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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

28 Dec 2012 12:34

Leendert82 wrote:I agree that Rodriquez was better in the Vuelta last year, however he had an optimal preperation for it and was in the form of his life, plus the Vuelta was made for the likes of Contador, Valverde and Rodriguez with the short and steep climbs.
Looking at Gesink he had a far from ideal preparation, he fell in the Tour and had to recover from that and he had to learn how to walk again earlier in the season and due to this, his legs did not had the strength it needed to perform at his best.


All we can take out of Gesink's Vuelta is that he can still put a 3 week performance together. Form/fitness wise he was well off his best so it's impossible to translate his Vuelta 2012 placing into a full form GT placing. You cannot say that he has no chance in the Giro because he was well back in the Vuelta, or on the other hand, that his Vuelta performance accounting for his lack of fitness is actually that of a GT winner.
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28 Dec 2012 12:37

theyoungest wrote:Actually, I did think Hesjedal would contend, certainly for the podium, if not for the win. That's why I took him on my CQ team last year, as soon as I read he would be doing the Giro.

You're not the only one to underrate Hesjedal, Gesink himself does so as well. He seems to think that if Hesjedal can win the Giro, so can he. But Hesjedal has something which Gesink has never shown: amazing recovery in the third week.


Of course, I know all of these results, and actually I think most Dutchies underrate the guy (except on this forum, strangely enough). But mostly he's been climbing very averagely and saving his race by an excellent time trial.

Look at how he climbed in Suisse 2010, or the Vuelta 2009. That's a level or two above what we've seen from him the last few years.

I agree with you on that, Gesink his focus switched from a pure climber to try and be an allrounder. (remember that he was leading the tour of Suisse but he lost everything in the last time trial - even to Frank Sleck).
His Time Trialing has improved and indeed his climbing has reduced a bit. However it is not as bad as you say, otherwise you cant be on the podium on the Tirreno and Tour the Basque plus 4th in Tour of Suisse and win at Oman and California both by winning on a mountain stage.
I think that if nothing goes wrong with Gesink in 2013 we shall see a very strong contender and even a favorite next to Nibali and Wiggins. Who shall win the Giro is up to the form at that time.

About Hesjedal, It did surprise me on his performance as I did not know he was that good. However he did not outshine anybody in the Giro last year and won by batteling his way through the mountain stages and hitting it right at the last time trial
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28 Dec 2012 12:41

Ferminal wrote:All we can take out of Gesink's Vuelta is that he can still put a 3 week performance together. Form/fitness wise he was well off his best so it's impossible to translate his Vuelta 2012 placing into a full form GT placing. You cannot say that he has no chance in the Giro because he was well back in the Vuelta, or on the other hand, that his Vuelta performance accounting for his lack of fitness is actually that of a GT winner.


Only time will tell whether he will make the progress his needs to be a GT Winner. I think he has the potential and think that the Giro in 2013 is a good chance for him to go for it. Again, beating a Wiggins in form or last season will be hard. However I think that if Wiggins did not have Froome in the Tour he would not be as strong, specially not if Froome was riding for a different team.
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28 Dec 2012 12:43

henao will be leader in the vuelta. but still let's hope wiggins will fail quick enough
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28 Dec 2012 12:52

Leendert82 wrote:I agree with you on that, Gesink his focus switched from a pure climber to try and be an allrounder. (remember that he was leading the tour of Suisse but he lost everything in the last time trial - even to Frank Sleck).
His Time Trialing has improved and indeed his climbing has reduced a bit. However it is not as bad as you say, otherwise you cant be on the podium on the Tirreno and Tour the Basque plus 4th in Tour of Suisse and win at Oman and California both by winning on a mountain stage.

The Tirreno and Basque podiums were both due to holding on in the climbs (or being dropped) and strong time trialing. Oman and California were strong climbing performances... but against what opposition? And Gesink is usually very good in a race where there's little battling for position ahead of the climbs, of course you can't get much better than Oman or California in that regard.

Put Gesink on an ergometer and he'll beat Nibali 9 times out of 10... but road racing is a different story.

About Hesjedal, It did surprise me on his performance as I did not know he was that good. However he did not outshine anybody in the Giro last year and won by batteling his way through the mountain stages and hitting it right at the last time trial

I suggest you re-watch some stages. In the final week, he was simply the best climber of the Giro.
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28 Dec 2012 13:14

theyoungest wrote:The Tirreno and Basque podiums were both due to holding on in the climbs (or being dropped) and strong time trialing. Oman and California were strong climbing performances... but against what opposition? And Gesink is usually very good in a race where there's little battling for position ahead of the climbs, of course you can't get much better than Oman or California in that regard.


In Oman the opposition was not that high I must agree, but the opposition in California was not bad.
Zabriski
Danielson
Horner
Leipheimer
Van Garderen
Nibali
Roche
Velits
Duarte
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28 Dec 2012 13:18

half of those were in very bad shape. like duarte, who finished 3rd
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28 Dec 2012 13:24

Ryo Hazuki wrote:henao will be leader in the vuelta. but still let's hope wiggins will fail quick enough

Why would you want a rider to fail? specially if its a team mate of Henao. Henao will learn allot from Wiggins and that will be very useful for the Vuelta and his further carreer. Henao has talent to ride for GT wins in the future.
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28 Dec 2012 13:25

Henao the little wheelsucker of the Giro d'Italia. Big deal.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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28 Dec 2012 13:26

Ryo Hazuki wrote:half of those were in very bad shape. like duarte, who finished 3rd

Duarte was in bad shape but he ended up 3rd, make no sense.
and all the Americans specially train to be top during this Tour of California so they are at their best as well.
Maybe only Nibali was not at his best (ended 30th or something) but the rest ended at the top of the standings, so you can't say that they were in bad shape.
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28 Dec 2012 13:28

El Pistolero wrote:Henao the little wheelsucker of the Giro d'Italia. Big deal.

If your not better then the guy that rides faster on the climbs all you can do is follow. It was not that he had any spare energy or something during the Giro. He went all out to stay in the wheel of the guys in front of him. You can't expect him to attack the whole time and then lose your place in the overal standings at the end of 3 weeks. No Haneo played it smart (same like Uran)
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28 Dec 2012 13:29

Leendert82 wrote:Why would you want a rider to fail? specially if its a team mate of Henao. Henao will learn allot from Wiggins and that will be very useful for the Vuelta and his further carreer. Henao has talent to ride for GT wins in the future.


lol, like what? how to ride like a coward?
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28 Dec 2012 13:30

Leendert82 wrote:Duarte was in bad shape but he ended up 3rd, make no sense.
and all the Americans specially train to be top during this Tour of California so they are at their best as well.
Maybe only Nibali was not at his best (ended 30th or something) but the rest ended at the top of the standings, so you can't say that they were in bad shape.


duarte was in bad shape, yes in good shape he would've won easily. look at last years trentino. also leipheimer was in very bad shape. horner wasn;'t great either
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28 Dec 2012 13:30

Leendert82 wrote:If your not better then the guy that rides faster on the climbs all you can do is follow. It was not that he had any spare energy or something during the Giro. He went all out to stay in the wheel of the guys in front of him. You can't expect him to attack the whole time and then lose your place in the overal standings at the end of 3 weeks. No Haneo played it smart (same like Uran)


Then how did Thomas de Gendt win on the Stelvio?

Anticipation(and some luck).

But you know what they say: a good cyclist creates his own luck. ;)
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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28 Dec 2012 13:30

Leendert82 wrote:In Oman the opposition was not that high I must agree, but the opposition in California was not bad.
Zabriski
Danielson
Horner
Leipheimer
Van Garderen
Nibali
Roche
Velits
Duarte

Nibali, Roche, Velits were on a training ride. Zabriskie... I can't remember ever having seen him on a climb in Europe, have you? Leipheimer had just broken his leg. Horner did a crap TT and was on the attack for the entire Baldy stage.

That leaves Danielson and Van Garderen. The latter is in trouble every time the gradient rises above 7%.

It was a nice race, and good to see Gesink back to his winning ways, but in the grand scheme of things it had little meaning. A few weeks later in Suisse even Leipheimer was already climbing better than Gesink.

Ryo Hazuki wrote:duarte was in bad shape, yes in good shape he would've won easily. look at last years trentino. also leipheimer was in very bad shape. horner wasn;'t great either

Whatever. Duarte is rarely in good shape. The fact is the other Colombian guy, whatshisname, should have won that stage. He could rest on Gesink's wheel and he was still outsprinted. Twice.
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28 Dec 2012 13:32

The only thing I wished Henao (read Team Sky) had done differently in last year's Giro, was for Henao to follow the trio of De Gendt, Cunego and Nieve. I remember that he looked really strong on the Stelvio.
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28 Dec 2012 13:34

I think Gesink will be back to his old level next year. If he can prevent further crashes that is.

Though if his old level is good enough to win the Giro... I have my doubts.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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28 Dec 2012 13:43

Netserk wrote:The only thing I wished Henao (read Team Sky) had done differently in last year's Giro, was for Henao to follow the trio of De Gendt, Cunego and Nieve. I remember that he looked really strong on the Stelvio.
Sky has been keeping Henao on a short leash.

Leendert82 wrote:Why would you want a rider to fail? specially if its a team mate of Henao. Henao will learn allot from Wiggins and that will be very useful for the Vuelta and his further carreer. Henao has talent to ride for GT wins in the future.
Wiggins comes from the track world, while Henao's won 2010 Vuelta a Colombia. The Colombian knows what it takes to win a stage race. Wiggo still has a lot to learn IMO.
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28 Dec 2012 13:43

Netserk wrote:The only thing I wished Henao (read Team Sky) had done differently in last year's Giro, was for Henao to follow the trio of De Gendt, Cunego and Nieve. I remember that he looked really strong on the Stelvio.


henao had to work the entire giro for both cavendish and uran. really bad choice, but now they understand
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28 Dec 2012 13:50

cineteq wrote:Sky has been keeping Henao on a short leash.

Wiggins comes from the track world, while Henao's won 2010 Vuelta a Colombia. The Colombian knows what it takes to win a stage race. Wiggo still has a lot to learn IMO.


- Dauphiné: 2x
- Paris-Nice: 1x
- Tour de Romandie: 1x
- Tour de France: 1x

vs.

Nothing.

Yeah, Henao is the experienced one here. :rolleyes:
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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