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Old 01-21-13, 10:07
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it's very hard to see past a Greipel win unless the closing circuit is particularly hard. Anyone ridden it or know it well ? Seems lumpy but not ball breaking. Can a sprint train survive it?

Greipel can be good without the train and no concerns about him sprinting uphill, remember the Tour de France stage where he edged out Goss uphill also but I'd favour a very fit Edvald Boasson Hagen chasing early bonus seconds to give this a lash if it's a lumpy circuit

I agree with the poster who mentioned Andy Fenn, a very typical type finish for him on a lumpy circuit, would suit him no end.
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Old 01-21-13, 10:41
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it's very hard to see past a Greipel win unless the closing circuit is particularly hard. Anyone ridden it or know it well ? Seems lumpy but not ball breaking. Can a sprint train survive it?

Greipel can be good without the train and no concerns about him sprinting uphill, remember the Tour de France stage where he edged out Goss uphill also but I'd favour a very fit Edvald Boasson Hagen chasing early bonus seconds to give this a lash if it's a lumpy circuit

I agree with the poster who mentioned Andy Fenn, a very typical type finish for him on a lumpy circuit, would suit him no end.
There is one short hill near the finish which is suppose to be difficult but there is down hill after that hill to the finish, according to the video preview in the opening post.

Ferminal, there are no times in AWST because I could not be bothered to do it for every single time zone in Australia, let alone the areas where the forum posters live.

Kwibus, as stated in the opening thread post, there will be a feed.
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Old 01-21-13, 10:50
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I've ridden the circuit, it won't stress the pros. I think the only thing that will prevent a bunch sprint is if a large breakaway forms on Checkers Hill, and that's a long way from the finish.

See you out there!
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Old 01-21-13, 12:03
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Sounds like 20kmhish head or head-cross wind on the straight flat part of the circuit.
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Old 01-21-13, 12:12
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Supposedly the finale is an uphill finish, not steep, but could make the difference in who succeeds.
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Too hard for Guardini, but not too hard for Greipel,
Greipel FTW
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the time zone thingy confuses me, when does this start on the TV?
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roberto ferrari's first win of the season
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the time zone thingy confuses me, when does this start on the TV?
TV coverage starts at 1 pm Australian time, or just under 11 hours from now .

Personally I'm delighted to see the season proper start, and even more so to watch it on HD. Most of the rest of the season, I'm stuck with streams of varying quality, so this is a bit of a novelty

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Old 01-21-13, 17:58
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Greipel or Goss for the win, depending on which team implements the better leadout train.
Guardini to survive and score me some CQ points.
And I predict, with everyone hungry for that first win, we will see the first crash of the season.
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