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Will Cancellara ride the 2013 Tour de France?

01 Feb 2013 10:34

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01 Feb 2013 10:36

I'll say yes, but I doubt he'll have much impact.
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01 Feb 2013 10:37

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01 Feb 2013 10:41

No, there are better opportunities in the Giro. Needs to think about number 1 this year.
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01 Feb 2013 11:14

No way he will do Classics - Giro - Tour. But it wouldn't surprise me to see him not bother with the Giro at the last minute and ride the Tour instead.
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01 Feb 2013 11:40

I say he will. He'll start the giro then pull out towards the end of week two. his goal is to get the pink jersey during the prologue. Once that's accomplished, theres no point of him finishing the race.
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01 Feb 2013 11:46

only problem with that is this years giro doesn't have a prologue. . . .
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01 Feb 2013 11:50

He has a reasonable chance in a few stages, mainly the time trials, but also one of the Corsican stages (last one I think).

But the real people I feel sorry for in this race are the Gilbert type riders. I guess they have the World Champs and Giro to suit them this year, in addition to the Vuelta (as always) but the Tour has a horrible shape for strong uphill sprinters.
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01 Feb 2013 13:15

gruppeto993 wrote:I say he will. He'll start the giro then pull out towards the end of week two.


Or at the end of week one. There's little point in continuing on after the first rest day. No chances of pink after that.
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01 Feb 2013 13:34

I'd guess he does, just because it gets the most press.
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01 Feb 2013 13:47

No, like he said, he's won everything he can at the Tour. Plus I don't think Radioshack will be pressuring him to do the Tour to help Andy. After last year they need some good results, as does Cance. And both of them know that Cance has a better chance of getting those results by doing Giro-Vuelta, rather than the Tour.
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01 Feb 2013 13:59

Afrank wrote:
After last year they need some good results, as does Cance. And both of them know that Cance has a better chance of getting those results by doing Giro-Vuelta, rather than the Tour.


Both of them? Cancellara is free to leave after this season and probably will.
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01 Feb 2013 14:01

It just wouldn't seem right for him to skip the Tour entirely. Don't blame him if he does however if he has other goals in mind. He's earned that right.
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01 Feb 2013 14:08

18-Valve. (pithy) wrote:Both of them? Cancellara is free to leave after this season and probably will.


Right, had forgotten about that. In fact it's likely the team won't be around in 2014. Still though, I don't think they will put too much pressure on him to do the Tour, especially not if Andy doesn't show some signs of his old level returning before the Giro. And some good results would still help get their title sponsors name out there.
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01 Feb 2013 15:00

where would he leave off to though?? doesnt he have a good relationship with guercilena?? its not like bruyneel is in charge anymore
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01 Feb 2013 15:56

gruppeto993 wrote:where would he leave off to though?? doesnt he have a good relationship with guercilena?? its not like bruyneel is in charge anymore


Was rumored he was going back to Saxo, but couldn't get out of his contract. Cance and Guercilena have a good relationship I believe, they worked together when he turned pro with Mapei and at the Olympics this year.

Here's a video of him talking about Guercilena and the team.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/video-cancellara-says-guercilena-has-shaken-up-the-house
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01 Feb 2013 16:15

No. He's fed up of towing the Schlecks around France and will make the right decision this time.
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01 Feb 2013 16:35

the asian wrote:No. He's fed up of towing the Schlecks around France and will make the right decision this time.


More or less he said: "I'm going to think on my goals.


He is not gonna waste a peak for the brothers anymore.
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01 Feb 2013 20:50

the worlds are very hilly this year. So he has to drop a lot of weight and try to be in Mendrisio form or he has nothing better to do after the cobbles than the Tour...

Besides, how many TT in the Tour did Cancellara won? Not so much. He rides for an American team, so their tacticks are as much Tour-focussed as the former Rabobank.
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01 Feb 2013 21:00

Matthijs wrote:the worlds are very hilly this year. So he has to drop a lot of weight and try to be in Mendrisio form or he has nothing better to do after the cobbles than the Tour...

Besides, how many TT in the Tour did Cancellara won? Not so much. He rides for an American team, so their tacticks are as much Tour-focussed as the former Rabobank.


True. I don't know what else is there for him to target after the cobbled classics apart from the tour. Perhaps he wants to win another world TT? I mean the races during the second part of the season are either stage races or hilly classics like lombardia. I doubt these are his targets.
by riding the tour, he has nothing to lose.
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