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View Poll Results: Who will win the 2013 Giro?
Wiggins 137 35.31%
Nibali 140 36.08%
Gesink 26 6.70%
Hesjedal 28 7.22%
Sanchez 12 3.09%
Basso/Scarponi 7 1.80%
Rujano 3 0.77%
Cobo/Capecchi/Intxausti 9 2.32%
A Colombian 10 2.58%
Other/Garzelli 16 4.12%
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I know that these guys have said they are scheduled for the giro but I think it would be fairly unfair on froome if this is the giro squad (minus 1). It seems an excessive amount of climbing talent when compared with who would then be in froome's tour team. I think it may be better if pate, xandio or stannard where in the giro squad in place of one or two of the better climbers. Sky could have similar imbalances with their T-A/P-N squads in terms of genuine gc riders

Or maybe brailsford wants to see an exciting tour unlike last yr and is willing to leave froome isolated...
On the other hand, Froome showed last year that he has a better kick than Wiggins which means that the does not need a Wiggins train in the mountains. Maybe they are also thinking that they are the team to beat in the Giro which results also in a stronger mountain train to control the race.
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Pippo Pozzato run the Giro. The position of Scarponi is in standby after the disqualification.
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Pippo Pozzato run the Giro. The position of Scarponi is in standby after the disqualification.
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Judging by the article below it appears that Pate is on Sky's long list for the Giro. It makes sense because I doubt Sky only take one flat domestique for Wiggins (Knees).

http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,272...525566,00.html
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Judging by the article below it appears that Pate is on Sky's long list for the Giro. It makes sense because I doubt Sky only take one flat domestique for Wiggins (Knees).

http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,272...525566,00.html
There isn't exactly many flat stages.
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There isn't exactly many flat stages.
Knees is generally used as Wiggins's wind buffer so that leaves them with only one.
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There isn't exactly many flat stages.
How many teams, who are likely to have to control large parts of the race, do you see line-up with just one flat domestique?

A bonus for Sky is that Knees and Pate can both climb a little bit so they won't be entirely useless on the big climbing stages (early grunt work).
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How many teams, who are likely to have to control large parts of the race, do you see line-up with just one flat domestique?

A bonus for Sky is that Knees and Pate can both climb a little bit so they won't be entirely useless on the big climbing stages (early grunt work).
If everything goes according to Sky's plan Sir Wiggo will grab pink after stage 8, which will leave 13 Giro style stages where the lead needs defending.

So tempo riding with Knees and Pate? Everyday, for two weeks?

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How many teams, who are likely to have to control large parts of the race, do you see line-up with just one flat domestique?

A bonus for Sky is that Knees and Pate can both climb a little bit so they won't be entirely useless on the big climbing stages (early grunt work).
why would they need anyone to control flat stages? whatever sprinters teams there are will do of course :facepalm:
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why would they need anyone to control flat stages? whatever sprinters teams there are will do of course :facepalm:


Why do teams with a big GC contender always include a minimum of two flat doms in their line-up then?

They've obviously been getting it wrong all of these years. The cycling news road race forum knows better. Wiggins + 8 tiny Colombian climbers it is then.
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