Giro d’Italia Thread 2018 – Contains Spoilers
And this may be why reducing the teams by one is a good thing
I suspect it’s more that the Giro is just a really hard race to control, it was when teams had nine riders. Arguably what cutting team sizes actually does is reduce opportunities for young, developing riders to get GT experience because you can’t carry a ‘passenger’. Or in the case of Sky, a sprinter – if Cav were still at Sky, would he even get a Tour place with or without a sprint train? The tendency is to select proven riders only at the expense of younger talent, which potentially means they never get the experience they need to develop.
Heard a young US pro rider make exactly this point in a Cycling Podcast episode earlier this year with the more general inference that it reduces opportunities for riders overall and potentially means teams will cut their rosters, reducing the number of riders overall at World Tour level.
Inner Ring for example, says that for this year teams overall have cut riders, sometimes as many as four:
Anyway… ultimately it wouldn’t matter how strong Team Sky’s team is at the Giro, if Froome isn’t at the same level as the other main contenders, he can’t win it.Posted 1 week agobutcherMember
Both the Yates brothers have proven their ability in grand tours with top 5 finishes. There’s no doubt they’re an exceptional talent. If things continue the way they are, it will be very close between Yates and Dumoulin.
Froome is not looking great, but given (if he gets back on form – and according to him he was on better form before his crash) he can potentially make time up in the TT and get right back into it at least for a podium finish.
Simon is a very good TTer for his size, and he’ll concede a considerable amount of time to Dumoulin in the TT, but possibly not as much as people think. Contador springs to mind. Either way, 2 stage wins already (bearing in mind he gifted another to Chaves): the guy is on fire. Very happy for him.Posted 1 week agoferralsMember
Also, it’s seconds here and there, not a massive time gap caused by a ridiculous solo breakaway. Not seen the highlights of today but till now it’s seemed like canny riding rather than drug fuelled feats
this was in response to a post on the last page, but clearly I’m slow at typing!Posted 1 week agobikebouyMember
What’s impressive here is Froomidge went away at 4K to go and Yates waited until 3K to go before catching him and then loosing by just 6seconds to Froomidge.. 6seconds… Froomidge whilst a win is a win, this isn’t StemBoy of old… and Yates is clearly up for carrying this Pink jersey all the way home…
Thats an awesome concept.Posted 6 days ago
I can see Sky/Froome tapping out Dumoulin on Tre Croci and then Froome doing his latest descending trick onward tbh.
I’m actually excited to watch tomorrow’s stage, could be fireworks and really light up the Giro with multiple contenders. I’m also wondering if Aru could come back.Posted 6 days ago
great rides from all three of them tbh.
think they’ll all be pretty satisfied with the days work….. Froome might of hoped to gain more time on Yates & Tom but will be pleased he had better legs, Tom will be glad to keep it around the 30 seconds when he could have easily lost a couple of minutes on that brute. Yates probably thinks now if he can stay on or close to Froomes wheel he won’t lose the Jersey to Him but would have liked more time on Tom.Posted 6 days agolapdogMember
I feel really sorry for George Bennett. He had a serious mechanical at the base of the Zoncolan and had to wait for a replacement bike. Lost over a minute standing round due to the chaos of no support cars on the climb. I think he ended up taking Gesinks bike eventually and stormed up the climb passing most of the field and did one of the fastest times of all up. The TV coverage missed it all. Still only lost less than 2 minutes to Yates and is still 8th on GC. Go George! Just need a bit more luck on the remaining climbs.Posted 5 days ago
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