Tirreno - Adriatico 2022 **Spoilers**

blazing_saddles
blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
edited March 2022 in Pro race
Two days earlier than previous editions, but presumably moved to leave less of a lag after Strade Bianche. (before yesterday's crash impacted the startlist)

Starts tomorrow with the usual venue and the usual discipline.





Top competitors (*question mark over participation due to SB crash)

POGAČAR Tadej*
ALAPHILIPPE Julian*
EVENEPOEL Remco
VINGEGAARD Jonas
MOHORIČ Matej*
CARAPAZ Richard
CAVENDISH Mark
MAS Enric
ASGREEN Kasper
NIZZOLO Giacomo
BARDET Romain
GANNA Filippo
PORTE Richie
URAN Rigoberto
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,125
    edited March 2022
    It's a pretty poor parcours this year. It'll be decided by the TT and bonus seconds
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  • rich_pcp
    rich_pcp Posts: 113
    And Robbie McEwen thrown in the deep end with Carlton bleedin@ Kirby
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    rich_pcp said:

    And Robbie McEwen thrown in the deep end with Carlton bleedin@ Kirby

    It’s a laugh a minute commentary….. literally.
    Feel sorry for Dan Lloyd having to play the straight man.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    Ganna and Evenepoel going toe to toe.
    2 seconds between them at the check
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,125
    With the rather lacklustre parcours and the third best GC rider over a minute behind, Ganna could get on the podium the way he's been climbing lately.
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  • dish_dash
    dish_dash Posts: 5,534
    Good to see Dowsett up there...
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,044
    RichN95. said:

    With the rather lacklustre parcours and the third best GC rider over a minute behind, Ganna could get on the podium the way he's been climbing lately.

    No chance. He's not going to be able to live with the climbers in this field twice up a 6 kms at 10% climb.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    andyp said:

    RichN95. said:

    With the rather lacklustre parcours and the third best GC rider over a minute behind, Ganna could get on the podium the way he's been climbing lately.

    No chance. He's not going to be able to live with the climbers in this field twice up a 6 kms at 10% climb.
    Especially as he said at interview that he’s aiming for two weeks time, so intends to “save his legs” later in the race.
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,125
    andyp said:

    RichN95. said:

    With the rather lacklustre parcours and the third best GC rider over a minute behind, Ganna could get on the podium the way he's been climbing lately.

    No chance. He's not going to be able to live with the climbers in this field twice up a 6 kms at 10% climb.

    I was wrong anyway. The third best GC rider is at 42s
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,125
    Someone pointed out the Ineos car following Ganna today. He has a huge choice of bikes should he need them.



    Supposedly a small aero advantage to it (for the ride, not the car)
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  • phreak
    phreak Posts: 2,890
    RichN95. said:

    Someone pointed out the Ineos car following Ganna today. He has a huge choice of bikes should he need them.



    Supposedly a small aero advantage to it (for the ride, not the car)

    https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/racing-cyclists-can-benefit-motorcycle-behind-says-scientific-study-223647
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    The commentary team (Kirby and McEwen) noticed that Jumbo were doing the same thing, when their team car was right up Affini's tail.
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    Today's parcour means it should end in a bunch sprint, but then again, it may be a reduced one.






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  • bm5
    bm5 Posts: 529
    As Mr Dash said it was great to have Alex Dowsett at number 5. Just hope he did not get too cold sitting in the "hot" seat.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    Cav is finished again today. Has a bit of a cold. Mind you, the Australian pocket rocket failed to ignite as well.
    Meanwhile, Tim Merlier beat a cast of youngsters and lead out chaps, all to the sounds of Kirby losing his sh@t, once again.
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  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 18,790
    RichN95. said:

    Someone pointed out the Ineos car following Ganna today. He has a huge choice of bikes should he need them.



    Supposedly a small aero advantage to it (for the ride, not the car)

    Somewhere there's a spreadsheet tracking the aero benefit v the extra diesel
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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    edited March 2022
    Another day for the sprinters with tomorrow's stage having the second lowest number of climbing metres.




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  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    Pogacar has ripped the script up again.
    Attacked on the uphill bonus sprint point.
    Currently away with TGH, Alaphilippe and Soler.
    Sprint teams chasing like mad.
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,554
    edited March 2022
    Having Robbie in the commentary box makes that a real cadel mcevans
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,554
    Good to see TGH having a dig with the big boys
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,822

    Good to see TGH having a dig with the big boys

    It's interesting that having a GT win to your name doesn't qualify you as a big boy (although I understand your point). Probably applies more to Soler though.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,631
    Sagan's woeful season continues. I forgot to mention that he didn't start yesterday due to stomach issues.

    Anyhow, the next 3 days get progressively harder as the battle to overturn TT time losses should begin.








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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,125
    The 2020s are going to be the most boring in cycling history, aren't they?
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,554
    Lots of watts
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,554
    edited March 2022
    It will be quite a day when he cracks
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,554
    Les arcs
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  • gregster04
    gregster04 Posts: 1,652
    Yeah, that was almost some good fun racing. Then Pog annihilated the rest in seconds.
  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,277
    RichN95. said:

    The 2020s are going to be the most boring in cycling history, aren't they?

    More boring than Indurain? And Armstrong? And that team?
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,554

    RichN95. said:

    The 2020s are going to be the most boring in cycling history, aren't they?

    More boring than Indurain? And Armstrong? And that team?
    Nah they are going to be great
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  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,125
    edited March 2022

    RichN95. said:

    The 2020s are going to be the most boring in cycling history, aren't they?

    More boring than Indurain? And Armstrong? And that team?

    They only really dominated in July. And Sky were often beaten in other races - there was jeopardy there.

    This could be domination of any race he chooses.
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