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Who the heck is this Marco Pinotti cat from High Road?!?

nice time for sure!
anyone know about him?
He's a two time Italian national TT champ (currently wears the jersey), and he held the pink jersey for nearly a week last year. He's a TT specialist and not a bad climber, but not a GC caliber rider.

He was actually second in the Italian national TT last year, but owns the jersey because the winner failed a drug test.

http://www.velobios.com/riders.highroad2008.pinotti.htm
 

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Boy Contador is the real deal. Riding a TT in aerobars with a broken elbow !! Posting such an impressive time!! If he can climb with that elbow, he could be pretty in pink at the end of the Giro.
 

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Contador is going to win this the Giro by 4 or 5 minutes. Then he'll win the Vuelta later this year, giving him victories in all 3 Grand Tours at a very young age. He is by far the best cyclist in the world.
 

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Best ride of the day goes to Gilberto Simoni, only a minute 10 back, at 36 years of age. And this guy has been the worst TT rider since Oscar Sevilla!, on drugs!! Now lets see what Gibo can do in his favourite discipline, the mountains........... Vai Gibo, Vai, Vai!!!
 

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Contador is going to win this the Giro by 4 or 5 minutes. Then he'll win the Vuelta later this year, giving him victories in all 3 Grand Tours at a very young age. He is by far the best cyclist in the world.
Well, that's a hard sell. Tom Boonen probably doesn't buy it. These days there is a pretty clear separation between GC riders and Classics guys, and to call one better than the other is too hard to do.

I can only think of a couple guys that can be competitive in both, and even then they are selective with their classics. Those guys are: Valverde, Cunego, Di Luca, and all like the Ardennes only, plus Lombardia which is similar.
 

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Best ride of the day goes to Gilberto Simoni, only a minute 10 back, at 36 years of age. And this guy has been the worst TT rider since Oscar Sevilla!, on drugs!! Now lets see what Gibo can do in his favourite discipline, the mountains........... Vai Gibo, Vai, Vai!!!
That is honestly the most surprising. Extra Terrestrial if you know what I mean ...
 

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Best ride of the day goes to Gilberto Simoni, only a minute 10 back, at 36 years of age. And this guy has been the worst TT rider since Oscar Sevilla!, on drugs!! Now lets see what Gibo can do in his favourite discipline, the mountains........... Vai Gibo, Vai, Vai!!!
You know I can remember him riding a good TT or two in the Giro back in the day even if his recent performances haven't been so good. For me, Simoni was the surprise of the day. I also thought Contador would dominate the event, somewhat surprised the TT specialists like Bruseghin and Pinotti did as well as they did.

It is good that the Italians have balls. Ricco, Simoni and Di Luca will all need to go on the attack and they will. I will be shocked if we see one of those old Lance era TdF races where they all sit there and ride to the final climbs together.

Contador will be hard to beat but they will try.
 

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Well, that's a hard sell. Tom Boonen probably doesn't buy it. These days there is a pretty clear separation between GC riders and Classics guys, and to call one better than the other is too hard to do.

I can only think of a couple guys that can be competitive in both, and even then they are selective with their classics. Those guys are: Valverde, Cunego, Di Luca, and all like the Ardennes only, plus Lombardia which is similar.
Good point. There is a definite separation. However, if Contador focused on the Classics, he would sure be a force. Most likely it would be in the Ardennes, as you mentioned. It will be interesting to see him in the Olympic road race. Sounds like the setup could favor the Valverdes, Cunegos, and Contadors of the world.
 

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Simoni's in a pretty good spot, but it looks like a showdown between Astana and LPR.

Contador is definitely in the driver's seat, but that elbow could give him trouble. Do they send Leipheimer on a flier? Do those words go into one sentence?

You gotta like Savoldelli here, too. He has plenty of exprience and can pull out wins with his descending skills.

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zphogan said:
Contador is going to win this the Giro by 4 or 5 minutes. Then he'll win the Vuelta later this year, giving him victories in all 3 Grand Tours at a very young age. He is by far the best cyclist in the world.

Am I the only one who questions Contador's performances. Funny how the two top Spanish cyclist in the world right now (Contador and Valverde) were miraculously cleared from any involvement in the Puerto Investigation, while all the other riders involved (non-Spanish) were racked over the coals.

No doubt I knew Contador was going to be good as far back as 2005, but he's gone from a good rider who had a few Romandie and Suisse stage wins and high placings to the best stage racer in the world in a matter of a year or two. Oh, but I am sure he's clean....besides he's always raced with the most upright and outstanding teams in the pro peloton: Once, Liberty Seguros, and Astana.
 
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