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Old 03-12-12, 18:46
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Default March 17th 2012 Milan-Sanremo - The Primavera - 298km

No thread yet. Last year, the major classics got a thread one weak in advance.

Still no Via Roma.

As you all know, Milan Sanremo is not a sprinters' classic unlike what is usually thought. I hope this year will prove it again.

A unique race by its length and by the straightness of the course. One of the hardest. (Much harder than Flanders :-D) And one of my favourites.






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Old 03-12-12, 18:57
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nibali will push a massive tempo up the poggio drop most of the sprinters and freire will pip sagan for the finish line.

you heard it here first
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Old 03-12-12, 18:58
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It didn't use to be a sprinters' classic, but since Zabel's first win there have been 10/14 editions won by sprinters, and of the others, Tchmil and Pozzato only just beat them home, finishing in the same time as the bunch gallop behind. Only Cancellara and Bettini have managed to foil the sprinters.

Last year's edition was won by a sprinter, of course, but was at last not a bunch sprint. If we can have another edition like that, then there will be no complaints.
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phil and di luca will smoke the poggio that's for sure.

i love this race.
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from what i saw at PN & TA i'd say Sagan
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in 1997 i think it was the first time after 1980 with a bunch sprint.or something close to that.
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Old 03-12-12, 19:11
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Freire will win by 5 bikes margin you heard there first
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Gilbert will scorch the Poggio.
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I'm going to pick Boonen for the win. He's shown great form and I think that he truly has the mindset of a winner back after a couple of bad years... Sagan has to be an outside but Liquigas will have to make things really hard on the final climbs to shell out any remaining sprinters. That will surely test the unity between Sagan and Nibali. Hopefully after today's work by Sagan, Nibali will have given up any hard feelings over the Chieti incident and will work for Sagan if it comes to that in MSR, which it most likely will.
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Old 03-12-12, 19:20
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nibali will push a massive tempo up the poggio drop most of the sprinters and freire will pip sagan for the finish line.

you heard it here first
Wouldn't be a smart move. Nibali will me much more needed afterwards in the downhill and the final km's to keep the pack together. If Nibali kills himself up the Poggio Sagan will be left with no teammates alongside him and a select group of riders who will be looking to drop Sagan.
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