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Old 02-17-13, 19:44
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Quintana is gonna trash this with Balaverde glued to his wheel. Two man show.
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Old 02-17-13, 19:45
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Valverde can win every stage in this race. Next.
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Old 02-17-13, 20:07
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Bit of a "funny" story:
Birdie's suitcase was delayed, which meant he had to do the prologue in a regular Astana outfit. So they had to convince the organisers that he does indeed have a nat champ skinsuit, and that it wasn't just a case of "Danish champ, can't be bothered."
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Old 02-18-13, 08:16
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I think you often see lack of effort from everyone in some these early season prologues, it was long enough for a prologue too.

Valverde going he hard to beat he is in the best shape has an advantage over everyone already and a strong team
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Old 02-18-13, 09:42
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20 minutes recap of the Prologue
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Old 02-18-13, 09:46
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Stage 1 reminder:



Looks pretty good indeed. Roll out at about 11.30 (CET)

Barta FTW.
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Old 02-18-13, 09:50
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Hard to see past Valverde for this one unless a break goes all the way which of course seems very likely.
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Old 02-18-13, 10:14
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Yes, he says he isn't. But if you look at him, and look at the climbs/efforts he's best at, he's better at shorter climbs and shorter time trials. He has never even made the top-10 in a long TT.

He doesn't get better as the effort lengthens.
That doesn't mean he is explosive either.

There is a reason why he has only won one race in his entire career and completely sucks in one day races, you know.
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Old 02-18-13, 10:40
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Hope that Ion Izagirre can do something today, the profile looks perfect for him but that doesn't show the real difficulty, Valverde.
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Old 02-18-13, 11:08
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That doesn't mean he is explosive either.

There is a reason why he has only won one race in his entire career and completely sucks in one day races, you know.
That's because he's just never the best rider on the day, that doesn't mean he isn't explosive. He's just more of a stage racer.

His strengths in stage races lie in the shorter efforts, not in the long climbs and time trials. Look at last year's Tour, he was great in that stage Pinot won, with the short climbs. On the longer climbs he wasn't at the level of Nibali, Wiggo, Froome.

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