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07 Apr 2012 20:43

"I know how to ride my bike" - Nibali

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Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
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08 Apr 2012 01:13

Swede1 wrote:Based on your signature I'd say I probably don't have to take this prediction too seriously:D Cav didnt win msr and canc didnt win flanders.


True it seems everyone race I have predicted who will win has gone terrible but mark my words that will change at the Giro next year





or so I hope. :o
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08 Apr 2012 02:53

Wow that is a horrific looking bike.
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08 Apr 2012 02:56

luckyboy wrote:Wow that is a horrific looking bike.


the wheels atleast
"I know how to ride my bike" - Nibali

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Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
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08 Apr 2012 03:39

SHAD0W93 wrote:True it seems everyone race I have predicted who will win has gone terrible but mark my words that will change at the Giro next year





or so I hope. :o


Haha I wouldnt mind seeing him win a GT. If everything went perfectly well and he improved just a slight bit I think he could. As long as the competition isnt too hard.
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09 Apr 2012 07:08

Astana is this year going into the ardennes without Vino :(
on paper it looks like it will be Kreuziger for LBL
Gasparotto for AGR, and the guy who has the day in FW.
"I know how to ride my bike" - Nibali

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Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
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09 Apr 2012 09:45

I kinda stopped caring about the team honestly (blasphemous i know).

It's like everyone deteriorates there nowadays, except for Kessiakoff.

They're getting quite a lot top 10 at stages lately, and the team is collecting UCI points steadily. But this is setting the bar way too low.
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09 Apr 2012 09:52

I kind off lost intrest in this team because of no Vino, until Kiserlovski showed up this year. :)

Is Kiserlovski doing the Ardennes? He ought to, after climbing well the entire year, especially on puncy climbs and after that epic attack in Pais Vasco.
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09 Apr 2012 10:00

rxgqgxnyfz wrote:I kinda stopped caring about the team honestly (blasphemous i know).

It's like everyone deteriorates there nowadays, except for Kessiakoff.

They're getting quite a lot top 10 at stages lately, and the team is collecting UCI points steadily. But this is setting the bar way too low.


Kiserlovski, has improved (even if we haven't seen him in the big mountains yet this year), Kreuziger has lost his tt, but is strong in the not to hard mountians.
We got Masciarelli that atleast I have big hopes for in the giro (if he get a protected role ofc)
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Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
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09 Apr 2012 10:03

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:I kind off lost intrest in this team because of no Vino, until Kiserlovski showed up this year. :)

Is Kiserlovski doing the Ardennes? He ought to, after climbing well the entire year, especially on puncy climbs and after that epic attack in Pais Vasco.


I actually don't know what Kiserlovskis plans are this year.
But i guess he will do the giro (?). Since he is a pure climer so the tour wont fit any good, and we got a couple of guys that want the leader role in the tour (without any justification for it) like Brajkovic and probably Kasheckin
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Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
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09 Apr 2012 10:58

Vino attacks everyone wrote:Kiserlovski, has improved (even if we haven't seen him in the big mountains yet this year), Kreuziger has lost his tt, but is strong in the not to hard mountians.
We got Masciarelli that atleast I have big hopes for in the giro (if he get a protected role ofc)


If "you" have Masciarelli can you tell me why he didn't ride any races since TdU?

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09 Apr 2012 13:13

roundabout wrote:If "you" have Masciarelli can you tell me why he didn't ride any races since TdU?

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Onlythin I really know is that he was sick for a while, but I do not know why he havnet done anything since early March. But he is in the lineup for Giro del Trentino togheter with what looks like most of Astanas giro team.

Lineup: 31. KREUZIGER Roman
32. TIRALONGO Paolo
33. KESSIAKOFF Fredrik Carl Wilhelm
34. SEELDRAEYERS Kevin
35. SILIN Egor
36. ZEITS Andrey
37. MASCIARELLI Francesco
38. RENEV Sergey
"I know how to ride my bike" - Nibali

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9LBsWCNE9I

Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24TQdI7csHs
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16 Apr 2012 18:45

I do not speak french, but the start of the clip is awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzMo017bTI4
"I know how to ride my bike" - Nibali

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9LBsWCNE9I

Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24TQdI7csHs
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16 Apr 2012 19:13

Vino attacks everyone wrote:I do not speak french, but the start of the clip is awesome

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MzMo017bTI4


oh yes it is.old school brad pitt kash,gotta love him

i see he will be tomorrow in trentino,maybe romandie too?probably 160th again but when july comes,our andy will have a little surprise:p
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16 Apr 2012 19:24

jens_attacks wrote:oh yes it is.old school brad pitt kash,gotta love him

i see he will be tomorrow in trentino,maybe romandie too?probably 160th again but when july comes,our andy will have a little surprise:p


Vuelta 06, greatest gt ever :p:o
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w9LBsWCNE9I

Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
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16 Apr 2012 22:27

greenedge wrote:I hope Kreuziger/ Brajkovic can go well in their respective GT's. Kreuziger is solid and i think could podium at the Giro. Brajkovic in my view can top 10 at the TDF as the ITT km shall work in his favour.

I like Kessiakoff/ Kiserlovski too for stage race options. Inglinsky will hopefully top 10 at P-R for my CQ team this week.


I think Kreuziger is solid too, but I'm still not sure if he's got it in him to win a gran tour, last year he did a good giro but he never really looked like he could threaten Scarponi or Nibali (Contador untouchable), the question is can he improve?
About Brajkovic, who is Brajkovic? What has he ever done except win a Dauphine in 2009 (not so sure about the year)? To be honest I don't think he will ever win anything again and if he does a top 20 in the tour I'll be surprised.
I'll be happy to eat my words cause I've got nothing against the guy, but I never saw him perform except that one time
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16 Apr 2012 23:26

lukinox wrote:I think Kreuziger is solid too, but I'm still not sure if he's got it in him to win a gran tour, last year he did a good giro but he never really looked like he could threaten Scarponi or Nibali (Contador untouchable), the question is can he improve?
About Brajkovic, who is Brajkovic? What has he ever done except win a Dauphine in 2009 (not so sure about the year)? To be honest I don't think he will ever win anything again and if he does a top 20 in the tour I'll be surprised.
I'll be happy to eat my words cause I've got nothing against the guy, but I never saw him perform except that one time


Kreuzinger is a pretty solid climber, but his TT isn't all that good. That being said, he is an excellent GT rider for consistency. Sure he isn't capable of winning unless the time is absolutely perfect, but he can be counted on to be 6, 7, or 8th - which I think is still impressive. Brajki same... a better TT'er, but not as good of a climber.
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17 Apr 2012 03:36

http://astanafans.com/pro-team-astana-raspredelitsya-mezhdu-ardennami-i-dolomitami.html

Google translate (too lazy to translate myself ;p ):
Martinelli:
Another one of our trump card - it's Jani Brajkovic, who had a difficult first half of the season. He experienced some difficulties, which were the result of his recent health problems. I hope that Trentino, and then Romandie, will give him self-confidence, the psychological aspect is very important to achieve big goals. Gasparotto's victory will also help, which showed that we were working not for nothing, it's a significant boost for the team spirit. "

Gasparotto hastened himself to share his joy with everyone: "I want to thank all my teammates, this general result, without them it would have been unattainable. I especially want to thank Bozich and Gavazzi, who sacrificed his personal hopes for the team during the race, as well as for his leadership Bontempi course of the race. Special thanks to my friends and my family, who are the closest people to me, despite the fact that I often have to leave them, their faith and their sacrifices in such days shall be paid in full.

Third place in 2010, the year has strengthened my belief that this race I am able, I longed to improve this achievement. Opponents had a lot, everyone was very dangerous, especially BMC, whose commitment was excellent. I remembered the finish on the Kauberg in 2010, that in the final meters i need to keep a hefty supply of power, this year I have considered it and that's why could not defeat. I celebrated the victory with my friends and now ready to flash Wallonia and Liege, I believe that it is ready for 100% of the new race. "

Regarding Flash Wallonia sportdirektor Guido Bontempi said about the settings for the race: "Now that we are moving in the Ardennes, terrain varies greatly, we are waiting for the ups 2-3 kilometers in length, we have to storm the three famous Wall of Huy hardest. I can not apply a lot about the planned strategy and tactics of the race, but I can say that our main hopes vested in Gasparotto, Iglinskiy and Kiserlovski. "


Also throw this one in, too:
http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/11628/Giuseppe-Martinelli-Giro-dItalia-course-is-ideal-for-Roman-Kreuziger.aspx
Funny quote:
“Seven of the nine are chosen,” he explained. “The Czech Kreuziger, the Swede [Fredrik] Kessiakof, the Estonian [Tanel] Kangert, the Russian [Evgeni] Petrov, the Belgian [Kevin] Seeldrayers, the Kazakh [Alexsandr] Dyachenko, the Italian [Paolo] Tiralongo.

It's like cheesy 80s action movie where mercs from around the world (each representing overtly racist national stereotype) fight the baddies :D
Very good team for the mountains though.
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17 Apr 2012 12:22

Interesting to see Kiserlovski up Muur de huy
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Vuelta 06 - the greatest gt in history!
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17 Apr 2012 14:34

Vino attacks everyone wrote:Vuelta 06, greatest gt ever :p:o


did you see kash today,taking huge relays on the front of the team and breathing smoothly on his nose?the man is slowly coming back to life.andy won't even know what hit him in july
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