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Old 01-09-13, 14:28
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Finally bothered to check out the Romandie route.

http://www.tourderomandie.ch/parcours-41

Terrible as usual although the queen stage is better than last year about the same as 2010. Prologue is the best though.
After 2011 and 2012 I am actually ok with the route. I think it's under 10km from the summit of Croix to Les Diablerets and there is no flat, so I would hope that it's possible that there's a very small group or even a lone winner.

Still, the days of 2006-like routes are probably gone. Maybe there could be something on the stage to Granges, but I am not going to go through the video again.
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Old 01-09-13, 14:36
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Finally bothered to check out the Romandie route.

http://www.tourderomandie.ch/parcours-41

Terrible as usual although the queen stage is better than last year about the same as 2010. Prologue is the best though.
Terribly designed queen stage, even though it's hard by Romandie standards. LOL @ that loop. I'm not against those at all, but this is stupid. Final ascent of Croix is pretty hard, though.
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Old 01-09-13, 14:43
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Romandie is about 1/3 of Switzerland at most, so it's loops ahoy to get the stages long enough.
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Old 01-09-13, 19:46
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Samu Sanchez:

Vuelta a Andalucía
Tirreno
GP Miguel Indurain
País Vasco
Amstel Gold Race/LBL (or both)
Giro

meanwhile Antón and Nieve will ride the tour for sure.
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Old 01-09-13, 20:25
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Samu Sanchez:

Vuelta a Andalucía
Tirreno
GP Miguel Indurain
País Vasco
Amstel Gold Race/LBL (or both)
Giro

meanwhile Antón and Nieve will ride the tour for sure.
Anton is full focused on the Vuelta. If he will ride the Tour than just to build form I think. He wants to podium at the Vuelta and if the route rumors are truth he may have good chance to do so.

Nieve will ride the Tour for sure. He should be a good candidate for the polka dot jersey. Although that would be not so pretty for Tommy Voeckler.
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Old 01-09-13, 21:04
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Samu Sanchez:

Vuelta a Andalucía
Tirreno
GP Miguel Indurain
País Vasco
Amstel Gold Race/LBL (or both)
Giro

meanwhile Antón and Nieve will ride the tour for sure.
Damn Tirreno is gonna smash PN this year
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Old 01-09-13, 21:23
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Damn Tirreno is gonna smash PN this year
Sometimes best racing is where there are no stars and no clear favourites

More interesting as many riders decide to go for it / attacks etc.

Don't judge the race before it even began, and PN should have a decent route too this year.

That's not too say Tirreno will be bad, otherwise. It'll be great. But PN can be very interesting too, with no real stars there and no clear favourites.
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Old 01-09-13, 21:34
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But PN can be very interesting too, with no real stars there and no clear favourites.
Valverde I'd say.
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Valverde I'd say.
this, movistar will send a super strong team for PN as valverde is the clear favourite atm and he must truly want to win PN as it has been escaping him for years.

i also wouldn't be surprised if they took advantage of the weak field to send costa as well and try to place him high to get some good WT points valverde can't get and costa almost surely won't get in TA taking into account the depth of the field.
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That's not too say Tirreno will be bad, otherwise. It'll be great. But PN can be very interesting too, with no real stars there and no clear favourites.
Source that valverde isn't doing pn?
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