"The 33"-Road Bike Racing - Giro 2005: wouldn't it be great if ...
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... Rujano won it all? I would not discount the possibility.
05-26-05, 02:34 PM
that would indeed be pretty cool.
it might ruin some of the giro's publicity though because he is an ugly little bastard and they'd have to put his picture everywhere..
I think it's pretty obvious that the final podium is going to be consisting of Savoldelli, Simoni, and Rujano. No idea what order though. Simoni and Rujano will be attacking like crazy on Saturday.
05-26-05, 03:18 PM
I'm rooting for Rujano to get at least a podium place. Unfortunately he ran about four and a half minutes behind Savoldelli in the first ITT (though Friday's has a bigger climb). Rujano will have to do that proverbial "something special" on Saturday's stage...he could be like a cat licking his chops about the Colle della Finestre. He sure has been a standout and a lot of fun to watch. Cyclingnews captions his pictures "The Incredible Hulk" :lol:
He was in tenth position, 43 seconds behind, at the second timecheck (18km, top of the climb) on the first TT. After that he had to change bike three times, and now he also has the success of the last week in his mind. He is also a former track rider, so I think many will be surprised tomorrow. And on Saturday anything can happen..
05-26-05, 04:49 PM
Yeah, Saturday is going to be awesome!
05-26-05, 09:50 PM
Maybe now Rujano (is Guillen his maternal last name or what?) will finally stop attacking at the top of all of the GPM's just to get mountain points (seeing that he already has a 61 point lead) and save some energy for the descents, he might need it to keep up with Savoldelli.
is Guillen his maternal last name or what?
I believe that is true, given the Spanish use of paternal, followed by (seemingly optional, and not at all consistently) the maternal.
But it seems to me that this year - because of the Pro Tour? - most Spanish riders are being listed with both names.
05-27-05, 05:33 AM
Rujano only lost 1.5 minutes to Salvoldelli today. He's 3' back. Tomorrow's climb is a monster. If Il Falco blows, he could easily lose 3 minutes.
There is no doubt at all about him going for it on the Colle della Finestre tomorrow. With three climbs, he may be content to stay wil Paulo on the first, but he'll be attacking on the last two for sure - not for GPM points but "the whole enchilada"!
05-28-05, 10:28 PM
On the topic of Rujano, I'm assuming he could probably ride a bike with 650cc wheels. I'm wondering what the pros/cons of that would be, or if that would even be allowed?
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