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Old 01-14-13, 08:52
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First win of the season for the mighty Europcar train coming up.
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Old 01-14-13, 08:56
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Not familiar with the topographic situation in the region, but this looks like 7 flat stages. Petit for the GC win.
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Old 01-14-13, 13:41
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Frederique Robert of Lotto-Belisol wins stage 1.
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Old 01-14-13, 15:09
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Frederique Robert of Lotto-Belisol wins stage 1.
Top 5 stage 1:

1 Frédéric Robert (Lotto-Belisol)
2 Yohann Gène (Team Europcar)
3 Andrea Palini (Lampre-Merida)
4 Massimo Graziato (Lampre-Merida)
5 Adrien Petit (Cofidis)

Still another 6 opportunities for Petit.
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Old 01-14-13, 21:22
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Not familiar with the topographic situation in the region, but this looks like 7 flat stages. Petit for the GC win.
Check the gaps in previous years. Unlikely to be seven bunch sprints.
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Check the gaps in previous years. Unlikely to be seven bunch sprints.
Yup, too small teams means lack of control, so the breakaways will get their opportunities for the GC and stages. It's indeed very unlikely that the break will get caught seven times in a row.
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Old 01-14-13, 21:57
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Yup, too small teams means lack of control, so the breakaways will get their opportunities for the GC and stages. It's indeed very unlikely that the break will get caught seven times in a row.
Fair enough, but have previous editions involved similar flat stages?
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Old 01-15-13, 11:25
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Andrea Palini (Lampre) wins second stage.
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Old 01-15-13, 13:49
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Andrea Palini (Lampre) wins second stage.
Stage 2 result:
1 Andrea Palini (Lampre – Merida)
2 Vicente Reynes (Lotto – Beisol)
3 Adrien Petit (Cofidis)
4 Yohann Gène (Europcar)
5 Meron Amanuel (Eritrea)

GC headed by Palini
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