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Giro d'Italia on TV

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 ripper 30 Sep 2020

Starts this weekend, highlights are on Quest HD (channel 169 on my Virgin box)

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 elsewhere 30 Sep 2020
In reply to ripper:

S4C on iPlayer, I guess because Geraint Thomas is in it.

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In reply to ripper:

Presumably it'll be in Welsh if it's coming via S4C and I think I read it's the main race no highlights or anything, you'll need Eurosport for that. Happy to be corrected though. 

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 elsewhere 30 Sep 2020
In reply to thepodge:

> Presumably it'll be in Welsh if it's coming via S4C and I think I read it's the main race no highlights or anything, you'll need Eurosport for that. Happy to be corrected though. 

I wonder if I can point my phone at the TV for a live Google translate...

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 Webster 30 Sep 2020
In reply to elsewhere:

might be an english subtitles or english commentary option.

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 elsewhere 30 Sep 2020
In reply to Webster:

> might be an english subtitles or english commentary option.

I hope so. I once had Danish Tour de France coverage. The most I understood was "Rasmussen Rasmussen Oy yoy yoy yoy" which was said a lot.

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 wynaptomos 30 Sep 2020
In reply to elsewhere:

S4C are pretty good for cycling. Had the tour on too, even though Thomas wasn’t in it (although I expect that meant lower ratings)

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 elsewhere 02 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

> Starts this weekend, highlights are on Quest HD (channel 169 on my Virgin box)

Quest channel 12 on Freeview showing giro highlights Saturday evening.

Otherwise free 7 day Eurosport trial on Amazon prime then 7 quid for 1 month to get to end of Vuelta.

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 GrahamD 05 Oct 2020
In reply to elsewhere:

Just watched today on S4C.  Somewhat depressing viewing from a UK perspective. 

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 elsewhere 05 Oct 2020
In reply to GrahamD:

> Just watched today on S4C.  Somewhat depressing viewing from a UK perspective. 

Does S4C have English commentary on live coverage?

The free trial of Eurosports in Prime is rubbish

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 Jim Hamilton 05 Oct 2020
In reply to GrahamD:

> Just watched today on S4C.  Somewhat depressing viewing from a UK perspective. 

I've wondered why riders are so casual discarding bottles when they often bounce back off the kerb or something and straight back into the group.

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 webbo 05 Oct 2020
In reply to Jim Hamilton:

I don’t think they will be discarding them in the neutralised bit, more likely dropped or bounced out of a cage.

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 Yanis Nayu 05 Oct 2020
In reply to Jim Hamilton:

As said above, I guess it was dropped in this case, but yes, they often lob them against walls and things so they bounce back into the bunch which has always struck me as both stupid and incompetent. 

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 Webster 05 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

Is Thomas cursed in Italy?  2 attampts at the giro while in strong form, 2 crashes not of his making ruling him out... gutting.

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 GrahamD 05 Oct 2020
In reply to elsewhere:

Just Welsh, I'm afraid.

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 ianstevens 05 Oct 2020
In reply to GrahamD:

Eurosport player is £20-30 a year depending on offers at the time - well worth it if you watch all 3 grand tours.

As for Yates... it’s only 3 minutes, and the parcours is insane. All over for G though.

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 Rob Parsons 05 Oct 2020
In reply to webbo:

> I don’t think they will be discarding them in the neutralised bit, more likely dropped or bounced out of a cage.

Looking at some footage on Twitter, there seemed to be _several_ bottles bouncing around the road at that point.

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In reply to ianstevens:

And the skiing!!! Oh my god, the biathlon! The cross country!!! The 4 hills!!!!! 

Soooo gooooood.

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 ianstevens 05 Oct 2020
In reply to bouldery bits:

> And the skiing!!! Oh my god, the biathlon! The cross country!!! The 4 hills!!!!! 

> Soooo gooooood.

I also like those too, presuming you’re being facetious ;)  

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 cragtyke 06 Oct 2020
In reply to ianstevens:

And the classics, Alaphillipe at LBL on Sunday was priceless.

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 GrahamD 06 Oct 2020
In reply to cragtyke:

That must have been the strongest LBL line up ever !  Think Alaphilipe might just have got a bit too cocky there, but got to love the guy.

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 GrahamD 06 Oct 2020
In reply to ianstevens:

Yates' capitulation there was a real surprise.  He looked empty.  Doesn't bode well  unless there is some short term problem we haven't heard about.

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 ianstevens 06 Oct 2020
In reply to cragtyke:

Of course, but it’s hard to watch them when they clash with the grand tours - the latter will always win out for me. Unless it rains in Roubaix of course...

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 ianstevens 06 Oct 2020
In reply to GrahamD:

Was very surprising. His team seemed eager to just put it down to a bad day rather than anything else. Will make the rest of the giro interesting for sure, as now G is effectively out Yates has some of the best form by quite a way (presuming he hasn’t gone pop already), and will be forced to attack loads ala 2018. It’s “only” 2.5 minutes between him and Nibali - could be set up for a fairytale. Or of course, nothing.

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 JLS 06 Oct 2020
In reply to elsewhere:

> Does S4C have English commentary on live coverage?

> The free trial of Eurosports in Prime is rubbish

Have you noticed the highlights show is free to air on Quest?

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 Webster 06 Oct 2020
In reply to ianstevens:

> As for Yates... it’s only 3 minutes, and the parcours is insane. 

insane, i call it just plain stupid, do they realise its october?! twice going above 2700m, in late october! there will be several feet of snow by that point! nobody is going to be able to race properly when they are just fighting to survive the elements. and whos clever idea was it to go south to north instead of north to south? makes sense in spring, not autumn! they already changed the grand depart after the reschedule, why not flip the whole course on its head? i know its tradition in grand tours to do all the big climbs in the last week, but how exciting would it have been to completely flip that round?!

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 the sheep 06 Oct 2020
In reply to Webster:

Looks like Thomas is out with a hip fracture!

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 malk 06 Oct 2020
In reply to JLS:

> Have you noticed the highlights show is free to air on Quest?


and catchup here: https://www.dplay.co.uk/show/giro-ditalia-highlights

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 elsewhere 06 Oct 2020
In reply to JLS:

> Have you noticed the highlights show is free to air on Quest?

Yes, I may give up on Eurosports on Prime Video. 

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 ripper 06 Oct 2020
In reply to JLS:

> Have you noticed the highlights show is free to air on Quest?

Anyone watching Quest highlights and thinking the commentary is terrible?

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 Rob Parsons 06 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

> Anyone watching Quest highlights and thinking the commentary is terrible?


Yes, and yes. 'It's all happening!" Etc.  etc. etc.

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 JLS 06 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

You don't know you're born. I remember when TV cycling consisted on Dickie Davis giving a 3.5 minute round-up of the week's Tour happenings on ITV World of Sport.

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 Seymore Butt 06 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

Embarassingly terrible. Bring back Sherwen & Liggett. Looking at the size of Wiggo he wouldn't be out of place commenting on a rugby match.

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 Jon Greengrass 06 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

> Anyone watching Quest highlights and thinking the commentary is terrible?

Standard Eurosport, we've all been spoiled by having David Millar on ITV4 during the Tour.

Anyone watching the Quest highlights and thinking that the footage was recorded on secondhand VHS tapes?

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 Rob Parsons 06 Oct 2020
In reply to Jon Greengrass:

> Anyone watching the Quest highlights and thinking that the footage was recorded on secondhand VHS tapes?

Yes - that's another oddity. A further one is the very loud rotor noise in the footage taken from the helicopters. I mean - they just have to mute the microphone a bit to fix that.

I expected all of the technology used in these things to have been sorted out and standardized years ago - but apparently not.

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 ripper 06 Oct 2020
In reply to Rob Parsons:

> Yes, and yes. 'It's all happening!" Etc.  etc. etc.

Usually delivered exactly at the moment when it's clearly not all happening

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 nufkin 07 Oct 2020
In reply to Seymore Butt:

>  Looking at the size of Wiggo he wouldn't be out of place commenting on a rugby match.

Never mind commentating, he wouldn't look out of place in the match

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 malk 07 Oct 2020
In reply to nufkin:

looks like his asthma has cleared up;) i never understood why he entered the rowing scene as a heavyweight (>75kg) and doing the sprint (2000m) with his cycling hour record..

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 GrahamD 07 Oct 2020
In reply to malk:

Dr Richard Freeman destroyed laptop, hearing told -

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/54440592

I don't think his asthma is his biggest worry at the moment. 

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 elsewhere 07 Oct 2020

That descent on wet twisty roads looked frightening! Glad nobody crashed.

Great finish, very impressive to approach the finish with nobody else visible in the distance.

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 ripper 08 Oct 2020
In reply to elsewhere:

> That descent on wet twisty roads looked frightening! Glad nobody crashed.

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Yeah I thought that too - and only later heard about the two riders taken out by a metal barrier 'blowing'(?) into the road just before the finish!

Ganna does look like the new Big Mig - at least for now. With more TT to come, could he be a good bet for the overall win?

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In reply to ripper:

Just watched Ganna's amazing performance. He has just served notice that he will be a force to be reckoned with for many years to come. I must admit that before the World's I knew nothing of him, but his ride today will go down in the history books. Admittedly, the peloton won't underestimate him again as they did today. But there are two more tts to come in this race.

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 GrahamD 08 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

With the best will in the world, its hard to see a 82kg rider lasting this hilly parcours.  Great to see for now, though, and some crumb of comfort for Ineos.

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 elsewhere 08 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

Sagan not doing well

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 JLS 08 Oct 2020
In reply to Rob Parsons:

>”A further one is the very loud rotor noise in the footage taken from the helicopters.”

I expect that’s just a canned sound. I reckon most of the pictures you see have no sound recorded with them and the helicopter and crowd noise is for the most part added to give a bit of atmosphere.

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In reply to JLS:

Am I alone in not being able to distinguish between the maglia rosa and the maglia rosso?

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 elsewhere 08 Oct 2020
In reply to Rog Wilko:

> Am I alone in not being able to distinguish between the maglia rosa and the maglia rosso?

No!

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 Jon Greengrass 09 Oct 2020
In reply to Rog Wilko:

There isn't a Maglia Rosso? The leader of the points competition wears the Maglia Ciclamino, which confusingly is an almost identical shade to those worn by team Bardiani.

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In reply to Jon Greengrass:

I must have been looking at an out of date page which mentioned rosso. The fact remains the colours are quite similar. It raises a question which has long had me wondering - why are teams allowed to wear kit in the TdF which is primarily yellow, or in the Giro which is primarily pink etc etc?

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 GrahamD 09 Oct 2020
In reply to Rog Wilko:

> I must have been looking at an out of date page which mentioned rosso. The fact remains the colours are quite similar. It raises a question which has long had me wondering - why are teams allowed to wear kit in the TdF which is primarily yellow, or in the Giro which is primarily pink etc etc?

Strictly speaking, they aren't allowed to have team colours which can be confused for any of the jerseys including world champion's.  How JV got round that one at the TDF I've no idea. 

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 Enty 09 Oct 2020
In reply to Rog Wilko:

> I must have been looking at an out of date page which mentioned rosso. The fact remains the colours are quite similar. It raises a question which has long had me wondering - why are teams allowed to wear kit in the TdF which is primarily yellow, or in the Giro which is primarily pink etc etc?


Gets right on my nerves that does.

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In reply to Rog Wilko:

Yep, it was a page from 2014. There must be so much dross that's never been wiped off the net.

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 MJAngry 10 Oct 2020
In reply to Rog Wilko:

> Yep, it was a page from 2014. There must be so much dross that's never been wiped off the net.

Ha ha, And you say that on ukc!!! 😂 🤣 😂 

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 ralphio 10 Oct 2020
In reply to ralphio:

> Simon Yates out after positive Covid test

Oh dear! What's the chances of this race being completed?

On the other hand, it'll be obvious why he's been struggling.

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 Yanis Nayu 10 Oct 2020
In reply to ralphio:

Oh no!  Wonder if that explains him being a bit off form in the early stages.

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 ripper 10 Oct 2020
In reply to ralphio:

> Simon Yates out after positive Covid test

Damn that's a shame but he's clearly been slightly off the pace. I guess it's down to Luke Rowe or Tao Geoghan Hart for an unlikely stage win, in terms of domestic interest. Anyone care to predict the overall winner?

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 webbo 10 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

> Damn that's a shame but he's clearly been slightly off the pace. I guess it's down to Luke Rowe or Tao Geoghan Hart for an unlikely stage win, in terms of domestic interest. Anyone care to predict the overall winner?

It would be really impressive for Luke Rowe to win a stage as he’s not riding the Giro.

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 GrahamD 10 Oct 2020
In reply to Rog Wilko:

Interesting how he's the only one on the team to test positive.

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 elsewhere 10 Oct 2020
In reply to GrahamD:

> Interesting how he's the only one on the team to test positive. 

Hopefully they isolate from each other within the team bubble or at least take precautions. Otherwise one infection of could spread and force the whole team out of the race.

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 nufkin 10 Oct 2020

Unrelated to the pedalling action, I notice that even Covid isn't enough to force the Giro to abandon Podium Lovelies

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 GrahamD 10 Oct 2020
In reply to ripper:

Alex Dowsett ! I honestly didn't think he had that in him.

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 JLS 10 Oct 2020
In reply to GrahamD:

Great win. I’m really pleased for him.

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 Sans-Plan 11 Oct 2020
In reply to GrahamD:

> Alex Dowsett ! I honestly didn't think he had that in him.

Why ? He’s a classy rider, multi national TT champ, previous hour record holder, he’s one guy you don’t want to let go off the front of a break within sight of the stage finish!

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 elsewhere 13 Oct 2020
In reply to Sans-Plan:

Whole Michelton Scott team, whole Jumbo Visma team and Matthews of Sunweb out of Giro due to Covid tests. 😕

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 Yanis Nayu 13 Oct 2020
In reply to elsewhere:

Be an interesting study in outdoor sporting transmission now. 

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 elsewhere 13 Oct 2020

Dutch rider blames UCI for allowing RCS to pack teams into Sicily hotels with the public

Unlike at the Tour de France where riders were sequestered away from the public and kept apart from race staff and other support crews, Van Emden said the Giro d'Italia's bubble was burst at the Grande Partenza in Sicily.

"It already went wrong in the first hotel we were in. We were there with four or maybe five teams - that's not a problem because ... they take care of the health of the team - but the police and the motos were there, the Shimano neutral service, and normal people were there all eating from the same buffet.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-emden-the-uci-should-get-the-bill-for-giro-ditalia-covid-19-positives/

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In reply to elsewhere:

Hope we get to the end of the race safely. Quality day from Sagan.

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 ripper 15 Oct 2020
In reply to webbo:

> It would be really impressive for Luke Rowe to win a stage as he’s not riding the Giro.

Oops - slip of the mind there.... I meant Ben Swift

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 GrahamD 15:54 Sun
In reply to ripper:

Great result for Tao today and only a few seconds off podium now.

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 elsewhere 16:06 Sun
In reply to GrahamD:

Almeidia did well to hang on, it's very tight at the top.

Apparently some of the mountain stages may have to be shortened as they are expecting bad weather next week.

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 elsewhere 16:09 Sun
In reply to ripper:

Vuelta coverage on ITV4 starting 7pm Tuesday.

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 GrahamD 16:43 Sun
In reply to elsewhere:

Looking forward to cycling back on TV.  Sounds like Tour of Flanders would have been worth a watch today. 

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 Yanis Nayu 17:07 Sun
In reply to GrahamD:

It was brilliant. Alaphilippe, WVA & MVDP were clear. Alaphilippe crashed really badly into a motorbike and the other two stayed away and had a brutal sprint. No love lost between those two I don’t think. 

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 GrahamD 19:36 Sun
In reply to Yanis Nayu:

The three best classic riders of the time.  

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 elsewhere 23:00 Tue
In reply to ripper:

Well the Vuelta kicked off with fireworks.

Very sad to see Froome struggling.

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 Webster 19:25 Thu
In reply to ripper:

who said Ineos and GB were down and out this season! Tao right in contention at the sharp end!

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 Yanis Nayu 19:28 Thu
In reply to Webster:

Great stage. I’ve ridden the Stelvio and the Cancano. Breathtaking scenery. 

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In reply to Webster:

And Carthy now 5th on the Vuelta. 

Today's Giro stage was amazing and sets up the race beautifully for Saturdays revised stage. When was the last time the top 3 in a Grand Tour were split by 15 seconds going into the final weekend?

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 elsewhere 21:26 Thu
In reply to Wanderer100:

That was a quality mountain day!

Somebody needs to sort out those Sunweb jackets.

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In reply to elsewhere:

> That was a quality mountain day!

> Somebody needs to sort out those Sunweb jackets.

I know. They looked like a right faff to get on and Hindley nearly came a cropper at the top of the Stelvio. Chapeau to Rohan Dennis as well. What a shift he put in.

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 abr1966 21:38 Thu
In reply to Yanis Nayu:

> Great stage. I’ve ridden the Stelvio and the Cancano. Breathtaking scenery. 

I was watching earlier and made it my post covid target to ride the Stelvio!!!

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 Yanis Nayu 21:48 Thu
In reply to abr1966:

I did it from Bormio, then descended to turn right down the Umbrail into Switzerland, then looped round to Prato to do it from there (the more famous side) before descending back down to Bormio.  That descent was one of the best experiences of my life; almost surreal.  The whole area is stunning.  I did the Gavia, the Cancano and Bormio 2000 the same week.  I saw AVV twice when I did the Stelvio too and said hello.  

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 abr1966 21:53 Thu
In reply to Yanis Nayu:

It was really good to watch and I had a bit of a moment watching some of the camera angles on the descent....I'm no climber though but if I was really focused for 6 months before it I reckon I'd be ok! If you fancy doing it again ill give you a shout!!

Not sure where the Vuelta thread is but a great result for Dan today....really was a deserved victory!

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In reply to ripper:

Fantastic stage. 

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