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GIRO D'ITALIA - STAGE 16 SACILE-CORTINA D’AMPEZZO

  • 23-05-2021 9:27pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 3,428 ✭✭✭ TheBlaaMan


    This is the big one, 5700m of climbing with three climbs going above 2000m and the weather is not going to be good - so much so that there must be a chance that the alternatives routes (there are apparently 2) might be invoked to keep the riders safe. This is especially the case as above 1800m rain falls as snow and there are strong winds forecast. Blizzards, anyone? This is going to really tough on some of the guys who are already well fatigued, but that is GT racing. I'd be surprised if there are not a good number of DNS/DNFs.

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    It is a stage that might favour Dan Martin, but he is clearly still expected to ride for a top 10 in GC - rather than go for stages - so I don't think we'll see him up the road in a breakaway and the finale comes after a descent of the Giau, so I don't see him taking chances? He is now in 12th after Buchmann's retirement today, and only 1 second off Valter in 11th, but 2:20 from Foss on 10th..........so I think it will take more retirements for him to move into 10th.?

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    Of added interest is that Sean Kelly turns 65 tomorrow, so perhaps the ES/GCN have something planned to celebrate this - though they might also want to be cautious about mentioning that he qualifies for the pension!!!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,173 ✭✭✭✭ Enfilade


    I've heard Kelly mention before that his birthday is wrong on some of the sites? Have it in mind that it's the 26th not the 24th or I might be misremembering.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,546 ✭✭✭ Eamonnator


    I seem to remember qualifying for the O.A.P. at age 66, however it's so long ago, I could easily be wrong.


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,963 ✭✭✭✭ retalivity


    Would love to see attacks and isolated leaders, but fear it may be an Ineos procession. Everyone dropping like flies...maybe Yates and BikeEcxhange can do something. Dont think Astana will pull much for Vlasov after the last day...


  • Registered Users Posts: 945 ✭✭✭ Tim76


    It's Bernal's to lose - definitely the strongest rider out there. If the back holds up then this Giro is a foregone conclusion. Yates and Hugh Carthy for podiums.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,697 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00




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  • Registered Users Posts: 11,706 ✭✭✭✭ Richard Hillman




  • Registered Users Posts: 15,173 ✭✭✭✭ Enfilade


    Talking about it now on ES/GCN

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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,290 ✭✭✭ griffin100


    Pity it’s shortened. The cold and the climbing would have been a real test for Bernal’s back.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,492 ✭✭✭ De Bhál


    Bernal may win second cropped tour


  • Registered Users Posts: 11,963 ✭✭✭✭ retalivity


    Lightweights, get up them mountains!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 12,697 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00


    New stage profile -

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,693 ✭✭✭ CantGetNoSleep


    It seems these days a lot of bike riders have gone soft. Bettiol saying a lot of them want to race the full thing. A joke really, same last year when they got into buses for two hours because it was raining and they were cold.


  • Registered Users Posts: 307 ✭✭ strmin


    There is plenty of fresh snow looking at Passo Giau webcams. It's going to be interesting stage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,697 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00


    I feel sorry for any fans who are already on the Passo Fedaia and the Passo Pordoi :o


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,697 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00


    Kelly must be mortified! :pac:


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,923 ✭✭✭ Itziger


    What would Charly Gaul say? Must be turning in his grave (which is up around the corner from where I live, about 250 metres from where I sit typing.) I think Charly put 15 minutes or so into his rivals in one Giro stage that had particularly nasty weather.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,743 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    Wonder what Mercxx thinks


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,697 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00


    Thomas De Gendt is a non-starter today due to consistent knee pain for the last two weeks. It's very rare from De Gendt to be a DNF in a GT so he must be in a bad condition.

    Lotto-Soudal now only have two riders left! :eek:


  • Moderators, Recreation & Hobbies Moderators Posts: 18,595 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Brian?


    New stage profile -

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    Balls. I’d set aside all plans for today.

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    And so on, and so on …. - Slavoj Žižek




  • Registered Users Posts: 11,963 ✭✭✭✭ retalivity


    Almeida and Formolo in a group of 25 off the front

    EDIT: Dan Martin in there too! And Nico!


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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,173 ✭✭✭✭ Enfilade


    Might not matter about the route if we can't see pictures.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 15,173 ✭✭✭✭ Enfilade


    Roche and Martin in that group out front.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 19,743 ✭✭✭✭ neris


    I know its hard for the commentators to waffle on during the long stages when we have pics and nothing happen but trying to spout crap when they havent got a clue whats going on and constantly apologizing must be hard


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,697 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00


    Glad I didn't take annual leave today :o


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,697 ✭✭✭✭ dastardly00


    neris wrote: »
    I know its hard for the commentators to waffle on during the long stages when we have pics and nothing happen but trying to spout crap when they havent got a clue whats going on and constantly apologizing must be hard


    Especially when there are no ad breaks either!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,100 ✭✭✭ Mefistofelino


    neris wrote: »
    Wonder what Mercxx thinks

    He's probably having a lie-down after giving out about Caleb Ewen's departure. (Funnily enough, not a peep from Big Ted about Nizzolo buggering off "to recover for future goals")


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,314 ✭✭✭ deise08


    neris wrote: »
    I know its hard for the commentators to waffle on during the long stages when we have pics and nothing happen but trying to spout crap when they havent got a clue whats going on and constantly apologizing must be hard

    Could be worse,.... Could be Carlton.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,100 ✭✭✭ Mefistofelino


    In case anyone is getting their info from the cyclingnews live feed, CN have made a bit of a balls of their list of riders in the break. They've omitted Dan Martin and have Dina listed instead of Fortunato.

    (Fortunato should win todays stage so that Contador has to ride back from Milan too - saves the train fare)


  • Registered Users Posts: 156 ✭✭ gavinoontheweb


    Give the lens a wipe lads.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,100 ✭✭✭ Mefistofelino


    There's a small group of 6 off the front of the break on the descent but no-one is reporting it.


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