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Giro 2017 Field Discussion/Speculation

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Anderis said:
But they have some free spots in the team and they have about the same climbing depth in their Giro roster as LottoNL, if not worse.

Orica have enough climbing depth in their team - Some are young, riders injured and riders re-directed - Their Romandie squad was very strong and some of that squad will go to the TDF - Are likely to sign another one or two young climbing types from Australia.
 
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yaco said:
Anderis said:
But they have some free spots in the team and they have about the same climbing depth in their Giro roster as LottoNL, if not worse.

Orica have enough climbing depth in their team - Some are young, riders injured and riders re-directed - Their Romandie squad was very strong and some of that squad will go to the TDF - Are likely to sign another one or two young climbing types from Australia.
They only have Chaves, Yatesx2, Verona, Plaza, Kreuziger, Power, Haig and Howson. It's good enough to do well in Romandie, but I insist it is a bit short to do all 3 GTs in a year with GC ambitions.

LottoNL-Jumbo have less top-end quality, but their 10th best climber could well stand a chance of outperforming Orica's 10th best climber. And Orica has only 26 riders overall this year, so it wouldn't harm to add one semi-decent climber, because it's normal that health problems will hit you sometimes and Orica doesn't have the depth to handle it.