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So, the time has come. The first Grand Tour of 2012.

No previous winner, obvs, as Contador was banned.

Grainy Thomas will make an appearance, as will the Manx Express, in an attempt to gain the last points jersey that he hasn't won.

Pinotti's leading BMC.

I think that Basso will try and do well, as will Fuglsang.

Normal Italian Wildcards and net app: Giocattoli, Colnago-CSF Inox, Farnese Vini-Selle Italia, Team NetApp.

Jose Rujano is a personal favourite

Relatively straightforward Danish TT and two stages to start with.

Would love to hear your thoughts with regards to your teams.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 3 years ago
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Scarponi will presumably go for it?

I think I prefer the Giro to the TdF. Much classier.

I don't like the way that a sprinter like Cav does the stages he feels like racing, then pulls out out of choice. That raises an eyebrow for me.

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 3 years ago
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Prefer to keep my teams/opinions abit closer to my chest on this one (at least till it has started)

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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I think that I prefer the Giro as well, much more low key, and more interesting stages.

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obutterwick [474 posts] 3 years ago
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I wish it was sooner. Love my weekends when races are on.

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 3 years ago
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Romandie is on this weekend  3 and it should be a good race

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stumps [3182 posts] 3 years ago
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Decisions decisions  39

Still got plenty of time to have a play about with my team and after a dismal classics season i need something special for the giro.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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I have my team decided, just got to wait for the teams to put out who they are sending  19

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 3 years ago
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Same, I have my team and first 2 transfers planned

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Is Vino really riding?

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bubby016 [89 posts] 3 years ago
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 39 I went to the stages page and saw that there are two stage ones  7 I believe I am correct in saying that there are not two time trials in a row

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 3 years ago
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You sure your not confusing  3

Stage 1: Herning
Stage 2: Herning

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 3 years ago
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Stage 1 is a TT in Herning
Stage 2 starts in Herning, leaves and then finishes back there

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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OK....Here goes

Hushovd
Thomas
DeGendt
Pozzato
Larsson
Bobridge
Phinney
Slagter
Rasmussen

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 3 years ago
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Jakob Fuglsang didn't start in the 3rd stage of the 2012 Tour de Romandie because of an inflammation of the articular capsule and ligament of his left knee. The RadioShack-Nissan team management and medical staff have decided to remove the Danish rider from the team's roster for this year's Giro d'Italia.  26

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bubby016 [89 posts] 3 years ago
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TERatcliffe26 wrote:

Stage 1 is a TT in Herning
Stage 2 starts in Herning, leaves and then finishes back there

I know, but if you click on stage 1, it says it is a 9 km TT, which is correct. But, if you click on stage 2, it says the same thing, which is incorrect.

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bubby016 [89 posts] 3 years ago
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I just checked to see if I was wrong and realized that all the stages are supposedly stage 1.

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 3 years ago
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I got my info from cycling fever if that makes a difference? as all seems correct on there

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 3 years ago
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The organisers don't seem to have an issue with Cav (or others) pulling out of race early, if they did they would design a route that didn't have pretty much all the sprint stages in the first half and the mountains in the second half.

I reckon there's a degree of complicity between RCS and the teams there, it's in the interests of the organisers to attract the biggest-name sprinters, but not to break them by expecting them to complete the race (in which case teams would just leave them at home).

BTW, unless they change the rules, Cav will never win the Giro points jersey - it doesn't load the points in favour of flat stages the way the TDF and Vuelta do.

I'll flag up the stage issue to Dave tomorrow unless he sees it before.

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londonplayer [620 posts] 3 years ago
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Simon, that's interesting. Seriously.

How come cyclists like Cav stick around to the end stage for the TdF and Vuelta but not the Giro then? Surely winning the points jersey in the Giro is just as prestigious as the 2 other grand tours?

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frankiejay [150 posts] 3 years ago
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I would guess that it simply comes down to scheduling. It's rough to finish the Giro and then have to turn around the for the Tour, but finishing the Tour is the ultimate prestige, so if you drop out of that then what are you racing for? (well, somewhat complicated by the Olympics this year, but that's another matter) As for the Vuelta, it's the last hurrah as far as Grand Tours go, so it makes sense to hang in there for the jersey.

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widgetkicker [28 posts] 3 years ago
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Will teams be required to have a gc contender, sprinter, and climber like last year or are we free to pick any four star riders that we'd like?

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 3 years ago
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Surely the lure of the Champs Elysees is what entices any sprinters to stay in LeTour whilst it's a TT finale in the Giro.

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TERatcliffe26 [4461 posts] 3 years ago
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Its the fact that in the Giro unless you as a sprinter won every single sprint stage, and hope the other stage in are spread around enough, then the sprinter will never have enough points to win the giro points jersey.

If im correct the TdF and the Vuelta are organized by the same organization, however the one for the Giro is different. Which is why they ultimately differ on points as the Giro doesn't share any unity with the other two GT's

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chrisdstripes [1702 posts] 3 years ago
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ray silvester wrote:

Is Vino really riding?

Unconfirmed as far as I can tell - Astana still have 13 riders on their "longlist". Fuglsang still listed though and he's definitely out so I'd take the list with a small pinch of salt for now - presumably all will be confirmed in a couple of days and our list will be updated.

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dave atkinson [6139 posts] 3 years ago
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widgetkicker wrote:

Will teams be required to have a gc contender, sprinter, and climber like last year or are we free to pick any four star riders that we'd like?

any four you like

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dave atkinson [6139 posts] 3 years ago
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bubby016 wrote:

I just checked to see if I was wrong and realized that all the stages are supposedly stage 1.

the stage details below the scroller at the top are all correct, i've made the scroller reflect the stage you're on too now

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stumps [3182 posts] 3 years ago
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I've had a fiddle about with my team and basically got 3 teams sorted. All 3 are very similar except i've got a big problem with the following:

Renshaw or Goss
Pozzato or Thomas
Swift or De Gendt.

Looking at the bigger picture as well for breakaways and the time trial. Any comments would be appreciated.  39

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NeilG83 [283 posts] 3 years ago
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I would go for Goss over Renshaw. Goss seems to be in good form with 4 2nd places and the points jersey in Tour of Turkey this week and Renshaw may be on lead-out duty for Bos rather than Rabobank's main sprinter.

I think Thomas should pick up points in the opening time trial and Sky should do well in the TTT.

De Gendt will probably pick up points in a breakaway at some stage, so would be a good choice.

I'll probably go with Thomas on the first stage TT, and transfer Goss in for the flat stages that follow.

Looking forward to the first week as there seems to be quite a lot of good value sprinters and time trialers.

Not sure who's going to win GC doesn't seem to be any outright favourites

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JAndrewHill [1206 posts] 3 years ago
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Taylor Phinney might go well in the TT

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 3 years ago
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Italians man Italians. 1199 stage wins

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