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    Is anyone racing in the Giro?

    good god, almost every big name is out of the giro, how lame, the big names are getting to old to be messing with the 2 year bans anymore.

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    The top 3 contenders are all previous winners?, just no basso and hamilton. Hamilton i will not miss but i was looking forward to basso destroying.

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    what are you on about? Salvodelli, Cunego, Simoni are all in. The only one missing is birillo.

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    The under 25 race should be HOT...

    Here is a short list:
    Bettini
    Simoni
    Cunego
    Savoldelli
    Garzelli
    Popovych
    Di Luca
    Rebellin
    McEwen
    Haedo
    Petacchi

    A very short list as well....there are many more to watch....McEwen will try to really hit it hard....we get to see Haedo in his first big tour....CSC in the sprints...wooohooo you get to find out what Mayo is going to do.....if he does well he "might" not help Simoni so much....

    There is lots of racing to watch...good racing as well....

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    I cant wait to see how JJ does

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    please, cunego and simoni have been lack luster to say the least in the last two giro's. Sure, Cunego has been ill prior, but its not the same in feel. I guess I'm still getting over the fact that Lion King is no longer around. The giro has always been my fav, but Im not feeling it this year.

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    Cypress will not be there, he's stuck in Montana.

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    there's a bike race in Italy this week ?

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    The other day, a coworker and I were joking that we were going to sign up for the Grand Tours since OP seems on the verge of busting a lot of people...I love my job...arriving in the morning to hear a coworker say "oh, I feel really awful today" and thinking they have been through some tragic event....only to find out they read the news about Basso...lol.

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    I have wondered for awhile if Mayo is clean. He obviously has talent, but he is on one day then off the next.

    Richard

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    You would have thought they'd have tested Vinokourov for LSD after the way he attacked his own team mates @ the Tour de France a couple of years ago. That's when I knew he was my favorite non-American bike racer. The dude is just whacked.

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    And the way his teammate attacked him. He is exciting. How about a GC contender winning the final "sprinters" stage. Yowsa

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    Gotta love Vino.
    The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.

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    you could stick cat5 pack fodder on stage 15 or 17 and the racing would still be awsome to see the pain

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    Quote Originally Posted by nikos
    please, cunego and simoni have been lack luster to say the least in the last two giro's.
    Yeah, Simoni finished third last year and second the year before, and Cunego finished fourth last year. Both Simoni and Cunego finished ahead of the defending champion, Savoldelli, last year.

    Simoni's finished no worse than third in 7 of the last 8 Giro's.

    In '05 Cunego finished 18th and rode a three week race with mononucleosis. He was still a half an hour faster than Basso, who also was sick.

    Those are pretty lackluster results.

    I love it when the casual bike fans come out in the summer....shaking my head....

    Last edited by roadwarrior; 05-12-07 at 06:54 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HigherGround
    Gotta love Vino.
    um...he's not racing. Note Astana's start list.

    Thank you.
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    All I know is that someone needs to beat Simioni. Anybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
    All I know is that someone needs to beat Simioni. Anybody.
    Why? Because he called out Basso, calling his performance last year unbelievable.

    Looks like he was right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snuffleupagus
    All I know is that someone needs to beat Simioni. Anybody.
    ...chuckling...



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    Quote Originally Posted by nikos
    please, cunego and simoni have been lack luster to say the least in the last two giro's. Sure, Cunego has been ill prior, but its not the same in feel. I guess I'm still getting over the fact that Lion King is no longer around. The giro has always been my fav, but Im not feeling it this year.
    Wow...this is hilarious.

    Don't watch. You wouldn't know what you were looking at anyway.

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    I just wish Simoni would be a little more quiet in defeat. Even if he was beaten unfairly it just comes off weak crying about it.

    maybe its just the medias fault.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadwarrior
    I was talking about his racing style in general.
    The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.

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    I don't care if Simoni was top 5, he is still lacking what he had. He is not the power house in the hills anymore - in terms of sticking with the big guns. He got canned on a whole bunch of stages in last two years - yeah, he blames it on the team - got a love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roadwarrior
    Why? Because he called out Basso, calling his performance last year unbelievable.

    Looks like he was right.
    Meh...he comes off as a whiner.

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    I'm rooting for, as always, Cunego. I expect this to be an exciting race, as the Giro usually is. God I love this sport, even with all of its doping problems.

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