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Old 12-31-12, 05:47
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I will go with someone from the Aussie team to win. Then Atkins and someone from a continental team, probably Lapthorne.

Bold predictions.
Howson to win the prologue.
Phelan and Norris to do good rides.
Not that bold imo.
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Old 12-31-12, 21:04
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I mentioned in an earlier post that the first road stage on Friday looked tough but it has ramped up to an even tougher day. 39C now and instead of 15-20kmh north easterlies, we will be getting 30-45kmh north westerlies which will be a direct headwind for much of the trip. Very hard start coming up, so will be interesting to see how the different riders handle it.

Friday 4 JanuarySummary Min 23Max 39Sunny. Change at night.Melbourne areaSunny. Winds northerly 30 to 45 km/h shifting cooler southwesterly 25 to 35 km/h late at night.

Saturday 5 JanuarySummary Min 19Max 29Mostly sunny.Melbourne areaMostly sunny. Winds southwesterly 15 to 25 km/h turning southerly 25 to 35 km/h during the morning.

Sunday 6 JanuarySummary Min 16Max 31Sunny.Melbourne areaSunny. Winds southerly 25 to 35 km/h turning southeasterly 20 to 30 km/h later.
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Old 01-02-13, 07:39
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Just keeps getting worse for the riders. 41C and headwind ALL the way. The only bonus is that it should be a few degrees cooler over Mount Macedon. Day from hell coming up!!

Friday 4 January
SummaryMin 23Max 41Dry. Windy. Late cool change.
Melbourne area
Sunny. Winds northerly 35 to 50 km/h with stronger squalls. A cooler southwest to southerly change 25 to 35 km/h at night.
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Old 01-02-13, 20:11
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Just keeps getting worse for the riders. 41C and headwind ALL the way. The only bonus is that it should be a few degrees cooler over Mount Macedon. Day from hell coming up!!

Friday 4 January
SummaryMin 23Max 41Dry. Windy. Late cool change.
Melbourne area
Sunny. Winds northerly 35 to 50 km/h with stronger squalls. A cooler southwest to southerly change 25 to 35 km/h at night.
Should actually be a couple of degrees cooler over most of the route, as it's at about 500 metres altitude compared to Melbourne.

Still going to be a hot one.
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Old 01-02-13, 21:06
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Prologue coming up tonight with many of the riders having been out earlier in the 36C conditions for the last leg of the Bay Crit. If the cooler sea breezes come in as predicted, the conditions could be a bit easier. Williamstown of course can throw up a pretty stiff breeze off the water but around on the Strand you would think it should be pretty even riding for all concerned.

Tough to pick out a winner of the prologue but I am going to choose Alex Edmondson for the win. Hopefully OGE don't give him too much to do today in the Bay Crit race and the 3 days of racing have in good time trial form. Not sure who will be the quickest in the Australian team, O'Grady, Goss or Gerrans possibly? How does McCarthy go over the short prologue distances?
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Old 01-02-13, 21:20
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Henderson for the prologue.
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Read James Oram as Jacob Oram at first, therefor go nz!
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Should actually be a couple of degrees cooler over most of the route, as it's at about 500 metres altitude compared to Melbourne.

Still going to be a hot one.
Once they get over Mt Macedon (End of the Great Dividing Range), they'll feel like they've cycled into an oven. Will be a hot northerly blowing in their faces all the way to Bendigo. Undulating terrain all the way through Redesdale and Lake Eppalock. Last little pinch up One Tree Hill will test a few tired / hot legs.

Zak Dempster is now out of the SASI squad, Team Net-App Endura pulled him for "Form Management" reasons. Bendigo local who would have given stage 1 a shake.

Expect a few of the Bendigo locals to try and get in the early break - Lachie Norris, Darren Lapthorne, Shaun McCarthy, Robbie Hucker, Mark O'Brien.
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Due to the extreme heat tomorrow, tomorrow's stage will start at 9:30am and finish around 1pm. Good idea imo.
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