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Old 11-02-10, 20:34
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Ill make the point once again then that his performance in Mendrisio RR convinced me that he can do hilly classics.
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Interesting. No Tour in 2011?
He said during last Vuelta that GT's are not necessarily hard if you are not a GC man and know how to ride them. He may be given a support role for a GC man at whatever his new team might be in a few key stages and take it easy for the rest. Unfortunately for him, pubs in France close earlier at night than in Spain.
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Old 11-02-10, 20:35
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What surprised me more is when he stated that the reason behind him leaving Saxo Bank was Contador and the change of focus in the team. During the Schleck period, the whole team was dedicated to the 2 brothers and not Cancellara, so the arrival of Contador wouldn't have changed the way the team operates. So it's not the real reason for leaving Saxo IMO.
That's not totally accurate. Saxo had a dual focus on the Tour and the classics, both hilly and cobbled. Judging from their record it seemed to work out well for them with Amstel, LBL, PR (twice) and Flanders all included in their conquests.

As far his reasoning for leaving well he saw the mass departure taking place and it's only logical that he would want to ride with the group that helped him gain his success.
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Old 11-02-10, 20:41
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Uhhh... why?
Because I want Gilbert to win Luik.



Just think about who the last Belgian was that won Luik
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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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Old 11-02-10, 20:43
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Uhhh... why?
You think Cancellara will ever be forgiven, for beating Contador in most tts AND for being named rider of the year in front of Gilber?
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You think Cancellara will ever be forgiven, for beating Contador in most tts AND for being named rider of the year in front of Gilber?
You forgot Cancellara beating Boonen twice. The Contador thing doesn't annoy me at all, Conti wins the GT anyway :P

Ps: I still think Gilbert is the rider of the year and a way better classics specialist then Cancellara will ever hope to be. The fact that he needs to skip Roubaix and Ronde to participate in Luik says enough. Gilbert doesn't need to do any of that. He can win them all without sacrificing anything. Now if Canc would have won the World road race then I'd consider him the rider of the year xD

I rate the classics specialists like this:

1. Phil
2. Cancellara
3. Boonen
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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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Old 11-02-10, 21:05
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Ps: I still think Gilbert is the rider of the year

i disagree and i'm a Belgian, Cancellara season was slightly better then Gilberts (PR, RvV, ITT WC, stages in Tour beats GdL, Amstel & stages in vuelta), also Cancellare has already won 3 of the 5 Monuments, Gilbert only Lombardia twice

as for next year, let the best man win
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Old 11-02-10, 21:29
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I'd love to see someone beating Gilbert in Liege next year, and the year after, and after. It will help Belgians understand every year Dutch guys had after LBL with Boogerd
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Old 11-02-10, 21:38
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i disagree and i'm a Belgian, Cancellara season was slightly better then Gilberts (PR, RvV, ITT WC, stages in Tour beats GdL, Amstel & stages in vuelta), also Cancellare has already won 3 of the 5 Monuments, Gilbert only Lombardia twice

as for next year, let the best man win
Yes, he had a better season, but Gilbert was good during the entire season. Cancellara is extremely boring when he doesn't care. I never said he had a better season if you only consider wins
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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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I understand him wanting the Monuments etc but I really don't think he'll be able to match some of the guys like Vino, Evans, Gilbert etc.

They can keep doing those accelerations, especially up hills - leaving Canc behind.
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