Giro d'Italia 2013

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby frenchfighter » Sun Sep 30, 2012 20:14 pm

Does anyone know what race Contador is going for all guns blazing? I suspect it to be the Tour to prove a point and to satisfy the sponsors. The Giro is his favourite route though and this course looks good for him.

I wonder if Wiggins did the Vuelta and turned up to race...and won, what would happen to his ego...
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby frenchfighter » Sun Sep 30, 2012 20:42 pm

Rodriguez might yet be tempted to return to the Tour de France for the first time since 2010, but he was positive about the prospect of another tilt at the maglia rosa in 2013.

"I hope so, but we haven't decided everything yet for next season," he said. "But I always feel good when I race in Italy, with the tifosi chanting 'Purito' on the climbs."

"The interesting thing is that there are some very tough climbs quite early on in those stages, so it might be possible to attack from distance." Contador

Stage 10 and 11 are not classified as mountain stages but look good:
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Promo vid:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pmhd0jjZ ... r_embedded
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby Alan A » Sun Sep 30, 2012 21:43 pm

frenchfighter wrote:
Stage 10 and 11 are not classified as mountain stages but look good:
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:shock: that's a 1200m climb to a MTF and it's not classified as a mountain stage? Wow.

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby ThomThom » Sun Sep 30, 2012 22:11 pm

Can't see why it shouldn't be classified as a MTF.

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby frenchfighter » Mon Oct 01, 2012 07:23 am

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby Richmond Racer » Mon Oct 01, 2012 08:20 am

Dear God what IS that shirt Ryder's wearing?
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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby frenchfighter » Mon Oct 01, 2012 09:54 am

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby LeicesterLad » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:21 am

frenchfighter wrote:Image


Wow, a news channel with even less knowledge than the BBC!

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby greasedscotsman » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:23 am

LeicesterLad wrote:Wow, a news channel with even less knowledge than the BBC!


It is a Canadian one though, you would hope they might know.

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby Nick Fitt » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:47 am

Must admit I really like the look of the Mtn TT, it would be fun if the GC is close, I doubt it will be after that. I read somewhere else that Sky/Wiggins is keen to win all 3 GTs before retiring so my be he will ride this?

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby Richmond Racer » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:24 am

snippets of some interviews from ydays presentation - Cav, Ryder, Contador, Nibbles, Basso etc

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf5w-wm_na0

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby dsoutar » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:30 am

frenchfighter wrote:I wonder if Wiggins did the Vuelta and turned up to race...and won, what would happen to his ego...


Oooohhh....Saucer of milk for FF please :wink:

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby Pross » Mon Oct 01, 2012 13:33 pm

Need to see the Tour route first before anyone can get a reasonable idea of whether Wiggo will go for this or the Tour. Looking at the route and assuming Sky will split its top 2 riders then this looks ideal for Froome really - lots of climbing but balanced with a long TT.

Is the Gavia the climb that is unsurfaced for the final few kms?

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby Richmond Racer » Mon Oct 01, 2012 13:42 pm

Pross wrote:Need to see the Tour route first before anyone can get a reasonable idea of whether Wiggo will go for this or the Tour. Looking at the route and assuming Sky will split its top 2 riders then this looks ideal for Froome really - lots of climbing but balanced with a long TT.

Is the Gavia the climb that is unsurfaced for the final few kms?



Rough as, descent at top def needs fixing by all accounts, but with snow season not far off and snow and ice staying at that height till April. not sure how they're going to get around to resurfacing it in time...

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby greasedscotsman » Mon Oct 01, 2012 14:02 pm

Pross wrote:Is the Gavia the climb that is unsurfaced for the final few kms?


You could be thinking of the Plan de Corones or the Colle delle Finestre. The Gavia used to have an unsurfaced section in the middle of the climb from Ponte di Legno (I think?), but that's now been tarmaced. Or at least it was when I rode it in 2004.

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby Pross » Mon Oct 01, 2012 14:16 pm

I think I may have been getting confused with Corones mixed with having read something old about the Gavia when I was intending riding it a couple of years back.

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby FJS » Mon Oct 01, 2012 16:51 pm

The Gavia also still has an unpaved track to circumvent a long unlit tunnel on the South side

And, the climb up to Jafferau (finish of the 14th stage to Bardonecchia) is unpaved :)

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby frenchfighter » Tue Oct 02, 2012 08:08 am

Anyone got a hi-res of?:

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby greasedscotsman » Tue Oct 02, 2012 08:41 am

FJS wrote:The Gavia also still has an unpaved track to circumvent a long unlit tunnel on the South side


Think this is the road you mean. Looks fantastic! Maybe they should send them up it instead of the tunnel?

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Re: Giro d'Italia 2013

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Oct 04, 2012 17:31 pm

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