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47th Amstel Gold Race (The maze) - Sunday April 15, 2012

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14 Apr 2012 17:06

Trofinios wrote:You think Samu can follow an attack by Purito on the steep section in the final? Not so sure about that, it's 11-12% steep and Purito's punch in this situation might just be too much for Samu, thereby not saying that he can be close and maybe then catch Purito on the flatter section. Anyhow, I give a clear advantage to J-Rod.


He is stronger but not by far.

It will all depand on the group on the bottom of Cauberg, its size and who will actually compete. I'm looking forward to seeing Samu because he always peaks for the Pais Vasco, and rides the Ardennes on the remains of form so that he never really shines in the AGR. But this year he targets the Worlds which will contain the same climbs and this is a good rehearsal. In this regard if Samu wants a medal at the Worlds he should follow Purito's attacks on 200m-11%, this is not yet the Mur de Huy (which Samu rode very good last year considering his awful position).
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14 Apr 2012 17:06

Sooooo.. It seems like Eurosport's crush on racing cars every sunday is something we should get used to...
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14 Apr 2012 17:09

sanchez will not do much in AGR.

The hills are too short for him there and he's not good on such short efforts. Maybe top 10 but not more
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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14 Apr 2012 17:09

Am I the only one that thinks the finish should be 2km after the Cauberg to make it Monument material?
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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14 Apr 2012 17:19

does pistoleiro lose an avatar bet? :)
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14 Apr 2012 17:25

El Pistolero wrote:Am I the only one that thinks the finish should be 2km after the Cauberg to make it Monument material?


nope, with the uphill finish people tend to wait for the cauberg if there is some flat (not necessarily 2k) afterwards the fast guys will want to keep it together and the best climbers will want to attack creating imo a more interesting race
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14 Apr 2012 17:40

Parrulo wrote:nope, with the uphill finish people tend to wait for the cauberg if there is some flat (not necessarily 2k) afterwards the fast guys will want to keep it together and the best climbers will want to attack creating imo a more interesting race


awful, just awful :o
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14 Apr 2012 17:43

Vino attacks everyone wrote:awful, just awful :o


why awful? it would change the race dynamic for better imo, and while 2k may be excessive 1 k would be pretty much perfect
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14 Apr 2012 17:44

El Pistolero wrote:Am I the only one that thinks the finish should be 2km after the Cauberg to make it Monument material?


Some of the pundits at Sporza mentioned this last year as well so they preceded you. Aside from that it's not an uncommon or illogical suggestion. Personally I like the finish on the Cauberg, but that's subjective and I can see why some people might want a finish beyond it.
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14 Apr 2012 17:45

I think people forget about Cunego, his form was rising throughout the Al Pais Vasco and he has won here before. I'm officially calling a podium in this one, then a couple of stage wins in Trentino before capping a bounce back week with a win in Liege. It will happen!
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14 Apr 2012 17:51

Michael Boogerd takes it tommorow. Mark my words.
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14 Apr 2012 17:54

DominicDecoco wrote:Michael Boogerd takes it tommorow. Mark my words.

He'll finish 2nd.
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14 Apr 2012 17:55

DominicDecoco wrote:Michael Boogerd takes it tommorow. Mark my words.


I bet he sometimes fantasises he's Gilbert.
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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14 Apr 2012 18:00

El Pistolero wrote:I bet he sometimes fantasises he's Gilbert.


So what if he does? It's nothing to be ashamed about, any avid cycling fan, or any cyclist as far as that's concerned would have fantasied being last year's Gilbert except for - this year's - Boonen. ;)
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14 Apr 2012 18:03

Spine Concept wrote:So what if he does? It's nothing to be ashamed about, any avid cycling fan, or any cyclist as far as that's concerned would have fantasied being last year's Gilbert except for - this year's - Boonen. ;)


It wasn't an insult, more of a joke ;)
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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14 Apr 2012 18:04

El Pistolero wrote:It wasn't an insult, more of a joke ;)


I'm sure it was. ;)
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14 Apr 2012 18:22

thegrimpeur wrote:I think people forget about Cunego, his form was rising throughout the Al Pais Vasco and he has won here before. I'm officially calling a podium in this one, then a couple of stage wins in Trentino before capping a bounce back week with a win in Liege. It will happen!


I'm sure Cunego will be in the top 10, but it seems like he has lost a bit of the punch he had earlier in his career. Can't see him winning again, but a podium spot is possible although not very likely imo - the competition is stiff.
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14 Apr 2012 18:25

Parrulo wrote:why awful? it would change the race dynamic for better imo, and while 2k may be excessive 1 k would be pretty much perfect


i know, was just being sarcastic :p
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14 Apr 2012 18:33

still have the image of those 4 or 5 omega beasts at one time destroying the peloton on one of the climbs in brabantse pijl....man i'm looking forward to see what can they do.
bandiera,chavanel,kwiatkowski,terpstra,pineau=beasts
devenyns=i think he will deliver a big surprise.


Team Garmin - Barracuda
51. Dekker, Thomas

52. Hesjedal, Ryder
53. Kreder, Michel
54. Kreder, Raymond
55. Martin, Daniel
56. Van Summeren, Johan
57.Howes, Alex
58. Wegmann, Fabian

also turbo diesel leader in the ardennes.i've told you it will happen even when some of you said he won't even step up from chipotle this year.he can go with a strong group but i doubt he can top 5 now,still lot of work ahead
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14 Apr 2012 18:46

The riders are listed is in alphabetical order... Except for Howes, who must be a replacement.
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