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GCN’s 2019 Giro d’Italia Preview | Who Will Win The Maglia Rosa?

GCN’s 2019 Giro d’Italia Preview | Who Will Win The Maglia Rosa?


– [Daniel] Nibali. Dumoulin. Roglič. Yates. Jungels. Lander. Lopez. I mean, the Giro’s often
seen as the poorer cousin to the beast that is the
Tour de France each year, but I think that this year, it could be the grand tour of the year. – Absolutely. So we are gonna talk through the must-watch stages, all the key riders and give our fateful GCN predictions, all the while sipping
afternoon cappuccinos at the Amarone Restaurant in Bath. – True Italian style. – Oh yeah. – First up then, let’s take a look at this year’s route. As is the norm for Grand Tours these days, it takes place over the course of 21 stages over three weeks. This year, it totals 3,518 kilometers. Within that, there are three individual time trials that total 58.5 kilometers. We then got eight flat stages, four intermediate or hilly stages and then six in the high mountains. – Yeah, we’ve a total of seven
summit or hilltop finishes. Now it starts a little
bit later than usual, on Saturday the 11th of May, with a short but really tough individual prologue time trial. – That’s around Bologna, isn’t it? There’s a real sting in
the tail on that one. The last climb of that time trial is known as the Colle della Guardia. That, some of you will know, is the climb that’s used in the Giro dell’Emilia, an autumn one-day classic
each and every year. It’s tough on a road bike, even tougher perhaps on a time trial
bike ’cause it’s 2.1 k’s on an average grading of 9.8%. – Yeah, we say time trial bike, perhaps they will start on a TT bike and finish on a road bike, having done a cheeky little bike change at the bottom. One of my least favorite
things in pro cycling, – Yeah. – But anyway, something for another day. Right, from that stage,
the race then heads south onto the Mediterranean
Coast for two stages, a little light issue for the sprinters. The first hilltop finish is on stage four, the Frascati. Doesn’t look like it’s
gonna be that tough, so maybe no major time gaps, but perhaps a different winner that day. Then the race heads over
to the Adriatic Coast, before on stage seven,
you go up to L’Aquila. – L’Aquila was the
finish venue, wasn’t it? It was made famous back in 2010, where we had that epic
262 kilometer stage, which turned the race on it’s head. The conditions are atrocious, all the big favorites up there on the GC had a bit of a spat behind that massive break up the road and what ended up happening was Richie Porte went into the pink jersey as a reasonably unknown rider. It’s certainly etched into my brain because I was in that stage, suffering like a good ‘un. The winner took six and a
half hours to complete it and I was about 40 minutes down. – Really? Why were you so slow? – Well, I missed the break, and I went as fast as I could. Let me tell you, Si,
that race was so hard, that even Adam Hansen
couldn’t finish the stage. – Really? To be fair, it’s etched in my brain and I was on the sofa, watching it. – I wish I was. – Right then, the first half of the race it’s fair to say is
relatively unspectacular in terms of terrain, although
that is by Giro standards, so for most of us, still
absolutely bloomin’ amazing. Ah, now the second individual time trial is gonna be a tough one. That’s 34.8 kilometers long. You’d think that’s where
Tom Dumoulin is going to try and exert his advantage
over the pure climbers, although the terrain is such that he will probably be
relatively happy as well. – Yeah, more happy than if it was completely flat, I daresay. After that, follows the
first rest day of the race and after that, follows a couple of stages probably earmarked for the sprinters if they’re reasonably flat, including in fact one visit to the Supercar capital
of the world, Modena. That, the birthplace the Enzo Ferrari and it’s not too far away
from the headquarters of Maserati, Lamborghini and Pagani and previously many
years ago, Bugatti too. – After that, things get nasty. The race enters a frankly
eyewatering series of mountain stages, over some of the most iconic climbs in Giro history and the riders won’t get any
respite right until stage 18. – Stage 13, that’s like
a really tough one. – Yep. – That stage goes from
Pinerolo to Ceresole Reale. There’s a summit finish at Lago Serrù, over 2,200 meters above sea level. Not a particularly famous
climb, but it is a big one. Over 20 kilometers in length, with grades of up to 15%
somewhere near the start. It does flatten out a bit halfway through and there’s even a small descent, but then towards the end, it continues to get steeper and steeper
towards the summit, with grades of up to 10.5%. – Wow, things ramp up even more on the following stage, stage 14. In fact, the organizers have
given this one five stars in terms of severity, despite the fact that it’s relatively punchy. It is 131 k’s, it is brutal. It goes from Saint-Vincent to Courmayeur. There are four thousand
meters of climbing, over five climbs there. For an ultimate climb, Colle San Carlo is 10.5 kilometers long at 9.8% average, with pitches of up to 14 and 15% in there, so it is a bit of a beast, yeah. – The following day,
stage 15, that rounds out the second week of racing and it’d be familiar to
a lot of you, in fact, because it traces much of
the route of Il Lombardia, which is the last World Tour one-day race of the season each autumn. As such, it takes in the iconic climbs of the Madonna del Ghisallo, a super steep climb backed of the Colma di Sormano. We then got a couple
more climbs to go before the finish next to Lake Como, to be nice. – It sounds tough, but
it is nothing compared to what the riders face in the final week, particularly the dates that you need to set in your diaries, stage 16, Tuesday the 28th of May. It is an epic 226 kilometers, with five thousand meters of climbing on the way to Ponte di Legno, including the absolute giant
of the Gavia and the Mortirolo. – All of you know the
Gavia climb, don’t you? It’s the one that was made famous by Andy Hampsten in 1988. That was the day he went
into the pink jersey, riding through some of
the most epic weather conditions that a bike race has ever seen. – Yeah, it’s ironic, isn’t
it actually, when you think about the modern
extreme weather protocol kind of robs the riders of the ability to enter legendary status, ’cause they wouldn’t
race in those conditions, would they anymore? – No, exactly. I’m not sure that
L’Aquila stage that I did would have gone ahead these days. – No, and to be fair, I mean
people all over the world are still talking about your
ride to L’Aquila that day. – I’m still whinging about
it, to be perfectly honest. Anyway, the Gavia this year
has the Cime Coffee prize, so the first rider over the top of that will receive that prize
and it’s the highest point of this year’s route at
2,680 meters above sea level. – Wow, and then the Mortirolo. I mean, what can you say about that? One of the steepest climbs
in pro racing, isn’t it? This time, it goes up
the conventional side, which is the best side. There are maximum
gradients of 16% in there, but it’s the prolonged
section of over six kilometers where it averages over 12% that’s gonna be getting
people’s legs crumbling. – Whilst the Gavia was made
famous by Andy Hampsten riding through those epic conditions, the Mortirolo was made famous
a little bit later than that by Si Richardson, who managed
to get up it in 39:23. – Oh yeah, only just. I might have bitten off
more than I can chew here. – That was the old tendonitis, yeah? – Let’s not go there, see nothing to do with the Mortirolo, but I will have to re-ride
it in a couple of weeks. Ah, we’re making a video there but just how hard the
hardest stage of a Grand Tour is this year, honestly, I’m
terrified, ’cause I, yeah. – In one day or are you taking a bivvy? – I was hoping to do it in one day. In fact, I’m not taking a bivvy, so I have to do it in one day. One very big day. Ah, right, anyway stage
17 is still another summit finish, this time
it goes up to Antholz. – Stage 18 is that brief bit of respite that we talked to you about earlier. In fact, I quite like
the look of this stage because although it’s 220 k’s long, if the profile is to be believed, it’s almost entirely downhill. – Nice, yeah, well just as well actually, because stage 19 is
almost entirely uphill, ending up on a summit finish
at San Martino di Castrozza and then the penultimate stage is actually the final mountain stage and this one goes up to Croce d’Aune. – Which is a climb and
a mountain which is well etched in the history
books of cycling, isn’t it? For very good reason. In fact, the riders, as
they go up it, will pass a monument commemorating the year 1927 and a certain guy called Tullio Campagnolo who could not change his wheel on that particular year’s Giro d’Italia. Soon after that race, he invented the world’s first ever quick release and in fact a few years later, he invented the rear derailleur in 1933 and he called it, wait
for it, the Croce d’Aune. – Did he? That’s a coincidence, innit? Anyway, we digress. Back to the race and the final stage. If a rider like Dumoulin or Roglič is in the maglia rosso,
they are going to be thanking their lucky stars that they are finishing with a time trial. It should be relatively
straight forward for them. However, if it’s one of our pure climbers, they got a battle on their hands. The one saving grace
is that the organizers kept it quite short, to 17
k’s they have to hold on. – Well, fingers crossed
it does come down to that very final tick.
– Yeah. – It has a couple of times in
the last decade, hasn’t it? Ah, 2012, Ryder Hesjedal
overhauled Joaquim Rodríguez in the final day’s time trial and exactly the same
thing happened between Tom Dumoulin and Nairo Quintana in 2017. – Yeah, that’s right and in fact, bit of Giro history for you, in 1984 in the very city of Verona, Moser overhauled Laurent Fignon to take the Giro that year. Poor Laurent Fignon lost another
Grand Tour in a time trial. – I didn’t know that. – No, I didn’t either, before the infamous Tour de France one, where he
got rolled by Gregor LeMond. – Hashtag facts. Ah, right, well that’s the route for the 2019 Giro d’Italia. Before we get on to the riders
to watch out for this year, we’re going to have a quick break for a short commercial break. Our own commercial break in fact, because we’ve got some merchandise that we would like to sell you. First up, we’ve got these new 3D tees that Si’s been sporting through the show. Also available in black. We’ve got the country tees, which is still proving very popular with you all and of course it’s the
launch of GC Italia, we also have their own
t-shirt, which I love. That’s a cracking logo, isn’t it? – A bit busy, maybe limited. Prices correct at time of publication. Real garments will look
better in real life compared to when I presented. (electronic music sting) – The contenders, then. First up, we’ve got Vincenzo Nibali. He is the only rider on the start line to have won this race twice before and he’s looking at like he’s pretty fired up for this one, doesn’t he? If his performance at the Tour of the Alps is anything to go by. He animated the five stage race through the Austrian and the Italian Alps and that was straight off the back of an altitude training camp in Tenerife. He went straight back into
the groove, didn’t he? – He did look good there.
– Yeah. – And in fact, his manager
Brent Copeland said he’s never looked so good on lead-up to a Grand Tour in the last few years. So he seems to have got over that injury which wrecked the 2018 season in terms of the Grand Tours for him. Also there’s the fact that there are some very high profile contract sorts going on Nibali at the moment, so he might have to eke his prices a bit
if he wins a Grand Tour at the ripe old age of 34. – Yeah. Right, next up we’ve got Tom Dumoulin. Now having finished
runner-up to Geraint Thomas in the Tour de France last
year, it could well come as a surprise to people to see
him on the start line here, given that he’s therefore
not focusing all his energies on bumping himself up one spot in July. But he said, having reviewed the routes of both races, he is gonna
be focusing on the Giro, whilst still trying to do the double because frankly it just suits him more. – Yeah, he is the only other former winner on the start line this year in fact, along with Nibali, isn’t he? I think it’s fair to say
we’ve not seen the best of Tom Dumoulin so far in 2019, but I wouldn’t be too worried. He knows what he’s doing when it comes to correct training, so to say, and he’s got a history of getting his form at exactly the right point
at exactly the right time. – That’s right. Then next up, Primož Roglič.
– Yes. He has been flying,
hasn’t he, this last year. He is a former ski jumper, of course. Primož Roglič, he’s kind
of in the revelation of the world of Grand Tours since he burst onto the scene only
three years ago, in 2016. – That’s right, he’s a man that can kind of do it all, can’t he? He can climb with the
best, he can time trial with the best and he is a demon descender. No surprise, given his Alpine background. Rumor has it that were
there to be a massive jump on the descent of the Gavia, he would be the only GC contender to be able to actually clear and land it. – Yeah, he’ll be leading
Jumbo-Visma as we mentioned, but leading Team Ineos,
as they are now known, is the Colombian climbing sensation (harsh horn sound) Now he’s had quite the meteoric rise to the position of Team
Leader at that squad, he’s only 22 years of
age, let’s not forget. He was a product of
that Androni Giocattoli school of talent spotting and in fact on that
subject, he might well be joined by Iván Ramiro Sosa
at the Giro this year. – Yeah, although this
is his first opportunity to be Team Leader at a Grand Tour, you wouldn’t put it past
him winning, would you? I mean, what he did for Geraint Thomas as one of his super domestiques at the Tour de France last year, where he was winning right
through to the finale, and his season this year
would back it up, wouldn’t it? So he won Paris-Nice, he
was third in Volta Catalunya and he’s also gonna be
supported by two guys that turned pro in the same year as him, the class of 2017, Tao Geoghegan
Hart and Pavel Sivakov. Both of whom are
absolutely pinging as well. – They are, they did their first pro wins very recently, didn’t they? Next up, we’ve got Simon Yates. Who could forget what
happened to him last year? He looked brilliant for
what, about 18 stages? – Yeah.
– He was leading the race and then he burnt all his matches and absolutely collapsed. – The noise of the explosion is still reverberating around the Italian Alps. – Yeah, it was brutal to watch, wasn’t it? He lost out to Chris
Froome, actually he lost out on the top ten overall, if
memory serves me correctly. He did bounce back last
year to take the overall win at the Vuelta a España,
which was nice to see and he’s now back here to
make amends at the Giro. – That’s right, I mean he’s had an interesting 2019, hasn’t he? He’s supported his twin
brother Adam to take second place at Volta a Catalunya. Simon himself has taken a couple of stage wins
at the Ruta del Sol. He also took his first
ever time trial victory in a pro race, brilliant
brilliant performance at Paris-Nice as well and because of that, because of the work he’s been doing against the clock, he’s really really upped his game, hasn’t
he, for mention he’s got? – And I think he’ll have learnt a lot from last year too, won’t he? – Yeah. – Also got another Colombian sensation, superman Miguel Ángel López,
he will lead Team Astana, who’ve had a quite
incredible start to 2019. – Miguel Ángel López
is four years senior to (harsh honking sound) so he is coming into his prime now and he’s been on good form this year. He took his home race
at the Tour Colombia, right at the start of the season and a small blip for penalties, but I think that was probably mainly down to the weather conditions
and the cross-winds, but he bounced-
– Like you get at L’Aquila. – Yes, bounced back at
the Volta a Catalunya, which he won overall and that was a race for the big hitters. – Yeah, two of these come down to a battle of the Colombians. It’s quite, quite likely almost, isn’t it? – Well, I don’t think we’re far away from a Grand Tour which has
an all Colombian podium, if I’m perfectly honest. – Yeah.
– Next couple of years. Beyond that, well, we have
to mention Bob Jungels, because he has worn the pink jersey on two separate occasions
at the Giro d’Italia. Been serious focussed in on the GC now, after his performance at the
Cobbled Classics this year. What we do know is that
he won’t have a team fully surrounding him like (harsh honking sound) and also like López because they’re also bringing out the Deceuninck-Quick-Step, the sprinter Elia Viviani. – Yeah, then the world
champion Alejandro Valverde. As we film this, his
participation is currently in doubt, following the
crash he had in the Ardennes, but Movistar, his team,
will have Mikel Landa who is looking like he
might be okay for this one, and also last year’s
sensation, Richard Carapaz. – We also got Team Katusha here, they’ll be led by Ilnur Zakarin. Never know what to expect from him, he could be on the podium, he could finish in 50th position, for all we know. It really is a stacked
field, we’ve not even mentioned Mike Woods at EF Education – Or Rafal Majka of BORA-hansgrohe. – Yeah. I can’t wait for
the whole race to start. We haven’t mentioned any
of the sprinters yet. Admittedly, the length of
the top class sprinters names is not quite as
long as the GC prospects. Normal for the course, really, these days at the Giro d’Italia, which is so brutal, but we will have Elia
Viviani, Guillaume Boivin, Fernando Gaviria and
Arnaud Démare amongst those fighting it out on the flat stages. – That’s right, the interesting thing is who BORA-hansgrohe will take, isn’t it? So, currently Pascal Ackermann is there, but will they see sense and send Irish sprint
sensation, Sam Bennett? I’m hoping so. – Well, he was the sensation
of last year’s Giro, along with Elia Viviani
the sprinter, wasn’t he and he’s really proven himself this year. We’ll wait and see. – Yeah.
– Right. We got the route. We’ve done the riders. It’s time, then, for the predictions. Primož Roglič. – Vincenzo Nibali. – My prediction for
the 2019 Giro d’Italia, I’m gonna say (harsh honking sound) – Ooh, my Giro prediction, I think this year’s Giro d’Italia winner is going to be Simon Yates. – I think the winner of this year Italia will be Vincenzo Nibali. – Alan? Who gonna win this year? – Vincenzo Nibali. In my opinion, Vincenzo Nibali. And for you? – For me? (harsh honking sound) – Right, my prediction
for this year’s Italia is Adam Yates, because he’s gonna switch with Simon Yates on every stage. – (laughter) Sure. – They agree. – It’s possible. – They’re Italian, they agree. – I think the winner of
the Giro d’Italia this year will be Superman López. – My prediction for the
winner of the Giro d’Italia is Simon Yates and the
reason for that is ’cause I just watched this film
called “The Prestige”, where’s there two twins and they keep swapping places and I think they can do that. – The great news is that once we get up to about 180 presenters,
we’ve guaranteed a prediction win, haven’t we? – That’s right, although we’ll have to run a sweepstakes by that point, ’cause otherwise everyone will be predicting the same people, so we still won’t get it right. – Good point. Ah right, that is it for
our Giro d’Italia preview for 2019, but don’t
worry because we’ve got so much content Giro-related
coming up for you the next three and a half weeks. – That’s right, so you’re
heading out there, aren’t you? – I am.
– Very shortly, indeed. Along with Ollie, to create
a load of super cool videos. I’m going out there,
then, a little bit later as I said, among other things, to try and ride the queen stage, which, well, watch this space. – Good luck. – And then over on Facebook, we’ll have our daily highlight
wrap-up show as well, which we’re super excited about, looking forward to doing it again, and then I imagine Eurosport of course will be televising it as well. – Yeah, live coverage
every single day from them. All right, don’t forget to
let us know who you think is going to win the
Giro d’Italia this year by leaving that name
in the comments section just down below. In the meantime, if
you would like to watch Si grinding his way up
that Mortirolo climb a few years ago, when he was much younger, you can find that video just down here. – That’s a lovely term, innit, grinding away, yeah.

100 comments on “GCN’s 2019 Giro d’Italia Preview | Who Will Win The Maglia Rosa?

  1. I completely agree regarding the extreme weather protocol stealing some epic successes from riders who don't mind riding in terrible conditions.

  2. If somebody could possibly check if Emma Pooley has picked Tom Dumoulin to win, then I'll go out and put my life's savings in it…

  3. Si made the comment about Roglic using his ski jumping expertise to take time on the Alpine descents…but isn't ski jumping considered a "Nordic" event?

  4. I live between modena and bologna, so I'll see 2 stages, I'm waiting for this Saturday sooo much

  5. Cappuccino in the afternoon…. GCN Italy. Thinks that it’s best that you guys sticks to afternoon Tea. 🤣

  6. I am pretty sure cappuccinos in Italian culture are a breakfast drink. You guys are doing it all wrong.

  7. Jeez. Ryder Hesjedal. The Greece Euro 2004 of Grand Tours. I’m amazed the Giro bounced back from that.

  8. What the heck is that horn going off? What are they censoring. I thought it was an Amber Alert and my cat jumped ???

  9. My favorites(even before Bernal was out. : Yates, Roglic, Doumolin>> then Nibali, LAnda, Lopez fighting out the podium. Guys, I dont know why you mentioned Bernal having know he is out days ago…. Sprinters, Viviani is my favorite.. on..Gaviria mmm hard for him to get a win.. For sure. expectations considering we hope none of them( the whole peloton) get a crash…

  10. You say the giro is the smaller grand tour but imo it has been the best grand tour for at least the past three years

  11. Nibali's latest win was Milano-San Remo. He is hungry. Starving a win in fact. Feed The shark. With rivals.

    But seriously, what I think is that this is similar to Valverde's hunger for a WCwin and Gilbert's hunger to collect all monuments which well, make them win them. Nibali is normaly somewhat underestimated lately, I even feel, because he display his capacity very sparsely. Maybe the reason why people seem to not underestimated him now is because his current form is all too visable to not consider. I think he is more ready to win than in 2016(when he won), but his rivals are tougher. His chanses are likely The same as then. Ok, I'm puting him as The slight favourite and really hope he wins. Forza Nibali!

  12. just to clear – ski jumping is not a 'alpine background'. it is simply a leg-work endurance background. just see the legs of pro ski jumper and compare them to a cyclist – very similar although of course different training approach

  13. I would have put my money on Roglic – absolutely!!! …but know, as GCN gave him the kiss of dead… the only one of the top contenders not destroyed by GCN is Dumoulin, so may be he will win

  14. I appreciate the effort to pronounce correctly (or at least decently) the names of Italian cities and mountains 😉

  15. I hate the inflation in mountain top finishes. There is nothing wrong with old fashioned descending and finishingin a nice town. Maybe grand tours should be required to average riding as much downhill as uphill over the whole 3 week course.

  16. Hey! Moser had two disc wheels and a low flying helicopter behind him.
    Fignon lost two grand tours in the finial time trial

  17. Looks like Dumoulin this year. The course is built for him…
    I wonder why the GCN presenters did not favor him. I do because he is good (and I am Dutch ).
    Probably Primoz Roglic will be runner up and Simon Yates third.

    That is my prediction.
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  18. Given the opening TT and relative lack of opportunities in the first week for a single rider to amass many bonus seconds, could the winner of stage 1 hold the maglia rosa uninterrupted for the whole 3 weeks? Roglic, Dumoulin and Yates are the bookies' favourites in that order for both the stage and the overall. Last year in legendary fashion Lawson Craddock became the first rider to achieve the opposite with the lanterne rouge – perhaps Cillian Kelly can let us know of anyone who has lead a grand tour from start to finish?

  19. Guys, guys…! NEVER. EVER. order cappuccino after 10 am (on rare occasions, you can extend until 11 am) if you don't want to loose credibility in Italy (to be honest, also in the rest of the world)! Be careful with that. My former boss managed to order cappuccino after dinner when visiting Italy on a business trip. After that, his opinions and ideas were never again respected by his Italian colleagues. True story 😉

  20. I hope Nibali wins but Roglic is in so good shape right now… I think its going to be great battle!

  21. Agreed that allowing bike changes mid-TT is a mistake. Would be interesting on this stage if riders had to choose one or the other bike off the ramp.

  22. Hi. Can I change the Shimano shifters from the trouny thumb Sl A050 , 3/7 speed tourney zx to sti Shimano trouny shifter can I only change the shifter at the the Handel bar or I need to change all the system thanks

  23. Why did that stupid blooping noise drown out some riders names? What's GCN mean? Is Froome and Thomas in it this year? Cavendish?Qintana?Sagan?I'm going to look for a better preview vid, grrrrr

  24. Watching Si on eurosport, just said Tom dumoulin is his pick. Only 174 left to name before he's guaranteed to get it right…

  25. Coffee / Bikes / Alps a bit grinding – great show. Simon Yates hopefully, his team has to be super strong for him. Ineos does look very strong as a team even without experience/expectation.

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