, sitting upright trying to get

:44:21.:44:29.

good vision. Alessandro Petacchi says he is not going to race but we

:44:30.:44:33.

don't believe him. We think he is going to have a go. They will take a

:44:34.:44:41.

left-hand turn shortly. They are all looking at each other, everybody is

:44:42.:44:44.

holding something back because they know they will need all their power

:44:45.:44:52.

in Alaska three re-enter 50 metres. -- in the last 350 metres. Still

:44:53.:44:58.

five guys in front of Elia Viviani. Three guys now Marcel Kittel. I

:44:59.:45:12.

think they might have gone just slightly too early, but of course,

:45:13.:45:15.

they want to get this double left-hander with just over one

:45:16.:45:19.

kilometre to go at the front. David Abilene open estate yesterday, also

:45:20.:45:25.

in the mix for the Mondale in the brown and white. He is a big man as

:45:26.:45:30.

well, he can go well. 1.9 kilometres to go. The introduction to the last

:45:31.:45:38.

here, we're over the Liffey, over the bridge. We are going to make the

:45:39.:45:41.

double turn, and then the chicane with 350 metres to go. Yes,

:45:42.:45:45.

literally 500 metres now till the left-hand turn. The leader of Team

:45:46.:45:50.

Sky on the left-hand side of the road there. Ben Swift is the last

:45:51.:45:53.

man in the group of them. Boasson Hagen ahead of him, and Chris

:45:54.:45:58.

Sutton, the Australian rider. Strong lead out train for Team Sky dear.

:45:59.:46:01.

Change of pace completely, and joining the party is Francis Tisza.

:46:02.:46:05.

They have kicked the door open and invited themselves, and they have

:46:06.:46:10.

said he was a prize fighter. He is in exactly the right position right

:46:11.:46:13.

now. Marcel Kittel may have run out of team-mates here. It is a crucial

:46:14.:46:19.

turn, this. You have to be in the right place. Look at the

:46:20.:46:22.

compression! For coming in, too wide coming out, and Cannondale have

:46:23.:46:27.

mastered this as they go over the Liffey. A double turn, and that must

:46:28.:46:30.

have heard some. They needed all the team-mates they can get. This bodes

:46:31.:46:35.

well for Viviani with one kilometre to go. Kittel in about 15 position,

:46:36.:46:39.

but that does not seem to hold them back in previous stages. A real

:46:40.:46:44.

narrowing here as well, but that should not affect it too much. The

:46:45.:46:50.

speed of Cannondale. Has Kittel got himself too far behind on this

:46:51.:46:56.

race? I think he has. You can see the jersey, news about 15. Hagen

:46:57.:47:03.

nearly lost it there. Alan they are all looking. They are all trying to

:47:04.:47:07.

find a way through. And team Columbia here, to riders here. We

:47:08.:47:12.

will see how they pan out. They are running out of road! They are

:47:13.:47:14.

running out of luck, some of them as well. Here is Barack, so is Viviani!

:47:15.:47:23.

Look at this! This is the chicane we have been worried about. Kittel 's

:47:24.:47:26.

suddenly has joined in! That he is in the red jersey. They are all

:47:27.:47:30.

having a look. And Boasson Hagen, is he going to go this way! They

:47:31.:47:36.

awaiting the Ben Swift. There goes Barack. Where is Bali? Nowhere to be

:47:37.:47:46.

seen! Here it comes! Here comes Kittel! Oh, he takes it on the line!

:47:47.:47:51.

Out of absolutely nowhere, like a bolt of lightning, he delivers! What

:47:52.:47:56.

a guy! Unbelievable racing. A turn of pace.

:47:57.:48:03.

He had nobody with him, he had to do it on his own. He has all the

:48:04.:48:06.

credentials a super sprinter of all time stop he nailed that. The most

:48:07.:48:13.

difficult circumstances. Just look what it has taken out of him. Marcel

:48:14.:48:15.

Kittel. We salute you! He is going to take his breath, and

:48:16.:48:28.

so are we. That was brilliant. You can't take it away from somebody

:48:29.:48:44.

like Marcel Kittel. He had a whole swarm of hornets all around him.

:48:45.:48:52.

Some very high quality out there. Goodness me. We have had our fun

:48:53.:48:58.

today. I hope you have as well. That is a piece of action that will live

:48:59.:49:02.

long. Kittel was out of position, 15 down, and all that a sudden, with

:49:03.:49:07.

less than 300 metres to go, he found the drive and he delivered it

:49:08.:49:12.

significantly. He has gone very, very pale of face on this day, and I

:49:13.:49:18.

am not surprised. Look at this push for the line. And just look at that

:49:19.:49:24.

delivery, round the outside, and he says, it is mine.

:49:25.:49:35.

Boasson Hagen had taken a big old turn, decided to Holgate, I reckon,

:49:36.:49:43.

at one point. We got so much talent though will stop Swift was out

:49:44.:49:48.

there, Viviani as well. Even happily know wanted to join the front. But

:49:49.:49:52.

really, when it comes to the line, it seems there is only one man at

:49:53.:49:56.

the moment who is head and shoulders above absolutely everybody. His name

:49:57.:49:58.

is Marcel Kittel. There is your overhead shot. Look at

:49:59.:50:14.

the ground he is making up, even at that point. Is rapidly approaching,

:50:15.:50:19.

but look at the level of acceleration used. You only have to

:50:20.:50:23.

be on the front when the line arrives, and I think out of all of

:50:24.:50:27.

these 187 kilometres, he did that with just one wheel. Quite

:50:28.:50:32.

remarkable. There is Mike Matthews. I'm just

:50:33.:50:45.

wondering whether he has taken a secondary for here. He looked

:50:46.:50:48.

absolutely exhausted, and it looks like he might well have had an

:50:49.:50:52.

issue. Kittel takes it ahead of Ben Swift, Viviani, Apple Li Na,

:50:53.:50:58.

Bouhanni, Boasson Hagen and Roberto Ferrari. Look at this list of names.

:50:59.:51:04.

Absolutely so impressive. And yet, one man just delivered. Marcel

:51:05.:51:10.

Kittel is in the red jersey. He has 100 points. That's a lot. Then he

:51:11.:51:17.

is. It is dawning on him just exactly what he has delivered.

:51:18.:51:23.

Another stage victory. That red jersey cash who on earth is going to

:51:24.:51:32.

take it off in? Average speed was only attained very lately. Kittel.

:51:33.:51:35.

STUDIO: you will not see a better bit of sprinting than that. What an

:51:36.:51:43.

awesome performance from the Giant Shimano rider. The Giant that is

:51:44.:51:51.

Marcel Kittel. It was phenomenal. He was out of position with one

:51:52.:51:57.

kilometre to go, he was back, it was all Cannondale, we didn't think he

:51:58.:52:01.

would get it, and 200 metres from the line, Kittel started coming

:52:02.:52:04.

past. A headwind at the finish made it a longer sprint. Ben Swift went a

:52:05.:52:10.

little bit soon, and so did Viviani. If it wasn't for the headwind,

:52:11.:52:14.

Kittel would not have got there. Cannondale could do no more. Viviani

:52:15.:52:19.

could not ask for more from his team-mates. They gave him the

:52:20.:52:22.

perfect lead out and control that lead into the sprint finish. The

:52:23.:52:26.

Team Sky guys did very well, fantastic to see Ben Swift gets

:52:27.:52:29.

second in that stage, but how do you deal with Marcel Kittel, with

:52:30.:52:35.

immense power output? Yes, there is no substitute for pure speed. It

:52:36.:52:42.

that like Shimano hadn't got him in the right position at the right

:52:43.:52:46.

time, but he just solved the problem by riding faster. That's all the

:52:47.:52:49.

multitude of problems. It will be interesting to see what Mark

:52:50.:52:53.

Cavendish will make of his performance in the last few days. He

:52:54.:52:57.

is such a presence, and as a rider, feeling he is lurking behind you,

:52:58.:53:00.

and he just sweeps past with that powerful display. The racing we have

:53:01.:53:05.

got lined up this summer between Kittel and Mark Cavendish is going

:53:06.:53:08.

to be breathtaking. Two contrasting styles. Cavendish is so punchy and

:53:09.:53:13.

explosive, and Marcel Kittel, who on a day like today, with a headwind,

:53:14.:53:18.

can take a long, long, long, sprint and just leaves getting faster. Two

:53:19.:53:22.

different riders, two different ways of doing it. Many of these people on

:53:23.:53:26.

the streets here in Dublin will be getting their first taste of a grand

:53:27.:53:29.

tour, and seeing a race of this size. They must just be blown away

:53:30.:53:35.

by what they have seen today. We have got spectators seven and a deep

:53:36.:53:38.

along the finish line who have just seen one of the best sprint I think

:53:39.:53:41.

they are ever going to see. A tremendous exhibition of how to ride

:53:42.:53:45.

fast, how to get yourself out of trouble, and Marcel Kittel was

:53:46.:53:50.

absolutely exhausted. He went white after the finish line. Facedown on

:53:51.:53:55.

the road. That took a lot out of him, but he has a rest day

:53:56.:54:03.

tomorrow, so he will be able to recover. Let's just look back at

:54:04.:54:06.

some of the fantastic images that have made up today at the zero.

:54:07.:54:09.

-- Giro d'Italia. Wonderful scenes there, fantastic

:54:10.:55:14.

scenes in Dublin. We will have the presentation soon, and of course,

:55:15.:55:21.

the gyro continues on into the 1st of June, but we know who lifted it

:55:22.:55:25.

in 1989. It was local hero Stephen Roche.

:55:26.:55:34.

Basically I was starting the gyro with a team-mate who actually won in

:55:35.:55:40.

1986, and I was joint team leader. Going into the zero, I had won a lot

:55:41.:55:47.

of races, and I felt there should be a

:55:48.:55:54.

I had the pink jersey for the first ten days or so, and finally, it was

:55:55.:56:01.

taken of me in a time trial. Once he got it at me, it was as if my ten

:56:02.:56:08.

days in pink had not existed. They had to rework my plans, and had to

:56:09.:56:14.

be creative in a sense, that if I wanted to do well on the Giro, I

:56:15.:56:19.

could not stay where I was, but could not be seen to attack a

:56:20.:56:24.

team-mate. I did not attack him, even though it was decided.

:56:25.:56:30.

I got away from him, anyway, and I don't know about anybody else, in

:56:31.:56:38.

the descent, but I put a few minutes in and took over the pink jersey. A

:56:39.:56:45.

bit of aggro, a bit there. And he said I attacked him, and the Italian

:56:46.:56:49.

public believed him, despite me telling them that I did not attack

:56:50.:56:52.

him. I just went faster than him on the dissent is that I finally won,

:56:53.:56:57.

of course, but it was very difficult, on the road, with the

:56:58.:57:01.

Italian public wanting my skin because he had told them horrible

:57:02.:57:04.

stories about me which were not true. On the road, there were big

:57:05.:57:08.

signs, Roche, go home. People who had been waiting there for hours. As

:57:09.:57:19.

I was coming past, they threw red wine at me, and sprayed me with it.

:57:20.:57:25.

In my hotel, my mechanic looked after my own bike uniquely, for fear

:57:26.:57:31.

of sabotage. My food was also looked after for fear that someone might

:57:32.:57:38.

poison me. The tour for me was always a magnificent event. The

:57:39.:57:41.

passion that people have was one of the things that I think helped gel

:57:42.:57:52.

the Irish and Italian people. I love to see the kids getting into sport,

:57:53.:57:58.

and in 15 years, some kids who came along to the Giro and their dad 's

:57:59.:58:03.

shoulders will be going round in Lycra, having decided, I want to

:58:04.:58:11.

become a cyclist and become a Giro winner. It will be a super legacy

:58:12.:58:16.

for the Giro. Fantastic to hear his reflections on the Giro in 1987.

:58:17.:58:21.

Stephen Roche, a cycling legend, but really a sporting hero. One of the

:58:22.:58:25.

great sporting heroes are Ireland, a man I remember winning the Giro in

:58:26.:58:30.

my childhood, and it is great to hear in talking about the Giro when

:58:31.:58:34.

it is here in his hometown. It has been special in the last couple of

:58:35.:58:40.

days. It has been a wonderful three days for Ireland, and further Giro

:58:41.:58:43.

d'Italia. We realise that all these years that they are made for each

:58:44.:58:47.

other. Marcel Kittel for the webby win of the today, and I hope you

:58:48.:58:52.

have enjoyed our coverage. Goodbye for now.

:58:53.:58:55.

Coverage as the Giro d'Italia leaves Northern Ireland to head south and a sprint finish in Dublin. As well as the live action, we'll bring you all the colour from the peleton's visit earlier in the day to county Armagh. Presented by Jill Douglas.


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