All Quiet on the Verdicchian Front

Sabrina Ambrosi (front) the unlucky fourth in the Repechage Consi
Sabrina Ambrosi (front) the unlucky fourth in the all-womens Repechage Consi

Verdicchio Race does things a little differently. Day Three is relatively quiet - the morning hosted the Open Skate Repechage, where the slowest 24 riders from yesterday's qualifying raced each other for the final seven spots in tomorrow's finals. That meant a cruel consolation final in which the top three would advance, but fourth would miss out. That consolation final was all women, and it was Sabrina Ambrosi of Argentina who was the unlucky fourth.

The afternoon hosted the Italian Championship - Italians only. Young favourite Giorgio Garino won convincingly, with rival Marcus Aldinucci crashing in the final corner to allow Giuseppe Maltese and Australian-based Matteo Rodinis to round out the podium.

Federico Falco in a difficult situation
Federico Falco facing a difficult situation in the Italian Championship

But tomorrow is The Day. On a track that could favour smaller riders, the relatively heavy Carlos Paixão blew everybody away in qualifying. He got drafted into third place last week at Kozakov, but the drafting opportunities on this track are fewer.

The losers in the first round tomorrow will all go into a separate 32-person bracket - the Dirty30s. We'll race it all the way through to the end, in parallel with the Open Finals, with the winner taking 33rd place in the overall race.

Here's tomorrow's running order:

1. Practice Run

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2. Practice Run

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3. Luge Round 1
4. Womens Quarter Finals

RIDER UPLIFT 3

5. Luge Round 2
6. Masters Semi Finals
7. Womens Semi-Finals

RIDER UPLIFT 4

8. Luge Final
9. Masters Consi
10. Masters Final
11. Junior Final
12. Womens Consi
13. Womens Final

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LUNCH

14. Practice Run

RIDER UPLIFT 6

15. Open round of 64

RIDER UPLIFT 7

16. Dirty 30s round of 32
17. Open round of 32

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18. Dirty 30s Quarter Finals
19. Open Quarter Finals

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20. Dirty 30s Semi-Finals
21. Open Semi-Finals

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22. Dirty 30s Consi
23. Dirty 30s Final
24. Open Consi
25. Open Final

Can't take this guy anywhere
Can't take this guy anywhere