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Old 04-01-12, 17:28
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Well at least BMC will have a chance of winning if we go by Pozzato's interpretation of BMC's tatics. Pozzato will be too busy sucking wheel the whole time.
Riders change (well not Leipheimer). Evans was an infamous wheel sucker and became a great champion. Pozzato seems to have improved his training and dedication based on the posted interview and his recent performances.
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Old 04-01-12, 17:39
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I never said that Just that AGR suits him much more, its an almost ideal race for him.
Well by saying that AGR is a race that suits him in the context that you did you imply that RVV does not and/or that that is the reason for his less than stellar performance. You have to accept that he is not on form which is pretty much what even he has been saying to the media in the buildup. When you saw him 15+ riders back at a pivotal point on a climb with a gap between his and the lead group having been created you had to have known that he was not going to be a factor.
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Old 04-01-12, 17:45
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The joke's on you, pay attention to the race. Gilbert clearly sat up after the the big 3 took off. So your comment is really irrelevant.
I doubt he sat up. He needs the race intensity to continue to improve so what would he gain from shutting it down early, especially since it wasn't a given that the 3 would stay away when they initially got away. If he had the form to finish higher than he did he would've. Arguably, he would've been in better position to either follow Boonen and Pip or at minimum, go with Sagan when he made his failed attempt to bridge.
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Old 04-01-12, 17:47
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Nothing lucky about it if you consider the injuries he has. He deserves that fourth place.
I agree. I don't think there's much luck involved finishing 4th at RVV.
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Old 04-01-12, 20:09
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Gilbert did extremely well to have that little go at the front end of the race, on the opening lap, because he was already in difficulty on the first ascent of the Oude.

Another classic with BMC all over the front of the race for long periods, but with only minor places to show for it.
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By brabanste pijl, you guys will see a good Gilbert.
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yea maybe till AGR. Brabanste should be more of a training. But I think the AGR suits him so well he doesn't have to be in great form to do well. LBL and FW is a total different matter,
dlwssonic, we have to face the facts. Gilbert has no chance at Amstel Gold Race and most likely the same for the other Ardennes classics. He has very average form and even after one attack up the Kruisberg he was ******ed. Finished way behind and was struggling on many of the other climbs. I think they should ride for GVA at Amstel Gold who is showing some good form with a great 4th place at De Ronde and then ride for Evans at Fleche and Liege keeping the Gilbert door open if he does find some form.
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Totally agree Aus and as we know Cadel wont let BMC down in the Ardennes.Van Avermaet is starting to find his form of late last year.
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Totally agree Aus and as we know Cadel wont let BMC down in the Ardennes.Van Avermaet is starting to find his form of late last year.
GVA's form has surpassed that of last year. 4th in an extremely difficult monument. I'd say he has made another progression.

FWIW, I don't think most of BMC rode poorly today at all. The exceptions just happen to be the 2 who are high on the payroll ... PG and TH. They rode sh!t.
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Up to now, we've seen who BMC's best riders are. And that's Ballan and GVA. Roubaix is just a week away and who knows what Hushovd will show then.
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