GVA could be a strong outsider in LBL as well with the way it has been ridden the last couple of years.SeriousSam said:I guess we all agree Alaphilippe is the most likely one, thanks in part to his young age and because it seems likely he can really fight for victory at LBL for years to come.
GVA could win PR and Flanders, although he will likely never be outright favourite for either race. Same for Vanmarcke, who has the added bonus of being a bit younger.
What's the case for Matthews? MSR? LBL? Both less likely than either one of GVA or Vanmarcke winning PR or Flanders imo.
Lombardia's 2015 course is ridiculously tough, the mother of all climbers' classics. Add to that an insaenly strong Astana team that just shredded everyone, everyone , on the Muro then you have yourself a fun race. The Civiglio was just attack after attack and the last climb we were all clock-watching to see if Nibali could hang on. If this year's finishes in the same way as 2014, then puncheurs have a chance.saganftw said:with the way the ardennes are done these days you can name probably 20 potential winners in LBL alone on top of usual suspects - someone like Barguil,Zakarin,Bardet...and one those attacks will land Wellens a victory for sure
same goes for MSR,any decent sprinter who is not a complete donkey in hills can win it on a good day
Ronde and PR are much more selective and i guess another lucky strike like this years PR wont happen in a long time,Lombardia is tough because its at the end of a season but its same as LBL - good climber can win it,the only question is if all those "im happy with 6th overall in GT" guys bother to show up
but to pick one that is almost 100% sure to win is alaphilippe
He would definitely deserve to win Flanders or Roubaix. I think he needs a stronger team. Just buying one super domestique would make a difference. I have to admit Lotto Nl did well in P-R. He's always strong, but he has a hard time finishing it. If he keeps trying he might still pull it off. I voted for him. He only turns 28 in July, so he should be around for many more years.Red Rick said:I can't wrap my head around why Vanmarcke is rated so low?
Amstel would be the classic that would suit him best but if we are talking Monuments then possibly L-B-L in a few years or MSR in a late attackPantani_lives said:He would definitely deserve to win Flanders or Roubaix. I think he needs a stronger team. Just buying one super domestique would make a difference. I have to admit Lotto Nl did well in P-R. He's always strong, but he has a hard time finishing it. If he keeps trying he might still pull it off. (I voted for him.)Red Rick said:I can't wrap my head around why Vanmarcke is rated so low?
And what about Petr Vakoc? He had a strong win in the Brabantse Pijl and was fifth in the Strade Bianche. Which classic would suit him best?
Yep. 10th in Dwars Door Vlaanderen tells me that he is way ahead of those has beens GVA and Vanmarcke for those cobbled monuments.CheckMyPecs said:Gaviria's victorious ride will be powered by hype!
Got run over in Mallorca, but recovered to finish 9th in FW and 6th in LBL, beating many on this list and all the pre-race favourites at LBL. I'd say that's a brilliant result considering what happened which should put him well above several on this list.saganftw said:
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