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Old 01-16-13, 17:30
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I thought he is a sprinter or something like that... so is he similar to Kelderman? or really a pure climber?
He is indeed an all-rounder, just like Kelderman. However, he does not have his talent. He was introduced as Niermann's replacement when he signed with, back then, Rabobank.
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Robert Gesink

(3/2) Trofea Palma de Mallorca
(17/02-21/02) Ruta del Sol
(3/03-10/03) Paris-Nice
(18/03-24/03) Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Altitude training Tenerife,
(23/04-28/04) Tour de Romandie
(4/05-26/05) Giro d’Italia.
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Robert Gesink

(3/2) Trofea Palma de Mallorca
(17/02-21/02) Ruta del Sol
(3/03-10/03) Paris-Nice
(18/03-24/03) Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Altitude training Tenerife,
(23/04-28/04) Tour de Romandie
(4/05-26/05) Giro d’Italia.
Nice program, clearly focussing more on stage-races this year. Main goals in this period: Paris Nice + Giro
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Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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Robert Gesink

(3/2) Trofea Palma de Mallorca
(17/02-21/02) Ruta del Sol
(3/03-10/03) Paris-Nice
(18/03-24/03) Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Altitude training Tenerife,
(23/04-28/04) Tour de Romandie
(4/05-26/05) Giro d’Italia.
Awesome!

Go score me some cq-points Bobby!
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Nice program, clearly focussing more on stage-races this year. Main goals in this period: Paris Nice + Giro
Classics are indeed too much because of the Giro/Tour combination plus he is more suited for stage races.
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So Gesnik will follow the Wiggins "schedule" this year.
Riding stage races with a training stint in Tenerife in between.

He would be a contender for PN with many big names lacking, assuming he continues his new found ability of TT.

I also suppose he wont be riding the Dauphine or Suisse.
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He is indeed an all-rounder, just like Kelderman. However, he does not have his talent. He was introduced as Niermann's replacement when he signed with, back then, Rabobank.
That seemed to me to be a way to avoid the usual hype. Which seems to have worked

Who knows what he's capable of. No one expected anything from Kruijswijk either, the two seem pretty similar.

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So Gesnik will follow the Wiggins "schedule" this year.
Riding stage races with a training stint in Tenerife in between.

He would be a contender for PN with many big names lacking, assuming he continues his new found ability of TT.

I also suppose he wont be riding the Dauphine or Suisse.
It's not so much the Wiggins schedule, as the best prep for the Giro. The training camp on Tenerife rather than Sierra Nevada is because of the possibility of snow there in April, I guess.
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That seemed to me to be a way to avoid the usual hype. Which seems to have worked

Who knows what he's capable of. No one expected anything from Kruijswijk either, the two seem pretty similar.


It's not so much the Wiggins schedule, as the best prep for the Giro. The training camp on Tenerife rather than Sierra Nevada is because of the possibility of snow there in April, I guess.
Yr, It should have been more like the Wiggins way. Not exactly the same schedule but taking a similar approach, not riding cthe Ardennes classics and focusing mainly on stage races.

BTW I thought Marc Goos is a Time Trialler. Is he a decent climber as well?
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Yr, It should have been more like the Wiggins way. Not exactly the same schedule but taking a similar approach, not riding cthe Ardennes classics and focusing mainly on stage races.

BTW I thought Marc Goos is a Time Trialler. Is he a decent climber as well?
Yes he can climb, I posted that result somewhere above, where he followed Tiernan Locke on an uphill finish. Of course, that was pre-2012 JTL the Superman.
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I actually think Goos is far more of a climber than a time trial specialist really. Not that special though. Indeed Kruijswijk is a good example, but it turned out Kruijswijk has great 3rd week recovery. We don't know that of Goos yet.
He could turn into another Theo Eltink but could also turn out to be great. We'll see, no pressure
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