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Old 11-26-12, 17:30
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How about a guy like Tony Gallopin?

I remember him doing well until he had a flat tire in Ronde van Vlaanderen (I think it was, nevertheless).
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Old 11-26-12, 17:31
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Boasson Hagen, donīt forget.
For everything but P-R, yes. Unfortunately P-R is his main target next year, which is ridiculous. He has no chance there.

He'll probably do reasonably well in RVV, G-W etc though. He would probably have been top 5 in RVV this year without the fall.
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Old 11-26-12, 19:11
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Did someone suggest Luke Rowe earlier? Not sure i see that one.

Sagan, Phinney and hopefully Thomas could challenge in the future.

Probably a stupid question; but has Tony Martin any chance at PR?
The cobbles don't suit Martin, we likely won't ever see him trying to win any of the cobbled classics. TT's and small tours are more his thing.

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Phinney should be the BMC leader for PR next year. Hushovd can be plan B, although I think he's time has passed.
Definitely agree that Phinney would be a great leader for BMC for the cobbles. At the moment Hushovd I think would get the leadership based on seniority. But if he can't get it together and show some decent results in any buildup races to Roubaix than it would be smart of BMC to do joint leadership, or even better just give it straight to Phinney.

Or maybe Phinney can go and win it Johan Van Summeren style . Then Hushovd can go to another team next season complaining about his lack of support.
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EBH, Stannard, Phinney and Demare for me seem like they will all be good.

Lithgart will apparently be a leader for Vac in the coobles so i will throw him in. I also hope that Durbridge and Hepburn can do well on them (sheer power, good sprint).

Others could include Keukeleire, Fenn, Blythe (they all have good sprint capabilities).

Moser and Van Rensburg posses the ability but who knows if they will focus on the cobbles.

Can't Ballan be BMC's leader at Roubaix??? I would give him more of a chance of next year podiuming than Phinney.
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I can see Degenkolb as multiple Roubaix winner.
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Old 11-26-12, 20:28
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EBH, Stannard, Phinney and Demare for me seem like they will all be good.

Lithgart will apparently be a leader for Vac in the coobles so i will throw him in. I also hope that Durbridge and Hepburn can do well on them (sheer power, good sprint).

Others could include Keukeleire, Fenn, Blythe (they all have good sprint capabilities).

Moser and Van Rensburg posses the ability but who knows if they will focus on the cobbles.

Can't Ballan be BMC's leader at Roubaix??? I would give him more of a chance of next year podiuming than Phinney.
Where did you read Ligthart will be a leader for VAC in the cobble races? They have Flecha and Leukemans (And I dont even think Ligthart is number 3 after those 2).
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Can't Ballan be BMC's leader at Roubaix??? I would give him more of a chance of next year podiuming than Phinney.
Yeah, Ballan would be another good leader for BMC (this team is nuts with guys that can contend in the classics ). If Hushovd doesn't get back into form he may be best choice of leader next year. He should definitely be leader for Flanders. Plus Phinney is still young, I would love to see him be a leader in one of the cobbled classics (eventually I think he will get that opportunity), but he might not get complete leadership for a couple years.
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Or maybe Phinney can go and win it Johan Van Summeren style . Then Hushovd can go to another team next season complaining about his lack of support.
That'll be way too funny.
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Look at Chavanel's career path for a perfect example.
exactly, or cancellara, that as a junior and u23 was a pure itt specialist/short stage races
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In my case I am really looking forward to seeing Phinney next year. I think he can do a good race in Roubaix 8 and perhaps in Flandes ).
On the other hand it is Saganīs and Hagenīs time to win a monument.........weīll see. But Cancellara and Boonen need successors
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