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Gonzo Cyclist

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05/03/2016 01:10 PM
with the Giro coming up, who are you looking to win?

I think Nibali will be in the mix, Landa is looking good, but being a team leader will mean he can't hide, Valverde is on form, Dumoulin will be there, Ryder Hesjedal, Majka with Saxo, and Uran with a decent looking Cannondale team, and then we have some of the other up and coming younger guys, Ilnur Zakarin is looking good

I think it is going to be fun to watch, and I imagine they are having crazy spring weather just like we are here in the U.S.
ChinookPass

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05/03/2016 01:15 PM
2 of those climbing days are totally crazy, like 18k ft or something like that, though the one in the alps has a good likelihood of being snowed in. Nibali has to win or face the wrath of Vino so I'm picking him.
Cosmic Kid

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05/03/2016 01:52 PM
I'm gonna go with Majka for the breakthrough win......don't ask my why, just my guy reaction. Expect him and Nibali to go mano a mano in the last week. Guys like Zakarin will be up there early, but blow sometime in the second week.

Too much climbing for Valverde, so he'll need to be crafty if he is gonna win...stage some sneak attack, etc and grab time to pad a lead.

Don't rate Ryder or Dumoulin very highly....too much climbing for both and Dumoulin's big objective is the Rio TT.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Spud

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05/03/2016 02:59 PM
I need to know who will be mechanically doping, before I pick :-)
79pmooney

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05/03/2016 04:14 PM
My gut says Valverde. Not brain, just gut. I think he wants this. He has shown in recent years that he can race smart. There look to be a couple of non-hill finishes where perhaps he could pull something off.

Ben
Orange Crush

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05/03/2016 06:41 PM
Dumoulin is there specifically for time trial victories, nothing else.

I'd like to pick Valverde but I'd tend to agree maybe a bit much climbing.
DonnaMobile

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05/04/2016 09:58 AM
I think the battle will be between Nibali, Uran, and Landa. I like Nibali a lot but would like to see Uran do well. He has had a hard life. I like his personality and the way he expresses himself. Those things don’t don’t always come across in (foreign) tv race coverage or interviews by the press (and often get lost in translation).

I hope for big things from Joe Dombrowski. I was elated and proud when he won the Baby Giro (beating Aru) and I rode up to Asiago to see the final stage and cheer for him on the podium. Larry Warbasse, who will also be riding the Giro, was on that USA team as well.

Rai, the Italian network, streams all of its content on its website, on channels Rai 3 and Rai Sport 1, http://www.rai.tv/dl/RaiTV/dirette_tv.html. It is geo-blocked but if you have a VPN subscription, you can connect through a server in Italy and watch it. Rai 3 coverage usually begins about 3 pm, 9 am EST. I have an account with NordVPN and am very pleased with it. I watched all the spring classics on Rai and will be able to follow the Giro until I return to Italy next week.

The parcours of stage 11, Modena-Asolo, was recently modified and the race will now pass through my little town! I will most likely spectate on the final little climb up into Asolo. Needless to say I am beside myself with excitement. I even created a large banner to string up. I intend to go to a number of stages, and am planning to be on the Pordoi pass and then the Falzarego pass (literally, head 'em off at the pass).

Finally, you can download the race bible, known as the Garibali, here: http://static2.giroditalia.it/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Garibaldi-affiancate.pdf

Enjoy the race!
ChinookPass

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05/04/2016 10:33 AM
That's super cool that the Giro is coming to your town!

I had heard the same about Uran. Do you know why he DNF'd at Romandie? I didn't hear about any crashes and assumed he just had a little bug.
Orange Crush

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05/04/2016 11:05 AM
Posted By ChinookPass . on 05/04/2016 10:33 AM
That's super cool that the Giro is coming to your town!


As long as its far enough into the stage. In days when Amstel Gold passed through the town I grew up in as a kid, it was typically the scene of a collective sanitary stop.
stronz

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05/04/2016 12:26 PM
I want Nibali to and hope he is on form. Loved watching him fly away from the pack when he won the tdf - thing of beauty. If he lets the GC guys zoom away up the hill I will be sad.
stronz

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05/04/2016 01:47 PM
I want Nibali to and hope he is on form. Loved watching him fly away from the pack when he won the tdf - thing of beauty. If he lets the GC guys zoom away up the hill I will be sad.
Gonzo Cyclist

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05/05/2016 10:50 AM
Any picks for the opening TT? I was pulling for Cancellara, but just read he has the flu, so I'm going with Dumoulin for the win.

I like your pick of Majka Cosmic, would love to see hm shake it up, and he can fly under the radar for a bit, which could be to his advantage
Orange Crush

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05/05/2016 02:19 PM
Posted By Kenny Gonzales on 05/05/2016 10:50 AM
Any picks for the opening TT? I was pulling for Cancellara, but just read he has the flu, so I'm going with Dumoulin for the win.


Jos van Emden, 5th in opening TT in TdF last year. Dumoulin, much to his chagrin, has consistently been beat by one person this year even though each time its someone else, so I am banking on that trend continuing.
Red Tornado

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05/06/2016 09:30 AM
Top 3 (in no particular order): Valverde, Nibali & Landa
Dark Horse: Zakarin

Valverde's got a strong team (is it just me or does Betancur remind you of a young Eddie van Halen?) and he seems to be hungry for a new challenge. The other two have pretty decent support as well, so hoping for a good show. Yes, and Nibali will have Vino as additional "inspiration".

Bad luck could be Valverde's issue, as he seems to run across it in grand tours outside of Spain IIRC.
Gonzo Cyclist

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05/06/2016 09:32 AM
here comes Jos VAn Emden OC,
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