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Old 12-28-12, 21:46
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I would have preferred Guardini not to ride any GT at all and focus on smaller races where he has a better chance of winning but I guess Guardini moved to astana to ride more WT races.
The best place to learn will be against the best imo. Guradnin have already won 100's of stages in Malaysia. Its time to step up and get better. Hopefully Astana will give him time and some resources along the way.
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Old 12-28-12, 22:17
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Guardini is quick but his positioning is terrible. Gonna need a lot of help to be competitive at the Tour.
i think that's a big myth to be honest.

watch helicopter view of his giro win

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVmdh...ailpage#t=419s

he fought very well for his position all on his own and only lost to ferrari in the fight for cav's wheel. his problems are endurance and recovery which make him reach the last few km's of stages completely empty. but if you have watched his win at the volta in 2011 you can see that there was already a massive improvement on both aspects this year. at volta he struggled to finish inside the time limit from day 1 and when he won his stage on stage 5 he was completely empty at the end having to lay down on the floor after crossing the finish line, in the giro he won on stage 18 after a lot of mountains and looked like a sprinter usually looks at the end of the stage, granted it was a very easy stage
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Old 12-28-12, 22:22
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Watch every other sprint stage from this Giro, he was forever getting bounced and squeezed out of position. Believe me, I was watching pretty closely, desperately hoping he'd pick up some CQ points
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Old 12-28-12, 22:30
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that's because he was empty by then. falzes was in all it's length a downhill false flat that's why he still had something by the time they reached the final k. but even that is a big improvement, in his 2011 level he wouldn't make it with the pack to the end on any stage of the giro with a climb in it nor would he finish inside the time limit on any mountain stage.

you should really see images from the 2011 volta, he suffered like a dog getting dropped all over the place while racing with over 40ºC and fighting every day to make the time cut. he eventually had to give up on the stage with the finish at the torre because he was dropped with something like 150k to go iirc.

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Old 12-28-12, 23:42
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I would have preferred Guardini not to ride any GT at all and focus on smaller races where he has a better chance of winning but I guess Guardini moved to astana to ride more WT races.
Well he wants a top 10 at MSR and to do that he needs to improve overall. He would probably find more success at smaller races but racing the bigger races will help him improve more than the small races would. So I think it's a good idea to race more big races like the Tour.
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Old 12-29-12, 13:39
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http://www.velowire.com/article/673/...-etapes--.html

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Old 12-30-12, 15:53
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Theo Bos will start his season in Mallorca and after that he will participate in the Tour de Lankawi.
http://www.nusport.nl/wielrennen/299...ft-bos-nk.html
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Old 12-30-12, 19:35
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Anyone care to translate?
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Old 12-30-12, 19:49
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*clicks on the GB/USA flag*
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Old 12-30-12, 20:31
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so montagne de lure without alberto...i predict a green festival up the climb
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