Some surprises in Orica's 2017 Giro squad
Surprising that Kluge who has been an invaluable support to Ewan and rode the Tour of Yorkshire, has been left out of the team - Edmondson will play is role. Tuft and Hepburn are the workhorses - Mezgec and Edmondson to support Ewan and Verona, Plaza and Juul Jensen to support A.Yates. Verona is in good form and will provide valuable support to Yates. Interested to see how well A.Yates performs. My assessment is his form has been a touch better than Simon's - Ewan should win at least one stage.
Richie Porte comes 2nd to Roglic in the ITT at Romandie, with S.Yates 12th. Porte finished 40 seconds in front of S.Yates and leap-frogged him to win GC. Final GC Porte,A.Yates and Roglic. Most interesting is the splits in the ITT - First 8kms was fairly much uphill and one where you'd expect Yates to nearly match Porte - Porte was 34 seconds faster on the uphill section, while Yates fairly matched Porte on the flat section - This split suggests that Porte is flying uphill which augurs well for the TDF.