I guess Almeida. Someone like Dunbar could be a dark horse for the stage win.I think the Gran Sasso conditions could have changed the race a bit - the gaps there in 2018 were actually OK as a first sort-out and a similar stage with some gaps *could* have changed how a few boys raced since. I'm reaching I know...
Also - who do we think the goat track mountain TT actually suits best of the top 3?
Carapaz left Ineos to get TdF leadership I'm pretty sure. Maybe Hindley would have done the Giro if the Tour route was worse for him but I honestly doubt it too. I think it does apply to Landa though.I still don't think this was a bad route. It had flaws, but a lot of the negative racing was circumstantial.
Something that may have been overlooked is the influence of the TDF route. By having a horribly low amount of ITT, it encouraged the entire 2022 Giro podium (among other climbers) to focus on the Tour, preferring to race for 3rd there rather than 3rd at the Giro. If the Tour route had a sensible amount of ITT (at least 60 kms) then more climber GC types might have ridden the Giro, and there racing style might have contrasted nicely with the contenders that we ended up having to watch, watch each other.
The concern now is that Giro organisers might see a decent amount of ITT as the problem, and revert to under 40 kms of it in 2024.