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14 Jan 2013 20:33

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14 Jan 2013 22:53

Hmm, I was expecting to see the last TT of the 2007 Vuelta.

That one was flat, true. It was also very wet and some riders did crash if I remember correctly. So a bit of an advantage to Sanchez.

Anyway, the Vuelta TT would probably be ok for him with that 3rd cat in the middle. Don't know how technical the downhill is.
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18 Jul 2013 22:56

Just over a month away, been thinking about this for a few days since the Tour is over.

Who exactly is down for this? There are so many GC guys at the Tour its tough to think of anyone who will actually be well rested enough to really compete..

Nibali
Henao
Uran
Betancur
Sanchez
Scarponi?

Looking like Nibali will walk it tbh
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18 Jul 2013 22:59

I expect Henao and Betancur to do well especially, in addition to Nibali of course. I hope that Purito, Valverde, and Contador go. Even if they're tired from the Tour they can still challenge for stages. Contador especially really needs to go, just to get a win. And hopefully Andy rides as well, but we'll have to wait on that one.
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18 Jul 2013 23:04

Yeah of course the Spaniards but can't see any of them challenging GC.

Wonder why Frank didn't just sign a contract with someone for half a year and have a go at it ?
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18 Jul 2013 23:10

Keeping his option to ride with Trek open perhaps. Think he'll probably end up riding for them in 2014 anyways.
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19 Jul 2013 01:40

luckyboy wrote:Just over a month away, been thinking about this for a few days since the Tour is over.

Who exactly is down for this? There are so many GC guys at the Tour its tough to think of anyone who will actually be well rested enough to really compete..

Nibali
Henao
Uran
Betancur
Sanchez
Scarponi?

Looking like Nibali will walk it tbh

Will JVDB be fit? Not that he'll win it.

Majka may get another shot.
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19 Jul 2013 01:56

VDB2 season is over apparently.

I think the murito style of the vuelta with Bonus seconds suits the Colombians much more than it suits Nibali.

It will certainly be much tighter than the Giro.
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19 Jul 2013 02:27

I think Juanjo takes this.
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19 Jul 2013 05:46

Valverde and Purito will ride Vuelta 100%.Also probably Pozzovivo will start.Konig can be a factor in this race.Maybe top 10?From RadiShack Horner is sure.
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19 Jul 2013 06:32

Pinot has already confirmed, i hope he's getting better!
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19 Jul 2013 06:33

Pinot has already confirmed, i hope he's getting better!
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19 Jul 2013 08:17

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19 Jul 2013 08:29

Rafal Majka for the win. He's been getting in super shape training on stelvio. I hope also to see Manuele, Nicki and Chris sufferface at the start.
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19 Jul 2013 08:44

This is going to be a Colombian parade. Bentancur, Henao and Uran are all punchy climbers prone to get boni's on the uphill sprints and they are also strong climbers who can won't lose time in the real mountain stages. Unless Nibali pulls a Fuente De and they miss the boat.

Is Sky gonna go for Uran or Henao?
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19 Jul 2013 08:58

Maaaaaaaarten wrote:Is Sky gonna go for Uran or Henao?


I think the plan was to go for Henao. And considering Uran will leave Sky (which Sky foresaw) I don't see that changing.
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19 Jul 2013 12:34

all_in wrote:Valverde and Purito will ride Vuelta 100%.Also probably Pozzovivo will start.Konig can be a factor in this race.Maybe top 10?From RadiShack Horner is sure.


Horner for a podium. Anyway, so it is going to be another race for secretly hoping the doctor to do well while thinking he will have an accident in every stage. lol
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08 Aug 2013 15:11

What about Betancur?
Is he training in Colombia like Quintana was before the tour?
Originally with this course Betancur was my big favorite as he is a punchy climber, but he hasn't raced for a long time now. So actually I have no clue what will be his shape.
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08 Aug 2013 15:15

staubsauger wrote:What about Betancur?
Is he training in Colombia like Quintana was before the tour?
Originally with this course Betancur was my big favorite as he is a punchy climber, but he hasn't raced for a long time now. So actually I have no clue what will be his shape.

I was surprised he didn't do Burgos.
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08 Aug 2013 17:34

staubsauger wrote:What about Betancur?
Is he training in Colombia like Quintana was before the tour?
Originally with this course Betancur was my big favorite as he is a punchy climber, but he hasn't raced for a long time now. So actually I have no clue what will be his shape.

On a level playing field, betancur would have a good chance. Unfortunately in this vuelta some riders are going to be given a massive headstart over betancur.
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