2019 Giro d'Italia Stage 18: Valdaora-Santa Maria d.S. 220km

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The Barb said:
Lequack said:
Laplaz said:
Yeah, breakaway could succeed here. I give them a 20% chance. Although it will highly depend on who is in.
You're far too optimistic, the chance is more like 1-5%.
I am completely the other way. I think the chances of the break succeeding are better than 80%. We'll see, I guess.
I agree. Maybe not 80%, but surely closer to 80 than 5

So... Ackermann to win from the break?! :D
 
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I like sprints, and I've really enjoyed the sprints at this race so far. The front-loading of sprint stages, which I know many found boring, helped attract a pretty high quality sprinter field (especially by Giro standards). I liked the spread of winners, and the fact that most sprints were pretty clean, with most sprinters being given a good opportunity to take their chances (or screw up) on their own terms. I also appreciate that Ackermann and Demare have hauled themselves over the mountains in pursuit of another sprint win or the points classification jersey, or both. The last time I enjoyed a points classification battle at the Giro like this was the classic Evans v Vino battle in 2010. I hope this stage comes down to a sprint, and I'd like to see Demare win it, but I think Ackermann has the edge.
 
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Pantani_lives said:
Unfortunately a lot of sprinters have got ill ten days before the end of this Giro, in the sight of the first mountain. The doctor said it was an acute case of cipollinitis.
lol
 
The riders were warming up 2-3km away from the town, towards Furcia, so walking there woukd have been a bit long.
I just watched the start, Roglic had a lot of Sovenian fans there to support him.
I was able to talk a bit with Sciandri before the start.
 
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F_Cance said:
Disappointing break.
The break knows when it has no chance that's why it's usually just a couple of guys from the invite teams doing it for the sponsors. If the break had any kind of chance you'd see a much larger bunch. That's why these designated sprint finish days are so boring.
 
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Lequack said:
F_Cance said:
Disappointing break.
The break knows when it has no chance that's why it's usually just a couple of guys from the invite teams doing it for the sponsors. If the break had any kind of chance you'd see a much larger bunch. That's why these designated sprint finish days are so boring.
that was not the case today though, it took 50k at full speed for the breakaway to establish.

And I would say with Cycling Academy keeping the gap that low, it may not be over yet even. I wouldn't be surprised if Androni closes it down before the climb (to prevent Cima from taking the Sprint Competition) and the battle begins again.
 
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Lequack said:
F_Cance said:
Disappointing break.
The break knows when it has no chance that's why it's usually just a couple of guys from the invite teams doing it for the sponsors. If the break had any kind of chance you'd see a much larger bunch. That's why these designated sprint finish days are so boring.
Yep, Bakelants and Hansen tried but got caught and understood they have no chance today
 
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RedheadDane said:
Robert5091 said:
FDJ wants the points jersey, so Ackermann will sit on Demare's wheel for 200 odd kms. Frapporti, Cima & Maestri in the break. Kirby to talk gibberish for three hours and nobody notices.
2/3, not bad. :cool:
Logged in just to quote Robert's prediction when I saw the break. Expectedly, somebody beat me to it. :D
 
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fuiers said:
What just happened? Somebody destroyed a bike in front of break:D
I was only listening to RAI coverage and they were talking about some crazy guy throwing stuff.
I could not see what happened, fortunately nobody got hurt.

EDIT: it has just been reported by RAI that, apparently, he was a bit inebriated and wanted to participate in today's stage, he was obbiously denied that, so he lost his marbles
 

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