I just watched Rabottini's win in stage 15 of the Giro d'Italia. (recorded it from a couple of days ago)
There wasnt much of a song and dance about the win, but heck............he led all day, mostly on his own, had a fall with a couple of km to go, got back on the bike only to get overtaken with about half a km to go, and then some how found enough energy and strength of character to retake the lead in the last 100m for the stage win.
I'm no expert, and I dont know much about him, but I thought it was a sensational and memorable effort.
Saw it the other night and I agree. I was desperately hoping for him to take the lead back after such a solo grind at the front, and I really thought he was gone, but he just would't let it go. A gutsy and tenacious effort for a well deserved win.
On a similar note - Scarponi rode a courageous ride on stage 17 - cramps right towards the end and he dropped right off and looked to be done. Somehow recovers (how do you recover from a cramp?) and downhills like crazy and catches the lead group. He didn't win but I thought it was a tenacious ride.
Yep agreed. But I was also really impressed with all of the leading group. Basso et al. all did extremely well on this monster of a Stage. I think Scarponi got ride of those cramps on that very long downhill by eating and drinking, how else could you do that. And did you see Rodriguez throw his 'pink' rain jacket to the female cyclist who was standing alone on the side of the road. Great stuff, bet she doesn't wash that for awhile. Love the Giro as much as the Tour. Roll on tonight.