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Old 07-29-12, 20:54
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aren't they gonna finish later than in spain just like last year?around 6-7 CET for volta finishes to avoid the heat.and the vuelta
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Old 07-29-12, 21:16
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I must say I would really like David Blanco to take the (5th) win and make history. He had a bumpy ride so far. A lot of talking about joining Carmim-Prio, but that didn't happen for one reason or another. Remember this is the team of last year's winner Ricardo Mestre.

Finally joins Barbot-Efapel. In theory, less of a power struggle. Although were talking about a team which features in its ranks Sérgio Sousa, Rui Sousa, Nuno Ribeiro and Ricardo Vilela. That's some serious firepower right there.

So far, his best results are abroad, with Top 10 at Castilla y Leon and Asturia. He also featured at Troféu Joaquim Agostinho (middle of July), although with a disapointing ride. He was struggling with intest...well, diarrhea.

So what to expect? He has reason to be alert as his teammates were very good at GP Efapel/Glassdrive and could take leadership (Vilela won GC; N. Ribeiro won a stage). But If he's in form and has a commited team around him. In the very least it would make for a nice battle against Mestre.

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Marco Chagas > David Blanco, so I hope he doesn't get 5.
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Gingerwallaceafro's post have been deleted due to heavy doping content and racism.

a 1 week ban will be handed to him

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Old 08-01-12, 19:22
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We have a startlist. Just click on each team to see who's in. I took the liberty to copy just some of the teams I am looking forward to see perform. Besides the Portuguese Continental of course

Portuguese National Team
41 António Carvalho
42 Rafael Silva
43 André Morato
44 Pedro Paulinho
45 Micael Isidoro
46 Rafael Reis
47 Ricardo Ferreira
48 Bruno Saraiva
49 Rui Vinhas

Burgos-BH-Continental
91 Joni Brandão
92 Moises Dueñas
93 David Garcia
94 Efren Aguilera
95 Nicolas Capdepuy
96 Damien Branaa
97 Francisco Anton
98 Luis Bonet
99 Pablo Muiño

Colombia-Coldeportes
101 Javier Alberto Gonzalez
102 John Darwin Atapuma
103 Juan Pablo Forero
104 Wilson Alexander Marentes
105 Dalivier Ospina
106 Victor Hugo Peña
107 Carlos Julian Quintero
108 Juan Pablo Suarez
109 Duber Armando Quintero

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121 Marc de Maar
122 Kai Reus
123 Boy Van Poppel
124 Davide Frattini
125 Jonathan Clarke
126 Jason McCartney
127 Bradley White
128 Jay Thomson
129 Adrian Hegyvary

MTN-QHUBEKA
151 Dennis Van Niekerk
152 Jacques Van Rensburg
153 Jaco Venter
154 Meron Rusom Alem
155 Jani Tewelde Weldegabir
156 Tesfay Habtemariam
157 Ferekalsi Debesai
158 Tsgabu Grmay
159 Reinardt Van Rensburg

Personally, the absence of Jordi Simon for Andalucia is a disappointment. Once I knew he wouldn't be doing Vuelta a Espana, I was hoiping we'd be able to see him here. But no luck.

Overall I'm quite happy with the startlist. Two weeks and the show starts.

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Old 08-01-12, 19:57
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Reis, Atapuma, Brandão, Antunes, Vilela, Paulinho

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i can't wait to see how the portuguese young guns will fare against the more experienced guys and atapuma who has proven himself competitive at world tour level before
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Ah, almost forgot to copy Burgos. I was very pleased to see Brandão getting a place at the spanish team. He deserved it after a very active Volta a Portugal last year (at the time, he told the press unless something came up, he would leave cycling due to lack of funds).

For those wondering. Pedro Paulinho is the brother of Sergio (Paulinho) from Saxo-Bank Tinkoff. He has a good sprint, which helped him build a carreer at the espoirs in Portugal. Current U23 Portuguese champion. Internationally, an 8th at GP della Liberazione this year.

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oh boy,,,is atapuma coming?!

nuno,we have a problem!
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Old 08-01-12, 22:47
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Ricardo Mestre will be very likely the winner again, it's the n1 contender. Foreign cyclists doing this race for the first time doesn't know how hard this race is, Atapuma can do well on the climbs, but honestly i can't see him winning.
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