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Enough politics. Serious stuff - the Giro!
Last Post 06/02/2022 08:20 PM by Cosmic Kid. 97 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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05/08/2022 07:23 PM
Hahaha

https://mobile.twitter.com/yorbenvt/status/1522889562988720130
79pmooney

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05/09/2022 04:36 PM
So - bets on tomorrow's volcanic romp? I'm going negative. Yates isn't going to do it. Alisdair Fotheringham has jinxed him with an article CN titled "'Multiple ways it can pan out' on Etna as Yates poised to take pink". I'll also predict that he who wins tomorrow won't be wearing pink in three weeks; even that the eventual winner will deliberately leave a little in the tank tomorrow.
Cosmic Kid

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05/09/2022 06:33 PM
I'm going with a breakaway getting to the finish tomorrow....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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05/09/2022 09:46 PM
Ineos, Carapaz have some work to do. A few others as well.

Isn’t the shark Sicilian? I’d also be unsurprised if VDP stays in contention. The hill is long but never very steep. Hard to make something stick and relatively easy to tag along. But he may just let it run favouring the stage hunt game.
79pmooney

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05/09/2022 10:24 PM
Now if Nibali takes it tomorrow, I'll root for him going all the way despite my prediction above. What a way to go out!
Dale

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05/10/2022 05:19 AM
A breakaway with that group not containing the eventual GC winner. Whoever that is will be back a bit biding his time.
Orange Crush

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05/10/2022 12:10 PM
Not to be for Nibali. Too bad, he looked good on Stage 1 and in iTT.

Bad day for JV as well, Foss, Oomen but mostly Dumoulin shed a whole bunch of time.

Other than that not much happened.
79pmooney

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05/11/2022 11:46 AM
Helicopter view of the Messina finish. Girmay fighting to stay off the barriers and upright. Shades of Cavendish and Sagan except - Girmay pushed the other rider over; something Cavendish couldn't do to Sagan and it appeared that Girmay then hit the barriers and pushed off. If so, good work, UCI and Giro org. for making contact with the barriers not a guaranteed crash.

Takes me to my early Cat 3,4 criterium in a park. Finish. Wide, flat road. Perfect pavement, curbs. I was on the right, following a rider who was moving up nicely. I wasn't going to win but in the money looked pretty certain. A rider on our left moved over toward my pace. He in turn moved right to avoid contact - and brushed the curb solidly. His scream as I rode by still haunts me. I have feared curbs to this day and will fight tooth and nail with anyone beside me to stay off them. (And to this day thank the club vets who taught me the "safe places" to ride next to folk from which you can push with leverage and move them. Regularly feel nervous riding in crowds that clearly never got those lessons.)

Watching Girmay - he pushed the guy his right early and hard. Had the presence to fend off the barrier on the rebound. (And again, thank you, organizers, for making that do-able.) I like this guy's riding. He could be around a while.
Orange Crush

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05/12/2022 09:50 AM
So everyone is wondering about Cavendish. Normally always willing to talk to press he now has Markov doing that. Giro di Silenzio.
79pmooney

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05/12/2022 10:11 AM
Slumberfest. A rolling rest day. Diego Rosa's been out there all day but staying 2-3 minutes up has taken little effort. If I did my math right, they are on track to finish 55 minutes down on the slowest expected time. Organizers will be rather upset!
Orange Crush

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05/13/2022 10:16 PM
Today was nice. When Dumoulin went to Columbia for training camp this year he got to pick one guy to join him. Which was Bouwman. The two connected and today paid off.
Orange Crush

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05/15/2022 12:35 PM
Yates blames the heat. Now I don't care about Yates and his excuses but I do care about it apparently being toasty in Italy. We’re still riding about 5 below average and wet here. Worst spring since 2007.
longslowdistance

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05/15/2022 07:29 PM
When was the last unfragile GT contender?
longslowdistance

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05/15/2022 07:39 PM
Froome?
longslowdistance

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05/15/2022 07:40 PM
If the answer is Lance, then crap.
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