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Old 03-26-12, 03:50
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Chavanel seems to be a good pick for this. Sagan I think said he would take this race easy. So maybe he wont win overall but still might take a stage.
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Chavanel, Kwiatkowski and Van Keirsbulck could all win this. I suspect that Chavanel doesn't give it all though.
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kwiatkowski is my favourite.
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Last year Westra was the strongest man in the race. I don't know if the lighter version of him is such a good cobbles rider, we'll see very soon I guess.
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Wanna see Greipel go hardman again

His stage 1 victory last year was remarkable
I liked that new version of Greipel. I bet Cav would never be able to do stuff like that.
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Chavanel/ MK can uphold the proud OPQS tradition by being favourites. Hopefully Westra can go well too.

Sagan vs Greipel will also be nice to see in the sprints though there is of course Kittel, Huta, Demare, Modolo, the UHC boys, Galimzynayov and Chicchi.

I wish Alexander Serov was doing this for RusVelo as he seemed like a good young talent in the ITTs.
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kwiatkowski is my favourite.
compared to the years before it was really easy pedaling last year, do you think he can follow if guys like Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder, Chainel. Hoste etc go kamikaze on stage 1?

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I'm little bit surprised to see Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder and especially Sagan participating in this race. Pretty hard preparing for Ronde, don't you think
no, it's perfect, until 2009 the winners of the Ronde had been using De Panne as preparation 15 times in row.
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I wish Alexander Serov was doing this for RusVelo as he seemed like a good young talent in the ITTs.
Serov turns 30 this year. In Murcia there was simply no other decent TT expert around, so he won. Here with Westra, Kwiatkowski, Sergent etc. present Serov would hardly see the top 10.
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compared to the years before it was really easy pedaling last year, do you think he can follow if guys like Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder, Chainel. Hoste etc go kamikaze on stage 1?
Yes he can. But a lot depends of OPQS tactics. In E3 Kwiatek was very good, but he obviously had to help Boonen and Chavannel, Sylvain mainly. 2 km from the finish he was still working in the front of the main group chasing Hoste, after a lot of hard riding the whole race. The TT also suits him very well. Michal is only 21 so it is hard to expect a victory, but he should be in the mix. So far this season he was riding good in every race he started. Fingerss crossed, becouse he is a great guy, and the biggest talent in our cycling.
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compared to the years before it was really easy pedaling last year, do you think he can follow if guys like Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder, Chainel. Hoste etc go kamikaze on stage 1?



no, it's perfect, until 2009 the winners of the Ronde had been using De Panne as preparation 15 times in row.
Kwiatkowski was a beast at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3. He CAN.

This is a Cancellara in the making. Mark my words.
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