2013 Speculation (and confirmation) thread - rider schedules and parcours - Page 36 - Cyclingnews Forum

Go Back   Cyclingnews Forum > Road > Professional road racing

Professional road racing A place to discuss all things related to current professional road races. Here, you can also touch on the latest news relating to professional road racing. A doping discussion free forum.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #351  
Old 12-31-12, 03:05
gregrowlerson's Avatar
gregrowlerson gregrowlerson is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Posts: 874
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theyoungest View Post
You mean Valverde will win?

Who else... Van Garderen? It will be a Paris-Nice with a historically weak field, it seems. And without a single former winner.
No Kloden?
__________________
In top grade professional cycling (and in life) it is virtually impossible to be a major winner whilst being 100% clean (or honest). Most GC GT riders are simply doing what they love whilst playing the game.

I'm a huge Kloden fan (or a Klodist) - despite the fact that he rode for Telekom/T-Mobile, Astana and Radioshack

Contador at Fuente De - I salute you!

Germany 7 Brazil 1
Reply With Quote
  #352  
Old 12-31-12, 06:20
Buffalo Soldier's Avatar
Buffalo Soldier Buffalo Soldier is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Belgium
Posts: 1,981
Default

Maybe it's time for De Gendt to win this one.
Reply With Quote
  #353  
Old 12-31-12, 09:06
theyoungest theyoungest is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 12,140
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Buffalo Soldier View Post
Maybe it's time for De Gendt to win this one.
From his own team, Westra would be the more logical option.
Reply With Quote
  #354  
Old 12-31-12, 10:30
18-Valve. (pithy) 18-Valve. (pithy) is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 2,066
Default

Frank Schleck, Uran, Samuel Sanchez and Kreuziger are likely podium contenders, too, I guess. The field will be strong, surely.

Not sure about Tony Martin, though. I mean, it will likely feature a 1st category MTF and no flat ITT to make up for that.
__________________
"The likelihood of cheats succeeding in the London Olympics is somewhat remote." - David Howman, WADA Director General
Reply With Quote
  #355  
Old 12-31-12, 10:38
theyoungest theyoungest is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 12,140
Default

When Martin won it, he was one of the strongest climbers as well. And the Montagne de la Lure isn't the hardest climb in the world, after all Luis Leon got 3d there the last time around.

We don't know anything about possible TTs in the race so far.
Reply With Quote
  #356  
Old 12-31-12, 10:48
18-Valve. (pithy) 18-Valve. (pithy) is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 2,066
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theyoungest View Post
When Martin won it, he was one of the strongest climbers as well. And the Montagne de la Lure isn't the hardest climb in the world, after all Luis Leon got 3d there the last time around.
There were no long climbs when Martin won.

As to Sanchez, he also got 6th on Arrate. The guy was clearly juiced to the eyeballs. There's no way Martin can keep up with the likes of Frank Schleck.


Quote:
We don't know anything about possible TTs in the race so far.
True, but the Col d'Eze TT seems a logical assumption for now.
__________________
"The likelihood of cheats succeeding in the London Olympics is somewhat remote." - David Howman, WADA Director General
Reply With Quote
  #357  
Old 12-31-12, 10:49
theyoungest theyoungest is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 12,140
Default

A final stage Nice-Nice is pretty logical as well. I.e. we don't have a clue.

And there certainly was a long climb when Martin won. Guys like Mollema and F. Schleck got dropped. As did Luis Leon.
Reply With Quote
  #358  
Old 12-31-12, 11:00
jens_attacks's Avatar
jens_attacks jens_attacks is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 11,705
Default

col de la mure was a 20 minutes long climb, montagne de lure is a 35 minutes
barring any fast improvement by tony martin, i can't see him losing less than 3 minutes on it. only if they will go tempo which won't happen
Reply With Quote
  #359  
Old 12-31-12, 11:06
theyoungest theyoungest is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Posts: 12,140
Default

But the Col de la Mure was steeper. Lure is a tempo climb. Heck, even Voigt lost just 1'30 to Contador on that thing. How will a good Martin lose more, certainly since Contador isn't riding?
Reply With Quote
  #360  
Old 12-31-12, 11:07
18-Valve. (pithy) 18-Valve. (pithy) is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 2,066
Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by theyoungest View Post
A final stage Nice-Nice is pretty logical as well. I.e. we don't have a clue.

And there certainly was a long climb when Martin won. Guys like Mollema and F. Schleck got dropped. As did Luis Leon.
The Col D'Eze TT was a huge success, though. So we do have a clue.

I don't think 7 kms is long and Frank Schleck was clearly off-form. Mollema has never been a reliable GC rider so I don't know why you bring him up. As for Sanchez, like I said, he only could contend because he was on the juice.
__________________
"The likelihood of cheats succeeding in the London Olympics is somewhat remote." - David Howman, WADA Director General
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT. The time now is 13:52.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2006 - 2009 Future Publishing Limited. All rights reserved. Future Publishing Limited is part of the Future plc group. Future Publishing Limited is a company registered in England and Wales with company registration number 2008885 whose registered office is at Beauford Court 30 Monmouth Street Bath, UK BA1 2BW England.