2017 Speed of Light Giro Finale: O’Hearn Looks To Defend 67 Seconds


After a bad day a piece, John O’Hearn and Cody Sovis sit 67 apart heading into the Giro Giro finale. Currently looking up to reigning World Champion John O’Hearn, Cody Sovis needs 67 seconds to win a Grand Tour for the first time. Having completed every SOL stage save two since 2012, he’s never won a stage and only finished on the podium of a Grand Tour, like, twice. This is the best chance to finally win the Giro, but O’Hearn will be tough to topple.

After a bad day last week, O’Hearn is surely back to his best ahead of Thursday’s finale. It’s a sign of the season; summer really starts on June, with the Giro fading into the memories of May, ushered aside by the June Classics of Fat Bike Night on June 8, Singlespeed Night on June 15, Ladies’ Night on June 22, and Cyclocross Night on June 29. Next week, the kids are back in action with a no-drop miniSOL and Junior SOL ahead of June 15’s first tough night of competition.

For O’Hearn, it’s a confirmation of his well won rainbow stripes, and the start of his tilt at the WorldTour, where he narrowly finished second to Sovis in 2016. The Giro may be the difference by September between the pair, although an extremely import Tour looms in July.

Marie Voss will be trusted to make her way around the course without incident while her teammates go gunning for the Team Competition. They sit just 16 seconds back on kolo t.c. Pirate Armada, who will need Dan Ellis to have the ride of his life to hold the lead.

Dave Bucholtz also will be able to take his time and still win the SS and Best Old Rider Competitions, while Ryan Kennedy will be looking to overhaul Jorden Wakeley in the Mountains classification. If he can’t, he’ll have to be content with the Points win, if he can hold off John O’Hearn, who sits a full six seconds back.

Thursday is also the last week without miniSOL or Junior SOL, although rumors abound that Kyan Olshove, Will Unger, and a few other Norte riders may be on hand to take a dry run at the course.

The Giro Competition Finale leaves Bunker Hill at 6.45, be there!

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