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15 Jan 2013 20:58

theyoungest wrote:Who will they fill the VIP boxes with? Rabobank managers? :o


that's what they thought before october 19th :o
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15 Jan 2013 20:59

El Pistolero wrote:Unlike Froome and Tiralongo, Cancellara and Boonen are about the same age, competing in the same races and both have already been capable of winning major cobbled classics since the dawn of their career.


cancellara in the days boonen was stonger than him was never close to winning flanders yet. moslty due to bad luck btw. and I'll give another example then. brajkovic and froome
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15 Jan 2013 22:10

Ryo Hazuki wrote:cancellara in the days boonen was stonger than him was never close to winning flanders yet. moslty due to bad luck btw. and I'll give another example then. brajkovic and froome


Joaquim Rodriguez and Andrej Kasjetsjkin !
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15 Jan 2013 22:19

Ryo Hazuki wrote:cancellara in the days boonen was stonger than him was never close to winning flanders yet. moslty due to bad luck btw. and I'll give another example then. brajkovic and froome


Being crappy is not bad luck.
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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16 Jan 2013 08:26

Thibaut Pinot wrote:Hofland: Tour Méditerranéen, Tour du Haut Var + Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

Goos: Challenge Mallorca, Tour of Langkawi, Volta a Catalunya + Volta Limburg Classic

Also going for Blanco: Bos, Brown, Leezer, Bol, Van Emden.

So 5 guys for the sprint train, and a climber ;)
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16 Jan 2013 08:53

theyoungest wrote:Also going for Blanco: Bos, Brown, Leezer, Bol, Van Emden.

So 5 guys for the sprint train, and a climber ;)


Well considering there's 2 flat stages in Mallorca and 1 hilly, it's not that bad...

Bos might take a stage if lucky enough :p
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16 Jan 2013 09:11

Gloin22 wrote:Well considering there's 2 flat stages in Mallorca and 1 hilly, it's not that bad...

Bos might take a stage if lucky enough :p

Sorry, I highlighted the wrong race. It's their Langkawi team.

Bos vs. Guardini, in pretty much the ideal race for both (except those two mountain stages obv.)
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16 Jan 2013 09:32

theyoungest wrote:Sorry, I highlighted the wrong race. It's their Langkawi team.

Bos vs. Guardini, in pretty much the ideal race for both (except those two mountain stages obv.)


Looks like Guardini will meet some resistance this year then. Europcar is fielding Coquard while GreenEdge puts their faith in Kruopis.
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16 Jan 2013 09:38

theyoungest wrote:Also going for Blanco: Bos, Brown, Leezer, Bol, Van Emden.

So 5 guys for the sprint train, and a climber ;)


who is the climber? :rolleyes:
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16 Jan 2013 09:40

Hugo Koblet wrote:Looks like Guardini will meet some resistance this year then. Europcar is fielding Coquard while GreenEdge puts their faith in Kruopis.


Is Coquard already a top sprinter then? I thought he liked hills more, if he can't beat Lutsenko in a flat sprint he normally can't beat Bos, Guardini etc either.
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16 Jan 2013 09:41

TeoSheva wrote:who is the climber? :rolleyes:

Marc Goos, aka the last man on earth to beat Tiernan-Locke ;)
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16 Jan 2013 09:50

theyoungest wrote:Marc Goos, aka the last man on earth to beat Tiernan-Locke ;)


I thought he is a sprinter or something like that... so is he similar to Kelderman? or really a pure climber?
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16 Jan 2013 10:04

TeoSheva wrote:I thought he is a sprinter or something like that... so is he similar to Kelderman? or really a pure climber?

He can TT

and

he can climb.
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16 Jan 2013 10:50

Pentacycle wrote:Is Coquard already a top sprinter then? I thought he liked hills more, if he can't beat Lutsenko in a flat sprint he normally can't beat Bos, Guardini etc either.


It wasn't your average "flat sprint." There's little doubt that Coquard is faster than him on the flat.

Anyway, Bernaudeau considers Coquard to be a "pure sprinter" who can handle the hills.
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16 Jan 2013 12:12

http://www.biciciclismo.com/cas/site/noticias-ficha.asp?id=58650

sicard to ride the tour this year.

this is schedule:
GP Marsellesa
Estrella de Besseges
Tour del Mediterráneo
París-Niza
Critérium Internacional
Vuelta País Vasco
Amstel Gold Race
Flecha Valona
Lieja-Bastogne-Lieja
Tour de Romandía
Critérium Dauphiné
Tour de Francia


mike snow will be euskaltels leader for the tour right? or will anton also ride the tour next year?
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16 Jan 2013 12:26

Hugo Koblet wrote:Looks like Guardini will meet some resistance this year then. Europcar is fielding Coquard while GreenEdge puts their faith in Kruopis.


von Hoff will be there as well, before heading over to europe and doing the Vuelta a Catalunya
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16 Jan 2013 13:16

Anton and Nieve will both ride the Tour. Dunno if they will go for clear leader, I think not.
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16 Jan 2013 13:18

TA rumours: Stage finish in Rocca Di Cambio, exactly like in the Giro of last year.
The stage will start in Spoleto.

So there should be three consecutive stages like this:

Stage 3: ??? - Narni [short uphill sprint]
Stage 4: Spoleto - Rocca Di Cambio [MTF]
Stage 5: L'Aquila - Chieti [Uphill sprint after Passo Lanciano]
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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16 Jan 2013 13:24

Arnout wrote:Anton and Nieve will both ride the Tour. Dunno if they will go for clear leader, I think not.

Probably they'll be co-leaders and when Anton cracks/crashes/has no form, Nieve will step up as usual.
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16 Jan 2013 13:26

Nieve will be 10th in GC for sure, that's a given. Anton might be 5th, 75th or 152th, you never know.
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