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Old 01-14-13, 11:51
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Hehe, the Vuelta will finish BavarianRider with a weak TT field. Perhaps, Samu will be the strongest timetrialist in the race, then... Nibali.
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Old 01-14-13, 13:43
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There are only 5 - 6 high mountain stages... the rest are either short uphill finishes or medium rolling climbs to the finish. GC contenders will only do anything on these days (proper attack not sprinting at 1km) if they are desperate.
Get 15 - 20 seconds in uphill sprint, add 20 bonus seconds and it is significant time. This race can be decided in stages like that not in high mountains.
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Old 01-14-13, 14:50
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Hehe, the Vuelta will finish BavarianRider with a weak TT field. Perhaps, Samu will be the strongest timetrialist in the race, then... Nibali.
Samu time trailing is more based on his technically skills, not on his power isn't it.? I'm just not sure what that means for the hilly Vuelta time trail.
Few years ago Marzio Bruseghin would have won such a tim trail.
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Old 01-14-13, 20:33
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This was a totally flat time trial with barely any technical challenges either
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Old 01-14-13, 22:53
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Hmm, I was expecting to see the last TT of the 2007 Vuelta.

That one was flat, true. It was also very wet and some riders did crash if I remember correctly. So a bit of an advantage to Sanchez.

Anyway, the Vuelta TT would probably be ok for him with that 3rd cat in the middle. Don't know how technical the downhill is.
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Just over a month away, been thinking about this for a few days since the Tour is over.

Who exactly is down for this? There are so many GC guys at the Tour its tough to think of anyone who will actually be well rested enough to really compete..

Nibali
Henao
Uran
Betancur
Sanchez
Scarponi?

Looking like Nibali will walk it tbh
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Old 07-18-13, 22:59
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I expect Henao and Betancur to do well especially, in addition to Nibali of course. I hope that Purito, Valverde, and Contador go. Even if they're tired from the Tour they can still challenge for stages. Contador especially really needs to go, just to get a win. And hopefully Andy rides as well, but we'll have to wait on that one.
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Old 07-18-13, 23:04
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Yeah of course the Spaniards but can't see any of them challenging GC.

Wonder why Frank didn't just sign a contract with someone for half a year and have a go at it ?
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Old 07-18-13, 23:10
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Keeping his option to ride with Trek open perhaps. Think he'll probably end up riding for them in 2014 anyways.
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Old 07-19-13, 01:40
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Just over a month away, been thinking about this for a few days since the Tour is over.

Who exactly is down for this? There are so many GC guys at the Tour its tough to think of anyone who will actually be well rested enough to really compete..

Nibali
Henao
Uran
Betancur
Sanchez
Scarponi?

Looking like Nibali will walk it tbh
Will JVDB be fit? Not that he'll win it.

Majka may get another shot.
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