Giro 2014: what did we learn?
Last Post 06/03/2014 04:32 PM by ChinookPass .. 15 Replies.
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06/01/2014 06:06 PM
Post three things you learned: 1. Colombians are back. Maybe they're now clean and climbing Alto re Letras is their secret weapon 2. Cadel and Basso are done competing at the pointy end 3. Contador should hope Mick Rodgers is on the tdf team cause he can do it all!
Orange Crush


06/01/2014 06:58 PM
Quintana to rescue from Froome GT boredom with his pure climbing ability.

The class of 1990 is the best to come around in a long time with now Quintana and Aru added to that list.

Really, there's nothing on race neutralization in the UCI rule book aside from the railroad crossing workaround? Really?


06/01/2014 07:06 PM
We learned to watch Aru for the future.
We also learned the Italians need better crowd control on the major climbs.
Ride On


06/01/2014 10:35 PM
1) I don't like an all pink bike
2) I don't like a race that has story lines about a bunch of old men not in the race
3) Italy can have some crapy weather in the summer


06/01/2014 11:04 PM
It's still Springtime...


06/01/2014 11:31 PM
That there might be a new generation of under 25 riders who could bring a great deal of excitement to racing.


06/02/2014 10:12 AM
Quintana is a good time trialist. Cadel Evans days as a pro are running out, I'm afraid...
Cosmic Kid


06/02/2014 10:14 AM
I'm still not certain Quintana is the real deal least as far as it pertains to July.

He lost time on key stages when he shouldn't have and was laregly a non-factor until the Gavia, no doubt he rode brilliantly on that stage, but a whole host of other factors impacted that stage as well. Maybe it was well-timed tactics. Dunno, but time will tell.

And, it was a pretty weak field this year as well......
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!


06/02/2014 10:27 AM
i learned about vpn's (thanks donnamobile)
i didn't learn any italian
How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.


06/02/2014 10:53 AM
They need to limit the number of motos on the race course.

Some helmets are just ugly looking.

I'll be watching next year in Italy. (I'll be learning Italian with Rosetta Stone on my drive back East)



06/02/2014 12:04 PM
CK, he crashed and got sick. Said that he did not have it because of that until the Gavia/Stevio stage.

I expect him to get better. He impresses me as being sharp, someone who learns from mistakes. I expect to see him finishing closer to the front on non-climbing stages in the future to improve his odds with crashes and splits. He does have the disadvantage of being on a team with fewer veterans and experience than say Uran on the very deep Omega Pharma team.

In a couple of years I would not be surprised to see him racing tete-a-tete with the power meter zombies.



06/02/2014 01:45 PM
1. the management pro cycling races is (and always will be) a bit of a sh*t show, location doesn't matter. Twilight or the Giro - amateur hour just the same

2. Italy itself is awesome

3. I told you so, Snuggles is done


06/02/2014 09:34 PM
Only one thing. A pure climber is even less entertaining than a pure sprinter.
Yo Mike


06/03/2014 09:07 AM
@Roadbuzz: gotta disagree. Sprints are over fast, a breakaway that sticks can take the likes of Cav out of the picture entirely, and one gets to see the race going uphill for a greater length of time. Maybe then who can also manage a fast descent, or who can't (Andy Schleck).

I hope Quintana never becomes a 'power meter zombie' LOL


06/03/2014 11:40 AM
+1 Mike -- for me there is nothing like watching a pure climber attack up an iconic climb. Think Pantani in 1998 beating down just bout everyone -- Lance dropping Pantani on Hautacam (OK Lance wasnt a pure climber but he was damned good at it juiced tho he and everyone else was - and like it or not it WAS entertaining), Mayo flying up L'Alpe in 2003? was it? Contador and Rasmussen playing cat and mouse (can a chicken play cat and mouse?) in 2007. Those were awesome battles and far more entertaining to me than seeing who can ride the fastest for 200 flat meters at the end of a non-descript stage.


06/03/2014 04:32 PM
It takes all kinds to make this sport, sprinters, climbers, roleurs.

I just checked the results every day, didn't really follow any of the stages. It seemed like another cold wet Giro. The riders might develop a complex about racing in Italy in May. Good for the jacket manufs.

If I could win stages at will like Bouhani, I'd be happy even if the top 3 sprinters were absent for his wins.

Quintana and Movistar made the right choice. Win a few Giros and Vueltas and wait for a Tour that suits him. In the meantime, don't let that TT rig gather any dust.

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