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Old 12-21-11, 12:10
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Default Rider of the Year 2012?

OK, so this is sort of a spin-off of the Rider to watch in 2012 thread. But this time it is for another story on the CN homepage.

what I want to know is: Who do you pick for rider of the year 2012? And why, in five sentences or less?

Remember, this will appear as a news story on CN. So give it your best.

Thanks.

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Old 12-21-11, 12:17
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I'll nominate Alberto Contador Velasco:

Won many hearts in the 2011 edition of Tour de France with his aggressive riding, especially in the Alpe d'Huez stage where he staked everything on one throw, but in the end failed.
In 2012 he won't fail. He will be back, stronger than ever, and do the Tour-Vuelta double.
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Old 12-21-11, 12:31
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rujano. he will win the giro 2012 in a way not seen since basso in 2006. except rujano does it clean. he will prove he is a climber from a different world
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Old 12-21-11, 12:55
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Peter Sagan: He has been bubbling over for a few years now. This is the year where the next step is the classics. I see him being a major player in the Ardennes, Milan-San Remo, perhaps even Flanders before moving onto the Tour where he can take a stage and then the Worlds. That being said, what I would like to see is a year without a one man show in the classics after the last two years of Gilbert and Cancellara.

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Old 12-21-11, 13:34
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Philippe Gilbert repeats 'nuff said.

We all remember Paris-Tours 2008, '09, The Amstel Gold Race 2010, '11 and Giro di Lombardia 2009, '10. Is there really anything stopping him from repeating 2011 too?

One might wonder if there will really be any stopping the Walloon avalanche and his new BMC superteam in 2012.
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Mark Cavendish. He'll be super motivated by his Rainbow Stripes, by his BBC Sports Personality of The Year win and by the fact he's racing for a British Team. What's more, he'll have the backing of the strongest and most professional team in cycling. I'm expecting an MSR, Olympic Gold, Green Jersey and the usual bucket load of GT stage wins.
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Old 12-21-11, 14:06
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Alberto Contador - Tour and Vuelta double
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Old 12-21-11, 14:13
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I'd like to nominate Tony "Panzerwagen" Martin.
With his stellar campaign in 2011, claiming ITTs, of them the biggest being gold in the Elite Men's ITT at the world championships as well as the overall in various smaller stage races he'll be set to return for 2011, claim those and the Olympics.

Sorry if that didn't make sense...
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Default Decisions decisions

So many to choose from:

Contador - Survives possible "prison" term, does Tour/Vuelta double
Sagan - Reaches levels he's been showing glimpses of
Cavendish - Takes every sprint he's in, wins Gold @ Olympics
Gilbert - Takes advantage of Thor & Evans being "watched", wins all Classics
Valverde - Back from the dead
Wiggins - Wins the Tour? Gold @ Olympics
Greipel - Learns to finally position himself like he should during a sprint


My heart says Sagan or Greipel, my mind says Contador...hence, since I'm always wrong...it's Gilbert again.
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PHIL
mainly because he will win san remo,ronde and surprisingly,roubaix too.also world champion

CONTADOR
tour and vuelta won easily
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