Stage 21: Milan (ITT) 31.5km
Posted 23 May 2012 - 04:07 PM
Posted 24 May 2012 - 08:39 PM
So basically, Hesjedal and De Gendt possibly making up a minute or two on some of the other top 10 members. They're gonna need to work hard to get rid of Hesjedal anymore...
Posted 25 May 2012 - 06:57 PM
Hesjedal at the end of 3 weeks
2008 Giro st.21 38.5 km : 45th at 2'01” to Pinotti
2008 TdF st.20 53 km : 13th at 2'36” to (the later disqualified) Schumacher
2009 TdF st.18 40.5 km : 43rd at 2'50” to Contador
2010 TdF st.19 52 km : 52nd at 6'40” to Cancellara. Basso at 9'51”. Rodriguez at 10'17”
2011 TdF st.20 42.5 km : 62nd at 4'56” to T.Martin
2009 Vuelta st.20 27.8 km : 35th at 2'02” to Millar
2011 Giro st.21 31.5 km : 40th at 2'14” to Millar
Posted 25 May 2012 - 09:11 PM
Not really, methinks.
2008 Giro - Not sure if Garmin were targeting GC at all. (They were all happy with the TTT win and after that they started dropping out massively)
2008 TdF Garmin's GC man VDV who gets 5th (4th post Kohl disqualification)
2009 TdF Garmin's GC man (VDV who gets 8th) and Wiggins, who gets 4th
2010 TdF Garmin's GC man VDV, who crashes out early (DNS st.3) and Hesjedal gets his best result - 7th
2011 TdF Garmin's GC man Danielson who gets 9th, 2nd fiddle Hesjedal gets 18th
According to Peiper Hesjedal was to TARGET the Giro this time around, and from day one the team was backing his GC position.(CN)
Posted 26 May 2012 - 03:49 PM
Does Phinney have enough left in the tank to bookend the whole race? Does one of the other TT specialist step up? Does the GC battle give someone so much motivation that one of them wins the stage?
Only 20 hours or so until we start to get answers.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 09:43 AM
Dang, this increases the chances of Rodriguez, who I suspect, should also handle the corners better than Hesjedal.
Larsson should set good time checks for De Gendt, while going for the stage win at the same time.
Agreed that this could get very close.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 12:05 PM
But I suppose you never know. I think he can take back 2 minutes on Rodriguez if he has good legs, and maybe Hesejdal has a mechanical or something. Don't wish it on anyone, but I'm rooting for a De Gendt victory so...
Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:38 PM
I do hope that the winner isn't decided by something like that or a mechanical. I would like the winner to be determined by ability and inner fortitude. Ability includes bike handling so if someone overcooks one of the technical corners and causes themselves a problem I will be okay with that.
Obviously I'm rooting for Hesjedal. Like De Gendt, but can't root for him to win the overall. Would love to see him get on the podium for sure.
Posted 27 May 2012 - 02:55 PM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:02 PM
Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:16 PM
5) De Gendt
Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:44 PM
Keep em coming!!
Posted 27 May 2012 - 03:49 PM
Did anyone notice that Hesjedal's flag was mounted on a hockey stick? This is starting to snowball in Canadian media - really, it's the equivalent of Belgium winning the World Hockey Championships!