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Not really sure about the comparisation. Tour of the Alpes and Giro have similar starting lists most of the time. Don´t think anyone would say "What a bad Tour. Looks like a Dauphine starting list".I feel like it's by far the weakest Giro startlist in years. Sometimes it feels more like Tour of the Alps statlist or something like that.
Especially if you take out the few big names, there's not a lot of depth in terms of potential underdogs or strong domestiques. Some riders will have a unique opportunity to have the best GT of their life.
I think the italian wildcard teams are the reason for the low scores. The wildcard teams in the Tour or Vuelta tend to be a lot stronger.There is plenty wrong with the PCS algorithm for putting a number of field quality, but they rate this as 733, which puts it in 12th place for races over the last year, between the Omloop and the UAE Tour.
But it only came 13th of the 2019 races, 19th in 2018, and 25th the year before that.
Maybe the depth here is never that great.
Not really sure about the comparison. Tour of the Alpes is nothing like Dauphine. It might have a few big names that are preparing to the Giro but it's not a WT race which means the depth of the startlist, besides those few big names, is nothing like most of the big WT stage races like Dauphine, which is exactly what my impression is when looking at this year's Giro's startlist.Not really sure about the comparisation. Tour of the Alpes and Giro have similar starting lists most of the time. Don´t think anyone would say "What a bad Tour. Looks like a Dauphine starting list".
I don't really think they are the only reason. Apart from the contenders for the win and one or two helpers of some teams, this is a rather bad startlist quality for a GT.I think the italian wildcard teams are the reason for the low scores. The wildcard teams in the Tour or Vuelta tend to be a lot stronger.
I think this year is the first year in like 5 years the Tour had the strongest podium of the 3 GTs.I don't really think they are the only reason. Apart from the contenders for the win and one or two helpers of some teams, this is a rather bad startlist quality for a GT.
This year almost everyone has been placing their best eggs in the Tour, and it is easier to do the Tour-Vuelta than Giro-Vuelta double.
There are quite some good sprinters - but more those with names, not necessarily the best right now, apart from Démare.
Edit: Ah I see you mean in general. But even in other years 80% of the best go to the Tour and not many do the Giro-Tour double.
How are the points distributed? Is that jersey viable for a non GC rider? Also, would Demare bother fighting for it?The teams and riders schedule understandably got front loaded due to risks of further covid related cancellations as evidenced by the Dutch races getting pulled. It meant the Tour got even more depth than usual and the Vuelta will get the majority of riders prepared to double up.
There is still 3 relatively recent Grand Tour winners in the field which isn't too far off the usual level for a Giro. That said beyond the main contenders there is a massive drop off to the point where a couple of crashes for the big boys could see a real WTF top 5 GC. Robbed of the Remco show but wont dwell on that further and am keen to see how Vlasov goes over the full 3 weeks. The sprinters have some quality but the stage hunting field suffers for the clashes with the classics.
Sagan vs Demare for the points jersey could live up to the Bennett vs Sagan battle in the Tour.
I would say that Vuelta often had a better GC field in the last 5-10 years, and I guess it will be the case this year too. But you're partly right because it's often 2nd GT of the year for those riders, and not the main target.4 (I only consider gc).
But that's still better than the Vuelta, because at least the Giro still has proper gc riders that target it.
It's like in the Tour. Flat stages give more points. Then sprinter are the riders favourite for this competition.How are the points distributed? Is that jersey viable for a non GC rider? Also, would Demare bother fighting for it?