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View Poll Results: Which one is the best race?
Tirreno-Adriatico 107 56.91%
Paris-Nice 81 43.09%
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Old 03-05-12, 20:54
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Tirreno, because the PN sucked in the last year and will suck this year.
Why is TGBM not an option?
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Old 03-05-12, 21:38
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no, but i have a slight indulgence to dauphine. or rather, i dont like them very much.
Suprised you dont like ATOC a bit.
After this year I doubt you will like the dauphine much any more.
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After stage 2 of P-N, I think the Frogs will hold the upper hand this year.
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Old 03-05-12, 21:43
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The impressive lineup in P-N compared to previous years should add up.

I normally fancy T-A course more though.
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Old 03-05-12, 22:16
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I have found that it varies from year to year, as Libertine was saying. On the balance of all time history, if I had to choose one it'd be Paris-Nice. If you're talking about, say, the last 2 years or last year, I'd say T-A. If you're taking about this year's parcours, I like both to a certain degree but I think I like P-N better.
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Old 03-05-12, 22:20
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Well, I may be wrong, but Italian tv appears to be showing Paris-Nice live, with Tirreno-Adriatico used to fill in around the edges and 2 hours recorded for the late, late slot.

Over the past decade or so, P-N has usually been the better race, but as Kwibus says: it depends upon the course and how the race pans out.

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Tirreno, because the PN sucked in the last year and will suck this year.
Form an opinion form one edition?
P-N certainly didn't suck today.
Pretty impressive for a flat stage.

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Old 03-05-12, 22:41
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P-N, but I have a bit of veneration for Cote d'Azur and have ridden some French amateur races in the area so I might be biased.
With the return of the Col d'Eze TT and the whole concept of 'race towards the sun' P-N still is THE Spring stage race for me.

On a side note, as others have pointed out; Italian racing is severely handicapped by the lack of broadcasting to the international audience.
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I like both races, they are both 'big races' in context of the season, riders peak for said races. Probably my favorite stage races outside of the GTs.

TA has had some better parcours the past couple years tho, but PN is generally a good race.
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Old 03-05-12, 23:37
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On paper, TA for the last two years.

That being said, PA this year could shape into a dogfight. I don't think Leipheimer is confident (and shouldn't be) enough to wait for the TT. Pisti is always a firecracker in the last few k's of a hill finish, and the huge gaps to strong men could provide some big names in breakaways. Who knows.

However, I realize that counting on LL and Wiggans to spice up a race may not be the best way to go...
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Old 03-06-12, 01:42
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Historically Paris-Nice has been the better race, but last year and especially this year the list of riders in Tirreno is impressive with many teams bringing their top riders. The route has got something for everyone, from sprinters to attackers, climbers and all rounders/GC men.
Obviously being an italian race all the italian teams are bringing their big guns, but also foreign teams like BMC , Astana, Katusha are all bringing pretty much their A-team and Sky, Garmin, Lotto and Greenedge are all bringing their top sprinter.
Check out the full list of riders for Tirreno (http://www.gazzetta.it/Speciali/Tirr...critti2012.pdf) and you'll see what I'm talking about.
Basically all I'm saying is that there are all the conditions for an epic week of racing.
Maybe because I don't really like the guys in contention for this year P-N (Wiggo, Leipheimer, Valv-piti), I'm a bit bias, but I think I'll be following more Tirreno this week.
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