The Points Competition is the story this week at the Giro d'Italia, so it's a good time to piggyback on Tifosa's points comp preview from last week and see how the big names stand. Recall, Tifosa's preview skipped over the GC guys and focused on the guys not already celebrated. Scroll down for some of those guys.
as for those GC guys:
Can't complain about the start he's off to. Of course, part of the calculus in this competition comes down to whether the rider is focused on another competition or not, and of the guys here I'm guessing Pellizotti will direct his energies toward the maglia rosa longer. So he'll probably limit his own chances here.
My pick to win the points. He's looking fast and determined... nothing new there. But I think he's got two more things that help him greatly: incentive and consistency. Re: the latter, there aren't many stages off the flats where he can be counted out, and the handful of little uphill finishes are sure to be to his liking. Re: the latter, two of those little uphills are in or near his Abruzzese home; big chances to win. If he gets creamed in the Urbino ITT or the first climb, he could conceivably switch over to focusing on points before some of the others do. Or, I could be wrong and he'll win the Giro.
Matched DiLuca in Agrigento, the only big stage for the points-hunting semi-climber Classics type. Didn't win though, and he's got a lot more miles in those legs this year than DiLuca... so I don't love his chances to get to Milan or score points in week 3. But so far so good.
Mopped the floor with the previous three names in Agrigento, a terrific turn of speed. Then crashed and messed up his wrist, which he claims could be a problem when the hills start. 7th today suggests he could be sandbagging.