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  • grey_matters 10 May 2013 17:46:59 3,669 posts
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    Psychotext wrote:
    All over for Wiggins then.
    Yeah, it'll be tough to come back from that. Cannot believe that his team sent back those two particular riders to help. Mental. One, maybe.
  • elstoof 11 May 2013 08:26:49 6,585 posts
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    Nibali showing how much he wants this win then, and Wiggins looking like he's spat the dummy. Shame.

    Not sure you'd need either rider waiting to support you if you intend on a go-slow for the last 15km to be honest, now Sky have lost time for all their well placed riders.
  • Salaman 11 May 2013 14:44:21 18,832 posts
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    I haven't caught up on yesterday's race yet but just tuned in to see Wiggins going around corners like an old lady in the ITT. RAI just mentioned he crashed earlier. That might explain that.
  • Salaman 11 May 2013 14:56:59 18,832 posts
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    Tsss. Italians.
    Radio RAI reports a crash. RAI TV claims there was no fall.
    Watching Evans hammer it down the turns, Wiggins is going to lose a chunk of time.
  • elstoof 11 May 2013 15:07:54 6,585 posts
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    Wiggins swapped bikes, not sure why. Shouldn't have lost much time, swift change over. Still, 50 odd seconds down on Dowsett at the last split.
  • elstoof 11 May 2013 15:22:51 6,585 posts
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    Now almost a minute with 5km to go. Not gonna happen.
  • MikeP 11 May 2013 15:23:53 1,765 posts
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    Slowly deflating rear tyre apparently. He's way off the pace, given that ITT is his speciality I can only presume there's physically something up with him. Wouldn't be surprised if he abandons, tbh.
  • elstoof 11 May 2013 15:25:52 6,585 posts
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    I think he's going to pack in the giro and focus on the tour.
  • MikeP 11 May 2013 15:26:28 1,765 posts
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    He seemed to close up in the last 5km though, surprised he caught up to that extent. Mind you, some proper good TTers out there. Evans can turn in a very strong performance on his day.
  • elstoof 11 May 2013 15:27:54 6,585 posts
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    Evans 22 off Dowsett and 30 up on wiggins at the 1st split.
  • elstoof 11 May 2013 15:29:29 6,585 posts
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    Jinkies, he made 49 seconds back on the last climb.
  • elstoof 11 May 2013 15:31:48 6,585 posts
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    Ah, the split times were probably off because his second bike didn't have a time chip.
  • elstoof 11 May 2013 15:59:16 6,585 posts
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    Dowsett's time is starting to look like it was a bit of a stormer now we've got a few more big names coming through the second split.
  • Salaman 12 May 2013 11:50:20 18,832 posts
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    Surprised to see Wiggins come back to second place yesterday. Seeing him descend after that bike swap, you'd think he was going to lose a shedload. Impressive last section.
  • Deleted user 12 May 2013 12:01:15
    yeah he was prancing around those corners. He made refrence in the sky blog that a lot of the corners were still damp. He went out 20 or so riders, an hour or so ahead of all his rivals which i guess gave time the shady parts to dry out.

    Great watching him TT though. Machine!
  • Salaman 12 May 2013 14:51:01 18,832 posts
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    Man, the weather is brutal, must suck to peddle through such shit weather for several hours a day.

    Excellent show by Pirazzi and Chalaput for the mountain points. =)
    Spices things up a bit.
  • Salaman 12 May 2013 15:26:13 18,832 posts
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    joelstinton wrote:
    yeah he was prancing around those corners.
    He seems to've really lost his confidence downhill. I hope he can put himself above it after the rest day.
  • elstoof 12 May 2013 16:39:36 6,585 posts
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    Nice to see Wilier frames on the Giro today, thought they were out after the Lampre split. Good ride from the Columbian lad on one of them too.
  • grey_matters 12 May 2013 16:42:01 3,669 posts
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    Poor Betancur thought he had taken the stage when he came in. Another good day at this Giro. Not for Hesjedal and my velogames team though.

    Edited by grey_matters at 16:42:37 12-05-2013
  • grey_matters 12 May 2013 16:42:16 3,669 posts
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  • Salaman 12 May 2013 16:52:56 18,832 posts
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    Yeah, i thought Betancourt was really pleased with that second place for a second. :-)
    Must be a bit of a downer to come in like that and find out another has already crossed the line. The smile on number three's face was quite brilliant
  • Deleted user 12 May 2013 18:00:18
    his a very promising rider. should score a few points for me today :)

    Wiggo has lost it going downhill hasn't he? His a pretty decent descender as well. Not sure if it confidence or just making sure he gets through the stages. Nibali and co will certainly test his metal come the bigger descents.

    I missed the 1 cat climb, what was he like going up there? caltado isn't 100%, wonder if wiggo is slightly under the weather as well.
  • Salaman 12 May 2013 19:10:40 18,832 posts
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    Uphilll was uneventful it was downhill where the spectacle was. Coming down a descent and losing a minute is not being cautious. It's being shit scared on the bike. The roads were odd though. People seemed to come off if they so much as caressed the break handles.

    Another odd thing was to see Hesjedal do all the climbs just fine but then get dropped and lose 2.5 minutes on the cat 4 climb. Maybe he made the rookie mistake of forgetting to eat?

    Today might hurt Sky in more then one way though. The main man came downbill like a granny. That's bad for morale. When they lost a minute, Nabili, Evans et all upped the pace up front, forcing team Sky into a mini team time trial to get Wiggo back into the pack. A wasre of energy and a bit demoralising for the guys, especially if he's hanging off the back of the peloton again hardly keeping up after the next summit. Should make for a joyful atmosphere at dinner tonight and during tomorrow's day off.
  • elstoof 12 May 2013 20:34:44 6,585 posts
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    They should start a Bahamontes Award for the biggest pussy coming down the slopes.
  • Salaman 13 May 2013 09:57:18 18,832 posts
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    :-)



    Edited by Salaman at 10:08:20 13-05-2013
  • elstoof 13 May 2013 12:11:43 6,585 posts
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    So just been down to the bike shop and done it. Ordered a Master 30th.. got about 5 months to ease the wife into the idea of another bike then.
  • MikeP 13 May 2013 21:02:22 1,765 posts
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    Quality. What colour did you go for in the end?
  • elstoof 13 May 2013 22:11:19 6,585 posts
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    Didn't think I would, but I went for the blue one. I like the red but my Wilier is red so I thought it would be too similar to feel special if I had another another, and spending that much coin on a black bike seems like a shame somehow. The blue has grown on me though, Colnagos in blue seem to just work, like the classic Mapei schemes used to be.

    Was funny getting fitted up down at Sigma, the guys thought I was mental for running the amount or saddle to bar drop that I do. Got me on the turbo just to see if I could actually reach the bars.
  • MikeP 14 May 2013 11:28:53 1,765 posts
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    How much drop are you running?
  • elstoof 14 May 2013 11:57:29 6,585 posts
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    They measured it at 16cm, which does seem a fair amount when looking at the numbers, I've never actually measured it myself - shallow drop bars though as I like my hoods to be low as well so the actual saddle to bar measure could be misleading. I'm mostly arms and legs at 6ft tall, and my back is pretty much horizontal in the drops.
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