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2013 Volta ao Algarve (14th-17th February), 2.1

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2013 Volta ao Algarve (14th-17th February), 2.1

08 Feb 2013 19:57

Etapa 1: Faro - Albufeira, 198,8 km

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Etapa 2: Lagoa - Lagoa, 195 km

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Etapa 3: Portimão - Alto do Malhão, 193 km

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Etapa 4: Castro Marim - Tavira, 34,8 km (Contrarrelógio individual)

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Teams

Blanco Pro Cycling (Bos, Kelderman, Kruijswijk)
Euskaltel-Euskadi (Mestre)
Movistar Team (Costa)
Omega Pharma-Quick Step (Cavendish, Martin, Chavanel)
RadioShack-Leopard (Machado, Klöden)
Team Saxo-Tinkoff
Sky (Henao, Uran)
Vacansoleil-DCM (De Gendt, Westra)
Caja Rural
Colombia
Team Katusha (Kolobnev, Menchov)
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise
UnitedHealthcare
Carmim-Tavira
Efapel-Glassdrive
LA Alumínios-Antarte
Louletano-Dunas Douradas
OFM-Quinta da Lixa
Rádio Popular-Onda
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08 Feb 2013 20:07

Go Klodi!!! A good course for him if he has rediscovered his time trialling legs over the off season :-)
In top grade professional cycling (and in life) it is virtually impossible to be a major winner whilst being 100% clean (or honest). Most GC GT riders are simply doing what they love whilst playing the game.

I'm a huge Kloden fan (or a Klodist) - despite the fact that he rode for Telekom/T-Mobile, Astana and Radioshack :)

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08 Feb 2013 20:13

Gotta give Cav credit. The guy got a bit of catch up to do after '12. A race with 1 or two flat stages? No problem, Cav will come along and clean up.

Anyway, Tony Martin FTW by a distance.
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08 Feb 2013 20:14

if martin has his 2011 climbing legs he is by far the too favourite, only way he could lose this is by losing over 2 minutes on malhão.
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08 Feb 2013 20:22

Parrulo wrote:if martin has his 2011 climbing legs he is by far the too favourite, only way he could lose this is by losing over 2 minutes on malhão.


do we have any details of the climb?
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08 Feb 2013 20:25

iirc malhão is something like 3k at 9%, maybe a bit shorter so it's more a hill then a proper climb.

it's a shame to see this race having so many financial problems every year. if they had some money they could certainly use other better climbs in that area as well.
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08 Feb 2013 20:32

Cav's doing a crazy amount of early season racing.
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08 Feb 2013 20:35

Parrulo wrote:iirc malhão is something like 3k at 9%, maybe a bit shorter so it's more a hill then a proper climb.

it's a shame to see this race having so many financial problems every year. if they had some money they could certainly use other better climbs in that area as well.


I like stage 3, these hills are enough if the riders wants to race. However the balance overall... not good.
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08 Feb 2013 20:44

i really don't understand why the hell did they add a full 10km to the itt :o
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08 Feb 2013 20:44

TAWK to dominate
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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08 Feb 2013 20:51

Parrulo wrote:i really don't understand why the hell did they add a full 10km to the itt :o


getting just 30s back in mountains these days seems to be one hell of a task.
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08 Feb 2013 20:52

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:TAWK to dominate


dare I ask?

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08 Feb 2013 21:07

Dazed and Confused wrote:dare I ask?

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The Amazing Wilco Kelderman.

BTW, you asked about Malhao: even last year, when Tony Martin was climbing like a brick for most of the season, he made the top-10 on Malhao. That's how hard that climb is. And judging by the Mallorcan races, his climbing legs are back.
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08 Feb 2013 21:14

theyoungest wrote:The Amazing Wilco Kelderman.

BTW, you asked about Malhao: even last year, when Tony Martin was climbing like a brick for most of the season, he made the top-10 on Malhao. That's how hard that climb is. And judging by the Mallorcan races, his climbing legs are back.


Thanks.
stage 3 looks good for some hilly action, but clearly we need a serious climbing stage somewhere to balance the long TT. Hell Bert Grabsch could almost win this GC.
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08 Feb 2013 21:18

All hail the great Wilco! _O_

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08 Feb 2013 21:36

Look at his Wilco's face, it's soft as velvet. I could write a poem about it. No doubt about it he'll win this race but just maybe he'll let some guys pass and go for a top 10 to not ruin their confidence completely. It's still early season.
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08 Feb 2013 21:43

Der Effe wrote:Look at his Wilco's face, it's soft as velvet. I could write a poem about it. No doubt about it he'll win this race but just maybe he'll let some guys pass and go for a top 10 to not ruin their confidence completely. It's still early season.

Indeed. But who do you think he will gift it to? Tony didn't really have the best season last year, so maybe he will gift it to him, no?
Cancellara is like The Black Album. Really good but way overrated.
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08 Feb 2013 21:44

Netserk wrote:Indeed. But who do you think he will gift it to? Tony didn't really have the best season last year, so maybe he will gift it to him, no?


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08 Feb 2013 21:48

Netserk wrote:All hail the great Wilco! _O_

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way too soft for me. This boy can't make it. Where are the scars? Any record of broken bones?

Damn, instead of interval training he will be at the manicure shop.
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08 Feb 2013 21:51

Dazed and Confused wrote:way too soft for me. This boy can't make it. Where are the scars? Any record of broken bones?

Damn, instead of interval training he will be at the manicure shop.

He's had his share of broken collar bones/wrist/what have you. But he still dominated the U23 scene. So I guess there is something angelic about him.
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