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Giro Stage 17 ***SPOILER***
Last Post 05/22/2013 10:05 PM by Orange Crush. 14 Replies.
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Spud

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05/22/2013 12:01 PM
Cav may as well pack his bags after that performance today.
Yo Mike

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05/22/2013 12:13 PM
Another great ride by Visconti. Time is running out for Cadel.
lochness

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05/22/2013 12:37 PM
Somebody needs to tell Navardauskas that he didn't win the stage. Unless he's just that excited about coming in second...
Bodynazi

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05/22/2013 01:08 PM
was really hoping Cav would make it back on (or have hung on) - not that it mattered anyway.

Fantastic effort by Visconti - god that kind of suffering is something you can hardly imagine

Talk about a buzz-kill for Navardauskas - lol. Doh!
Keith Richards

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05/22/2013 02:03 PM
I don't think I have ever witnessed a grand tour with this level of suffering. It is a body bag festival.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Orange Crush

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05/22/2013 02:10 PM
+1 Keith. Even relatively flat dry stages turn into hammerfests. That Cat3 climb near the end of yesterday's stage was Giro Top 10 separate themselves from rest. Most of the peleton is dead meat by now.

And its about -13C at top of Stelvio with snow falling. Worse conditions than when Breukink won. I doubt they are going up it.
Bodynazi

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05/22/2013 03:05 PM
some good pics o' sufferin' here:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2013/05/gallery/gallery-agony-and-ecstasy-at-the-giro_288138


> how do I get that to be a hyperlink? 
pikeHillRoad

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05/22/2013 03:14 PM
@bn to link, do as below replacing () with <>
(a href="url")link text(/a)

Velonews pics BN wants to show you
79pmooney

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05/22/2013 03:59 PM
Thanks, BN. Some pictures!

I predict this will go down as one of the toughest Giros, both for weather and how it is being ridden; the toughest despite so many mountain climbs being shortened and bypassed.

Ben
Keith Richards

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05/22/2013 04:07 PM

Ugh...hurts just to look at this photo.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Bodynazi

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05/22/2013 04:11 PM
link posting link

IT worked- thanks Pike!   NFW I'll ever remember that though - lol
Keith Richards

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05/22/2013 05:28 PM
google "a href" the first link that comes up has a copy and pasteable example.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
CERV

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05/22/2013 07:59 PM
Don't forget to enjoy the quality of the racing while it's happening.

The Tour never lives up.
79pmooney

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05/22/2013 09:49 PM
CERV, you got that! I feel like I am witnessing a 1940s classic. A race that hurts. And you see the pain. It doesn't appear to be masked by 10% more oxygen with bodies and minds fueled by testosterone. It looks like superb athletes who are paying the price of pushing too hard. And when they do go easy, "piano", I say "it's about time, guys!", not "this is the Giro; July when the big dogs race".

I am sure the drugs are there. But I am nearly as sure that those who expect to be tested are riding at a cleaner level than we have seen in decades. And I notice that these last few stages, those who shouldn't be there at the end aren't. They are riding easy minutes back. The finishing fields are down to not many more that those who have something at stake. None of them look at the top of their game when they cross the line.

Ben
Orange Crush

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05/22/2013 10:05 PM
Watch for these characters (minus me) along the TT route tomorrow. I'm sure they will be dressed a little warmer though. And Saturday is my favorite pass, the mighty Giau.


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