When tomorrow comes down to a couple of seconds either way for GC we will be told we have been watching the race of the century
Its not possible.It's between this one and 2012.
Oh well, the Tour can't be worse than this, right? At the same time we were also thinking that in 2012 and ended up with the big pommie cheater show...
2002 also had the Passo Cuddles stage, despite the circumstances it wasn't that bad.
Agreed. I think this year's Tour has a high floor.Its not possible.
I mean, for that to happen, Poga has to be really hampered, you'd need several shortening/cancellations, every break to make it etc. Its just not possible looking at everything, the route and the rider quality showing up makes it completely impossible to me to think it can actually happen where as 2012 actually had horrendous route and a bad quality of field with lots of the best climbers missing out for several reasons.
Oh Eshnar, so right. It is a bless to have you here in this forum. Such a wise and assertive man.No doubt it's this one.
Frankly I don't understand why 2004 is an option. Not a good edition but even just the first MTF provided more action than whatever we have seen this year.
This.Can't really talk about 2004 because didn't followed that edition (neither 2002, but watched all the stages highlights and mountain stages I could find on YouTube on that edition) and by far this one.
2022 had a lame GC fight as well, but Blockhaus was fun and we had interesting breakaway fights as well as the Torino stage that outclasses anything this Giro have given.
Same for 2012. All that Cunego and De Gendt have made on the Stelvio stage outranks any action of this Giro.
2002 also had good stages that I look up to with fondness, as Folgaria p.e.
I won't look back to this Giro and instantly remember some remarkable stage that links it to the 2023 edition. Even 2014, which for be was not very good, had Val Martello shambles and Aru emergence on Montecampione as moments I still remember.
Who seriously prefer that to one rider attacking from 50k ? that was even worse than 2013-2015 Sky TDF, where at least Froome obliterated them by attacking.When tomorrow comes down to a couple of seconds either way for GC we will be told we have been watching the race of the century
Which is why that for this poll I made it possible to change vote. And there's no time limit.I don't understand why this is posted already. There are still two stages to go. As of now I would have this as the worst edition, but then if the question becomes "What is the worst Giro edition of the 21st century, after 19 stages?" I would probably rank 2012 even lower. So it's only fair to let the last two stages of this one play out first. If Almeida pulls a Pogacar and rides himself into pink out of nowhere that would certainly improve my rating.
Also I think a similar argument applies to the 2022 Giro, which had a dramatic stage 20 too. But then I think 2022 was generally significantly better than this years edition.
Yes, that was a good one. It is discussed in this episode, relevant part starts around 7:30:I once heard Daniel Friebe tell about the 2002 edition and all it's issue. That was hilarious.
+ the fact that Cunego won this Giro, but Simoni was the designated leader of the same team. There was a lot of suspense before the final mountain stages because it was not clear how the young and inexperienced Cunego would deal with the pressure, if his own team-mate would attack him etc. Also, as already mentioned, this set-up allowed Simoni to make a longe-range attack.+ the Mortirolo stage: action from 100km before the finish.
Simoni called Cunego a bastard after Honchar had reeled him in towards Bormio 2000 and Cunego took the stage win!+ the fact that Cunego won this Giro, but Simoni was the designated leader of the same team. There was a lot of suspense before the final mountain stages because it was not clear how the young and inexperienced Cunego would deal with the pressure, if his own team-mate would attack him etc. Also, as already mentioned, this set-up allowed Simoni to make a longe-range attack.