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09 Mar 2013 01:34

Anyone got profiles for Catalunya? I can only see the time schedules. Seems weird to have two king MTFs and no TT but I guess Catalunya is the opposite of ENECO in that regard. I do like the 8 short laps of Montjuic on the final day though.
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09 Mar 2013 09:45

RHRH19861986 wrote:What did he say? :confused::)


that it was a great ide aby sky to let the classics quad train on camp, instead of tirreno where it rains :o
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09 Mar 2013 09:56

RHRH19861986 wrote:As it seems, the Sky guys have horrible weather on Teide.

Would´ve been better to stay for Tirreno or P-N, but who could´ve known.

Geraint Thomas tweeted this photo yesterday. Doesn't look that bad to me.

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09 Mar 2013 18:09

Tom Danielson will make his return at Volta Catalunya

https://mobile.twitter.com/tomdanielson/status/310150170727833600?p=v
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09 Mar 2013 19:47

Ryo Hazuki wrote:that it was a great ide aby sky to let the classics quad train on camp, instead of tirreno where it rains :o

Lol that's not what I said at all, I just said it could turn out to be a good idea given the conditions. It was more of a general remark on how bad the weather was, nothing else...

In general I think the idea of riding an altitude camp just ahead of M-SR instead of racing sounds pretty retarded.
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09 Mar 2013 19:58

maltiv wrote:Lol that's not what I said at all, I just said it could turn out to be a good idea given the conditions. It was more of a general remark on how bad the weather was, nothing else...

In general I think the idea of riding an altitude camp just ahead of M-SR instead of racing sounds pretty retarded.


Doesn't sound so retarded if they choose to race PN and TA to win them...
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09 Mar 2013 20:37

wwabbit wrote:Doesn't sound so retarded if they choose to race PN and TA to win them...

Huh? It's not like using some of the main classics guys would have weakened their squads for P-N or T-A.
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09 Mar 2013 21:00

maltiv wrote:
In general I think the idea of riding an altitude camp just ahead of M-SR instead of racing sounds pretty retarded.



That´s right, was curious about that, too. Normally the benefits from a high altitude camp take at least 10-14 days. In the first days after the camp, you might feel weak and tired. That´s why TdF camps are held in May, with two weeks to go to Dauphine or TdS.
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10 Mar 2013 01:14

maltiv wrote:Lol that's not what I said at all, I just said it could turn out to be a good idea given the conditions. It was more of a general remark on how bad the weather was, nothing else...

In general I think the idea of riding an altitude camp just ahead of M-SR instead of racing sounds pretty retarded.


How else are they going to perform on the Poggio (200m above sea level)?
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14 Mar 2013 17:32

http://www.pad.pt/2013/VA/

Marvão is a real great stage finish. The rest of this route is awful. :o
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16 Mar 2013 05:05

Anyone know what Jelle Vanendert is doing before an Ardennes assault???
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

The Grand Boucle wasn't just Europe's for the taking.

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16 Mar 2013 05:13

greenedge wrote:Anyone know what Jelle Vanendert is doing before an Ardennes assault???


“After Mallorca the Ruta del Sol is on my programme, which perfectly matches this four days. There it might be possible to pick out a stage or keep more of an eye on the GC. At the beginning of March the Tirreno-Adriatico follows, and after that I go training for two weeks in the Sierra Nevada. Then I will ride the Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco where I will finalize my preparation for the Ardennes classics”, the Belgian said.


http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/jelle_vanendert_opens_season_in_mallorca/
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16 Mar 2013 08:16

Thx......!
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

The Grand Boucle wasn't just Europe's for the taking.

Quote:VAE
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D&C "He will soon..."
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25 Mar 2013 17:50

Gesink will head to Tenerife to prepare Romandie and Giro
(no Ardennes for him?)




Robert Gesink http://www.twitter.com/RGUpdate

Tomorrow I'll fly to Tenerife with the family, a few days rest before the altitude training camp at 'El Teide' preparing Romandie and Giro!
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25 Mar 2013 17:54

pastronef wrote:Gesink will head to Tenerife to prepare Romandie and Giro
(no Ardennes for him?)




Robert Gesink http://www.twitter.com/RGUpdate

Tomorrow I'll fly to Tenerife with the family, a few days rest before the altitude training camp at 'El Teide' preparing Romandie and Giro!


He's learned from Sky it generally works well to go there. (except for EBH though)

He won't do the classics, only Romandie until the Giro.
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25 Mar 2013 18:30

Lupetto wrote:http://www.pad.pt/2013/VA/

Marvão is a real great stage finish. The rest of this route is awful. :o

Well Alentejo isn't known for its mountains... That's the best you can put together there. At least the race was 5 days this year. Last year we only had 4.
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29 Mar 2013 10:42

Tour de Pologne route:

Stage 1 (Italy):
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Stage 2 (Italy):
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Stage 3 (Poland):
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Stage 4:
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Cancellara is like The Black Album. Really good but way overrated.
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29 Mar 2013 10:43

Stage 5:
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Stage 6:
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Stage 7 (ITT):
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Cancellara is like The Black Album. Really good but way overrated.
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29 Mar 2013 10:46

As much as I don't like the two stages in Italy ( it's Tour de Pologne ffs ) the route is one of the most well balanced stage races this year I think.

I expect most excitements actually on the two last hilly stages before the TT actually, they always have been proven to be great.

Should be a great race though.
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29 Mar 2013 10:59

Yep, I thought it was going to be pretty ugly if as usual there was no TT, but a 37km ITT is perfect.
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