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Old 11-28-12, 16:02
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You also have to be insanely good technically (which he is not) and extremely tough/fearless when it comes to positioning (which he is not).
Tony Martin hasn't got any endurance. That's why his main focus every season is time trials and one week races with lots of TT kms. There are many riders with the engine and weight on a short distance, but who lack endurance after 200 kms. It also takes a certain mentality of just focussing on finishing and enduring each pavé, which some riders aren't able to do.
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Old 11-28-12, 18:55
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No more Flecha, EBH likely won't ever win Roubaix, Stannards time to shine? He thinks so.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/stan...-paris-roubaix
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Old 11-28-12, 19:09
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definitely possible. absolute beast of a rider and huge engine. already predicted him that he will win 2013 roubaix in style.
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So who are we looking out for in 2014? Cancellara, Boonen, and Sagan are obvious, will Sagan do PR? What do we expect from Ballan coming back, Chavanel on a new team? Who are the youngsters to step up?
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I'll be hoping to see some progress on the cobbles from Phinney

Not sure about Ballan, kind of an enigma with having been out a whole season and with Mantova looming.

Vandenbergh and Stybar are two very promising guys to watch for Omega, they were very impressive this year. Although their results are slightly dependent on how much work they have to do for Boonen. I expect continued improvement from Stybar though, even with working for (with?) Boonen.

Not sure how many cobbled races they'll do if any, but Trek have two of the most interesting looking prospects in Jungels and Stuyvens. Not expecting too much from them result wise this year, but they have one of the best teacher you can learn the trade of the cobbles from in Cancellara.

And the combination of Chavanel and Haussler for IAM I think could be a potent force. Chavanel for attacks and solo breaks and Haussler with the sprint.
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Old 12-09-13, 09:24
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In the last 20 years, there were only 5 dominant PR champs in my opinion. Dominant in the sense that when they won, they won with minutes, and they won because they accelerated where they wanted, and they were in the game for several editions, not just one good show:
Ballerini, Tafi, Museeuw, Boonen and Cancellara.

The only realistic chances for finishing first in Roubaix are for Vanmarcke, Gaudin, Turgot, Boonen, Cancellara, or Van Avermaet.
From all the nominees, only Vanmarcke can be considered as relatively 'new'.

As both Boonen and Cancellara are still competing and going for their 4th or 5th win, nobody of the outsiders will be allowed to win. And so Stybar will only win if Boonen has a problem, or if it will be a tactical race.

So forget it for the win, a 'new' rider will only be in the top 10, not even in the top 3 this year. Maybe Boom, Hushovd, Langeveld, Chavanel or Haussler can have a super day and finish top 5.
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Don't count out Degenkolb, Kristoff, Kwiatkowski and Demare, they can become top cobbled riders. And Gilbert could also be giving it a shot, since his climbing has become worse.
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Don't count out Degenkolb, Kristoff, Kwiatkowski and Demare, they can become top cobbled riders. And Gilbert could also be giving it a shot, since his climbing has become worse.
Can Gilbert accelerate away on the flat though?

Stybar must be a future contender
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Can Gilbert accelerate away on the flat though?

Stybar must be a future contender
Zdenek already was a contender this year until that spectator hit him. And Gilbert is an unknown factor, perhaps he's getting better on pavé as he gets older.
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The only realistic chances for finishing first in Roubaix are for Vanmarcke, Gaudin, Turgot, Boonen, Cancellara, or Van Avermaet.
I don't see why Gaudin or Turgot have more chances than the other outsiders. They have had 1 good P-R, that's it.
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