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March 27-29: 36th KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde (2.HC)

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March 27-29: 36th KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde (2.HC)

25 Mar 2012 19:49

Last warmup before the Ronde for the cobblers

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Last 10 Winners:

2011 ROSSELER Sébastien
2010 MILLAR David
2009 WILLEMS Frederik
2008 POSTHUMA Joost
2007 BALLAN Alessandro
2006 HOSTE Leif
2005 DEVOLDER Stijn
2004 HINCAPIE George
2003 BELOHVOSCIKS Raivis
2002 VAN PETEGEM Peter

2011 Top 10:

1. ROSSELER Sébastien
2. WESTRA Lieuwe
3. KWIATKOWSKI Michael
4. CHAVANEL Sylvain
5. GRABSCH Bert
6. GRIVKO Andriy
7. MURAVYEV Dmitriy
8. FLENS Rick
9. VAITKUS Tomas
10. LEMOINE Cyril

March 27: Stage 1-Middelkerke - Oudenaarde (201.6 km)

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March 28: Stage 2- Zottegem – Koksijde (216.1 km)

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25 Mar 2012 19:52

March 29: Stage 3a- De Panne - De Panne (112.1 km)

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March 29: Stage 3b- De Panne – Koksijde – De Panne (14.7 ITT)

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25 Mar 2012 20:52

Could be another great result for Westra. Coming out of Paris-nice in good form. He should be able to do very well in the overall. Same with kwiatkowski. He would have won the Driedaagse-West Vlaanderen if it wasnt for the crash, but he could potentially win this one. Sagan will probably win a at least one stage having great form at the moment.
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25 Mar 2012 21:25

Yep Westra would be my pick. Weather always plays a big factor in De Panne. If weather is good, best TTer wins it. If weather's bad, can be a much more selective parcours. Looking at the forecast I wouldn't rule out any of the Radioshack specialists - Sergent in particular.
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25 Mar 2012 21:27

Westra said this is his next goal. Aside from his great Paris Nice form he has his sights set on revenge after last year anyway.

Last year he lost in the ITT but 1 day later it turned out he was sick. Barring any accidents they are going to have a hard time beating him
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25 Mar 2012 22:59

Kwiatkowski or Chava to win.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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25 Mar 2012 23:28

I'm little bit surprised to see Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder and especially Sagan participating in this race. Pretty hard preparing for Ronde, don't you think
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25 Mar 2012 23:31

Museeuw wrote:I'm little bit surprised to see Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder and especially Sagan participating in this race. Pretty hard preparing for Ronde, don't you think


Nah, it isn't. The real threat are the crashes and the wind.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


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26 Mar 2012 01:12

Wanna see Greipel go hardman again

His stage 1 victory last year was remarkable
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26 Mar 2012 03:22

Wonder which one of these guys is gonna win it..

21 CHAVANEL Sylvain France
22 CHICCHI Francesco Italy
23 TERPSTRA Niki Netherlands
24 VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume Belgium
25 KWIATKOWSKI Michael Poland
26 DEVENYNS Dries Belgium
27 FENN Andrew United Kingdom
28 KEISSE Iljo Belgium

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26 Mar 2012 03:50

Chavanel seems to be a good pick for this. Sagan I think said he would take this race easy. So maybe he wont win overall but still might take a stage.
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26 Mar 2012 09:04

Chavanel, Kwiatkowski and Van Keirsbulck could all win this. I suspect that Chavanel doesn't give it all though.
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26 Mar 2012 09:07

kwiatkowski is my favourite.
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26 Mar 2012 09:24

Last year Westra was the strongest man in the race. I don't know if the lighter version of him is such a good cobbles rider, we'll see very soon I guess.
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26 Mar 2012 09:32

nvpacchi wrote:Wanna see Greipel go hardman again

His stage 1 victory last year was remarkable


I liked that new version of Greipel. I bet Cav would never be able to do stuff like that.
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26 Mar 2012 09:34

Chavanel/ MK can uphold the proud OPQS tradition by being favourites. Hopefully Westra can go well too.

Sagan vs Greipel will also be nice to see in the sprints though there is of course Kittel, Huta, Demare, Modolo, the UHC boys, Galimzynayov and Chicchi.

I wish Alexander Serov was doing this for RusVelo as he seemed like a good young talent in the ITTs.
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26 Mar 2012 10:05

jens_attacks wrote:kwiatkowski is my favourite.


compared to the years before it was really easy pedaling last year, do you think he can follow if guys like Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder, Chainel. Hoste etc go kamikaze on stage 1?

Museeuw wrote:I'm little bit surprised to see Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder and especially Sagan participating in this race. Pretty hard preparing for Ronde, don't you think


no, it's perfect, until 2009 the winners of the Ronde had been using De Panne as preparation 15 times in row.
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greenedge wrote:
I wish Alexander Serov was doing this for RusVelo as he seemed like a good young talent in the ITTs.


Serov turns 30 this year. :p In Murcia there was simply no other decent TT expert around, so he won. Here with Westra, Kwiatkowski, Sergent etc. present Serov would hardly see the top 10.
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26 Mar 2012 13:05

search wrote:compared to the years before it was really easy pedaling last year, do you think he can follow if guys like Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder, Chainel. Hoste etc go kamikaze on stage 1?



Yes he can. But a lot depends of OPQS tactics. In E3 Kwiatek was very good, but he obviously had to help Boonen and Chavannel, Sylvain mainly. 2 km from the finish he was still working in the front of the main group chasing Hoste, after a lot of hard riding the whole race. The TT also suits him very well. Michal is only 21 so it is hard to expect a victory, but he should be in the mix. So far this season he was riding good in every race he started. Fingerss crossed, becouse he is a great guy, and the biggest talent in our cycling.
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search wrote:compared to the years before it was really easy pedaling last year, do you think he can follow if guys like Chavanel, Langeveld, Devolder, Chainel. Hoste etc go kamikaze on stage 1?



no, it's perfect, until 2009 the winners of the Ronde had been using De Panne as preparation 15 times in row.


Kwiatkowski was a beast at Dwars door Vlaanderen and E3. He CAN.

This is a Cancellara in the making. Mark my words.
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