Really hoping for crosswinds to make this one interesting, as I'll be at it, and I think there's a great chance considering Ireland's prevailing winds, even though May is usually one of the calmer times of the year.Eshnar said:Stage 3: Armagh - Dublin 187 km
Very similar to stage 2. It should be easier since it's shorter and there aren't many coastal kms. The wind could still play a role, but it's less likely than the day before.
What to expect:
A bigger bunch sprint.
I'll be shocked if nothing happens on stages 8, 9, 14 and 15. Seriously. How can that happen???ILovecycling said:Finally I had enough time to read this.Great preview eshnar,thanks again
as for the route...wow,Im afraid nothing serious will happen in GC until stage 16.That MTT is epic tho,and I like climbs before Zoncolan too,if someone is down in GC and has balls for the win,he should attack there!(still not very likely tho)
Few interesting hilly stages too,but not really great by Giro standards,on the other hand,route has a potential,now it is up to riders and WEATHER
Viva il Giro
Eshnar said:Stage 18: Belluno - Rifugio Panarotta (Valsugana) 171 km
NOTE: The altimetry of Panarotta is not on the official website atm. Once it will be up, I'll put it here.
The final three GC days start with the easier of them. A shortish stage with three major climbs, quite far from each other: the famous San Pellegrino, the irregularly steep Passo del Redebus and the final ascent to Rifugio Panarotta, which is simply a continuation of the well known climb to Vetriolo Terme, just 4.6 km more. It is a very regular climb, with a total of 16.3 km at 7.8%.
What to expect:
Attacks at 3-4 km to go, maybe even shorter because of what's still to come. Likely to have a strong breakaway on the San Pellegrino.
well, not sure anybody are looking for the race to be "blown apart" by the first week. However having a couple of GC contenders losing time along with smaller gaps at the top will often force better action in the second week and later.eljimberino said:Isn't it better that the race isn't blown apart by the end of the first week?
I agree.Kwibus said:Really dissapointing route tbh. Too many mtf's, too few epic hilly stages.
Short memories?Roude Leiw said:or alternatively a 40+ bunch sprint
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