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Old 02-18-13, 23:45
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Level of Asian cycling is pretty weak. Morton did a top 10 as a 19 yr old in 2011.

Hossein Asgari might be Asia's best chance.
And yet you have to go back many years to find a Langkawi edition where there wasn't at least one guy in the top 10 on GC riding for a small Asian or Oceania Conti team.

Same as we saw in San Luis - this is the biggest pond some small fish get to swim in. There'll be some surprises.
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Even though it's sarcasm, we all know Kash wont do ****

but i can always hope.
Have never seen him perform as good as he did in australia in this time of the year before. even pre ban he started the season off bad
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I'll be heading to stage 2 (starting in Kedah heading south). I wanted to get some more stages in but real life intervenes as it often does. Actually I wanted to follow the whole race but .... ah next year.
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yep, a good chance to work on the lead out. Koldo from Garmin used to be able to do some sprints iirc.
He seems to have gotten lost a bit at Garmin. Went from being the #1 sprinter at EE to being 4th-5th in the pecking order now. I bet they work for Van Hoff on the sprint stages.

For some reason you almost never get the big name climbers at this race. They're at Oman and Argentina but never Malaysia. Not enough hilly stages?

I think there will be a surprise winner. Sprint stages will be interesting with just 2nd and 3rd tier guys there. Chicchi, Bos, Guardini, Van Hoff, Coquard, Kroupis...

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Old 02-19-13, 04:14
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I am pretty sure Malaysia cannot match the appearance money and prize money the oil-rich Arabs can offer. It is a lot farther to fly from Europe and a 10-day stage race over some very serious mountains in conditions of heat, humidity and tropical downpours are not a good preparation for the Grand Tours. Also it is an HC event so no World Tour points.

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Level of Asian cycling is pretty weak. Morton did a top 10 as a 19 yr old in 2011.

Hossein Asgari might be Asia's best chance.
For GC, yes, but for stage wins they have a few decent riders.
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He seems to have gotten lost a bit at Garmin. Went from being the #1 sprinter at EE to being 4th-5th in the pecking order now. I bet they work for Van Hoff on the sprint stages.
Perhaps Koldo should consider going back to Eus.
Ain't a lot of internal sprinter competition on the team.
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Have never seen him perform as good as he did in australia in this time of the year before. even pre ban he started the season off bad
Well, Kash looks slim, and Kirsipuu told us that Kashechkin will be the leader in Langkawi instead of Dyachenko based on his early form.

Let's hope i did not jinx this now.
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Well, Kash looks slim, and Kirsipuu told us that Kashechkin will be the leader in Langkawi instead of Dyachenko based on his early form.

Let's hope i did not jinx this now.
2013 = 2006

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Pardilla for the overall
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