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Old 05-20-04, 09:08 AM
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Brad McGee, GC Contender?

After another day of sicking with the leaders over some tough climbs, Brad McGee is looking pretty good in the Giro. Today he was on Cunego's wheel right through to the finish. Does anyone think he can make the transition from prologue specialist to GC contender? What's easier - being a climber and improving on the time trials, or being a time trialist and improving on the climbs?
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Old 05-20-04, 09:24 AM
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I think that the TT to climber transition is easier, because a time trialist already has a big engine to work with.
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Old 05-20-04, 09:35 AM
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Is he still 1:58 behind on GC?
 
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Old 05-20-04, 10:12 AM
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Originally Posted by nutbag
Is he still 1:58 behind on GC?
Yes, he finished 11th overall, in Cunego's group, :49 back of the winner.

Also, a very exciting breakaway by 1st year pro Emanuele Selle to win. I was glued to my ticker!
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Old 05-20-04, 10:42 AM
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If you're going to announce the winner of the days stage, put a spoiler alert in the thread title!!!!

Damn.
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Old 05-20-04, 11:06 AM
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Really, for Christ's sake.

And I think we will have to wait until the last week of the Giro when the mountains seriously kick up to find out if he is for real as a GC contender.
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Old 05-20-04, 12:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Devil
Really, for Christ's sake.
I'm confused...the race had ended, right? You are obviously online, how come you didn't know the winner also? Are you recording it to watch later? If so, I apologize...
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Old 05-20-04, 12:16 PM
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Recording to watch later.

No worries.
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Old 05-20-04, 01:01 PM
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I did the same. It's hard to catch OLN when you work in an office (for now) at the beach. Another week and it's full time lifeguard duty. Man I hate being stuck behind a desk.

Anyways, sorry to snap at you. Just don't do it again.
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Old 05-20-04, 01:04 PM
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Well the thread title is referring to discussion about the Giro. If you don't want to know Giro results, don't view a thread that is discussing the race.
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Originally Posted by brent_dube
Well the thread title is referring to discussion about the Giro. If you don't want to know Giro results, don't view a thread that is discussing the race.
Where in the thread title does it say Giro? "Brad McGee, GC Contender?" I don't see it.

My thought was that it would thread about Brad's potential as a GC rider, not specifically in the Giro though. And even if it was about his GC possibilities in the Giro, there's no reason to even mention who won todays stage. It's completely irrelevant.
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Originally Posted by Laggard
Where in the thread title does it say Giro? "Brad McGee, GC Contender?" I don't see it.
What else could he be referring to as a "GC contender"? The post started with "After another day of sicking with the leaders over some tough climbs, Brad McGee is looking pretty good in the Giro."
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Old 05-20-04, 02:28 PM
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Still, you have to admit that there was no reason to discuss today's winner. If someone really wanted to talk about today's stage and winner, perhaps they should have started a thread called "Giro Stage 10 *spoiler alert*"
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Originally Posted by rygreen
After another day of sicking with the leaders over some tough climbs, Brad McGee is looking pretty good in the Giro. Today he was on Cunego's wheel right through to the finish. Does anyone think he can make the transition from prologue specialist to GC contender? What's easier - being a climber and improving on the time trials, or being a time trialist and improving on the climbs?
There's going to be things happening in the Dolomites. I'm a bit too nervous to make any predictions, however, the GC ain't going to be the same at the end of them.

"It ain't over until it's over" Yogi Bera
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Old 05-20-04, 03:43 PM
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Well, maybe I'm guilty, maybe I'm not, but I've been posting comments on results in threads titled Giro Stage X so that people could see the thread was about the Giro stage and avoid it if they don't want to read about it until after the tv coverage. Do you need the word spoiler in the thread title to avoid it? Speak now or forever hold your peace.
 
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Old 05-20-04, 03:49 PM
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If the thread is titled "Giro Stage X" it's fairly obvious that the winner is probably going to be revealed.

Since it wasn't obvious that this thread would turn into a discussion on the days stage, the word "spoiler" should have been in the title.
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Old 05-21-04, 07:13 AM
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Here's a link to the rider diary of Magnus Backstedt on velonews.com. It has a paragraph on Brad McGee, mentioning some of the same things I commented on before.

http://www.velonews.com/diaries/ride...es/6120.0.html
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Old 05-21-04, 11:31 AM
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Originally Posted by rygreen
Does anyone think he can make the transition from prologue specialist to GC contender?
Apparently, he's been working on just that!

He must have done some serious work toward becoming a better climber this year. I read where he has changed his diet, but he also must be training in the high-mountains to have evolved into such an all-around talent this year. I guess we'll see if he can hang later in the Giro when the climbs get large, and the big boys come out to play for real. He is certainly on my short list of GC contenders @ this point, as he'll certainly take some time from the pure climbers in tomorrows 52km ITT:

Saturday's ITT
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Old 05-22-04, 10:34 PM
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The latest I've heard is that Brad is 62 seconds off the lead.

Can he still win?

We get hardly anything done here, only about 15 seconds a day (on sports news) on the government funded multi-cultural station.
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