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View Poll Results: Who will win 2013 GIRO?
Nibali 90 32.03%
Rodriguez 29 10.32%
Hesjedal 16 5.69%
Basso 9 3.20%
Wiggins 106 37.72%
Scarponi 2 0.71%
Others 29 10.32%
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Old 12-15-12, 13:45
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Well Gesink vs. Nibali vs. Wiggins sounds great to me; can't wait until the Giro
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Old 12-15-12, 14:04
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The Gesink of the Vuelta wouldnt do nothing against Nibali, Wiggins and even Samuel Sánchez if he come back in top shape after the injury.
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Old 12-15-12, 14:50
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The Gesink of the Vuelta wouldnt do nothing against Nibali, Wiggins and even Samuel Sánchez if he come back in top shape after the injury.
Not saying Gesink'll kill everybody and be back to the best he ever was; but if everything goes normal, obviously he should be a better than in the Vuelta.
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The Gesink of the Vuelta wouldnt do nothing against Nibali, Wiggins and even Samuel Sánchez if he come back in top shape after the injury.
You do realise Gesink virtually had no preparation for last years Vuelta? He had ok form after an ok-ish preparation (more like recovery from the tour fall) and obviously was a bit far from his 2010/11 level
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Old 12-15-12, 17:56
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The Gesink of 2010/2011 wouldnt do nothing against Nibali, Wiggins and even Samuel Sánchez if he come back in top shape after the injury. As much a 3rd place if Samu or Wiggins dont come to Italy. Do you realise this?
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You do realise Gesink virtually had no preparation for last years Vuelta? He had ok form after an ok-ish preparation (more like recovery from the tour fall) and obviously was a bit far from his 2010/11 level
Could be true, his crashes were worse than they first appeared. Wiggins' 2011 collarbone fracture, even if that looked bad, healed quite well. He was already training on rollers a few days afterwards, which meant he was able to do a sufficient preparation for the Vuelta, even without racing days.
Fact remains that we haven't seen the 2011 Dauphine Gesink in a while, and there's no reason to believe he'll be back for next season. He's definitely not a Giro favourite, like Wiggins(?), Purito, Hesjedal or Nibali obviously are.
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Old 12-15-12, 19:43
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You do realise Gesink virtually had no preparation for last years Vuelta? He had ok form after an ok-ish preparation (more like recovery from the tour fall) and obviously was a bit far from his 2010/11 level
That's true, Van Houwelingen also said that he was surprised by Gesink's performance as his preparation was far from ideal ("op z'n jan-boerenfluitjes", as Van Houwelingen called it). You could also see that after the Vuelta he was completely dead, at the Worlds. Non stop rehabilitation, training, and racing since October last year.

Anyway, we'll see, I'm still to be convinced that post-legbreak Gesink can climb as well as before. The Tour of California and the final weekend of the Tour de Suisse leave me somewhat hopeful in that regard.

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An itt specialist, capable of fighting for the GC, is lacking.
A fantastic long tt will be wasted, and the race will come down to battle in the mountains.
I have nothing against climbers' showdown, but with a rider who can put 4-5 minutes on climbers in that tt Giro would be spectacular.
Just watch, Evans will ride great in the Ardennes, win the TOR- make an impromptu decision to ride the Giro and win it by 4 minutes.
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Old 12-16-12, 09:17
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Evans could really be cat among the pigeons.

Menchov is the other name which is falling on my mind, but I'm very reserved regarding him.
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Could be true, his crashes were worse than they first appeared. Wiggins' 2011 collarbone fracture, even if that looked bad, healed quite well. He was already training on rollers a few days afterwards, which meant he was able to do a sufficient preparation for the Vuelta, even without racing days.
Fact remains that we haven't seen the 2011 Dauphine Gesink in a while, and there's no reason to believe he'll be back for next season. He's definitely not a Giro favourite, like Wiggins(?), Purito, Hesjedal or Nibali obviously are.
Gesink will do well. His TTT is as good as any of the other GC riders except for Wiggins. As long as his preparation goes well I think Gesink is a chance for the podium.
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