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Old 01-24-13, 16:19
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Who really knows where GT is going to go on the road?

Despite his age and experience this is going to be his very first season going full-out on the roads at the top level.

His under-23 record suggests that he has reasonable prospects in the flatter classics.

Whether he yet has the capacity to win over the L-B-L hills is yet to be established.

It's unlikely, though possible, that he can win if they go really hard on all the L-B-L climbs.

That said, the Fleche finale is the only big climb that I'd be inclined to rule him out of contention entirely.
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Old 01-24-13, 16:19
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Thomas has shown some promise of being good on the cobbles, he won junior Paris-Roubaix in 2004 and was 2nd on the cobble stage in the 2010 Tour.
Meanwhile you forget his best result of 10th at Ronde where he was voted the best domesqtiue that day puling flecha and hincapie back to the main group as probably most impresive feat except his work early on the race etc.
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Old 01-24-13, 16:27
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Geraint Thomas' results in Roubaix or even worse than EBH.
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G will at least podium P-R one day. He has never shown anything in the Ardennes though. Henao, Uran, EBH and JTL will fight out Skys Ardennes leadership
Flanders is much better for G then PR, although he might also be able podium there if he would focus on it, but I think his focus is going more and more towards going for GCs. Whether that is in one week races or GTs only time will tell.
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Old 01-24-13, 16:43
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On that Sky TV documentary / love-in series last year, Thomas said he expected to be a Tour contender within a couple of years (or something along those lines). A few years ago that would have been a joke but nowadays I wouldn't be surprised if Eisel did the cobbles double and Zandio won the Vuelta
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Flanders is much better for G then PR, although he might also be able podium there if he would focus on it, but I think his focus is going more and more towards going for GCs. Whether that is in one week races or GTs only time will tell.
Maybe in the past but the Flanders route is now joke. Glorified ardennes route
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Geraint Thomas' results in Roubaix or even worse than EBH.
He only rode it seriously once, in 2011. And then he fell once and had puncture twice... yeah...

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Old 01-24-13, 16:51
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I love the way you you give EBH a mention everytime

How is 2nd at Worlds any idication on any talent on cobbles ( as EBH said he's big target is PR ) I have no clue ? Did the Worlds include cobbles or what ?

Plus the Worlds weren't hard at all, compared to normal versions of races like Ronde or PR.

EBH said he was at best shape last year and still failed at PR. Let's say that I have more faith in Thomas producing on cobbles than EBH.

I hope EBH proves me wrong though of course, but I don't have much faith in him on cobbles .
I didn't mention cobbles at all, so I'm not sure what you're talking about. I agree he has no chance whatsoever in P-R. Neither does Geraint Thomas, to be honest, normally he should be way too light for that race.
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Old 01-24-13, 17:22
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Thomas has shown some promise of being good on the cobbles, he won junior Paris-Roubaix in 2004 and was 2nd on the cobble stage in the 2010 Tour.
That result in the Tour doesn't count for anything classics wise, Schleck and VdB were in the top10 that day too. This said, I believe that his 2nd place on Waregem and 10th on the Ronde are good indicators that he can have some cobbled potential.
If he can become a regular top10 on Ronde/Roubaix he can win one of them, specially Roubaix since luck plays such a big role.
About his talent on the hills, specially LBL type, I think it remains to be proven: it's not like TDU is a good indicator of that. Still, it's fair to say that he was impressive on Corkscrew.
I wouldn't be surprised to see him become wherever Sky wants him too: from cobbled classics rider to GT contender. If they could change Froome, Thomas has shown far more until now than Froome ever had.
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Old 01-24-13, 17:32
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I wouldn't be surprised to see him become wherever Sky wants him too: from cobbled classics rider to GT contender. If they could change Froome, Thomas has shown far more until now than Froome ever had.
Thomas is older now than Froome was when he was 2nd in the Vuelta though.
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