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Old 02-02-13, 10:14
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Qatar. 2:45am. After Argentina, Europe & here within 3 days, I'm a **** for sleeping on the flight. My body doesn't know what's happening!
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Any sugestions for who I should spend my money on?
Well, for what it's worth, I'm wasting my money on Breschel (101ew) and Offredo (201ew). They'll both probably lose 10-20 secs in the TTT and it's their first races of the year (Offredo's first in a year) - so there's two reasons not to follow me, but they're both talented guys. Looking forward to see if Riis can weave his magic and get Matti back to where he once was.
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I would love to see Degenkolb and Modolo do well here
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Old 02-02-13, 14:03
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It's not like they have so many other options, isn't it? It's all about the money, in 10 years they'll be racing on the moon. The rule should always be that in order to get races, you will have to produce decent athletes first.
Qatar has a warm climate, but unlike your precious TDU it's not TOO WARM.
Qatar is only a few hours difference with Europe, unlike your precious TDU. You won't feel the jetlag.
Qatar is raced HARD because of the echelons, unlike the TDU which is boring. An uphill sprint on Willunga hill doesn't change that.
In Qatar the big names like Cancellara, Boonen, Cavendish, etc race to win. In the TDU they barely do anything.
Qatar didn't pay MILLIONS for Lance Armstrong to come to their event, TDU did.
Qatar has been the ideal preparation for the spring classics for years now. Much better preparation race than the TDU. Results don't lie.

Without loads of money the Tour Down Under would be nowhere. At least Qatar didn't buy WT status. They let the race grow over the years. Now teams come to them asking for invitations, not the other way around.
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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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Lol, amazed at El Pisti praising an race held in a country without a cycling tradition.

Is it because of Boonen's dominance?
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Old 02-02-13, 14:13
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Nice post Pisti. Qatar is one of the best early season races. Even the Giro stage starting on the freaking Gavia won't be split into 10 groups after 3km like one of the Qatar stages last year.
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Lol, amazed at El Pisti praising an race held in a country without a cycling tradition.

Is it because of Boonen's dominance?
Hint: compared to Qatar, Oman gets surprisingly little praise from El Calimero
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Hint: compared to Qatar, Oman gets surprisingly little praise from El Calimero
True, but Oman is a different race than Qatar.

Pisti has a point in his post and for once I have to agree with him. Classic riders love it, because if there is enough wind than it's a real tough mens race.

Stage 4 from last year was pretty damn good! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_5Q8sQumrc
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I agree with him that Qatar is a good preparation race for classics riders.

Personally I'm glad the TDU and Oman also exist. Definately not the most prestigious races, but I was happy with the racing I got to see in Down Under this year.
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Hint: compared to Qatar, Oman gets surprisingly little praise from El Calimero
Oman isn't live and wind barely plays a big role.
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