Sestriere - Italy - wielrennen - cycling - radsport - cyclisme -  Contador Velasco Alberto (Team Tinkoff Saxo)  pictured during  Giro d'Italia 2015 - stage-20 - from   Saint Vincent to Sestriere - photo Cor Vos/Miwa IIJIMA © 2015
  • Jack R

    Thanks Matt – an excellent article to prep for the next three weeks of viewing. GC battle should be interesting. OGE should have some positive results with Ewan and Chavez.

    • Thanks Jack, glad you enjoyed it! Three long weeks of interrupted sleep coming up here in Melbourne! ;)

  • claude cat

    So hard to pick. A very different Giro this year.
    You’d have to think it suits Valverde and Nibs over the more pure climbers, with only two real MTFs + the MTT.

    Dumoulin if he can reprise his Veulta form perhaps?

    • He’s said it’s not his goal, that he’s not prepared for GC and that he just wants to target the ITTs:

      “The general classification won’t be my target for this year’s edition. I will be focusing primarily on the time trials on stage one and stage nine, as well as the uphill time trial, which should suit me very well.”

      Then again, if he’s high up on GC after the stage 9 ITT, and definitely after the uphill ITT, you’d have to think he’d give it a shot.

      • Laurens

        If Tom can win the opening ITT and keep that pink jersey for a few days, that would be a major success for him and the team. I am keeping my fingers crossed!
        I used to live in Arnhem and I wish I could go there now to cheer him on!

        • I think that’s fairly achievable. If he can win the stage 1 ITT, he could well wear the maglia rosa for quite a while. If his climbing form is good enough to not lose much time on stage 6 and stage 10 then it’s possible he could lead for the first two weeks. At this stage he’s probably the favourite for the stage 9 ITT.

          • Dave

            It will be a pleasant surprise if he can get a podium. The climbs in this year’s Giro are far harder than last year’s Vuelta course.

            Not to say last year’s Vuelta was a bad race, it was brilliant and ideally every year will have one of the three grand tours adopting something different to the GC-is-KOM-with-benefits formula.

  • Duco Endeman

    Come on Matt, you have a Dutch surname. It’s Apeldoorn, not Appeldorn. It is spelled correctly on the Giro Map and stage 1 profile.

    • Ha, I got it right in the first section just not in the intro. Fixed now.

  • George Darroch

    I’m hoping that we get some surprise GC leaders, and that teams like OGE or Sky put several riders at the front and then use the flats to put some minutes into the climbers.

    • Roger Comstock

      “..teams like OGE or Sky put several riders at the front and then use the flats to put some minutes into the climbers..”
      You mean so that they can get their own climbers up in the action? Landa is solid as. He was awesome last year, and if not having to sit back for Porte at key moments may well have taken it or come a lot closer. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s up there at the end. Chavez will likely do better this time around also.

  • Dave

    The funniest part of the Giro every night is that awkward moment when the world feed goes to the shot of the models walking up the finishing straight wearing the leaders’ jerseys and the SBS commentators don’t know what to say.

    It’s been happening every single night for years but they still haven’t worked out what to do. Heck, even going to commercial would be more professional, but the producer is probably too busy laughing at the commentators to call for it!

  • david__g

    Really hope Rigo does it this year, but I don’t see Cannondale being strong enough as the race proceeds into the final week (or maybe it won’t matter…)


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