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Old 02-21-13, 15:32
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This was originally one of Nordhaug's main target's of the year, but I'm not sure about his form after his minor knee injury. Also, Slagter might be the man for Blanco if he can survive the gravel this time.
Slagter is a super lightweight guy, I don't know if that's a good thing on the gravel. Nordhaug should be okay, he got through Haut Var without problems (I think?) and as an ex-MTBer and hills specialist this race should suit him.
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Old 02-21-13, 15:37
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I think it will be Cancellara vs Sagan
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Old 02-21-13, 16:02
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Löfkvist is doing Paris - Nice. Don't think he will start one day earlier in Strade Bianche. But I am not 100% sure. All IAM's biggest name is confirmed to start in Paris-Nice (Elmiger, Haussler, Larsson, Löfkvist and Tschopp).

And as far as I have heard Sagan will not start either.
One less guy that can challenge Cance then I guess.

Why would Sagan not start? He's on the roster for TA which is 4 days after SB.
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Old 02-21-13, 16:21
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I doesn't matter to me who wins this, just watching this great race on tv is enough. If only the Italians finally could buy some good equipment so we can get nice HD pictures. And it's about time this race gets WT status I should say.
Should try and get HC status first.

In the last two years Strade gave a good indication of who will enjoy a good classics season.
Pity that Gilbert and Lofkvist aren't riding. However plenty of top guys in the fray. Really looking forward to it/
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Should try and get HC status first.
as they did not care about UCI rules and invited whoever they want it does not really matter anyway
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Old 02-21-13, 16:55
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Slagter is a super lightweight guy, I don't know if that's a good thing on the gravel. Nordhaug should be okay, he got through Haut Var without problems (I think?) and as an ex-MTBer and hills specialist this race should suit him.
Indeed, but with Slagter's form at the moment you never know. The final hill should be good for him, the question is if he'll get there in the lead group.

Nordhaug was 20th overall in Haut Var, but it's hard to say much about his form from that. This race suits him perfectly though, so I would be surprised if he isn't top 10.
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Old 02-21-13, 17:24
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Sagan isn't riding. At least not according to what he's said so far. Don't know why, though. Strade Bianche and Roma Maxima would suit him very well.
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Old 02-21-13, 17:42
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I'll give a blanco signature: This will be either a big Boom or the contenders will get slaughtered
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Old 02-21-13, 18:17
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what is the average gradient, length, and name of that last climb?
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what is the average gradient, length, and name of that last climb?
via Santa Caterina, around 600m at 10% average. Max 16% at the very end.
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