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17 Apr 2013 07:04

Top10 in the Vuelta lock it in.
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17 Apr 2013 07:13

Ferminal wrote:Top10 in the Vuelta lock it in.


I forgot to mention last week that his DS implied that he was going for the double in Firenze. :eek: As far as I know both Martin and Wiggins target the TT as well, so... yeah. The Clinic will go nuts if that happens.
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17 Apr 2013 07:13

I thought he told the press multiple times he wouldn't ride it? Or am I imagining things?
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17 Apr 2013 07:20

18-Valve. (pithy) wrote:I forgot to mention last week that his DS implied that he was going for the double in Firenze. :eek: As far as I know both Martin and Wiggins target the TT as well, so... yeah. The Clinic will go nuts if that happens.


The ITT will be just as hard for him to win as the RR. If he wants to win one he will have to focus everything on that discipline which means the other will suffer. So yeh, hilarious if he won both.
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17 Apr 2013 07:36

He must be annoyed that all the GTs have removed their prologue ITTs for this year
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17 Apr 2013 07:38

The TT would be cool to win again, but winning the RR should be the main goal. He has not won it before, and he needs it (and a few things more) to get a perfect palmares for the classics, which is what he aims for.
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17 Apr 2013 08:01

Afrank wrote: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.


Andy will be domestique for Tiago Machado
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17 Apr 2013 09:51

The Blues wrote:The TT would be cool to win again, but winning the RR should be the main goal. He has not won it before, and he needs it (and a few things more) to get a perfect palmares for the classics, which is what he aims for.


no chance for the road race this year. only if he will become a climber until then which i highly doubt. those aren't one minute paterberg efforts, it's a 10 minutes climb done 10 times or something
it will be italia versus espana all the way. and colombia of course
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17 Apr 2013 10:07

jens_attacks wrote:no chance for the road race this year. only if he will become a climber until then which i highly doubt. those aren't one minute paterberg efforts, it's a 10 minutes climb done 10 times or something
it will be italia versus espana all the way. and colombia of course



That's probably very true this year. I was also talking about Cancellara's career in general, but I know it will become difficult the next couple of years.
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17 Apr 2013 10:14

After PR Dirk Demol was asked what Cancellara's next big goal is. According to him he would focus on the double at the Worlds :D This is in line with that imo.


- oh s/o else already mentioned :o
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17 Apr 2013 10:21

they said beijing was too hard for canclelara as well :rolleyes: he's a monster. he won tuir de suisse. he can do it for sure.
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17 Apr 2013 10:29

Ryo Hazuki wrote:they said beijing was too hard for canclelara as well :rolleyes: he's a monster. he won tuir de suisse. he can do it for sure.


he won the 09 tour the suisse because the course was hand made for him, he wouldn't have won any other edition that i can think of.
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17 Apr 2013 10:35

That course suited him really well, but he was still easily among the best 10 climbers in that race, even if the climbs weren't that difficult. He was crazy good that race.
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17 Apr 2013 10:47

Parrulo wrote:he won the 09 tour the suisse because the course was hand made for him, he wouldn't have won any other edition that i can think of.


I know that, but still the course was hard of course. it wasn't like he won out of 8 flat stages and 2 itt's. not by a long shot, just look at the names he beat.
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17 Apr 2013 10:58

Canc is certainly good in the hills, but this year's Worlds really has a very hard course. I know, they say that every time, but this one looks like a pure climbers race. To compete against them with his 80 kg frame will be difficult, he'll have to do a lot of daredevil descents.
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17 Apr 2013 10:59

Ryo Hazuki wrote:I know that, but still the course was hard of course. it wasn't like he won out of 8 flat stages and 2 itt's. not by a long shot, just look at the names he beat.


The course had 3 selective medium mountain stages and close to 50km's of itt so it lacked the only real thing cancellara is bad at and something suisse has plenty of, which are HC and proper 1st cat mountains.

Still is undeniable that he was on some monster shape at the time, we just have to look at the huge time he put into everyone on the prologue and ITT.

I just think we should always put some context into his suisse win.

Either way i am not so sure he will be fully capable of handling the worlds course as it is even harder then mendrisio with a proper 5k climb and a steep wall plus some really tough climbs before getting into the circuit.

But coming from him i would no longer be surprised :o
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17 Apr 2013 12:23

Interesting plan by cancellara, hope that focusing completely on worlds ends up working out for him. Hard to see him winning the road race, but if there is one 82kg rider that could do it, it's Fabain Cancellara.

Actually kinda glad he won't be competing in the Tour the more I think about it. It's awkward position on the calender doesn't make riding it too much of a benefit for him, especially since he has to ride the Vuelta to get good preparation for worlds.
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17 Apr 2013 12:44

+1 Not riding le Tour is the right decision
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17 Apr 2013 14:04

Ferminal wrote:Stayed faithful to the end, well done. Better go delete my post on the first page before anyone finds it :D

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Will we get a third of these posts or will you just quote your first post? :D :p
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17 Apr 2013 14:19

I voted yes.

I think Cancellara shouldn't miss the 100th Tour de France edition, despite i didn't like him, he's been a classic presence on Le Tour for many years and he'll probably try to "steal" a stage, probably stage 4 TTT or stage 11 ITT to be on the podium. :cool:

So i'm surprised with that news.
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