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Old 01-15-13, 22:16
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I'd like to see the race go back to how it was before 2003 when it finished in Maastricht. It used to produce a wide variety of winners but since it has finished at the top of the Cauberg it has just felt like a seond rate Fleche Wallonne to me.
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Oscar Friere may now regret retiring after this course change. I personally prefer Amstel finishing on top of the hill. The hill sprint aspect of it and people surviving from a long range attack will die completely if you finish the race a couple of km's after the top of the climb.
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I doubt it will make much of a difference as long as we have someone like Gilbert who can last the distance. Without such a rider it will be very unpredictable however.
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We saw at the Worlds that if Gilbert is on form he will still win- for this year. After that i expect riders like Sagan, Degenkolb and EBH to win as Gilbert will either wane or focus on M-SR/ RVV.
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I'd prefer Maastricht too, but anything is better than the HTF.
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So this is gonna become Sagan Gold Race.
I like it
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I do not know about Sagan. Right now he still seems a level beneath Gilbert and perhaps even Rodriguez on these hills.

Yes, I understand he has potential.
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I do not know about Sagan. Right now he still seems a level beneath Gilbert and perhaps even Rodriguez on these hills.

Yes, I understand he has potential.
Tell me when Gilbert can do this:




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Old 01-16-13, 11:03
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I think it is good the way it is.
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