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

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08 Feb 2013 22:03

theyoungest wrote: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.


Ok, bring him to some hard terrain and lets see what he can do. Giro?
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08 Feb 2013 22:06

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?


Would be the obvious choice but Wilco works in mysterious ways!
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08 Feb 2013 22:12

35km of ITT to offset a 3km climb? Route stinks.

It's like organisers have decided that to counter Zomegnan's craziness and Guillén's overdosing on MTFs they have to make every other race on the calendar totally suck for climbers.
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08 Feb 2013 22:12

The route sucks, however hopefully Henao takes his first win at Sky here. Martin to win this easily however.
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08 Feb 2013 22:28

Waterloo Sunrise wrote:Cav's doing a crazy amount of early season racing.


Especially as he's also listed as doing a concurrent race, a couple of thousand miles away.
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08 Feb 2013 22:30

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08 Feb 2013 22:32

King Of The Wolds wrote:Especially as he's also listed as doing a concurrent race, a couple of thousand miles away.


oh hell, let him do the first three stages in Oman and head for Portugal. He will likely drag a few more fans to the scene/telly for the flat stages.
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08 Feb 2013 23:37

King Of The Wolds wrote:Especially as he's also listed as doing a concurrent race, a couple of thousand miles away.


I did originally make that point, but then checked and he's been delisted from Oman.
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09 Feb 2013 04:16

Dazed and Confused wrote:like I said, hard terrain.


Don't worry, he'll be at the Giro this year.
You'll just have to be patient until then.
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09 Feb 2013 04:41

Martin, Kelderman and Costa are the favourites in my view. Pity Porte is doing Oman- he could have gone well here.

Machado i hope can get a stage win- he, Uran and Kruijswijk will be the strongest climbers.

Menchov and Kloden could feature if they have form as well.
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09 Feb 2013 08:50

some great news. national team of angola will also ride
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09 Feb 2013 09:41

obvious TAWK win is obvious
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09 Feb 2013 10:48

Ryo Hazuki wrote:some great news. national team of angola will also ride

Wow even at cycling Angola is taking over Portugal :D
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09 Feb 2013 11:17

trevim wrote:Wow even at cycling Angola is taking over Portugal :D


lol

cycling is pretty big sport in angola. they have number of professional clubs (benfica luanda). their best rider is igor alberto silva. they never ride outside of angola and sao tome though. so it's hard to know what level they are. will be interesting to see. of course they won't be a factor but would be nice if they could finish the race and stay a bit for the less strong portugese races coming up in march
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09 Feb 2013 12:26

Ryo Hazuki wrote:lol

cycling is pretty big sport in angola. they have number of professional clubs (benfica luanda). their best rider is igor alberto silva. they never ride outside of angola and sao tome though. so it's hard to know what level they are. will be interesting to see. of course they won't be a factor but would be nice if they could finish the race and stay a bit for the less strong portugese races coming up in march

I had no idea cycling was so popular in Angola. I can see it already, the Volta a Portugal is doomed to be sponsored by some big company from there. At least the race won't die if we can get them interested :)
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09 Feb 2013 16:01

1.Machado
2.Costa
3.Martin
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10 Feb 2013 20:58

“Originally we thought Algarve, but there was some dispute whether or not if it was on, so we just decided to do this. It’s more to have the race days, really. That was that,” Wiggins explained.

I hope this is a warn signal for the organization, sponsors and everyone involved in the race. Get it together sooner next year; I know it's not easy and we're lucky to have a race but still this is very important.
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12 Feb 2013 15:58

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12 Feb 2013 16:31

Tough call on who will win the climb - JTL, Henao or Uran.
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