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Originally Posted by DMF
Don't be surprised. I expect that many of the serious TdF GC contenders and teams will do ToC instead of Giro (or both, with non-TdF participants contesting Giro).
this, i think, is what the toc organizers and fans are hoping for. the initial fear when the tour
of california announced its move to giro time-late april/early may was that very few (if any)
of the top-flite italian riders would show (whether pressured by their team/sponsors/family etc.).
it seems logical that many tdf contenders would rather go hard for a week to 10 days (even with
the transatlantic flights), then refine their form leading into july. racing the giro with the possible
intent (based on how the team is contending) to drop out before/during the last week or even riding
the giro giving less than 100% would not seem to fit into the plans of many squads where every
rider at a gt is crucial.
hopefully, we'll see several other italian riders of nibali's (near) quality in this and future toc's.