Giro d'Italia 2014 - 21a tappa - Gemona del Friuli-Trieste.
  • RWH

    Am very much hoping that Porte and Contador can fight this one out for a few weeks at least – with Porte triumphing too. It seems like he has matured this season and I would love to see him shine for the next 4-5 years in the Grand Tours.

    • Frank Ricard

      Contador has the pedigree, but Porte is rightly the no. 1 favourite. I’d expect the rest will place the weight of the race on Sky’s shoulders. As an aside, will there be any events in and around Melbourne planned to watch some of the key stages?

  • Andy B

    This article has just made me even more excited :) Cannot wait

  • Kieran Degan

    Can’t wait. Hate to be parochial, but Greenedge holding onto pink for the first week, followed by Porte carrying it to the end would be beautiful.

    BTW:If Hendo’s comments are legit, I’d put a couple of bucks on Aru to win.

    • That would be the ultimate result from an Aussie perspective, particularly if there’s a stage win or two in there for Matthews and/or Gerrans as well!

      • DaGoose

        Surely the ultimate Aussie outcome would include additional stage wins by both Hansen and Dodger too.

      • DaGoose

        Surely the ultimate Aussie outcome would include additional stage wins by both Hansen and Dodger too.

  • spicelab

    It’s curious how widespread the unequivocal view is that Porte is destined to have a jour sans, or much worse. Curious because it’s only since 2013 that people started paying attention to his GT potential and to my mind that only gives as real evidence his explosion the day after the Ax-3-Domaines stage in 2013, and the 2014 Tour.

    This is in stark contrast to the prevailing view about Evans in the years before he won the 2011 Tour. I can’t count the amount of bad days he had, yet most were willing to accept his explanations in each instance and continue to believe in his underlying GT potential.

    Can anyone else point to more strong examples that build a good evidence base for Porte being indelibly fragile?

    • velocite

      Yes, if the idea is that there’s something in the rider’s makeup that causes him to have one bad day in 21 I reckon you’d need to have a vague idea of what that something might be. Sounds unlikely to me. And I sure hope he doesn’t have one in this Giro!

  • Cliff Nichols

    As a Pom, whilst I have nothing but respect and admiration for Contador, I’d love to see the Aussie contingent doing well…with Porte finally answering all those questions with a resounding and career-defining victory. The guy has looked in stunning form this season after the slight anticlimaxes of 2014 and his often selfless shifts as Froomey’s 1st lieutenant.

  • Roberj4

    Can’t wait it’s the best Grand Tour of the three.

  • Michael Sproul

    My man crush on Porte demands he wins!!

  • campirecord

    Only problem for the Aussies is the lack of incredible Diesel engine from fellow commonwealth Canadian. No way that ttt is happening.

    • Yep, that’s not a bad call. It will be very interesting to see what effect the loss of Svein Tuft has. As you say, he’s a massive engine. Can they do a good enough TTT without him? Who knows.

      • campirecord

        Looks like I was wrong my friend !

  • MJ

    Why does Aru’s pain face always look like someone just ripped the head off his favourite teddy and he’s about to go cry to his mum?!?

    • Sean

      Even better dont you think that Bling look like Barry Morgan from Barry Morgan’s Organs (spicks and specks) in that winning shot from last year?

  • Derek Maher

    I am looking forward to this great race.Its looking a bit open for the GC which should add to the interest.

  • Marcus

    Well done SBS, live to everywhere except WA. So frustrating!

  • JoshLyons

    At the bookies Alberto is an impossible 5/6 (1.83) odds-on favourite. Richie is only 5/2 (3.50) making him a distant 2nd favourite. So, if you chaps think Richie can do it best put some money on him. He’s a good value bet. I personally do not think Richie will be with the leaders going in to the 3rd week…but who knows.

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