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View Poll Results: Who will win the 2013 GIRO?
Wiggins 52 30.41%
Nibali 51 29.82%
Rodriguez 11 6.43%
Hesjedal 10 5.85%
Gesink 21 12.28%
Sanchez 5 2.92%
Basso 6 3.51%
Scarponi 2 1.17%
A colombian 4 2.34%
Other/Vino 9 5.26%
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Old 01-04-13, 08:27
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Support Nibali and Samu Sanchez but probably will win Wiggo... then he can retire
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With Sanchez confirmed the Giro looks very promising after the pretty dull race last year. Wiggins is probably the man to beat but with climbers like Nibali, Sanchez, hopefully Purito, Hesjedal and Gesink the battle for GC could be very interesting.
It's a pity for Basso and Scarponi they won't even get a top 5 finish in this field. Good chance this Giro will confirm that Nibali is the only Italian grand tour contender left now.
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With Sanchez confirmed the Giro looks very promising after the pretty dull race last year. Wiggins is probably the man to beat but with climbers like Nibali, Sanchez, hopefully Purito, Hesjedal and Gesink the battle for GC could be very interesting.
It's a pity for Basso and Scarponi they won't even get a top 5 finish in this field. Good chance this Giro will confirm that Nibali is the only Italian grand tour contender left now.
Agree that Nibali is their best chance but will still have to be at his best to beat Wiggo and Ryder.
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Agree that Nibali is their best chance but will still have to be at his best to beat Wiggo and Ryder.
I think we are overrating Wiggins a bit. Of course the route suits him a lot with the long time trail. But still there's a high chance that he will struggle in the steep Giro mountains just like at the Vuelta 2 years ago.
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Old 01-04-13, 19:16
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I think we are overrating Wiggins a bit. Of course the route suits him a lot with the long time trail. But still there's a high chance that he will struggle in the steep Giro mountains just like at the Vuelta 2 years ago.
Ummm..mate his Vuelta performance was extraordinary considering circumstances. First race from broken collarbone in July..

It will be good battle, Nibali should gain some time in moutains, however this might be annulled more than likely depending how strong Sky mountain team will be.

In TT's Wiggins wins clearly. It will be nice battle, but Wiggins will edge it for me, if comes with good shape.
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louis Delahaije ‏@CoachLuicito Great exercise test of @RGUpdate today. 527 watts and 7,18/kg. New personal best. #readyfortheseason @BlancoCycling




Guess we can end all debate. The winner is known. That's 17w better than his pre-leg break level.. the fuq?
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Bionic legs.
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Guess we can end all debate. The winner is known. That's 17w better than his pre-leg break level.. the fuq?
I wonder what's wrong with these tests if Boom suddenly inmproves 30W over last year? I'm still not getting excited all of the sudden because of a lab test that has nothing to do with racing. Perhaps he's just in better condition than he ever was at this time of the year.

He's also 73,4 kgs, isn't that a little too heavy? Even Wiggins will still drop him easily.

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it doesn't say much. but i'm happy to hear that there are good signs for him in order to get back his best level.
we really need the best competition otherwise wiggo will annihilate the race
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louis Delahaije ‏@CoachLuicito Great exercise test of @RGUpdate today. 527 watts and 7,18/kg. New personal best. #readyfortheseason @BlancoCycling




Guess we can end all debate. The winner is known. That's 17w better than his pre-leg break level.. the fuq?
Last year around this time he was at 6,8 W/kg or something... and that was just after his legbreak. It's a measurement of fitness to some degree, but nothing more.

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I wonder what's wrong with these tests if Boom suddenly inmproves 30W over last year? I'm still not getting excited all of the sudden because of a lab test that has nothing to do with racing. Perhaps he's just in better condition than he ever was at this time of the year.

He's also 73,4 kgs, isn't that a little too heavy? Even Wiggins will still drop him easily.
He's not supposed to be at his racing weight at the beginning of January...
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