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    Was having a look at the Giro route this year and this is what I found:

    Stage four:



    Stage 6:



    Stage 12:



    Stage 13 (Mountain TT):



    Stage 15 (the next day is the rest day and wouldn't you want it):



    Stage 17 and meet the Selle Monte Zoncolan, it makes the Alpe d'Huez or anyother climb in the Tour look like nothing. This is brutal, expect a few guys to go 'stuff this and pull out':





    They went over it in the 2003 Giro, but on the 'easier' East Side where it averaged 6-8% and the last three k's it was at 13%.

    You would want a mountain bike for the Zoncolan
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    Jeez, that's vertical. Would love to see Cippolini's face when he saw that coming up.
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    I look forward to watching that climb. That sort of ascent kills me over 200 metres never mind 10km!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    You would want a mountain bike for the Zoncolan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    Jeez, that's vertical. Would love to see Cippolini's face when he saw that coming up.
    If they had that in the Tour de France you would have about 50 riders left. And one of the biggest girls in the peloton Alessandro Petacchi would have abandoned straight away.

    Imagine Magnus Backstedt on it, you and I would both pass him. Actually Big Magnus would probably be better served taking his cycling shoes off and running/walk up it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Craig View Post
    If they had that in the Tour de France you would have about 50 riders left. And one of the biggest girls in the peloton Alessandro Petacchi would have abandoned straight away.

    Imagine Magnus Backstedt on it, you and I would both pass him. Actually Big Magnus would probably be better served taking his cycling shoes off and running/walk up it
    Tbf, think i'd probably walk up it. Some bastard stole my foot pump so my dire mountain bike (wasn't allowed to take my road bike to Bangor) has flat tyres ffs.

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    Does Scott Styris look a lot similar to Floyd Landis only clean shaven?


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    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/othe...ng/6439769.stm

    Millar wins the Paris - Nice prologue.

    I think Millar is in with a very solid chance at doing the usual British cyclist role in the Tour which is to basically win the prologue, stay in yellow for maybe 2 days and then creep over the mountain and finish in paris about 100th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/othe...ng/6439769.stm

    Millar wins the Paris - Nice prologue.

    I think Millar is in with a very solid chance at doing the usual British cyclist role in the Tour which is to basically win the prologue, stay in yellow for maybe 2 days and then creep over the mountain and finish in paris about 100th.
    TBF to Millar, he did manage 59th last time out having been back in competitive riding two weeks. He's not anything like as bad a climber as a Boardman etc etc - and the likes of Yates, Sciandri etc weren't that bad either - just honest domestiques.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neil Pickup View Post
    TBF to Millar, he did manage 59th last time out having been back in competitive riding two weeks. He's not anything like as bad a climber as a Boardman etc etc - and the likes of Yates, Sciandri etc weren't that bad either - just honest domestiques.
    Millar kept a fair bit under the radar in the last Tour as well for fairly obvious reasons. But there's Boardman, Millar, Wiggins who've ridden the Tour the last few years and all are basically TT-specialists.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    Millar kept a fair bit under the radar in the last Tour as well for fairly obvious reasons. But there's Boardman, Millar, Wiggins who've ridden the Tour the last few years and all are basically TT-specialists.
    That's what happens when you ride in small fields with crap helpers all the time.

    The last decent time triallist from any of the big four nations (where team cycling is rife) was Indurain.

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    I'm going to stick my neck out and say Miller will win the TT in London, he will be super motivated to win and has shown he is starting to find form, and he showed that at Vuelta last year when won the TT there. Plus on I do like him in that at least he had the balls to admit he did something wrong when he confessed to taking EPO. Credit where it is due, which more then the usual bull**** we keep getting from Landis, Basso etc. FFS just take a DNA test and Landis stop playing us for chumps.

    Rant aside, you can't rule out Wiggins, but IMO Miller >>> Wiggins, and I don't know about anybody else, but his squad Cofidis are the cycling version of Newcastle United. Other names include Fabian Cancellara, his CSC team-mate Dave Zabriskie (is famous in the 2004 Vuelta for going on a 165km solo break to win a stage after riding off after 1km), and darkhorses would be Levi Leiphiemer, George Hincapie, Sebastian Lang, Mick Rogers, and Thor Hushovd.

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    Zabriskie is well known for winning a prologue in the Tour as well tbf.

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    Operación Puerto dismissed - http://www.cyclingnews.com/news.php?...ar07/mar13news

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    Despite the fact that Boonen won the sprint for second spot

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