So much road cycling news - so little time
The Giro d’Italia is here, but that doesn't stop us from talking about the Tour de France and more. This week is full of cycling news from the 2013 Giro d’Italia to Team Sky Pro Cycling.
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While Wiggins was battling it out in Italy, Froome is doing intervals up Mt. Ventoux. I wonder if he fully believes Brailford’s claim that House Sky is united? I tend to believe that while Brailsford has made mistakes in managing public relations with the media, he is managing his riders correctly. He must have had a conversation with Wiggins to set him straight. The Tour winner’s comments prior to the Giro stating his form would be good was the wrong message to send to the public and his teammates.
For the sake of the team Brailsford did the right thing – set the ground rules for the Tour. For media types like me, it’s one less drama we might have to write about. I can live with that.
Giro d’Italia goodness
Julien Prétot, AP reporter, posted on Twitter, “A defending champion who goes on the attack on stage 3 is pure class. Period.” Prétot is talking about the Giro d’Italia. What a show of panache by Garmin-Sharp’s Ryder Hesjedal! His numerous attacks made the last 30 minutes of racing exciting. I hope this is a sign of what’s to come in the remaining stages.
From a strategic point of view it was also smart to attack. Being out front on the risky descent was the safe move, plus it showed that Hesjedal is a true contender for the overall.
That said, Wiggins and Team Sky have a dangerous advantage over Hesjedal and other rivals such as BMC’s Cadel Evans. Garmin-Sharp’s Jonathan Vaughters posted on Twitter that he thought the team’s performance was good, not great. However, I think he might be a bit concerned by the time gap of 19 seconds that separates Hesjedal and Wiggins. It’s a small split, but it will be a challenge to take back any time from the well-oiled Sky squad and Wiggins. BMC ought to be a bit concerned too. Evans was second on stage 3, but he remains 25 seconds behind Wiggins after a poor team time trial performance.
Speaking of BMC, anyone seen Thor Hushovd lately? He had a respectable start to the season, but now he’s nowhere. I thought this might be his year of redemption, but I suspect unless he scores some prestigious victories (ie a stage at the Tour de France) he may be racing a BMC for the last time. Whereabouts, anyone?
Bad luck of the day award goes to Michele Scarponi. Scarponi is a contender in the “fight for pink”, but crashed in stage 3 with five kilometers to go and lost 44 seconds. Luckily no heavy damage - just road rash and a busted up bike.
The Lampre-Merida leader’s chances for the overall took a big hit so he might focus on stage wins and become the fly in the ointment for Sky. For example – Scarponi might be too far to be in the hunt for the overall, but no team can afford to let him go up the road and scratch back time. He’s far too dangerous