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Justin in Austin, get it? :)
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Also look for Bianchi to put in a strong showing.
I don't work here, I just live here
Look for big things from ONCE and USPS but I think Bianchi have a lot riding on this as well so I'd look to those two faves and FDJ and Bianchi as well placed / winning outsiders.
i think CSC gets in there as well. yes, tyler's banged up, but i don't think that will hurt the team, tyler's going to inspire sastre and the rest of the team to ride well. top-6 for them.
i'd also love to see rabobank do well with their 7 remaining riders. with levi and lotz they'd have been the consensus pick for 3rd.
yes, bianchi and telekom ought to be picked because of the strength of their traditionally strong riders. but who wants it more? FDJeux wants the yellow back. mcgee and cooke will be good--OZ is traditionally strong in team pursuit. jimmy casper can't help with his neck in a brace, and riding today's stage off the back. but in the giro's first ITT two FDJ riders who'll ride tomorrow took 9th and 14th, and 6th and 20th in the second TT, that's in addition to the aussies. otherwise, they're fielding a lot of fresh riders who won't have ridden the giro.
cofidis also wants it, because miller is close to the yellow and this is that team's best chance to get it for him. they also have mechanics who are very motivated to keep the chains on the bikes.
and nobody is talking about simoni for the GC, and he has to wonder what he's got to do to get some respect? saeco has had a quiet first 4 days, but they'll be loud tomorrow. unfortunately, maybe not enough horses.
I agree with you on Rabobank, they would have been a strong contender. They may still do OK. But there are a few hills in this course, and one or two guys with bad legs on the first hill and they'll have to wait for them.
I'd pick USPS, just because they won't loose a single guy on the first hill. Same is probably true for Bianchi and ONCE. Unfortunately I don't think the same can be said for FdJ, Cofidis or CSC (I am most worried about Piil, more so than Tyler).
But I can see CSC anywhere from first to sixth. Remember that if do well enough (beat USPS among others), they could put Tyler in yellow. Unlikely for sure, but at this point it's all mental and they just may display the kind of determination usually found in a team AFTER getting the yellow.
1) CSC :-)
6) CSC :-(
Why? Yes, they have strong individual time trialists...but they also have the same guys who have done very well in the 2-man TTT's. I still believe the top spot(s) will be taken up by USPS, ONCE, or Bianchi, but I'm picking Gerolsteiner to beat one of them off the podium.
Hey! It's kinda shaky out here...