Giro d’Italia

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So we enter into the first of the 2021Grand Tours with the Giro d’Italia.

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chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
June 2, 2019 4:31 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I’m glad Lopez slapped him around though.

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
June 3, 2019 12:34 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

In every other sport (that I’m aware of), fan interference isn’t tolerated. And the opposing team isn’t allowed to benefit from it. But a fan knocking a rider down isn’t “just racing” and the rider shouldn’t be punished for it. http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/uci-jury-decision-under-scrutiny-after-lopezs-assault-on-giro-ditalia-fan-goes-unpunished/

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
June 4, 2019 1:36 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

From the coverage I was watching, I noticed they use a lot of scooters (so slightly smaller than a typical moto) with dual front wheels. Not sure exactly which one, but I’m guessing Piaggio since it’s an Italian brand.

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chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
June 4, 2019 1:54 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

As a former moto rider, they are scooters. This is a moto. 🙂

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
June 4, 2019 1:57 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Me during California Superbike School at Virginia International Raceway.

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chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 24, 2019 3:34 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Movistar might actually have the strongest team. But I can’t see Landa making up the time he needs and then some in the mountains to fend off Roglic in the TT.

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 24, 2019 3:53 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Nibs is playing the long game and banking on experience. Stay close to Roglic and maybe he’ll crack over the course of accumulated mountain stages. He has just over a minute to make up on Roglic currently and could conceivably gain several minutes on him if Roglic has a jour sans or just runs out of gas in the mountains. So maybe enough to hold him off in the TT? We’ll see. At least the Giro isn’t the TdF.

dancollins
dancollins(@dancollins)
May 24, 2019 10:19 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Yea, isn’t it nice that one team isn’t dominating the whole race. It should be very interesting to see if Roglic can handle repeated mountain stages. Nibs didn’t look like he had anything for Roglic today. I am still thinking Roglic is playing his cards correctly right now. There doesn’t seem to be a point in him chasing Landa right now and burn up a bunch of matches doing so. Nibali is the one that needs to be attacking. Tomorrow should be another great stage and maybe we will have a better idea of who has legs that will stand… Read more »

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 24, 2019 3:20 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

I think you can put a fork in Yatesey after today.

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 24, 2019 3:22 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Totally f*cked up wheel/bike change. Otherwise, he probably would’ve finished with Roglic and Nibali.

dancollins
dancollins(@dancollins)
May 23, 2019 5:17 pm

It looked to me like Roglic had a good strategy for the race today. He was able to sit on wheels all the way to the finish. I assume he is trying to save as many matches as possible for tomorrow and Saturday. Somewhat concerning that no one on his team was with him after the big climb, but maybe they were saving matches too.

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 24, 2019 12:02 pm
Reply to  dancollins

Although I picked Roglic to win for the OTR League, I’m actually rooting for Nibs.

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 23, 2019 3:31 pm

Fun to watch racing today. GC after Stage 12:

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chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 23, 2019 3:32 pm
Reply to  chuckp

This should be a better, i.e., easier to read, picture of the GC:

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chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 23, 2019 3:34 pm
Reply to  chuckp

Trying again.

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chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 23, 2019 1:54 pm

Finally … a real climb!

chuckp
chuckp(@chuckp)
May 14, 2019 6:18 pm
Reply to  Teocalli

Silver lining is that Dumoulin now doesn’t have to contest the Giro. Assuming he’s OK, he can just ride. And instead be ready to take on Sky/Ineoas at TdF.

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