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Who will win the 2013 Tour

Poll ended at 25 Oct 2012 12:09

Alberto Contador
61
62%
Cristopher Froome
25
25%
Andy Schleck
6
6%
Vincenzo Nibali
2
2%
Cadel Evans / Teehay Van Garderen
2
2%
Ryder Hesjedal
1
1%
Alejandro Valverde / Juan Jose Cobo
1
1%
Other (specify)
1
1%
 
Total votes : 99

08 Nov 2012 07:46

Red Rick wrote:on la toussuire he struggled to follow Wiggins initially after Nibali attacked for a second time


That is just what happens with Froome (from what we've seen so far) and is the biggest question mark moving forward. He is far from consistent, starts slow - like a more erratic version of Sastre. A Vuelta and the 2012 Tour were not the greatest indicators of his limits climbing mountains on harder days.

Can he handle the length of the Ventoux stage, the constant efforts on the way to Le Grand-Bornand? Plus there's no high altitudes in the Tour. If he's going to falter, that's where it will happen. But for all we know it might become his greatest strength.

Otherwise, single climb, short stage - he is clearly in the top3.

To say that he will get smashed on the climbs is to say that Verbier Bertie or Zoncolan Andy will reappear to torment the Tour, no one can guarantee that.
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08 Nov 2012 08:25

Zam_Olyas wrote:Airstream is supporting Froome now :confused: is it just to troll (since you said you dont know what a troll is) is it just to argue with velascos's fans?


Lol Zaman we will never know I guess.
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08 Nov 2012 09:23

Zam_Olyas wrote:Airstream is supporting Froome now :confused: is it just to troll (since you said you dont know what a troll is) is it just to argue with velascos's fans?


he's trying to make people hate froome like he did with andy, although andy didn't need aistream
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08 Nov 2012 10:06

What can you retort directly on racing part?
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08 Nov 2012 11:32

Ryo Hazuki wrote:he's trying to make people hate froome like he did with andy, although andy didn't need aistream


Lol hilarious :D
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08 Nov 2012 11:34

airstream wrote:What can you retort directly on racing part?


Contador and Schleck are better climbers. If the route was more balanced I'd give Froome a chance, but it's a climber's course with hardly any flat time trialing. They don't need to go all CERA on him to finish ahead in GC.
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08 Nov 2012 11:43

I feel like conservatism prospers inside of most of you... :)

Andy is a bit lightweight as an universal GT rider because of lack of TT skills. Froome is from Armstrong's pedigree in terms of versality. Great TT, tremendous strength on any hills and stunningly 'light' legs uphill due to the fact that the man works using relatively small gears in order to conserve energy. Surely the matters we are dissecting are highly controversial, but not to look up to Froome so much... It's just astounding. :)
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08 Nov 2012 12:28

airstream wrote:I feel like conservatism prospers inside of most of you... :)

Andy is a bit lightweight as an universal GT rider because of lack of TT skills. Froome is from Armstrong's pedigree in terms of versality. Great TT, tremendous strength on any hills and stunningly 'light' legs uphill due to the fact that the man works using relatively small gears in order to conserve energy. Surely the matters we are dissecting are highly controversial, but not to look up to Froome so much... It's just astounding. :)


Froome may be versatile, but the route isn't really. TT skills won't matter that much as there is just the one, sub 35 km ITT for the specialists.
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08 Nov 2012 12:50

airstream wrote:I feel like conservatism prospers inside of most of you... :)

Andy is a bit lightweight as an universal GT rider because of lack of TT skills. Froome is from Armstrong's pedigree in terms of versality. Great TT, tremendous strength on any hills and stunningly 'light' legs uphill due to the fact that the man works using relatively small gears in order to conserve energy. Surely the matters we are dissecting are highly controversial, but not to look up to Froome so much... It's just astounding. :)


I'm rating him highly, just not as highly as you. For some reason that seriously bothers you as if me not sharing your opinion can't possibly be a rational and intelligent choice to make.
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08 Nov 2012 13:07

18-Valve. (pithy) wrote:Froome may be versatile, but the route isn't really. TT skills won't matter that much as there is just the one, sub 35 km ITT for the specialists.


Probably not a lot between Froome and Contador for the TTs anyway, I'd almost lean Contador. Could still decide it though as you never know how the mountains will be ridden.
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08 Nov 2012 21:45

airstream wrote:So the route was unveiled. An extensive food for thought was received for an off-season. So here we go. What do you think on who will win based on route and any other assumptions?


Another Contador - Schleck showdown, but Valverde will not be far behind.
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09 Nov 2012 20:45

Dazed and Confused wrote:Another Contador - Schleck showdown, but Valverde will not be far behind.


That would be awesome,I think he cant contest this duo,but I wish him Top5 and stages:)
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Ryo Hazuki in August 2013 wrote:what? quintana is already better climber than froome. see final stages of the tour and he's only 23. quintana is the best climber I've sene since pantani. he will become a legend
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09 Nov 2012 20:52

Ferminal wrote:Probably not a lot between Froome and Contador for the TTs anyway, I'd almost lean Contador. Could still decide it though as you never know how the mountains will be ridden.


If the Vuelta is anything to go by, Contador will be going all out to eliminate Froome as early as possible. Andy better be in tip top form if he wants to survive this.
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09 Nov 2012 20:57

ferryman wrote:If the Vuelta is anything to go by, Contador will be going all out to eliminate Froome as early as possible. Andy better be in tip top form if he wants to survive this.


Yes,I definitely agree.Ax3 all out from the bottom:cool:
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Ryo Hazuki in August 2013 wrote:what? quintana is already better climber than froome. see final stages of the tour and he's only 23. quintana is the best climber I've sene since pantani. he will become a legend
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09 Nov 2012 21:41

ILovecycling wrote:Yes,I definitely agree.Ax3 all out from the bottom:cool:


We can only dream;)
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09 Nov 2012 22:08

ferryman wrote:We can only dream;)


Dont think so.He will test Froome as soon as possible and thats Ax3,or what that do you think?That he will wait till Ventoux,oh no that is not Alberto:D.He said he is scared of Froome cos he doesnt know his limits,so at Ax3 he will test Alien where his limits are:)
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Ryo Hazuki in August 2013 wrote:what? quintana is already better climber than froome. see final stages of the tour and he's only 23. quintana is the best climber I've sene since pantani. he will become a legend
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09 Nov 2012 22:40

ILovecycling wrote:Dont think so.He will test Froome as soon as possible and thats Ax3,or what that do you think?That he will wait till Ventoux,oh no that is not Alberto:D.He said he is scared of Froome cos he doesnt know his limits,so at Ax3 he will test Alien where his limits are:)


I think he will go big on AX3. I also think Andy, if fit will also. I do believe the fear (unknown factor of Froome) has gone from Bertie but nevertheless I can see him targeting him early. If Andy does the same then tough time for Sky.
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09 Nov 2012 22:41

ILovecycling wrote:at Ax3 he will test Alien where his limits are:)


the opposite
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09 Nov 2012 22:49

airstream wrote:the opposite


Froome to attack Alberto at first summit finish?Hah:D.IMO he doesnt have balls for this;)
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Ryo Hazuki in August 2013 wrote:what? quintana is already better climber than froome. see final stages of the tour and he's only 23. quintana is the best climber I've sene since pantani. he will become a legend
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09 Nov 2012 23:15

airstream wrote:the opposite


Possibly. But it will last for half a bike length before the real action starts. That includes OUR boy Airstream. Remember Andy;)
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