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79pmooney

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05/10/2021 11:53 AM
CK, as this played out, I see BORA as doing good. Yes, only the bottom step but with no help from anybody, that was a hard earned bottom step. Now, maybe they should have been thinking GT and not wasting bullets and simply given up on the race early. Let the break take the whole podium and save their legs for next time. Had BORA done that today would have been a really boring day. Or maybe the GC teams would have spiced things up.
Orange Crush

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05/10/2021 02:19 PM
The GC teams weren't going to burn any matches today. Tomorrow, Thursday and then weekend is go time for them. The Belgian media is already drooling over prospect of Evenepoel taking pink.

Ben - you will appreciated Van der Hoorn's backstory. Back in 2017 he had what seemed like an innocent bike spill causing what seemed at first an innocent concussion. But he ended up spending 8 months in a darkened room doing absolutely nothing, before slowly starting to ride around neighborhood again and then finally a year later training and returning in pro ranks.
79pmooney

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05/10/2021 05:32 PM
D-QS has put themselves in a good position for tomorrow. Should be fun ot watch.

I'll keep my eyes open for Van der Hoorn's story. Thanks. Hard for me to imagine what he went through but I do know what hard to imagine can feel like. Cool that he stuck out racing and double so that he's pulled off a GT stage win.
Cosmic Kid

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05/11/2021 09:08 AM
The Belgian media is already drooling over prospect of Evenepoel taking pink.


Looks like they'll have to dry their mouths up....there will ne a new maglia rosa tonight, but it won't be Evenepoel.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
79pmooney

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05/11/2021 09:44 AM
So far, D-QS is riding like a real GC squad, not jersey hunters. Put one rider in the break just to be allowed to do less work. Perhaps for the next few days the team, Evenepoel and Almeida will be allowed to do less work while others shoulder the glory. Pretty different from the Alaphillippe teams we've been watching.
Orange Crush

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05/11/2021 10:00 AM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 05/11/2021 09:08 AM
The Belgian media is already drooling over prospect of Evenepoel taking pink.


Looks like they'll have to dry their mouths up....there will ne a new maglia rosa tonight, but it won't be Evenepoel.


Yes hard to make inroads on gap in this weather. Easy does it in downhills.
79pmooney

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05/11/2021 10:06 AM
And I suspect Evenepoel is still a little chastened by his attempt at making inroads downhill last summer.
Orange Crush

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05/11/2021 10:09 AM
That crash was first and foremost a stupid call by his DS to put him at back of group. He should have been on Nibalis wheel. As it stands he had poor descenders in front of him and correcting for that cost him.

Almeida distanced on climb...
Orange Crush

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05/11/2021 10:54 AM
That's it for Almeida this Giro. Bennett probably too.

No team able to control on that final climb. Should make for an interesting GC battle again.
Cosmic Kid

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05/11/2021 11:21 AM
Welp....so much for the Almeida challenge. And some of the outsiders probably lost their chance today too...Sivakov, Nibali and Hindley all lost ~30" to the GC favorites.

Yates lost a handful of seconds....not the end of the world, but the question is if the loss was the result of the horrific conditions or fitness.

Nice win by Dumbroski.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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05/11/2021 11:44 AM
Almeida better hope his manager managed to sign a contract for him with a new team. Prospects of significant salary improvement probably declined today.
mondonico

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05/11/2021 08:11 PM
Joe!! almost ten years and yea!
mondonico

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05/11/2021 08:12 PM
Opps, Tough sona bitch
79pmooney

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05/11/2021 11:54 PM
Posted By Cosmic Kid on 05/11/2021 11:21 AM
Welp....so much for the Almeida challenge. And some of the outsiders probably lost their chance today too...Sivakov, Nibali and Hindley all lost ~30" to the GC favorites.

Yates lost a handful of seconds....not the end of the world, but the question is if the loss was the result of the horrific conditions or fitness.

Nice win by Dumbroski.
CK, I hope that's a typo.  (Domb...)  Yes, nice win but more fun, the jersey holder De Marchi.  Fun interview and write-up.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/de-marchi-my-way-of-doing-things-is-more-romantic-than-modern-cycling-allows/

Dale

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05/12/2021 02:28 PM
Speaking of Dombrowski.... hit the deck hard and is maybe out


https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/dombrowski-heads-to-hospital-after-late-hard-crash-in-giro-ditalia/?utm_medium=social&utm_content=cyclingnews&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=socialflow&fbclid=IwAR25qxNSLFjtePY-Q5O_HfgjfrgTeCxvLM06B_WATWycS9fxTG3a4QOQFc8
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