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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013, 23 Feb, (198 km) 1.HC

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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013, 23 Feb, (198 km) 1.HC

19 Feb 2013 14:29

The season finally begins for fans of the classics, I hope it's not too early for a race thread.

PRELIMINARY START LIST

THE ROUTE WITH HILLS AND COBBLED SECTIONS

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WINNERS LAST FIVE EDITIONS:
2012: Vanmarcke
2011: Langeveld
2010: Flecha
2009: Hushovd
2008: Gilbert

So who are the favourites? Note that there's no Radioshack or Cannondale. Without Canc and Sagan this could be one of few opportunities left for anyone else, especially since Boonen is probably not quite there yet and I suppose OPQS will ride for Terpstra/Chavanel.

My bet is the winner will come from one of these: Terpstra, Boom, Roelandts, Pozzato or Flecha. The first four have shown good form lately and I mention Flecha since he always does well here. Maybe someone from SKY can do something and after Haut Var I'm hoping for something from Hushovd. I'm not sure what Vanmarcke's form is like, hopefully he's going for a later peak this year. I expect some Belgian ProConti guys to do top 10 as well.

Some other outsiders are Gatto, GVA, Nuyens, Vansummeren, Langeveld, Offredo... Basically I have no idea but am looking forward to it anyhow, hope there will be some nice streams available.
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19 Feb 2013 14:32

Roelandts ftw.
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19 Feb 2013 14:42

I also think Roelandts has a good shot.

My top 3
1 Roelandts
2 Boom
3 Thomas
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19 Feb 2013 14:44

Ruudz0r wrote:I also think Roelandts has a good shot.

My top 3
1 Roelandts
2 Boom
3 Thomas


I agree on the podium too. Outsider: Stybar and GVA
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19 Feb 2013 14:45

It is time to swing the hammer. Hushovd FTW.
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19 Feb 2013 14:57

Dazed and Confused wrote:It is time to swing the hammer. Hushovd FTW.


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19 Feb 2013 14:58

pippo pozzato will smoke them
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19 Feb 2013 15:05

There really are a lot of guys who have a shot at this.

Boom, Vanmarcke, Chavanel, Terpstra, Boonen, Stybar, Roelandts, Chainel, Hushovd, Phinney, GVA, Ladagnous, Offredo, Favilli, Pozzato, Langeveld, Matthews, EBH, Thomas, Stannard, Eisel, Degenkolb, Maaskant, Nuyens, Flecha, Boeckmans, Leukemans, Marcato, Elmiger, Haussler, Kristoff, Paolini, Turgot, Gatto, Ciolek

And thats just with a quick look at the startlist, some are obviously a long shot but this race could be very good!
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19 Feb 2013 15:07

BOOM, Lars.
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19 Feb 2013 15:08

Would have said Hayman will go well but he's out after his Qatar crash.
Too much of a wimp to call it so top 5 of: GVA, Terpstra, Boom, Flecha, Roelandts. Small group sprint.
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19 Feb 2013 15:11

Just looked at the weather forecast. Highs of around freezing with snow flurries.:D Should be fun.

Hushovd. He needs some confidence if he's going to have any chance at P-R.
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19 Feb 2013 15:12

It's time for real kickoff for the season, cant wait to watch :)
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19 Feb 2013 15:23

Hope one of Pippo, Ciolek, Styby, G, Hushovd. Top 5 those guys would be awesome :D
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19 Feb 2013 15:26

Probably between Roelandts, Boom and Hushovd imo. But there's usually a slightly surprising winner in Omloop, so who knows.
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19 Feb 2013 15:28

Would be fun to see Maaskant get back to the level he had before his crash in 2011 P-N.
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19 Feb 2013 15:41

It'll be a Norwegian. Hushovd or Boasson-Hagen.
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19 Feb 2013 16:04

Boom FTW, Thor and Pippo I think could also both take it with their current form. And Stybar I think could go well too, he could even be the surprise winner.
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19 Feb 2013 16:09

Viking wrote:It'll be a Norwegian. Hushovd or Boasson-Hagen.


it will be cold I think, the weak will fall by the wayside.
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19 Feb 2013 16:12

Blanco vs. Quickstep for me :)

Lets see if it's time again for 'The Unstoppable War Machines'

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19 Feb 2013 16:14

Scott SoCal wrote:Just looked at the weather forecast. Highs of around freezing with snow flurries.:D Should be fun.

Hushovd. He needs some confidence if he's going to have any chance at P-R.

Than Stybar, if OPQS support him or at least let him go.
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