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Old 12-05-12, 09:20
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Interesting comments by PG on CN today.
Acknowledging the mistakes he made in shifting teams, and how long it took to sort out.
I think this aspect if often overlooked by our friends on the c***** page.
Also complaining about having to use new saddle & pedals.....I can believe saddles feel different, but pedals (if cleats set up properly??)
Of course. Clinic regulars treat cyclists as machines with a fixed watt/kg output over time, especially after the age of 24. It makes life (and their agenda) easy but it is ignoring a lot of other variables.
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He didn't do too bad in AGR, but was pretty bad today. Can he be a factor for LBL? Or does he not have the form?
IMO I don't see him winning on Sunday, a podium is probably his best shot.
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He didn't do too bad in AGR, but was pretty bad today. Can he be a factor for LBL? Or does he not have the form?
IMO I don't see him winning on Sunday, a podium is probably his best shot.
he can win if it somehow stays together and he can sprint the last 200m if he doesn't have to spend much energy before

but that most likely will never happen. Meaning he might win the sprint for 3rd place or something but that's really the maximum. If it's a real hard race he might not even finish top 15
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He panicked today and trashed himself too soon. I think he can win Liege.
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No matter the scenario he will get beaten by Valverde (and others).
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Gilbert is carrying just that little bit extra weight imo.
Depending of how LBL is raced, that will not prevent him from winning the race.
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Old 04-17-13, 17:36
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I think his form is ok, not 2011, not september 2012 but better than spring 2012. The biggest difference is the extra weight he seem to have. Don't think its only the RRC dress that has unfavorable design...

Extra weight has a larger inpact on a steep wall like Mur, than at a more rolling hill like cauberg.

For LBL he should be there in the end. I don't think he will fall over on any of the LBL hills. He looked better this AGR than the one in 2012 and is likely not gonna run empty at the top of the hill replacing roche aux faucons with 20km to go.

Have a feeling that LBL will have a larger group than usual coming into saint-nicholas. But its LBL so its quite difficult to estimate that. Theres a vast array of possibilities.
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He panicked today and trashed himself too soon. I think he can win Liege.
Exactly, people are taking way too quickly conclusions.
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Exactly, people are taking way too quickly conclusions.
they took too early conclusion that he was good after agr, not the other way around like you claim
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they took too early conclusion that he was good after agr, not the other way around like you claim
Yeah he was dropping gerrans and valverde, real bad.

He was obviously going too early on the muur.

Btw what was his result in 2010 here? And how did he do in LBL that year?

Yeah...
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