johnnycash wrote:Nibs had his chance and he came up short, even with more hilly parcours, I wouldn't expect much more from him. Purito though, if his form his there he could inflict some damage on Wiggo if Sky are not Tour-strong.
Saying that makes it sound like Nibali will never perform again. I'd rate his chances as better then Purito's. Purito may be able to win bonus seconds in the uphill sprints but in the long run at this Giro I think Nibali will come out better. The 56 km time trial will be a huge disadvantage for him, he's improved a lot on his TT but I don't think he's improved enough to hold off guys like Wiggins and Nibali in a time trial that long. And even if he does hold them off there he still has a 20 km TT.
For the record though, I would love to see Purito ride away with the win. I really hope he will be one of the primary animators of the race.
whittashau wrote:What sort of resources do you think Astana are going to throw into the Giro? Are they going to prioritize a Giro win over a possible Tour top ten? Will Nibbles' main support will be Agnoli, Tiralongo and Gasparotto?
Yes, know one remembers the guy that got a top 10 at the tour. A win in the Giro will always take precedence over a tour top 10.