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Old 12-10-12, 23:58
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***** Pinot, Quintana, Dombrowski, Froome
**** Van Garderen, Talansky, Kelderman
*** Ospina, Chaves, Masnada, Aru, Andy Schleck
** Dennis, Meyer, Elissonde, Nibali, Henao, Betancur
* Ulissi, Moser, Majka, Bardet, Landa..

Something like this will be the GT's hierarchies after Contador domination.
Nice list.

Not a lot of age difference between the the big three though behind Contador:

And, Contador's domination is going to mean Andy and Nibs and Froome IF he turns out to be a genuine contender, will end up in to their dotage with him and forever behind him
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***** Pinot, Quintana, Dombrowski, Froome
**** Van Garderen, Talansky, Kelderman
*** Ospina, Chaves, Masnada, Aru, Andy Schleck
** Dennis, Meyer, Elissonde, Nibali, Henao, Betancur
* Ulissi, Moser, Majka, Bardet, Landa..

Something like this will be the GT's hierarchies after Contador domination.
Good list but not sure if Meyer should be on there. He's had a few chances now and hasn't shown that he can step up from 1 week races.
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Old 12-11-12, 05:38
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If I recall correctly, Meyer was trying to go for a good GC spot in the Vuelta, but I think he came down with something.
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Possibly. He had a few good showings on stages but that was after he was out of contention for a decent GC place. He has had similar performances in the Giro prior to that. There is a lot of hype around him as a GT rider but I can't see him being much more than a strong stage hunter with a good TT.
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I don't see why he wouldn't be able to make the top 5 at the Tour. His attributes are rounded enough that he should be able to hold his own in any of the disciplines versus his rivals. We also can't simply attribute his desire to ride the Giro in 2013 to his finding it more "winnable" for than the Tour. He could be feeling an obligation to defend his Giro title and he just may have found an appreciation for the Giro after winning it.
Maybe. He definitely rode with confidence in the Giro and only really looked under pressure on one or two stages. Maybe top five but I doubt he would make the podium of the Tour. I still think he has a good chance in the Giro but Wiggins will be the one to beat.
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Meyer is improving his climbing skills and endurance. This year was 11th in the GC of California and we could see his improve in the mountain stage of Collada de la Gallina in la Vuelta and also the good beginning on the ascent at the Mirador de Ezaro. In both scenaries Cam was the strongest of the breakways. I know it's difficult but i hope he will achieve his desires. He's only 24 years.
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And up until this year he has focused on the track as well. Even this year he still rode track.

If anything he should have been sent to the TDF this year, it would have suited him more than 10 clmbs in the Vuelta and bolstered his confidence more a top 30 could have been achieved.
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At any rate Meyer is not more likely to dominate GTs than the Dutch triumvirate Gesink-Mollema-Kruijswijk, neither of whom are on the list, but all of whom have GT top-10s to their name.
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I wouldn't believe in young riders so much barring Talansky. Pinot has to prove a lot. Quintana is very vague...

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Lol, you only believe in Talansky? Not even in Andy Schleck?
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