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post May 3 2021, 04:19 PM
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Welcome to the Giro d’Italia discussion thread! With the first Grand Tour of the year getting going next Saturday I thought I’d create a separate space to discuss all the going-ons of the race as we track the route to Milan! Whether you’re watching every second of the action, just catching up when you can or even just hearing the results through the grapevine you’re most welcome to post in here.

UK Live coverage will be on Eurosport and S4C (if you fancy commentary in Welsh) with a handy highlights show on Quest at 7pm every evening.
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Who are the contenders?

Egan Bernal – Winner of the 2019 Tour de France and spent his first few years as a professional in Italy so will know some of the roads. Will have the strongest team (Ineos) around him although there are still concerns about his back given his diagnosis with scoliosis.
Simon Yates – Winner of the 2018 Vuelta and has won a number of Giro stages, although hasn’t finished Top 10 in a Grand Tour since the 2019 Giro.
Aleksandr Vlasov – Underperformed at last year’s Vuelta but constantly tipped as a dark horse; finished second at this year’s Paris-Nice and third in Tour of the Alps.
Hugh Carthy – Looking to build on a surprise podium place at last year’s Vuelta, although his tour pedigree is still a work in progress.
Joao Almeida – Held the Pink Jersey for 15 stages last year and still managed to finish fourth; will likely gain chunks of time in the time trials.
Jai Hindley – Last year’s runner-up, equal on time with Geohegan-Hart going into the last day so definitely a contender although this year’s field will be significantly stronger.

Mikel Landa, Pavel Sivakov, Bauke Mollema, Romain Bardet and Emmanuel Buchmann will also be outside chances for the win.
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Prediction Card: (fill in as much or as little as you’d like!)

GC Top 5:
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2.
3.
4.
5.

Other Jerseys:
Blue (Mountains) Jersey:
Cyclamen (Sprinters/Points) Jersey:
White (Young riders) Jersey:
Team Classification:
Combativity Award:

How much time will separate the Top 2?
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post May 3 2021, 04:23 PM
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Fantastic presentation here, Pete, smile.gif

I'll fill in my predictions later mate. And the form guide is brilliant.
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Cheers Mack!

Here's my shot at predictions:

GC Top 5:
1. Simon Yates
2. Jai Hindley
3. Aleksandr Vlasov
4. Joao Almeida
5. Pavel Sivakov (going out on a limb here and saying that Bernal will pull out midway through the race and Sivakov will get the chance to race for himself)

Other Jerseys:
Blue (Mountains) Jersey: Ruben Guerreiro
Cyclamen (Sprinters/Points) Jersey: Armaud Demare
White (Young riders) Jersey: Jai Hindley
Team Classification: Movistar
Combativity Award: Romain Bardet (although literally could be anyone)

How much time will separate the Top 2? 51 seconds
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GC Top 5:
1. Simon Yates
2. Joao Almeida
3. Aleksandr Vlasov
4. Hugh Carthy
5. Pavel Sivakov

Other Jerseys:
Blue (Mountains) Jersey: Ruben Guerreiro
Cyclamen (Sprinters/Points) Jersey: Armaud Demare
White (Young riders) Jersey: Joao Almeida
Team Classification: Movistar
Combativity Award: Romain Bardet (although literally could be anyone)

How much time will separate the Top 2? 1 minute and 11 seconds
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post May 3 2021, 05:57 PM
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^ I think your GC prediction would put Almeida in the white jersey Mack! Don't worry, it's an easy thing to miss happy.gif
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post May 7 2021, 04:49 PM
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One day to go! Stage 1 is a flat 8km time trial so shouldn't produce too many gaps but should still be exciting to watch.
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post May 7 2021, 10:21 PM
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QUOTE(PeteFromLeeds @ May 7 2021, 05:49 PM) *
One day to go! Stage 1 is a flat 8km time trial so shouldn't produce too many gaps but should still be exciting to watch.


Ooh thanks for the reminder!
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post May 8 2021, 06:51 PM
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The opening time trial is won - unsurprisingly - by the current World Time Trial Champion, Filippo Ganna.

Almeida fares the best out of the contenders, no-one losing significant amounts of time though. Fairly standard stage!
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post May 9 2021, 10:31 AM
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Giro d'Italia stage one results

1. Filippo Ganna (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers 8mins 47secs
2. Edoardo Affini (Ita) Jumbo-Visma +10secs
3. Tobias Foss (Nor) Jumbo - Visma +13secs
4. Joao Almeida (Por) Deceuninck - Quick-Step +17secs
5. Remi Cavagna (Fra) Deceuninck - Quick-Step +18secs
6. Jos van Emden (Ned) Jumbo - Visma same time
7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck - Quick-Step +19secs
8. Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Qhubeka - Assos same time
9. Matthias Bandle (Aut) Israel Start-Up Nation +22secs
10. Gianni Moscon (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers +23secs
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They are heading in to Novara today for the finish on S2 (HOT promo for NovaraMedia right there!)
My friend is going on a cycling holiday to Italy in September so I'm going to be incredibly jealous when watching this time round.

Bit of a flat stage though today, wonder if Peter Sagan can take it.. probably not.
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post May 10 2021, 06:54 PM
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Turns out to be Tim Merlier taking the first sprint stage on his Grand Tour debut!

And even more amazingly, Taco Van der Hoorn takes Stage 3 from a breakaway on a stage which was pretty much a nailed-on bunch sprint ohmy.gif my heart was in my mouth in that last 100m, delighted for him.

All of that means Ganna remains in yellow, 16 seconds over Tobias Foss in second.
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post May 11 2021, 06:21 PM
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Well who knows what happened on today's stage because Quest have decided they'd rather show the highlights of Stage 1 again instead mellow.gif
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post May 11 2021, 07:53 PM
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A shame as it looks like it was an incredibly exciting stage from the short highlights video on Youtube sad.gif Joe Dombrowski takes the win from a breakaway, Alessandro Di Marchi takes second which is enough for the pink jersey. He defeinitely deserves it, even if there was no-one in the UK around to watch him get it!

Bernal, Ciccone, Vlasov, Landa and Evenepoel are the strongest of the GC contenders. Almeida loses almost 6 minutes - looks like QuickStep are going to be riding for Evenepoel from now on!
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post May 11 2021, 08:13 PM
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QUOTE
GENERAL CLASSIFICATION AFTER STAGE FOUR
1. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-Up Nation, at 13-50-44
2. Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates, at 22s
3. Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix, at 42s
4. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team, at 48s
5. Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ, at 1-00
6. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, at 1-15
7. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech, at 1-24
8. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck - Quick-Step, at 1-28
9. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo, at 1-37
10. Hugh Carthy (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers, at 1-39


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post May 12 2021, 03:41 PM
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post May 12 2021, 06:56 PM
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A day plagued by crashes today unfortunately - Sivakov was the first to crash and loses 13 minutes, Landa crashed into a traffic island and is out of the race, he really looked awful so hope he's okay sad.gif Joe Dombrowski who was in second place also lost time in the Landa crash but wasn't as much as a contender as the other two.
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post May 13 2021, 07:32 PM
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Flipping heck,

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post May 13 2021, 07:32 PM
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Fab stage to watch today! Gino Mader takes the win from the breakaway a few seconds ahead of the leading group, delighted for him after he was pipped to the post in Paris-Nice.

Bernal, Ciccone, Evenepoel and Dan Martin finish in the first group of favourites (three of who I didn't even mention in my list of contenders whoops!) Simon Yates finished in the third group along with Hungarian rider Atilla Valter who does enough to take the pink after Di Marchi lost over 15 minutes. I've never heard of Valter before, in fact I don't think I know any other Hungarian cyclists so good to see a different flag at the top of the rankings!

One other thing to note is a rider being hit (thankfully only lightly) by a team car, another day where safety really does come into question.
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