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Old 12-05-12, 21:20
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Yeah, I'd hate to be Wiggins and win every WT race I started before the Tour...

Cancellara has this strange habit of voicing opinions I somewhat agree with, and then adding total nonsense. The exemption of criticism for Andy is indeed interesting. He's the ultimate "I only care about the Tour" rider.

But I hope he has less bad luck this season. Boonen really needs a worthy opponent.
Wiggins placed 2nd in one and dnf'd another if I'm not mistaken so it wasn't all roses. A stellar season nonetheless.
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Old 12-05-12, 21:21
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I think Cancellara is calling out Andy Schleck here, but since they are on the same team this is probably a better way to do it.

Otherwise agree with habit of the frequent nonsense habit.
I doubt he would call out Andy directly or indirectly, at least not intentionally.
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Old 12-05-12, 21:25
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Wiggins placed 2nd in one and dnf'd another if I'm not mistaken so it wasn't all roses. A stellar season nonetheless.
What sound does clutching at straws make?

Is Algarve a WT race?
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Old 12-05-12, 21:28
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I am the only which likes the Quintana's calendar? In Dauphiné he will demonstrate that he must be the leader of the team in Le Tour. Even today is a better climber than Valverde, he only needs to demonstrate that he could be consistent.
Are we all forgetting how young Quintana is? I would think that Movistar management's intention is to bring him along slowly and just let him get acclimated before thrusting the responsibility of leading the team at the Tour on his shoulders. Let Valverde lead the team with Quintana as one of his lieutenants in the mountains, sending him out in breaks on occasion to make their opponents work, all to see how he does over the course of 3 weeks at the Tour. Valverde has still shown that he can now hold it together for 3 weeks, at least in his last 2 showings at the Vuelta (2009 & 2012). No point in rushing Quintana's development. He has a long career ahead of him.
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Old 12-05-12, 21:34
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What sound does clutching at straws make?

Is Algarve a WT race?
I gave him credit for his unprecedented season inspite of my mistake. Lighten up.
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Old 12-05-12, 21:36
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Unzue hinted today Quintana will be a leader at Giro.

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Old 12-05-12, 22:02
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i wonder if since both valverde and quintana are riding the tour, if it means costa will skip it to focus on the autumn classics. he hinted he would do that a few months ago
Yeah, the Tour doesn't make much sense if he has to ride as a complete domestique: there are better riders for that job at Movistar specially now with Szmyd and Capechi.

About Sanchez: it was about time! I just hope he doesn't come across with Contador in the first time since 2009 that he puts his nose out of the Tour.

About Quintana: he strikes me as the guy to excel at the Giro even more than Henao perhaps considering he's a more natural climber. Does he stand the cold?

About Andy: it makes sense. He still has the best win on the Ardennes of the last couple of years. Not many guys could have pulled that Liege out of the bag. I hope he mixes it up with Contador in Tirreno.
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Old 12-05-12, 22:04
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Unzue hinted today Quintana will be a leader at Giro.

Don't take any schedule for granted yet.
That sounds good to me. Can't wait if it's true.
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I doubt he would call out Andy directly or indirectly, at least not intentionally.
You are probably right.
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Yeah, the Tour doesn't make much sense if he has to ride as a complete domestique: there are better riders for that job at Movistar specially now with Szmyd and Capechi.

About Sanchez: it was about time! I just hope he doesn't come across with Contador in the first time since 2009 that he puts his nose out of the Tour.

About Quintana: he strikes me as the guy to excel at the Giro even more than Henao perhaps considering he's a more natural climber. Does he stand the cold?

About Andy: it makes sense. He still has the best win on the Ardennes of the last couple of years. Not many guys could have pulled that Liege out of the bag. I hope he mixes it up with Contador in Tirreno.
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what? quintana is already better climber than froome. see final stages of the tour and he's only 23. quintana is the best climber I've sene since pantani. he will become a legend
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