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17 Dec 2012 17:34

theyoungest wrote:As strange as it may sound, that race is getting a little too hard for Bos. Only one or two real flat sprint stages.

I think it's more something for Slagter than for Kelderman, actually. I don't know why Wilco will go there.


A race like Dauphiné is better suited to him, but the field is much worse here(or not in shape yet), so I think he can show something here if he wants to. Slagter is indeed better suited to hills as we saw in the Giro, but I don't know what kind of rider he wants to be. GT rider or hilly classics?
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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17 Dec 2012 18:01

El Pistolero wrote:A race like Dauphiné is better suited to him, but the field is much worse here(or not in shape yet), so I think he can show something here if he wants to. Slagter is indeed better suited to hills as we saw in the Giro, but I don't know what kind of rider he wants to be. GT rider or hilly classics?


The TDU is the yearly Greipel sprint show, and the rest of the stages are won by Australians. Greipel, unlike Bos has such a high base level that he can even win with relatively bad form. Bos is just going to finish 80th or worse if he starts.

Slagter will probably let go of GC goals, he wanted to focus on the classics this year, as he's not a pure climber (yet?). Last Giro he dropped quite easily on the longer climbs, maybe he still progresses but the Assisi stage showed his Purito-like classics potential.
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17 Dec 2012 18:04

Christian wrote:Bob Jungels program for 2012:

Tour Méditerranéen

Tour du Haut Var

Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen

Critérium International

Circuit de la Sarthe

Paris-Roubaix (preselection, 10 riders for 8 spots)

Amstel Gold Race

Flèche Wallonne

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Tour de Romandie

Tour de Luxembourg

http://www.wort.lu/de/view/team-radioshack-harte-arbeit-unter-perfekten-bedingungen-50ce9c55e4b0ac8268bfed73


Already throwing him right into the some of the biggest races, hopefully it works out for him. Also hope he gets the selection for Paris-Roubaix, I'm interested in seeing how he would do there.
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17 Dec 2012 19:12

Pentacycle wrote:The TDU is the yearly Greipel sprint show, and the rest of the stages are won by Australians. Greipel, unlike Bos has such a high base level that he can even win with relatively bad form. Bos is just going to finish 80th or worse if he starts.

May I remind you that Bos has had his arguably best results in Oman and other early season races? And that Greipel, until last year, was never able to extend his TDU form to the rest of the year?

But not to burst the bubble ;)
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18 Dec 2012 13:29

Does anyone know who Wiggins teammates will be for the Giro? Besides Porte, I mean.
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18 Dec 2012 14:50

Christian wrote:Bob Jungels program for 2012:

Tour Méditerranéen

Tour du Haut Var

Driedaagse van West Vlaanderen

Critérium International

Circuit de la Sarthe

Paris-Roubaix (preselection, 10 riders for 8 spots)

Amstel Gold Race

Flèche Wallonne

Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Tour de Romandie

Tour de Luxembourg

http://www.wort.lu/de/view/team-radioshack-harte-arbeit-unter-perfekten-bedingungen-50ce9c55e4b0ac8268bfed73

Would have liked to see him riding more of the cobbles..
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18 Dec 2012 14:54

18-Valve. (pithy) wrote:Does anyone know who Wiggins teammates will be for the Giro? Besides Porte, I mean.


Do not know but I would guess Cataldo would go considering his nationality..
Besides for that I can only guess and say that I hope Uran does it rather than the Tour. Henao as well, Pate very likely will go there I think as he is invaluable as a GT domestique, Kennaugh will go as well I think to give him more GT experience. I would like Siutsou to go, but I think he may focus on the Tour. Puccio may ride his first GT and I hope Dombrowski gets a first GT ride as well as he wont go to the Tour..

In short I really have no clue..:o
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18 Dec 2012 19:13

henao and uran aren't suited to ride in that **** train. we saw in this years vuelta they were completely demotivated. these riders need different tactics.
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19 Dec 2012 00:08

Andrey Kashechkin
Tour Down Under
Giro d'Italia
Tour de France,

Source: His own website http://www.kashechkin.com/
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19 Dec 2012 03:24

markene2 wrote:Andrey Kashechkin
Tour Down Under
Giro d'Italia
Tour de France,

Source: His own website http://www.kashechkin.com/


Who's going to make the poll?
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19 Dec 2012 08:21

nah i don't think he can make the double with wiggo there

but no doubt, he will own old willunga hill this year :D
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19 Dec 2012 09:09

Ryo Hazuki wrote:henao and uran aren't suited to ride in that **** train. we saw in this years vuelta they were completely demotivated. these riders need different tactics.

so what will they race? Will there be room for them in the Vuelta?
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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19 Dec 2012 10:08

Eshnar wrote:so what will they race? Will there be room for them in the Vuelta?


they will do the vuelta and possibly the tour or giro. giro is doubtful though because I think they want to have them help froome and not wiggins. but now who knows?
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19 Dec 2012 11:14

Surprised his close friend and website developer hasn't posted this yet but here is td 's schedule

Tour med
Haut-Var
Tirreno-Adriático
Critérium Internacional
Circuit Sarthe
La Flécha Brabaçonne
Amstel Gold Race
Fleche wallone
Liege
GP Industria&Artigianato
Giro Toscana
Giro de Italia
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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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19 Dec 2012 12:01

Moreno.moser " wants to fly high" in tirreno msr and liege.

He says he will also do a gt but doesn't know which 1.

Looking at what he says -"the giro is our race,.the tour is global and the vuelta is.good worlds prep." id guess that the vuelta is the most likely option and the tour is least likely.

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The story is beginning again, just as it did 14 years ago


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19 Dec 2012 14:29

If I were him I'd first try and win a decent race before talking about prep races.
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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19 Dec 2012 14:39

El Pistolero wrote:If I were him I'd first try and win a decent race before talking about prep races.

isn't that what he's trying to do? :o
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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19 Dec 2012 14:41

Eshnar wrote:isn't that what he's trying to do? :o


I don't speak Spanish, but Hitch says he sees Vuelta as a prep race for the worlds. If I were him I'd see the Vuelta as an opportunity to actually win a good race. ;)
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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19 Dec 2012 14:45

El Pistolero wrote:I don't speak Spanish, but Hitch says he sees Vuelta as a prep race for the worlds. If I were him I'd see the Vuelta as an opportunity to actually win a good race. ;)

He'll race to win during the spring (I think he'll be especially good in TA, might as well win the trident), and then he said he'll race a GT. He's not trying to win any, so he just says that every GT has its own pros - Giro is italian, the Tour is the biggest and the Vuelta would be good for preparing the WC. In any case, it's not like he's stupid enough to think he'll be of any threat ftw in a GT.
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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19 Dec 2012 14:46

Eshnar wrote:He'll race to win during the spring (I think he'll be especially good in TA, might as well win the trident), and then he said he'll race a GT. He's not trying to win any, so he just says that every GT has its own pros - Giro is italian, the Tour is the biggest and the Vuelta would be good for preparing the WC. In any case, it's not like he's stupid enough to think he'll be of any threat ftw in a GT.


I mean stages in GT, not the overall GC. Seems like a perfectly normal goal to me for someone of his capabilities. I wouldn't worry too much about the WC yet if I were him.
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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