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Giro Groups Preview: Who, How, Why, and What Are They Tweeting About?

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I can’t get too used to those Friday begins, as a result of I would like one much less day to make amends for writing like a gap within the head. However right here we’re. Let’s shortly run by way of the groups. As startlists go, there’s CyclingFans, the place clicking on a rider will provide you with his Giro historical past. Or there’s PCS, the place doing so will provide you with an limitless wealth of statistics. After which there’s the Podium Cafe, the place you may simply scroll by way of the names whereas I attempt to think about one thing to say that you just haven’t learn 100 occasions already.

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For each crew there’s something to do. Even the French groups. Typically, groups are out to garner factors, acquire notoriety, and pay again their sponsors. The aggressive aspect of this could possibly be phrased extra like getting athletes to attain objectives, getting teammates to help these objectives, and constructing confidence, cameraderie and satisfaction. Successful is cool. However so are prizes, consideration, and cash.

Here’s a roughly prioritized listing of issues that could be value a crew’s hassle:

  1. General victory. Clearly the highest objective for athletes, and tends to come back with plenty of different objectives like consideration, stage wins, and prize cash.
  2. One of many three different jerseys: now fairly standardized to seek advice from the Factors, Finest Younger Rider and King of the Mountains competitions. The Giro used to have extra jerseys than soccer within the UK has cups, however now it’s simply the maglia rosa (pink) for general, the maglia bianca (white) for youth, the maglia azzurra (blue) for greatest climber, and the maglia ciclamena (cyclamen/reddish purple) for factors.
  3. Levels. Bunch dash wins in a grand tour generally is a year- or career-highlight for a sprinter. Main mountain wins are badges of nice honor. And in between are the rolling phases that could be received by riders who don’t get to win a lot.
  4. Consideration. Spending time within the breakaway that nearly all the time goes off from the early a part of phases is an effective way to point out off your jersey, if displaying off your jersey is one thing you might be nervous about doing. The Giro will get a giant viewers, however it additionally has 22 groups, and in the event you don’t have a high climber or sprinter it may be laborious to get observed. That is very true of the three Professional-Conti Italian groups, EOLO, Androni and Bardiani. Their sponsors will love some RAI time.
  5. Prize cash. The primary three objects on this listing all contain money prizes, and naturally the jerseys are the most important payouts. However formidable riders can decide up plenty of smaller baggage of money alongside the best way. That is what was on the desk in 2021; money quantities could be completely different this 12 months:
  • Intermediate sprints: Not simply €500 (and lesser quantities for second and third) to every day’s intermediate dash, however there’s an general classification which awards €8000 (and many others) to the cumulative intermediate factors winner.
  • Azzurri d’Italia Prize: €5000 on the finish of the Giro to the highest Italian finisher.
  • Breakaway Prize: Just like the intermediate sprints, there’s a day by day award (€250) and an finish of the race award (€5000) primarily based on cumulative factors. To qualify you need to spend probably the most time along with your nostril within the wind on the entrance of a solo break or goup break of as much as 10 riders. Have to be on the entrance for not less than 5km. Undecided what they do if no person meets this criterion.
  • Preventing Spirit Prize: That is what was the mixed competitors, totaling the factors earned from the intermediate sprints, KOM, and stage finishes. Every day whole factors champ wins €300 and general winner will get €4000.
  • Power Prize: Daily the Giro awards 3, 2 and 1 factors to the riders who completed the ultimate 3km within the quickest occasions. No day by day prize however in Verona the winner will get €5000, plus €3k and €1k to the following two.
  • Groups Competitors: Every day the Giro takes the occasions from every crew’s high three riders and combines them to end result within the day’s prize, value €500 (plus 2nd and third). On the finish of the Giro, the occasions from every stage are added up and the highest 5 groups receives a commission, with €5k to the winner. Undecided in the event that they use coloured numbers for the classification chief like they do within the Tour.
  • Tremendous Staff Competitors: That is getting a bit exhausting, however anyway, every stage the Giro offers Tremendous Staff factors to the highest 20 stage finishers and high 5 intermediate dash finishers. Mainly that is the mixed competitors minus the climbing half. Sigh. Anyway the day by day payout goes to 3 groups, beginning at €500, and the ultimate classification is value €5000 plus 2-5 prizes too.
  • Truthful Play Competitors: the Giro awards penalty factors for numerous infractions akin to drafting automobiles, feeding exterior the zone, sprinting offline, and working an enormous PED fraud scheme (plenty of factors there). The crew with the fewest factors on the finish will get €5k, plus 2nd and third.
  • Competitors Winners Competitors: This competitors provides up the entire different competitions and combines them right into a separate rating for who has scored probably the most scores in different scoring prospects. If this had been British soccer, it will completely exist. Alas, the Giro hasn’t considered this one but and I simply made it up. Sorry!

For our crew capsules, I’ll level to some priorities, the place they’re comparatively knowable, however groups don’t precisely go tweeting forward of time about how fired up they’re to win the Azzuri d’Italia prize. So simply assume that the much less I’ve to say a few crew’s GC hopes or dash prowess, the extra you may anticipate them to hunt phases and paychecks. With out additional ado…

Prime Riders: Andrea Vendrame, Lilian Calmejane, Felix Gall

Current Giro Historical past: Gained the KOM jersey simply final 12 months! Geoffrey Bouchard isn’t returning to defend his title, however that’s the form of factor you may image AG2R focusing on once more. Vendrame bagged a stage win final 12 months too.

Do They Have a GC Man? Eh… I imply, certain, again in France. Right here? Is Felix Gall a stretch? He would possibly belong within the subsequent class, and so they gave Vendrame the #1 dossard, so that they aren’t declaring something about Gall’s general probabilities.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Calmejane is a bunch sprinter, albeit the sort you ship to a stage race with only a few sprints. Gall, like I stated, is a child on the rise and could possibly be in white. He simply completed sixth within the Tour of the Alps on the energy of his performances within the huge climbs. That is his grand tour debut, nevertheless, so we must always maintain expectations cheap.

What Are They Tweeting About? Smiling extra?

They’re a French crew, they aren’t burning by way of all their greatest PR gimmicks in Italy.

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Prime Riders: Mathieu van der Poel, Jakub Mareczko, Tobias Bayer, Dries De Bondt

Current Giro Historical past: I feel that is solely their second Giro invite of late? Anyway, Tim Merlier received a stage final 12 months. De Bondt did a number of the intermediate/breakaway stuff.

Do They Have a GC Man? Not even shut, except you depend van der Poel focusing on taking pink on day 1 (after which giving it again the following day within the ITT).

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Van der Poel isn’t usually seen in huge bunch sprints, however he has the kick to win smaller group gallops, and is right here to just do that. Bayer is simply 22 with half a Vuelta in his legs, however he would possibly attempt to dangle round with the Bigs within the climbs, so long as he can handle.

What Are They Tweeting About? Their kits:

Alpecin-Fenix have launched into an effort to affix many of the main ball sports activities by seeing if they will exhaust our curiosity in enjoyable package designs. Final 12 months, they famously resuscitated the look of the previous Mercier jerseys in a tribute to van der Poel’s grandpa Poulidor, and it was fucking cool as shit. This one is… not a lot, being extra of a tribute to a wall protecting referred to as X-Kin made by sponsor Fenix. Appears to be like nice within the kitchen although!

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Astana Qazaqstan

Prime Riders: Vincenzo Nibali, Miguel Ángel López, Joe Dombrowski, David de la Cruz, Valerio Conti

Current Giro Historical past: The roster churn makes this tough to reply, however certain, Vlasov was fourth final 12 months earlier than he bounced. Dombro received a stage final 12 months, however for UAE. López completed third for Astana in 2019, then bounced, then bounced again.

Do They Have a GC Man? Two, though one, Nibali, could be extra of a ceremonial decoy whereas the opposite, Superman, is an actual menace to win. Nibali slid to 18th in final 12 months’s Giro, and doesn’t look any higher this season, heading into his eleventh Giro begin (with two general wins). So this can be extra of a possible-retirement tour, although he’s been mum about that topic. López, alternatively, must be taken significantly as a possible winner. I do know what you’re considering: “Lucy must be taken significantly as a possible soccer holder.” OK, superb, he hasn’t all the time been very constant in three week races, however in 2018 López was on the rostrum at each the Vuelta and the Giro and was sixth on the 2020 Tour. The Colombian is way more of a real climber, so the course is well-suited to his strengths. His one misplaced 12 months at Movistar is over and he’s again in his cozy powder blue pajamas. And I like how he simply received the Grossglockner stage of the Tour of the Alps, just a few days after delivering a pleasant ITT efficiency, however then dropped again out of the GC chase on the ultimate day, in rotten climate. Perhaps he simply didn’t have it, however I prefer to suppose he bought the suggestions from his legs that he wanted and simply determined to maintain the powder dry. Not simply sensible, however assured.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Vadim Pronsky. Undecided why I maintain eager to name him Vronsky. However he’s a climber, of mountains if not nineteenth century Russian political bureaucracies.

What Are They Tweeting About? Dombro’s diary?

Once they do get out-of-race consideration, it’s usually for stuff like “have riders been paid these days?” and “wait, Vino is again in cost once more?!” So a low profile isn’t a horrible thought, besides when you think about the truth that they’ve the only greatest star within the race. The Guardian did a huge profile of Vincenzo Nibali, and you’d suppose Astana would not less than retweet that. However you’d be mistaken.


Prime Riders: Pello Bilbao, Mikel Landa, Wout Poels, Phil Bauhaus

Current Giro Historical past: Since its creation in 2017 was centered round Nibali, they get credit score for a second and third general from the Shark, plus a second general final 12 months by Damiano Caruso, who together with Jan Tratnik received phases final 12 months.

Do They Have a GC Man? Oh certain, Bilbao and Landa have a number of high 5 finishes. Landa at 32 doesn’t out of the blue appear to be a winner right here, however he’s been OK. Bilbao has had a fantastic spring, however did kick away the Tour of the Alps on the ultimate day — once more, in unhealthy climate, so perhaps he’s superb. We are going to know quickly.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Bauhaus is a veteran C-list stage sprinter. Debutante Santiago Buitrago could possibly be a really intriguing climbing sensation.

What Are They Tweeting About? Eh, nothing terribly attention-grabbing.

Exhibiting up is half of life, I suppose.

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Prime Riders: Filippo Zana, Sacha Modolo

Current Giro Historical past: Sheesh, this crew has been round endlessly, beginning as Termolan in 1982. Undecided they’re anybody’s favourite crew (see their doping historical past) however I suppose there aren’t a number of small Italian groups, or any Italian groups, for the Giro to select from. Final stage win was 2016 (Ciccone). In 2021 they did Bardiani issues like coming in second within the intermediate dash ultimate standings.

Do They Have a GC Man? Huh? no.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Modolo can win a dash if no person higher reveals up. I don’t know whether or not Zana is a prodigy of types, he’s 23 and nonetheless on Bardiani, however he’s their #1 dossard so perhaps he’ll rise up to one thing.

What Are They Tweeting About? Nothing a lot.

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Prime Riders: Wilco Kelderman, Jai Hindley, Emanuel Buchmann

Current Giro Historical past: Shepherded Peter Sagan round final 12 months to a stage win and the general factors title, earlier than he moved on to, let’s say, equally inexperienced pastures. Pascal Ackermann received the factors right here in 2019 too. Not a lot of a GC presence shortly.

Do They Have a GC Man? Discuss a pivot, they’ve traded of their factors prowess for a full-on GC assault. They signed two-thirds of the 2020 podium, which was a bizarre race that occurred on the finish of the season, however Kelderman has two high tens on the Giro and Hindley is wholesome once more. Buchmann is a whole wild card, if he can get again to his pre-covid period type (4th on the Tour).

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Probably not. Leonard Kämna could be searching phases? Although with a lot GC firepower I believe they are going to solely put guys up the highway when it’s strategic to take action.

What Are They Tweeting About? Precise authentic content material:

Now that’s how you utilize social media.

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Prime Riders: Guillaume Martin, Davide Villella, Davide Cimolai

Current Giro Historical past: Victor Lafay received a stage final 12 months, which is about the one time anybody has observed Cofidis within the Giro shortly. Even having Elia Viviani round didn’t appear to assist a lot.

Do They Have a GC Man? Martin, completely. He’s coming off eighth within the Tour final 12 months, seeing if there’s a better fortune to be present in Italy, away from the Slovenian mob. He’s surrounded by guys who can climb a bit too.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? They might have the oldest crew on the Giro. Simone Consonni can dash some. Cimolai and Villella may go stage searching in the event that they aren’t wanted to guard Martin sooner or later.

What Are They Tweeting About? Somebody listening to them.

Welp. I imply, final 12 months Consonni received the factors comp on the Tour Poitou-Charentes, so perhaps? It is a actually, actually unhealthy 12 months for sprinters on the Giro. The Giro has finished its greatest to run them the hell out of Italy.

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Prime Riders: Natnael Tesfatsion Ocbit, Jefferson Cepeda

Current Giro Historical past: The odd stage. Fausto Masnada three years in the past was the final I feel?

Do They Have a GC Man? Perhaps! Cepeda is a high-level climber who has some good GC leads to shorter occasions, like fourth within the heat up Tour of the Alps final 12 months and second within the Giro di Sicilia this spring. However he’s a reasonably lengthy shot in his second Giro begin.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Tesfatsion is both a sprinter or stage hunter, primarily based on his palmares. He and Cepeda are 22 and 23, respectively.

What Are They Tweeting About? Not a lot shortly.

Tweeting prices cash?

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Prime Riders: Hugh Carthy, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Simon Carr

Current Giro Historical past: They sometimes. present out right here. Just one win, again in 2012, however Carthy was eighth final 12 months and so they have three stage wins within the final two editions.

Do They Have a GC Man? Carthy for certain. Not that he’s anybody’s decide to win, however he’s a strong high 10 guess with vital upside. He was third general on the 2020 Vuelta and has a reasonably respectable observe file of consistency, although he deserted the Vuelta final fall (for causes that appear to be a state secret). This needs to be the highest precedence, when there isn’t a dash stage to hunt.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? MCN is a reasonably truthful pack sprinter, with six Vuelta stage wins and a Tour stage as effectively. Simon Carr and Diego Camargo are the younger children on the roster, although neither is ticketed as the following huge stage race winner.

What Are They Tweeting About? New Package Day!

Being repeatedly wrapped in pink signifies that each Could you will have a great excuse to roll out a brand new look, albeit briefly.

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Prime Riders: Lorenzo Fortunato, Vincenzo Albanese

Current Giro Historical past: The crew dates all the best way again to 2021 when Ivan Basso joined forces with Alberto Contador and his brother to start out a brand new crew. Fortunato bought them off to a great begin with a stage win and sixteenth general final 12 months.

Do They Have a GC Man? asd

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Albanese is the highest candidate to make information for the crew, although Samuele Rivi, Davide Bais and Erik Fetter could possibly be in place to bag a stage.

What Are They Tweeting About? The MCN:

Good to know they plan to have some enjoyable. I don’t actually have any opinion about this crew but however they’ve some vital expertise.


Prime Riders: Arnaud Demare, Jacopo Guarnieri, Attila Valter

Current Giro Historical past: Fourth in 2017 (Pinot), couple stage wins, together with one by Demare two years in the past, when he took the factors competitors.

Do They Have a GC Man? I suppose Valter. He will definitely need to make an early impression on residence soil in Hungary, if in any respect doable. There’s not a ton of proof that he can dangle with the highest ten, however he made it by way of to the end final 12 months, even after the entire power expended holding the maglia rosa for just a few days. That is truly Valter’s third begin, so he’s a great guess to hold round and threaten to do one thing.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Demare, clearly. Valter, simply 23, because the younger man. He may have a shot on the maglia bianca.

What Are They Tweeting About? Valter:

It’s a reasonably cool story for a man of some notoriety to trip in a grand tour on his residence soil, when that residence soil will not be one of many huge biking international locations… not even shut. Valter is certainly one of two riders from Hungary within the World Tour. He’s going to have a great time.


Prime Riders: Richard Carapaz, Richie Porte, Pavel Sivakov, Ben Swift

Current Giro Historical past: Defending winners of three editions within the final 4.

Do They Have a GC Man? Funnily sufficient, their three former winners (Chris Froome, Tao Hart, Egan Bernal) will not be in attendance, whereas the final rider they misplaced to is Carapaz, then of Movistar, and now INEOS’ captain in addition to the highest favourite to win. Porte’s best accomplishment within the Giro was a greatest younger rider triumph (!), however clearly he’ll function plan B or an excellent lieutenant.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Ben Tulett and Jhonnatan Narvaez are the children being delivered to the present. Swifty can dash, however in all probability received’t be requested to dedicate a lot effort to it.

What Are They Tweeting About? Immortality. People made into marble.

By no means cease being bizarre.

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

Prime Riders: Biniam Ghirmay, Domenico Pozzovivo, Barnabás Peák

Current Giro Historical past: The squad, which has been round since 2008, made its Giro debut final 12 months, and so in fact they didn’t handle to… uh, win a stage for a complete two days. By day three, nevertheless, Taco van der Hoorn had his arms within the air, which is insane.

Do They Have a GC Man? Pozzovivo, natch. He was eleventh final 12 months, which is shocking as a result of he was 38 on the time, and is even older now. Like Nibali, there’s loads of hypothesis about his imminent retirement, however he isn’t saying such issues.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Ghirmay is each. Peák, the opposite Hungarian, is extra of a stage hunter for now.

What Are They Tweeting About? Creating a whole neighborhood round how superior Biniam Ghirmay is.

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Prime Riders: Giacomo Nizzolo, Alessandro De Marchi, Alex Dowsett

Current Giro Historical past: Peaked final 12 months when outgoing Dan Martin took a stage and held on to tenth on GC. That’s just about it.

Do They Have a GC Man? Ahhhhhh… nope. De Marchi had the jersey final 12 months for a pair days. It was a great couple days.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Nizzolo is a kind of point-getting stage sprinters who hardly ever places his arms within the air. His two factors comp wins is double his lifetime stage whole.

What Are They Tweeting About? Israel’s 74th birthday!

State sponsors can typically actually put the kitchen panel protecting guys in perspective.

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Prime Riders: Tom Dumoulin, Tobias Foss, Sam Oomen, Jos van Emden

Current Giro Historical past: Third two years in the past with Roglic, ninth with the 23-year-old Foss. The odd stage every so often. And Steven Kruijswijk’s 2016 Giro was fairly nice earlier than he bounced off a snowbank.

Do They Have a GC Man? Ah, certain, Dumoulin is clearly angling for the GC, though how significantly we must always take his probabilities is one other query. Oomen is a greater guess, in all probability, and Foss is prone to be their high man fairly quickly. And van Emden may simply be in pink after day 2, albeit not for lengthy.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Gijs Leemreize has potential down the road, so his progress on the most important mountain phases could possibly be enjoyable to observe.

What Are They Tweeting About? My favourite stage, for which Jumbo is throwing a watch get together:

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Prime Riders: Caleb Ewan, Thomas De Gendt

Current Giro Historical past: They did OK within the Truthful Play comp final 12 months.

Do They Have a GC Man? Hell no.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Hell sure, Ewan has 5 stage wins right here, albeit with out ever making it to the top of the race, so I wouldn’t get too invested in his factors jersey marketing campaign. Hurt Vanhoucke and Sylvain Moniquet are the children, however they are going to be stage-hunting with De Gendt.

What Are They Tweeting About? A somewhat artistic solution to introduce their crew… on the pink sheet:

I can’t ever be down on these guys for lengthy.

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Prime Riders: Alejandro Valverde, Ivan Sosa, Antonio Pedrero, JJ Rojas!

Current Giro Historical past: Plenty of excessive GC locations, together with wins by Carapaz and Nairo Quintana, plus further podiums from them and Valverde. Carapaz dominated in 2019, bagging two phases as effectively. Issues have gone a bit dry for the crew since.

Do They Have a GC Man? I’m certain they suppose so, however who precisely? Valverde is the most important identify, however his grand tour chops are fading. Sosa is a bit untested within the three week races, however is coming in off a win on the Asturias.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Didn’t Rojas dash as soon as upon a time? In fact, Valverde himself can deal with that facet too. And who isn’t enthusiastic about that?

What Are They Tweeting About? Take a wild guess.

Do they even need followers?

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Prime Riders: Mark Cavendish, James Knox, Mauro Schmid

Current Giro Historical past: Levels, phases, phases. Schmid bought one final 12 months. Cav has 15 wins however the final one was in 2013, not that that appears to matter. Oh, and he’s gone now, however João Almeida’s 2020 Giro included a fourth place and 15 days in pink.

Do They Have a GC Man? Knox, who was 14th in that magical 2020 run with Almeida. Though final 12 months he dropped to 53, and he simply went after the KOM in Romandie, so I believe his ambitions can be on phases and different classifications.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Hardly bears repeating. They’ve guys like Mørkøv, Serry, Ballerini and different leadout practice aces, so whereas Cav nearly absolutely goes residence earlier than Verona, Fast Step are useless severe about taking some stage wins whereas he’s there. Schmid is their teen, however he’s simply searching phases. Do you sense a theme right here?

What Are They Tweeting About? Packing suitcases:

Which in all probability just a few of them can be doing someday in week 2.

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Prime Riders: Simon Yates, Lawson Craddock, Lucas Hamilton, Matteo Sobrero

Current Giro Historical past: TBEJ appear to have a behavior of teasing their followers on the Giro with breakthrough wins. It began in 2016, when Chaves bought the jersey off Kruijswijk’s snowy again. Then Yates appeared to be taking management of the race in 2018 earlier than … one thing occurred and he fell aside. He bought as much as third final 12 months, though Bernal wasn’t going to lose, in order that one in all probability didn’t damage as a lot because the others.

Do They Have a GC Man? Have been you listening to the Dude’s story? Yates is the #2 favourite behind Carapaz. He did end off general victory on the Vuelta in 2018, so we all know he has three good weeks in him, and with a pair stage wins this spring his run of type appears good.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Sprinting is off the desk; this can be a GC assault squad. Sobrero is their token younger man however he’s in all probability simply there to assist on the climbs.

What Are They Tweeting About? Precise content material about their Giro prep.

They’re as locked in as you’d anticipate them to be. I get excited now.

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Staff DSM

Prime Riders: Romain Bardet, Thymen Arensman, Alberto Dainese

Current Giro Historical past: The Sunweb/DSM manufacturing facility has been nice at discovering guys, if not preserving them, and the 2020 race noticed them put each Wilco Kelderman and Jai Hindley in a possible profitable place, solely to get burned by Tao Hart on the shut. However they’d Dumoulin the 12 months he received, 2017, as effectively in 2018 when he bought second. Bardet got here on board final 12 months and took seventh with a stage win.

Do They Have a GC Man? Bardet. He has two podium finishes on the Tour, so whereas at 31 he doesn’t strike anybody because the decide to win, he’s no longshot both. Gained the Tour of the Alps, so the shape is there.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? As traditional, certain, expertise continues to overflow. Dainese hasn’t received a grand tour stage but, however he’s knocked on the door, and with a decreased sprinters’ subject perhaps he will get fortunate and will get to a finale with out Cavendish to reckon with. Arensman is a scorching selection for Younger Rider, in his third full season on the high stage and with two Vueltas in his legs. He got here in third behind Bardet on the Alps Tour too, profitable that white jersey by minutes.

What Are They Tweeting About? Fantasy biking!



Prime Riders: Giulio Ciccone, Bauke Mollema, Mattias Skjelmose Jensen, Dario Cataldo, Juan Pedro López, Edward Theuns

Current Giro Historical past: Mollema is often in or close to the highest 10. Ciccone had a pleasant run in 2019 with a stage win and the KOM general victory. Apart from that, they’ve been a bit too quiet for a half-Italian squad.

Do They Have a GC Man? Ciccone and perhaps Mollema or one of many children? I suppose it’ll play out on the highway. With no Nibali because the figurehead, Ciccone is totally cleared to race for himself, however he hasn’t made it to the top the final two Giri. The ageless Mollema has in all probability seen his final top-10, and the children are in all probability again finish of the highest 10 on the very most.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Theuns would possibly poach a dash, though in all probability from a breakaway. Skjelmose Jensen is the proficient however very inexperienced 21 12 months previous beginning on the Giro in his grand tour debut. That often doesn’t finish effectively, however you by no means know. López is much less horny however has been good of late and comes with a pair Vueltas in his system.

What Are They Tweeting About? Be nonetheless, my Abruzzese coronary heart…

Ciccone and Abruzzo will get a ton of play. The stage to the Blockhaus is very large, and the historical past of Abruzzese cyclists is fairly brief, like a lot of Mezzogiorno, besides in contrast to Basilicata Abruzzo has the terrain of a biking haven. Living proof subsequent Sunday. Anyway, the 2 most well-known predecessors are Vito Taccone, who I feel was final seen making counterfeit garments? And Danilo Di Luca. [Extreme sigh.] Anyway, Madonna’s distant cousin is a breath of recent air.

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UAE Staff Emirates

Prime Riders: João Almeida, Rui Costa, Alessandro Covi, Davide Formolo, Fernando Gaviria, Diego Ulissi

Current Giro Historical past: They haven’t been Lampre for some time, so though there’s loads of historical past — wonderful, wonderful historical past — to quote to, the latest returns have been minimal. They win phases yearly although, together with Ulissi who has received 8 Giro phases, relationship way back to 2011 (earlier than getting popped for salbutamol), and who may go looking for the factors comp if he selected to (and if Gaviria doesn’t).

Do They Have a GC Man? Almeida. He has been fourth and sixth right here, and is firmly entrenched within the second tier of favorites this time round, coming with the kind of actual crew help he didn’t get pleasure from with Fast Step. The shape appears superb, although he’s principally been hunkered away doing coaching rides, which might be sensible however he must be cautious to not begin slowly. Costa, Formolo and Rui Oliveira make for a wholesome (and unusually Portuguese) help crew. Don’t be shocked if he wins.

Do They Have a Sprinter or Younger Rider to Watch? Sure to each. Gaviria is the sprinter, with 5 phases to his identify in addition to the 2017 factors competitors. Covi made his Giro and grand tour debut final 12 months and took third on Monte Zoncolan, so don’t anticipate the Italian public to be in any respect cheap over the following three weeks.

What Are They Tweeting About? The sharks are circling…



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