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Giro 2017 Field Discussion/Speculation

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Valv.Piti said:
MatParker117 said:
Apparently this is Sky:

Landa, G, Seb Henao, Rosa, Deignan, Lopez, Ellisonde, Puccio, Viviani


Strong team if true.
Indeed, I think Seb Henao is money, I really like him as a rider. After his Giro in 2014, many I think have been disappointed in him, but he has been great this year.

The team lacks rouleurs tho. I don't agree with picking all of Deignan, Lopez and Elissonde, they basically only have Puccio to do the dirty work.

Viviani will be working on certain days and you'd like to think an E3 champion can handle himself on the flat.
 
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MatParker117 said:
Valv.Piti said:
MatParker117 said:
Apparently this is Sky:

Landa, G, Seb Henao, Rosa, Deignan, Lopez, Ellisonde, Puccio, Viviani


Strong team if true.
Indeed, I think Seb Henao is money, I really like him as a rider. After his Giro in 2014, many I think have been disappointed in him, but he has been great this year.

The team lacks rouleurs tho. I don't agree with picking all of Deignan, Lopez and Elissonde, they basically only have Puccio to do the dirty work.

Viviani will be working on certain days and you'd like to think an E3 champion can handle himself on the flat.
True, lets see, its a strong team regardless.
 
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MatParker117 said:
Apparently this is Sky:

Landa, G, Seb Henao, Rosa, Deignan, Lopez, Ellisonde, Puccio, Viviani


Strong team if true.

i think this is sky :
Landa Thomas Rosa Viviani Lopez Deignan Henao e Elissonde Boswell

Puccio doesn't ride from RVV
 
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Ricco' said:
UAE Team Emirates:

Costa, Rui
Conti, Valerio
Ferrari, Roberto
Marcato, Marco
Modolo, Sacha
Mohoric, Matej
Petilli, Simone
Polanc, Jan
Ravasi, Edward

No Ulissi? I hadn't heard that. That's a pity - I don't think he will be as successful a stage hunter in the Tour as he has proven to be in the Giro.

In fact, it is not really an overwhelming team at all by the closest approximate to an Italian WorldTeam as I don't really see Modolo repeat his stage wins from two years ago.

I also have to say that it was about time that Costa decided to try to ride a Grand Tour outside of France. Incredible that he at an age of 30 is still to make his debut in either the Giro or the Vuelta.
 
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Valv.Piti said:
Ricco' said:
Stage hunting is the (official) plan.
I very much doubt he will stagehunt 100%, I think he will try to see how good he is first.

I think that too.

The top-10 in a GT is firmly engraved on Costa's head.

Tbh, I would like to see him go for GC in the Giro (but 2017 isn't a good year for that with the stacked field) and then stage hunting in the Tour (in a year where the WC is out of reach, like Doha and maybe Bergen).
 
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rick james said:
MatParker117 said:
Apparently this is Sky:

Landa, G, Seb Henao, Rosa, Deignan, Lopez, Ellisonde, Puccio, Viviani


Strong team if true.
would prefer a strong man beside Puccio for the pulling on the flat...I though Ellisonde was going to le tour and wee Pete K was doing the Giro
I've also heared that Kennaugh will ride Giro and Vuelta, his wife is expected to give birth to his 2nd child durning the Tour and he wants to be there. Maybe he'll ride Tour de Suisse and Vuelta?
The team looks really strong foe the mountain stages, but a bit weak on the flat stages. If we get crosswinds on stage 3 of a few other of the stages near the coastline that we have durning the first week (stage 8 for example could be tricky, when tey aren't on a climb they are near the coastline and the whole area is rather windy).
 
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Anderis said:
I see that everybody is taking a team full of climbers. Even Sunweb has very few sprinters/rouleurs for their standards.
As of late, teams have been doing that in the Giro because of the loading of mountains as opposed to the Tour. Besides the one to beat is Quintana so they want to be ready to get the most extra help for the mountains, not the flat.
 
If Quintana is in form, it's gonna be hard. But then there's few stages where Quintana can win the Giro in one go, and Quintana usually rides so agressive as to decide the GC in one go, and the TTs are not in his favour. A few riders could potentially be close enough uphill to be a danger in speculative moves, and Nibali and Landa might just reach back to glory of days gone by and straight up match him uphill.

I expect Quintana to be the best. I'm not sure that I expect him to be head and shoulders above the rest.
 
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Red Rick said:
If Quintana is in form, it's gonna be hard. But then there's few stages where Quintana can win the Giro in one go, and Quintana usually rides so agressive as to decide the GC in one go, and the TTs are not in his favour. A few riders could potentially be close enough uphill to be a danger in speculative moves, and Nibali and Landa might just reach back to glory of days gone by and straight up match him uphill.

I expect Quintana to be the best. I'm not sure that I expect him to be head and shoulders above the rest.

This is the perfect route for Quintana with the amount of climbing over 2000m - Some GC contenders will be under severe pressure.
 
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Sunweb:

BAUHAUS Phil
TEN DAM Laurens
DUMOULIN Tom
GESCHKE Simon
HAGA Chad
KELDERMAN Wilco
PREIDLER Georg
LUNKE Sindre Skjøstad
STAMSNIJDER Tom