Giro 2013 Wildcards

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Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby TimB34 » Mon Jan 07, 2013 22:19 pm

Three places, ten applicants:

Katusha, Novo Nordisk (Formerly Team Type 1), new Swiss team IAM Cycling, Landbouwkrediet-Crelan of Belgium, NetApp-Endura, Team Europcar, Sojasun, Colombia-Coldeportes and Italian teams Vini Fantini-Selle Italia and Bardiani Valvole-CSF Inox

(list from cyclingnews)

Vini Fantini look set for one place, Katusha could be added as an extra team if they get back into the WorldTour (if they don't get back in then J-Rod will probably jump ship, so there doesn't seem much point in giving them a wildcard), so any guesses for the other two?

Colombia and Europcar?

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Cogidubnus » Mon Jan 07, 2013 22:33 pm

I'd have thought Netapp would get one again like last year. There was talk of exploiting the German market.

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby LeicesterLad » Mon Jan 07, 2013 22:36 pm

Coldeportes, IAM and Vini-fantini for me!

Coldeportes for mountain craziness, IAM because im curious and Vini because they will be desperate to perform.

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby frenchfighter » Tue Jan 08, 2013 07:13 am

How do you guys feel about having a 3rd rate team race with the big boys?

I'm not sure how I feel to be honest. The small Italian teams can be fun but are often riddled with drugs as riders try to get a big contract with another team and some glory. The other teams just end up towards the bottom of the team rankings and rarely win stages.
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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby frenchfighter » Tue Jan 08, 2013 07:15 am

Re J-Rod, he has apparently asked for a release and if he achieves this then I doubt Katusha will get an invite as you say.
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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Richmond Racer » Tue Jan 08, 2013 09:16 am

Colombia Coldportes is a must pick for me. My motto is that you can never have too many Colombians...and they only know one mode in the mountains and thats Tora! Tora! Tora! (or Spanish equivalent)

Not bothered about IAM or NetApp, have to say. The latter got a second place on one stage with Barta last year, otherwise not particularly noticeable.

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Blazing Saddles » Tue Jan 08, 2013 09:25 am

Meeting now in session.
Some talk over the weekend about Vini Fantini
and Bardiani being asked to form a single team:
http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/index.php?pa ... 55319&tp=n

Colombia Coldportes strong favourites for a slot, although we all know what happened, last year.

J-Rod looking for a fast exit from Katusha, although the Giro remains a non-factor.
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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Richmond Racer » Tue Jan 08, 2013 09:36 am

Blazing Saddles wrote:Meeting now in session.
Some talk over the weekend about Vini Fantini
and Bardiani being asked to form a single team:
http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/index.php?pa ... 55319&tp=n

Colombia Coldportes strong favourites for a slot, although we all know what happened, last year.

J-Rod looking for a fast exit from Katusha, although the Giro remains a non-factor.



I love how a tweet to Acq suggesting combined team and Acq's response complete with smiley emoticon, gets turned into a story! Mind you, most of the papers do that now

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby EKIMIKE » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:48 am

NetApp got another second place last year too. Huzarski behind Rodriguez at Assisi. Plus they didn't have their leader, Koenig. I'd like to see them have another go - more from Barta please!

IAM just seem to be a load of former World Tour domestique's. Can't see what they bring. Haussler would go close or maybe win a sprint stage or two but not much else.

I'd love to see the Colombians. Duarte, Chaves, Atapuma. Why the hell not.

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby frenchfighter » Tue Jan 08, 2013 11:54 am

I hope CC perform. They have yet to. All hype and no go at the moment. I'd like to see them in though - a GT with Uran so they can school them.
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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Richmond Racer » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:18 pm

Bleeding heck, Frenchie, you dont demand much do you :shock:

In Europe last season:
1st Stage 4 Giro del Trentino, Darwin Atapuma
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos, Esteban Chaves
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore, Esteban Chaves
1st Coppa Sabatini, Fabio Duarte

And they livened up big US races like California and Colorado, no end
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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby LeicesterLad » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:23 pm

Richmond Racer wrote:Bleeding heck, Frenchie, you dont demand much do you :shock:

In Europe last season:
1st Stage 4 Giro del Trentino, Darwin Atapuma
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos, Esteban Chaves
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore, Esteban Chaves
1st Coppa Sabatini, Fabio Duarte

And they livened up races like tour of Colorado, no end


Looking at the results it does like like 2012 was an OK year, though they themselves said they were dissapointed.

I'm a big fan anyway, anybody riding around in a jersey scribed with 'Inspired by climbing' does it for me.
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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Richmond Racer » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:29 pm

LeicesterLad wrote:
Richmond Racer wrote:Bleeding heck, Frenchie, you dont demand much do you :shock:

In Europe last season:
1st Stage 4 Giro del Trentino, Darwin Atapuma
1st Stage 5 Vuelta a Burgos, Esteban Chaves
1st Gran Premio Città di Camaiore, Esteban Chaves
1st Coppa Sabatini, Fabio Duarte

And they livened up races like tour of Colorado, no end


Looking at the results it does like like 2012 was an OK year, though they themselves said they were dissapointed.

I'm a big fan anyway, anybody riding around in a jersey scribed with 'Inspired by cycling' does it for me.



Oh and 2nd and 3rd behind Gesink on Mount Baldy at California...none too shabby...

Yeah, gotta have some love for the team

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby pat1cp » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:38 pm

I predict at least two Italian teams with the Colombians, probably.....

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Blazing Saddles » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:42 pm

Talking of tweet rumours:
GIRO DE ITALIA 2013 : TEAM COLOMBIA INVITADO !!!!!! CORTI : RECONOCIMIENTO AL TRABAJO REALIZADO Y APOYO DEL GOBIERNO COLOMBIANO
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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Richmond Racer » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:43 pm

Blazing Saddles wrote:Talking of tweet rumours:
GIRO DE ITALIA 2013 : TEAM COLOMBIA INVITADO !!!!!! CORTI : RECONOCIMIENTO AL TRABAJO REALIZADO Y APOYO DEL GOBIERNO COLOMBIANO



YESSSSSSSSSSSS

EDIT: have just relealised that the whole thing doesnt translate...am just basing my glee on the first phrase...

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby iainf72 » Tue Jan 08, 2013 13:02 pm

Fantini, Bardiani CSF and Colombia
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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Turfle » Tue Jan 08, 2013 13:06 pm

I hope Coldeportes get in, but we might be expecting a bit too much from them! Atapuma is likely they only rider who can stay with the selection in the mountains; Duarte is exciting, Chavez, Pantana, and Quintero are very promising, but most of the dynamic Colombian climbers are elsewhere.

Disappointed that NetApp Endura, didn't get the invite this year.

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Re: Giro 2013 Wildcards

Postby Turfle » Tue Jan 08, 2013 13:08 pm

Bardiana can bring Battaglin, Modolo, and Pirazzi.


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