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Old 12-28-12, 14:18
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Well Wiggo has a level of confidence now that he didn't in the Vuelta. However my expectation would be that Bertie drops him hard Can Sky diesel back up dragging Brad along, will be the question. At least Sky will have an idea what they will be facing for le Tour.

I agree that a much more interesting match up will be Bertie/Froome.
Contador's time trial was a bit dissapointing to me, and don't know whether that will be enough to keep the lead over Wiggins. Yes at the climbs he is better then Wiggins. In fact Contador is the best climber of this last 5 years.
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Old 12-28-12, 14:27
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I think there will be some sparks on the roads between two seas.
Why else would Wiggo decide to confront Contador?
If he's afraid or insecure, he'd defend PN.
Fans are overlooking that trifle... Why would he run to disgrace?
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Old 12-28-12, 14:41
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I think there will be some sparks on the roads between two seas.
Why else would Wiggo decide to confront Contador?
If he's afraid or insecure, he'd defend PN.
Fans are overlooking that trifle... Why would he run to disgrace?
Wiggo needs to test himself against the best, this is a great opportunity to do that without serious consequences! If he loses, oh well it was just a buildup for the Giro.

Bertie's changes of pace will test him hard......

Don't know the parcours yet, but if it's a long, flat ITT Wiggins will take time there and Bertie will go work on his ITT before le Tour. Will it be enough time to hold against the mountain onslaughts?

It will also be interesting to see Sky vs Saxo as Saxo has some new strong riders.

Throw in Schleck, Nibali wanting to defend and Evans(?) could be a Really Good race
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Old 12-28-12, 14:43
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Again your making a fool out of yourself. Not sure why you hate Wiggins so much, but have at least some respect for his qualities. In 2012 he won almost everywhere he rode.
he won almost everything he rode? yes against guys like andrew talansky, the compeition was horrible and the coursed suite dhim perfectly. tirreno doesn;t suit him at all. so no chance. maybe top ten if he's lucky
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Old 12-28-12, 14:48
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Was the route of TA announced already?
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Wiggo needs to test himself against the best, this is a great opportunity to do that without serious consequences! If he loses, oh well it was just a buildup for the Giro.

Bertie's changes of pace will test him hard......

Don't know the parcours yet, but if it's a long, flat ITT Wiggins will take time there and Bertie will go work on his ITT before le Tour. Will it be enough time to hold against the mountain onslaughts?

It will also be interesting to see Sky vs Saxo as Saxo has some new strong riders.

Throw in Schleck, Nibali wanting to defend and Evans(?) could be a Really Good race
Exactly.
It should be great race with expected field, although they all won't ride with same ambitions and goals.
It should be great duel whether it will be demystification of Wiggo or pushing Contador.
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Old 12-28-12, 14:55
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Was the route of TA announced already?
not yet but if the last few editions are anything to go by, then we will prolly get at least 1 mountain stage and like 3 hilly stages with 3 stages having over 240km's.
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Old 12-28-12, 15:17
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I think Wiggins will surprise a few here. Of course Contador will be better in the mountains, but it remains to be seen how much time Wiggo will actually lose if he keeps his own pace as there is no denying that he pushes quite a few watts himself.

Meanwhile, in the ITT Contador should be no match for Wiggins.
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Old 12-28-12, 16:34
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I think Wiggins will surprise a few here. Of course Contador will be better in the mountains, but it remains to be seen how much time Wiggo will actually lose if he keeps his own pace as there is no denying that he pushes quite a few watts himself.

Meanwhile, in the ITT Contador should be no match for Wiggins.
in tirreno we have walls, even harder than de muur. wiggins will lose lots of time there. also he's so unexplosive, which kills any aspirations of winning the tirreno.
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Old 12-28-12, 16:40
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I'm a massive Wiggo fanboy, but think he'll have to improve massively to have a chance against Contatdor. It might happen. He surprised everyone with his development last year, including Shane Sutton who didn't seem to rate his chances too highly this time last year
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