Pro Cycling

The Giro, my favourite tour of the year is only 2 weeks....

GrumpyOldGuy's Photo GrumpyOldGuy 22 Apr 2016

...away and as it appears neither 'Berto, Froome or Quintana are competing I am going to say this will be the year for Valverde to shine.

 

Astana's wonder boy last year in Mikel Landa has been conspicuous by his absence from the leader board since joining Sky and in my opinion Nibali is pretty much washed up, Aru says he is planning on the TDF and Uran is so hit and miss these days I cant really consider him, so who else....Majka maybe, Pozzovivo, Hesjedal.......I dunno, he field isnt looking great so far.  

kosmonooit's Photo kosmonooit 22 Apr 2016

The Giro’s 22 teams and their leaders

Ag2r La Mondiale (F) – Pozzovivo, Péraud
Astana (Kaz) – Nibali, Scarponi
Bardiani CSF (I) – Colbrelli, Boem
BMC Racing (USA) – Gilbert, Atapuma
Cannondale (USA) – Uran, Formolo
Dimension Data (SA) – Anton, Sbaragli
Etixx – Quick-Step (B) – Kittel, Brambilla
FDJ (F) – Démare, Fischer
Gazprom – Rusvelo (Rus) – Firsanov, Kolobnev
Giant – Alpecin (G) – Dumoulin, De Backer
IAM Cycling (Swi) – Haussler, Pelucchi
Katusha (Rus) – Zakarin, Porsev
Lampre – Merida (I) – Ulissi, Modolo
Lotto – Soudal (B) – Greipel, Wellens
LottoNL – Jumbo (Nl) – Battaglin, Kruijswijk
Movistar (Sp) – Valverde, Visconti
Nippo – Vini Fantini (I) – Cunego, Bole
Orica – GreenEdge (Aus) – Chaves, Ewan
Southeast – Venezuela (I) – Pozzato, Belletti
Sky (GB) – Landa, Viviani
Tinkoff (Rus) – Majka, Tosatto
Trek – Segafredo (USA) – Cancellara, Hesjedal

 

 

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Chaves and Ewan are the only two names that catch my attention

 

Although I do hope Cancellara gets to wear pink.

BeegMig's Photo BeegMig 22 Apr 2016

Go, go, Arredondo


Edited by BeegMig, 24 April 2016 - 07:11 .

Patchelicious's Photo Patchelicious 22 Apr 2016

Dumoilin..... Just saying

'Dale's Photo 'Dale 22 Apr 2016

Yip, watch out for Dumoulin
Especially with his time trialling superpowers
He might run out of team support though

Yeah, can't wait! 🇭🇺🇭🇺

Iceman31's Photo Iceman31 23 Apr 2016


With the other 3 top guys not participating, Nibali will shine but I'm hoping Valverde will out perform him.

carbon29er's Photo carbon29er 23 Apr 2016

Mikel Landa has got his "supplements" timing just right, like he did last year when on Astana.  The way he single handedly chased every break in the Giro del Trentino was nothing short of amazing. Hard to look past him.

Gen's Photo Gen 23 Apr 2016

Mikel Landa has got his "supplements" timing just right, like he did last year when on Astana. The way he single handedly chased every break in the Giro del Trentino was nothing short of amazing. Hard to look past him.

Also let's not forget his ego.

Is it am so very behind with who is and who isn't riding the Giro.. BUT is Majka riding it.?

Edit.. sorry.. I see he is ndeed
Edited by Gen, 23 April 2016 - 09:45 .

BeegMig's Photo BeegMig 23 Apr 2016

Mikel Landa has got his "supplements" timing just right, like he did last year when on Astana.  The way he single handedly chased every break in the Giro del Trentino was nothing short of amazing. Hard to look past him.

If he performs again, like he did last year in the Giro we'll know: His doctor practices in Italy

HappyMartin's Photo HappyMartin 23 Apr 2016

Is Main Cheese riding. Be interesting to see how he goes.

Frosty's Photo Frosty 24 Apr 2016

Provisional start list...

AG2R La Mondiale
1POZZOVIVO Domenico
2BONNAFOND Guillaume
3DOMONT Axel
4DUPONT Hubert
5GRETSCH Patrick
6HOULE Hugo
7KADRI Blel
8MONTAGUTI Matteo
9PERAUD Jean-Christophe

Astana Pro Team
11NIBALI Vincenzo
12AGNOLI Valerio
13CAPECCHI Eros
14FUGLSANG Jakob
15KANGERT Tanel
16KOZHATAYEV Bakhtiyar
17MALACARNE Davide
18SCARPONI Michele
19ZEITS Andrey

Bardiani - CSF
21PIRAZZI Stefano
22ANDREETTA Simone
23BARBIN Enrico
24BOEM Nicola
25BONGIORNO Francesco Manuel
26CICCONE Giulio
27COLBRELLI Sonny
28MAESTRI Mirco
29RUFFONI Nicola

BMC Racing Team
31GILBERT Philippe
32ATAPUMA John Darwin
33DE MARCHI Alessandro
34DILLIER Silvan
35KÜNG Stefan
36OSS Daniel
37QUINZIATO Manuel
38ROSSKOPF Joey
39ZABEL Rick

Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
41URAN Rigoberto
42CARDOSO André
43CLARKE Simon
44DOMBROWSKI Joe
45FORMOLO Davide
46MOSER Moreno
47NAVARDAUSKAS Ramunas
48VILLELLA Davide
49WOODS Michael

Dimension Data
51ANTON Igor
52FRAILE Omar
53HAAS Nathan
54KUDUS Merhawi
55SBARAGLI Kristian
56SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
57THOMSON Jay Robert
58VAN ZYL Johann
59VENTER Jaco

Etixx - Quick Step
61JUNGELS Bob
62BRAMBILLA Gianluca
63DE LA CRUZ David
64KITTEL Marcel
65SABATINI Fabio
66SERRY Pieter
67TRENTIN Matteo
68VERONA Carlos
69WIŚNIOWSKI Łukasz

FDJ
71DÉMARE Arnaud
72COURTEILLE Arnaud
73DELAGE Mickaël
74FISCHER Murilo Antonio
75GENIEZ Alexandre
76KONOVALOVAS Ignatas
77LE GAC Olivier
78PINEAU Cédric
79VAUGRENARD Benoit

Gazprom-RusVelo
81KOLOBNEV Alexandr
82ARSLANOV Ildar
83ERSHOV Artur
84FIRSANOV Sergey
85FOLIFOROV Alexander
86OVECHKIN Artem
87SAVITSKIY Ivan
88SEROV Alexander
89SOLOMENNIKOV Andrei

IAM Cycling
91PELUCCHI Matteo
92BRÄNDLE Matthias
93HAUSSLER Heinrich
94HOWARD Leigh
95KLUGE Roger
96TANNER David
97WARBASSE Larry
98WYSS Marcel
99ZAUGG Oliver

Lampre - Merida
100ULISSI Diego
101CONTI Valerio
102FERRARI Roberto
103KOSHEVOY Ilia
104MODOLO Sacha
105MOHORIC Matej
106MORI Manuele
107NIEMIEC Przemyslaw
109PETILLI Simone

Lotto Soudal
111WELLENS Tim
112BAK Lars Ytting
113DE BIE Sean
114GREIPEL André
115HANSEN Adam
116LIGTHART Pim
117MONFORT Maxime
118ROELANDTS Jurgen
119VANENDERT Jelle

Movistar Team
121VALVERDE Alejandro
122AMADOR Andrey
123DOWSETT Alex
124HERRADA José
125MORENO Javier
126ROJAS José Joaquín
127SUTHERLAND Rory
128SÜTTERLIN Jasha
129VISCONTI Giovanni

Nippo - Vini Fantini
131CUNEGO Damiano
132BERLATO Giacomo
133BISOLTI Alessandro
134BOLE Grega
135DE NEGRI Pier Paolo
136FILOSI Iuri
137GROSU Eduard Michael
138KUBOKI Kazushige
139ZILIOLI Gianfranco

Orica GreenEDGE
141CHAVES Johan Esteban
142BEWLEY Sam
143EWAN Caleb
144HEPBURN Michael
145HOWSON Damien
146MEZGEC Luka
147PLAZA Rubén
148TUFT Svein
149TXURRUKA Amets

Team Giant - Alpecin
151DUMOULIN Tom
152ARNDT Nikias
153DE BACKER Bert
154HAGA Chad
155JI Cheng
156LUDVIGSSON Fredrik
157PREIDLER Georg
158STAMSNIJDER Tom
159TIMMER Albert

Team Katusha
161TAARAMÄE Rein
162BELKOV Maxim
163KOCHETKOV Pavel
164KUZNETSOV Viacheslav
165LAGUTIN Sergey
166PORSEV Alexander
167SILIN Egor
168TSATEVICH Alexey
169ZAKARIN Ilnur

Team LottoNL - Jumbo
171KRUIJSWIJK Steven
172BATTAGLIN Enrico
173CAMPENAERTS Victor
174CASTELIJNS Twan
175KEIZER Martijn
176ROGLIČ Primož
177TANKINK Bram
178TJALLINGII Maarten
179VAN EMDEN Jos

Team Sky
181LANDA Mikel
182BOSWELL Ian
183DEIGNAN Philip
184HENAO Sebastián
185HENAO Sergio Luis
186KNEES Christian
187LOPEZ David
188ROCHE Nicolas
189VIVIANI Elia

Tinkoff
191MAJKA Rafał
192BOARO Manuele
193BRUTT Pavel
194HERNÁNDEZ Jesús
195MCCARTHY Jay
196POLJANSKI Pawel
197ROVNY Ivan
198PETROV Evgeni
199TOSATTO Matteo

Trek - Segafredo
201HESJEDAL Ryder
202ALAFACI Eugenio
203BOBRIDGE Jack
204CANCELLARA Fabian
205COLEDAN Marco
206DIDIER Laurent
207NIZZOLO Giacomo
208VAN POPPEL Boy
209ZOIDL Riccardo

Southeast - Venezuela
211POZZATO Filippo
212AMEZQUETA Julen
213BELLETTI Manuel
214BERTAZZO Liam
215BUSATO Matteo
216CONTI Samuele
217MARECZKO Jakub
218MARTINEZ Daniel Felipe
219SANZ Enrique

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GrumpyOldGuy's Photo GrumpyOldGuy 24 Apr 2016

Yip, watch out for Dumoulin
Especially with his time trialling superpowers
He might run out of team support though

Yeah, can't wait!

Hmm, dunno, Valverde is in good form and I think he will need to have a couple of really bad days for Dumoulin to be in with a chance of top step.

 

Movistar is a serious outfit, they dont go to the big tours just to make up the numbers, they will have a plan and Valverde will have some serious support,... anythings possible I guess, but I cant see it. 


Edited by GrumpyOldGuy, 24 April 2016 - 06:59 .

GrumpyOldGuy's Photo GrumpyOldGuy 24 Apr 2016

Mikel Landa has got his "supplements" timing just right, like he did last year when on Astana.  The way he single handedly chased every break in the Giro del Trentino was nothing short of amazing. Hard to look past him.

:lol:  :lol: Ha, Ha, Yeah, I had a real chuckle at this, I mean honestly, how anyone can take him seriously is just beyond me,.......!

BeegMig's Photo BeegMig 24 Apr 2016

Go, go, Arredondo

Oukay. He's not riding.

Maybe their saving him for Le Tour... but he'll have to brush up on his time trailing

'Dale's Photo 'Dale 26 Apr 2016

Hmm, dunno, Valverde is in good form and I think he will need to have a couple of really bad days for Dumoulin to be in with a chance of top step.

 

Movistar is a serious outfit, they dont go to the big tours just to make up the numbers, they will have a plan and Valverde will have some serious support,... anythings possible I guess, but I cant see it. 

 

 

Yeah, I reckon Dumoulin will want to build on his 'surprise status' as a GC contender.

 

No doubt that Movistar's Valverde and Astana's Nibbles will be the two big guns.

 

Hoping the Extreme Weather Protocol and some tough spring weather don't cut short many of the mountain finalés

GrumpyOldGuy's Photo GrumpyOldGuy 26 Apr 2016

Yeah, I reckon Dumoulin will want to build on his 'surprise status' as a GC contender.

 

No doubt that Movistar's Valverde and Astana's Nibbles will be the two big guns.

 

Hoping the Extreme Weather Protocol and some tough spring weather don't cut short many of the mountain finalés

Hmm, Nibali blows so hot and cold its hard to support him, I used to think he was a serious contender but now I just think he got lucky, maybe he will prove me wrong but he hasn't been in tour winning form for years now, and judging by his LBL performance he appears to be sticking to that protocol. 

 

In all honesty I dont think its a great provisional field,... its rumored Fuglsang is sitting on some great form, but he certainly hasn't shown it yet either,.. I dunno, looks like we may be hoping for bad weather just to liven things up a bit. :) 

 

.....aaah for those crazy days of Simoni and Di Luca and company, dropping out of the mist on some lunatic descent, tearing up gravel paths and disappearing into blustering snow storms.............*sigh*.