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Old 01-01-13, 13:01
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If any decent climber has some form, they should be able to ride away from Gerrans. Last year's competition did poorly on the final climb when trying to challenge Gerrans although the field was decimated a fair bit by the 2nd climb of Wilunga so not all the climbers were present.
It's not really a climb though, more of a hill. All joking about Machado aside, on a proper climb he should finish ahead of Gerrans. As should Rogers.
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Old 01-01-13, 13:15
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1.gerrans
2.kash
3.andy
4.gaspa

watch out, astana is coming to the party!
i expect some action on old willunga
I disagree:
1.Big Phil
2.Simon "the wheelsucker" Gerrans
3.A.Valverde
4.Gasparotto
5.De Gendt
off the pace for Andy Schleck a place between 15th and 20th.
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Old 01-01-13, 13:41
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Phil's form has traditionally been good here, and he should be better on such hills than Gerrans.

Gerrans will likely have superior form though, so it should be interesting.

Valverde is a factor too if he has the same form here as he had last year. Although I think that his good form in the TDU then was mainly because he was so happy to be racing again.
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Old 01-01-13, 14:40
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He's in with a shot on the Stirling stage, no chance against proper sprinters on flat/downhill finishes though.
yep, deep and wide field, still Reinardt won't go down without a fight.
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Old 01-01-13, 14:57
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valverde...he won't even be present i guess ???

anyway this is simon's race to lose.i don't think phil will match a full form aussie in tour down under.

kash will make the peloton suffer no doubt
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I'll wait until Aussie Nationals to make predictions. Phil I think could go well though, and hopefully Sutton is up there in the sprints.

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Andy to come back with a bang and destroy his opposition on wilunga hill.
Would be awesome , but I don't see it yet. I think the most we can hope for from Schleck is to maybe see him trying to be in the break. As long as he hangs in there though he should be satisfied.
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Old 01-01-13, 15:19
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yep, deep and wide field, still Reinardt won't go down without a fight.
Will he be part of Kittel's train?
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Old 01-01-13, 15:48
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Will he be part of Kittel's train?
sure, but Kittel will likely only make a couple of finales.
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Old 01-01-13, 15:51
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Gerrans and Valverde were best last year here... Nowhere in the Ardennes.

Being very good here might not be best sign for the guys trying to peak for Ardennes. Obviously few like Gilbert can win even not being anywhere near his best shape.
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Will he be part of Kittel's train?
Think so. He still has to prove himself, so it would be normal to expect him to do a lead-out.
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