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Last Post 05/30/2021 08:57 AM by 79 pmooney. 78 Replies.
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79pmooney

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05/05/2021 11:03 PM
The Giro just snuck up and bit me in the a**.  I'm nowhere near ready.  Haven't even been paying attention to who's riding.  But that time's a-coming and we need to get ready!

Just read the CyclingNews article on 6 Giro sprinters, Ewan, Gaviria, Sagan, Merlier (a new name to me), Groenewegen and Viviani.  I'd like to see Gaviria pull off three wins but that's one longggggg shot!

GC?  Haven't read up on who's even there.  Help me guys.


zootracer

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05/06/2021 12:22 AM
Hasn't the Giro been moved to Oct?
zootracer

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05/06/2021 12:25 AM
No, my bad, starts this Saturday....I was thinking of PRB...
Cosmic Kid

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05/06/2021 10:23 AM
Ineos is bringing Bernal and Sivakov. Earlier in the year, I though Bernal was clearly on the way back....but he hasn't been seen much in the last few weeks amid reports that his back is flaring up again.

Bike Exchange has Simon Yates still looking for redemption after 2018....not certain the team will be strong enough to support him for 3 weeks, though.

Lots of people are talking up Fausto Masnada for Deceunick....just finished 3rd in Romandie (although it was somewhat of a snoozefest race).

Nibali was just confirmed, but after breaking his wrist a few weeks ago (and with his age), I don't think he'll be a GC factor.

Can Hugh Carthy improve on his podium finish from the Vuelata last fall? I kinda doubt it....he has seemed to be a bit inconsistent so far this year.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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05/06/2021 10:47 AM
Yates seems to be the only one listed as top favorite. Bernal will be favorite if his back holds. Nibali wouldn't factor in my mind anymore even if he's healthy. Evenepoel is also a major question mark without any racing kms.

Beyond that Landa, Soler, Almeida, Sivakov, Vlasov, Hindley, Bilbao, a long list of would be candidates so it is the usual who knows. And then of course there is the master of the poorly timed attack, Dan Martin. Mollema is there for stages, not overall I understand.

Ben - Merlier in one of Alpecin's sprinters, he's already won some good races this year, including the one where VDP broke his handlebars and then led him out.

https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/giro-d-italia/2021/startlist
6ix

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05/06/2021 04:25 PM
I second Yates. Not a fan but I'd wager he'll win.

And who knows, maybe Remco will grab a stage or two along the way.
longslowdistance

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05/06/2021 06:11 PM
And crash more often than he wins
Orange Crush

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05/06/2021 06:30 PM
I would be 100% unsurprised if Evenepoel runs away with it. I believe he's won every stage race he's entered to date. Weeklong races but still. Apparently he is at fighting weight. The Belgians (the Flemish that is; the Walloons won't care) would go properly mad if he does. While they always have a good crop of racers, they have been waiting for a proper GC contender since like forever. The anticipation and pressure on Remco is massive.
79pmooney

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05/07/2021 11:31 AM
OK, I just read Phillipa York's summary. She likes Yates. Sounds solid but I'd much rather see either Evenepoel or Almeida win. Evenepoel is just plain fun to watch and I have a soft spot for the Portuguese rider. Sounds like DQS is all GC this year. You guys know I love the selfless attitude of the DQS team.

The win that would be fun? Nibali pulling it off at high altitude in snow! Think frozen mud and really big cobbles. Give the Italian a final Tour on his own turf. (But that would take a lot of bad things happening to other riders.)
Orange Crush

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05/08/2021 11:28 AM
Sounds like it is exit Almeida at DQS next year, bad faith negotiation by his manager and Lefevre is fed up.

Orange Crush

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05/09/2021 11:03 AM
And just like that Merlier and Alpecin have their first GT stage win.

Sounds like Gaviria got boxed in by his own leadout .
79pmooney

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05/10/2021 10:38 AM
Wow! The sprint teams screwed up. Let BORA wear themselves out monitoring the break, content to just cruise and keep their big shots up there. So the big shots were there at the end but they neglected to reel in the break! (BORA got the small consolation of at least podiuming for doing big time work. Viviani, Gaveria and the rest? Nothing.

Justice is served. (Sorry; it really doesn't taste very good.)
Orange Crush

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05/10/2021 11:01 AM
Ewan, Groenewegen and Merlier were 14 mins back. This was an opportunity for Sagan, Gaviria and Vivinia who managed to get over final hill just fine.
79pmooney

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05/10/2021 11:07 AM
But only one of those three teams was willing to do squat to reel in the break. The other two got what they deserved.
Cosmic Kid

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05/10/2021 11:28 AM
Bora screwed up by shooting all their bullets trying to shed the sprinters....then when it was time to reel in the break, they had no one left. Cofidis and UAE should have helped but assumed the break would come back / lacked the confidence in their sprinters.

Total mess....and Taco van der Hoorn capitalized on it. Bold move to go solo as far out as he did....not certain how he can ride a bike with balls that big!!!
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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