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20 Aug 2015 19:22

Kwibus wrote:Some opinions.

Will Sagan be good? If I recall correctly he took it easy last year?
Garmin bring Talansky and Martin for GC where I had hopes for Dombroski who looked really good in Utah, but it's his first GT. Will they let him of the leash?
How about Torres and Cano. Will they ride like typical Coldeportes riders in a GT (invisible) or will they actually do good?


IMO he'll be good. 1. He's not changing teams next year (I think that's one reason why he wasn't stellar last year), 2. he hasn't won a gt stage in a while, 3. the team came out saying he was one of their designated leaders. 4. Tinkov would kill him if he soft pedaled through the race.
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21 Aug 2015 08:22

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MatParker117 wrote:What happens if halfway through the stage it rains? You'll have riders going 50kph heading for what is essentially glue.


Same thing as what happens if it rains on the descents in Strade Bianche. Massive over-reaction here to a small section of sand; they've raced in a lot worse conditions.


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Everyone was clamouring for rain on the cobbled stage of the TdF...
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21 Aug 2015 08:56

For the nth time: strada biancha/cobbles =/= loose sand.
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21 Aug 2015 09:04

hrotha wrote:For the nth time: strada biancha/cobbles =/= loose sand.


No, but all of them equal altering the way you approach certain obstacles. It's a pretty straight section covered with a very thin layer of sand, they'll hardly notice it but if they want they can easily slow up, hold the line over it and take it steady. It will only be dangerous if the teams want to push it.
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21 Aug 2015 10:40

strade bianche is that, you enter knowing that type of racing happens, its not fit for Grand Tour racing and a time trial
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21 Aug 2015 10:53

manafana wrote:strade bianche is that, you enter knowing that type of racing happens, its not fit for Grand Tour racing and a time trial


Did you say the same about the cobbles in the TdF? The dirt that constantly gets used in the Giro? I seem to remember an MTF finishing up a dirt road, what about that?
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21 Aug 2015 11:30

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manafana wrote:strade bianche is that, you enter knowing that type of racing happens, its not fit for Grand Tour racing and a time trial


Did you say the same about the cobbles in the TdF? The dirt that constantly gets used in the Giro? I seem to remember an MTF finishing up a dirt road, what about that?


Was it a TTT?
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