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Giro d'Italia

Posted: Friday 09th 2014f May 2014 11:24:23 PM
by alba bairn
Dan Martin crashes out in TTT. Not the first time he has had that misfortune. I am going for a Quintana overall gc and kom, with Kittel for top points sprinter.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Saturday 10th 2014f May 2014 06:58:29 AM
by Kiddy
Gutting for Dan Martin, his luck in the last few weeks has been really non existent.

I find it utterly outrageous that Ireland is hosting the start if the Giro d'Italia this weekend & the British Immigration Agency has been refusing riders visas to enter the country.
With the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire, in July, if it happens again I can't see pro Cycling teams rushing back to compete here.
What a showered fuds, do they actually realise how much cash these events generate?
I wonder how many Yanks will be refused at the Ryder Cup?

What would have happened, had the teams entered at Dublin & travelled North? You think the British Govt. would be running about hastily erecting a border fence? I could just imagine the peleton being chased around the countryside by 'snatch squads'.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Saturday 10th 2014f May 2014 08:02:06 AM
by geeo41
Kiddy wrote:Gutting for Dan Martin, his luck in the last few weeks has been really non existent.

I find it utterly outrageous that Ireland is hosting the start if the Giro d'Italia this weekend & the British Immigration Agency has been refusing riders visas to enter the country.
With the Tour de France starting in Yorkshire, in July, if it happens again I can't see pro Cycling teams rushing back to compete here.
What a showered fuds, do they actually realise how much cash these events generate?
I wonder how many Yanks will be refused at the Ryder Cup?

What would have happened, had the teams entered at Dublin & travelled North? You think the British Govt. would be running about hastily erecting a border fence? I could just imagine the peleton being chased around the countryside by 'snatch squads'.
UKIP/TORY immigration policy in action maybe ?

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Tuesday 27th 2014f May 2014 08:27:07 AM
by alba bairn
Big stage today with the Gavia and Stelvio. This is where Quintana needs to make his move - if he has the legs.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Tuesday 27th 2014f May 2014 09:11:36 AM
by Kiddy
alba bairn wrote:Big stage today with the Gavia and Stelvio. This is where Quintana needs to make his move - if he has the legs.
That's if they're included, reports of snow. Quintana just slowly chipping away at Urans lead. Think he'll blow them all out on the Zoncolan on Saturday.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Tuesday 27th 2014f May 2014 09:38:27 AM
by alba bairn
Kiddy wrote:
alba bairn wrote:Big stage today with the Gavia and Stelvio. This is where Quintana needs to make his move - if he has the legs.
That's if they're included, reports of snow. Quintana just slowly chipping away at Urans lead. Think he'll blow them all out on the Zoncolan on Saturday.
Thats what I reckon in my "fantasy cycling" site I've got that stage as my "bonus stage". The Stelvio today https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BooEdNqIUAAcXXm.jpg:large

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Tuesday 27th 2014f May 2014 02:31:27 PM
by alba bairn
Snowing on the Stelvio

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Wednesday 28th 2014f May 2014 12:32:19 AM
by Kiddy
Horrible conditions, but a great attack by Quintana. Felt sorry for Hesjedal, that's the best he's ridden since he won it.

As for the neutralising the stage argument, didn't stop Cotaldo putting in a major effort, so, IMO, the race was on. If certain riders weren't capable of taking the risk, that's their look out. It's what differentiates Champpions from allso rans.

It's a two horse race, & the momentum's all with Quintana. Can see him winning by 7 or 8 mins when the race finishes.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Sunday 01st 2014f June 2014 05:35:34 PM
by alba bairn
Should have put my half crown on Quintana right enough.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Friday 01st 2015f May 2015 05:59:37 PM
by Kiddy
Just a week until 2015's edition starts. I'm going for Porte.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Friday 01st 2015f May 2015 10:28:14 PM
by alba bairn
Kiddy wrote:Just a week until 2015's edition starts. I'm going for Porte.
Porte and Contador basically joint favourites. I wouldn't discount Aru or Pozzovivo who could maybe snatch a lead and hold on to it. Then Uran has been very decent so far this season, and is still only 28 (I thought he'd be about 38 he's been around so long). If Aru can get an early stage win somehow then he might just hold on. Sky will have the strongest team (imo), so Porte for me is the favourite. Then, we've got to take account of the weather......look what happened in previous years especially with Wiggins.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Saturday 02nd 2015f May 2015 08:17:30 AM
by Falkirk Till I Die
alba bairn wrote:Then, we've got to take account who takes the most amount of drugs to win
Fixed it for you.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Monday 11th 2015f May 2015 03:29:35 PM
by Kiddy
Domencico Pozzivivo has a very heavy crash on a descent. Did NOT look good, with what appeared to be a large amount of blood coming from the head. On the 4th anniversary of Wouter Weylandt's death on the Giro.
Can only hope it's not serious.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8Q8wMukifQ

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Wednesday 13th 2015f May 2015 11:28:29 AM
by alba bairn
Aru to make a move today on that final 14k climb. This will see who has the legs.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Thursday 14th 2015f May 2015 09:27:21 PM
by Kiddy
Ouch! Quick, where's the drugs when you need them? Pile up in todays sprint finish.
Image

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Friday 15th 2015f May 2015 06:50:49 AM
by alba bairn
Contador may not start S7. If he's out looks like its between Aru and Porte.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Sunday 17th 2015f May 2015 01:10:24 PM
by alba bairn
Aru and Porte should apply the pressure again today, although it looks like there is heehaw wrong with Alberto C.

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Sunday 17th 2015f May 2015 02:12:24 PM
by Kiddy
alba bairn wrote:Aru and Porte should apply the pressure again today, although it looks like there is heehaw wrong with Alberto C.
Though suspicion surrounds Astana & Arau, I'd agree. AC's been found out overplaying injury over the past year, "broken leg" & now "dislocated shoulder".
Personally, since being caught, I've zero respect for him & guys like him should have been binned.
It was highlighted in a documentary, about Tinko/Saxoff last year when on a pre-season paintball session, the first thing his DS & he did, was cheat.
#scumbag

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Sunday 17th 2015f May 2015 08:32:34 PM
by Kiddy
Astana are starting to do my nut in. There's no way they can keep this up for three weeks. 3 in the top 5 & have AC + RP isolated every day? FRO!

Re: Giro d'Italia

Posted: Tuesday 19th 2015f May 2015 06:24:16 PM
by alba bairn
2 horse race now, or can Porte pull back the time in the ITT?