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    Cannot believe it's only ten days until the start of my favorite Grand Tour, the Giro d'Italia! So I guess it's about time we started taking a serious look at this first Grand Tour of the year.

    So who's in it to win it? "The Fight for the Pink" will be headlined by Wiggo, Nibali and Hejsedal ofcourse but who else has a realistic chance? Especially considering that there are three time trials during the course of this tour?

    Lets look at those Campionissimo who won it before besides Hejsedal:
    Cunigo (2003), Basso (2006 and 2010), Di Luca (2007) and Scarponi (2011).
    Cunigo has had some bright spots this season, but I suspect his best days are past. Basso has declined since his Giro win in 2010 and I would only feel comfortable giving him dark-horse status, Di Luca - "The Killer" is not what he once was, and Scarponi - of the four past winners listed here I'd give him the highest possibility of making the final podium here.

    What about other big names like Gesink, Sanchez, Evans and Pozzato? Evans has yet to impress this year and the other three may be in good form individually, but will thier teams be able to support them when the going gets tough? Of the four I give Gesink and Pozzato the best chance of doing well, but I suspect a spot on the final podium isn't in the cards.

    Which brings us full-circle to the favorites: Wiggins, Nibali and Hejsedal;
    Garmin-Sharp carried Hejsedal to victory last year, but it seems to me that thier dominance in time-trialing is wanning - this could turn into either the key to victory or the root of defeat for Hejsedal during this go I suspect. It should also be noted that no-one has won back-to-back Giros since Miguel Indurian won in 1992 and 1993. Ryder is good, but he's no Big Mig.
    Wiggins won the Tour de France last year, dominates time-trials, and has a powerful team to shepard him through the mountains (Henao, Uran, Pate and Siutsou) - but has been the least impressive of Sky's top riders thus far this year with Froome and Porte as the stand-outs.
    Nibali - "The Shark" - has had a very good Spring (did he peak too soon?), but his performance at last year's Tour de France was good, but lacked that final push for greatness - ofcourse he was up against what seemed to be an unstoppable march of "Sky-borgs"!. The parcors is much steeper here than that of last year's Tour de France - so perhaps Sky will not be able to control things as easily here as they did in France?

    I do not think Hejsedal has enough firepower at his disposal to win again, but may make the third step on the podium this time. I suspect Wggins will win this and Nibali will again come up just short. Wiggins' skill at the race against the clock will put him over the top here, certainly not his climbing skills.

    What does Wiggo think?
    "Nibali will be the main guy to watch, while I don't quite know what to expect from Cadel Evans or Ivan Basso. They are always dangerous riders. Michele Scarponi was strong recently in Catalonia, while Ryder Hesjedal is going to be another rider to watch. I think the Giro will be more difficult to win than the Tour de France."
    Sir Wiggins, I believe you are correct.


    Giro D'Italia 2013: The Race Preview | Cyclingnews.com

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    The Stages:
    Stage 1 - May 4: Naples, 130 km
    Stage 2 - May 5: Ischia - Forio (TTT), 17.4 km
    Stage 3 - May 6: Sorrento - Marina di Ascea, 222 km
    Stage 4 - May 7: Policastro - Serra San Bruno, 246 km
    Stage 5 - May 8: Cosenza - Matera, 203 km
    Stage 6 - May 9: Mola di Bari - Margherita di Savoia, 169 km
    Stage 7 - May 10: San Salvo - Pescara, 177 km
    Stage 8 - May 11: Gabicce Mare - Saltara (ITT), 54.8 km
    Stage 9 - May 12: Sansepolcro - Firenze, 170 km
    Rest day - May 13
    Stage 10 - May 14: Cordenons - Montasio, 167 km
    Stage 11 - May 15: Cave del Predil - Erto, 182 km
    Stage 12 - May 16: Longarone - Treviso, 134 km
    Stage 13 - May 17: Busseto - Cherasco, 254 km
    Stage 14 - May 18: Cervere - Bardonecchia, 168 km
    Stage 15 - May 19: Cesana Torinese - Col du Galibier, 149 km
    Rest Day - May 20
    Stage 16 - May 21: Valloire - Ivrea, 238 km
    Stage 17 - May 22: Caravaggio - Vicenza, 214 km
    Stage 18 - May 23: Mori - Polsa (ITT), 20.6 km
    Stage 19 - May 24: Ponte di Legno - Val Martello, 139 km
    Stage 20 - May 25: Silandro - Tre Cime di Lavaredo, 203 km
    Stage 21 - May 26: Riese Pio X - Brescia, 197 km

    Information and Press:
    2013 Giro d'Italia Live Video, Route, Teams, Results, Photos, TV

    Giro D'Italia 2013: A Beginners' Guide To The Race | Cyclingnews.com

    Giro D'Italia 2013: Team Sky Announce Their Line-up | Cyclingnews.com

    Cyclisme - Giro - Sky : Wiggins bien épaulé

    Giro D?Italia 2013: 10 Day Countdown Starts Here | Cyclingnews.com

    Proving Grounds: For three riders, what happens at the Giro will shape July

    Moreno To Lead Katusha At Giro D'Italia? | Cyclingnews.com

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    Cavendish Climbing Into Form At Romandie Ahead Of Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Giro D'Italia: Betancur And Pozzovivo Lead Ag2r-La Mondiale | Cyclingnews.com

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    Matthews Set To Make Giro D'Italia Debut | Cyclingnews.com

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    Nibali Looking For Another Giro Del Trentino Victory | Cyclingnews.com

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    Sánchez Aiming For Giro Podium And Stage Win | Cyclingnews.com

    Giro D'Italia 2013: Euskaltel Eusakadi Lead With Sanchez | Cyclingnews.com

    Ji Cheng To Be First Chinese Rider In Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Giro D'Italia 2013: Can Sir Wiggins Arise To The Challenge? | Cyclingnews.com

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    The Final Giro D'Italia Route | Cyclingnews.com

    Di Luca Signs With Vini Fantini-Selle Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Hesjedal Abandons Romandie With Focus On Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Phinney Shows His Giro Form In Tuscany | Cyclingnews.com

    Giro D'Italia 2013: The Main Contenders | Cyclingnews.com

    Santambrogio On Point For Victory Ahead Of Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Wiggins Tips Nibali As The Man To Beat At The Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Basso Named As Cannondale Team Leader For The Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Youth And Experience For Orica GreenEdge At Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Degenkolb To Lead Argos-Shimano At Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Ki?erlovski Leads RadioShack Leopard At Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Giro D'Italia 2013: Astana Send Climbers To Support Nibali | Cyclingnews.com

    Retro Gallery: 25 Years Since The 1988 Giro D?Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Giro Shorts: The Pope, Mantova, Katusha And Pellizotti | Cyclingnews.com

    Omega Pharma-QuickStep Builds Giro D'Italia Team Around Cavendish | Cyclingnews.com

    Wurf Takes A New Approach Into Second Giro D'Italia Start | Cyclingnews.com

    No Free Pass For Bennett In Giro D'Italia Debut | Cyclingnews.com

    Aru Ready For Debut Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Petacchi Disappointed After The UCI Block His Move To Omega Pharma-Quick Step | Cyclingnews.com

    Evans And Phinney Lead BMC At The Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

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    Sammy sanchez can't TT, so he's out. Pozzovivo may impress this year if he can stay consistent.

    It'll be interesting to see Pellizotti back again. Same with Garzelli.

    For that matter, with Santambrogio and DiLuca on Vini, it may be entertaining.
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    Wiggo for the Giro-Tour Double?

    "Going for the Giro-Tour double

    While Wiggins is focused on winning this year's Giro d'Italia, the Briton has also considered the scenario in which he becomes Sky's captain at the Tour de France, rather than Froome, in an attempt at a historic Giro-Tour double victory

    "The best-case scenario at this stage is I win the Giro, I come out of it, stay healthy, we do all the training camps that we do in between the Giro and the Tour," Wiggins told AFP. "Chris's preparations continue as they are, he ends up winning the Dauphine and we both arrive at the Tour ready to go in the best possible (shape). And Dave's (Brailsford) got to make a call, somewhere there, as to who is the leader.

    "At this stage, all being well, it may be that we end up joint leaders for that first week until the racing decides." - Cyclingnews.com

    Wiggins Tips Nibali As The Man To Beat At The Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Seems like Wiggo isn't ready to step aside for Froomie in the Tour as we have been told - could this Giro be the opening volley in a Wiggins-Froome re-enactment of the Hinault-LeMonde drama?
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    Quote Originally Posted by LostViking View Post
    "Going for the Giro-Tour double

    While Wiggins is focused on winning this year's Giro d'Italia, the Briton has also considered the scenario in which he becomes Sky's captain at the Tour de France, rather than Froome, in an attempt at a historic Giro-Tour double victory

    "The best-case scenario at this stage is I win the Giro, I come out of it, stay healthy, we do all the training camps that we do in between the Giro and the Tour," Wiggins told AFP. "Chris's preparations continue as they are, he ends up winning the Dauphine and we both arrive at the Tour ready to go in the best possible (shape). And Dave's (Brailsford) got to make a call, somewhere there, as to who is the leader.

    "At this stage, all being well, it may be that we end up joint leaders for that first week until the racing decides." - Cyclingnews.com

    Wiggins Tips Nibali As The Man To Beat At The Giro D'Italia | Cyclingnews.com

    Seems like Wiggo isn't ready to step aside for Froomie in the Tour as we have been told - could this Giro be the opening volley in a Wiggins-Froome re-enactment of the Hinault-LeMonde drama?
    I hope so, but I honestly don't think he'll be winning the Giro.
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    I think with Contador missing Nibali will be my pick. He was always just there with Conti, now he won't have to respond to those huge attacks Bert puts in.
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    If he loses the Giro - Wiggins might be even more motivated to push Froome aside during the Tour, no?
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    It's hard to bet against Wiggins with stage 8, a 55k mostly flat time trial. He'll likely gain several minutes over his nearest rivals on that stage, which without a total bonk on a climbing stage will be hard to overcome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AdamM View Post
    It's hard to bet against Wiggins with stage 8, a 55k mostly flat time trial. He'll likely gain several minutes over his nearest rivals on that stage, which without a total bonk on a climbing stage will be hard to overcome.
    I'm kind of seeing it the same way - if Wiggo can just keep The Shark in sight in the mountains, then the TTing will decide the outcome - advantage Wiggo.

    Now if Nibali can create a lot of breathing room between himself and Wiggo during a mountain stage - which is not inconcievable - then it's advantage Nibali. I don't see this as a high probability scenario.
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    The Giro is my favourite GT. I am worried that Wiggins and Sky win it and boring us all to death in the process.

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    I'm kind of seeing it the same way - if Wiggo can just keep The Shark in sight in the mountains, then the TTing will decide the outcome - advantage Wiggo.

    Now if Nibali can create a lot of breathing room between himself and Wiggo during a mountain stage - which is not inconcievable - then it's advantage Nibali. I don't see this as a high probability scenario.
    LV, I agree with your take on it. Add in the team time trail which I think Sky will crush and I think it's likely Wiggins can win similar to TDF by using his team and ride very defensively on all the climbing stages. Reading more about Wiggins wanting to win both the Giro and Tour this year and thinking it's possible if he is able to ride the Giro climbing stages conservatively.

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    I'd agree that Wiggo or Nibali would seem to be the most likely choices. Perhaps Cadel could do something if he stays healthy and out of trouble.

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    Don't count out Hesjedal. His TT isn't as strong as that of sir Bradley (but then again whose is?) but he is no slouch (6th in the individual TT, beating a few TT specialists). He also coped well with the big climbs (took time on the long grinding ones) and didn't lose too much to Rodriguez on the really steep stuff. He looked great at L-B-L and also launched Martin to his win in Catalunya.

    I think the climbs may be a little too tough for sky to control like they did in France last year. If you recall, Cannondale tried that tactic in the Giro unsuccessfully (although no one would say Cannondale are as good as Sky). I think the big question is how big will the gaps be on the long TT? Next comes how well can SkyNet control the big climbs?

    Regardless, it should be an entertaining race!

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    Greetings,

    What are the coverage options for this years Giro? I'm in the US and it doesn't look like Universal Sports has any coverage on their TV channel. Do I have to watch a lousy feed on my computer?

    Thanks.

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    I think BEIN Sport is aireing the Giro on DirecTV.

    Giro D'Italia TV Coverage | Cyclingnews.com

    Wiggo/Froome aka Hinault/LeMonde Revisited continues:

    Froome Rejects Wiggins' Claim To Tour De France Leadership At Team Sky | Cyclingnews.com
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    Thanks LostViking, I have directv but was not familiar with BEIN.
    I'm good to do with my dvr.

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    I scoured the Be In Sport website and there is no mention of the Giro. Then I went to Directv (on my TV) and found that I have the "Sport Pack" where Be In Sport is on channel 620. All set! Thanks for the heads-up
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    Giro d'Italia 2013

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    Stage One Preview

    Naples, 130km

    Stage One is a 130km Criterium-like circuit of the formerly down-and-out port city of Naples (or Napoli), which is undergoing a bit of a renaissance as of late. The course of the stage, which runs along the Gulf of Naples coastline on the Tyrahenian Sea, has a few bumps but is mostly flat and screams "Sprinter's Stage".

    The smart money is on Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) taking the stage win with ease and being the first rider to have the honor of wearing the Maglia Rosa of the 2013 Giro d'Italia.

    Looking to upset the odds-makers are, among others, Modolo (Bardiani Velvole-CSF Inox), Viviani (Cannondale), Bouhanni (FDJ), Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano), Bennatti (Saxo-Tinkoff), Marcato (Vacansoleil-DCM), Chicchi (Vini Fantani) as well as Cav's old friend Ferrari (Lampre-Merida).

    Cav's sprint-train has not shown brightly lately, but as we all know - the Manx Missile don't need no train!

    Giro D'Italia 2013: Preview, Route Maps & Results | Cyclingnews.com

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    Information and Press :

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    I would say, in the beginning of the season the train worked perfectly for Cav', but in the last two months they earned some unexpected losses too. So don't forget Viviani, Bouhanni and maybe Degenkolb and Goss.

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    GOMORRAH!!!!!

    goss takes it. maybe deg. Cavendish needs a few days to get his team squared away.

    too bad they arent climbing those hills around the coast...
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    Ivan Basso is out- big cyst under his sit-bone. I can feel his pain- I've had that a couple times and it's like being tortured with hot pokers.
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    That sucks for Basso, but he wasn't a real threat anyway in my opinion. I'm going with Nibali as well (he and Chavanel are my favorite GC types right now). He talked about how much effort he has put into improving his TT skills this off-season. It may not be enough if Wiggins is in his top form, but I have this sneaking suspicion that Wiggins isn't. We'll see.... Go Nibali!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    That sucks for Basso, but he wasn't a real threat anyway in my opinion. I'm going with Nibali as well (he and Chavanel are my favorite GC types right now). He talked about how much effort he has put into improving his TT skills this off-season. It may not be enough if Wiggins is in his top form, but I have this sneaking suspicion that Wiggins isn't. We'll see.... Go Nibali!!!
    Wiggins has not impressed thus far - I just think it's a big ask for Nibali to compete with Wiggo in a race with three time-trails. All Wiggo has to do is wheelsuck Nibali and have his team bring Nibali back if he flys off the front and then let the TTing decide. I doubt even an improved Shark can beat an under-performing Wiggo in a TT.
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    So what are the options for pay for view in the US? I was expecting to buy it from universal like last year. I don't have cable.

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    Pizza boy with appropriate legwear.

    They do anything just to win a salami in ridiculous races. I take my gear out of the car and put my bike together. Tourists and locals are watching from sidewalk cafes. Non-racers. The emptiness of those lives shocks me. It was the illest of times, it was the dopest of times. And we looked damn good. Actually the autobus broke down somewhere on the Mortirolo.

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