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Vuelta 2013 Sprinters

16 Aug 2013 23:05

this is a difficult question this year :D:D:D
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16 Aug 2013 23:23

Janse van Rensburg, Farrar, Howard, Matthews, EBH, Bole, Meersman, Renshaw, Bos, Gerrans, Gilbert.
Bolded are confirmed starting. Doesn't look like anyone so far that can be as dominating as Degenkolb last year. Maybe Matthews or Bos.
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16 Aug 2013 23:37

Afrank wrote:Janse van Rensburg


or Arndt, Nikias
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16 Aug 2013 23:44

Maybe even Sinkeldam.
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17 Aug 2013 03:39

I would look out for Matthews, Farrar, and JvR
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17 Aug 2013 07:04

For the flat finishes, my dark horse is Barry Markus. He should be able to win a stage against this field if he has the Qatar form.
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17 Aug 2013 07:24

is there any chance for genuine sprinters this time, or is it only for people wh can climb and sprint as well?


Also, how good is Arndt is a 3-week race?
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17 Aug 2013 07:49

Afrank wrote:Janse van Rensburg, Farrar, Howard, Matthews, EBH, Bole, Meersman, Renshaw, Bos, Gerrans, Gilbert.
Bolded are confirmed starting. Doesn't look like anyone so far that can be as dominating as Degenkolb last year. Maybe Matthews or Bos.


I like the list quite a bit. Ain't many opportunities for bunch sprints anyway, so this field may give us some surprises and less organised bunch sprints.

Also I would add Soupe, Petit and Hushovd to the list. Hell, Cancellara may be able to steal a win from a late TT style attack.
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17 Aug 2013 09:33

From the provisional startlist from PCS: Hagen/Sutton, Farrar? (if he is not riding Rasmussen/Fernandez/Hunter), Soupe, Bos/Renshaw, Fenn/Meersman, Henderson/Van Der Sande, Arndt/Janse van Rensburg/Sinkeldam, Ratto, Mondory, Richeze/Palini, Blythe/Hushovd, Howard/Matthews, Bole/Markus, Petit, Schorn/Dempster, Lasca
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17 Aug 2013 09:33

Lasca isn't mentioned still? Good sprinter, particulary in this kind of field.
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17 Aug 2013 09:38

Arredondo wrote:Lasca isn't mentioned still? Good sprinter, particulary in this kind of field.


I mentioned him! But I agree he could surprise.
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17 Aug 2013 09:43

Ruudz0r wrote:I mentioned him! But I agree he could surprise.


I saw it immediately after i post my reaction;) I think he can obtain a couple of top 5 finishes.

Matthews en EBH are the favorites for sure, if's Eddy is recovered from his injury of course.
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17 Aug 2013 15:28

Odd how not very long ago Farrar would have been a nailed on favourite to completely dominate a sprinter's field this weak.
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17 Aug 2013 15:30

Zinoviev Letter wrote:Odd how not very long ago Farrar would have been a nailed on favourite to completely dominate a sprinter's field this weak.


Farrar isn't going to start
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17 Aug 2013 15:32

Arredondo wrote:Farrar isn't going to start


When did he last ride a GT? What the hell is wrong with the dude?
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17 Aug 2013 15:35

Zinoviev Letter wrote:When did he last ride a GT? What the hell is wrong with the dude?


Don't know, he rode pretty good at Eneco Tour, so i'm quite surprised that he isn't in the Vuelta squad.
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17 Aug 2013 15:51

What is the real chance for Fenn/Meersman? Meersman i could probably vouch for in the mid-mountain stages, but can he win in bunch sprints?
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17 Aug 2013 18:57

murali wrote:What is the real chance for Fenn/Meersman? Meersman i could probably vouch for in the mid-mountain stages, but can he win in bunch sprints?


He's won a number of reduced bunch sprints or sprints without the top sprinters. At Romandie he took 2 stages beating guys like Gavazzi, Nizzolo, Ferrari, Goss, Van Rensburg. He could do well enough to take a stage in this sprinters field.
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17 Aug 2013 19:02

Zinoviev Letter wrote:Odd how not very long ago Farrar would have been a nailed on favourite to completely dominate a sprinter's field this weak.


First thing I thought as well, saw his name on a preliminary startlist somehwere and thought maybe he could be the one to pull a Degenkolb this year. Then I remembered who he was. :p
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17 Aug 2013 19:04

Afrank wrote:First thing I thought as well, saw his name on a preliminary startlist somehwere and thought maybe he could be the one to pull a Degenkolb this year. Then I remembered who he was. :p


I mean, Farrar this season is already a bit better then he was last year. He definitely could pick a stage win in this field, that's why i'm surprised he is not selected by Garmin
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