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starts today.

The start list doesn't look to have that many big names but Valverde and Evans stand out from that list IMO.

I guess most of the Giro main guys are not concerned y this small tune up but their teams are sending their domestiques in for some action prior to the big one next week.

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uzziefly said:
starts today.

The start list doesn't look to have that many big names but Valverde and Evans stand out from that list IMO.

I guess most of the Giro main guys are not concerned y this small tune up but their teams are sending their domestiques in for some action prior to the big one next week.

Thoughts, comments etc?
You forgot to mention Cancellara. After a sub par classics season he would want to put in a few good performances for the team. Besides it's on home turf for him.
 

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MG537 said:
You forgot to mention Cancellara. After a sub par classics season he would want to put in a few good performances for the team. Besides it's on home turf for him.
I didn't actually. Why? Well, he should smoke the Prologue and his team could well take the TTT to give him a hefty lead but I doubt it would be big enough for him to be able to take the overall IMO.

He might well win another stage though on a great break/bridge etc.

I was mainly referring to the GC guys like Evans etc fwiw that's also why.

That said, I actually do hope Cancellara gets a top 3 spot overall. :)
 

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cancellara should get the prologue.

after that, cavs and robbie will battle it out for the sprints.

we have evans, valverde, karpets, pozzato, pinotti, jens, jj haedo, mcartney, freire, menchov, quinziato, astrarloza, casar, and moncoutie looking for stage wins. and slipstream. they should get the TTT.

GC contenders: evans, valverde, pozzato, casar, moncoutie. i pick evans as they have a somewhat strong team here and he will need a win to get his team onboard. for le tour.
 

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weltyed said:
cancellara should get the prologue.

after that, cavs and robbie will battle it out for the sprints.

we have evans, valverde, karpets, pozzato, pinotti, jens, jj haedo, mcartney, freire, menchov, quinziato, astrarloza, casar, and moncoutie looking for stage wins. and slipstream. they should get the TTT.

GC contenders: evans, valverde, pozzato, casar, moncoutie. i pick evans as they have a somewhat strong team here and he will need a win to get his team onboard. for le tour.
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weltyed said:
cancellara should get the prologue.

after that, cavs and robbie will battle it out for the sprints.

we have evans, valverde, karpets, pozzato, pinotti, jens, jj haedo, mcartney, freire, menchov, quinziato, astrarloza, casar, and moncoutie looking for stage wins. and slipstream. they should get the TTT.

GC contenders: evans, valverde, pozzato, casar, moncoutie. i pick evans as they have a somewhat strong team here and he will need a win to get his team onboard. for le tour.
I don't see anyone threatening other than Valverde (who's not in really good form it seems) or MAYBE pozzato.

I think Evans would take this.
 

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uzziefly said:
I don't see anyone threatening other than Valverde (who's not in really good form it seems) or MAYBE pozzato.

I think Evans would take this.
since when has pozzato become a GC rider?
 

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Seems my boy Valverde is on ok form after all. Just 3 seconds down on the prologue, and he beat Cancellara.

I wore my Valverde jersey tonight on the club ride, so that must have been the magic he needed :D
 

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TTT impact on overall is confusing

Can someone explain why Greg Rast is now 1.43 behind Rabon. By my calculation, he should only be 7s behind him. After stage 2, Rast had a 27s lead on Rabon. Rabon's team beat Rast's team by 34s in the TTT. So Rabon should be 7s ahead of Rast. What am I missing? See my sloppy cut and paste from Cycling News below. :confused:

General classification after stage 2

1 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana 6.19.13
2 Ricardo Serrano Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0.05
3 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0.12
4 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.27

Stage 3 TTT Results


1 Team Columbia - Highroad 18.37 (47.7 km/h)
2 Caisse d'Epargne 0.10
3 Team Saxo Bank 0.16
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8 Astana 0.34

General classification after stage 3

1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - Highroad 6.38.17
2 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0.01
3 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.08
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.19
5 Konstantin Sioutsou (Blr) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.21
6 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
7 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.22
8 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.31
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0.34
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0.36
.......
50 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana 1.43
 

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LeafMarmot said:
Can someone explain why Greg Rast is now 1.43 behind Rabon. By my calculation, he should only be 7s behind him. After stage 2, Rast had a 27s lead on Rabon. Rabon's team beat Rast's team by 34s in the TTT. So Rabon should be 7s ahead of Rast. What am I missing? See my sloppy cut and paste from Cycling News below. :confused:

General classification after stage 2

1 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana 6.19.13
2 Ricardo Serrano Gonzalez (Spa) Fuji-Servetto 0.05
3 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0.12
4 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.27

Stage 3 TTT Results


1 Team Columbia - Highroad 18.37 (47.7 km/h)
2 Caisse d'Epargne 0.10
3 Team Saxo Bank 0.16
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8 Astana 0.34

General classification after stage 3

1 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team Columbia - Highroad 6.38.17
2 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0.01
3 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.08
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.19
5 Konstantin Sioutsou (Blr) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.21
6 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne
7 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Columbia - Highroad 0.22
8 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0.31
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0.34
10 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0.36
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50 Gregory Rast (Swi) Astana 1.43
Rast got dropped like a brick on the TTT so the time for the team (fifth rider to cross the finish line) doesn't apply for Rast.
 

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How about Tyler Farrar in 2nd behind Friere in Stage 5? This guy is getting more consistent and he's fresh for having to miss the classics. Looking forward to seeing him in the Giro or Tour.
 

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Good Call!

scottmilk9 said:
HAHA, my first correct pick of the season!! Now who will win the Giro???
Yup, that was spot on.:thumbsup:

Is there a Giro Thread yet? If so, perhaps that question should move there?
 

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Good Luck!

I'll see you there.
 
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