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Final Giro Predictions(8 posts)

Final Giro PredictionsCharlesTT
May 8, 2003 9:49 PM
I personaly cant guess anything. All i can think of is 2 italians + Aitor G. Not in any particular order. Everyone, tell what you think.
I like Simoniboneman
May 9, 2003 1:08 AM
He's won it before and finished on the podium two other times so he knows how to handle the pressure and the length of the event. Plus his team is strong, highly motivated and well managed.

Aitor Gonzalez also looks good and is much stronger in the time trials than most of the rest of the field. I'm still unconvinced about his climbing despite his attack on the Agliru in last year's Vuelta. That being said, if he stays close in the climbs, he'll be on the podium.

Last podium spot, I'll go with Caucchioli or Scarponi. The latter's still quite young and the team's built around Mario but he's a very good rider. Three weeks may be too long.
Gotta be Simoni...Dwayne Barry
May 9, 2003 6:03 AM
he's the only one who's shown 5 star form, there are a bunch of mountain top finishes in the final week which will be to his advantage over the time trialers.

4 star form: Garzelli and Gonzalez but the former may suffer from his lack of racing and it might be too early in the year for Gonzalez to be at the top.

3 star form: Casagrande and Frigo and Popovych. None have looked super strong in the build up races, although Casagrande had some good rides in the Ardennes classics. Frigo's focus was on the early season races, he's past peak and probably too tired to last a three week race on top. Casagrande never seems to have the fortitude to last on top either.

2 star form: Cauchiolli road great last year, where's he been so far this year? Tonkov is not 100%

How about Perez Cuapo? Shown good form but will he stick with KOM goal again.

Up-and-comers: Scarponi (but I imagine he'll be doing grunt work for Cipollini), Gasparre has ridden strongly recently and could be the revelation of the Giro. I guess Popovych should rightly be in this category as well.

Allesio should be the team for the mountain stages again this year, with Cauchioli, Pellizotti, Moreni (who road strong at some of the Ardenne's classics), and the addition of Noe they will have the strength and, if last year was indicative, the willingness to go out and light it up.
well thought out DwayneCARBON110
May 11, 2003 8:58 AM
I hope to see some good races between Popvych, Simoni, Gonzalas and Casagrande. I think Casagrande could be a surprise but he never really has been able to tough it out for 3 weeks in recent years
O yeah Garzelli of course will be top 5 :DCARBON110
May 11, 2003 9:00 AM
It will be an Italianmohair_chair
May 9, 2003 9:38 AM
I guess that means Simoni, assuming they don't kick him out for some reason. I like Simoni and I think he'll make it interesting. I wouldn't be too upset if Garzelli won, either. He was riding so well last year and got screwed. Just don't let it be Casagrande--I can't stand him.
Saeco looks goodatpjunkie
May 9, 2003 2:59 PM
so far in the classics, a strong team with a couple honch riders (Simoni, Di Luca). So most these pix sound good. Is Telekom racing? If so Vinikourov and Kessler could be trouble. Aitor will be there but I think he may save himself to back his TdF threat.
GarzelliTrekFurthur
May 12, 2003 10:22 AM
Sorry, I didn't see this until today, but I put up the final pick topic on Bicycling.com, so use that as my time/date stamp.

Imagine how happy I was to see today's stage finish.