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Rigoberto Uran discussion thread.

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I hope it is nothing serious and he can take part in the TTT or OPQS's roster will be pretty thin with TT-experts. Only Tony Martin and Michal Kwiatkowski. Terpstra, Boonen, Stybar, etc. are powerhouses who can take a few massive turns but Uran would help a lot. At the moment I would favor Orica to win. They kept all the guys from last year together. OPQS lost Chavanel, Velits and Vandewalle ...
 
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Feel bad for him, hopefully he's fully recovered at the world's which he's usually very good, last year if wasn't that fall he would contend for the victory.
 
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maxmartin said:
If URAN can beat FA or AC by 2 min in 53km ITT, there is a chance for him to win the Giro.

He can beat Aru for sure, but Contador hardly. And even if he can that 2 min won't be enough
 
Uran must be happy that this crappy team provided for him managed a decent TTT.He didn't lose to much time,now remains to be see how good will be on the mountain stages.I don't think that not having a train will be so bad,he could barrow one from Little Richie :)
 
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Ryo Hazuki said:
his team wasn't crappy. uran looked very strong and boonen only seemed to care to finish 1sit of his team...

I dont think so, he is the captain of route and he has worked for Urán, but he can try to get a stage anyway.

It is a pity Bambrilla is not here, becouse he is one of the nest domestiques you can have for any stage...he dont have a Poels to to that magnificent work last year in Zoncolan, nor any other rider to play with him in GC or to be there in the mountains when there were 10 riders remaining, but the team is good for the plane and medium mountain.

Branbrilla said a month ago that Rigo is now at the level of Nibali, Froome, Quintana and Contador. I think so as well.
 
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Escarabajo said:
Hopefully he just need to follow other trains.
Yeah, but the outside shot everyone gave Uran entailed doing an "Indurain": winning the ITT and controlling the last week+ of the race. This is a little bit harder to accomplish when you have no actual shot at ever controlling the race.

Again, with Sierry gone Ettix-Quickstep is left with exactly one rider who can help in the mountains and has finished a Grand Tour: Maxime Bouet. And besides Bouet and Uran, only two of their other riders have ever finished a Giro d'Italia: Iljo Keisse and Fabio Sabatini (and with all due respect, those are not two riders I'd consider absolute locks to repeat the feat this year).
Taxus4a said:
Branbrilla said a month ago that Rigo is now at the level of Nibali, Froome, Quintana and Contador. I think so as well.
Well, he better be if he is expected to have a chance of even equaling last year's result. Though I think keeping up with them consistently in the mountains would be a huge ask for Uran at this point.
 
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SeriousSam said:
Is he expecting to time trial faster than Indurain ever did or what exactly is the plan when you can't keep up over some hills?

Cycling is not maths.

He has today a bad day and others days other riders could have. The Giro will be decided in the last week. But he has no team, so that is a problem.

He is better in longer stages.

Anyway in the climb he just losed about 5 seconds, and Porte y Contador are better in this kind of climbs. Aru is an aamzing climber in all the climbs, but he can have bad days as well. Giro has just started.
 
WTF???

I was truly surprised to see him losing time in a stage like today's - which actually suited him better than the other GC contenders. I'm afraid his aim for the Maglia rosa is done-He simply can't put everything on the ITT, unless he was like Indurain. He seemed to have lost his climbing abilities in exchange for TT power, which makes him more vulnerable against the likes of Contador & Aru...
 
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SeriousSam said:
Is he expecting to time trial faster than Indurain ever did or what exactly is the plan when you can't keep up over some hills?
It's like you're trying to put salt on nonexistent wounds. Again, I don't think Uran has a real shot at winning. However, his podium chances weren't exactly wiped out today. Many riders have lost time on early hills and gone back to win a GT. Many riders have faltered in the Pyrenees (or Massif Central) only to crush everyone in the Alps. Outside of the breakaway, I think only Aru, Porte and Contador gained time on him today, and they dropped everyone else earlier. That was fairly unsurprising - he was never going to best either Aru or Contador on short steep climbs; he was never going to be the best man going up hill, period. Also, unofficially Uran was only 12secs down on the top. If that's right he only lost serious time because he had no teammates in the break.

Anyway, I think a top five would be a good result for Uran at this point and a podium would be great. And when I mentioned "Indurain" it was a blueprint, not as a comparable rider. But if Uran could pull off what Indurain unleashed over a similar distance in Bergerac: putting 6 minutes on his fiercest rival (Ugrumov, 2nd place on the Elysees,), 5'30 on the man who bested him the prologue (Boardman, 5th on the stage) and over 4:20 on everyone but fellow time trial beast Tony Rominger; then I would definitely think he would have a serious shot at the Rosa even with his decidedly sub-par team. Alas, that just isn't going to happen (and it'd be as worrying as it would be fun).
 
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uran is clealry aiming for later this giro. he is also doing to do the double with the tour. we will see after 3 weeks where he is. more worrysome is his terrible team
 

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