2013 Tour du Haut Var (16th-17th February)

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May 28, 2012
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Dazed and Confused said:
lol, Hushovd, Pozatto etc, all wheelsuckers no question. It will be up to others to make the race now that these will hang around like dirt on a CX bike.
At least Pozzato attacks once in a while, like on the Kwaremont last year. Boonen was the 'Shadow' there.
 
Mar 17, 2012
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maltiv said:
Tomorrow's stage is rather easy, isn't it? So Hushovd should have the overall in the bag, more or less?
No, it´s 50k longer and much harder than today... Romain Hardy didn´t survive last year, a rider like Hushovd could possibly. It also doesn´t finish uphill this time.
 
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Dazed and Confused said:
well, I have both in the same category. There are moments of action (Hushovd in TdF a few years back), Pozzato last year, but these are rare. Maybe this year they will be inspired. Lets see.
In the TdF he attacks because his flat sprint has become weak, but in the classics I can't remember him ever taking the initiative.
 
Pentacycle said:
In the TdF he attacks because his flat sprint has become weak, but in the classics I can't remember him ever taking the initiative.
He initiated the attack in P-R 2009 which left him alone with Boonen (everyone else fell, though). Then Hushovd fell too.

He also attacked in RVV 2011 (before he was dropped straight afterwards) and P-R 2011 (Cancellara countered and attacked 250 times in a row). So yeah, let's not exaggerate. Hushovd is not nearly as strong as Boonen and Cancellara, you can't expect him to attack as much as they do. That would be ridiculous.
 
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RHRH19861986 said:
No, it´s 50k longer and much harder than today... Romain Hardy didn´t survive last year, a rider like Hushovd could possibly. It also doesn´t finish uphill this time.
Is it though? It's got more difficult climbs in it, but far away from the finish......
 
Mar 17, 2012
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Gilbert´s brother hasn´t really arrived at the pro´s yet...

DNF in stage 1 at Tour Med, DNF at stage 1 Haut Var, last year wasn´t great either.
 
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LaFlorecita said:
I think that might be the profile of today's stage and the mtf is for tomorrow.
No, no MTF this year... Start and finish in Draguignan.

Last year, though, it was a MTF, in Fayence, I think.
 
LaFlorecita said:
Thought the OP said today was a mtf but that doesn't make sense with 90 guys finishing together.
Ya, it's a bit surprising that there wasn't more gaps in the field. The first 56 or so on the same time but after that it looks more like an uphill finish with riders coming in in smaller pockets a few seconds apart.
 
Stage 2 race info:

after 93km riders will hit Pied du mur de Montauroux (300M @ 22%) and then again after 141km.

at 151km race organizer have found a nice little puppy called pied du mur de Fayence (200m @ 25%)

Last KOM is located after 193km with only 13km to go.

Plenty of opportunities to get things moving GC wise.

So why would anyone want to see this live?
 

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