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Old 02-08-13, 17:59
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I wonder what role Boonen will play.
needs some race miles and intensity. Perhaps some pulls for Cav in specific stages. Could try and win stage 2.
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I wonder what role Boonen will play.
Leadout stage 1 & 6, sprinter stage 2,3 & 5.
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Old 02-08-13, 18:10
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Leadout stage 1 & 6, sprinter stage 2,3 & 5.
He can't fully stretch his elbow yet, so I'm not sure if he'll do much sprinting or leading out.
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horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato
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He can't fully stretch his elbow yet, so I'm not sure if he'll do much sprinting or leading out.
He'll do a Schleck then? Just making sure to roll in safely every day, not forcing his elbow. If he's still having trouble with arm movement climbing and sprinting(or anything which involves pulling the handlebars), is very hard, and Oman's got plenty of hills. But ofc he needs to finish this race if he wants to win in April.
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Old 02-08-13, 18:21
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He can't fully stretch his elbow yet, so I'm not sure if he'll do much sprinting or leading out.
He can practice his Hushovd impressions then, trundling around at the back.
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He'll do a Schleck then? Just making sure to roll in safely every day, not forcing his elbow. If he's still having trouble with arm movement climbing and sprinting(or anything which involves pulling the handlebars), is very hard, and Oman's got plenty of hills. But ofc he needs to finish this race if he wants to win in April.
He trained over 1000km in 6 days on Mallorca, so no, he ain't doing a Schleck.
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Who even knows what he'll be asked to do with that ridiculous team selection Sky have here - They could have 6 or 7 of the first 20 on the climb, or they could ask Dombo to go pick up water bottles and pull the peloton.
Dombro will probably be a domestique for the climbs, and they will support whoever has the best chance at victory.

Although I would love to see him riding partly for himself, especially on Green Mountain. I think he could do well there. And they do already have a number of guys for the climbs, so he might get a little more freedom.
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So,stages 4 and 5 look like guaranteed fireworks but does anyone think the profile of stage 2 might be interesting,is it possible the two late climbs might catch out some riders? (excluding Guardini and Kittel)

Any ideas folks?
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So,stages 4 and 5 look like guaranteed fireworks but does anyone think the profile of stage 2 might be interesting,is it possible the two late climbs might catch out some riders? (excluding Guardini and Kittel)

Any ideas folks?
stage two is ideal for a flat stage. It will give somebody like Gilbert a chance to mix things up with the sprinters.
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On cyclingfever Cavendish is no longer in the Quick Step lineup and he is also not mentioned as a profile on the letour page anymore, so I doubt he will start.
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