Kazistuta said:I guess the riders, just as in TDF, has to be under the age of 25, when entering 2009 (Which would make both Brajkovic and Devenyns ineligible for the jersey)
Just like Jasper I predict Seeldraeyers (don't know particularly much about De Greef) to be a contender, but also guys like Davide Malacarne, Dominique Cornu, Arnold Jeanneson, Eros Capecchi, Maxim Belkov, Dmytro Grabovskyy, Pieter Jacobs have proven their worth in the mountains and therefore should be considered.
But my two favourites (with the current startlist) is yet another QuickStep rider (they have quite a few prospects for the white jersey): Dario Cataldo and the brilliant Venezuelan: Jackson Rodriguez. These two have shown a bit higher level than the rest so far IMHO.
Agreed.ingsve said:For the tour this year the eligible age is everyone born later than January 1st 1984. Thomas Lövkvist is in that category in the tour so if they have the same limit in the giro then he will be in contention for it there as well.
Fair enough. Had not seen any startlists yet. Checked out a few of them, but it looks like you're right. Shame though, could have been interesting..Jasper said:I based my prognosis on the provisional startlists available. There's definetely no Kreuziger or Nibali in the Giro, so they don't have to be included.
I did actually find Cornu on the lists I found.Jasper said:I don't think Cornu will start either, although the Quickstep roster isn't complete yet.
Bartoli said:Cornu said last week he's building towards his first grand tour, what will be the Vuelta, so i don't think he'll start in Venezia. My favorite: Dario Cataldo. Morris Possoni might be another protagonista, though he isn't doing a great Romandie.