The Pro Cycling Thread


#6743

How good a season is Ackermann having!


#6744

Actually reckon Ackermann is not at the same level as last year, though he’s travelling OK - he may find it tough to win a stage at the Giro, unless the leading sprinters leave halfway through the race - Smith withdrawn from Romandie with illness after the same happened at Basque Country.


#6745

Pro cycling stats have final teams for the Giro, except for MS who have named S.Yates, Chaves, Hamilton, Bookwalter, Juul Jensen, Nieve and Haig - Expect the seventh rider may come from Romandie.


#6746

Bernal crashes and breaks his collarbone in training. No Giro for him.
Ineos doesn’t have a GC rider to lead the team?


#6747

Landa in doubt for Movistar. With Valverde out, they may need to get Betancur in lead that group!


#6748

Headliners for Giro - Dumolin, Roglicic, Yates

Froome and Geraint Thomas wont ride Giro, both programmes focused on tour de france.


#6749

Roglic is in outstanding form.
However, it’s very curious to ride hard in a 1 week stage race, win it, less than a week out from the hardest GT of the year.
Keeping that level of form up for 5 weeks is incredibly difficult. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s leading after the 2nd week, but holding on for that 3rd week will be punishing. I don’t recall anyone ever doing that before.


#6750

Mitchelton-SCOTT at the Giro d’Italia:
Jack Bauer (NZL, 34)
Brent Bookwalter (USA, 35)
Esteban Chaves (COL, 29)
Luke Durbridge (AUS, 28)
Lucas Hamilton (AUS, 23) - Grand Tour debut
Chris Juul-Jensen (DEN, 29)
Mikel Nieve (SPA, 34)
Simon Yates (GBR, 26)

No Haig, Durbo comes in, and Bauer.


#6751

Its Bauer for Bewley and Durbridge for Haig. Durbo is a left field selėction who has not ridden since De Panne on 27 Mar. Anyway its a well balanced squad. Haig will ride the TDF.


#6752

Rumor doing the rounds that Moscon has tested positive.
Wouldn’t that be a delicious prospect?
Although it wouldn’t be good for pro cycling in general.


#6753

How do you think Chaves will go this time round?
I guess if something happens to Yates he needs to be there abouts in GC just in case.


#6754

So hard to say. On exposed form, you’d be hard pressed to say he’ll do well.
But he is riding so MS must have confidence in him.
I guess the big question is can he go hard all the way? There must be some questions about his endurance. So perhaps he’s there for specific stage support?


#6755

Chaves is definitely a support rider - It’s always hard to get a read on Chaves who can suddenly hit form - Kittel withdrew from Yorkshire and California - My understanding is he may be involved in the Austrian investigation like Moscon.


#6756

wow.


#6757

Dont take it as gospel.


#6758

Kittel quits Katusha / sits out the season.

https://teamkatushaalpecin.com/news/team-katusha-alpecin-and-marcel-kittel-have-agreed-terminate-their-contractual-relationship-its


#6759

Roglic wins the ITT / stage 1 at the Giro
Yates 19 seconds back in 2nd, he’ll take that for sure.
Nibali 3rd.
Dumoulin slightly disappointing in 5th, but no real damage done.
Landa had a shocker.


#6760

Ackerman beats Viviani and Ewan, Gaviria 4th.
Fairly stock standard sprint finish after a very wet day to start with.
Another sprint stage tonight.


#6761

Every rider had their chance in the sprint, though Gaviria and Demare looked off the pace - Ewan needs it more technical or a slight uphill - Rimor is S.Bennett as a mid-season transfer to Katusha.


#6762

Gaviria wins stage 3 after Viviani is relegated after crossing the line first.
Ewan got lost and was nowhere near it today.
Stage 4 should be more to Ewan’s liking being an uphill sprint.

The relegation move:

Fairly clear cut.