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View Poll Results: Who will be the last WT team without a victory?
Astana 5 3.68%
Movistar 1 0.74%
BMC 6 4.41%
Vacansoleil 13 9.56%
Garmin - Sharp 9 6.62%
AG2R - La Mondiale 24 17.65%
Cannondale 3 2.21%
Euskaltel - Euskadi 55 40.44%
FDJ 13 9.56%
Argos - Shimano 7 5.15%
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Old 01-27-13, 08:45
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As long as Farrar keeps crashing, Garmin is my pick.
He finished 5th in todays tdu stage progress
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Old 01-27-13, 09:20
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Guardini should win a bunch of stages in Langkawi. Degenkolb will probably win one of the cobbled events.
So, it has to be Euskaltel.
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Nah, Thomas Dekker wins in France
You mean they'll have to wait until July 21st for their first victory?
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Euskaltel and their first win come from a non basque
Jure Kocjan is going for the win today!
So I vote Ag2r.
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Harder to decide this year, each team seems to have at least one big name that can get the team a win. I'll go with Euskaltel, the only big name rider they have that can save them from being last team to win is Samu.
Isn't samu the only rider that gets them wins?? I don't think the team deserves to be in world tour. Euskaltel and Argos should combine and we'll have one strong team since Argos too only have degenkold and kittel who can get them wins.
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Isn't samu the only rider that gets them wins?? I don't think the team deserves to be in world tour. Euskaltel and Argos should combine and we'll have one strong team since Argos too only have degenkold and kittel who can get them wins.
Two totally different teams with totally different philosophies, even though Euskaltel somewhat strayed from their philosophy to maintain WT status.
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Isn't samu the only rider that gets them wins?? I don't think the team deserves to be in world tour. Euskaltel and Argos should combine and we'll have one strong team since Argos too only have degenkold and kittel who can get them wins.
They were much better compared to AG2R, they had 4 wins last year and none of them was in WT
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i know they re two very different teams but if they were one team then argos can win sprints with euskaltel winning races with climbs.
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If non-major races count it looks like Ag2R are off the list.

I thought they were the safe bet

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/dumo...esseges-sprint
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I guess I am a bit late posting this seeing AG2R now do have their first win but I did not get AG2R's favoritism in this thread. A couple of years ago they were seriously lacking in sprinters but over the last two years they have tried to address that. While they do not have a top class sprinter they have recruited Appollonio, Manuel Belletti, Samuel Dumoulin, Yauheni Hutarovich. With this group I would be surprised if they did not win a lot more racing.
The climbing group has always been fairly strong although no real top quality rider. In Betancur and Bardet they have two young riders who could do well in one day races or smaller stage races. Pozzovivo will be very interesting to watch as well, while Peraud and Gadret might do something as well.
I feel AG2R had a clear weakness in their squad and have worked to address it. While it did not bear much fruit last year I feel they should reap the rewards this year and they are clearly a World Tour quality team.
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