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19 Mar 2017 16:01

No Catalunya.

Smart decision IMO not to over race him. I would be very intrigued about Julian riding either E-3 or Flanders instead - he is the type of rider who can do everything on a bike, so why not?
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19 Mar 2017 16:23

I think it's worth trying. But I also think he's probably too lightweight and not enough of a rouleur to make it in those races. He's like an intermdiate of Valverde and Gilbert. He's just about perfect for the Ardennes and races like that
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11 Apr 2017 15:57

So unlucky :(
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11 Apr 2017 16:00

That's one major favorite less.

Valverde will probably be unbeatable now
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11 Apr 2017 16:13

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:That's one major favorite less.

Valverde will probably be unbeatable now

It's still Valverde vs. Kwiat vs. Gilbert.
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11 Apr 2017 16:16

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:That's one major favorite less.

Valverde will probably be unbeatable now

Valverde and Gilbert will probably mark each other, allowing someone to escape.

What a bummer for Alaf, though.
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11 Apr 2017 16:35

Opportunity time for Vakoc?
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11 Apr 2017 16:54

therhodeo wrote:Opportunity time for Vakoc?

QuickStep still have Gilbert and Martin.
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11 Apr 2017 17:08

Alaphalippe was my favorite for Fleche Wallone - Have to reassess my options.
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11 Apr 2017 17:12

Hugo Koblet wrote:
therhodeo wrote:Opportunity time for Vakoc?

QuickStep still have Gilbert and Martin.



Forgot about Martin. Sad for QS that they'll have to go to their fall back plan of 2 guys who have only won 6 monuments between them.
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11 Apr 2017 20:56

SO sad :(
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11 Apr 2017 21:24

Is it already possible to hand La Fleche Wallone over to Bala?
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11 Apr 2017 21:33

Arredondo wrote:Is it already possible to hand La Fleche Wallone over to Bala?


If Henao can replicate his performance of the final climb of stage 6 in Paris-Nice (where he obliterated Alaphilippe), then he might stand a chance. Otherwise, yes.
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11 Apr 2017 21:37

Arredondo wrote:Is it already possible to hand La Fleche Wallone over to Bala?

Pretty much, Henao seems off shape after his brilliant Paris-Nice (he will probably top-5 anyways).
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11 Apr 2017 21:44

Laplaz wrote:
Dekker_Tifosi wrote:That's one major favorite less.

Valverde will probably be unbeatable now

It's still Valverde vs. Kwiat vs. Gilbert.


Don't think Gilbert can win FW and Liege anymore. In Amstel, sure.
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11 Apr 2017 21:45

Arredondo wrote:Is it already possible to hand La Fleche Wallone over to Bala?

Depends on Henao is saving something for the Mur. He is the only one who can get away from Valverde in the current peloton.
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12 Apr 2017 00:08

It's a shame. Mono last year, injury now, before you know you're 30, a ton of talent and nothing to show for...

I hope that Julian gets well very soon, ends the season on a couple of good notes. He can do it. Vuelta? I don't know. GDL? Maybe. Something.

Get well Champ!
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14 Apr 2017 13:33

It must be frustrating for Julian not able to race the Ardennes Classics due to knee injury, the most important races for him. With the addition of Gilbert, the team is even better than last year.

Looking back at the fall on stage 3 of the Tour of Basque country.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRkNy20mD24
At 50.6km(36:30), notice that Julian hand is on the right knee. Thanks to the quick thinking of an Astana staff to stand on the road so that passing cars won’t hit him.

Forward to stage 4,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TosIJh-E58k
At 22.8km(10:11), Julian is not well. The camera returns 2 minutes later, Kirby commented that Julian and the DS are discussing withdrawal. He went on to complete the stage.

It’s obvious that his knee is bothering him; why not get off the bike immediately, save the knee for the Ardennes classics where Julian is the main protagonist for Quick Step in the last 2 years.

I hope Julian is going to win FW and LBL one day and he’s going to win it in Quick-Step team kit. Patrick Lefevere is still looking for team sponsors, the future is uncertain.
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28 Apr 2017 11:37

How is he? Any news about him? Does he ride Californië?
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