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14 Jan 2013 08:52

First win of the season for the mighty Europcar train coming up.
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14 Jan 2013 13:41

Frederique Robert of Lotto-Belisol wins stage 1.
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14 Jan 2013 15:09

Hugo Koblet wrote:Frederique Robert of Lotto-Belisol wins stage 1.


Top 5 stage 1:

1 Frédéric Robert (Lotto-Belisol)
2 Yohann Gène (Team Europcar)
3 Andrea Palini (Lampre-Merida)
4 Massimo Graziato (Lampre-Merida)
5 Adrien Petit (Cofidis)

Still another 6 opportunities for Petit.
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14 Jan 2013 21:22

Dazed and Confused wrote:Not familiar with the topographic situation in the region, but this looks like 7 flat stages. Petit for the GC win.


Check the gaps in previous years. Unlikely to be seven bunch sprints.
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14 Jan 2013 21:27

will10 wrote:Check the gaps in previous years. Unlikely to be seven bunch sprints.


Yup, too small teams means lack of control, so the breakaways will get their opportunities for the GC and stages. It's indeed very unlikely that the break will get caught seven times in a row.
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14 Jan 2013 21:57

Pentacycle wrote:Yup, too small teams means lack of control, so the breakaways will get their opportunities for the GC and stages. It's indeed very unlikely that the break will get caught seven times in a row.


Fair enough, but have previous editions involved similar flat stages?
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15 Jan 2013 11:25

Andrea Palini (Lampre) wins second stage.
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15 Jan 2013 13:49

Grzdylu wrote:Andrea Palini (Lampre) wins second stage.


Stage 2 result:
1 Andrea Palini (Lampre – Merida)
2 Vicente Reynes (Lotto – Beisol)
3 Adrien Petit (Cofidis)
4 Yohann Gène (Europcar)
5 Meron Amanuel (Eritrea)

GC headed by Palini
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16 Jan 2013 10:38

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16 Jan 2013 12:32

Wow better crowds then Qatar, Oman and Beijing. They just lack the money apparently otherwise this would be HC or WT already
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16 Jan 2013 14:53

Stage 3:

1 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto - Belisol
2 Abdelbaset Hannachi (Alg) Groupement Sportif Petrolier Algérie
3 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto - Belisol
4 Soufiane Haddi (Mar)
5 Kudus Merhawi (Eri)

First pro win for Dockx!
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16 Jan 2013 21:46

Bye Bye Bicycle wrote:Stage 3:

1 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto - Belisol
2 Abdelbaset Hannachi (Alg) Groupement Sportif Petrolier Algérie
3 Gaetan Bille (Bel) Lotto - Belisol
4 Soufiane Haddi (Mar)
5 Kudus Merhawi (Eri)

First pro win for Dockx!

Wow, check out Merhawi, born in 94 and already top 5 in a .1 stage perhaps not the strongest field for a .1 race but still impressive.
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16 Jan 2013 22:08

EvansIsTheBest wrote:Wow, check out Merhawi, born in 94 and already top 5 in a .1 stage perhaps not the strongest field for a .1 race but still impressive.


If im not mistaking he was in the breakaway on stage 1 aswell (+ on stage 2 aswell?).
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16 Jan 2013 22:20

Ruudz0r wrote:If im not mistaking he was in the breakaway on stage 1 aswell (+ on stage 2 aswell?).

He was in stage 1 not sure about stage 2.
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17 Jan 2013 13:02

Stage 4:
1. PETIT Adrien COF
2. PALINI Andrea LAM
3. REYNES MIMO Vicente LTB
4. BILLE Gaëtan LTB
5. AMANUEL MENGSTAB Meron MTC

Pesky Palini holds the lead GC wise.
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18 Jan 2013 15:01

Robert takes his 2nd stage win.

Stage 5 result:
1 Frederique Robert (Bel) Lotto - Belisol
2 Andrea Palini (Ita) Lampre - Merida
3 Gert Dockx (Bel) Lotto - Belisol
4 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Crédits
5 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar

Palini hangs on to leaders jersey.
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18 Jan 2013 15:38

Lol, seems like a good race for "small" cyclists to get a victory. Thank God they didn't send any super star riders here or it would be domination.
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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18 Jan 2013 15:45

El Pistolero wrote:Lol, seems like a good race for "small" cyclists to get a victory. Thank God they didn't send any super star riders here or it would be domination.


Chateau will be *****ing about all these semi sprinters.
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