What do the Giro protagonists do now

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May 17, 2014
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Gloin22 said:
Bouhanni is not going to Tour. It's bit known for a while and is a reason why Bouahanni did the whole Giro. It's all for Demare.

Bouahnni and Demare hate each other. Literally. They can't be in races together and well that is why Bouhanni will leave, as FDJ prefers Demare for the Tour at this point.
I've heared that they will both make the TDF team, but one of them will be on his own (Bouhanni most likely).
 
Arredondo said:
You forget Purito and Valverde. If Purito doesn't ride the Tour, we will get a epic fight between him and Quintana. Contador won't really be in the mix then because of a hard Tour in his legs already.
If anyone can do damage in the Vuelta after riding the Tour it's Contador, especially has he's been amazing in every race he entered thus far this year
 
Aug 16, 2013
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Red Rick said:
If anyone can do damage in the Vuelta after riding the Tour it's Contador, especially has he's been amazing in every race he entered thus far this year
Do damage in the first weke maybe, but he's not going to win against a fresh Quintana and Purito. No way, it's impossible. Even in 2011, he was amazing in the Giro, but missed something in the Tour.

He had some injury problems back then, yes. But arriving the Vuelta fresher than your opponent is vital in terms where you will end in GC.
 
Arredondo said:
Do damage in the first weke maybe, but he's not going to win against a fresh Quintana and Purito. No way, it's impossible. Even in 2011, he was amazing in the Giro, but missed something in the Tour.

He had some injury problems back then, yes. But arriving the Vuelta fresher than your opponent is vital in terms where you will end in GC.
Giro-Tour >>>>> Tour-Vuelta

Tour Vuelta has had some decent doubles in the last years, most notably Sastre 2008, Valverde 2008, Cuddles 2009, Purito 2010, Froome 2012, Valverde 2012, Purito 2013 and Valverde 2013

Note that Froome couldn't rest after the Tour in 2012 due to the Olympics. I think this Vuelta may very well be the best GT this year
 
Jun 19, 2013
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That`s the problem with the giro being in May, its just so hard to hold your form for the next crop of big races. Anyone who has been fighting for a top ten finish has most likely burnt their matches, even holding that form for the Duphine is a big ask.
 
Jul 29, 2012
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xanadu said:
That`s the problem with the giro being in May, its just so hard to hold your form for the next crop of big races. Anyone who has been fighting for a top ten finish has most likely burnt their matches, even holding that form for the Duphine is a big ask.
Not really, ask purito.
 
Aug 16, 2013
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Red Rick said:
Giro-Tour >>>>> Tour-Vuelta

Tour Vuelta has had some decent doubles in the last years, most notably Sastre 2008, Valverde 2008, Cuddles 2009, Purito 2010, Froome 2012, Valverde 2012, Purito 2013 and Valverde 2013

Note that Froome couldn't rest after the Tour in 2012 due to the Olympics. I think this Vuelta may very well be the best GT this year
Totaly true, but were al these riders also good till the bitter end of the Vuelta?
 
Aug 16, 2013
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Red Rick said:
Except for Froome, they were at least consistent through the entire Vuelta
That's something else than good enough to win a GT. They were all missing that 5% that needs to win it.
 
Jul 22, 2011
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Libertine Seguros said:
Ooh, only just realised Burgos and Portugal don't clash this year. Shame that it's no longer at the level it was a decade ago as this would have been the ideal time to try and get Lampre to come back to the race and bring Costa if the race was where it was in stature a few years ago.
I dunno, it might still be possible. The fact they have business interests in Portugal wasn't innocent in Costa's acquisition, and making a comeback to the Volta in the year they get the best and most well known Portuguese rider of the moment would be a good business move.

Granted, it's a long shot, and even in the case they did come they wouldn't subject Costa to that hell, they'd probably just parade Nelson or something. But hey, a man can dream...
 
Jun 27, 2013
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
normally kelderman would do vuelta and try to see how far he can go
3rd year pro doing two GTs for GC?
What could possibly go wrong? It's not like it has a history of causing a year of career-best form followed by massive decline...
 
Jun 27, 2013
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kevchenko13 said:
Have we forgotten about this guy already? Presumably he will elbow Goss out of the Tour squad.
Goss will be given one final chance this summer, then disappear off the team.
 

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