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Anyone else not find todays stage all that exciting. SPOILER(7 posts)

Anyone else not find todays stage all that exciting. SPOILERSwat Dawg
May 10, 2003 1:05 PM
The last 1 or 2 KM were marginally interesting with only the final 160 M really meaning anything. It was all really kind of a flash in the pan stage. I would have like to see some of the smaller teams try to get some men away to make the peleton have to get off its duff a little sooner. Maybe Cipo can get it done tomorrow. Petacchi holding Cipo's wheel though was impressive, and coming around him with that burst showed some real power. I would have thought Domina would have put a guy on Cipo's wheel to keep anybody from doing that or is that not a thing to do? Tomorrow should be interesting.
Sure, except for the last...Dwayne Barry
May 10, 2003 1:23 PM
10 minutes but what did you expect on a flat stage with the maglia rosa up for grabs by one of the sprinters. No way was Lotto, DV and FB going to let a break go. Very odd to see Hoj out there, you'd expect it from lesser guys just trying to get TV time, but Hoj is a man for a useful breakaway in a week or so, you'd think he'd be saving himself.
Had it been a TT...CharlesTT
May 10, 2003 5:48 PM
If this had been a ITT, Cipo would be in pink. Last year, after having a flat tire and a rear wheel that prevented him from going around corners at normal speed, he was only 18 seconds back. Needless to say he would have been in pink for the first stages of that Giro. I think a similer result would have happened today, without the tire/wheel difficulties.
Well, Cipo can ride a good prologue...Dwayne Barry
May 11, 2003 7:43 AM
but I think you're kidding yourself if you think his chances of taking the pink jersey are better in a prologue than in a bunch sprint. You point out one instance when he might have won one, but there have been a bunch of others that he hasn't won without getting a flat. His usual modus operandi to get the pink jersey if there is a prologue is to finish close enough to the winner to take it with time bonuses in the early stages.
exceptatpjunkie
May 12, 2003 7:19 PM
Rik Verbrugghe is probably the fastest TTer in the bunch. He does hold the prologue record. I think the Italians didn't want a foreigner in Pink first day or were trying to get first day drama with Cippo taking a sprint and opening the Giro with the assault on Binda's record. It's all nonsense, Binda was a GCer, won the damn race 3x and actually was paid not to race as he was so dominant. How many more stages would he have won had he raced? No slight to Mario but I think he's finished 3 of 12 Giros.
Well, he's always said himself...Dwayne Barry
May 13, 2003 6:17 AM
that he's not a great champion and doesn't stack-up to the true greats (like Binda). He knows he's one-dimensional, although I think his performances at MSR, GW, and even Flanders over the last couple of years have shown that with a Belgium hardmans mentality he probably could have been a good classics man as well as a sprinter.
Agreed nmatpjunkie
May 13, 2003 7:54 PM