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2016 Giro d'Italia - Stage One (Spoilers)

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The Giro d'Italia 2016

Love the Spring Classics, as many of us do. However, for my money there is one Stage Race that truly sets the tone for the cycling year.

That race is the Giro d'Italia.

While "that other race in France" tends to capture more media buzz, it tends to be more predictable and homogenized as well. The Giro however is a beast of a completely different nature. Less predictable, more challenging, edgier - The Giro is usually far and away the most exciting Stage Race of the season - and this year's version promises to stay true to form. There are a number of contenders that make this race a hard one to call:

Vincenso Nibali (Astana) - He has won it before, which is probably the best marker for a repeat.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) - Highly motivated super strong rider who proved he was coming into form in the final Classics. Always dangerous.
Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale) - A man with something to prove - almost always among the most competitive. If he finds his form here, we will see him on the podium.
Mikel Landa (Sky) - Some argue that he would have won last year's Giro if he hadn't been restrained by being the good lieutenant for Aru. With no Contador in this outing, Landa must be seen as a serious contender.
Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) - Majka has been on the cusp of greatness before, might this be the race upon which he finally solidifies his Stage Race cred?

These are just a few of the big names that have a realistic chance of walking away with the Giro's golden spiraling trophy. But what of the other jerseys - most notably the Points and Mountains? With Kittle and Griepel both in contention - a Germanic shoot-out seems in the cards for the Points Jersey unless Ewan gets into the mix. The Mountains? I give the edge to Valverde but I think this one is wide open.

I think we can expect a beautiful and exciting race in Italy this year, as we have come to expect from The Giro.

Stage One: (TT) Apeldoorn, 9.8 Km

Stage One is a Time Trial in the gloriously flat Netherlands.
The course, which is just shy of 10 Km long has a minor but constant climb - only an increase of about 8 meters in total, so should not be overly difficult for the time trial specialists that will have a moment to shine here. The course is not overly long, so large time-gaps would be unexpected. The course does include some rather sharp turns and road furniture which could prove fatal to the rider who loses his concentration for a moment. Another possible factor: rain and wind - The preferred weather of The Netherlands! Some of the top contenders are very capable time -trialists, while others - not so much. This will be a good warm-up, but unless something very surprising happens, the conclusion of this stage will probably have no effect on the final podium - it will be a good day to assess form however.

Stage One Map:
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Links

The Official Site (English): Giro d'Italia 2016: Official Site
CyclingNews Preview: Giro d'Italia 2016: Preview | Cyclingnews.com
The PEZ Giro Preview: Giro'16: The PEZ Preview - PezCycling News
Velonews Preview: Race Preview: Giro d'Italia 2016 - VeloNews.com
 

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I don't see any Velogames Giro league--doesn't it close tomorrow?
 

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"I don't see any Velogames Giro league" - Fireform

Yikes! I plan on winning that! Let me look into it!.......

League Name: RBR Giro 2016

League Code: 04153121
 

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Nice Victory for Tom Dumoulin, who now dons the first Maglia Rosa of this year's Giro.
Both Giant-Alpecin and Etixx-QuickStep had very good days today. Great finish by Marcel Kittel - can we now call him a double-threat (Sprinting and TTing)? Nice to see Fabio still mixing it up with all the young dudes!

Of the Contenders, Nibali has made the strongest statement thus far, but all the major players ended fairly close to eachother in time, so unless this becomes one of those Giros in which seconds decide the winner, it would be probably be folly to draw too many conclusions from this first stage.

Result:


1. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) 00:11:03
2. Primoz Roglic (LottoNL-Jumbo)
3 Andrey Amador (Movistar Team) 00:00:06
4 Tobias Ludvigsson (Giant-Alpecin) 00:00:08
5 Marcel Kittel (Etixx-QuickStep) 00:00:11
6 Moreno Moser (Cannondale) 00:00:12
7 Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) 00:00:13
8 Fabian Cancellara (Trek-Segafredo) 00:00:14
9 Matthias Brändle (IAM Cycling)
10 Silvan Dillier (BMC) 00:00:16
 

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Kittel placing high to gun for pink tomorrow and this week. Nice showing by him and it'll be hard to keep him out of pink now.
 

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Kittel placing high to gun for pink tomorrow and this week. Nice showing by him and it'll be hard to keep him out of pink now.
Agreed. Kittel is tomorrow's Danger Man!
 

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Kittel placing high to gun for pink tomorrow and this week. Nice showing by him and it'll be hard to keep him out of pink now.
Agreed. Kittel is tomorrow's Danger Man!
Can he take it tomorrow? I think they said the time bonus for the win was 10 seconds, so if Dumoilin stays with the peloton, he'd still keep it, even if Kittel takes 1st.
 

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Good point, and it could well matter! Kittel looks lighter? Nice to see him back, that was a great stage for him. If he doesn't get pink in stage two, he'll get it in stage 3... How many stages will he ride after that?
 
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