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2013, Paris - Roubaix: 254Km

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Winner?

Poll ended at 08 Apr 2013 02:02

Roelandts
3
1%
Kristoff
9
3%
Paolini
1
0%
Haussler
6
2%
Cancellara
172
61%
Thomas
8
3%
EBH
13
5%
Chavanel
17
6%
Pozzato
5
2%
Vino (other; specify)
46
16%
 
Total votes : 280

04 Apr 2013 15:50

will10 wrote:I love how a bit of hype from jens attacks suddenly has Gaudin as a favourite for Roubaix. Kinda like how 30% of the CQ game contenders picked Ospina after some brutal hype from Ryo.


bernaudeau said about him that he will be monster strong in roubaix. we'll see
anyway cancellara should be terrified by him
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04 Apr 2013 15:51

Cancellara would beat Gaudin with 2 broken fingers.
Ryo Hazuki wrote:horrible. boonen just the same guy as years before and this course is too hard for him. that's why he rode like a coward there were at least 3 guys stronger than boonen today and none of them won: sagan, ballan, pozzato


The Hitch wrote:Goss will woop boonens candy a[color="Black"]ss[/color] in a sprint he cares about, any day of the week
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04 Apr 2013 15:53

El Pistolero wrote:Cancellara would beat Gaudin with 2 broken fingers.

Gaudin's fingers?
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04 Apr 2013 15:58

El Pistolero wrote:Cancellara would beat Gaudin with 2 broken fingers.

at the rate he's been falling this past week, your theory may be tested...
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04 Apr 2013 16:01

El Pistolero wrote:Cancellara would beat Gaudin with 2 broken fingers.

Only if Gaudin is without shoes;)
Cancellara is like The Black Album. Really good but way overrated.
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04 Apr 2013 16:03

El Pistolero wrote:Cancellara would beat Gaudin with 2 broken fingers.


when gaudin will attack it will be fabian doing a leukemans gesture. it will be brutal stuff
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04 Apr 2013 16:10

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04 Apr 2013 16:26

If there weren't cameras there we would never have heard about it. I mean its not like pro riders never fall off their bike during training.
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04 Apr 2013 16:28

Der Effe wrote:Cancellara just crashed in a training ride.

I'm starting to think Canc won't win this. Being such an overwhelming favorite could wind up working against him. Devolder is going to play a critical role, I think. And now, he has his 2nd crash in a few days. No telling what effect they might have but they certainly can't help.
Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Really missing Boom in this poll. I know he didn't look convincing in E3/RVV, but he didn't last years either, and still did good in Roubaix.

Lanark wrote:People like EBH, Van Avermaet, Haussler and Paolini have no place on that poll ahead of guys like Vansummeren, Boom and Flecha.

There were almost 20 guys who were on the list to go on the poll without too much separating them. In the end, I mostly went with my personal predictions. It really hurt me to leave Flecha out but I would be thrilled to be wrong. First thought I had when it was done was "DT won't be happy without a Dutch option, particularly Boom." I have no faith in Vansummeren.

del1962 wrote:We need a Poll as to who will be the top placed rider other than Fabian


In retrospect, that would have made for a much more interesting poll. Of course the choice for the 9 would have been that much harder and more contentious.
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04 Apr 2013 16:29

yeah but Thomas and EBH really have no place in that poll. Considering past results alone and just look at Boom last 2 years. Oh well :P
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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04 Apr 2013 16:30

I have a feeling about EBH.
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04 Apr 2013 16:35

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:yeah but Thomas and EBH really have no place in that poll. Considering past results alone and just look at Boom last 2 years. Oh well :P

Sometimes current form is more important than past results...but not for P-R. Skills on the cobbles is everything here, so I think Boom will at least be top 10 even if his form is ****. Same with Hushovd, really.
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04 Apr 2013 16:38

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:yeah but Thomas and EBH really have no place in that poll. Considering past results alone and just look at Boom last 2 years. Oh well :P


It wouldn't matter if Boom was included though, as more than half of all votes go to Cancellara anyhow. There are 20-30 riders who could profit when Cancellara's in trouble, but it's just a guess who'll benefit the most IF that happens. Could be anyone from Roelandts to Thomas. We could as well have a podium of EBH, Hushovd and Kristoff, it can get really ridiculous.
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04 Apr 2013 16:46

To be honest: this could be an awesome race if Cancellara was indeed somehow taken down.
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04 Apr 2013 17:08

Pancake flat profile... meh, bunch sprint.
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04 Apr 2013 17:14

Descender wrote:Pancake flat profile... meh, bunch sprint.

Wonder if OPQS has sorted out their train.
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04 Apr 2013 17:28

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:yeah but Thomas and EBH really have no place in that poll. Considering past results alone and just look at Boom last 2 years. Oh well :P


Well, last year Boom exploded after 257 km, it is very likely that he will explode at some point :D
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04 Apr 2013 18:32

kjetilraknerud wrote:Do you base that on Stannard's RVV performance, where he almost was top 100? He seems to only do well in terrible weather, so the weather forecast works against him.

Thomas or EBH probably won't win the race, but they are still the best options for Sky IMO.


Nope, based on horses for courses. ATMO Stannard or Hayman will be best placed of the Sky riders.
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04 Apr 2013 18:47

Cimber wrote:Video of Fabian's crash on the cobbles today:

http://nieuws.vtm.be/sport/2013040442717-cancellara-valt-bekijk-de-beelden


the way he's holding his left arms, looks worrying a bit, but this one happened 3 days away from the race, so I personally don't see as a mayor set back, in comparison to the one he had on Wednesday.....
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04 Apr 2013 18:47

Ok guys, I bet everything on Pippo Pozzato. This time he's gonna shine, you'll see.

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