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13 Feb 2018 20:39

Velolover2 wrote:Who is the favorite for tomorrow? A puncheur or a GC rider?

Looks like a perfect stage for Visconti. But I don't know if he is allowed to ride his own race. Same with Gorka Izagirre. But both are riding for Nibali, I guess.


He is allowed.
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13 Feb 2018 21:26

The profiles are confusing
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13 Feb 2018 21:31

GuyIncognito wrote:The profiles are confusing

I think they are fairly decent. However, for your pleasure: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV2885YX0AA3T-B.jpg:large
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13 Feb 2018 21:32

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Frankschleck wrote:its mafde for kragh tomorrow. Gva and lutensko and maybe coquard problay be close to in my opinion.

Way, way to hard for Coquard. Look at the past winners. Even the puncheurs were struggling last year.


It was a bit different finish last year: https://www.steephill.tv/players/720/twitter/?title=A+new+uphill+finish+could+change+the+race+tactic+for+Stage+2&dashboard=tour-of-oman&id=tourofoman/status/831758863728783361&yr=2017
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13 Feb 2018 21:40

Damiano wrote:
Velolover2 wrote:
Frankschleck wrote:its mafde for kragh tomorrow. Gva and lutensko and maybe coquard problay be close to in my opinion.

Way, way to hard for Coquard. Look at the past winners. Even the puncheurs were struggling last year.


It was a bit different finish last year: https://www.steephill.tv/players/720/twitter/?title=A+new+uphill+finish+could+change+the+race+tactic+for+Stage+2&dashboard=tour-of-oman&id=tourofoman/status/831758863728783361&yr=2017

It's still way too hard. The first climb in the middle of the stage is hardcore. 4k at almost 10% followed by two smaller Mur De Huy-light climbs.

No sprinter is gonna make it. GVA, Haas and Felline can make it to the finish, but that's where I draw the line.
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13 Feb 2018 21:45

Velolover2 wrote:
Damiano wrote:
Velolover2 wrote:
Frankschleck wrote:its mafde for kragh tomorrow. Gva and lutensko and maybe coquard problay be close to in my opinion.

Way, way to hard for Coquard. Look at the past winners. Even the puncheurs were struggling last year.


It was a bit different finish last year: https://www.steephill.tv/players/720/twitter/?title=A+new+uphill+finish+could+change+the+race+tactic+for+Stage+2&dashboard=tour-of-oman&id=tourofoman/status/831758863728783361&yr=2017

It's still way too hard. The first climb in the middle of the stage is hardcore. 4k at almost 10% followed by two smaller Mur De Huy-light climbs.

No sprinter is gonna make it. GVA, Haas and Felline can make it to the finish, but that's where I draw the line.

The stage was more or less the same when Jungels and Cancellara won. Only a tad too much for Coquard.
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13 Feb 2018 21:57

Looking at the list, the bulk of the riders in these reduced groups are still climbers. It's no easy stage.

I don't except more than 15 riders or so to make it to the finish.
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13 Feb 2018 22:04

Velolover2 wrote:
Damiano wrote:
Velolover2 wrote:
Frankschleck wrote:its mafde for kragh tomorrow. Gva and lutensko and maybe coquard problay be close to in my opinion.

Way, way to hard for Coquard. Look at the past winners. Even the puncheurs were struggling last year.


It was a bit different finish last year: https://www.steephill.tv/players/720/twitter/?title=A+new+uphill+finish+could+change+the+race+tactic+for+Stage+2&dashboard=tour-of-oman&id=tourofoman/status/831758863728783361&yr=2017

It's still way too hard. The first climb in the middle of the stage is hardcore. 4k at almost 10% followed by two smaller Mur De Huy-light climbs.

No sprinter is gonna make it. GVA, Haas and Felline can make it to the finish, but that's where I draw the line.


Honestly, I think it all depends on the wind. Back in 2014 Greipel won and 82 riders were in the group. But yes, if the wind is like it often is, it will probably be to much for Coquard (at this time of the season.)
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13 Feb 2018 22:13

Netserk wrote:
GuyIncognito wrote:The profiles are confusing

I think they are fairly decent. However, for your pleasure: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DV2885YX0AA3T-B.jpg:large


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Re: Tour of Oman (2.HC) 13.02.-18.02.2018

14 Feb 2018 10:58

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14 Feb 2018 11:36

Great scenery tho.

Haas wins stage 2, GVA and Lutsenko on the podium.
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14 Feb 2018 11:38

And as I predicted, It was a stage for the puncheurs. No sprinter can survive such a stage.
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14 Feb 2018 11:40

And great win by Haas. I expect him to surprise on Green Mountain too.
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14 Feb 2018 11:45

Roche and Costa are the big losers on the stage. They weren't even in the final group of 14.

Looks like a battle between Lopéz and Nibali. But puncheurs can sometimes surprise on Green Mountain. Haas, Devenyns, Felline, even GVA could all do surprisingly well there.
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14 Feb 2018 12:06

Conci only 5 seconds behind, probably a small gap, not bad for a neopro riding his first stage race as a pro.
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14 Feb 2018 12:22

These are the kind off stages cycling needs more of.
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14 Feb 2018 12:25

Bettiol... :o

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14 Feb 2018 12:53

The BMC rider in the background is even worse. Pretty hilarious. :D
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14 Feb 2018 13:12

Isn't that Bettiol?
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14 Feb 2018 13:18

Maybe Bettiol is just celebrating the victory of his former team-mate. ;)
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