2019 Giro D'Italia

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Starts in 2 days! GC seems to be a race in 6 according to the bookies, with Primoz Roglic the favourite after a top 4 in Le Tour last year, Tom Dumoulin, Simon Yates and Vincenzo Nibali the past winners of a Grand Tour also high up. Miguel Angel Lopez and Mikel Landa round out the expected top 6.

Who wins? I think Nibali does, he has a good team around him, but a counterpoint would be that Yates has Chavez and Nieve as support which is very strong.
 

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Starts in 2 days! GC seems to be a race in 6 according to the bookies, with Primoz Roglic the favourite after a top 4 in Le Tour last year, Tom Dumoulin, Simon Yates and Vincenzo Nibali the past winners of a Grand Tour also high up. Miguel Angel Lopez and Mikel Landa round out the expected top 6.

Who wins? I think Nibali does, he has a good team around him, but a counterpoint would be that Yates has Chavez and Nieve as support which is very strong.
Has Chavez got over the illness which ruined his racing over the last 2 years? I haven't been following too closely this year, other than the spring classics. He's a strong support rider when in form, he's completely useless when he's not in form.
 

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Has Chavez got over the illness which ruined his racing over the last 2 years? I haven't been following too closely this year, other than the spring classics. He's a strong support rider when in form, he's completely useless when he's not in form.
Honestly have no idea. I certainly hope so, he's one of my favourite riders going around. Hope he does well to use it for a stepping stone for the Vuelta
 

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Honestly have no idea. I certainly hope so, he's one of my favourite riders going around. Hope he does well to use it for a stepping stone for the Vuelta
His form really dropped away due to mononucleosis. He's great to watch when fit and in form. I'm just not sure that either of those is true for him just yet.
 

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His form really dropped away due to mononucleosis. He's great to watch when fit and in form. I'm just not sure that either of those is true for him just yet.
I'm not sure whether we'll see him at his best, more that I'm hoping by the third week he's hitting solid form which he can use as a launch pad for the Vuelta. I don't think we need to see him for the Tour.
 

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For those in the same position as me who want to watch
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4. When entering CC details you MUST turn off the VPN
5. After confirmed turn back on the VPN and enjoy buttery smooth HD Giro

Managed to get it to cast to Chromecast without issue as well
 

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Didn't watch last night but from the results TD wasn't foxing when he said his form is off, Yates' TT ability has improved out of sight but the winner, gee whiz, to get a 1kph gap on such a short TT is pretty phenomenal.
 

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I rode the prologue TT challenge on Zwift this morning and can confidently say that the climb was the most miserable 2km of my life. Absolutely brutal
 

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Didn't watch last night but from the results TD wasn't foxing when he said his form is off, Yates' TT ability has improved out of sight but the winner, gee whiz, to get a 1kph gap on such a short TT is pretty phenomenal.
Yates should be able to make up ground in the mountains against Roglic for me, Nibali and Dumoulin needed to get a gap on Yates early IMO, because he is touted as probably the weakest TT of the top 6. Interesting that they have a TT on the last stage this year, if Roglic is leading I doubt they can catch him on it.
 

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They're not letting the break go for whatever reason. Understand why UAETE aren't letting many go but as long as it's nobody who's close in the Maglia Rosa surely they don't bother? Try to chase them down?
 
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Well done to Bilbao, attacked at the right time and everyone else looked at each other.

Other than waiting then Hamilton rode a really good race today. Sent multiple attacks, but didn't have the legs at the end. One for the future that kid.
 
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