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    Basso's to lose?

    OK....I'm getting fired up now....a month to go to my favorite month of the year.

    After watching OLN's coverage of the Giro, isn't it Basso's to lose?
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    Yes with two big if's. First if he can regain his peak for July and if Jan doesn't come into July with good form. If Jan is on top of his game he'll be hard to beat. I believe Jan will not be ready but we won't really know until July...and that's why they play the game!

    But I'm with ya, I can not wait for July!!!!! I hope this Spanish doping scandal doesn't completely overshadow what may be one of the great Tours.

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    .... or did he peak too soon?

    July is going to be awesome.

    Basso. Ullrich. Levi. Floyd. Hincapie. Vino. Et. al....

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    Its Basso's to lose as he has shown he can dominate (although it was on much weaker competition than he will have at the tour) and he has without a doubt the strongest team (assuming everyone recovers from the Giro). But I think Jan is going to be laying down the smack...especially with as much time trialing there is. Floyd could make the podium...so can Vino... I think it will probably come down to those four. Alot of people are talking up Valverde...but they were talking up Mayo a couple years ago too...
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    Didn't Basso finish about 2nd in the last two TdFs? Apparenty, there have been about 12 other winners of the Tour that also won the Giro in same year, e.g., Merckx, Induráin, Pantani, Coppi, Hinault, Anquetil . . .

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    Quote Originally Posted by wagathon
    Didn't Basso finish about 2nd in the last two TdFs?
    Basso was 3rd in the 2004 TdF. Kloden took 2nd. I think Ullrich was 4th.

    Jakey, as for Valverde, I think we'll find out he's no Mayo. This year may be too soon for Valverde to win the TdF (he's still a bit young), but he's proving to be a versatile rider, as his early season wins attest. We'd probably know more about his grand tour potential, though, if he would not have hurt his knee and had to abandon last July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo
    If Jan is on top of his game he'll be hard to beat. I believe Jan will not be ready but we won't really know until July...and that's why they play the game!
    But remember, Der Jan typically becomes stronger towards the end of the TdF. Hopefully his knees and back will hold out, or he won't get injured in some way.

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    ...or run into the back window of his team car like last year!
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    Quote Originally Posted by wagathon
    Didn't Basso finish about 2nd in the last two TdFs? Apparenty, there have been about 12 other winners of the Tour that also won the Giro in same year, e.g., Merckx, Induráin, Pantani, Coppi, Hinault, Anquetil . . .
    Actually only 7. The only one you did not list was Roche. It is just Coppi, Hinault and Indurain did it twice and Merckx 3 times. For 12 times, but by only 7 riders.

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    Well last year Basso got sick and still won 1 (or was it 2) stages in the Giro after recovering. Then still has form to beat Armstrong on TDF climbs. I would normally say Basso has it locked up, but Jan's TT will make it close, I predict Basso - Jan - Valverde podium.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PedalMasher
    Well last year Basso got sick and still won 1 (or was it 2) stages in the Giro after recovering. Then still has form to beat Armstrong on TDF climbs. I would normally say Basso has it locked up, but Jan's TT will make it close, I predict Basso - Jan - Valverde podium.
    i like this podium pick. i think the time trials and the lower mountains will negate some of basso's advantage over jan, but i still think the italian will win it. and i just feel like valverde's ride last year and his spring this year is a continual build to the tour this july.

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    I am not a Basso fan, but I think he'll make it, and he won't be affected whatsoever by the last Giro. He was never really harmed by anyone there in the mountains. He ended the race in second gear, and even had to take it easy ( he let another rider win the stage if I remember well ) in order not to humiliate the peloton.

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