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16 Feb 2013 15:46

maltiv wrote:1. Hushovd
2. Slagter
3. Vichot


Good to see Slagter near the top again.
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16 Feb 2013 15:46

maltiv wrote:1. Hushovd
2. Slagter
3. Vichot


So it was a tough finish? Or uphill sprint? Looking very promising for hushovd.
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16 Feb 2013 15:46

Wow slagter is on fire. Great result.
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16 Feb 2013 15:47

Bushman wrote:So it was a tough finish? Or uphill sprint? Looking very promising for hushovd.


Look at the first post.
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16 Feb 2013 15:47

gruppeto993 wrote:Wow slagter is on fire. Great result.


It's not that really surpsing. If you are on form in TdU you'll be on top form in February and March. As Gerrans showed last year.

The question is, will he be at this shape when Ardennes come.
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16 Feb 2013 15:48

Dazed and Confused wrote:so the big Norwegian is ready to rock and roll. Get ready for MSR action.


And by action you mean total boredom? :rolleyes: He usually doesn't contribute to any attacks in Classics. I regret not having picked him for my CQ-team with the form he's got now, just to make his victories somewhat bearable. :o
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16 Feb 2013 15:52

Pentacycle wrote:And by action you mean total boredom? :rolleyes: He usually doesn't contribute to any attacks in Classics. I regret not picking him for my CQ-team with the form he's got now, just to make his victories somewhat bearable. :o


lol, Hushovd, Pozatto etc, all wheelsuckers no question. It will be up to others to make the race now that these will hang around like dirt on a CX bike.
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16 Feb 2013 16:00

Thor :eek: Impossible
"The second place is not good."
The great Alberto Contador :p
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16 Feb 2013 16:04

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16 Feb 2013 16:07

Tomorrow's stage is rather easy, isn't it? So Hushovd should have the overall in the bag, more or less?
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16 Feb 2013 16:07

Justin Pain wrote:Image


Hushovd looks lean and pretty mean here. Well done.
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16 Feb 2013 16:07

Dazed and Confused wrote:lol, Hushovd, Pozatto etc, all wheelsuckers no question. It will be up to others to make the race now that these will hang around like dirt on a CX bike.


At least Pozzato attacks once in a while, like on the Kwaremont last year. Boonen was the 'Shadow' there.
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16 Feb 2013 16:11

maltiv wrote:Tomorrow's stage is rather easy, isn't it? So Hushovd should have the overall in the bag, more or less?


No, it´s 50k longer and much harder than today... Romain Hardy didn´t survive last year, a rider like Hushovd could possibly. It also doesn´t finish uphill this time.
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16 Feb 2013 16:14

Pentacycle wrote:At least Pozzato attacks once in a while, like on the Kwaremont last year. Boonen was the 'Shadow' there.


well, I have both in the same category. There are moments of action (Hushovd in TdF a few years back), Pozzato last year, but these are rare. Maybe this year they will be inspired. Lets see.
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16 Feb 2013 16:18

Dazed and Confused wrote:well, I have both in the same category. There are moments of action (Hushovd in TdF a few years back), Pozzato last year, but these are rare. Maybe this year they will be inspired. Lets see.


In the TdF he attacks because his flat sprint has become weak, but in the classics I can't remember him ever taking the initiative.
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16 Feb 2013 16:22

Pentacycle wrote:In the TdF he attacks because his flat sprint has become weak, but in the classics I can't remember him ever taking the initiative.

He initiated the attack in P-R 2009 which left him alone with Boonen (everyone else fell, though). Then Hushovd fell too.

He also attacked in RVV 2011 (before he was dropped straight afterwards) and P-R 2011 (Cancellara countered and attacked 250 times in a row). So yeah, let's not exaggerate. Hushovd is not nearly as strong as Boonen and Cancellara, you can't expect him to attack as much as they do. That would be ridiculous.
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16 Feb 2013 16:23

RHRH19861986 wrote:No, it´s 50k longer and much harder than today... Romain Hardy didn´t survive last year, a rider like Hushovd could possibly. It also doesn´t finish uphill this time.


Is it though? It's got more difficult climbs in it, but far away from the finish......
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16 Feb 2013 16:35

Dazed and Confused wrote:well, I have both in the same category. There are moments of action (Hushovd in TdF a few years back), but these are rare.


Thor stage win in Lourdes 2011 after the attack, alone, over Soulor and Aubisque was one of the best I've seen
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16 Feb 2013 16:37

Wow Thor is Back!!!! He showed briefly in San Luis(?) but this is real--a Win!!!

BMC coming good....Evans, Phil, Thor and Phinney all showing form early :)
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16 Feb 2013 16:45

brilleaben wrote:Thor is aiming for the Ardennes instead of cobbles this year.


That doesn't make any sense.
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