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View Poll Results: Which aging veteran will be best in 2013?
Ivan Basso 9 10.71%
Cadel Evans 48 57.14%
Michele Scarponi 8 9.52%
Denis Menchov 2 2.38%
Andreas Kloden 4 4.76%
Chris Horner 4 4.76%
Other/Vino 9 10.71%
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Old 12-18-12, 19:45
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Default Aging veterans: who will be best in 2013?

Keeping the polls going so we have something to discuss in the off season, which of cyclings aging veterans (former GT contenders) will be best in 2013.

For this thread I would define an aging veteran as someone born before 1979 at least, who has had one or more seasons that indicates they could be in decline and aren't likely to be winning anymore of the really big races.

There is of course the possibility that the riders in the poll could improve on this last season, but I would say these are the 6 riders that can most be seen a being past their prime.
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Sanchez should be in the poll, he is Menchov's age. Pellizoti too.

Ill go for Sanchez or maybe Evans. Menchov is dead to me and the others are too old.

And if you are counting Scarponi then Purito should be in there too, he is 3 months younger.

So in conclusion, Purito by a country mile.
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Scarponi by a mile.
Menchov will rebound a bit.
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snachez should be in the poll, he is Menchov's age.
I considered Sanchez, but his bad performance this year was mostly due to injuries. And his 2nd in Lombardia shows he may not yet be past his prime.

Purito just had a great season so I don't think he can be considered past his prime either.

Similar situation with Pellizotti, he was coming back from a ban and still had some good results this year that indicate he may not yet be past his prime.
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Other: Contador he's no young pup anymore, and the rest on the list really should retire.
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Sanchez should be in the poll, he is Menchov's age.
It's not the age you need to worry about, it's the mileage. Menchov has started 21 Grand Tours - two a year for the last nine years. There's a toll to be paid. He's burnt out early, just like Sastre did.

By contrast Sanchez has started far fewer GTs and has very rarely done two in one season - he's still good for a couple more years at least.
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Sanchez. I also think that O'Grady and Voigt will show up a lot of guys too, even if they don't rack up any big wins. I'm expecting big final seasons from both of them.
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