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Last Post 05/13/2013 07:29 AM by rik van looy. 14 Replies.
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Orange Crush


05/12/2013 10:22 AM
Well it seems this Giro has brutally exposed Wiggins' big weakness: descending in the wet. Here we go again.


05/12/2013 10:33 AM
OC, I agree. But I would also add it has exposed another weakness: his head. He is not dealing with adversity very well. In fact, he is riding scared a la Schleck!


05/12/2013 10:36 AM
Wiggins is projecting A. Schleck.


05/12/2013 11:19 AM
Orange Crush


05/12/2013 11:32 AM
Wiggins managed to catch back on but he can't be too happy with this day.

Hesjedal looks to be toast; hopefully he can recover on rest day tomorrow.

Another strong finish for Evans; he's looking better by the day. Pretty funny in that his Giro start was a bit of a desperate move to get him in TdF shape. That might spell good things for van Garderen in July.


05/12/2013 11:37 AM
I'm not a huge Wiggins fan, but comparing him to Andy Schleck is overstating it a bit.


05/12/2013 11:40 AM
Wow bad day for Ryder. The guy from "American Flyers" Belkov was that his son that won today?
Orange Crush


05/12/2013 11:53 AM
Schleck would complain about the conditions. Therein lies the crucial difference.


05/12/2013 12:32 PM

I agree. It seems unfair to compare someone that is cautious descending in treacherous conditions to someone that is struggling with their fears after a serious crash. Team Sky was right on it, in their usual professional manner, and pulled Wiggins back to the main group; even though Astana and BMC started drilling it. I'm not a big Wiggins fan, but IMO he still looks like a strong contender. It looks like we will have to wait for the big climbs to see if anyone can separate themselves.

So far, this has been a great race.


05/12/2013 01:09 PM
I think that RH is sick.  He had great form and now can't hang? 

Katoosh is having a great season!  I'm glad to see that after the UCI's little stunt.

Its a bit crazy that a brit isn't better in the rain.


05/12/2013 01:10 PM
I wonder if Ryder is paying for his efforts in stage 3?


05/12/2013 05:47 PM
the thing that impresses me the most is Nibali's slightly un-natural ascension from top 10 finisher to world beater. He looked very human next to Contador's perhaps superhuman form in 2011. Now Nibali himself looks a little superhuman. Just sayin.....


05/12/2013 07:53 PM
Brambilla had a good day today finishing 12th.
Orange Crush


05/12/2013 09:26 PM
Posted By Jason Capley on 05/12/2013 01:10 PM
I wonder if Ryder is paying for his efforts in stage 3?

Nah, "TT Butt"



05/13/2013 07:29 AM
Posted By Justin jmdirt on 05/12/2013 01:09 PM

Its a bit crazy that a brit isn't better in the rain.
3 words:  Track pursuit rider.

If I went down the descents that these guys are coming down, in the conditions that they faced yesterday, I would need a new set of brake pads at the bottom of each descent, and you'd still, today, be waiting for me to finish the stage.

1st up, last down is my motto.

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