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2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby ft_critical » Tue May 01, 2012 1:03 pm

Michele Scarponi for the win. Frank might have a look in because pretty much no-one else is in form and riding it. Basso-no-no.

Now, to arrange my RAI subscription.
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Postby Daccordi Rider » Tue May 01, 2012 2:27 pm

The Giro is the best tour. So hard to pick this year but I'm saying Cunego, he seemed to be coming to form with Kreuzinger a strong challenger if he can get time on the punchier stages prior to Stelvio day. That will be the day, can't wait. :D
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2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby RonK » Tue May 01, 2012 2:35 pm

ft_critical wrote:Now, to arrange my RAI subscription.

No need for RAI - it's on Eurosport
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby Nikolai » Tue May 01, 2012 7:07 pm

Vino will win. Vino always win :-)
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby ft_critical » Wed May 02, 2012 8:20 am

Nikolai wrote:Vino will win. Vino always win :-)


He was off-the-back on the climb that Garobski (name?) won on the Tour of Turkey.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby Chuck » Wed May 02, 2012 9:26 am

ft_critical wrote:
Nikolai wrote:Vino will win. Vino always win :-)


He was off-the-back on the climb that Garobski (name?) won on the Tour of Turkey.


He's not listed to ride the Giro

http://www.cyclingnews.com/giro-ditalia/start-list

maybe you already knew that :?

I like Kreuziger.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby ft_critical » Wed May 02, 2012 12:27 pm

I kind of forgot about the Jockey, he is clearly riding well. Gadret? Haven't seen him this year, but he did well last year.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby vander » Thu May 03, 2012 12:22 am

I think Kreuziger has a good shot but Basso will probably take it. The other guys I like the look of as outsiders for a top 5 are Klodi and Hesjedal and Cunego to top 3.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby RICHARDH » Thu May 03, 2012 6:04 pm

Wide open race, Basso has struggled just like last year but it would surprise me to see him build form through the race and the really decisive stages all being at the back end of the race he could do it. Kreuziger is in a bit of form but for some reason cant see him winning this one, dont think he has the legs to go with the climbers on the really steep long stuff. Scarponi for me seems the one most likely if you look at form and past performances, good classics and won last year*. To me the the TTT is going to be really exciting shame SBS isn't showing it as i reckon it will be GreenEdge's first GT win.

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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby ft_critical » Thu May 03, 2012 9:28 pm

RonK wrote:
ft_critical wrote:Now, to arrange my RAI subscription.

No need for RAI - it's on Eurosport


The RAI commentary is better RonK :lol:
Not to mention the game shows. Gosh, I just mentioned them didn't I :oops:
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby MichaelB » Fri May 04, 2012 8:43 am

Fronk is learning from his sibling, Abondonandy andamking excuses already for his Giro ride.

“I don’t want to look for excuses, but since I’m replacing Jakob and this frankly wasn’t predicted, it’s not exactly the best preparation,” Schleck said. “Fortunately, the first ten days aren’t very hard and I’ll have to use those opening stages to gradually get into the race. But after ten days, I’ll know how my body is reacting.”


http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/schleck-surprised-by-late-giro-ditalia-call-up
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby Daccordi Rider » Fri May 04, 2012 12:13 pm

http://www.cyclingnews.com/features/gir ... key-stages

Great article to wet the appetite.

I have sworn off reading any articles mentioning a Schmuck. There are only so many kicks my neighbours cat can take.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby MichaelB » Fri May 04, 2012 2:29 pm

Looking fwd to next Friday night, then Sat, then the Sat & Sun after, then Wed, Fri & Sat ..... gonna be some long nights there .... :D
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby Daccordi Rider » Fri May 04, 2012 3:16 pm

Eurosport. Lots of early mornings to watch last nights stage. I can't stay up all night. :oops:
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby ft_critical » Sat May 05, 2012 10:20 pm

So week one is a lot of flat and some medium mountains. Cav, is he the one for the first week? Fast flat finishes, I can't see anyone beating him, except, no recent form. So many stars seem out of form this year.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby jules21 » Sun May 06, 2012 2:20 pm

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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby Fresh » Sun May 06, 2012 2:23 pm

What time does coverage start tonight?
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby Nikolai » Sun May 06, 2012 4:39 pm

jules21 wrote:Image
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby Nikolai » Sun May 06, 2012 4:53 pm

I think 1 or 2 GC contenders will say goodbye to their hopes right there in Denmark. Stage 2 could be flat (stage 3 not so) but it's quite windy there pretty much all the time and on a really windy day, you can't ride your bike straight. If conditions are right, 2-3 teams will blow the whole thing up into pieces.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby ft_critical » Sun May 06, 2012 8:00 pm

Nikolai wrote: If conditions are right, 2-3 teams will blow the whole thing up into pieces.


Esp Rabobank. Having learned it from HTC. Or Team Bernard Eisel.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby MichaelB » Mon May 07, 2012 8:56 am

Fronk is off to a good start. 0:59 down in the prologue already :lol: :lol: :lol:

Andy must be fretting like mad .....

Gossy sooo close. He'll get a win soon !!!
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby RICHARDH » Mon May 07, 2012 9:20 am

How many 2nd place's can Gossy take ? :shock:
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby ft_critical » Mon May 07, 2012 1:12 pm

Horsens, Strandpromenaden - flat, flat, flat wide finish. Who do you think that will suit? With a 800m to 1km straight, flat lead in. Did I mention flat.

Cav and crash.

Then a huge bus trip to Verona. I back the BMC team bus for this stage :wink:
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby Daccordi Rider » Mon May 07, 2012 2:05 pm

There was a lot of jossling/bumping last night, no place for the fainthearted so I can't tip Tyler. Cavendouche from Goss again. Renshaw as the outside tip coz he thrives on that stuff.
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Re: 2012 Giro d'Italia

Postby vander » Mon May 07, 2012 2:07 pm

I think Bos may take this. Cav and Gossy up there also.
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