2005 Giro d' Italia Presented

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  1. Powerful Pete

    Powerful Pete New Member

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    Here is the link to the official homepage.

    http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Giroditalia/2005/presentazione/default.shtml

    For the non-Italian speakers, on the menu on the left side, if you click ' altimetria di tappa ' you will be able to see the scaled map of the stages. Enjoy.

    The Stelvio is back! It's the Cima Coppi at over 2700 meters! And they are also adding the Sestriere twice in one stage.

    I like it. :D
     
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  2. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    Like the look of the Giro this year.
    Very very interesting profile.
    Cima Coppi will be interesting.

    I hope Damiano does the business again this year.
    If the 2005 version is as good as 2004, we're in for a treat.
    I always like the Giro.
     
  3. splinterhead

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    Will the Giro be televised in the USA this year?
     
  4. Powerful Pete

    Powerful Pete New Member

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    Yup, I like it too, but then I am biased! :p

    I am excited about the Cungeo-Basso duel, without forgetting a few of the outsiders (Simoni will give everything to beat Cunego!).

    Should be a good Giro. And rumors are that Cipollini has not taken his usual six week beach vacation, and is as thin as a nail and never stopped training. He wants the San Remo and to prove that he still has it in him to compete with Ale-Jet. Hhhhhmmmmm. Excellent for us spectators! :D
     
  5. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    Cunego-Simoni will be interesting.
    Basso might also make some noise too.

    The man I will be interested in watching and he had a great 2004 Giro is - Brad McGee.
    He was very impressive in the mountains last year.
     
  6. Powerful Pete

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    Yes, it is shaping up (at least in talk) to being an interesting Giro.

    Riis says they are going to the Giro to win it. That's it.

    And I am curious to see what McGee does. Can he handle really tough climbs like Stelvio though?
     
  7. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    I watched McGee closely last years (Eurosport covered the Giro for the first time) and his climbing was very impressive (I nearly fell off my seat watching him and I have to say my suspicions were raised with all this talk of drugs).
    He was able to stay with Tonkov & Co quite easily.
    At one stage Garzelli made a break for it close to the Motirolo and McGee was able to stay in the chasing group.

    Yeah, I saw the notice about Riis's intentions for the Giro - he must think Basso is a contender.
     
  8. Virenque

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    I`m waiting for whole altimetry, but for now it looks good with Pordoi, Stelvio and Sestriere! And second TT is back, last year was a bit strange without usual, flat TT!
     
  9. micron

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    great to see the Stelvio back.

    rumour has it that Simoni is sole leader for Giro and will work for Cunego in the Tour - time for the young gun to prove his worth on the biggest stage.

    But this Giro looks tasty - especially as the field will be considerably strengthened by the ProTour rules.
     
  10. Powerful Pete

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    I hope so, although I fear a few teams will only show with second rate riders content simply to beat the giro...

    I hope to be proven wrong...
     
  11. Virenque

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    I think ProTour won`t change a lot! Every team will have to show itself and if they won`t have GC riders, they will have to be agressive, to attack a lot with second ratet riders! A lot of ProTour teams have bought locals (Italians, Spaniards) or more stage race specialists for grand tours they didn`t participate in past! Don`t forget that ProTour team costs are twice as big as costs of Div.1 team and I`m sure sponsors are expecting more as well!
     
  12. micron

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    ProTour rules say ProTour teams must send 2 of their top 5 riders to each of the Grand Tours.

    But since the Giro and the Vuelta have traditionally just picked all their National teams and then invited a few extra, having the top 20 teams in the world there will automatically strengthen the field - and do ProTour teams have any room for 2nd rate riders?
     
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    Yes, there are 3rd, 4th, ... ratet too! You just can`t put even e.g. Armstrong, Cunego and Heras to the same box and they`re all GT specialists/winners..
     
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    Probably not. If Lance isn't in it, it's almost guaranteed that a race will not be covered.
     
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    For those that have trouble with italian :)
    You can run this website through Google's language page and it does a pretty good job of translating it to English.

    cheers

    Dave
     
  16. livecell

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    hello,

    i'm new to the board.

    Italian cycling news update...

    Reggio Calabria gets a date
    The Giro della Provincia di Reggio Calabria has been granted a slot on the calendar by the UCI, and will now go ahead on March 28, according to organisers RCS sport. The 175 km one day race will start in Palmi and finish in Reggio Calabria. It's being touted as a prelude to the Giro d'Italia, which will start in Reggio Calabria on May 7 with a prologue time trial.

    i have family and friends in this beautiful area of Calabria if anyone is planning to attend. if you need any help please let me know. :)

    cheers,

    livecell

    http://www.villettamimmavittoria.com
     
  17. gntlmn

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    That's incredible! If I went to watch this event, I'd sure like to do that climb when the stage is over. It must be a fantastic one, and a gasper at the top.
     
  18. kerdig

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    I am new to the Forum and seek some guidance on watching the Giro. I will definitely see Sestriere and perhaps another stage.

    Where to lodge?
    Where is the best viewing?
    What time should we arrive?
    Any recommendations?

    Thanks.
     
  19. noonievut

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    Giro will be on OLN. Check their web site for complete listings of all cycling coverage (clicking the cyclism banner at top shows you this...).
     
  20. Powerful Pete

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    Goodness. The earlier you arrive the better, the best places are on the steepest portions of the mountains obviously. Get there early, if possible, camp out the night before. The day of the stage expect to be part of a throng of maddened fans. Have a lot of fun. For more information on lodging in the stage areas, write on a Italian cycling newsgroup or try out www.bicidacorsa.com... sign up and write a note in English - someone is bound to be able to help you (i am not from the area so I cannot really be more specific).

    Have fun. :D
     
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