Giro Stage 3: Grado - Valdobbiadene

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Yeah, verbiage.

Should be talking about Cunego showing his nose near the front, and Rogers was there too, I think.

Also, Farrar is another story for him to note--if only he would, LOL.
 
ingsve said:
What coverage is it that has stupid commentators like that?

The one we have to put up with in the U.S. It is unbelievable. The way he said, "We might be treated to Lance Armstrong in the Maglia Rosa," with awe in his voice, sounded as though he was talking about a world changing event, like the return of Jesus or something. Actually I don't quite remember if he used the term maglia rosa or the English equivalent.

I can tell he will really get on my nerves within a week.

I'm telling, ya. Bring on Bob Roll. :)
 
Bala Verde said:
Someone who has never seen/reported a race before, Universal sports. I think he still needs the start list to distinguish between the most important riders. He is def not on top of his game. Can't even tell anything a bout team tactics and strategies, and has a mancrush on everything that is anglosaxon or is named LA.

So, I'm not the only one. I just started a thread about it. Should have checked here 1st.
 
Mar 12, 2009
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BroDeal said:
The one we have to put up with in the U.S. It is unbelievable. The way he said, "We might be treated to Lance Armstrong in the Maglia Rosa," with awe in his voice, sounded as though he was talking about a world changing event, like the return of Jesus or something. Actually I don't quite remember if he used the term maglia rosa or the English equivalent.

I can tell he will really get on my nerves within a week.

I'm telling, ya. Bring on Bob Roll. :)

Cyclingfans.com has link to Eurosport. I think thats Sean Kelly doing commentary. I'll take him over Bob- Toor day Frantz, Hunter Thompson wannabe- any day. cyclingfans.com
 
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ingsve said:
What coverage is it that has stupid commentators like that?

I actually tuned into the Eurosport coverage the pictures aren't as good but the commentary is good due to Sean Kelly's insight
 
Mar 10, 2009
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benpounder said:
Farrar will wear the sprinters jersey tomorrow!

Ignorant me! Farrar will wear the white jersey outright! Does that mean Cav will wear the sprinters jersey? I hope not!

[my edit] Perhaps Gavazzi - third on the stage. Lampre did well today.
 
Sounds like that commentator got his job by reading aloud from Armstrongs twitterpage during his audition.

Thankfully I get swedish eurosport with one of the best sports commentators in Sweden regardless of sport.
 
Mar 10, 2009
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ukpaul said:
I read that as " I think he was watching a Livestrong porno" lol :D

haha!:D

Nonetheless, it is basically the same right? In any case, something is being stroked, ego or otherwise...
 
Cavendish got dropped like a stone on that last climb. Of course he was in the chase group that was hammering to catch the leaders, but I didn't see him take any pulls. No way he makes it over the mountains within the time cuts - I don't think even a top-off with blood from the fridge is going to help him out if he's suffering that badly on the 3rd day. Points jersey is Ale-Jets to lose.
 
Cartesian Centaur said:
Didn't realise that Dave Z apparently went down too, despite the amazing quality of RAI's zoom footage. :rolleyes:

LOL. You think you had it bad. You guys in europe at least had a regular TV. I was watching the internet feed on my computer monitor. The replay comes up with the zoom circle, so I crane my neck over to my side monitor and put my eyeballs a few inches away. I could not see jack. I think the zoomed in circle was used to cover up what happened like a mosaic in a japanese porno flick.
 
Apr 22, 2009
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BroDeal said:
I think the zoomed in circle was used to cover up what happened like a mosaic in a japanese porno flick.

lol +1
I found that no matter how hard I tried, all I could see was the Rabo guy in the ditch.

I do appreciate getting to watch cycling on TV this year, having spent last year's Giro covertly following text commentary in the office. Definitely also appreciating having a commentary team who try and make a conscious effort to avoid discussing the saintly Texan unless he does something to merit it.
 
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BikeCentric said:
Cavendish got dropped like a stone on that last climb. Of course he was in the chase group that was hammering to catch the leaders, but I didn't see him take any pulls. No way he makes it over the mountains within the time cuts - I don't think even a top-off with blood from the fridge is going to help him out if he's suffering that badly on the 3rd day. Points jersey is Ale-Jets to lose.

Cav got held up behind the crash before the climb and was then chasing back in a group of 8 with only one team-mate. He did get dropped on the last climb, but not by the pack, by Denis Menchov.
 
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BikeCentric said:
Cavendish got dropped like a stone on that last climb. Of course he was in the chase group that was hammering to catch the leaders, but I didn't see him take any pulls. No way he makes it over the mountains within the time cuts - I don't think even a top-off with blood from the fridge is going to help him out if he's suffering that badly on the 3rd day. Points jersey is Ale-Jets to lose.

what planet are you on?

Cav got caught behind a crash. simple as (to quote cav). he wont make it through past stage 13 as he's planned to pull out by team to concentrate on the tour. and if he cant climb, how come he won san remo?
 
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stefrees said:
what planet are you on?

Cav got caught behind a crash. simple as (to quote cav). he wont make it through past stage 13 as he's planned to pull out by team to concentrate on the tour. and if he cant climb, how come he won san remo?

+1
I'm not sure how much of the race was shown in the US. If you had not seen/heard the whole stage feed you might jump to BikeCentric's conclusion too.

I do agree that the sprinters jersey is Petacchi's to lose but it was never going to be Cavendish's in Rome. You can't win a jersey if you don't finish the race.

I think that most of us know what Cav's goal for the GT season is - green in Paris.
 
stefrees said:
and if he cant climb, how come he won san remo?

Because MSR is a sprinters race, the climbs in that race have never ruled out the sprinters and it's been very very rare that one-day specialists have won with an attack on Poggio or Cipressa.

Cav can't climb at all - that's normal for a sprinter. In fact, if you are a Cav fan, you should probably take that as a positive sign that he <might> be fairly clean.
 
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BikeCentric said:
Because MSR is a sprinters race, the climbs in that race have never ruled out the sprinters and it's been very very rare that one-day specialists have won with an attack on Poggio or Cipressa.

Cav can't climb at all - that's normal for a sprinter. In fact, if you are a Cav fan, you should probably take that as a positive sign that he <might> be fairly clean.

i think that the jury is still out on how good/bad a 'climber' he is. whilst he's certainly nowhere near the class of Contador or A Schleck, most of the reports that i have read had him riding strongly at l'eroica, msr, t-a (despite the time losses apparently caused by a mech problem). he claims that he was bluffing some of his lack of ability. whether, this is true, who knows? i'm afraid that the cynic in me couldn't possibly comment as to his 'purity'.
 
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LugHugger said:
i think that the jury is still out on how good/bad a 'climber' he is. whilst he's certainly nowhere near the class of Contador or A Schleck, most of the reports that i have read had him riding strongly at l'eroica, msr, t-a (despite the time losses apparently caused by a mech problem). he claims that he was bluffing some of his lack of ability. whether, this is true, who knows? i'm afraid that the cynic in me couldn't possibly comment as to his 'purity'.


I agree with being clean-i trust cav but could never fully believe any cyclist was wholly clean. he wouldn't have been able to match boonen up the climbs in ghent wevelgem ( i know they were in the 2nd group but cav still made a show about it). Cav's lost weight to be able to improve on the climbs, and san remo while being a sprinters classic its still not an easy classic. if the hills were so easy why was armstrong dropped on the cipressa?
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
Cavendish might have been in the crash, he got dropped like a stone in the group Menchov at the final climb. Something tells me he would have dropped off if he was in the peloton as well...

+1... that's what I saw... I mentioned it in an earlier post. It looked like he bonked on that last incline