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Which male rider will dominate in 2013?

Poll ended at 17 Feb 2013 21:19

Contador
53
25%
Wiggins
7
3%
Froome
11
5%
Gilbert
21
10%
Boonen
11
5%
Cancellara
26
13%
Rodriguez
4
2%
Sagan
54
26%
Valverde
8
4%
Other (specify)
13
6%
 
Total votes : 208

30 Dec 2012 10:08

Waterloo Sunrise wrote:ooo Norway in the house


None of them in the poll either :eek:
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30 Dec 2012 10:14

Ferminal wrote:None of them in the poll either :eek:

Too bad, I wanted to vote for Edvald Tiernan-Locke.
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30 Dec 2012 10:31

I heard that guy will be unstoppable in Monuments next season.
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30 Dec 2012 10:32

Ferminal wrote:I heard that guy will be unstoppable in Monuments next season.


Edvald Boasson Hagen does not need to fuse with JTL to become unstoppable in the monuments.:p
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30 Dec 2012 10:37

jens_attacks wrote:here they are:

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Wow Alberto is suffering :eek: JTL seems cool :D
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The great Alberto Contador :p
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30 Dec 2012 10:40

Lieuwe Westra to go PN-mode the entire season and pull a Wiggins, except attacking all the time instead of hiding behind Froome. Rujano will pull a Froome on Westra though.
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30 Dec 2012 10:59

Froome and Valverde are the only 2 on the list I cannot imagine dominating.

Valverde will have to battle it out with Gilbert in the Ardennes, who is (as Jens Attacks' climbing times show too) simply better on hills.

I do not know about Froome, but between a Contador and Wiggins (who is still leader) I find it hard to see him dominate.

Wiggo will have to deal with stronger competition, and Cancellara will have to change his racing style.
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30 Dec 2012 11:16

I think Cancellara will dominate the spring classics again and finally become WC, while Contador wins every stage race he enters, including TDF and Vuelta.

Wiggins will underperform and blame his lack of motivation and/or alchoholism whilst Froome will underperform and blame his bilharzia ;)
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30 Dec 2012 11:29

Perhaps the former Other/Vino-option should be changed to Other/Machado, now that Vino is officially retired ?
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30 Dec 2012 11:51

Shardi wrote:Perhaps the former Other/Vino-option should be changed to Other/Machado, now that Vino is officially retired ?


Expect that Vino actually won some races.
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30 Dec 2012 11:58

maltiv wrote:I think Cancellara will dominate the spring classics again and finally become WC, while Contador wins every stage race he enters, including TDF and Vuelta.

Wiggins will underperform and blame his lack of motivation and/or alchoholism whilst Froome will underperform and blame his bilharzia ;)

You mean Cancellara will become the world road champion? Have you seen the course?
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30 Dec 2012 12:02

theyoungest wrote:You mean Cancellara will become the world road champion? Have you seen the course?

He was by far the strongest in Mendrisio. With the same form, he definitely has a chance. Perhaps the course doesn't suit him, but you never know. I believe he's skipping TDF next year to prepare for the last part of the season so he'll definitely try to slim down ahead of the WC.
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30 Dec 2012 12:03

maltiv wrote:He was by far the strongest in Mendrisio. With the same form, he definitely has a chance. Perhaps the course doesn't suit him, but you never know. I believe he's skipping TDF next year to prepare for the last part of the season so he'll definitely try to slim down ahead of the WC.


Yes, but other guys like Gilbert have gotten stronger too while Cancellara has advanced little in the classics, if at all.
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30 Dec 2012 12:03

Sagan at the classics and some sprinter maybe Guardini or Degenkolb
the GTs will be won by 3 different riders IMO
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30 Dec 2012 13:34

maltiv wrote:He was by far the strongest in Mendrisio. With the same form, he definitely has a chance. Perhaps the course doesn't suit him, but you never know. I believe he's skipping TDF next year to prepare for the last part of the season so he'll definitely try to slim down ahead of the WC.


Mendrisio was easy compared to Firenze. And Mendrisio was his home terrain. For some strange reasons that I'll never understand that matters in sport.

Anyway, everything can happen I suppose, with some cyclists you just never know. Although it has been since 2008 that the great Cancellara has won a race that isn't a time trial or national road race after April. ;)
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30 Dec 2012 14:27

El Pistolero wrote:Mendrisio was easy compared to Firenze. And Mendrisio was his home terrain. For some strange reasons that I'll never understand that matters in sport.

Anyway, everything can happen I suppose, with some cyclists you just never know. Although it has been since 2008 that the great Cancellara has won a race that isn't a time trial or national road race after April. ;)


Same with Boonen ;)

Too easy.
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30 Dec 2012 14:39

Miburo wrote:Same with Boonen ;)

Too easy.


huh? That does not make sense.
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30 Dec 2012 15:33

theyoungest wrote:You mean Cancellara will become the world road champion? Have you seen the course?




Does anyone have a link to a THOROUGH roadmap of the Tuscany parcours?

I would really like to see detailed gradients of the 2 hills.
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30 Dec 2012 15:36

maltiv wrote:He was by far the strongest in Mendrisio. With the same form, he definitely has a chance. Perhaps the course doesn't suit him, but you never know. I believe he's skipping TDF next year to prepare for the last part of the season so he'll definitely try to slim down ahead of the WC.

He'll need a lot of slimming down. That course is basically a climber's course. Mendrisio was more for allrounders.

Okay, I know they always say that about the worlds, but this time I think it's true ;)

velosiped wrote:Does anyone have a link to a THOROUGH roadmap of the Tuscany parcours?

I would really like to see detailed gradients of the 2 hills.

Just look up the Via Salviati in Florence on Google Maps. That thing is steep.
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30 Dec 2012 15:43

El Pistolero wrote:Anyway, everything can happen I suppose, with some cyclists you just never know. Although it has been since 2008 that the great Cancellara has won a race that isn't a time trial or national road race after April. ;)


He won the Tour de Suiise.

But lets pretend (as you do) that he did not.

Well discluding time trials as you always do never makes any sense.

Hes a time trial specialist. There are plenty of races he could go to for a win that he doesnt because hes saving himself for a time trial or tired after a time trial or wearing the yellow jersey.

If he knew time trials dont count he would go for the win in other races:rolleyes: Its like mocking Contador for never winning a breakaway stage in a Grand Tour.

And to be fair (which you never are to Cancellara), he has every one of those years spent over half of his post april season domestiquing for the Schlecks
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