2016 Giro d'Italia

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby Vass43 » Thu May 19, 2016 12:01 pm

Nibali seems to be cruising. Now with Landa out Valverde is the obvious danger, but I just think Nibali is a better all round rider and 'The Shark' has more tactical nous than Valverde.
Provided Nibali stays healthy i think in the final week his class and staying power will show out and its his Giro to lose

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby AndrewCowley » Thu May 19, 2016 7:32 pm

Boring Giro. Week 3 had better be good.

Boring partly because of the relatively easy course so far but also boring because of the weak GC field.

Contador should have picked this year for his Giro / Tour double. At least then Astana wouldn't be able to spend 2 weeks doing nothing.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby MichaelB » Fri May 20, 2016 9:10 am

Boring ?? Are you watching the same race ?

Anyway, I wonder what the result had been if Caleb had been on the other side of Greipel ? Probably no different as he probably put in enough effort to win, but was still close.

Roll on Stage 14

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby find_bruce » Sun May 22, 2016 6:49 am

find_bruce wrote:Stage 14 looks brutal on paper - will anyone have the legs & courage to attack? An animated stage would be great but this Giro is shaping as a war of attrition
Happy to have been wrong, stage was certainly animated, just not by the expected riders. Still plenty left before Torino. Tonight's uphill TT should see some more shake ups of the GC contenders.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby redsonic » Sun May 22, 2016 1:16 pm

It was great to see Chavez take the win last night, plus time bonuses. He must be feeling good to leave Nibali behind on a climb.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby MichaelB » Sun May 22, 2016 5:44 pm

Cracker of a Stage (14 that is) and a great result for OGE, but also some of the others that lost time.

ITT will be interesting

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby AndrewCowley » Sun May 22, 2016 6:07 pm

Wow, stage 14 was one of the best GT stages I've seen. Incredible.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby find_bruce » Mon May 23, 2016 7:26 am

ITT sure was interesting, 2:12 is a good lead for Kruijswijk & he seems to have the form to defend it. I don't think Chaves can make that up in the last week, but it will be good to see him try. Nibili & piti are down but not out.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby DG1984 » Mon May 23, 2016 8:19 am

MichaelB wrote:Cracker of a Stage (14 that is) and a great result for OGE, but also some of the others that lost time.

ITT will be interesting


I only got to see the extended highlights, but even they were enthralling. Those climbs and descents were outrageous.

Some fantastic photos are up on beardy's caravan. What a life that guy leads, paid to travel the world take photos and cycle amazing roads.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby MichaelB » Mon May 23, 2016 8:33 am

After the ITT, seems that Valverde recovered OK, but Nibali didn't.

Now he really has to attack over the last few mountain stages. He has the team for it, so could be REALLY interesting !!!

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby MichaelB » Wed May 25, 2016 8:49 am

Cracker of a stage last night.

Chaves's chase (great efforts from Howson & PLaza) reminded me a bit of Cadel going up Galibier.

Hoping like hell that Valverde doesn't beat him to a podium spot. That would really upset me !

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby AndrewCowley » Wed May 25, 2016 11:55 pm

Kruijswijk has so much time to play with that I'm worried for him that he will keep attacking and following everything at the front when really he no longer needs to. Hope he doesn't blow himself up.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby find_bruce » Thu May 26, 2016 9:41 am

Just 2 big mountain stages to go, so I can't see Kruijswijk blowing up. I am with Michael about piti - a sudden improvement 2 weeks into a grand tour isn't at all suspicious :roll:

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby biker jk » Thu May 26, 2016 11:25 am

find_bruce wrote:Just 2 big mountain stages to go, so I can't see Kruijswijk blowing up. I am with Michael about piti - a sudden improvement 2 weeks into a grand tour isn't at all suspicious :roll:


Piti's improvement came after the rest day so he "recovered" well, unlike Landa who must have made a mistake with his rest day "recuperation".

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby Gerry.M » Sat May 28, 2016 2:06 pm

find_bruce wrote:Just 2 big mountain stages to go, so I can't see Kruijswijk blowing up. I am with Michael about piti - a sudden improvement 2 weeks into a grand tour isn't at all suspicious :roll:

No, he didn't blow up, instead went over the bars :( - poor bugger.

Looking forward to tonight's stage to see who can survive all three climbs, would be great for Chaves to win it.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby AndrewCowley » Sat May 28, 2016 6:20 pm

It's just about become the best GT in recent years.

A tame start but a brilliant 3rd week.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby RobertFrith » Sat May 28, 2016 9:19 pm

So is Kruiswijk out? Call me stupid but I can't see anywhere that he's retired. I figure you would with a broken rib but all the news I've seen is saying is that he's lost the lead..
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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby DG1984 » Sat May 28, 2016 9:42 pm

RobertFrith wrote:So is Kruiswijk out? Call me stupid but I can't see anywhere that he's retired. I figure you would with a broken rib but all the news I've seen is saying is that he's lost the lead..


Declared fit, definitely started.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby find_bruce » Sat May 28, 2016 9:43 pm

RobertFrith wrote:So is Kruiswijk out? Call me stupid but I can't see anywhere that he's retired. I figure you would with a broken rib but all the news I've seen is saying is that he's lost the lead..

Apparently Kruijswijk is starting

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby GAV!N » Sun May 29, 2016 8:23 am

What a shame for Chavez & OGE. Kudos to Nibali though.

I'd have to say one big factor was team support in the Mountains. Chavez was virtually solo while Nibbles always had numbers and always had people up the road.

Was great to see Uran try and help Chavez as well.

All in all a great Grand tour. It will be hard for the Tour to top that!

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby Gunlock » Sun May 29, 2016 9:04 am

GAV!N wrote:I'd have to say one big factor was team support in the Mountains. Chavez was virtually solo while Nibbles always had numbers and always had people up the road.


Agreed. I wonder if OGE should have brought in one of the Yates brothers to help out in the mountains?
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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby fat and old » Sun May 29, 2016 6:23 pm

Gunlock wrote:
GAV!N wrote:I'd have to say one big factor was team support in the Mountains. Chavez was virtually solo while Nibbles always had numbers and always had people up the road.


Agreed. I wonder if OGE should have brought in one of the Yates brothers to help out in the mountains?


Saving them for TDF, and less likely to hold onto them anyway.

Heartbreaking to watch Chaves not even being able to hang on to Uran's offer :(

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby AndrewCowley » Sun May 29, 2016 7:15 pm

Despite it being obvious that in a strong field nobody would ever make up 4 minutes in two stages to take the leaders jersey, you have to be amazed at Nibali's effort. Great viewing.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby MichaelB » Mon May 30, 2016 10:41 am

Brilliant GT, great to watch and LOVED Chavez interview at the end. Came 2nd and still rapt and no excuses.
He is great and despite not beaing able to support well in the mountains, the team still punched well above their weight.

Great effort & result.

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Re: 2016 Giro d'Italia

Postby redsonic » Mon May 30, 2016 11:59 am

MichaelB wrote:Brilliant GT, great to watch and LOVED Chavez interview at the end. Came 2nd and still rapt and no excuses.
He is great and despite not beaing able to support well in the mountains, the team still punched well above their weight.

Great effort & result.


I agree about Orica Greenedge's support. They were there when it mattered, and the team tactics looked faultless.

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