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Giro d'Italia Stage 1: 8,4km ITT, May 8

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by tgsgirl (U12454324) 06 May 2010
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With eight kilometres and 400 metres, the first stage of 2010's Giro d'Italia is just too long to officially be called a prologue. So right from the start we get the first time trial kilometres of the race, and the chance to see who's in shape and who isn't.

This year the race doesn't start in Milan, Rome, Venice or Napoli, but in the very Italian Amsterdam. As a result, the ITT is pancake flat. Don't underestimate it though, the course in coffeeshop capital is run on tricky narrow roads, with slow corners and tram rails to navigate.

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So, who do you think will take it? Give us your top five below.
Me, I'm thinking

1. Marco Pinotti
2. Frantisek Rabon
3. Aleksander Vinokourov
4. David Millar
5. Rik Flens

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posted May 8, 2010

Hendy is fastest sprinter, Greipel is 18 seconds down so could get pink tomorrow.

I'm glad Wiggins has finally managed to win a GT stage, and he's got his maglia rosa which he wanted. Its not really a surprise as his season so far has all been about building towards today.

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comment by matzov (U14204141)

posted May 8, 2010

I think it has been a good TT. The main players poised nicely, a few new names, and one or two blow outs.

Urlaub, ratherlike with your "don't care for naionalities", I don't have a team affliliation, so don't really have anything against anyone on that score. They've all got their roles to play in the grand scheme of things, I think

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posted May 8, 2010

And Sastre's loss to Evans is not so much that he can't get it back in the TTT - but after Bookwalter's out-of-nowhere performance today, will BMC be stronger than expected in the TTT?

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posted May 8, 2010

Surrised by BMC - guess they are determined to prove they should be there?

So by my reckoning, in the "which new team has had the best debut year?", it goes to Sky, then BMC, then Shack. 2 on the podium in a GT beats País Vasco, no? Actually, whatever happens this month, Shack will be in 3rd place due to not riding the Giro

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comment by matzov (U14204141)

posted May 8, 2010

Shack have Cali though - they may well win there.

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posted May 8, 2010

Aye, but winning in Cali is trumped by doing well in the Giro every time....

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posted May 8, 2010


Urlaub, ratherlike with your "don't care for naionalities", I don't have a team affliliation, so don't really have anything against anyone on that score. They've all got their roles to play in the grand scheme of things, I think
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I hear you on that. I like Tiago Machado but can't stand Radioshack, for example. But Sky's media behaviour has made an enemy of me, and I resent the way BMC have got all the treatment compared to much more exciting teams to watch such as Vacansoleil and Saur-Sojasun, and considering their team lineage (from a well-known doping team) and that a rider tested positive only a couple of weeks ago, I'm not so willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Then again, few of them have done a race of this length before, we'll see what happens in two weeks.

Sky and BMC should both be ecstatic here. Wiggins isn't aiming at the GC and won't be allowed in any breaks until he's miles down, despite them pushing him as a contender to the media, so having a run in pink is ideal for them (though Greipel being within 20" may worry them, as they'd like to keep it, Henderson is a good secondary option) as it gets the name and sponsor out there, so he can be up there for a while then drop back having done his bit.

BMC will be ecstatic because Evans has gained time over all of the other GC contenders, but most importantly, neither him nor Bookwalter took the jersey. BMC would love a win (they went a long time without one) but in terms of strategy it is best for them that they not have to defend the jersey much, as their resources may be depleted by week 3. If Evans has had the maglia rosa for a few days in the mountains then untried domestiques have to haul themselves up Plan de Corones and can't make the time cut (the mountain ITT is a sprinter/domestique's nightmare), he could be left incredibly vulnerable.

BMC's ideal situation would be for Evans to sit here above somebody and then for a break to go rather like when Visconti and his break mates sat 9 minutes ahead of everybody else for a week in 2008, so that he doesn't have to toast his domestiques, but is still ahead of the other GC candidates so that when it comes to the crunch he is the one in control, and only has to defend for a few days.

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posted May 8, 2010

Why no report on Wiggins' win?

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comment by ike2112 (U4429659)

posted May 9, 2010

BMC aren't a new team - they were around in 2009, and maybe also 2008 I think?

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posted May 9, 2010

BMC have been around a while, and are formed out of the ashes of Phonak who were there beforehand. But BMC last year were a pretty small concern, and have injected a lot of money this year. Most of the Swiss and Americans were there last year. The biggest race they went to was the Dauphiné.

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