Stephen Roche: Giro-Tour double is still possible

We’re a few days into the Giro now, but it’s still too early to say which riders are going to emerge as the likely contenders. I know Joaquim Rodríguez is in a good position after Katusha did so well to finish just behind Garmin in the team time trial, but the key to victory in this race is not what happens now but what happens in the final week in the Dolomites. I’ve got no doubt that a lot of riders are holding themselves back until the final week.

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In 1987, Stephen Roche won the Giro d'Italia on his way to a famous Triple Crown. Later that year he added the Tour de France and the Road World Championships in what one of the most dominant seasons of the last 30 years. The Irishman always says things how he sees them and is notoriously outspoken on the sport's biggest issues. The Giro d'Italia is a race very close to his heart, and here he shares his thoughts on the 2012 renewal.