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Its been well known Wiggo will go for the Giro this year (and more?) but is this an inevitability? A lot of people are talking like he just has to ride it to win it. I certainly hope he is still in form (one night off for SPOTY.) Who are his main rivals and how likely is a win?

Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins geared for Giro
http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21196191

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londonplayer [620 posts] 3 years ago
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eek! Wiggo calls the Giro the "Tour of Italy". Simon MacMichael will be well unimpressed....

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Marauder [268 posts] 3 years ago
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londonplayer wrote:

eek! Wiggo calls the Giro the "Tour of Italy". Simon MacMichael will be well unimpressed....

When I heard that I was a bit surprised too but TBF to Wiggo I heard it on the National news and I thought he was trying to be a little more newbie friendly and to those who didn't know what the Giro was.

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veseunr [256 posts] 3 years ago
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Ryder Hesjedal was in great form last year and he was going well in France to until ..... bump......ouch.

Maybe a dark horse? Pozzovivo?! He can climb!

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andyp [1436 posts] 3 years ago
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'TBF to Wiggo I heard it on the National news and I thought he was trying to be a little more newbie friendly and to those who didn't know what the Giro was.'

He's more precise than most, of course.
The Tour of Italy, or *Il* Giro. Not 'The Giro'.

HTH  1

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Simon_MacMichael [2442 posts] 3 years ago
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As londonplayer says, the "Tour of Italy" does grate - Phil and Paul use it all the time, presumably in the interests of accessibility. And putting my translator's head on, I'll stick with "the Giro" etc (which RCS itself uses in its English communications), in part because when you're saying something like "at the Giro," if you instead say "at il Giro" you're mixing languages and coming up with a nonsensical result (Italian would be "al Giro")  26

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stumps [3182 posts] 3 years ago
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It depends on who will be riding the Giro this year. Take away Froome and Contador who will be both going for the TdF then i cant see many really good GT riders about.

You have JRod - will Katusha get an invite ?, Nibali, Van Den Broeck and Kreuziger. Valverde who will probably go for the Vuelta and then the likes Hesjedal, Schleck (TdF).

All fantastic riders but many dont have the teams to back them up.

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andyp [1436 posts] 3 years ago
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'the Giro' is also mixing languages, is it not  3

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notfastenough [3661 posts] 3 years ago
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Well obviously, Brad should have given the interview to the BBC in Italian then. Sorted.

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Leviathan [1773 posts] 3 years ago
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Seems like people are more concerned about what he calls it than the possiblity he might loose, which is a relief.

Any chance GT might move up to the GC any time soon, do you think he will support the Giro or the Tour?

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Kingrolo [50 posts] 3 years ago
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stumps wrote:

You have JRod - will Katusha get an invite ?, Nibali, Van Den Broeck and Kreuziger. Valverde who will probably go for the Vuelta and then the likes Hesjedal, Schleck (TdF).

I read yesterday that J Rod has offers waiting for after the Katusha hearing so who knows what races he'll be riding this year. And, er, I think you mean La Vuelta

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stumps [3182 posts] 3 years ago
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Kingrolo wrote:
stumps wrote:

You have JRod - will Katusha get an invite ?, Nibali, Van Den Broeck and Kreuziger. Valverde who will probably go for the Vuelta and then the likes Hesjedal, Schleck (TdF).

I read yesterday that J Rod has offers waiting for after the Katusha hearing so who knows what races he'll be riding this year. And, er, I think you mean La Vuelta

Picky picky picky  4

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bashthebox [751 posts] 3 years ago
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It'll be tough for him, won't it? I mean, the climbs on The Il Al Giro d'Italy are brutal, aren't they?

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Raleigh [1665 posts] 3 years ago
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veseunr wrote:

Maybe a dark horse? Pozzovivo?! He can climb!

Love his riding style but I'm sorry, there is NO WAY that the Poz is a clean athlete.  19

Did you watch Trentino last year? The way he'd launch an attack at the foot of every single climb, get caught half way up, attack again and then finish with the leaders...

Classy but...

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drheaton [3318 posts] 3 years ago
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I think that Nibali will ride the Giro (part of his deal with Astana I believe), Kreuziger may ride too for Saxo or Chris Anker Sorrenson. Basso will ride too as far as I know. Pozzovivo might put time into Wiggins in the mountains but he'll get killed in the TTs. Possibly Monfort for RadioShack or someone like Wilco Keldermann for Blanco might have a shout too.

And obviously Hesjedal as defending champ will be the man to beat.

I reckon that it'll be a tough race to win but considerably easier than in other years given that all the big names (Contador, Froome, Valverde, Rodriguez if he gets a team, Van den Broeck, Evans, TJ Van Garderen and the rest) will be going for the Tour in it's Centenery outing.

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Sam1 [220 posts] 3 years ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:

Seems like people are more concerned about what he calls it than the possiblity he might loose, which is a relief.

Any chance GT might move up to the GC any time soon, do you think he will support the Giro or the Tour?

G's definitely not riding Giro, sounds like he'll be on to support Froome in the Tour