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Who will win 2013 GIRO?

Nibali
90
32%
Rodriguez
29
10%
Hesjedal
16
6%
Basso
9
3%
Wiggins
106
38%
Scarponi
2
1%
Others
29
10%
 
Total votes : 281

16 Dec 2012 01:12

serfla wrote:An itt specialist, capable of fighting for the GC, is lacking.
A fantastic long tt will be wasted, and the race will come down to battle in the mountains.
I have nothing against climbers' showdown, but with a rider who can put 4-5 minutes on climbers in that tt Giro would be spectacular.


Just watch, Evans will ride great in the Ardennes, win the TOR- make an impromptu decision to ride the Giro and win it by 4 minutes.
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

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16 Dec 2012 10:17

Evans could really be cat among the pigeons.

Menchov is the other name which is falling on my mind, but I'm very reserved regarding him.
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16 Dec 2012 13:49

Pentacycle wrote:Could be true, his crashes were worse than they first appeared. Wiggins' 2011 collarbone fracture, even if that looked bad, healed quite well. He was already training on rollers a few days afterwards, which meant he was able to do a sufficient preparation for the Vuelta, even without racing days.
Fact remains that we haven't seen the 2011 Dauphine Gesink in a while, and there's no reason to believe he'll be back for next season. He's definitely not a Giro favourite, like Wiggins(?), Purito, Hesjedal or Nibali obviously are.


Gesink will do well. His TTT is as good as any of the other GC riders except for Wiggins. As long as his preparation goes well I think Gesink is a chance for the podium.
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16 Dec 2012 22:20

Tiago Machado easy
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17 Dec 2012 01:56

serfla wrote:Evans could really be cat among the pigeons.

Menchov is the other name which is falling on my mind, but I'm very reserved regarding him.


Menchov's done. Too old, steadily declining over the years. Capable of a stage win, perhaps, but not much more than being on the 20th+ place list.
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17 Dec 2012 08:00

iZnoGouD wrote:Tiago Machado easy

Did you really need to post that twice in two days?
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17 Dec 2012 11:06

I voted Purito, but I don't think he will ride anymore. If the issue with Katusha is not resolved, I reckon he'll join a WT team that has no viable leader for the Tour, such as Astana. Either way, it's likely that he'll go for the Tour instead.

Still a strong field of climbers, IMO. Nibali won't win easily... or more likely, not at all.
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17 Dec 2012 11:55

Pentacycle wrote:Could be true, his crashes were worse than they first appeared. Wiggins' 2011 collarbone fracture, even if that looked bad, healed quite well. He was already training on rollers a few days afterwards, which meant he was able to do a sufficient preparation for the Vuelta, even without racing days.
Fact remains that we haven't seen the 2011 Dauphine Gesink in a while, and there's no reason to believe he'll be back for next season. He's definitely not a Giro favourite, like Wiggins(?), Purito, Hesjedal or Nibali obviously are.


Why would he not be a favorite. If he can recover.from injuries - and time is the great healer, then it is very likely he will get his.climbing form.back.

And with his climbing form.i can't see who.would drop him. Samu of 2 years ago maybe and purito 200m.from the finish but that's about it.
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17 Dec 2012 12:05

So Wiggo will aim for the Giro-Tour double...

Do you think he will give the Giro absolutely everything then, or do you think he will save something for the Tour?
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17 Dec 2012 12:11

Netserk wrote:So Wiggo will aim for the Giro-Tour double...

Really? I must have missed the news.

Logic says he'll fail, so he'd better go all out at the Giro ;)
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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17 Dec 2012 12:36

Netserk wrote:So Wiggo will aim for the Giro-Tour double...

Do you think he will give the Giro absolutely everything then, or do you think he will save something for the Tour?


The latter. I think he mistakenly thinks he can win the Giro without having to go all out. It's just a gut feeling, though.

Props to him if he's serious about the double.
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17 Dec 2012 12:38

18-Valve. (pithy) wrote:The latter. I think he mistakenly thinks he can win the Giro without having to go all out. It's just a gut feeling, though.

Props to him if he's serious about the double.

Would be awesome to watch Wiggo in pink blowing out spectacularly on the Tre Cime :), like Evans 2002
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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17 Dec 2012 13:05

The Hitch wrote:Why would he not be a favorite. If he can recover.from injuries - and time is the great healer, wounds, then it is very likely he will get his.climbing form.back.

And with his climbing form.i can't see who.would drop him. Samu of 2 years ago maybe and purito 200m.from the finish but that's about it.


I know that his 2009-10 level was even better than Samu's, in the Vuelta he blew everyone away with his accelarations in the final kilometre of Aitana and Velefique. His first Tour result was also unexpectedly good. If he can achieve this level again he'll be a favourite ofc, but I don't see it happening. That's still wishful thinking atm.
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25 Dec 2012 01:38

maxmartin wrote:I or someone else will make a new poll when dust settle down a little bit, there is just too much going on right now. Nobody is for sure who is going to ride the GIRO maybe except Nibali and Hesjedal


LOL we should wait a little bit to make a new poll about GIRO, if JR wants to win Tour, he will most certainly skip Giro

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rodriguez-ill-leave-katusha-to-win-tour-de-france

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25 Dec 2012 10:36

maxmartin wrote:LOL we should wait a little bit to make a new poll about GIRO, if JR wants to win Tour, he will most certainly skip Giro

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/rodriguez-ill-leave-katusha-to-win-tour-de-france

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I voted JR because I would like to see him win. Not sure he will ride though.
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25 Dec 2012 19:05

Bexon30 wrote:I voted JR because I would like to see him win. Not sure he will ride though.


If JR wants to win Tour, he will most certainly pass Giro. So is W. Maybe JR feels it is about the time for him to give Tour another crack, TIME is running out for him and on paper next year Tour suits him a little better than Giro. Rumor is long ITT in Giro is setted to attract W, but not sure how is it going to play out in the end. it is understandable, 100 is attractive number for any rider.:D
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25 Dec 2012 22:16

J-Rod seems to be 100% focused on TdF and willing to dump the Katusha contract in the toilet. Inclined to think Scraponi now, but will wait for next poll installment.
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26 Dec 2012 07:26

I don't think Gesink is a serious threat to the overall victory. He stands a pretty fair chance of a podium, though.
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27 Dec 2012 20:29

Either SKY bring us into future or bring us back ten years. Only time will tell.
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27 Dec 2012 20:42

What do you mean? He already confirmed that
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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