Originally Posted by thehog
So you and Blackcat speak for one and all?
Also it doesn’t matter if I knew about the race or not. I’m not the one trying to pass it off as the future symbol of clean cycling GT champions!
If you thought it was such an amazing race and you never miss it then why is it only now you mention it? Surely you’d be posting some updates in the Race thread? Or some info on some up and coming riders?
Or is just convenient that it fits into the Froome clean story that you know all about it.
Sorry I’m not buying it. You’re over selling the story and using this race as an excuse.
Hog, you might concede, you have invoked the term "provincial" as a term of invective. Not a descriptive term in respect to the quality of the race.
Where else will u23 stage races be, but in the spaces of the cycling regions?
And since national teams were invited to this race, and the UCI composite Le Monde team, then I do not see that the qualifier/adjective "regional" is correct in this instance.
I do not know how long the Baby Giro was on ice, it came back rebranded as the Bio-Giro I think, with an emphasis on the new breed, and more controls, and hematocrit testing at the start. I think they made a splash with a few riders prevented from starting.
Then they went back on ice, for one or two years I think. (going off a very hazy memory).
Matt Lloyd was third as a final year espoir. Actually, I think he did not even qualify for the Worlds that year, as he had turned 23. So I think the entry rules for u23 must have been different in Italian races at that time.
Peter Kennaugh came third about 3 years ago.
Think Dmitri Grabowsky won Lloyd's year. And a Colombian second (I think).
We are talking Bio-Giro to emphasise. Not Regioni. And yes, Regioni is Italian for region.