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View Poll Results: Can Blanco be the next HTC?
Yes, they have the right set-up and mix of talents 7 11.48%
No, they lack leaders like Stapleton, Aldag and Holm, and the riders aren't that talented 42 68.85%
Hard to say, depends if they can shake off their Rabo past 12 19.67%
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Old 01-27-13, 13:09
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Theo Bos is probably the fastest sprinter around, but it's hard for him to last till the finale.

If he improves his endurance and with a quality lead out man like Renshaw, you never know.
True. He and Guardini are starting to fall into the same boat for me. It would be a shame as he is a great talent.
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True. He and Guardini are starting to fall into the same boat for me. It would be a shame as he is a great talent.
His only WT win so far was an Eneco stage which included part of the Amstel parcours, where he beat Degenkolb. He's getting better.

I've seen photos from their latest training camp, he looks really lean.
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The won't be the new HTC because Blanco is not a sprint team like many of you already stated. However, the quality of their victories will improve because their main riders are a year older.
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Bos is not in the same boat as Guardini. Did any of you really follow last years races I wonder?

Like theyoungest said, Bos is getting better. As for climbing ability he is way above guardini (not hard). But he even won some fairly difficult races last year
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No, but let's talk about Blanco anyway in the thread.
Latest news indicate they will have a hard time finding a new sponsor.
Of course they are. If HTC with all those wins and all that exposure can't find a sponsor, then a Dutch team with the current media sure has no chance at all. If they find a new sponsor this season, it is more or less guaranteed to be one from outside the Netherlands, probably outside Europe.
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Of course they are. If HTC with all those wins and all that exposure can't find a sponsor, then a Dutch team with the current media sure has no chance at all. If they find a new sponsor this season, it is more or less guaranteed to be one from outside the Netherlands, probably outside Europe.
Giant might be their best bet. With Vacansoleil and DCM also ending their sponsorship this year It will be very hard.
At least one of the two will fold.
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Of course they are. If HTC with all those wins and all that exposure can't find a sponsor, then a Dutch team with the current media sure has no chance at all. If they find a new sponsor this season, it is more or less guaranteed to be one from outside the Netherlands, probably outside Europe.
Yes, that's why all of their communication is in English now. Maybe some rich bloke in Dubai would like a cycling team?
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Yes, that's why all of their communication is in English now. Maybe some rich bloke in Dubai would like a cycling team?
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Of course they are. If HTC with all those wins and all that exposure can't find a sponsor, then a Dutch team with the current media sure has no chance at all. If they find a new sponsor this season, it is more or less guaranteed to be one from outside the Netherlands, probably outside Europe.
The Dutch identity might be a help in getting a sponsor though, even in the present climate. It's how Movistar survived Caisse pulling out, while HTC, without any fixed nationality or identity, couldn't survive, because they couldn't appeal to that.
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The Dutch identity might be a help in getting a sponsor though, even in the present climate. It's how Movistar survived Caisse pulling out, while HTC, without any fixed nationality or identity, couldn't survive, because they couldn't appeal to that.
But will Dutch companies touch it as cycling is getting a pounding in the Dutch media.
I fear it will be a repetition of what happened to the German teams.
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