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Can Blanco be the next HTC?

Yes, they have the right set-up and mix of talents
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No, they lack leaders like Stapleton, Aldag and Holm, and the riders aren't that talented
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69%
Hard to say, depends if they can shake off their Rabo past
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27 Jan 2013 19:05

TheEnoculator wrote:Perhaps I wasn't clear in my original post. I wasn't asking if Blanco will be like HTC in a sense in terms of sprint victories. I'm basically asking if Blanco will be a Cinderella team like HTC when they got ditched by T-Mobile.

Blanco is a stage race and classics team, can they deliver on those fronts as opposed to sprints?


Their main riders have reached the age that they can deliver results in the big races. So there is a chance that they will win more quality races than in the last years.
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27 Jan 2013 23:00

Pentacycle wrote:Still this season might be his last with Renshaw in his team, so he'd better make the best out of it. I wouldn't be surprised if they sent some kind of sprint train to the Tour with Boom/Vanmarcke/Tjallingii/Bos/Renshaw. They need an alternative for their climbers. Boom and Vanmarcke are strong baroudeurs too.


If that happened i think Brown would have to be there too. Mollema, Gesink, LLS and LTD wuld have to go though.
Also i thought Vanmarcke doesn't like the GT's:confused:
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

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27 Jan 2013 23:03

TheEnoculator wrote:It's no secret that Blanco wants to be the next HTC. Blanco can pose threats in all aspects in the WT, and the fact that they are so desperate for a sponsor should take their competitive spirits up a notch. But the question is: can they deliver the results necessary to be a Cinderella team like HTC, assuming they will exist beyond this season?


is this a joke topic?
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28 Jan 2013 04:06

Gloin22 wrote:Why are you rating him so highly I wonder ?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=niZPTetZR3A
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28 Jan 2013 05:41

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28 Jan 2013 11:17

TheEnoculator wrote:Perhaps I wasn't clear in my original post. I wasn't asking if Blanco will be like HTC in a sense in terms of sprint victories. I'm basically asking if Blanco will be a Cinderella team like HTC when they got ditched by T-Mobile.

Blanco is a stage race and classics team, can they deliver on those fronts as opposed to sprints?
All would've been clear if you would've replaced HTC by OPQS. Maybe ask a mod to change it? Although, still the answer is NO. :)
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28 Jan 2013 11:39

cineteq wrote:All would've been clear if you would've replaced HTC by OPQS. Maybe ask a mod to change it? Although, still the answer is NO. :)


I wouldn't compare Blanco to OPQS. The latter is a super team as a result of a merger of two major sponsors, exactly the opposite situation of Blanco.
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28 Jan 2013 11:42

Ryo Hazuki wrote:is this a joke topic?


No, sir. I don't troll here. :)
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28 Jan 2013 20:23

Is this a joke?

Rank Prev. Team (Code) Country Points
1 - BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM (BLA) NED 157
2 - EUSKALTEL EUSKADI (EUS) ESP 91
3 - MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) ESP 87
4 - SKY PROCYCLING (SKY) GBR 79
5 - RADIOSHACK LEOPARD (RLT) LUX 63
6 - LAMPRE-MERIDA (LAM) ITA 24
7 - LOTTO BELISOL (LTB) BEL 19
8 - ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) AUS 11
9 - FDJ (FDJ) FRA 8
10 - BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) USA 2
11 - TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF (TST) DEN 2
12 - GARMIN SHARP (GRS) USA 2
13 - ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) KAZ 1
14 - OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP CYCLING TEAM (OPQ) BEL 1
15 - VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM (VCD) NED 1

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28 Jan 2013 20:26

Blanco and Euskaltel, clearly the two strongest teams in the world ;)

BTW if Argos can't even pick up a single WT point in a race like TDU, I fear for their survival in the WorldTour.
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28 Jan 2013 20:35

theyoungest wrote:Blanco and Euskaltel, clearly the two strongest teams in the world ;)

BTW if Argos can't even pick up a single WT point in a race like TDU, I fear for their survival in the WorldTour.


Argos.
Agree, very poor performance by Kittel. Degenkolb better be strong in the spring classics.
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29 Jan 2013 01:18

They need to stop sending Kittel to WT races.
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29 Jan 2013 07:08

Give the guy some time to get into form.
Kittel has the sprint speed to beat Cav and Greipel, which not many sprinters have.
Proven that many times ago. Yes he will need to improve.
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29 Jan 2013 16:58

theyoungest wrote:Blanco and Euskaltel, clearly the two strongest teams in the world ;)

BTW if Argos can't even pick up a single WT point in a race like TDU, I fear for their survival in the WorldTour.


Sprinters don't earn a lot of WT points either way. It's way a team like Lotto struggled to get into the WT this year, despite the fact they have a very good train. It's not like they just win a flat sprint of 200 meters, they need to control the entire stage(alone or with help) and still do a good lead-out. I don't know how many WT points a WT stage gives, but probably not much.
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29 Jan 2013 22:57

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Is this a joke?

Rank Prev. Team (Code) Country Points
1 - BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM (BLA) NED 157
2 - EUSKALTEL EUSKADI (EUS) ESP 91
3 - MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) ESP 87
4 - SKY PROCYCLING (SKY) GBR 79
5 - RADIOSHACK LEOPARD (RLT) LUX 63
6 - LAMPRE-MERIDA (LAM) ITA 24
7 - LOTTO BELISOL (LTB) BEL 19
8 - ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) AUS 11
9 - FDJ (FDJ) FRA 8
10 - BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) USA 2
11 - TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF (TST) DEN 2
12 - GARMIN SHARP (GRS) USA 2
13 - ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) KAZ 1
14 - OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP CYCLING TEAM (OPQ) BEL 1
15 - VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM (VCD) NED 1

:cool:


Maybe Blanco could be the next HTC after all. Wasn't HTC the number 1 ranked WT team at some point?
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29 Jan 2013 23:02

At least currently they're 157 times better than the other 2 Dutch teams together!
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29 Jan 2013 23:31

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Is this a joke?

Rank Prev. Team (Code) Country Points
1 - BLANCO PRO CYCLING TEAM (BLA) NED 157
2 - EUSKALTEL EUSKADI (EUS) ESP 91
3 - MOVISTAR TEAM (MOV) ESP 87
4 - SKY PROCYCLING (SKY) GBR 79
5 - RADIOSHACK LEOPARD (RLT) LUX 63
6 - LAMPRE-MERIDA (LAM) ITA 24
7 - LOTTO BELISOL (LTB) BEL 19
8 - ORICA GREENEDGE (OGE) AUS 11
9 - FDJ (FDJ) FRA 8
10 - BMC RACING TEAM (BMC) USA 2
11 - TEAM SAXO-TINKOFF (TST) DEN 2
12 - GARMIN SHARP (GRS) USA 2
13 - ASTANA PRO TEAM (AST) KAZ 1
14 - OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP CYCLING TEAM (OPQ) BEL 1
15 - VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM (VCD) NED 1

:cool:


This just shows how ridiculous the points scoring is. Lotto won half of the stages of the TDU yet have barely more than 10% of the points Blanco picked up.
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30 Jan 2013 00:37

Blanco had a first and two seconds and a third and were first and sixth overall?

Dunno about Euskaltel though.
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30 Jan 2013 03:28

Pricey_sky wrote:This just shows how ridiculous the points scoring is. Lotto won half of the stages of the TDU yet have barely more than 10% of the points Blanco picked up.


What's more ridiculous is people looking at Month 1 results and starting to extrapolate to the end of year results. :rolleyes: Yes, the points system is jacked but come post Vuelta the standing will be more on par to the quality of the teams.
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11 Apr 2013 12:51

any news os some possible new sponsor deal?

AGR is in 3 days, they hoped to have a sponsor before the end of spring classics. hopefully after Vanmarcke great podium at roubaix, they will perform well in the ardennes.
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