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Old 12-08-12, 22:24
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He didn't ride the WC nor was it a goal for him to get selected. He wanted to test if he could handle 2 GTs in one season. He can't.
He did ride the WC (TTT and ITT)
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That's De Gendt, not JVDB lol.
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He didn't ride the WC nor was it a goal for him to get selected. He wanted to test if he could handle 2 GTs in one season. He can't.
About VDB (i think), he also can't handle 2 GT's in a row.

So what now? Aiming to be 4th in the tour again?

Don't tell me he believes that he can podium it
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Well we really don't know if that is the case for the up and coming riders, have not seen enough of them.
Can't see 5 times GT winner amongst up and coming riders.
5 GTs should be good measure of desire 'cause they all (including Contador) have more than 3 years left on a high level, and Contador has already shown he has 5 Bigs in his legs = desire.
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Considering GT's cycling has pretty much dynasties you can say. Merckx, hinault, indurain, (go the clinic) and now Contador.
absolute agree with this, only few rider have the ability to dominate over years

after Contador i predict an interregnum,
riders in the top 10 behind Contador will gets some GT wins, like Sastre, Riis, Zootmelk
can't see the new king yet, who will dominate over the years
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Dombrowski, Quintana, Pinot I could see becoming a great force in the GT's. Ospina (if what Ryo says about him is true). I would love to see Tejay become a force in GT's.

Of course much of this discussion is speculation, riders that dominate like Merckx or Hinault or Contador are rare.

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I hope Nairo Quintana .

Tejay Van garderen and Pinot anre good options too, and I would like to seeing Tylor Phiney make a similar improvement to Wiggins , but it is very difficult at the moment to see him in top 10 positions in grand Tours
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About VDB (i think), he also can't handle 2 GT's in a row.

So what now? Aiming to be 4th in the tour again?

Don't tell me he believes that he can podium it
I believe Lotto's Marc Sergeant said something along the lines of 'He's going to have to get more results.' so I hope they will force him to ride the Giro or something.
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Of course much of this discussion is speculation, riders that dominate like Merckx or Hinault or Contador are rare.
Not only rare but also quite difficult to predict. Nine out of ten times it isn't the guy you who shows tremendous talent (and good, consistent results) at young age who you expect to steadily grow into one of the big ones, but its the guy that suddenly blows everyone's head of.
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