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    I say cheers for the guys who don't normally gt a chance to shine. Fresh faces are what the sport needs. Going to be a fun 3 weeks for a change...
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    I think Fuglsang is perfect for the Dauphiné or other shorter tours and of course the classics. I doubt he is a true grand tour contender, though certainly top ten. However, if he is going to do anything in a grand tour, it would be best to try this year.
    Well, Froome is sidelined with various broken bits and pieces and is removed from the Team Sky/Chemical company equation. If Thomas is on form, I doubt Froome's absence will make a difference. Froome rode for Froome last year and didn't really help Thomas win, other than by just being there (except when he was tailed off in the mountains) and creating a bit of uncertainty (including for the yellow jersey). So, no Froome won't make much of a difference and the team is still super strong. It could change if Thomas is not on his 2018 form and/or Bernal loses time early on or crashes. At present I think the race is still firmly in the grip of the defending champion/team.

    As for the others, Dumoulin has just been operated on and with minimal racing between May and July and recovering from injury, he is unlikely to be a factor and perhaps the team might tell him to ride the race as training for the Vuelta. Roglic and Nibali both rode the Giro and are unlikely to be competitive. Porte is not currently on 2017 or 2018 form. Bardet has his moments, but needs more consistency. Likewise, Pinot is not quite Burgundy. Movistar could ride well, but who for?

    Is there anyone else?

    But for the strength of the reigning champs, I'd say the uncertainty could create openings, but Thomas et al look too strong on paper for the race to pan out any differently that the years prior.
     

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    Jakob Fuglsang, Tour de France winner? Is his team strong enough?
    Geoff used to race around on a Brodie Sovereign
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    Geraint Thomas just crashed out of the Tour of Switzerland. He's off to hospital for checks. I am seeing reports of a broken collarbone from those who were watching it live.

    Egan?
     

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