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Re: Giro 2018 Route Rumours

14 Oct 2017 21:11

I have some questions about a couple of the rumours.

Stage 9 - This finish at Campo Imperatore is good news but is this going to be an unipolar MTF? Or can we expect a couple of warm-up mountains?

Stage 13 - Earlier it was rumoured to maybe become a medium mountain stage. I take that option is more or less disappeared?

Stage 18 - Prato Nevoso as a MTF'finish is bad enough but as a unipolar MTF? Really? Please give me some kind of hope that at least the lead up will be hilly?
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Re: Giro 2018 Route Rumours

14 Oct 2017 21:24

Kyllingen86 wrote:I have some questions about a couple of the rumours.

Stage 9 - This finish at Campo Imperatore is good news but is this going to be an unipolar MTF? Or can we expect a couple of warm-up mountains?

Stage 13 - Earlier it was rumoured to maybe become a medium mountain stage. I take that option is more or less disappeared?

Stage 18 - Prato Nevoso as a MTF'finish is bad enough but as a unipolar MTF? Really? Please give me some kind of hope that at least the lead up will be hilly?

- Not hard climbs, perhaps just some tough terrain. The stage will be very long already.
- no clue about that. If they want, they can make a really cool stage there. But with two mountain stages following, I don't know.
- If it really starts from Milan as rumoured, it's gonna be too long to put anything else in between.
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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Re: Giro 2018 Route Rumours

15 Oct 2017 07:55

fauniera wrote:To attract Froome?

Both Froome and Knaven have more or less confirmed that he won't race the 2018 Giro. I'm sure RCS is aware.
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18 Oct 2017 13:10

a new article confirmed Gualdo Tadino on stage 10, but made no mention of the hilltop finish, nor of the stage start in Foligno the following day. Considering stage 8 and 9 are already MTFs, I think Gualdo Tadino will finish in the town. and the fact Foligno wasn't mention might be a good hint the following stage will start already in the Marche region (so, either Filottrano - Imola or the Fano - Pesaro ITT)
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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20 Oct 2017 22:14

Talk of Finestre. YEEEESSSSSS
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21 Oct 2017 04:48

but the rumor has it that it will be about 60 k's from the finish line.too far too make a difference.
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21 Oct 2017 06:39

If it's 60kms from the start of the climb, then that's close enough to matter. 60kms from the top would be too far away though.
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21 Oct 2017 06:56

gregrowlerson wrote:If it's 60kms from the start of the climb, then that's close enough to matter. 60kms from the top would be too far away though.


60 km from the top

Edit: probably closer to 70 if counting to the finish line
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21 Oct 2017 07:47

Vegni wants to challenge this years Tour for worst route of the decade?
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21 Oct 2017 08:30

DNP-Old wrote:Vegni wants to challenge this years Tour for worst route of the decade?

They'll both lose the contest to the Vuelta :D
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21 Oct 2017 08:47

DNP-Old wrote:Vegni wants to challenge this years Tour for worst route of the decade?

Zoncolan + Finestre and the time trialing makes it better by default than at least 3 Tour routes in the last decade.
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21 Oct 2017 08:50

The bar for worst routes is very high for basically every GT. The 2012 and 2014 Giro's both had appalling routes and pacing. Still better than the 2012 Tour though. If there's a hell I imagine I'll be forced to watch that race for all eternity
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21 Oct 2017 09:59

roundabout wrote:
gregrowlerson wrote:If it's 60kms from the start of the climb, then that's close enough to matter. 60kms from the top would be too far away though.


60 km from the top

Edit: probably closer to 70 if counting to the finish line


Something has to happen on the Finestre, it's just too hard in my opinion. 18.5 km @ 9.2 %, half of it sterrato. Col de Portet suddenly looks rather cute in this context.
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21 Oct 2017 10:36

Sestriere wrote:
roundabout wrote:
gregrowlerson wrote:If it's 60kms from the start of the climb, then that's close enough to matter. 60kms from the top would be too far away though.


60 km from the top

Edit: probably closer to 70 if counting to the finish line


Something has to happen on the Finestre, it's just too hard in my opinion. 18.5 km @ 9.2 %, half of it sterrato. Col de Portet suddenly looks rather cute in this context.

Incredibly likely it would be Finestre-Sestriere-Jafferau. I for sure hope they throw something in before the Finestre, but it's a combination that is incredibly dependent on the racing situation. If there's a break ahead with strong domestiques and people need to attack from far out, it's likely that a lot will happen on the Finestre.
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21 Oct 2017 10:44

Jafferau is 40+ km further from Finestre than Sestriere, 35 of which is on terrain favorable for chasing. Anything that may happen on Finestre will be a bonus for me.
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21 Oct 2017 10:49

Yeah, it's hard to imagine a scenario where it is selective enough to really mean that anyone of importance (at that point in the race) have been dropped, but that there would still be doms left to drive the pace. So a YUUUGE breakaway (or at least the right one) with a good gap at the bottom is needed.
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roundabout wrote:Jafferau is 40+ km further from Finestre than Sestriere, 35 of which is on terrain favorable for chasing. Anything that may happen on Finestre will be a bonus for me.

Hard racing on the Finestre typically rips the peloton to shreds. After an effort like that, domestiques are also relatively more tired if they've survived in the bunch.
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Re: Giro 2018 Route Rumours

21 Oct 2017 10:56

The possible finestre stage really reminds me on the Rissoul stage from 2016. Super hard climb far away from the finish, but quite a long flat section before a mtf and all that on the penultimate mountain stage. Sounds meh on paper, but in 2016 it worked great so who knows. Let's not forget the giro is never as controlled as the tour.
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Re: Giro 2018 Route Rumours

21 Oct 2017 11:16

Gigs_98 wrote:The possible finestre stage really reminds me on the Rissoul stage from 2016. Super hard climb far away from the finish, but quite a long flat section before a mtf and all that on the penultimate mountain stage. Sounds meh on paper, but in 2016 it worked great so who knows. Let's not forget the giro is never as controlled as the tour.

Yeah exactly. Many people mocked that stage (somewhat rightfully so), but sometimes crazy **** like that happens when you are throwing around with climbs like Agnello, Finestre, Fauniera etc.
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21 Oct 2017 11:47

One of the worst Giro of the decade
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