Giro d'Italia 2021 Giro d'Italia, Stage 9: Castel di Sangro - Campo Felice (Rocca di Cambio) 158 km (Sunday May 16)

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What will happen on stage 9?

  • Remco will take Pink

    Votes: 12 23.5%
  • At least two of Pellaud, Tagliani, Cepeda and Ponomar will be in the break

    Votes: 12 23.5%
  • Bahrain Victorious

    Votes: 5 9.8%
  • Someone (most likely Dan Martin) will crash in the tunnel just before the sterrato climb

    Votes: 11 21.6%
  • Someone will suffer from back pain

    Votes: 7 13.7%
  • Mollema will be bullied again

    Votes: 3 5.9%
  • Ganna will lead the peloton for 100 km on his own

    Votes: 21 41.2%
  • Thomas De Gendt will avenge the death of Ewan's knee with Einer Rubio in his wheel

    Votes: 6 11.8%
  • Ciccone will attack like a madman

    Votes: 22 43.1%
  • Vino

    Votes: 12 23.5%

  • Total voters
    51
  • Poll closed .
I agree, as well as needing to gain time before the ITT (if it may be needed) i think Bernal likes to attack and make a race excitable for the fans. As he says, he ain't afraid to lose the race by attacking. I hope Evenepoel does something at some point along this race apart from sitting behind waiting for the end stage. He may end up winning the race that way but it would be nice for his fanboys to get excited once in a while. I think we may start to see the reemergence of Yates soon, then they all may have to wake up and play ball.

Edited, to follow the post by spalco
 
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If i were Ineos, i would absolutely not drill this stage. The profile fits Evenepoel a lot more than Bernal. Say they did drill this stage, burn the likes of Moscon, Ganna, Castro & Narvaez, hoping to wear down Evenepoel and they get in the final of this stage with Bernal not having 2 big motors by his side, Bernal could get a beating. Best case, Bernal takes a few seconds on the line, he gets pink and Ineos have to work every day. Worst case, he loses a lot more and wore the team down for nothing.

And i think Evenepoel is not going to do anything, unless maybe Ineos throw it in his lap. Which they'd be doing by drilling it, imho. Had this stage been in the last week, and Evenepoel needed the time, then i think he would go for it. But at this moment, it would be stupid of him to set up a raid... unless maybe Ineos throw it in his lap.
100% agree. I'd probably try to hit the final 2km 30 minutes down on the break and keep it as anaerobic as possible.

If I wanted shenanigans I would attack and not pace.
 
as a molisano neighbour I absolutely love the entire Val di Sangro-Marsica area and Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo-Lazio-Molise, probably one the most fascinating area in the Appenines along with the more northern and famous Gran Sasso area (I'm doing a bit of advertising :p).
Of course, the cycling culture is not comparable to the Alpine-Dolomitic area but if people like to enjoy trekking-cycling surrounded by more rurality and peace this is the choice (and let's not forget "i tratturi")! It's also not far from Rome.

this is the tiny village of "Opi" (near Pescasseroli), a drawing by the dutch Maurits Cornelis Escher (1929?)
Opi :hearteyes:
I remember once we visited there and found ourselves in a huge procession through the whole town. So we just followed with no idea about what was going on and we were offered wine from women outside their houses. Stunning place!

Now I'm a bit sad they're not going through Marsica.
 
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I hope Evenepoel does something at some point along this race apart from sitting behind waiting for the end stage. He may end up winning the race that way but it would be nice for his fanboys to get excited once in a while.
Right. Evenepoel's/DQS's tactics until now have been completely understandable and reasonable in the Giro. But in the end, I don't want Remco to win reasonably, I want him to win in an outrageous way! ;)
 
I hope Evenepoel does something at some point along this race apart from sitting behind waiting for the end stage. He may end up winning the race that way but it would be nice for his fanboys to get excited once in a while.
I would say that given the circumstances Evenepoel's fanboys have plenty to be exited about already. Who would have bet in February on him being doing so well?
 
Bardet has something like 7 wins, I think, in over 9 years as a pro. I doubt that focusing more on classics would have turned him into a significantly more prolific winner.

And I think he has had a very good career, both as a stage racer and in the classics. Certainly much better than I thought he would have 10 years ago.
 
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Regarding tonight's stage, that final 1600 metres is annoying. For without it the stage is easy enough, but at the same time still mountainous enough, to possibly encourage a long range attack from someone of significance, given that its before the rest day.

But that gravel section discourages that.
 
Bardet has something like 7 wins, I think, in over 9 years as a pro. I doubt that focusing more on classics would have turned him into a significantly more prolific winner.

And I think he has had a very good career, both as a stage racer and in the classics. Certainly much better than I thought he would have 10 years ago.
Yeah. He coudl've just tried the Ardennes every year, but he's not gonna win Liege when it was a glorified uphill sprint, Ardennes aren't mutually exclusive with riding the Tour anyway, and lastly maybe he could've snatched a Lombardia win in the Civiglio days but it's kinda hard to see as well.

I think he's overperformed a lot with getting a 2nd, 3rd at the Tour and getting a WC podium. Maybe he underachieved from 2018 onwards trying to focus on the Tour still and he could've snatched like a Giro or Vuelta podium but very likely no wins.
 
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Regarding tonight's stage, that final 1600 metres is annoying. For without it the stage is easy enough, but at the same time still mountainous enough, to possibly encourage a long range attack from someone of significance, given that its before the rest day.

But that gravel section discourages that.
I think 1600m at 8% isn't prohibitive, it's just that what comes before is too frigging easy.
 

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