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Savoldelli must have gotten over his stomach bug and is generating some serious power. 23 seconds on Basso.
 

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I don't think Basso was that concerned -- it was more like, "don't crash, this is a huge race."

There's SO MUCH climbing in this giro that I think we're going to see huge time gaps in the mountain stages. Probably the first GT in quite some time that won't essentially be decided in TT's.
 

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I bet CSC is going to throw down in the TTT.
I would not bet on them gaining much, if any, time on DIsco. Disco brought their A-team to the Giro--with the exception of Hincapie. I don't think this is going to be the cakewalk the Basso supporters would like.

Cunego and Simoni were only two and tree seconds, respectively, behind Basso. The two are in good shape.

Julich can kiss dream of pink goodbye, and Ullrich is moving up in the world (not too far up, but still up a little).
 

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I would not bet on them gaining much, if any, time on DIsco. Disco brought their A-team to the Giro--with the exception of Hincapie. I don't think this is going to be the cakewalk the Basso supporters would like.

Cunego and Simoni were only two and tree seconds, respectively, behind Basso. The two are in good shape.

Julich can kiss dream of pink goodbye, and Ullrich is moving up in the world (not too far up, but still up a little).
I agree that Disco is going to be a force aswell.

As for it being a cake walk for Basso,I don't think that will be the case at all.This race is going to be awsome and there are going to be some really strong guys laying down the hammer in the mountains.
 

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R.Rice said:
I wasn't shocked that Savoldelli did well but I expected Basso to do a little better than that.

I bet CSC is going to throw down in the TTT.
I was a little shocked - he is an OK time trialer and it had some downhill portion and all, but to beat guys like McGee at short time trial by 10 seconds, that was some performance. Look at the times - there guys 2-12 are all within 10 seconds, and Savoldelli is separated from them by another 10 seconds.

I was also expecting Basso to put some time between himself and Cunego/Simoni, who I never thought of as solid ITT guys.
 

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I was a little shocked - he is an OK time trialer and it had some downhill portion and all, but to beat guys like McGee at short time trial by 10 seconds, that was some performance. Look at the times - there guys 2-12 are all within 10 seconds, and Savoldelli is separated from them by another 10 seconds.

I was also expecting Basso to put some time between himself and Cunego/Simoni, who I never thought of as solid ITT guys.
Salvoldelli seems woefully underrated. His TTing is solid and he was the only postal to stick with LA during the attacks by TMob at the last TDF - and this was after he tore up the Giro. His TTing is obviously good enough to win it all twice and his climbing is good enough that even the specialists can't get too far from him on even the longest and most brutal stage. He isn't flashy or loudmouthed and cameras can't even follow him when he does his thing, but he has a great team and knows how to race to his strengths and weaknesses (unlike another former winner at this years race).

Il Falco isn't the best at anything except descending, but he is just good enough at everything else to win this year. IMHO Basso and Cunego stand much better chances, but I wouldn't bet against Salvoldelli and I guarantee neither are any DS's.
 

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Here's a thought:

Salvodelli for the Tour. The Double?
He keeps winning time trials like this and you won't be the only one.

Danielson and McCartney had good performances, too, so maybe Savoldelli won't be by himself in the mountains this year.
 

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well, let's not get crazy here, he has only 20 seconds lead on favorites with a lot of mountains to come.
But I agree - he is an all-rounder type rider, who doesn't get the credit he clearly deserves.
 

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Here's my observations:

- Salvodelli was very good. His descent was incredible. 'He is absolutely flying' said Brian Smith of Cycling.tv as he took the final corners of the prologue.

- Basso was wee bit of a disappointment. I think everybody expected him to do better.

- Cunego and Simoni did very well. Danielson is in a great spot.

- Jason McCartney is an interesting surprise. Former US Pro is way up there.

- Petacchi was good. He gave it full gas so he could have a chance at the maglia rosa is he can take a couple of early stages.

- Bettini used a normal bike and outfit, like he didn't care. Why the heck was he trying so hard then??

- Bobby Julich was way down there. He better show some good stuff soon.

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Results


1 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 7.50 (47.489 km/h)
2 Bradley Mcgee (Aus) Française des Jeux 0.11
3 José E. Gutierrez Cataluna (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 0.13
4 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner
5 Serguei Gonchar (Ukr) T-Mobile Team 0.15
6 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 0.16
7 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
8 Michael Rogers (Aus) T-Mobile Team 0.17
9 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner 0.18
10 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas 0.19
11 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre-Fondital 0.20
12 Tom Danielson (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 0.21
13 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC 0.23
14 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC 0.25
15 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre-Fondital
16 Gilberto Simoni (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir 0.26
17 Marc Wauters (Bel) Rabobank 0.27
18 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Team CSC
19 Remmert Wielinga (Ned) Quick Step-Innergetic
20 Rik Verbrugghe (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone 0.28
21 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears 0.29
22 Christophe Brandt (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
23 Dario David Cioni (Ita) Liquigas 0.30
24 Jason Mccartney (USA) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 0.31
25 Francesco Bellotti (Ita) Credit Agricole
26 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
27 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 0.32
28 Olaf Pollack (Ger) T-Mobile Team 0.33
29 José Luis Rubiera Vigil (Spa) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 0.34
30 Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu) AG2R Prevoyance 0.35
31 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Team Milram
32 Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Lampre-Fondital
33 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Quick Step-Innergetic 0.36
34 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
35 Bert Roesems (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto
36 Serge Baguet (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic
37 Francisco J. Vila Errandonea (Spa) Lampre-Fondital
38 Ivan Ramiro Parra Pinto (Col) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone 0.37
39 Marco Pinotti (Ita) Saunier Duval-Prodir
40 Victor Hugo Pena Grisales (Col) Phonak Hearing Systems 0.38
41 Sergiy Matveyev (Ukr) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
42 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra) Bouygues Telecom
43 Inigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Team CSC 0.39
44 Andrea Noe' (Ita) Liquigas
45 Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel) Quick Step-Innergetic
46 José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni
47 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux
48 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Française des Jeux
49 Evgeni Petrov (Rus) Lampre-Fondital 0.40
50 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Credit Agricole 0.41
51 Matthew White (Aus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team
52 Ronny Scholz (Ger) Gerolsteiner
53 Nicki Sorensen (Den) Team CSC
54 Roberto Laiseka Jaio (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0.42
55 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
56 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone
57 Michael Blaudzun (Den) Team CSC
58 Fabio Sacchi (Ita) Team Milram
59 Paolo Bettini (Ita) Quick Step-Innergetic
60 Gabriele Missaglia (Ita) Selle Italia-Serramenti Diquigiovanni 0.43
61 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux
62 Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez (Col) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare 0.44
63 Axel Merckx (Bel) Phonak Hearing Systems
64 Steve Zampieri (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
65 PADRNOS Pavel
66 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC 0.45
67 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Lampre-Fondital
68 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Lampre-Fondital 0.46
69 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
70 Volker Ordowski (Ger) Gerolsteiner
71 Benoit Poilvet (Fra) Credit Agricole
72 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone
73 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas
74 Angel Gomez Gomez (Spa) Saunier Duval-Prodir 0.48
75 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Credit Agricole
76 Mauricio Alberto Ardila Cano (Col) Rabobank
77 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Française des Jeux
78 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita) Team Milram 0.49
79 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Liquigas
80 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team
81 Torsten Hiekmann (Ger) Gerolsteiner
82 Arnaud Labbe (Fra) Bouygues Telecom 0.50
83 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance
84 Sven Krauss (Ger) Gerolsteiner 0.51
85 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank
86 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone 0.52
87 Emanuele Sella (Ita) Ceramica Panaria-Navigare
88 Jose Luis Carrasco Gamiz (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears
89 John Gadret (Fra) AG2R Prevoyance
90 Alessandro Cortinovis (Ita) Team Milram 0.53
91 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Liberty Seguros-Würth Team
92 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 0.54
93 Jonathan Patrick Mc Carty (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
94 Stef Clement (Ned) Bouygues Telecom
95 Patrice Halgand (Fra) Credit Agricole
96 Cristian Moreni (Ita) Cofidis, le Credit par Telephone
97 Vladimir Miholjevic (Cro) Liquigas 0.55
98 Matthias Kessler (Ger) T-Mobile Team
99 Johann Tschopp (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
100 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Team Milram </pre>
 

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francois said:
- Salvodelli was very good. His descent was incredible. 'He is absolutely flying' said Brian Smith of Cycling.tv as he took the final corners of the prologue.
Savoldelli gained a lot of his time on the climb. He was 10 secs up on McGee at the top of the climb. McGee is no mean bike handler himself and only lost a second to Paolo down the descent and run in to the finish. Savoldelli must in good climbing form. He laid a beat down on the entire field. He was more than 2% faster than the next best man.
 
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