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Old 01-23-13, 03:18
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While mostly true, he did finish 25th in Paris Roubaix. That definitely shows he can go 200+ km
not really indicative, he was a very different rider then.

I think it's pretty cool wiggo is aiming for the giro, will be even better when he - hopefully, unlikely - get's whopped
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Old 01-23-13, 10:16
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While mostly true, he did finish 25th in Paris Roubaix. That definitely shows he can go 200+ km
no it doesn't he finished 25th. that is your answer. guys like mondory have done top 20s in p-r, that's meaningless
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Old 01-23-13, 11:24
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Wiggins is man with vast track expericence. Track riders always were more explosive than 60-70% of initial road raced just by virtue of their speciality IMO. So we can't call him absolutely unexplosive.

And yet, no one expect him beating Gilbert or Valverde in sprint. It would be an attempt of a long raid surely.
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no it doesn't he finished 25th. that is your answer. guys like mondory have done top 20s in p-r, that's meaningless
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finishing in the 4th or 5th group at Roubaix doesn't mean jot.
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The 2012 Tour de France winner, Sir Bradley Wiggins, has changed tack again over whether he will set out to defend his title, claiming he is happy to work for his Sky team-mate Chris Froome in the race and make the Giro d'Italia his main focus.

"I would love to win a second Tour and if I get the chance to do it, not necessarily this season, that would be great," he told L'Equipe. "But it looks as if Chris will be the leader this year. That doesn't mean I'll be riding 200km a day on the front of the bunch for him. We will be there together as he was last year with me in the mountains.

"Something could happen to Chris … he could be sick, he could crash as happened to me in 2011 when we ended up without a team leader."



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Wiggins is man with vast track expericence. Track riders always were more explosive than 60-70% of initial road raced just by virtue of their speciality IMO. So we can't call him absolutely unexplosive.

And yet, no one expect him beating Gilbert or Valverde in sprint. It would be an attempt of a long raid surely.
I would not call him explosive. Rather he can maintain a ridiculously high speed for a short sustained period of time. If you look back at his Romandie win that is how I think he managed that.

In terms of his explosiveness uphill. He is probably better than Andy Schleck, his lack of any significant trouble anywhere in the Tour on such climbs demonstrated that he certainly has improved in that area. How much it is still hard to say without him being tested to the limit on such a route.
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No matter what happens at the Giro, I think Sir Wiggo will attempt to defend the Tour title.
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If he races like Froome did last year, i.e. not doing much work at all, maybe 15 km in total in the front and failing a couple of times, it certainly can't be ruled out.
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I dont think so. He'll be last man for froome unless he tires in the last week when someone else will take (uran or porte). His riding style makes him in theory an excellent domestique as froome can use him until the last 2k then attack or follow on the summit finishes
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I would not call him explosive. Rather he can maintain a ridiculously high speed for a short sustained period of time. If you look back at his Romandie win that is how I think he managed that.

In terms of his explosiveness uphill. He is probably better than Andy Schleck, his lack of any significant trouble anywhere in the Tour on such climbs demonstrated that he certainly has improved in that area. How much it is still hard to say without him being tested to the limit on such a route.
Andy in top shape:

Winner of LBL
Second in FW
Third in LBL
Winner of a couple of Tour stages. With at least one of them being won with an explosive attack near the end.

BW in top shape:

Nothing.
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horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato
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