Carlos Betancur climbs mountain and general classification

If you’re wondering what to get Carlos Betancur for his birthday this year, how about second place on a stage of the Giro d’Italia? He loves them. He’s now been second across the line on stages nine, ten and 15. Lord knows what stage 14’s third place was all about. He must have made a grave error of judgement. This consistent bonus second snaffleage has taken him up to seventh overall.

Yesterday’s stage winner, Giovanni Visconti, is nowhere to be seen in the general classification, but he has moved up to second in the mountains classification behind Stefano Pirazzi. If you don’t really get the mountains classification, it might help to think of it as being more like the breakaway competition. These are generally rather fun riders who have spent much of the race out in front of the peloton, defying logic. The prize for this competition isn’t a Breakaway, but nor is it a mountain.

Domenico Pozzovivo lost 45 seconds yesterday. He doesn’t like long climbs at a moderate gradient.