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Old 12-12-12, 14:11
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Sky's lineup for TDU: EBH, Sutton, G, Hayman, Eisel, Rowe, Stannard.

I'm very surprised EBH is going, after Beijing he said that he'd start the 2013 season later since he had as long a season as one can have in 2012 (start in TDU, end in Beijing). I don't know if he's changed his mind or if he's being "forced".

I really think he should have started in Qatar or Oman instead. Not only are they better preparation for the classics, but they'd also bring more opportunities to get victories. In TDU there are lots of Australians who for some reason peak for the TDU (only to get the rest of the season ruined - see Matthews every year) so it's hard for foreigners to do much.

No chance in hell that he can compete with Boonen and Cancellara on the long cobbles this coming spring.
An early form would give him a peak that could help him win races like omloop and M-SR; obtainable victories at this point of his career.
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Alberto: San Luis and then the big surprise Tour of Oman
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http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/2013...oute-presented

Disappointing.
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same as last year? that route was great. although maybe too hard
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I really didn't find it that great. It missed 'something'.. It wasn't bad, mind you, just don't see the change of the route as an upgrade from the previous route.
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No chance in hell that he can compete with Boonen and Cancellara on the long cobbles this coming spring.
An early form would give him a peak that could help him win races like omloop and M-SR; obtainable victories at this point of his career.
Indeed. Actually EBH is going for both TDU and Qatar, which is quite unusual. Seems like Sky thinks he needs a lot of racing to get into shape. I guess they're basing it on the fact that EBH just got better and better throughout 2012 with a lot of racing in his legs. It might work, but it might also just lead to a way too early peak..

Peaking for M-SR wouldn't be such a bad idea though, it's the classic he has by far the greatest chance of winning imo.
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he doesn't stand a chance of winning any classic. by now we can savely say he doesn't have the engine.
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he doesn't stand a chance of winning any classic. by now we can savely say he doesn't have the engine.
atleast not the cobble classics. In the WC it looked like he could be a contender for races like AGR and San Sebastian perhaps
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atleast not the cobble classics. In the WC it looked like he could be a contender for races like AGR and San Sebastian perhaps
the wc can't be compared to any classic, it's a circuit at the end of a year. classics are way harder on endurance
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No chance in hell that he can compete with Boonen and Cancellara on the long cobbles this coming spring.
An early form would give him a peak that could help him win races like omloop and M-SR; obtainable victories at this point of his career.
After watching his immense strength at Plouay and then the World Champs if he can be in form for the Classics (something he has struggled to achieve) then I would not put it past him to mix it with the big boys. Not to say I believe he will do it, but EBH's strength when on form sometimes just astounds me and seems to be a bit reminiscent of Cancellara.
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