By Shane Stokes in Cagliari
With the Giro d'Italia entourage moving to the mainland on Monday night and Tuesday morning, the riders have a rest day of sorts. Most of the race will take the ferry from Cagliari on Monday evening and sail through the night, while the riders will fly over in the morning.
Although it is early in the race, Discovery Channel rider Volodymyr Bileka said that the peloton would use it as an opportunity to rest in advance of the tough stages to come. "Tomorrow we will do a maximum of two hours on the bike. We will rest, sleep and eat. Next week will be very hard."
He said that the race to Cagliari was steady but that the speed ramped up towards the end. "The stage was long and hot with a very quick finale. At this point of the race everybody is fresh and therefore everybody is trying to be involved in the sprint. It makes things more risky and hard."