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Old 02-19-13, 14:29
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Default Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013, 23 Feb, (198 km) 1.HC

The season finally begins for fans of the classics, I hope it's not too early for a race thread.

PRELIMINARY START LIST

THE ROUTE WITH HILLS AND COBBLED SECTIONS




WINNERS LAST FIVE EDITIONS:
2012: Vanmarcke
2011: Langeveld
2010: Flecha
2009: Hushovd
2008: Gilbert

So who are the favourites? Note that there's no Radioshack or Cannondale. Without Canc and Sagan this could be one of few opportunities left for anyone else, especially since Boonen is probably not quite there yet and I suppose OPQS will ride for Terpstra/Chavanel.

My bet is the winner will come from one of these: Terpstra, Boom, Roelandts, Pozzato or Flecha. The first four have shown good form lately and I mention Flecha since he always does well here. Maybe someone from SKY can do something and after Haut Var I'm hoping for something from Hushovd. I'm not sure what Vanmarcke's form is like, hopefully he's going for a later peak this year. I expect some Belgian ProConti guys to do top 10 as well.

Some other outsiders are Gatto, GVA, Nuyens, Vansummeren, Langeveld, Offredo... Basically I have no idea but am looking forward to it anyhow, hope there will be some nice streams available.

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Roelandts ftw.
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I also think Roelandts has a good shot.

My top 3
1 Roelandts
2 Boom
3 Thomas
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I also think Roelandts has a good shot.

My top 3
1 Roelandts
2 Boom
3 Thomas
I agree on the podium too. Outsider: Stybar and GVA
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It is time to swing the hammer. Hushovd FTW.
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It is time to swing the hammer. Hushovd FTW.
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pippo pozzato will smoke them
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Old 02-19-13, 15:05
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There really are a lot of guys who have a shot at this.

Boom, Vanmarcke, Chavanel, Terpstra, Boonen, Stybar, Roelandts, Chainel, Hushovd, Phinney, GVA, Ladagnous, Offredo, Favilli, Pozzato, Langeveld, Matthews, EBH, Thomas, Stannard, Eisel, Degenkolb, Maaskant, Nuyens, Flecha, Boeckmans, Leukemans, Marcato, Elmiger, Haussler, Kristoff, Paolini, Turgot, Gatto, Ciolek

And thats just with a quick look at the startlist, some are obviously a long shot but this race could be very good!
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BOOM, Lars.
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Old 02-19-13, 15:08
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Would have said Hayman will go well but he's out after his Qatar crash.
Too much of a wimp to call it so top 5 of: GVA, Terpstra, Boom, Flecha, Roelandts. Small group sprint.
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