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View Poll Results: Who will win the 2009 Ronde van Vlaanderen?
Boonen 27 30.00%
Allan Davis 1 1.11%
Haussler 19 21.11%
Hoste 3 3.33%
Devolder 3 3.33%
Kroon 1 1.11%
Nuyens 4 4.44%
Ballan 2 2.22%
Flecha 2 2.22%
Other 28 31.11%
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Old 03-27-09, 01:29
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Question Who will win Ronde van Vlaanderen? (Flanders)

Thoughts on the Tour of Flanders, anyone? Boonen, Haussler? Davis? Hoste? Devolder? Ballan? Nuyens? Flecha? van Avermaet? Hincapie? Arvesen? Pozzato? Kroon?

Seems to me that Boonen and Haussler are on great form. But Haussler is too inexperienced (oops, I said that for MSR too). I'll take Boonen, but I feel that Nuyens is getting better every year...
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Old 03-27-09, 08:31
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Leif Hoste is very experienced - and this year he finally will win De Ronde.
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Old 03-27-09, 09:11
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if Dwars door Vlaanderen is any indication of form, then I believe that Tomeke will win RvV. It pains me to say it, but the form that he showed working for his team mates makes me think that he's building to peak for RvV and P-R. Not very imaginative this prediction, I know, but the boy's looking in good form.
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Old 03-27-09, 09:32
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Agreed on Boonen - and he has great team support - Chavanel has really found a niche and I'm hoping QS repay him later in the season.

Hincapie showed strong form at MSR to keep Cavendish in contention and he'd dearly love to win in Flanders but I can't see him ever actually doing it.

Haussler will want to avenge MSR and he looked strong again at DdV, but whether he's strong enough for the real hard men's races?

This is just about my favourite time of the cycling calendar - the cobbled Classics aren't 'Monuments' for nothing
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Old 03-27-09, 10:33
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I can't really look beyond Boonen for Flanders this year, Ballan either not riding or at best short of fitness, same with Fab Can. Haussler is capeable of upsetting the QS applecart, but I don't really think the support is their from the team, and he'll probably be a co-leader with Hushovd anyway. If Disco Tom doesn't win It'll either be Chavenel or Devolder depending on who gets sent up the road to counter any moves made.
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I don't think Lotto have won a race of much note this season, if not at all. What chance of Hoste or Gilbert scoring a big win and kick-starting their season here?
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I can't really look beyond Boonen for Flanders this year, Ballan either not riding or at best short of fitness, same with Fab Can. Haussler is capeable of upsetting the QS applecart, but I don't really think the support is their from the team, and he'll probably be a co-leader with Hushovd anyway. If Disco Tom doesn't win It'll either be Chavenel or Devolder depending on who gets sent up the road to counter any moves made.

Seconded!

Seems to me that Boonen's only disadvantage is that his team is too strong. Just like with Astana, I think it would be better for the sport if all these guys were on different teams and racing AGAINST each other.

Well, it would be better for me, at least...

PS: I would complain about Silence-Lotto, too, but stacking their team with superstars hasn't seemed to work very well...
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Old 03-27-09, 13:11
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I gotta go with Boonen as well. The QS team is just too powerful. I have to rule out Devolder due to his fitness...getting dropped by Hausler showed me that he is not quite all the way back yet. Chavanel is a little sick with a cold, and he will be working for Boonen anyway. Hausler has a chance..but is his team strong enough? Also, I keep waiting for his form to come back down..he has been flying for so long already this season. I am going to make a bold prediction...Boonen will win both Flanders and PR this season. I liked the way the team let van Impe win last weekend...now he will ride his **** off for Tornado Tom.
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My vote goes for Gilbert, He'll break the first win for Lotto.
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Old 03-27-09, 17:58
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My vote goes to Nick Nuyens. Quick Step showed off wednesday, but next sunday i think it will be a Rabo/ Quick step thing. Chavanel was allready at his best form 2 weeks ago and he has got a cold now, he'll lose some of his form.

I think it will go this way: it will be Boonen, Devolder and vImpe against Nuyens, Flecha and Langeveld. I think both teams will attack (V Impe, Devolder, Flecha and Langeveld) and Boonen and Nuyens will stay together in the group. When everything will get together just before Geraardsbergen their will be a group of 20 men on de muur and Nuyens will get away and make it solo through Denderwindeke to the finish. ? think he'll win cause Boonen can't get it organised and his teammates can't really help him because they are tired of attacking earlier in the race.
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