Wiggins Giro victory 2013

by bikeboy76   January 31, 2013  

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

posted by londonplayer [671 posts]
31st January 2013 - 9:11

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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.

posted by Marauder [237 posts]
31st January 2013 - 9:19

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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!

posted by veseunr [279 posts]
31st January 2013 - 9:42

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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 Smile

posted by andyp [804 posts]
31st January 2013 - 10:31

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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") Nerd

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7926 posts]
31st January 2013 - 11:07

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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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posted by stumps [2674 posts]
31st January 2013 - 11:11

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'the Giro' is also mixing languages, is it not Wink

posted by andyp [804 posts]
31st January 2013 - 11:15

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Well obviously, Brad should have given the interview to the BBC in Italian then. Sorted.

If I could have, say, 6 bikes, would it stop me drooling over others that I don't have?

posted by notfastenough [2948 posts]
31st January 2013 - 11:23

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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?

Between the S and the LOW

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posted by bikeboy76 [1187 posts]
31st January 2013 - 13:35

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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

posted by Kingrolo [36 posts]
31st January 2013 - 13:41

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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 Big Grin

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posted by stumps [2674 posts]
31st January 2013 - 14:14

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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?

posted by bashthebox [619 posts]
31st January 2013 - 19:56

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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. Devil

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...

Sir Velo

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posted by Raleigh [1728 posts]
31st January 2013 - 22:14

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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.

posted by drheaton [3429 posts]
1st February 2013 - 10:11

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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

posted by Sam1 [212 posts]
1st February 2013 - 11:01

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