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I think a top ten is within his abilities. It's not so much how well he copes and recovers over the three weeks as how well the Astana team copes and recovers - whether or not he can match their pace through the Alps, esp if AC and LA end up in a duel.
 
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I think so......9th or 10th. He may lose a bit of time in the next few mountain stages but will gain some time back in the ITT. He fell away at the Giro but the pace was higher there. Good luck to him, I like the guy.
 
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Hotbrakes said:
I think so......9th or 10th. He may lose a bit of time in the next few mountain stages but will gain some time back in the ITT. He fell away at the Giro but the pace was higher there. Good luck to him, I like the guy.

I read him saying at the Giro that he was going to "throttle back" to save himself for the Tour, so we can't read too much into his 3rd week showing at the Giro.
 
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rolfrae said:
I read him saying at the Giro that he was going to "throttle back" to save himself for the Tour, so we can't read too much into his 3rd week showing at the Giro.

I hope so. If he keeps improving the way he has been, look out 2010.
 
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ok, i hate to be the one to start this, but....

remember what we normally find out later after a rider shows a dramatic, out-of-nowhere, mid-career improvement? bernard kohl anyone?
 
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ilillillli said:
ok, i hate to be the one to start this, but....

remember what we normally find out later after a rider shows a dramatic, out-of-nowhere, mid-career improvement? bernard kohl anyone?

Don't. We're in denial at the moment!
 
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rolfrae said:
I read him saying at the Giro that he was going to "throttle back" to save himself for the Tour, so we can't read too much into his 3rd week showing at the Giro.
I heard Matt White say this exact thing during an interview on Vs.
 
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Really, lets see brad wiggins in 5th place in the tour after 3 mountain stages, and climbing with the leaders of the tour. This is horse **** no fckingway, if he keeps this up I'm calling the UCI.
 
Given the way he climbed on Friday I do think he's got a great shot at a top 10, and of course we know he can TT.

For now I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt because I'm pretty sure he lost 10-15 pounds since he decided to focus on the road over the track. So this is the first time he's really tried to shed a lot of weight and change his training to focus on much longer races; again I'll give him the benefit of the doubt since he's never been implicated in anything.
 
Will Brad look good in YELLOW?

Brad Wiggins has a big oppertunity right now.

He has experience on the road.

Has experienced pressure as a leader while on the track.

Has no pressure now, especially compared to Astana's soap opera.

He's won a mountain stage before: http://tour-de-france.velonews.com/article/95081/brad-wiggins-the-joker-in-the-pack

Isn't going to lose the race at the time trial stage...

And Garmin's home is just down the road in Boulder; Go COLORADO!

In some ways, I'm pretty tired of Astana's attention and hope Brad looks good in yellow.
 
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kease7 said:
After a great 1st week will he be able to get a top 10 or 15??

Am pleased for Brad, he is doing an amazing job. After the Olympics, no matter how well he did himself, he seemed to be pushed aside because of Chris Hoy.

Would be good to see him finish top ten.
 
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ilillillli said:
ok, i hate to be the one to start this, but....

remember what we normally find out later after a rider shows a dramatic, out-of-nowhere, mid-career improvement? bernard kohl anyone?

if you call 6 olympic medals, 11 world championship medals, 2 commonwealth games medals and 2 world records a bad start to the the career then i guess it is amid carrer improvement

anyway he dont dope, so ha...i hope
 
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michaeld05 said:
if you call 6 olympic medals, 11 world championship medals, 2 commonwealth games medals and 2 world records a bad start to the the career then i guess it is amid carrer improvement

anyway he dont dope, so ha...i hope

sure, i hear ya. i really do. but this new-found climbing ability is pretty incredible. maybe the pace has been more moderate than it normally is, but if he's there with contador on ventoux, put me down for skeptical. having said that, i've got nothing against wiggo.