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tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,423
edited May 2016 in Pro race
Inner Ring Preview to get the ball rolling.

http://inrng.com/2016/04/giro-contenders-2016/
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  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,030
    My favourite GT of the year, and very much looking forward to the 'Maratona' stage.
  • Looking forward to this, looks wide open.

    Completely forgot Leo Konig existed
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,571
    Dilemma

    Should I go down the road to watch the start here or should I use the long weekend we have here to go riding in the hills?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    It's a really weak field this year. Nibali, Landa, Dumoulin, Chaves, Majka, Zakarin. That's about it.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,622 Lives Here
    Ja it's between Nibs and Landa isn't it?

    Dumolin needs to at least be on the podium of a GT before he can be headline for a GT starting field.
  • No love for Rigo Duran? Fancy him for a podium
  • Dupe
  • MechanismMechanism Posts: 895
    There's also Valverde. It's about time Froome gave the Giro a go (since becoming a GT winner that is).
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 9,244
    (My man) Davide Formolo is also riding and is also probably not in actual contention.
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Not sure at all about Rio Duran Duran, he's been off the boil for a couple of years.

    Formolo has the talent to do well if he can limit his ITT losses.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 14,006
    Sergey Firsanov will be this year's Mauro Santambrogio.
    I can't wait for him to hit the tv screens of cycling fans everywhere.
    Bound to cause some serious wtf? moments.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,422
    Mechanism wrote:
    There's also Valverde. It's about time Froome gave the Giro a go (since becoming a GT winner that is).

    I think the only way froome would do it was if he woke up the day before and decided he fancied it, then checked the long range forecast and found it was going to be warm and dry for three weeks.
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    I was hoping Pierre Rolland would have been going to Giro now that he is free from the shackles of being a French rider on a French PCT team.

    He looked strong the one time he's done the race, and would have been good to see what he could manage with it has main focus forthe season.
    Team My Man 2018: David gaudu, Pierre Latour, Romain Bardet, Thibaut pinot, Alexandre Geniez, Florian Senechal, Warren Barguil, Benoit Cosnefroy
  • Sergey Firsanov will be this year's Mauro Santambrogio.
    I can't wait for him to hit the tv screens of cycling fans everywhere.
    Bound to cause some serious wtf? moments.



    Good call
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 8,057
    Excited for this, it was my favourite gt of last year.

    I hope Chaves does well.
  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,216
    Rigo uran is an outside favourite because its more TT centric. Can't see past Nibbles really, if he's in the mood he'll smash Landa in the TT's and wheelsuck him uphill. Valverde for a stage or 2 and a top 4 final position. that's 4..
  • philbar72 wrote:
    Rigo uran is an outside favourite because its more TT centric. Can't see past Nibbles really, if he's in the mood he'll smash Landa in the TT's and wheelsuck him uphill. Valverde for a stage or 2 and a top 4 final position. that's 4..


    Smiley Chaves a shot at podium, I reckons
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,571
    Are you coming over RR?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ^For the opening weekend, ddraver? Possibly, with cameras in hand. Need to check in with Goat
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,571
    a secret project in the works for you two?
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,216
    philbar72 wrote:
    Rigo uran is an outside favourite because its more TT centric. Can't see past Nibbles really, if he's in the mood he'll smash Landa in the TT's and wheelsuck him uphill. Valverde for a stage or 2 and a top 4 final position. that's 4..


    Smiley Chaves a shot at podium, I reckons

    top 5 for chaves I'd say.

    who's BMC's big dog, or are they just going for a top 10 again?
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,892
    Ja it's between Nibs and Landa isn't it?

    Too much TT miles for Landa I reckon. Unless Nibali is in poor form.
  • philbar72 wrote:
    philbar72 wrote:
    Rigo uran is an outside favourite because its more TT centric. Can't see past Nibbles really, if he's in the mood he'll smash Landa in the TT's and wheelsuck him uphill. Valverde for a stage or 2 and a top 4 final position. that's 4..


    Smiley Chaves a shot at podium, I reckons

    top 5 for chaves I'd say.

    who's BMC's big dog, or are they just going for a top 10 again?


    No big dog, nor even a small Tasmanian terrier
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Damiano Caruso I would imagine.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,622 Lives Here
    Why is Cancellara starting?
  • Pink Jersey?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,895
    Why is Cancellara starting?
    A prologue and a time trial and nothing too hard in first nine stages?

    He's never won a Giro stage or worn the Jersey and his parents are Italian. Bucket list stuff.
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  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,638
    milton50 wrote:
    Ja it's between Nibs and Landa isn't it?

    Too much TT miles for Landa I reckon. Unless Nibali is in poor form.

    Landa was imperious at Trentino - Nibali looked a bit pony.
    On the plus side for the latter, it was a good work-out and will serve as motivation for his massive ego.
    On the plus side for the former, the TTs in the Giro are flat/short, conky/not too long and short/up a bloody mountain- I suspect that at Sky - as a year old GC contender - he's been doing some TT practice.
  • FDj have stuck Demarre in and stopped the we can have a sprinter and GC rider at the Tour They are actually beginning to get a bit of a climbing team together with Geniez Ellisonde ( come on Kenny there we're waiting) Reichenbach Morabitto and Jennesson ( oh no they dumped him) so it might be no sprints at the Tour
  • thchris1958thchris1958 Posts: 117
    ocdupalais wrote:
    milton50 wrote:
    Ja it's between Nibs and Landa isn't it?

    Too much TT miles for Landa I reckon. Unless Nibali is in poor form.

    Landa was imperious at Trentino - Nibali looked a bit pony.
    On the plus side for the latter, it was a good work-out and will serve as motivation for his massive ego.
    On the plus side for the former, the TTs in the Giro are flat/short, conky/not too long and short/up a bloody mountain- I suspect that at Sky - as a year old GC contender - he's been doing some TT practice.


    Landa was imperious and super calm. His TT position has been checked at velodrome of Mallorca during training camp this winter.
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