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

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12 Feb 2013 16:33

Waterloo Sunrise wrote:Tough call on who will win the climb - JTL, Henao or Uran.


Henao has a better shape
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12 Feb 2013 16:56

I am planning to go see the ITT on Sunday in Tavira, I just got to book the bus tickets.

Hopefully I can get some good shots, then I will post them here
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12 Feb 2013 21:36

TeoSheva wrote:Henao has a better shape

But the climb is perfect for JTL.
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13 Feb 2013 07:33

henao is the same type of rider as tiernan locke is, except henao can also climb long climbs
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13 Feb 2013 08:32

theyoungest wrote:But the climb is perfect for JTL.


1st and 2nd is fine for me (since I have both of them in my fantasy game, but I would prefer JTL 1st because I have him also in cq game :D)

anyway, I agree with Ryo, maybe JTL is a bit faster than Henao
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13 Feb 2013 10:12

Id take JTL as well. 2 stages Cavendish, one Tony Martin and one to Tiernan Locke to beat Machado & Costa ?

Costa to put in the time trial of his life to win the Overall ? :)

everyone agree on that :)
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13 Feb 2013 10:13

wheelie1977 wrote:Id take JTL as well. 2 stages Cavendish, one Tony Martin and one to Tiernan Locke to beat Machado & Costa ?

Costa to put in the time trial of his life to win the Overall ? :)

everyone agree on that :)

Tony Martin will win the overall, that's pretty much a given already. A 30 k time trial to offset a 3 k climb...

And Henao will certainly be among the top-3 on the uphill finish.
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13 Feb 2013 11:42

wheelie1977 wrote:Id take JTL as well. 2 stages Cavendish, one Tony Martin and one to Tiernan Locke to beat Machado & Costa ?

Costa to put in the time trial of his life to win the Overall ? :)

everyone agree on that :)


looks sound.

Who else on starters list can compete for the podium on the 2 sprint stages? not a lot of household names... any suggestions?
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13 Feb 2013 12:31

All I know is Westra will come in second.
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13 Feb 2013 19:01

wookster wrote:looks sound.

Who else on starters list can compete for the podium on the 2 sprint stages? not a lot of household names... any suggestions?


Bos is listed on the start list, maybe Boeckmans.
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13 Feb 2013 19:03

for the sprints nizzolo will be there for radioshack. But he isn't that good when competing with the best sprinters.
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13 Feb 2013 19:04

who else might be good for the ITT apart from martin and westra?
And Woet Poels is competing too.
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13 Feb 2013 19:05

will rtp broadcast the race live? or only eurosport highlights?

never mind, i found it...only highlights
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13 Feb 2013 19:06

gruppeto993 wrote:who else might be good for the ITT apart from martin and westra?
And Woet Poels is competing too.


Kelderman :cool:
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13 Feb 2013 19:08

Cav really wants another MSR! Only a fool would believe that interview. Lot's of races, lighter, wining since race 1, add Boonen's injury... Cav fools no one.
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13 Feb 2013 19:46

pedromartins wrote:Cav really wants another MSR! Only a fool would believe that interview. Lot's of races, lighter, wining since race 1, add Boonen's injury... Cav fools no one.


Do you really think Cav thinks he can beat Sagan?
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13 Feb 2013 19:48

gruppeto993 wrote:who else might be good for the ITT apart from martin and westra?
And Woet Poels is competing too.


Dowsett (although he was a little sick this week), Castroviejo, Costa, Kelderman, Oliveira, Kloden?, Sergent? Boaro, Chavanel?, Kwiatkowski?, Chernetskiy? although some of them are normally better in shorter TTs and I dont know about the form of most of them.
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13 Feb 2013 19:49

ILovecycling wrote:Do you really think Cav thinks he can beat Sagan?


Good one. In a flat sprint yes Cav will beat Sagan. But not in milan san remo with that descent and the poggio. The only person who I think is capable of beating sagan in milan san remo is cancellara. But Im not sure how.
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13 Feb 2013 19:50

gruppeto993 wrote:Good one. In a flat sprint yes Cav will beat Sagan. But not in milan san remo with that descent and the poggio. The only person who I think is capable of beating sagan in milan san remo is cancellara. But Im not sure how.

I don't know if you remember Cav's win, but that was a pretty impressive sprint. If he arrives with the same kind of form, why not.
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13 Feb 2013 19:50

gruppeto993 wrote:Good one. In a flat sprint yes Cav will beat Sagan. But not in milan san remo with that descent and the poggio. The only person who I think is capable of beating sagan in milan san remo is cancellara. But Im not sure how.


So only 2 people will start Milan-San Remo? :o

MSR is a lottery race, there are a lot of possible scenario's. Sagan could've won last year as well.
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