Giro d’Italia Thread 2018 – Contains Spoilers
Are we doing predictions in here or the other threads?
Hard to know when it’s a big event and 4 threads pop up..
I’ll hang on a bit until other post in here…
As for the pic, he shouldn’t be in the Race whilst the investigations ongoing IMO (I think that about all WADA/UCI investigations, not just him)Posted 2 weeks ago
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I really don’t think that the jibes at Froome are entirely fair. I mean, he may well have pushed the limits in terms of his medication, but I have a hard time putting that on the same level of cheating as the old Lance-the-Chemical-Cyborg industrial levels of cheating.
Even if the investigation finds against him, I don’t think it should nullify his other efforts – including this current attempt at the Giro.Posted 2 weeks agomogrimMember
I really don’t think that the jibes at Froome are entirely fair.
Perfectly fair, he’s racing for a team that made a big deal about how they were clean, all marginal gains due to rider positioning and training techniques – then it turns out they’re as dirty as the rest of them. (Not that I care: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I want to see action, couldn’t care less about the drug use).Posted 2 weeks ago
Anyway, early days yet but I’m finding the coverage rather uninspiring. (I’d normally prefer to watch any sort of TT as highlights because they tend to be a little boring. IMO!) There don’t seem to be many spectators away from the start-finish. Anybody know what the locals are making of this race?Posted 2 weeks agomickyfinnSubscriber
Hands up all of the asthmatics on here whose performance is improved by taking loads of Ventolin? I for one know it allows me to perform normally but in no way better than I’m capable of. TBH they should have different rules for in and off season as we all know the abuse is linked to taking massive doses in tablet form off season for weight control.
Anyway, I’m looking forward to the race but not the ensuing bullshit surrounding any lead by an Asthmatic.Posted 2 weeks ago
Genuine question: Why would someone use it before the start of a major competition they’d been training for for months (and have very few racing days behind them)? Particularly, a technical short time trial. I understand it’s use in TT’s for pain relief but that’s normally more than a 12 minute effort and on the back of several days racing (see Westra’s recent confession of using it at De Panne). Froome’s such a strong TTer anyway that he will probably only lose a few seconds to Dennis or whoever wins and likely put a dint into people like Aru, Pinot and Yates anyway. In fact it would suit Sky for him not to take pink today. I think it’s more likely he’s just f*cked up on a corner and to be fair, he’s probably got a lot on his mind! Suitou crashing in recon as well and is going home with a broken bone in his back.Posted 2 weeks ago
I too think he probably just overcooked it with the stress of his situation in all likelihood. However I have heard user evidence of it working very well in crits and other very intense races (like short TTs), it’s not banned, SKY aren’t members of MPCC and they certainly “push boundaries” when it comes to preparation so it wouldn’t completely surprise me.Posted 2 weeks ago
If so that’s a bit of an eye opener. I can understand the temptation in the one day classics or the back end of stage race but it’s a hell of a gamble on a TT rig at 45kmph if you get the dosage a bit wrong. I thought it was a dig at Froome nonetheless and whilst I’m not a Sky apologist, I think there’ll be a few more ‘local’ riders doing a lot worse than an inhaler on this Giro.Posted 2 weeks agoscaredypantsSubscriber
Why would someone use it before the start of a major competition they’d been training for for months (and have very few racing days behind them)? Particularly, a technical short time trial
Isn’t a technical TT essentially intervals of sprint followed by threshold+ and then very brief 0W recovery. I’m guessing that’d hurt plenty (not suggesting you’d want it for the morning’s recce though)
Oh, and Pozzovivo !!??Posted 2 weeks ago
“Is a white kit the wisest choice for Dumoulin” he doesn’t get to choose, he’s the world champ so the rules say he has to; but he would choose because the suit will fit him perfectly (and the psychological boost of wearing the bands), there’s a train of thought that says if you’re the Maglia Rosa you are disadvantaged because the supplied suit won’t be as fast because it doesn’t fit as well as your team onePosted 2 weeks ago
also Sunweb have been doing tests to figure out what gives him a dodgy stomach and he’s cut out lactose and fructose from his diet which apparently has worked
If you want to hear a great story about bike racers and upset stomachs get a copy of Slaying the BadgerPosted 2 weeks ago
Winner – Fabio Aru
However I want some real highlights from the following:
Simon Yates – has to win one stage that lad.
Alexandre Giniez & Michel Cherel & Matteo Montagutti – these guys I want in the top 20
Astana look like they’ve brought along a strong middle squad without a leader.
Seb Reichenbach & Thibault Pinot – these guys to feature in a long stage break please
Ellia Viviani – win at least on sprint, possibly two
Robert Gesink & Danny Van Poppel – out in a break and all out for a surprise stage win
Gianluca Brambilla & Jarlinson Pantano – to win a bumpy stage
Kenny Ellisonde – KOM
Can’t see the Mov boys putting up much of a fight
Laurens Ten Dam to dribble like a child and Tom Domoulin to be in the top 3.
My predictions over the last few years have been way off, but I love giving it some thought.Posted 2 weeks ago
This far through and no spoilers. In fact no talking about the TT at all…
Well, I suppose I didn’t shout about it but I did give the result away when I said “Good result – I like Dumoulin”. And a few posts above that when I mentioned the crowds, or lack of. But really, there’s not a huge amount to say about a 13 minute TT.Posted 2 weeks ago
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