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30 Dec 2012 21:07

theyoungest wrote:No Contador in Paris-Nice? No Wiggo either. Then who will win it, Froome?


time to rise up.again.

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but yes i also hope for westra,colombians and JTL who hopefully will lead the uk postal with an iron fist
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30 Dec 2012 21:12

The Hitch wrote:Purito as well.


well, it will not be easy to win some of these WT races in '13.
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30 Dec 2012 21:13

jens_attacks wrote:time to rise up.again.

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30 Dec 2012 21:17

one week race? no sky and contador around?

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30 Dec 2012 21:20

Parrulo wrote:one week race? no sky and contador around?

"Forth! Down fear of darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Unzue! wheels shall be shaken, frames shall be splintered! A bike day... a though day... and the finish line rises! Ride now... Ride now... Ride! Ride for ruin and the world's ending! Death!"

You mean Valverde will win? ;)

Who else... Van Garderen? It will be a Paris-Nice with a historically weak field, it seems. And without a single former winner.
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30 Dec 2012 21:23

costa will win obviously ;)
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30 Dec 2012 21:28

Parrulo wrote:costa will win obviously ;)


Maybe Martin :o
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30 Dec 2012 22:02

theyoungest wrote:You mean Valverde will win? ;)

Who else... Van Garderen? It will be a Paris-Nice with a historically weak field, it seems. And without a single former winner.


You just don't dare name a certain Blanco rider, who's made it his first peak of the season, a possible winner. :rolleyes:
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30 Dec 2012 22:06

Pentacycle wrote:You just don't dare name a certain Blanco rider, who's made it his first peak of the season, a possible winner. :rolleyes:

Yeah, Gesink too. Forgot about him.

Well, this is his chance. Although I also forgot about T-Mart.
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30 Dec 2012 22:12

Will Katusha be invited? I'd have thought not unless Purito commits to riding, who normally does Tirreno.
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31 Dec 2012 03:05

theyoungest wrote:You mean Valverde will win? ;)

Who else... Van Garderen? It will be a Paris-Nice with a historically weak field, it seems. And without a single former winner.


No Kloden?
In top grade professional cycling (and in life) it is virtually impossible to be a major winner whilst being 100% clean (or honest). Most GC GT riders are simply doing what they love whilst playing the game.

I'm a huge Kloden fan (or a Klodist) - despite the fact that he rode for Telekom/T-Mobile, Astana and Radioshack :)

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31 Dec 2012 06:20

Maybe it's time for De Gendt to win this one.
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31 Dec 2012 09:06

Buffalo Soldier wrote:Maybe it's time for De Gendt to win this one.

From his own team, Westra would be the more logical option.
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31 Dec 2012 10:30

Frank Schleck, Uran, Samuel Sanchez and Kreuziger are likely podium contenders, too, I guess. The field will be strong, surely.

Not sure about Tony Martin, though. I mean, it will likely feature a 1st category MTF and no flat ITT to make up for that.
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31 Dec 2012 10:38

When Martin won it, he was one of the strongest climbers as well. And the Montagne de la Lure isn't the hardest climb in the world, after all Luis Leon got 3d there the last time around.

We don't know anything about possible TTs in the race so far.
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31 Dec 2012 10:48

theyoungest wrote:When Martin won it, he was one of the strongest climbers as well. And the Montagne de la Lure isn't the hardest climb in the world, after all Luis Leon got 3d there the last time around.


There were no long climbs when Martin won.

As to Sanchez, he also got 6th on Arrate. The guy was clearly juiced to the eyeballs. There's no way Martin can keep up with the likes of Frank Schleck.


We don't know anything about possible TTs in the race so far.


True, but the Col d'Eze TT seems a logical assumption for now.
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31 Dec 2012 10:49

A final stage Nice-Nice is pretty logical as well. I.e. we don't have a clue.

And there certainly was a long climb when Martin won. Guys like Mollema and F. Schleck got dropped. As did Luis Leon.
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31 Dec 2012 11:00

col de la mure was a 20 minutes long climb, montagne de lure is a 35 minutes
barring any fast improvement by tony martin, i can't see him losing less than 3 minutes on it. only if they will go tempo which won't happen
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31 Dec 2012 11:06

But the Col de la Mure was steeper. Lure is a tempo climb. Heck, even Voigt lost just 1'30 to Contador on that thing. How will a good Martin lose more, certainly since Contador isn't riding?
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31 Dec 2012 11:07

theyoungest wrote:A final stage Nice-Nice is pretty logical as well. I.e. we don't have a clue.

And there certainly was a long climb when Martin won. Guys like Mollema and F. Schleck got dropped. As did Luis Leon.


The Col D'Eze TT was a huge success, though. So we do have a clue.

I don't think 7 kms is long and Frank Schleck was clearly off-form. Mollema has never been a reliable GC rider so I don't know why you bring him up. As for Sanchez, like I said, he only could contend because he was on the juice.
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