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Old 05-15-13, 04:49 PM   #1
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Giro d'Italia Stage 12 Longarone - Treviso 127k **Unmasked Spoilers**

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Blink and you'll miss tomorrow's stage. This is probably about as easy as your own weekend club spin - 130ish km of downhill, with a few lumps in between (carrying GPM points).

The speed is going to be absolutely mental, but don't expect any fireworks. Certain to end in a bunch sprint.

Cav to win probably. Hoping my boy Matty Goss gets there or there abouts though.
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Old 05-15-13, 07:08 PM   #2
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Old 05-15-13, 10:14 PM   #3
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we can always hope for hail/rain to liven things up. the giro both giveth and taketh.
also...that last mile or so looks kinda scrunched in town...maybe we can get a solid
90 degree turn with about 300m to go for giggles.
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we can always hope for hail/rain to liven things up. the giro both giveth and taketh.
also...that last mile or so looks kinda scrunched in town...maybe we can get a solid
90 degree turn with about 300m to go for giggles.
Nope, the race organizers have decided that all GC times will be taken at 3km from the finish, regardless of any crashes or if a rider just stops pedalling at 3km to go. Doesn't matter if there's any splits after that.
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Reports of Wiggins being ill are evidently accurate, he can't even hold the wheel on the flat sections. If he wasn't doomed before, he certainly looks to be now. Most of the team are waiting with him, but Uran seems to have been allowed to stay with the main bunch, so it looks as he is Sky's new leader on the road.
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A very bedraggled Cavendish comes home in front. That must have been horrible, what should have been an easy stage made gruelling by the weather.
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Reports of Wiggins being ill are evidently accurate, he can't even hold the wheel on the flat sections. If he wasn't doomed before, he certainly looks to be now. Most of the team are waiting with him, but Uran seems to have been allowed to stay with the main bunch, so it looks as he is Sky's new leader on the road.
He must have a hell of a chest infection. Sounds more like leprosy.

In truth, I guess it shows just how important it is to be in absolutely 100% fit condition to be a contender in pro cycling. Anything less and you look a bit silly. Regardless, it was churlish of Sky to keep Wiggo on as team leader for so long. If they had switched to Uran, Henao, or even Sivtsov, their GC hopes would be much more intact right now.

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He must have a hell of a chest infection. Sounds more like leprosy.

In truth, I guess it shows just how important it is to be in absolutely 100% fit condition to be a contender in pro cycling. Anything less and you look a bit silly. Regardless, it was churlish of Sky to keep Wiggo on as team leader for so long. If they had switched to Uran, Henao, or even Sivtsov, their GC hopes would be much more intact right now.
Have you ever tried to train, let alone race, with a chest infection? I have. I'll never do it again. And i'm a crappy racer. The margins between the top guys are tiny, if you're not close to your best, your goose is cooked.

As for being churlish, the guy is the TdF winner, they say he has been posting the best numbers of his life, and apart from the dismal descent the day before the TT he was pretty much on schedule. If teams switched leaders every time the boss had a bad day, they'd be in a shambles. When should they have shifted? Before the TT? Uran can't TT. Immediately afterwards? Wiggo was still in pole position. It's too easy for jock-sniffers to criticise with the benefit of hindsight. Making these decisions on the road is another matter altogether.

Sheesh. I'm not even all that much of a Wiggo fan. I'd very much like to see Uran do well, he's a rider I like. But to suggest that Sky should have dumped their leader after one bad day is just amazing.
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Have you ever tried to train, let alone race, with a chest infection? I have. I'll never do it again. And i'm a crappy racer. The margins between the top guys are tiny, if you're not close to your best, your goose is cooked.

As for being churlish, the guy is the TdF winner, they say he has been posting the best numbers of his life, and apart from the dismal descent the day before the TT he was pretty much on schedule. If teams switched leaders every time the boss had a bad day, they'd be in a shambles. When should they have shifted? Before the TT? Uran can't TT. Immediately afterwards? Wiggo was still in pole position. It's too easy for jock-sniffers to criticise with the benefit of hindsight. Making these decisions on the road is another matter altogether.

Sheesh. I'm not even all that much of a Wiggo fan. I'd very much like to see Uran do well, he's a rider I like. But to suggest that Sky should have dumped their leader after one bad day is just amazing.
I never raced bikes.

But I was a decent swimmer and I know of lots of cases where people swam sick and did well.

BUT a meet is at most 2 days and few races last more that 5 minutes.

I can see someone doing well in a classic sick. But a stage race? No way, perhaps for a couple of days, but eventually the race will take a toll.

That is what makes the second place finish in the 1975 TDF so impressive.
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I have been wanting Wiggins to be beaten, but not like this. Would have loved to see all the GC contenders remain competitive until the end.
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Infection or not...I don't think Wiggins had it this year.
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Now all Wiggo has to do is know his role and shut his mouth. You are second fiddle to Froome in the TdF, regardless of how you try to be the boss. No Giro/TdF double for you. Maybe try to peak at the Vuelta, but do the right thing and back your "domestiques" in the Giro and TdF.
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Infection or not...I don't think Wiggins had it this year.
You may be right, and it may be that the strategy of racing less than he did in the run-up to last year's TdF has not worked out. He looked competitive with Nibali in the Trentino, though, until a mechanical put him behind at the foot of the big climb.

Whatever. Nibali always looked favourite for this one. A pity not to see eveyone at their best, but that's the way it often goes. Evans is the big surprise for me, I never thought he'd get back int this sort of shape.
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