2016 Giro Field Discussion

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Eshnar said:
I just realized that in Cicloweb's list there's no Kiryenka :eek:
I hope it's just a mistake or something.
To be honest, no Puccio is also a surprise. In fact in that Sky squad (excluding Sergio Henao who now won't be there), Landa has poor support for both the flat and the climbs.
 
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JRanton said:
Eshnar said:
I just realized that in Cicloweb's list there's no Kiryenka :eek:
I hope it's just a mistake or something.
To be honest, no Puccio is also a surprise. In fact in that Sky squad (excluding Sergio Henao who now won't be there), Landa has poor support for both the flat and the climbs.
That gives him the chance of winning Il Giro in Contador style :D
 
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vedrafjord said:
They should do the Formula One thing and not have a number 1 jersey if the defending champion doesn't show up, the leader of last year's winning team (ie Majka this year) would wear 0 instead.

Should be an interesting race - Nibali vs Valverde vs Landa vs Majka vs Dumoulin, plus inevitable unforeseen riders who suddenly start climbing like gods in week 3...
Firsanov is not that unknown.
 
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Hugo Koblet said:
vedrafjord said:
They should do the Formula One thing and not have a number 1 jersey if the defending champion doesn't show up, the leader of last year's winning team (ie Majka this year) would wear 0 instead.

Should be an interesting race - Nibali vs Valverde vs Landa vs Majka vs Dumoulin, plus inevitable unforeseen riders who suddenly start climbing like gods in week 3...
Firsanov is not that unknown.
And the likes of Uran, Zakarin, Chaves, Peraud or Pozzovivo as well. This year Giro has a better field than last year.
In terms of stage hunting we'll have the likes of Big Phil, Pozzato, Cancellara or Wellens(I'm not sure about him but I think I read somewhere that he's scheduled to ride). Also, I remember that Greipel said that he will ride it.
 
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pink_jersey said:
Hugo Koblet said:
vedrafjord said:
They should do the Formula One thing and not have a number 1 jersey if the defending champion doesn't show up, the leader of last year's winning team (ie Majka this year) would wear 0 instead.

Should be an interesting race - Nibali vs Valverde vs Landa vs Majka vs Dumoulin, plus inevitable unforeseen riders who suddenly start climbing like gods in week 3...
Firsanov is not that unknown.
And the likes of Uran, Zakarin, Chaves, Peraud or Pozzovivo as well. This year Giro has a better field than last year.
In terms of stage hunting we'll have the likes of Big Phil, Pozzato, Cancellara or Wellens(I'm not sure about him but I think I read somewhere that he's scheduled to ride). Also, I remember that Greipel said that he will ride it.
In the list Eshnar posted he is indeed scheduled.
And about the sprints, I'm extremely hyped for Caleb Ewan. I really really hope he can get a win. Some sprint stages have a slightly uphill finale which should definitely suit him. Just a pity that Etixx is riding with Kittel as a sprinter and not Gaviria. :D

Edit: And add Hesjedal to your list, he should at least be as good as riders like Pozzovivo.
 
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SafeBet said:
I don't think he will need much support in the three stages he'll ride.
If he abandons after the first three stages, it seems to me disrespectful to the race. I really hope Kittel won't do that. At least wait until the real climbs begin.
 
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Somebody knows if Caruso will ride the Giro like last year or if he will work for TJVG an Porte at the Tour?
 
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IlGrillo said:
Somebody knows if Caruso will ride the Giro like last year or if he will work for TJVG an Porte at the Tour?
I think he we'll work for Tejay and Porte in TdF. BMC will go for stage hunting in the Giro. Atapuma is the only mountain rider scheduled to ride.
 
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Brullnux said:
yaco said:
SafeBet said:
I don't think he will need much support in the three stages he'll ride.
I counted about 8 stages sprinters can feature in this Giro - This is a more sprinter friendly Giro - Though Kittel suffers from any type of incline.
No it isn't. You've said this at least 3 times before, doesn't make it more true. :p
We will wait and see - Most of the top sprinters will be at the Giro - Maybe the teams hve got it wrong.
 
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yaco said:
Brullnux said:
yaco said:
SafeBet said:
I don't think he will need much support in the three stages he'll ride.
I counted about 8 stages sprinters can feature in this Giro - This is a more sprinter friendly Giro - Though Kittel suffers from any type of incline.
No it isn't. You've said this at least 3 times before, doesn't make it more true. :p
We will wait and see - Most of the top sprinters will be at the Giro - Maybe the teams hve got it wrong.
There is more chance of getting to Turin, yes, but there are 7 likely sprints, max 8. 9 if all the stages are ridden craply. 7 is usual for the Giro; not including the usual one or two flat stages that end up going to the break.
 
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IlGrillo said:
Somebody knows if Caruso will ride the Giro like last year or if he will work for TJVG an Porte at the Tour?
Apparently he has been training with TJVG and Porte on Etna.
 
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Looking at the opening three stages in Holland of this year's Giro I've been wondering - Does anyone of you see Kittel do his uttermost at the 10k TT in order to be within striking distance (20 sec) for the following two sprint stages? Will be at least see him give it a go?
 
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ingemann1996 said:
Looking at the opening three stages in Holland of this year's Giro I've been wondering - Does anyone of you see Kittel do his uttermost at the 10k TT in order to be within striking distance (20 sec) for the following two sprint stages? Will be at least see him give it a go?

He might do yes, 10k might be a bit too much for him to be within range though, but sprinters are good at short TT's.
 
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Poursuivant said:
ingemann1996 said:
Looking at the opening three stages in Holland of this year's Giro I've been wondering - Does anyone of you see Kittel do his uttermost at the 10k TT in order to be within striking distance (20 sec) for the following two sprint stages? Will be at least see him give it a go?
He might do yes, 10k might be a bit too much for him to be within range though, but sprinters are good at short TT's.
Especially such a decorated U23 and Junior ITTer like Kittel:

2x World Junior ITT Champ
1x European U23 ITT Champ
2x National U23 ITT champ
3rd and 4th in the World U23 ITT.
 
Yeah, I remember he was known as a great guy for ITT in his young days. It's funny to look back now and see that he used to beat Dennis, Dumoulin, Dowsett or van Garderen even over 30 km.
 
Giant Alpecin
Nikias Arndt (GER)
Bert De Backer (BEL)
Tom Dumoulin (NED)
Chad Haga (USA)
Cheng Ji (CHN)
Tobias Ludvigsson (SWE)
Georg Preidler (AUT)
Tom Stamsnijder (NED)
Albert Timmer (NED)

Their aim is winning stages. Dumoulin for the TT's, Arndt for the sprints (although he won't have much changes to win if you look at the field), Haga, Ludvigson and Preidler can do what they want at the hilly stages.

This clearly shows Dumoulin won't target the GC looking at the team they field.
 

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