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Strade Bianche 2013, March 2nd, 188 kms 1.1

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21 Feb 2013 15:32

maltiv wrote:This was originally one of Nordhaug's main target's of the year, but I'm not sure about his form after his minor knee injury. Also, Slagter might be the man for Blanco if he can survive the gravel this time.

Slagter is a super lightweight guy, I don't know if that's a good thing on the gravel. Nordhaug should be okay, he got through Haut Var without problems (I think?) and as an ex-MTBer and hills specialist this race should suit him.
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21 Feb 2013 15:37

I think it will be Cancellara vs Sagan
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21 Feb 2013 16:02

Gotland wrote:Löfkvist is doing Paris - Nice. Don't think he will start one day earlier in Strade Bianche. But I am not 100% sure. All IAM's biggest name is confirmed to start in Paris-Nice (Elmiger, Haussler, Larsson, Löfkvist and Tschopp).

And as far as I have heard Sagan will not start either.


One less guy that can challenge Cance then I guess. :p

Why would Sagan not start? He's on the roster for TA which is 4 days after SB.
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21 Feb 2013 16:21

Leonardus wrote:I doesn't matter to me who wins this, just watching this great race on tv is enough. If only the Italians finally could buy some good equipment so we can get nice HD pictures. And it's about time this race gets WT status I should say.


Should try and get HC status first.

In the last two years Strade gave a good indication of who will enjoy a good classics season.
Pity that Gilbert and Lofkvist aren't riding. However plenty of top guys in the fray. Really looking forward to it/
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21 Feb 2013 16:42

the asian wrote:Should try and get HC status first.


as they did not care about UCI rules and invited whoever they want it does not really matter anyway
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21 Feb 2013 16:55

theyoungest wrote:Slagter is a super lightweight guy, I don't know if that's a good thing on the gravel. Nordhaug should be okay, he got through Haut Var without problems (I think?) and as an ex-MTBer and hills specialist this race should suit him.

Indeed, but with Slagter's form at the moment you never know. The final hill should be good for him, the question is if he'll get there in the lead group.

Nordhaug was 20th overall in Haut Var, but it's hard to say much about his form from that. This race suits him perfectly though, so I would be surprised if he isn't top 10.
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21 Feb 2013 17:24

Sagan isn't riding. At least not according to what he's said so far. Don't know why, though. Strade Bianche and Roma Maxima would suit him very well.
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21 Feb 2013 17:42

I'll give a blanco signature: This will be either a big Boom or the contenders will get slaughtered :cool: ;)
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21 Feb 2013 18:17

what is the average gradient, length, and name of that last climb?
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21 Feb 2013 18:47

woodenswan wrote:what is the average gradient, length, and name of that last climb?

via Santa Caterina, around 600m at 10% average. Max 16% at the very end.
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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21 Feb 2013 18:54

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We coul end up not seeing any major italian race on RAI this year.

They will find a deal sooner or later. Rai have no competitors. RCS are just trying to stretch the price the longest they can.
A race that doesn't give an attacker the chance to finish it off alone is not a race anymore.


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21 Feb 2013 18:59

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@StradeBianche and @RomaMaxima will be broadcast live in all five continents. Next week we'll provide you all the details.
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21 Feb 2013 19:03

Eshnar wrote:via Santa Caterina, around 600m at 10% average. Max 16% at the very end.


thx a lot!

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Gotland wrote:
And as far as I have heard Sagan will not start either.


source?
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21 Feb 2013 19:21

Valverde is racing this year and he's got good form so I'd put him on the short list of favorites even though I don't recall him doing this one before. Hard to count him out in anything that isn't pan-flat when he's going well.
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22 Feb 2013 01:52

jaylew wrote:Valverde is racing this year and he's got good form so I'd put him on the short list of favorites even though I don't recall him doing this one before. Hard to count him out in anything that isn't pan-flat when he's going well.

the dude is certainly on fire even though we have heard he is going to be pacing himself now till the tour.
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22 Feb 2013 01:57

Dedelou wrote:the dude is certainly on fire even though we have heard he is going to be pacing himself now till the tour.


If Valverde rides, he will likely ride to win. There are very few training rides involved when it comes to El Bala.
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22 Feb 2013 09:43

Sagan will be there according to his official fan page and other sources here in Slovakia.
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22 Feb 2013 09:52

woodenswan wrote:source?


It was in the "rider schedules thread" I think was something about rest before Tirreno. But he is listed on procylcingstats. So he is probally going.
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22 Feb 2013 16:16

Don't think it was posted before. Here's the promo for Strade Bianche 2013:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4SPHdKLrMg&feature=player_embedded
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22 Feb 2013 16:24

SafeBet wrote:Don't think it was posted before. Here's the promo for Strade Bianche 2013:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4SPHdKLrMg&feature=player_embedded


Now that's a great promo. Thanks!
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