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Paolo Pops the First Cork at the Giro

Still pretty in pink (AFP)Defending champion Paolo Savoldelli gave warning to his Giro d’Italia challengers Saturday by winning the opening 6.2km individual time trial around the Belgian village of Seraing.The Italian Discovery Channel team captian AND two-time Giro winner (2005 and 2002) pulled on the maglia rosa, the overall leader’s pink jersey, after beating Australia’s Bradley McGee (Francaise des Jeux) by 11 seconds. Given that Salvodelli beat a whole host of specialists it is sure to serve as a sign that he is fully intent on defending his title this year.Main rival Ivan Basso (CSC) finished in 13th place 23

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Pretty in Pink?

This really isn’t going out on a limb, but get used to the image below. Ivan Basso is the prohibitive favorite to win the Giro d’Italia, barring any physical issues (like the stomach ailment which plagued him at the 2005 Giro). What about Cunego, Salvodelli, Simoni, Cioni, Di Luca, etc? With all due respect for the other contenders, the Armstrong/Postal/Discovery rule applies in CSC’s case; the strongest rider also had the strongest team.Still uncertain? Just ask his sister (below) who’ll win…

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Comments and Tidbits on the Eve of the Giro

The Giro d’Italia doesn’t even begin in Italy. It begins in Liege, Belgium, on Saturday with a 6.2K time trial. In fact, the first four days of the Giro are in Belgium. When I returned to the Tour de France in 2004, the prologue was in Liege. Marco Pantani, who died two years ago from a cocaine overdose, was the last of only 12 riders to have won the Giro and Tour de France in the same year. That was in 1998. Bjarne Riis, Ivan Basso’s manager with the CSC team, believes Basso can win both races this year: “A

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Start Lists for the Giro

Are you ready for some major stage racing?I almost — almost — like the Giro more than the Tour de France. There are those who think it’s a tougher, more grueling tour (OK, so argue with me). The mountain stages are truly staggering.So, who’s favored?Here’s the preliminary start list for Discovery Channel:1. Defending and two-time champion Paolo Savoldelli, (ITA)2. Tom Danielson, last year’s Tour de Georgia champion (USA)3. Manuel Beltran Martinez, (SP)4. Viatcheslav Ekimov, (RUS)5. Benoit Joachim, (LUX)6. Jason Mccartney, (USA)7. Pavel Padrnos, (CZE)8. José Luis Rubiera Vigil, (SP)9. Matthew White, (AUS)And here’s CSC, the team to watch if you’re

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A Day Late…

Yes, I’m tardy with this considering National Look Alike Day was yesterday. But given Floyd Landis’ new (old school, Greg Lemond) aero position, which has garnered him two ITT wins this year (one yesterday at the Tour de Georgia) I couldn’t resist. (We’ll try to give you a more in-depth breakdown of his position later, once one of us has completed an aerospace engineering course! ;-))

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The Arrows of Wallonne

Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Epargne), seized his most important victory to date, winning the 70th edition of La Fleche Wallonne. Long regarded as the next great Spanish rider, Valverde’s victories have often come in his home country. At the 2005 Tour de France, he began to show his promise capturing Stage 10 on top of Courcheval from the eventual overall winner Lance Armstrong, while also grabbing the Best Young Rider’s jersey. He would, however, drop out of the race because of knee problems created by his efforts in the mountains.In winning Wallonne, he has not only taken one of the great

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So, Which Is It?

Woody Marshall/The TelegraphJessie Mae Walker, a resident at the Dempsey Apartments,waits for the Tour de Georgia to pass her on Cherry Street Tuesday afternoon. Will the crowds be up or down at the Tour de Georgia?According to George Henry’s account in the Associated Press Wednesday morning, “The other notable difference between this year’s race and last year’s was the size of the crowds greeting the rider. Last year, huge crowds gathered to catch a glimpse of Lance Armstrong. Without the retired seven-time Tour de France champ, the number of spectators dwindled to the levels of the inaugural Georgia event that

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What a Peach

The Tour de Georgia begins today and ends April 23rd. Live coverage is being provided by both Velonews and cyclingnews.com. Tom Danielson has done and said all the right things and seems set to defend his title. Now to what degree remains to be seen as he’s also pointed out that he would like to make the Giro d’Italia his season’s main proving ground. Floyd Landis, who narrowly missed out on victory in Georgia last year, is also back after some time decompressing from his quick start out of the gate this season (winning both the inaugural Tour of California

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Ardennes Classics – Re(lux)

Two-ferConsidering the early season roll that Team CSC had to kick off the 2005 season, the 2006 campaign has been somewhat of a disappointment (at least up until now). In back to back weekends, CSC has managed to win the Queen of the Classics (Fabian Cancellara) and now Amstel Gold with Luxembourg Champion Frank Schleck. Given that the Ardennes is primarily in Belgium and Luxembourg, Schleck’s win isn’t much of a surprise as he was surely familiar with the terrain. But, considering that he wasn’t a pre-race favorite nor has he had any big victories, this win is a major

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Of Bike and Beer – New Belgium?

What’s the current fascination between bike and beer? (don’t know what I’m talking about, pick up any cycling gear catalog and tell me how many beer related cycling jerseys you find). Today begins our monthly examination (or until I run out of material) of the relationship/collaboration between bike and beer. If you’re immediately taken aback thinking, aren’t those things counterintuitive? You might have a point (especially if you compare the physiques of the average beer drinker to the average biker). Upon a closer review, however, a relationship between these two entities isn’t that unreasonable.Long considered a true spectator sport in

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