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    If he starts the TT tomorrow and is fit he can make 90 seconds up. Does mean very little margin for error in the big hills though.
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    BBC reports that he wasn't riding too freely when he crossed the line; hopefully he was just being careful and any injuries are superficial.

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    Hopefully nothing that can't be fixed, get him right for the TT and see how things stand this time tomorrow.
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    mechanical for wiggins in the time trial means a bike change - maybe cost him 10 seconds. not having a lot of luck in this giro.
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    turned out to be a great ride from Wiggo but that mechanical cost him the stage. Blown Hesjadal away and taken decent time out of Evans but Nibali looks incredibly good with the mountains to come.
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    It's Nibali's to lose now, he's been strong all year and looks like he's timed his peak right. I can't see Wiggins catching him without the aid of crash or mechanical.

    Lots to go yet though and some incredibly hard riding...
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    The final time trial is uphill and only 20k. Wiggo needs a lot of luck to wipe out 75 seconds on Nibali on that course. The uphill isn't a problem, it is descending that Brad is very poor at by comparison to Nibali.
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    Nibali may be content to sit in and mark, will need to set a high pace and keep him away from those time bonuses. Maybe high enough to crack him late on?

    Will be tough but there's plenty of time...
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    The key for Wiggins is now the support from Uran and Henao. Make the most of Rigoberto, Bradley. Next season he is going to be a team leader elsewhere I reckon.
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    Eurosport were suggesting during today's stage that Uran was off next year...
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    I can understand why Wiggo feels uncertain in the rain but, in that case, I cannot fathom why he chooses to live in Lancashire.

    Let's hope for a two week dry spell after today's rest day.

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    You'd think he'd be used to it.

    Maybe they should spend a winter training camp in Wales, that'd sort him out!
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    Big mountains today. Looks like Sky are coming out to play and are trying to rest control from Nibali's Astana team. Going to be fucking carnage.
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    Wiggins struggling to stay in touch on the final climb.

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    He is going to lose a few seconds here at least. And that is why the giro is no good for Wiggins. The hills are too steep.
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    Great performance by Uran
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paddingtonwolf View Post
    He is going to lose a few seconds here at least. And that is why the giro is no good for Wiggins. The hills are too steep.
    Couldn't agree more, he's been working on his climbing but I always felt these ramps wouldn't suit him.

    Another big chunk of time lost with Nibali seemingly comfortable.

    Shame Uran wasn't closer going into that stage, would have been very interesting seeing how Astana would react. Good riding.

    Good long finish from Oss and the Latvian today too.
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    I enjoyed today even if nothing happened for gc. When Eurosport said they were close to the zoncolan the sadist in me wanted a finish on that hill
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    Wiggins suffering with a chest infection. If he has got an infection he's doing remarkably well as the last time I had one I couldn't move for a couple of days..

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    I saw that. I also saw Cadel's interview at the finish of the first mountain stage and he sounded rough as fuck, coughing like he had altitude sickness. Think some bug is flying round the peleton.

    I am hoping that the Galibier climb won't be neutralised over the weekend. They are still shifting snow off it at the moment.
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    Close one for the break today, 'comfortable' for Cavendish in the end.

    Wiggins clearly struggling, chance of an abandon?
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    I reckon so - he clearly isn't well and any chance of winning has gone
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    I wish I could cycle up a Mountain with a chest infection as be classed as looking "a little bit fucked"

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    Wiggins has pulled out due to illness

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny View Post
    Wiggins has pulled out due to illness
    Right decision, he still has chance to make something of his season if he looks after himself. Which he wouldn't be doing over the next week if he'd continued!

    Evans versus Nibali for the next few days then, would love to see Cadel overhaul him but I think it's unlikely. May all be over by Sunday night on the Galibier...
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    I think the Galibier might be neutralised, as might the summit finish tomorrow, due to snow. Advantage Cadel if that happens as I reckon he can take some time back from Nibali in the TT.
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    Galibier is sometimes closed all the way through to June, they knew this was coming so hopefully they're prepared and can make it happen.

    Assuming no more snow on the way....
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    Confirmed : no Sestriere today, no Mont Cenis or Galibier tomorrow. Fucking shame.
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    No live pictures either! (stage 14 at least)
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