Confirmed Tour Teams/Pre-Selections

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Buffalo Soldier said:
Kittel is not first tier. Doesn't deserve a place next to Cav and Greipel yet.
Why not? He is probably the most consistent sprinter of this season, as he won 10 of the 13 sprints (for first place) he contested, with Greipel (11/20) and or Cavendish (11/19) present on numerous occasions. If he is there to sprint, he can most certainly measure himself with both of them.
 
Jun 28, 2012
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Euskaltel sprinter

Is Juan Jose Lobato Euskaltel-Euskadi's sprinter?
If so what can we expect from him, a regular in top 10?
 
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I guess Rojas losing the bunch sprint to LLS yesterday was enough to earn selection.
 
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No Szmyd... He's been crap for the last 2 years or so, so that's no surprise. What I don't understand is why they signed him in the first place.
 
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tweak37 said:
Why not? He is probably the most consistent sprinter of this season, as he won 10 of the 13 sprints (for first place) he contested, with Greipel (11/20) and or Cavendish (11/19) present on numerous occasions. If he is there to sprint, he can most certainly measure himself with both of them.
He has proven nothing in GTs, and he was only able to beat Cav because of bad leadouts, which I trust will be good in the tour.

I will be very surprised if Kittel can beat both Cav and Greipel in an 'honest' sprint this TdF.
 
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Dazed and Confused said:
Probably as a replacement for Vasil, but the numbers aren't there.
More important, Capecchi still hasn´t made the next career step at Movistar yet - I expected him to do better, actually, but OK, he has still time.
 
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1st Tier - Cav, Greipel, Sagan

2nd Tier - Goss, Bouhanni, Kittel, EBH

3rd - Coquard, Farrar, Kristoff
 
What is the word on EBH anyway? He could feasibly take Yellow on Day 2 or 3, but to do so he needs to be off the leash on Stage 1 to get a high placing.

Or is he going to race the entire Tour without sprinting for anything? :eek:
 
taiwan said:
Brajkovic already did that. And won the Dauphinee.

Fuglsang is like Nicolas Roche.
Yeah, acutally no. Very much different cyclists.

Roche: leader of a team for like six years, has never won anything, never gets really good placings in races anyway, never takes chances. He even chased his own GC in the Tour de Suisse when he was supposed to help Kreuziger.

Fuglsang: always a support rider in GT's and in general, has won a solid number of good races anyway, and has very good placings in races like Giro di Lombardia, Giro dell'Emilia, Tour de Suisse and Dauphine. Always aggressive and is in races to race.

Obviously lots of things can go wrong, same as for every contender, but it's not outrageous for Astana to believe he can do well.
 
Kessiakoff's allergies caused problems for him in Giro d'Italia, should be fine with regards to that now. He's not at the Tour for the overall but can hopefully do well on some stages, like in the second time trial.
 
Ferminal said:
What is the word on EBH anyway? He could feasibly take Yellow on Day 2 or 3, but to do so he needs to be off the leash on Stage 1 to get a high placing.

Or is he going to race the entire Tour without sprinting for anything? :eek:
Last year he was in one sprint, even with Cav there.
 

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