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16 Feb 2013 11:14

I say the finale of RVV and MSR will consist of sagan and cancellara with the latter pulling and the former winning the sprint. Cancellara will take PR solo with Boonen in the top 10 and Phinney on the podium.
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16 Feb 2013 11:25

I'm hoping for a good performance by Matti and Styby.
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16 Feb 2013 11:47

I completely forgot Slagter- i expect him to podium at F-W.
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

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16 Feb 2013 13:17

Boonen to win Het Volk! _O_
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16 Feb 2013 13:23

the asian wrote:With Boonen's injury struggles and Cancellara's poor early season form, we might get a exciting and open, cobbled classics season.

For the Ardennes, it will be interesting to see impact of the new finish and the rumoured alterations to the latter stages of the course.

For LBL, I'm expecting a Gilbert victory.


How you know he is in poor form?
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16 Feb 2013 13:24

MSR is probably going to be whether Sagan's chase group can catch Nibali's lead group. Nibali almost certainly will not win unless he somehow gets away solo, so I see it as either someone Nibali takes with him when he attacks on the Poggio, could even be Gerrans again, or Sagan.
I go with Sagan.
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16 Feb 2013 14:26

iZnoGouD wrote:How you know he is in poor form?


he doesn't.

i
expect Fabian to win the Ronde
cant wait to see how Sagan does there
've lost faith in Breschel
was looking forward to see a strong Ballan again..
hope Pippo will have a strong classic campaign again. long live The Shadow :D
hope to see a Vanmarcke vs Cancellara battle somewhere

btw, if Pippo does do well: how weird is it gonna be to see a Lampre rider in the lead group in a cobbled classic?!
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16 Feb 2013 14:45

I dont see why people are predicting a sagan win in RVV when cancellara is racing there too. Cancellara isnt stupid to drag sagan with him only to get outsprinted in the finale. I think he will attack from far out or send devolder so that sagan will have to chase. Anyway we ll see.
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16 Feb 2013 14:52

gruppeto993 wrote:I dont see why people are predicting a sagan win in RVV when cancellara is racing there too. Cancellara isnt stupid to drag sagan with him only to get outsprinted in the finale. I think he will attack from far out or send devolder so that sagan will have to chase. Anyway we ll see.


http://cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/race.asp?raceid=21834
http://cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/race.asp?raceid=21625
http://cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/race.asp?raceid=19979
http://cqranking.com/men/asp/gen/race.asp?raceid=21979

:p
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16 Feb 2013 14:54



Yes i know but he has a stronger team this year and will not allow this to happen again. This outsprinting thing never happened back in saxobank because he had a stronger team. This year he has devolder,gallopin,hondo to help.
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16 Feb 2013 14:59

Gilbert
"I worry about myself. What counts is the shape of your rivals in the week before a big race. I don’t care if Sagan is stronger than me at the moment. If he's still stronger than me at Flèche Brabançonne (on April 10, just before the Ardennes week) then I have a problem. But that will not be the case."


Wow,rivalry and confidence.Looking forward to this battles :cool:;)
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16 Feb 2013 15:23

ILovecycling wrote:Gilbert


Wow,rivalry and confidence.Looking forward to this battles :cool:;)


That first part is incorrectly translated. He does not say that he 'worries about himself', but he says something along the lines of 'I look only at my own condition'.

He is very confident :cool:

EDIT: Or actually that seems to be a different interview where he kind of says the same thing, because in the (dutch) one I read he talked about RVV instead of Brabantse Pijl.
"It is going to be very scary." - Tom Boonen*
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16 Feb 2013 15:28

ILovecycling wrote:Gilbert


Wow,rivalry and confidence.Looking forward to this battles :cool:;)


I can see it happening :cool:

http://youtu.be/aJintCgzG5o?t=2m48s
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16 Feb 2013 15:32

I thought Sagan said he would only ride AGR though?
"It is going to be very scary." - Tom Boonen*
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16 Feb 2013 16:05

Panda Claws wrote:I thought Sagan said he would only ride AGR though?


Correct, was the first thing I thought, too... At Brabantse Piil, Sagans spring is nearly over, he closes with Amstel.

Furthermore, I doubt he´ll do Brabant (1.HC) at all.
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16 Feb 2013 16:32

If Boonen is not 100% Chavanel might be surprisingly good.
"It is going to be very scary." - Tom Boonen*
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16 Feb 2013 18:12

Panda Claws wrote:I thought Sagan said he would only ride AGR though?


I think you're right. His main races are MSR, RVV, and AGR. I know he's not racing PR, and I'm pretty sure he's skipping LBL. Damn, that's a lot of alphabet soup.
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16 Feb 2013 18:26

Well, I´m going to be the first to predict Cav for MSR

I know he is talking down his chances, but to me, thats just a sign of increasing maturity.....there´s no point bigging your chances up ´cause they´ll just watch out for you (and drop you!)

Can´t wait....funny how dreadful the winter has been with all the revelations and that, and now we´re cycling again, feels great!:D
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16 Feb 2013 18:51

Mad Elephant Man wrote:MSR is probably going to be whether Sagan's chase group can catch Nibali's lead group. Nibali almost certainly will not win unless he somehow gets away solo, so I see it as either someone Nibali takes with him when he attacks on the Poggio, could even be Gerrans again, or Sagan.
I go with Sagan.


Not sure Nibali will neccesarily drop Sagan on the Poggio. Last year Sagan was kind of handcuffed - it was his job to sit back and try to get the chasing group to give Nibbles a podium spot or drag him to the line fresh.
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16 Feb 2013 18:52

Shame that Gilbert isn't targeting MSR and RVV more, he could win 4 of the 5.
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