G is pretty much July tard as far as stage races are concerned.Can't imagine Nibali will like this much. Almost looks set up for a battle between G and Dumoulin. Nah, can't be.
why 3 stages? The S.Daniele stage is gonna have Ragogna a few times but that's hardly a 5* stage...Is Madonna confirmed? 3 stages like that in a row would be a bit too much and it's a pretty mediocre climb. At least Piancavallo is actually a hard climb, even if it's a monoclimb stage.
Yes, but a MTF on the next day would have a negative impact on a hilly stage that has the potential to be great.why 3 stages? The S.Daniele stage is gonna have Ragogna a few times but that's hardly a 5* stage...
And no, ofc Campiglio is not confirmed. Nothing is.
The main concern here is the height of Stelvio and Agnello. If they are unlucky with the weather, these two are out, and you're left with possibly the worst Giro route in recent history.18 Pinzolo - Laghi di Cancano
Depending on which climbs will be on the route those 2 stages has the potential to be really great with possibilities for attacks from far out. Madonna di Campiglio is a rather light climb, but preceded by monte bondone and daone and some smaller climbs are really hard stage. Stelvia-Cancano combinations looks brilliant as well.
20 Alba - Fraiteve
Most rumors says Agnello-Izoard-Montgenevre-Fraiteve, isn't it? I don't know about the stage desing for this one (a finish just in sestriere will probably be better for the race), but it will be hard.
If it's Agnel/Izoard/Montegenevre I like Sestriere much more as a finish anywayYes, Madonna could really ruin the San Daniele stage, a breakaway stage to Pinzolo would actually be the better option.
I'm kinda sceptical about Agnello and Izoard and there's a reason. The stage won't finish in France or start there, so RCS or Sestriere (the town hosting the stage finish) would have to pay the French extra money to open those passes earlier than usual.
Fraiteve is an unpaved climb, right? If yes, then the altitude could be a problem, it's around 500m higher than Finestre, so there should be a lot of snow on the side of the road and melting snow could make the whole road really muddy and hard to ride on a roadbike. There is also the danger of the water freezing over the night at that altitude, so there could even be a mixed surface with a bit of frozen mud near the top. It wouldn't surprise me if they'll be forced to cancel the MTF and use Sestriere instead.
In 2015 they finished at Rifugio Patascoss, 3 kms extra compared to the classic finish in the town.Can't see Monte Bondone and Daone if they do Stelvio next day.
Also, IIRC in 2015 they went above the town of Madonna di Campiglio? Would they finish in town or above it?
My hope to not see the Agnello/Izoard combo wasted is increasing considering they didn't mention a passage in France.Partenza da Alba (il giorno precedente si dovrebbe arrivare ad Asti) e traguardo ad alta quota al Sestriere, transitando però su vette particolarmente suggestive del Cuneese, da «Cima Coppi».
well, Agnello is still in the province of Cuneo...Regarding stage 20 today on La Stampa they wrote:
My hope to not see the Agnello/Izoard combo wasted is increasing considering they didn't mention a passage in France.
Yeah, that was rather pointless.Lololol.
Didn't we have a looot of rumors about Alpe d'Huez at one point? It ended up being Galibier MTF from the north IIRC which almost completely snowed away