Katyusha surely Rodríguez. He moved away from Caisse to lead at the TdF instead of doing the usual Giro + help Valverde at the Vuelta he'd been doing for a few years.Libertine Seguros said:Katyusha - probably Rodríguez. He can't TT but he can sure climb, and has two Vuelta top 10s when working for Valverde. So far this year he has come 7th in Paris-Nice, 3rd in País Vasco and won the Volta a Catalunya, and won a stage of País Vasco, the GP Miguel Induraín and come 2nd in La Flèche Wallonne.
Caisse - Alberto Contador.
Caisse have a great supporting cast but no proven GT force to lead them.ilillillli said:can someone please explain this to me?
Urán already rode the Giro, I think was aiming to peak for that, was meant to have the free role. He was said to be targeting the KoM after being eliminated from contention in Holland, but obviously Arroyo's great GC placing after the halfway point put paid to that. Urán was the last domestique of any team left with the heads of state in the L'Aquila stage, was with Arroyo to the end on Monte Grappa, was his second-to-last domestique on Zoncolán (Jeannesson was the last) and was the last man with him on the Mortirolo as well.Escarabajo said:I think Caisse must be confused. Uran is enjoying great form right now. I don't think he was listed initially but now I am not sure. He could do something in the mountains this year.
ok, really i was just trying to make a cheap joke...Libertine Seguros said:Caisse have a great supporting cast but no proven GT force to lead them.
In most dialects of Castilian Spanish, 'b' and 'v' are usually pronounced the same way. Don Alejandro's nickname, or one of them, is 'Bala Verde' (The Green Bullet).
Hence somebody's photoshopped in a fake moustache, and used the nickname and a modified transcription of his name, to joke that Caisse have found a new star to lead them at the Tour, and it's Valverde in disguise.
nice.ilillillli said:can someone please explain this to me?
Kolobnev does that, more often in Classics. Ignatiev does that regardless of parcours or race.The Hitch said:nice.
As for Uran, i think hes quite good and hes young. Perhaps it would be wiser for him to skip the Tour after that hard giro at his age.
Katusha- you can be sure Michail Ignatiev will keep going on solo breaks from 30 km out (or is that kolobnev, im confused with these russians and their big names)
Hmmm, McEwen. he hasn't done much, out with injury a lot, plus doesn't have that kick anymore... perhaps a younger rider, they have a few good onesireland said:Rodriguez and Karpets will lead Katusha. Karpets used giro as preparation for the tour. Also for Katusha will ride Kolobnev, Sergey Ivanov, Pavel Brutt, Eduard vorganov, McEwen.
Kim Kirchen should take part in tour also, but due to health problems Nikolay Trusov and Stijn Vandenbergh will take last two spots.
This line up was announced in russia about two weeks ago. McEwen definitly will take part in Tour and i think he will do well. He is getting his form back. It took a while to recovery from an injury but he is in good shape now.S2Sturges said:Hmmm, McEwen. he hasn't done much, out with injury a lot, plus doesn't have that kick anymore... perhaps a younger rider, they have a few good ones
Yes, but last year he didn't do the Giro, and this year he did. And with Arroyo being in the maglia rosa on the mountain stages and Bruseghin dropping out with injury, Urán had to be the one to die on the mountain for Arroyo. So asking him to do the Giro, Tour de Suisse and Tour de France consecutively might be a bit much.carrai said:He rode last year (and very well). I hope to see him. I don't see Moreau or Soler doing good performance.
He's still going to do the tour I think. They have much confidence in him and I don't think they wanted to risk yet at Route du Sud. If Solers tour spot would solely depend on starting that race he would've started it.Escarabajo said:Does anybody know anything about Soler? the latest I know is this:
He did not ride the Route-du-Sud, so I don't know what to make of this.