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Tom McQuillan

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Freelance cycling writer and occasional weekend warrior. I blog here and at www.lavelocita.cc

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Fair enough, probably should have mentioned Ewan’s pedigree in that area. I know that Ewan’s slight build will help him get over the climbs a bit easier than Kittel or Greipel, but given that Kittel just won a sprint after a pretty lumpy stage 2 at the Tour de Romandie, I can’t see OGE shaking Kittel on a climb for most of the stages in the first 10 days – his form is just too good for now.

Giro d'Italia squad of the day: Stage 3 - Orica-GreenEdge

Thanks Adam- glad you liked it! I’ve only just started this series, but hopefully I can keep it going for the rest of the Giro. Let me know if there’s anything you’d like to see included in future editions!

Giro d'Italia squad of the day: Stage 2 - Team LottoNL-Jumbo

As much as I’d like to think Chaves will be a factor in the overall classification at this year’s Giro, I can’t see him replicating his performances from last year’s Vuelta, where he gained time on a couple of stages primarily because the main GC contenders didn’t consider him a significant threat. I can’t imagine him getting that latitude again, even though the team have brought on Pláza and Txurruka to help him in the mountains.

As for Ewan, I’m really interested in seeing how OGE do in trying to shield him from the wind in the first two road stages in the Netherlands. If they can get him ready to launch next to Kittel, Greipel, Viviani, Modolo, Mareczko and the rest he’s a good chance to smoke them all.

2016 Giro d'Italia preview series: Caleb Ewan leads the Aussie charge