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SESTRI LEVANTE, Italy (VN) — The Giro d’Italia celebrates its pink, blue and red jerseys daily, but little attention is given to the other classifications. Categories like the fuga, the super team and the time gaps rankings go unnoticed, only spotted in the daily hand-outs to the journalists in the press room.
There are nine classifications that the race awards in addition to the ones that are accompanied by a colored jersey.
Olivier Kaisen leads one of these: the fuga pinarello classification, which is awarded for the most kilometers spent ahead of the group. As of stage 11, the Lotto-Belisol rider rode 557 kilometers in three big escapes. He leads Miguel Minguez Ayala (Euskaltel-Euskadi) with 475 and Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) with 458.
“It’s always good to lead a classification,” 28-year-old Kaisen told VeloNews this morning in Servezza.
Kaisen is a noted time trialist. Over the years, he’s raced only the Giro and the Vuelta a España. This year, the Giro’s been good to him.
“It’s good if I win it on a daily basis, but it’s not a real goal for me. I try to get in the breaks; one time maybe it’ll be to the end for the win. I’ll keep trying,” he explained.
“Once the race gets going in the mountains, I’ll re-think if it’s possible to win the GC. The next stages are really hard, though, and it will be hard for me to get in the break because the climbers are going to have more chances.”
Kaisen is racing the Giro, above all, to support the team’s two GC leaders Bart De Clercq and Françis De Greef. Teammates Brian Bulgac and Dennis Vanendert form part of the team, gaining experience in their first grand tour.
“It’s the most difficult race in the world, especially the parcours. Maybe the riders are not the best, but they are still good. The parcours is really difficult, especially for me with the steep climbs,” Kaisen added.
“We have a lot of young riders, talented riders; the goal is to lead them in the first big tour. When I have the chance, I try to get free in the escapes.”
Of course these classifications will see some shuffling as the race further develops over the next week. For now, here’s a look at the top three in each category…
1 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto-Belisol) 557km
1 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 475
2 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) 458
Stage Combativity (awarded by the jury)
1 Mark Cavendish (Sky) 22pts
2 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 21
3 Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) 16
Intermediate Sprints (points only at the sprints, not the finish)
1 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) 15pts
2 Olivier Kaisen (Lotto-Belisol) 13
3 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 11
Azzurri d’Italia (points to top three stage finishers)
1 Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) 8pts
2 Mark Cavendish (Sky) 8
3 Joaquím Rodríguez (Katusha) 5
Super team (points to teams for placing riders in top 20 of stage)
1 Garmin-Barracuda 213pts
2 Orica-GreenEdge 168
3 Sky 150
Time gaps (classification for teams’ best three riders)
2 Astana +1’03”
3 Movistar +1’32”
Fair Play (points added for warnings)
AG2R-La Mondiale 0
Omega Pharma-Quick Step 20
BMC Racing 20