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    Wow. The Giro is awesome...

    I am a total newb when it comes to pro racing so excuse my gushing. I watch it when it's on, but I have no idea of the mechanics of a race. Last year, I watched whatever I could and my GF sat with me throughout the entire TDF which was a really pleasant deal.

    However, I am thoroughly appreciating the cliche'ish term of the "human drama" of the race. I'm loving how teams work together and the humility of the lesser racers who put in their work for their stars.

    I have to say, without spoiling anything, Conti is showing me a lot this year. I can't wait to see him at the TDF.

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    I dunno if I would describe it as awesome. Seems that El Pistolero is in a class all by himself and is leaving the peleton scrapping for lesser podium spots at will. It would have been interesting if perhaps Rujano was closer in the standings.

    I'm not sure what effect this will have on his performance at the TdF. Because of his dominating performance, I am thinking that he's peaked but don't know if one if able to peak again in time for the TdF.

    IMO on thing is for sure...the UCI will move him up on the Index of Suspicion.

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    Contador is the best overall rider in the world right now. I just hope no dope is involved. My head thinks otherwise though.
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    I think alot of people are anticipating Conty's appearance at France. But, as B.R. said, it's more about whether he can maintain his level of fitness or peak again after Italy. If he does... wow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mkadam68 View Post
    I think alot of people are anticipating Conty's appearance at France. But, as B.R. said, it's more about whether he can maintain his level of fitness or peak again after Italy. If he does... wow.
    I bet you a bloodbank on it..

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    I love it too. But the video resolution is as bad as the race is good. I'm sure the organizers of the Giro would like their event to have the same status as the Tour de France. They should start by improving the quality of the television feed. It's especially aggravating when you go from watching the Tour of California in hi def to the 1980's quality video of the Giro.

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    Damn! Contador is...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaco View Post
    I love it too. But the video resolution is as bad as the race is good. I'm sure the organizers of the Giro would like their event to have the same status as the Tour de France. They should start by improving the quality of the television feed. It's especially aggravating when you go from watching the Tour of California in hi def to the 1980's quality video of the Giro.
    Personally, I'd prefer to watch the Giro in B&W than the ToC in HD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaco View Post
    I love it too. But the video resolution is as bad as the race is good. I'm sure the organizers of the Giro would like their event to have the same status as the Tour de France. They should start by improving the quality of the television feed. It's especially aggravating when you go from watching the Tour of California in hi def to the 1980's quality video of the Giro.
    I watch La Gazzetta's free live stream on my computer. It's a better resolution and much fewer breaks for advertisements. It starts earlier than UniSports' program too. I also have the TV on for the English language commentary, but I listen to the Italian commentators too. They are better at naming the riders. The rider names are the only thing I understand in Italian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jed19 View Post
    Contador is the best overall rider in the world right now. I just hope no dope is involved. My head thinks otherwise though.
    Well I wouldn't bet my truck against the fact Contador is doping. History has shown us that everyone on the podium is doped. I think the tip is in the comments from other riders when they use certain words to highlight the fact that a guy like Contador is unstoppable, an alien in an other class, etc... To me that's code for "He's doped up to the gills".
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    Personally, I'd prefer to watch the Giro in B&W than the ToC in HD.

    +1. Same here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vik View Post
    Well I wouldn't bet my truck against the fact Contador is doping.
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    And Contador is still kicking the other dopers butts! LOL

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    I liek the way the Giro is adventurous with the route.

    Tuesday is a TT with 1000 vertical meters of climbing, with mountain top finishes wednesday and thursday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaco View Post
    I love it too. But the video resolution is as bad as the race is good. I'm sure the organizers of the Giro would like their event to have the same status as the Tour de France. They should start by improving the quality of the television feed. It's especially aggravating when you go from watching the Tour of California in hi def to the 1980's quality video of the Giro.
    Yeah - just knock down all of those mountains -- clear out that weather -- and route the race up Bald mountains. That'll fix those signal drops for sure and we can get back to watching exciting racing in great terrai ... oh wait...

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    Agreed that USN video feeds they buy are horrible. I got bored 4 days ago. TOC in HD owns. Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonH View Post
    +1
    A.C. the doper
    How can you say that ? Just because he's winning ... He's never tested posi ...... oh ....um .... nevermind.
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    I have to agree 2ndgen, I'm really liking the Giro (crappy video and all). I was gone over the weekend and just watched AC give Rujano the stage, that was nice of him.

    I really enjoyed the Sprints, anyone else think the bunch sprints looked extra chaotic?...maybe it was just the video feed, but man, everyone looked just a little more helter skelter in the final Km to me.

    My opinion on doping, a little jaded, but anyone winning elite level sports is on something. I fully admit I could be wrong, but it remains my opinion.

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    I think it might be more interesting without AC. Then again they might not attack each other like they have been attacking AC. The struggle is more compelling when you crack one day and then are back the next.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2ndGen View Post
    And Contador is still kicking the other dopers butts! LOL
    Lol - that's what I say about Lance. If the guy was really a doper he's still heck of a cycler to place 3rd in the TdF in 2009 (at age 38 iI think). Not that I think LA was on juice at the time.

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    the giro has always been my favourite of the grand tours...it's so much more fun than the TDF, especially the last few years when Lance won every tour...there's nothing like a stage in the Dolomites.
    I found out too late that one of the digital channels has been carrying the Giro...i'm totally annoyed, because I would have upgraded.
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