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The Giro!!!
Last Post 05/30/2017 07:14 AM by Cosmic Kid. 83 Replies.
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Habanero

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05/28/2017 05:22 PM
"Shit happens." Literally!!!
Orange Crush

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05/28/2017 06:32 PM
Ladies and Gentlemen, here's your 2017 Giro winner (awesome video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYGNDBSm3kc
Gonzo Cyclist

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05/28/2017 07:45 PM
Without the turd incident, Dumoulain would have embarrassed them, big time, and now all we get get from Nairo is excuses, "I was sick on stage 19" oh boo hoo........go home to Columbia to work on your "program" and show up in France for another ass whooping. And come up with more excuses why you got thumped.
Quintana has not really lit it up since the 2015 TDF, but that was too little, too late
Cosmic Kid

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05/28/2017 10:35 PM
What Gonzo said....I'm sick of Quintana,his excuses and his weak-ass riding.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Red Tornado

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05/29/2017 08:57 AM
Ya. I've been quietly pulling for NQ for a while now because when a pure climber cuts loose in the mountains it's a cool thing to watch. However have to agree with y'all that he's looking weak (relatively speaking) these days. Maybe he peaked a couple years ago/other riders becoming stronger/etc. Def not the explosiveness of a few years ago.
He's basically a one-trick pony, and if you can't do your "thing" better then everyone else, well.......
Orange Crush

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05/29/2017 10:55 AM
I wouldn't be too hard on Quintana.

I think what your seeing is simply the weight of leadership and expectation; and having to approach GTs not with liberty to shine on what you can do best but having the balance your efforts. Many have crumbled under this. This is also why I like 1-day races better than stage racing. No need to balance anything, you have to put it all on line that day.
Habanero

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05/29/2017 11:11 AM
Could not agree more about stage racing versus Classics. The classics are my fave because everyone has to put it all on the line that day. No saving up for the next day or excuses about a jour sans. You either have it or you you don't.
longslowdistance

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05/29/2017 06:19 PM
How many pure climbers have won a grand tour? Unless the course is perfect for them, not that often.

Now some pure speculation: has working on TT form weakened Quintana's climbing?

Cosmic Kid

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05/30/2017 07:14 AM
Quintana had the perfect course for him....twice. This year's Giro and the Tour in 2015. Failed both times.

He has always been a decent TT'er, definitely above average for a climber. Unlike most small guys, he can get in a good position with a flat back and low head.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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