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Rank the three GTs

1st Giro, 2nd Tour, 3rd Vuelta
36
40%
1st Giro, 2nd Vuelta, 3rd Tour
29
32%
1st Tour, 2nd Giro, 3rd Vuelta
7
8%
1st Tour, 2nd Vuelta, 3rd Giro
8
9%
1st Vuelta, 2nd Giro, 3rd Tour
8
9%
1st Vuelta, 2nd Tour, 3rd Giro
2
2%
 
Total votes : 90

Which 2013 GT has the best route?

14 Jan 2013 22:11

Now that we saw all of them (even though we didn't see ALL the Tour route yet...), which one do you like it the most?
And which is the worst? Discuss and rank the GTs.
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14 Jan 2013 22:14

The Giro I guess. Good amount of mountain stages, hilly/punchy stages, some flat stages and a long time trial.

Although I've kinda forgotten all about the Tour route already.
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14 Jan 2013 22:24

All of them are pretty bad and quite even this year, but I like the TdF philosophy better, despite that hideous last mountain stage.

Tour-Giro-Vuelta if forced to rank them.
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14 Jan 2013 22:31

I think all three are better than last year, that's the most important thing.
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14 Jan 2013 22:41

Giro vuelta tour.
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14 Jan 2013 22:45

Descender wrote:All of them are pretty bad and quite even this year, but I like the TdF philosophy better, despite that hideous last mountain stage.

Tour-Giro-Vuelta if forced to rank them.

not sure what philosophy you're talking about :confused:

anyway, it's Giro/Vuelta/Tour for me, but none of them is particularly good. Better than last year, though.
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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14 Jan 2013 22:49

They all kinda suck.

Giro is probably the least bad of the lot.

Don't really see why Vuelta is better than the Tour though.
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14 Jan 2013 22:56

roundabout wrote:They all kinda suck.

Giro is probably the least bad of the lot.

Don't really see why Vuelta is better than the Tour though.

I just couldn't decide, so I penalised the Tour for being the 100th edition.
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14 Jan 2013 23:02

roundabout wrote:They all kinda suck.

Giro is probably the least bad of the lot.

Don't really see why Vuelta is better than the Tour though.


For making 2 times up a meh 14km climb sound like the hardest stage in gt history.
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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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14 Jan 2013 23:13

roundabout wrote:They all kinda suck.

Giro is probably the least bad of the lot.

Don't really see why Vuelta is better than the Tour though.

The Vuelta set our expectations to "minimal" so gets praised for being better than anticipated even though it's still far from being "good", whereas the Tour hyped itself up to be actually good and screwed us around with those rumours of doing something interesting like a Pierre-Saint-Martin finish only to deliver the same tired old crap.
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14 Jan 2013 23:13

Eshnar wrote:not sure what philosophy you're talking about :confused:

The make as much money from having dull stage finishes in various towns as possible philosophy.
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14 Jan 2013 23:24

giro edges it for me because of the very hilly first week and long time trial before the real mountains arrive.

shame on no downhill finish but irrc no GT has one this year so meh
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14 Jan 2013 23:59

1. Giro (by a large margin over the other 2)
2. Vuelta (for having so many MTF/HTF stages that can affect GC)
3. Tour (I expected more for the 100th edition)
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15 Jan 2013 03:03

The Hitch wrote:For making 2 times up a meh 14km climb sound like the hardest stage in gt history.

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15 Jan 2013 03:18

1-) IL GIRO
2-) LA VUELTA
3-) LE TOUR


I give credit to Acquarone & Unipublic to be at least "creative" & try to come up with some tricky parcours, whereas Prudhomme is displaying his always "conservative" approach-it does not make the cut to me to have Alpe d'Huez twice as a "surprise"-so he needs to go to the drawing board & design some serious parcours for the coming editions if he's willing to salvage the Tour's reputation...
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15 Jan 2013 03:29

roundabout wrote:Don't really see why Vuelta is better than the Tour though.


Probably the lack of profiles. It's easy to just assume that the proposed "hilly" stages are crap.
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15 Jan 2013 04:26

The TDF has improved on last year but the Giro has 1 (not 2) really long time trial and good mountain and hilly stages- though if the ITT makes Wiggins secure in the lead for the whole race it could be boring.

Then the TDF as 2nd. It has a good route but the racers will make it more exciting than the route.
Vuelta last even though the mountain stages will again be good.
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15 Jan 2013 15:40

Giro>Vuelta>Tour

As others have pointed out, the Tour gets penalised for being the same old borefest even in the 100th edition.

However the weather can spoil the Giro and if Galibier and Tre cime stages are cancelled/shortened it might turn in to a TT borefest and the worst of the 3.
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15 Jan 2013 15:53

giro
tour
vuelta

but overall i like them all on paper(tour is a bit disappointing but i changed my mind on it)
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15 Jan 2013 16:04

Am I the only one who can't access the TdF profiles?
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