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Tirreno-Adriatico 2023, March 6-12

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I noticed we have the „Big 5“ all at Tirreno next week:

WVA
MvdP
Pidcock
Girmay
Alaphilippe

Plus, Roglic will be there.

In Paris-Nice, we have Pogi and Vingegaard.

So this week, we‘ll have the „Big 5“ (see above) of explosiveness, plus the „Big 3“ of stage racing (Rog, Pog and Vinge), all racing: either Tirreno or Paris-Nice.

Very nice. I expect all these eight in great shape, already.

Certainly, I miss Bernal and Evenepoel.

For the „boring“ stages, we at least have super good fastmen in both races. In Paris-Nice, Kooij, de Lie, Demare, Sam Bennett, Kristoff, Matthews, Pedersen, Merlier. In Tirreno, Philippsen, Cav, Jakobsen, Groenewegen and Gaviria.
 
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I noticed we have the „Big 5“ all at Tirreno next week:

WVA
MvdP
Pidcock
Girmay
Alaphilippe

Plus, Roglic will be there.

In Paris-Nice, we have Pogi and Vingegaard.

So this week, we‘ll have the „Big 5“ (see above) of explosiveness, plus the „Big 3“ of stage racing (Rog, Pog and Vinge), all racing: either Tirreno or Paris-Nice.

Very nice. I expect all these eight in great shape, already.

Certainly, I miss Bernal and Evenepoel.

For the „boring“ stages, we at least have super good fastmen in both races. In Paris-Nice, Kooij, de Lie, Demare, Sam Bennett, Kristoff, Matthews, Pedersen, Merlier. In Tirreno, Philippsen, Cav, Jakobsen, Groenewegen and Gaviria.
I feel Girmay still has a lot to proof to be in the same group as the actual big 4, but Tirreno is a great start for this
 
I feel Girmay still has a lot to proof to be in the same group as the actual big 4, but Tirreno is a great start for this

Yeah, he just needs the legs with which he beat MvdP on „this“ stage last year at the Giro.

Plus, to my surprise, he regularly had some DNFs since his eye injury. I hope it doesn’t have to do with the eye injury. I hope his eyes are OK in Tirreno, and that he wins a stage.
 
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Thomas removed from the start list. Doesn't look good for the Giro d'Italia.

Wouldn't be surprised if Tao Geoghegan Hart ends up being their Giro d'Italia leader, given Arensman hasn't looked promising either so far.

Fingers crossed for the Scott, that he finally gets his act together without illnesses and injuries.
Who? Geoghegan Hart is from London, Thomas is Welsh, and Arensman Dutch.
 
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Thomas removed from the start list. Doesn't look good for the Giro d'Italia.

Wouldn't be surprised if Tao Geoghegan Hart ends up being their Giro d'Italia leader, given Arensman hasn't looked promising either so far.

Fingers crossed for the Scott, that he finally gets his act together without illnesses and injuries.
Arensmen was working for others in Valencia and Algarve but his numbers were very strong. Looking at his race program and results last year, he is likely on track for the Giro.

Don't know what's going on with Thomas but these days he doesn't seem like the rider who will target tirreno.

Sivakov could also be a Giro leader lol
 
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Yeah, he just needs the legs with which he beat MvdP on „this“ stage last year at the Giro.

Plus, to my surprise, he regularly had some DNFs since his eye injury. I hope it doesn’t have to do with the eye injury. I hope his eyes are OK in Tirreno, and that he wins a stage.
I think he's fine. Looked crazy strong in the Ruta del Sol sprint where he beat Kooij.
 
Arensmen was working for others in Valencia and Algarve but his numbers were very strong. Looking at his race program and results last year, he is likely on track for the Giro.

Don't know what's going on with Thomas but these days he doesn't seem like the rider who will target tirreno.

Sivakov could also be a Giro leader lol
Sivakov probably is the only one locked in as a domestique though.

Arensman indeed looked strong enough and the Giro d'Italia parcours obviously looks tailor-made for him with the TT's and a hard last week.

Thomas is about to hit 37 in May. So despite his 3rd place finish at the recent Tour de France a cold start towards the Giro d'Italia with only Catalunya concerns whether he's ready for leadership. He's not on my cards so far, unless he comes back strong in Catalunya.

Which naturally leads to Geoghegan Hart getting co-leadership for the Giro d'Italia, because he's the more established rider compared to Arensman. His current shape justifies that too, if he confirms it at Tirreno - Adriatico.

I'm not claiming Tao is a hot favorite for the upcoming Giro d'Italia . But Ineos needs to undercut the anticipated Evenepoel & Roglic fight with a long-range attack towards the 3 merlons anyway IMHO.

So Tao & Arensman are the obvious candidates.
 
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So he's British & Scottish just like I said!?

Because he obviously neither holds Irish nationality, nor is he English.
I don't know whether he holds Irish citizenship, but he may well be eligible to do so and because of the 90 day EU rule it would be highly beneficial for him to do so. Why is it obvious that he doesn't hold Irish nationality?

And how do you know that, being English born and raised, he doesn't consider himself more English than Scottish? There being no legal distinction between the two, personal consideration is the only criterion that exists.
 
I don't know whether he holds Irish citizenship, but he may well be eligible to do so and because of the 90 day EU rule it would be highly beneficial for him to do so. Why is it obvious that he doesn't hold Irish nationality?

And how do you know that, being English born and raised, he doesn't consider himself more English than Scottish? There being no legal distinction between the two, personal consideration is the only criterion that exists.
Ethnicity is not a legal category.
 
Thomas removed from the start list. Doesn't look good for the Giro d'Italia.

Wouldn't be surprised if Tao Geoghegan Hart ends up being their Giro d'Italia leader, given Arensman hasn't looked promising either so far.

Fingers crossed for the Scott, that he finally gets his act together without illnesses and injuries.
Thomas has been hit by Dads disease, recurring colds and flu.
 
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And Yates as well

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With Tao, Brian Smith and a few others were trying to play up the Scottish parentage after he won the Giro, trying to do a reverse Andy Murray on us. It's easier to just go with whatever flag is next to their name when they race though.

Always a controversial subject around here, some of the Irish lads I know have been trying to foist Conor Mcgregor on us, hyping up his English dad as revenge for the Rice/Grealish situation. We aren't going anywhere near that tit.
 
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With Tao, Brian Smith and a few others were trying to play up the Scottish parentage after he won the Giro, trying to do a reverse Andy Murray on us. It's easier to just go with whatever flag is next to their name when they race though.

Always a controversial subject around here, some of the Irish lads I know have been trying to foist Conor Mcgregor on us, hyping up his English dad as revenge for the Rice/Grealish situation. We aren't going anywhere near that tit.
Tao Geoghegan Hart himself stated multiple times he ogles with starting for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games. Even was part of the Scottish pre-selection in 2014.

It is how it is.

If you ask him whether he's British, Scottish, (Irish) or from London he probably simply answers: "All!"