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03 May 2018 20:46

roundabout wrote:Will there be live video coverage?

Don't find anything on that. I hope there will be a live stream like in previous years.
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03 May 2018 22:06

It never ceases to amaze me how an organizing committee which has so many dozens of options available to them never discovers anything new.
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06 May 2018 06:35

While I don't know anything about the health condition of Mauricio Soler, it's great to see him on the bike.

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What a rider he was.
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07 May 2018 12:02

The Grand Tour Record is up for graps!

It's just a matter of starting the Tour this year, and then continue until the Vuelta 2022.








(Unless I've miscounted...)
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07 May 2018 12:05

The real question is why he is wearing Sky-colours. Henao/Bernal? But yeah, nice to see he is doing well.

RedheadDane wrote:The Grand Tour Record is up for graps!

It's just a matter of starting the Tour this year, and then continue until the Vuelta 2022.








(Unless I've miscounted...)


Would be sad in a way if the record should belong to such an insignificant and unspectacular rider like him, but oh well....
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07 May 2018 12:17

You don't think riding 20* GTs in a row, working for your team leaders and grapping two stage wins for yourself along the way, is significant and spectacular?
Not to mention his rather significant and spectacular personality.









*Assuming he'll finish this one. Otherwise, breaking the record becomes - a bit - easier.
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07 May 2018 12:21

No, he has been anonymous for the last 4 years or so and definitely shouldn't have ridden some of the GTs he has been selected for. Also, when you have ridden this many GT's, you are bound to have done something..
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07 May 2018 12:28

His team seems to think he's been doing his job...
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07 May 2018 15:41

RedheadDane wrote:His team seems to think he's been doing his job...

I think there were a few GT's where Lotto just let Hansen ride so he can keep his streak upright. Let's not forget this got them quite a lot of media attention over the last few years and Lotto hardly ever starts a gt with a leader who needs the whole team for support. They have for years been a team which is just about stage hunting and Andre Greipel who over these years has been their only clear leader won't really care whether the 9th man in the team is Hansen or someone else who isn't part of his leadout anyway.
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07 May 2018 17:42

Just seems a bit strange to me to call him insignificant and unspectacular, when simply getting the idea of "this is what I'm gonna do with my life!" is rather spectacular.
Then there's the whole engineering thing.

Also realised that it's not necessary to wait for the Tour to attempt to break the record; basically anyone* who finishes this Giro can attempt it.





*Well, not anyone, obviously.
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07 May 2018 18:04

"I'ma ride in the pack anonymously for 3 weeks", which is what he was doing lately, is hardly spectacular or commendable.
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07 May 2018 19:44

Valv.Piti wrote:The real question is why he is wearing Sky-colours. Henao/Bernal? But yeah, nice to see he is doing well.


yep, I think he got the kit from the Henaos or Bernal
and you can notice he wears the Suomy helmet from his Barloworld days :)
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07 May 2018 23:50

Popchu wrote:While I don't know anything about the health condition of Mauricio Soler, it's great to see him on the bike.

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What a rider he was.



wow, this is genuinely heart-warming. I always thought he was in much worse condition, it's great to see he can get out on the bike again.
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08 May 2018 08:02

hrotha wrote:"I'ma ride in the pack anonymously for 3 weeks", which is what he was doing lately, is hardly spectacular or commendable.


Again; I'm not just focusing on his riding style, but his personality. Takes a pretty spectacular(ly mental) personality to even decide to do something like that in the first place. Then there's the whole literally inventing his own shoes part.
Besides, I'm pretty sure I spotted him near the front of the pack Sunday, doing is job, so it's not like he's been going into full Cummings mode the last few years. Not to mention that the whole thing started because Lotto just kept selecting him for Grand Tours, since he - you know - was an asset for the team; both working and with the ability to go into breakaways.

Just look at him, all anonymously in the Giro pack. :p
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08 May 2018 18:47

Scarcely anonymous today. Someone else would have brought the peloton back to Contu eventually, but it worked well for Lotto that AH did so that bit earlier today, so that Van Sande and Wellens could make the rest of the contenders play catch-up before the final hill. Highly commendable today.
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09 May 2018 12:38

Two day ago the route of the Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc was unveiled:

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Source: http://www.girovalledaosta.it/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=119&Itemid=1075&lang=it

Overall it looks like a great route, not the biggest fan of the final stage, but it could still work in the context of the race and all the other stages are really good.
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09 May 2018 13:22

Mayomaniac wrote:
Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc

Awesome route. :)
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09 May 2018 13:23

fauniera wrote:
Mayomaniac wrote:
Giro Ciclistico della Valle d'Aosta Mont Blanc

Awesome route. :)


Awesome name!
That's a mouthful.
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09 May 2018 18:59

The stage to Campoluc is a thing of beauty. I always wanted to see the combination of Arlaz, Tzecore and Joux and then either a downhill finish in Brusson or a different uphill finish as stage 20 of the giro.
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09 May 2018 19:14

Nice route.
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