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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 9:54 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

Well that has restored my faith  Very Happy

A classic Giro stage that left me feeling that 90 minutes highlights was almost too short - unlike last week when they were about 80 minutes too long.  Fraile well deserved it but I do like the look of De Plus for the future.  Nibali threw a little shape, and so did Thibaut, and there was even a bit of a GC shuffle in the bottom half of the top ten.

Great stuff all round in God's own garden.  It's even put me in mind for a sip of Grappa before bed time...
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I too enjoyed yesterday's stage once I caught up.

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If any final proof was needed that Campenaerts wasn't fully focused on rewarding FF's faith in him yesterday...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/c...ith-tt-stunt-giro-ditalia-shorts/


And now they've gone and fined him CHF 100 for bringing the image of cycling into disrepute.

So basically it's a little human interest story that does no harm to anybody and most will see in a positive and warm light, and helps cycling reach out a little bit from being confined to the specialist spots pages. Whereas they think fining him for it is somehow the right thing to do and won't be seen negatively by most.

Maybe his mistake was not to ride on a footpath while he was doing it?
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gaviria from Jakub Mareczko and Sam Bennett.

That's about it really.


Edit: Geraint Thomas lost a further 31 seconds on the run in today.
Milan looking further and further away.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Geraint Thomas lost a further 31 seconds on the run in today.
Milan looking further and further away.


losing time so he'll be "free" for a stage win?
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Thomas should abandon.  He's a brave man and probably proud too, but if he's losing time on a flat run-in then its time to cash out and recover properly.  Chapeau for a gutsy try, but it ain't worth it.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is my genuine hope, for no other reason that dramatic satisfaction, that Thomas and Landa and Yates, collaborating with one other fine rider will "do something" later.  But they all seem to have been seriously damaged by that crash and have ben losing crazy amounts of time ... maybe they should quit.

But they won't.  And my dream will come true.
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I think Thomas should abandon.  He's a brave man and probably proud too, but if he's losing time on a flat run-in then its time to cash out and recover properly.  Chapeau for a gutsy try, but it ain't worth it.


Depends why he lost time and if there's a strategy though?
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PostPosted: Thu May 18, 2017 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If he was playing for stages I think he would have lost a lot more than 30 odd seconds. I think he's busted up and would be better advised in rebuilding for Spain.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bartali wrote:
If he was playing for stages I think he would have lost a lot more than 30 odd seconds. I think he's busted up and would be better advised in rebuilding for Spain.


looks like he's taken your advice.....
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes.
Thomas has abandoned, due to his knee injury.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/thomas-abandons-the-giro-ditalia/
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 3:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

From the climb yesterday, to the hills around Bergamo. 500 pan flat kms with Oropa at between.
So, basically the RCS threw in a Tour of Qatar into the middle of their 100th Giro.
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gaviria came like a rocket from miles back for win number four.
Meanwhile Ewan is riding the dodgems again.

Sam Bennett string together some tidy results without actually winning.
But no one is, against Gaviria, .
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PostPosted: Fri May 19, 2017 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not a follower of sprints, but that was some sprint today. Chapeau!!
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just out of curiosity, anyone out there to see how they climb the last hill.
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It's the birthday party of the youngest one today so I'm not able to watch live. Just flicked on TV to see where they were. Will watch without knowing result in a bit, but don't expect much more than a sprint for bonus seconds.
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Biosphere wrote:
It's the birthday party of the youngest one today so I'm not able to watch live. Just flicked on TV to see where they were. Will watch without knowing result in a bit, but don't expect much more than a sprint for bonus seconds.


You are just saying that because you can't watch.  I eternally hope for action that surprises me.  And having said that, I shall continue to hope for world shaking movements, even if you might be right.  It is NOT an impossible climb and there is only one of them.
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fontfroide wrote:
Just out of curiosity, anyone out there to see how they climb the last hill.


just packed the lawnmower & strimmer away.... I'll watch the last climb.....
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... and I'll be cheering for Nolte's pick, as well as my own!
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Impressive ride by dumoulin to put more time into quintana. Bigger gaps than expected
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PostPosted: Sat May 20, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Major Tom ground them down and took control (sorry Wink )

Great controlled ride and took 22 seconds from Quintana, and more from Nibali and Pinot.  Nibali looks out of sorts but Pinot recovered well.  

Dumoulin looks super strong, and looked really confident when interviewed beforehand.  I never felt this stage would worry him, but I didn't expect him to win it so convincingly.  I presume the Clinic is open for business? Very Happy


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