Giro d'Italia 23 Stage 7: Capua - Gran Sasso 218 km - goes up at the end ***SPOILERS***

mididoctors
mididoctors Posts: 16,575
edited May 2023 in Pro race



First climb

Bl00dy hell . Bit of a long grind


"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
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,575
    edited May 2023
    Historical facts :

    Where the ridiculously stereo typical Nazi commando guy whisked Mussolini away .

    Hugh gave it a dig here a few years back ? Was it 2018 ?
    "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: 16,575
    218 k oufff
    "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
  • gethinceri
    gethinceri Posts: 1,494

    Historical facts :

    Where the ridiculously stereo typical Nazi commando guy whisked Mussolini away .

    One of the nastiest Fokkers of the whole bunch. Survived, prosecuted, escaped and did a legger to South America, became and remained very rich and powerful.
    Count.
  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,550



  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,550

  • mrb123
    mrb123 Posts: 4,550
    Stunning place up there. Climbed Gran Sasso via the West Ridge with Mrs B a few years back. Nice easy scramble in a spectacular setting. Would love to get back there with the bike.
  • phreak
    phreak Posts: 2,890


    After the huge snow drifts on the way up a week ago its looking okay today. I remember the Pantani attack on this climb in 1999 and he struggled to put huge time into anyone so it might be well suited to a diesel approach.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,893
    Yeah, it feels like a climb that will suit Geraint or Carthy - long and draggy although a bit steeper at the end. Probably not too bad for Remco either though.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,893
    Not sure how they decided where to split that climb though, If they've decided it isn't a single 45km climb it makes more sense to split it into 3 with the downhill and flat sections in the middle of the second climb.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,575
    Ineos to train it at G's tempo then TGH sprints for line .
    "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: 16,575
    Bit obvious I guess . Ineos want to keep both up on GC .
    "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: 16,575
    They are off ....
    "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: 16,575


    DSM controlling behind softish break
    "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
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,893



    DSM controlling behind softish break

    I assume they'll do the bare minimum as they're unlikely to hold the jersey at the end of the day. Petilli will probably go into the virtual jersey at some point.

    Wet roads again and some snow at the finish apparently.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,575
    Weather at the finish is bad
    "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
  • andytee87
    andytee87 Posts: 406
    Remember the last time with this finish as the first time I really noticed Masnada. Been a bit underwhelming at Quick Step since, solid but nothing spectacular.

    It was all talked about as Campo Imperatore then though
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,575
    andytee87 said:

    Remember the last time with this finish as the first time I really noticed Masnada. Been a bit underwhelming at Quick Step since, solid but nothing spectacular.

    It was all talked about as Campo Imperatore then though

    I couldn't fit it into the thread title .....did Hugh Carthy try and get away on that stage ? I got a vague memory...he was riding for caja rual iirc
    "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: 16,575
    Suns come out .... Very calm in the peloton
    "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
  • andytee87
    andytee87 Posts: 406

    andytee87 said:

    Remember the last time with this finish as the first time I really noticed Masnada. Been a bit underwhelming at Quick Step since, solid but nothing spectacular.

    It was all talked about as Campo Imperatore then though

    I couldn't fit it into the thread title .....did Hugh Carthy try and get away on that stage ? I got a vague memory...he was riding for caja rual iirc
    Wasn't a dig at the thread, more that I hadn't heard it referred to as such on the GCN commentary until today.

    Yep, Carthy was in the break that day I think
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,575
    andytee87 said:

    andytee87 said:

    Remember the last time with this finish as the first time I really noticed Masnada. Been a bit underwhelming at Quick Step since, solid but nothing spectacular.

    It was all talked about as Campo Imperatore then though

    I couldn't fit it into the thread title .....did Hugh Carthy try and get away on that stage ? I got a vague memory...he was riding for caja rual iirc
    Wasn't a dig at the thread, more that I hadn't heard it referred to as such on the GCN commentary until today.

    Yep, Carthy was in the break that day I think
    No problem I didn't take it that way .

    Apparently he was riding for ef ( drapac ) so I got a bit of Mandela syndrome
    "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
  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,306
    Who is the North American commentator?
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,575
    Mulubrahn feeling it ...sliding off the back of the break
    "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
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 25,277

    Who is the North American commentator?

    Jonathan Vaughters?
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,575
    Still not half way
    "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: 16,575

    Who is the North American commentator?

    vaughters. EF education boss
    "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
  • TheBigBean
    TheBigBean Posts: 20,306
    Thanks both.
  • andytee87
    andytee87 Posts: 406
    Dan Lloyd, Robbie McEwen and Vaughters are a very good listen at the minute. Talking about signing young or project riders and managing the racecraft/lifestyle side more than needing to train power. To be fair, Blythe was good as part of the trio before Vaughters joined as well

    Nice when they realise a race doesn't need constant commentating on what's actually happening.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,575
    JV stanning almeida...not seeing it
    "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
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,893
    Enjoyed JV’s story of his DSs rebelling at him trying to sign yet another project rider with the physiology but no racecraft as they were fed up having to teach the basic skills. That rider was Roglic - doh!
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 39,893
    Dull stage so far