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Old 12-16-12, 11:44
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He's prone to crashing, that's something else
You included Bobridge's alcohol problems as well though.

- Nordhaug's allergies shouldn't get in the way of him riding a successful season. He did great last year. If you're expecting him to win an Ardennes classic you might be disappointed either way.

- Bobridge's alcohol problem shouldn't get in the way of good results either. Boonen also had an alcohol and drugs problem in 2007-2009.

- Vanmarck's achilles heel is just one problem. You can talk when he's out for 2 years at least.
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horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato
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So, if the weather this spring is sunny and 20 degrees C like in 2011, we'll probably see the first Blancofail in cycling history. Or has he already had therapy for these allergies, like Dan Martin's had?
He's had some treatment but it didn't help that much, so yeah, in those conditions he'll probably be close to useless. In Pais Vasco this year he was actually dropped on a small hill in a sprint stage in which it didn't rain because he couldn't breath, and barely made it back to the peloton. He wouldn't have been close to his 6th place in GC if either one of the decisive stages weren't wet.
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Old 12-16-12, 11:56
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He's had some treatment but it didn't help that much, so yeah, in those conditions he'll probably be close to useless. In Pais Vasco this year he was actually dropped on a small hill in a sprint stage in which it didn't rain because he couldn't breath, and barely made it back to the peloton. He wouldn't have been close to his 6th place in GC if either one of the decisive stages weren't wet.
I thought Norway produced strong, healthy men? Three top level pros, one of them with allergies, the other knocked out for an entire season by a virus, and the third can only eat a steady diet of fluid fish
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Old 12-17-12, 10:28
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Bob Jungels program for 2012:

Tour Méditerranéen

Tour du Haut Var

Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen

Critérium International

Circuit de la Sarthe

Paris-Roubaix (preselection, 10 riders for 8 spots)

Amstel Gold Race

Flèche Wallonne

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Tour de Romandie

Tour de Luxembourg

http://www.wort.lu/de/view/team-radi...b0ac8268bfed73
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I thought Norway produced strong, healthy men? Three top level pros, one of them with allergies, the other knocked out for an entire season by a virus, and the third can only eat a steady diet of fluid fish
Naive with average health.
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Bob Jungels program for 2012:

Tour Méditerranéen

Tour du Haut Var

Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen

Critérium International

Circuit de la Sarthe

Paris-Roubaix (preselection, 10 riders for 8 spots)

Amstel Gold Race

Flèche Wallonne

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Tour de Romandie

Tour de Luxembourg

http://www.wort.lu/de/view/team-radi...b0ac8268bfed73
Pretty serious schedule. Good luck to him.
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Old 12-17-12, 12:49
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Now some really important rider - 2013 schedule of Luis Angel Mate:

Tour Med (du 6 au 10 Février)
Paris-Nice (du 4 au 11 Mars)
Tour de Catalogne (du 19 au 25 Mars)
Tour du Pays Basque (du 2 au 7 Avril)
Tour de Castille et Leon (du 13 au 15 Avril)
Ardennes classics
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Old 12-17-12, 16:10
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Blanco for the TDU:

4 Aussies (Renshaw, Bobridge, Brown, Tanner) and 3 Dutchies (Slagter, Kelderman, Tjallingii).
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Old 12-17-12, 16:18
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Blanco for the TDU:

4 Aussies (Renshaw, Bobridge, Brown, Tanner) and 3 Dutchies (Slagter, Kelderman, Tjallingii).
Should've sent Bos, but I guess Renshaw wants to be leader in his home race. Seems like a decent race for Kelderman to show off some of his potential. 2 hilly stages if I remember correctly, so not just a sprinter fest this time.
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Old 12-17-12, 16:26
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As strange as it may sound, that race is getting a little too hard for Bos. Only one or two real flat sprint stages.

I think it's more something for Slagter than for Kelderman, actually. I don't know why Wilco will go there.
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