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01 Apr 2012 22:51

Tough to see anyone beating OPQS.
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01 Apr 2012 23:12

karlboss wrote:Tough to see anyone beating OPQS.


Toms to lose.
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01 Apr 2012 23:45

Hushovd is better suited to Roubaix than Ballan for BMC but Thor simply does not have the form. He'll have to wait at least another year.

Boonen's race to lose. I think we will see a similar podium in Roubaix as we saw in De Ronde with maybe Flecha doing a bit better.
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01 Apr 2012 23:55

Pity for Thor that he hasn't got great form - this is turning into his best chance in some time.
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02 Apr 2012 00:01

auscyclefan94 wrote:Hushovd is better suited to Roubaix than Ballan for BMC but Thor simply does not have the form. He'll have to wait at least another year.

Boonen's race to lose. I think we will see a similar podium in Roubaix as we saw in De Ronde with maybe Flecha doing a bit better.


I think Sagan and Pippo will round out the podium. Flecha is a likely top five, as always.

Whatever the case, it's a safe bet that OPQS won't allow an outsider to win this thing a la 2007 or 2011. I think the best bets for the win are Boonen (if OPQS stay together and control the race) or Chava (if they send him up the road to make other teams work).
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02 Apr 2012 00:03

mr. tibbs wrote:I think Sagan and Pippo will round out the podium. Flecha is a likely top five, as always.

Whatever the case, it's a safe bet that OPQS won't allow an outsider to win this thing a la 2007 or 2011. I think the best bets for the win are Boonen (if OPQS stay together and control the race) or Chava (if they send him up the road to make other teams work).


I think Sagan will again struggle with the distance and the brute power required for Roubaix on the rough cobbles. I don't expect him to feature.
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02 Apr 2012 00:29

with everything that has happened in the last 24 hours(Cancellarra's,Langevelde's crash)Tom Boonen OPQS must smiling all the way to the bank.They would have to be at unbackable odds to win on sunday.All thats left now is for the minor places.
1st=BOONEN
2nd=Breschel
3rd=Ballan
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02 Apr 2012 00:33

auscyclefan94 wrote:I think Sagan will again struggle with the distance and the brute power required for Roubaix on the rough cobbles. I don't expect him to feature.


sagan didn't struggle with the distance at all today, the kid is a beast so i wont underestimate him again like i did for today. i expect to see him do well in P-R as well
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02 Apr 2012 00:34

I'll go with Lars Boom

It would be great to see a Cross guy win P-R
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02 Apr 2012 00:43

nickel999 wrote:I'll go with Lars Boom

It would be great to see a Cross guy win P-R


boom doesn't seem to be in great shape which is a shame as he did very well in roubaix last year. i would love to see him ride a 94 kind of roubaix he would be the big favorite (if he finally can handle the distance) on a race like that.
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02 Apr 2012 00:47

He proved last year he can handle it when he has good form, but this year he doesn't have it (obviously).
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02 Apr 2012 01:09

Without bad luck Tom will be on the podium.

And I have for some time had a strong feeling that Leukemans will be on the podium also. That feeling gets stronger all the time. :cool:
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02 Apr 2012 01:40

Apologies for pedantry, but isnt PR the king of the classics?
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02 Apr 2012 02:16

I foresee another Podium set for Boonen, Pipo & Ballan- unless of course something unexpected happens. I'd like either Chavanel or Flecha to come up with a surprise win, but It's unlikely to happen.
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02 Apr 2012 02:21

Yeah only Chavanel, Flecha and maybe Breschel look like they could gatecrash that top 3.
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02 Apr 2012 03:28

eljimberino wrote:Apologies for pedantry, but isnt PR the king of the classics?


Nope, I think Boonen is the current holder of that title ;) :p
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02 Apr 2012 04:08

hfer07 wrote:I foresee another Podium set for Boonen, Pipo & Ballan- unless of course something unexpected happens.


It's P-R... Always expect the unexpected.

hfer07 wrote: I'd like either Chavanel or Flecha to come up with a surprise win, but It's unlikely to happen.


I second this. I'd add Lars Boom and Steve Chainel to your list just talking about it. I don't think they are going to let Chavanel do anything as long as Boonen is *somewhere* on course. Van Avermaet is hot, hot, hot right now.. I think he will be as marked as Cancellara, so no gaps allowed.

Voeckler would be an upset win, but I don't know if it is his kind of event.

Nevermind, I've reached my Boonen limit. Any other team.
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02 Apr 2012 04:15

Parrulo wrote:sagan didn't struggle with the distance at all today, the kid is a beast so i wont underestimate him again like i did for today. i expect to see him do well in P-R as well


Yes he does say this

Then on the Kwaremont the third time, it wasn't that I didn't have any legs left, but I wasn't able to stay with Pozzato and Boonen at that point,"


But when you are not able to go with the leaders and stay with them then you don't have the legs. He wasn't as strong as the front guys for the distance. It is a matter of fact. He also made some mistakes in regards to positioning and when he was riding on the front. I also believe that Sagan is more suited to Flanders because of his lighter frame, climbing abilities and punch. Roubaix suits larger riders who can power on the flat more who have a large diesel.
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02 Apr 2012 04:35

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02 Apr 2012 06:47

I agree with aus regarding Sagan. I was one of those (many) who was talking him up before RVV and he obviously did incredible, but I think that RVV is better suited to him than PR.
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