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Old 02-24-13, 14:34
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Ok, Cav will not make it, but EBH has a chance. Although probably an early break will make it.
It'll depends on GC if we'll get action. We might get some crazy stuff but no idea how steep these little hills are though
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Old 02-25-13, 13:11
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It's time to rate the riders.

***** Lieuwe Westra, Thomas de Gendt
**** Robert Gesink, Tejay Van Garderen, Andrew Talansky
*** Nairo Quintana, Rui Costa, Roman Kreuziger
** Ivan Basso, Jerome Coppel, Richie Porte, Jean-Christophe Peraud, Thomas Voeckler
* Jakob Fuglsang, Denis Menchov, Andreas Kloden
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The scientific explanation for Vincenzo Nibali's extraordinary descending ability is his large cojones, which lower his center of gravity, enabling him to corner with confidence on high speed descents
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Old 02-25-13, 13:22
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***** Lieuwe Westra
**** Robert Gesink
*** TAWK
** Steven Kruijswijk
* Stef Clement
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Old 02-25-13, 13:30
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I'm curious about Talansky, it seems like a really good course for him. But he's had 2 race days so far, of which one time trial.
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Old 02-25-13, 13:56
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I can't see a clear top favorite in this field but I guess the main contenders will be Rui Costa, Van Garderen, Gesink and Westra. I'm not sure about the level guys like Porte, Talansky and de Gendt currently have but they should also be up there.

In comparison TA definitely has an overkill in top quality riders. Bit strange so many teams let their top riders start in TA, both races offer the same amount of WT points and it seems it will be much easier to pick up some of them in PN.
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Old 02-25-13, 13:56
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Is this the thought of a TdF leader?

Fuglsang:
“There is no pressure to produce results. The situation is that it would be great to get a top ten spot in Paris-Nice, but if it does not happen, then that result will probably come later,”

Read more: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/14...#ixzz2LvHQRyEl
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Old 02-25-13, 13:59
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I think JC Peraud has a reasonable chance in this race.

He performed very well in the Col d'Eze time trial last year, only 30 seconds behind Westra. He has shown hiimself to be in good condition this year.

He is my idea of the winner among the less obvious names. Of the obvious ones, I guess Westra and TJVG are the bets. Hard to know about Talansky as theyoungest says. Similarly, we can only guess about de Gendt's shape.
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Old 02-25-13, 14:03
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i actually think that Gesink and quintana are the favourites for this, particularly quintana
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Old 02-25-13, 14:04
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***** Quintana
* Everybody Else
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i actually think that Gesink and quintana are the favourites for this, particularly quintana
Definitely Quintana. He's probably the best climber there, and he can do an excellent uphill TT. Rain and wind might spoil the party though.
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