2009 Giro : Stage 17 : Wed 27th : Chieti - Blockhaus : 83kms

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  1. limerickman

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    Stage 17.
     
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    When do they start? It's short, so they either start late or I have to get up early.
     
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    It think that final kilometers of this stage are cut. It doesn't look as hard as before.
     
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    This is going to be a free for all because the stage is not preceded by 200+ km of racing and there will be a lot of fresh legs in the peloton.. either that or we'll see LPR, Liquigas and Rabobank breaking the legs off of the peleton by riding 55km/hr for the lead up to the climb... in any case i think there might be people up there that you don't see on other days since the stage is only 80km and people that might be up there on other days might be put into real distress.

    i'm thinking to a Paris-Nice stage that was shortened to under 100km and the whole thing was ridden at over 50km/hr and Armstrong (who wasn't on good legs anyway that year) just packed his bags and went home.. f-that shiznit!

    this is going to be a kick ass stage!
     
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    if they cut that climb in half it would still be a brutal climb... cutting an already short stage like this down even more doesn't make it easier... it actually makes it harder.. it just means it will be contested at an even faster speed.. this is going to be guns a blazing from the start...
     
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    They supposedly only cut the last 4Ks of the stage which won't make a big difference to the results. I'd say that the top riders stay together pretty far into the climb but the pace will be high. I can see LPR and Liquigas wanting to drop the Rabo riders and maybe we have Armstrong trying for a stage win? Or is the climb too steep for him?
     
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    The start of this stage is going to be ridden so fast that the heavier/TTing climbers (Menchov, Basso, Armstrong) are going to have an advantage over the lighter ones who's legs will have been deadened by the blitzing speed in the pack. A break might try to go away but it'll get caught fairly soon and then the peloton is going to shatter completely. I'm guessing Sastre will go on the attack, shadowed by Menchov. Di Luca will come in third. Pellizotti and Basso not far behind.
     
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    This stage looks like a trap to me.
    After rest day, very short and intense racing with hard climb and pressure of GC. There's more than one rider having a bad day tomorrow.
     
  10. Grater

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    Yep!

    This will definately be very hard. A few riders are going to drop like flies. Astana have the strong team. They will set a blitzing pace. Leipheimer will either make back time or Sastre will ride away and bring himself under a minute behind Menchov.
     
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    Maybe DDL can shake off Menchov a bit?
     
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    Yep. Those who are juicing up on the rest day better make sure they do it right!
     
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    :rolleyes: Leipheimer has impressed much on any of the mountains.
     
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    so are they going the whole way up or cutting it short? just dont think theyve officially anounced that they are cutting it short, and havent seen any updated profiles?
     
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    They definitely are cutting short. The peloton is also definitely taking the early part of this stage easy. How boring. Also bad tactics from the teams that need to put pressure on Menchov.
     
  16. Grater

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    Not really. It helps the main guys who can't win the GC to get a stage win.

    Cunego, Rogers, Simoni. Watch one of them explode off the front at the start of the climb and not be caught.
     
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    Look for Leipheimer to suck again.. his climbing has been crap all Giro...
     
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    have you actually been watching THIS Giro... all those guys have sucked.. look for Garzelli, Basso, DiLuca... and of course Sastre... it starting.. bye!!
     
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    Guess Pellizotti has had an armchair ride the last few days, and he was really able to kill it today... knocking Sastre off of the podium.

    Killer really tried today.. man did he ever, but just couldn't break Menchov... Menchov was just stone face, he'd be a good poker player... couldn't tell he was under any distress at all 'til the very last 100m when Garzelli got back to them and Garzelli and DiLuca got a little bit of a gap as they sprinted for the line.. don't know if DiLuca can distance Menchov he's a very determined man and DiLuca also needs about 40-50sec on Menchov before the final ITT if he wants to win... don't know if it's going to happen... Vesuvius is the last chance.. maybe that little bit of weakness at the very end is enough to give DiLuca some hope and drive to give it one more go...
     
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    Menchov did look like he was breaking at the end. But I somewhat doubt DiLuca's chances of winning the Giro now...
     
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