2015 Giro d'Italia

Overall winner - Can anyone beat Contador ?

Poll ended at Thu May 14, 2015 9:50 am

Fabio Aru (Astana Pro Team)
2
10%
Damiano Caruso (BMC)
0
No votes
Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo)
3
14%
Ryder Hesjedal (Cannondale-Garmin)
1
5%
Leopold Konig (Team Sky)
0
No votes
Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo)
1
5%
Richie Porte (Team Sky)
14
67%
Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale)
0
No votes
Rigoberto Uran (Etixx - Quick-Step)
0
No votes
Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Soudal)
0
No votes
Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha)
0
No votes
 
Total votes: 21
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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby RonK » Sun May 24, 2015 2:33 pm

Joel Bohorquez wrote:Alberto Clenbuterol is looking good to win overall. He now just needs to follow the wheels.

Presumably that would be Michael Clenbuterol's wheels.
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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby Joel Bohorquez » Sun May 24, 2015 3:27 pm

RonK wrote:
Joel Bohorquez wrote:Alberto Clenbuterol is looking good to win overall. He now just needs to follow the wheels.

Presumably that would be Michael Clenbuterol's wheels.

Or any wheel from the Ferrari Team in the mountains, most likely Fabio Aru's wheel.

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby Chuck » Sun May 24, 2015 3:52 pm

windlessdog wrote:Love it get the boots on and kick him while he's down, some bad luck a bit of bad team work then a time trial after he landed heavily on the not so soft black top and he's to soft and no good for a GT nice to see some good Aussie sportsmanship by the forum posters.


Yep, you'd swear some people were just waiting for him to fail so that they could have a crack. While it's true that Porte hasn't proven his GT bonafides I don't believe that what has happened in the last two weeks definitively rules him out as a leader in the future. He has genuinely had bad luck and this is clearly not Sky's A team when it comes to GT's. Granted he isn't getting any younger so the time to prove himself is running out but he is still worth a punt for a team like OGE. Races like Paris-Nice and Tirreno are not to be dismissed lightly, they have their own prestige, should Richie not ever come up to the mark in GT's. As SSScott alluded to I think that the ITT ride was that of a dispirited rider and not anything to do with a lack of quality in the discipline.
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2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby RonK » Sun May 24, 2015 4:00 pm

windlessdog wrote:Love it get the boots on and kick him while he's down, some bad luck a bit of bad team work then a time trial after he landed heavily on the not so soft black top and he's to soft and no good for a GT nice to see some good Aussie sportsmanship by the forum posters.

There is a rider who fell on the not so soft black top and dislocated his shoulder, but he didn't give up. Rode the Giro's longest and toughest stages in pain, but he made no excuses and didn't give up.
Then he fell on the not so soft black top again, but again he didn't give up. Now he's leading the race. And if his "luck" continues in the same way he can't possibly win. But I'll bet he doesn't give up while he can still get on his bike.
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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby skull » Sun May 24, 2015 5:18 pm

thecaptn wrote:It'd be great if there was an alternative to the UCI, like how there's Rugby Union and Rugby League.


They're different sports. (League and Union).

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby thecaptn » Sun May 24, 2015 5:38 pm

skull wrote:
thecaptn wrote:It'd be great if there was an alternative to the UCI, like how there's Rugby Union and Rugby League.


They're different sports. (League and Union).

But they're both played by gorillas...

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2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby singlespeedscott » Sun May 24, 2015 5:46 pm

Hey, I played union at school And I certainly don't look like a gorilla. There's a few guys on here that have played football in the past.
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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby thecaptn » Sun May 24, 2015 6:33 pm

singlespeedscott wrote:Hey, I played union at school And I certainly don't look like a gorilla. There's a few guys on here that have played football in the past.

You don't look like a gorilla? I find that very hard to believe :roll:

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Postby toolonglegs » Sun May 24, 2015 7:00 pm

I am standing by a rugby at the moment watching my not so little Aussie / kiwi / French / Spanish hybrid kick arse ... And I still look like I should be a number 8 instead of a"cyclist" ;-)

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby thecaptn » Sun May 24, 2015 7:18 pm

toolonglegs wrote:I am standing by a rugby at the moment watching my not so little Aussie / kiwi / French / Spanish hybrid kick arse ... And I still look like I should be a number 8 instead of a"cyclist" ;-)

Hybrid vigour it's called...

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby clackers » Sun May 24, 2015 9:11 pm

thecaptn wrote:
skull wrote:
thecaptn wrote:It'd be great if there was an alternative to the UCI, like how there's Rugby Union and Rugby League.


They're different sports. (League and Union).

But they're both played by gorillas...


Very, very different games, Thecaptn - historically products of the English class system.

Ie Union = thug's game played by gentlemen, League=gentlemen's game played by thugs. :-D

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby clackers » Sun May 24, 2015 9:13 pm

Chuck wrote:
The Vuelta in the the past when a Spaniard is in contention vs a non Spaniard, Spanish teams and riders have helped their countrymen. Ditto the Giro when an Italian is in contention.


Spanish or Italian, they can't give wheels to their mates on different teams.

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Postby toolonglegs » Sun May 24, 2015 9:27 pm

Well they can... They just can't take the wheels off their bikes ;-)

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby macca33 » Mon May 25, 2015 10:02 am

Sadly, the carnival is over for Richie - his heart is clearly not in it now. I cannot be critical, as he has had some poor outcomes - both within and outside his control. Does anyone see him finishing the Giro, or will he abandon and get prepared for the TdF?

So, my initial fear that he wasn't yet up to a three-week tour appears to be supported by this outcome - at this time.

One thing I must ask of those who are more knowledgeable than I am; do people think Sky management gave 100% commitment to the Giro, ie, did they send a team that was up to the standard required to give it a proper tilt? I do note the absence of a number of riders who I know will be in the TdF team - so have to ask the question....

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby warthog1 » Mon May 25, 2015 12:31 pm

Yeah I'd say he's not racing and is preparing for Le Tour hopefully. Not that I've bothered watching.

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby find_bruce » Mon May 25, 2015 1:23 pm

It must be terribly frustrating to be good but never quite good enough

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby macca33 » Mon May 25, 2015 2:36 pm

find_bruce wrote:It must be terribly frustrating to be good but never quite good enough



I will never have that problem Bruce - no good all 'round here!
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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby thecaptn » Mon May 25, 2015 3:14 pm

find_bruce wrote:It must be terribly frustrating to be good but never quite good enough

Maybe Porte's nickname should be "The Bridesmaid"?

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby find_bruce » Mon May 25, 2015 4:36 pm

find_bruce wrote:It must be terribly frustrating to be good but never quite good enough

macca33 wrote:I will never have that problem Bruce - no good all 'round here!
I am with you macca - I can't climb, sprint or time trial. In fact my only real cycling prowess is going downhill fast, as long as the road is straight that is :oops:
thecaptn wrote:Maybe Porte's nickname should be "The Bridesmaid"?

A bit harsh maybe, but Porte has never been in the bridal party - his best result in a grand tour is 7th & white jersey in the Giro in 2010. He has some great wins in shorter stage races, Paris–Nice in 2013 then this year in Paris–Nice, Volta a Catalunya & Giro del Trentino. He just doesn't appear to be able to hold it together for a 3 week tour.

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby thecaptn » Mon May 25, 2015 6:13 pm

I heard that Porte will be abandoning the Giro due to leg injuries.
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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby biker jk » Mon May 25, 2015 7:16 pm

Porte abandons the Giro citing leg injuries.

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby thecaptn » Mon May 25, 2015 7:38 pm

biker jk wrote:Porte abandons the Giro citing leg injuries.

That's what I heard.

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby biker jk » Mon May 25, 2015 7:42 pm

thecaptn wrote:
biker jk wrote:Porte abandons the Giro citing leg injuries.

That's what I heard.


From Tennille?

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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby singlespeedscott » Mon May 25, 2015 7:49 pm

Given he lost 27min last night something must be wrong.

On another point. How lame are those Wiggle ads during the broadcast?
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Re: 2015 Giro d'Italia

Postby thecaptn » Mon May 25, 2015 7:53 pm

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/richie- ... ro-ditalia
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