2011 Giro d'Italia the Most Difficult Race for Alberto Contador and Other Favorites

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05/6/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Team Lampre's Michele Scarponi. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team Lampre's Michele Scarponi. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

2011 Giro d'Italia the Most Difficult Race for Alberto Contador and Other Favorites

With a doping case still hanging over him, Tour de France winner Alberto Contador will begin the 2011 Giro d'Italia this weekend as the overwhelming favorite in what he calls the "most difficult race I have ever faced."

the whole team gets to celebrate, so the whole team has to do it right," Cavendish said. "So as long as we get on the podium, it isn't really important who gets the jersey.

"Like with every Grand Tour, one win constitutes success. If you don't go away with one win, you've failed," he said. "You have to try for every stage. I'll be trying for the five sprint stages and we will try to win the team time trials."

Nine of the stages are rides of over 125 miles, while three have climbs of over 6,560 feet.

"It's just going to be mad," Team Garmin-Cervelo rider David Millar told press representatives and continued "The course is bananas. It's all over the place and ridiculously difficult. Then we have these transfers that are, again, catastrophic at times.

"It's very demanding, physically and psychologically, for everyone involved. It's exhausting from all angles. It'll be a good race, I think, because Italy will be behind Nibali and you'll have Contador there who's the world's best stage-race rider."

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