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craig1985 said:
Why would Astana do the ToC next year. when they didn't do it last year, even with Specialized on board?
Hmm. Apparently Martinelli thinks that while Kreuziger and the bulk of the Astana's mountain riders will be climbing their guts off in Giro there will be some free riders to do something in California.

Even Vino might show up.
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craig1985 said:
Why would Astana do the ToC next year. when they didn't do it last year, even with Specialized on board?

No idea but here is the quote:

"En Europe je débuterai au Tour de l'Algarve. Avant Tirreno-Adriatico, je participerai aux "Strade Bianche". Ensuite, je vais courir Milan-San Remo, Gand-Wevelgen, Les Trois Jours de La Panne, le Tour des Flandres et l'Amstel Gold Race. Je vais m'arrêter pendant un certain temps avant de revenir en compétition sur le Tour de Californie, le Dauphiné Libéré et le Tour de France. "
 
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Sky announce squads for jan and feb
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full race schedule for the year up on teamskyfans.com they have a very busy october :eek:

Putting out a pretty impressive team for andalucia.
 
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Sky announce squads for jan and feb
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full race schedule for the year up on teamskyfans.com they have a very busy october :eek:

Putting out a pretty impressive team for andalucia.

For sky's standard, at least they can't stuff up the leadouts in this race! ;) :D

Anyway, Cadel said in an interview on Cycling Central today that Phinney is being considered to be selected for the BMC tdf team. Would be much appreciated if an aussie could post a link for the interview when it is up on the site as I will be away for a few days so won't be able to post it
 
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TeamSkyFans said:
Sky announce squads for jan and feb
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full race schedule for the year up on teamskyfans.com they have a very busy october :eek:

Putting out a pretty impressive team for andalucia.

that's a nice schedule!
 
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Fuglsang to skip the Giro:

Le coureur Danois revient sur sa future saison : "Au premier semestre je participerai certainement aux trois classiques : Liège-Bastogne-Liège, Amstel Gold Race et la Flèche Wallonne. Peut-être que je participerai à d'autres courses plus tôt. On m'avait dit tout d'abord que je devais courir le Giro avant Tour. Mais maintenant, nous avons choisi de me mettre que sur le Tour, car je dois être à 100 pour cent là-bas. Par conséquent, je suis confiant d'avoir une place, si tout se passe sur la grande Boucle."

"In the beginning, they told me I had to do the Giro before the Tour. But now, we have decided that I'll just do the Tour, because I have to be at 100% for it."

http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-2011_fuglsang_etre_a_100_sur_le_tour_pour_l_equipe-11303.html

I have to admit I'm rather happy about that. I said before that Team Luxembourg can send a really good Team to the Giro without a GC contender, but with very good stage win prospects: Gerdemann, Wegmann, Bennati, Weylandt, Feillu, Zaugg ...

I sincerely hope that Fuglsang will be a GC leader for his team soon, maybe already for the Vuelta this year. But to put him as a leader for the Giro would have been counter-productive for their main goal of the season, the Tour.

And who knows - imagine Andy has a really bad day or he falls, Fuglsang could step up to be the leader or at least co-leader with Fränk.
 
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Michielveedeebee said:
that is a really really nice squad


So many cards to play...
I'm wondering what Stannard can do this year. He was amazing in Kuurne bit I didn't really noticed him anywhere after that.

Hmmm, CQ shows he did a decent year for his age. He also looks like he's 40 which is definitively a plus for any cobble specialist.
 
Christian said:
Fuglsang to skip the Giro:



"In the beginning, they told me I had to do the Giro before the Tour. But now, we have decided that I'll just do the Tour, because I have to be at 100% for it."

http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-2011_fuglsang_etre_a_100_sur_le_tour_pour_l_equipe-11303.html

I have to admit I'm rather happy about that. I said before that Team Luxembourg can send a really good Team to the Giro without a GC contender, but with very good stage win prospects: Gerdemann, Wegmann, Bennati, Weylandt, Feillu, Zaugg ...

I sincerely hope that Fuglsang will be a GC leader for his team soon, maybe already for the Vuelta this year. But to put him as a leader for the Giro would have been counter-productive for their main goal of the season, the Tour.

And who knows - imagine Andy has a really bad day or he falls, Fuglsang could step up to be the leader or at least co-leader with Fränk.
Zaugg could maybe reach the top-10 at the Giro. He has some very good results at long, steep climbs, for instance the Angliru in the Vuelta.

BTW, remember when Fuglsang was appointed co-leader after Fränk crashed out of this year's Tour? That didn't work out very well. He'll have to make a giant leap if he's to be team leader at a GT.
 
Benatti to ride all three grand tours next year although maybe he wont finish them all.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/bennati-to-ride-all-three-grand-tours-in-2011

No surprises that he is in the Giro given that he is their major italian rider but maybe a bit surprised to see him pencilled in for the tour given that the team's big objective is going to be riding for the Schlecks - especially if Contador is not there and they have to do even more of the riding. Maybe he will be left to do it all himself on the flat stages, could even lend the Schlecks a hand on the uphill finishes. He mentions taking the green jersey but that would mean the team would have to try and position three riders for the uphill finishes - they wont want the Schlecks to get misplaced in the finale and lose time. Unless he can regain the speed of a few years ago then i dont see the point in them taking a sprinter who is going to finish 7th, 5th, 9th, etc. Be a pretty handy rider in the team time trial though and i suppose that if need be he could be a handy rider to put on the front too if he cant compete with the top sprinters. Did a decent job at the bottom of some of the climbs in the Vuelta this year.
 
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theyoungest said:
He'll have to make a giant leap if he's to be team leader at a GT.

My thoughts exactly, plus the Giro is crazy hard this year. I just hope to see him as a leader sometime in the next years

Frosty said:
No surprises that he is in the Giro given that he is their major italian rider but maybe a bit surprised to see him pencilled in for the tour given that the team's big objective is going to be riding for the Schlecks - especially if Contador is not there and they have to do even more of the riding.

Yeah he could be a valuable team member as he has a lot of experience and help place the Schlecks while trying his luck once in a while for a stage win ... but to be honest I don't see too much of a point of taking him there. He has no chance against Cavendish, Greipel, Farrar and so on, and he doesn't even have a viable lead-out train.
 
Christian said:
Yeah he could be a valuable team member as he has a lot of experience and help place the Schlecks while trying his luck once in a while for a stage win ... but to be honest I don't see too much of a point of taking him there. He has no chance against Cavendish, Greipel, Farrar and so on, and he doesn't even have a viable lead-out train.
It's always good to have a sprinter in the team time trial. And he's also quite a good climber, actually. He wouldn't just be useful for the sprints.
 
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Sure he'd be useful, but useful enough not to take someone like Posthuma or Zaugg? Especially after having just ridden a very hard Giro.. I think they'd have more use for others in his place, while he can focus on the Giro and Vuelta.
 
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fatandfast said:
Any other articles about Cantwell's future are always welcome. He is a super fast guy and has put on a speed display here in the US. He has proven all he needs to here I was really hoping to see him on the Euro circuit

Searching for a European team still I think. May still go back to FlyV Conti side.
 
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Parcours of Paris Nice 2011 :

Sunday 6 March : Houdan - Houdan (prologue)

Monday 7 March : Monfort-l'Amaury - Amilly (200km, sprint stage)

Tuesday 8 March : Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire - Nuits-Saint-Georges

Wednesday 9 March : Crêches-sur-Saône - Belleville (first stage for the climbers with the Col du Fût d'Avenas)

Thursday 10 March : unknown

Friday 11 March : unknown

Saturday 12 March : Brignoles - Bio

Sunday 13 March : Nice - Nice

http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-paris_nice_rumeurs_sur_le_parcours_de_l_edition_2011-11321.html

My favourite race in the early season ... I hope they will go by Manosque/Aix-en-Provence again like last year so I can go see a stage
 
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Christian said:
Parcours of Paris Nice 2011 :

Sunday 6 March : Houdan - Houdan (prologue)

Monday 7 March : Monfort-l'Amaury - Amilly (200km, sprint stage)

Tuesday 8 March : Cosne-Cours-sur-Loire - Nuits-Saint-Georges

Wednesday 9 March : Crêches-sur-Saône - Belleville (first stage for the climbers with the Col du Fût d'Avenas)

Thursday 10 March : unknown

Friday 11 March : unknown

Saturday 12 March : Brignoles - Bio

Sunday 13 March : Nice - Nice

http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-paris_nice_rumeurs_sur_le_parcours_de_l_edition_2011-11321.html

My favourite race in the early season ... I hope they will go by Manosque/Aix-en-Provence again like last year so I can go see a stage

Probably the best short stage race. Gotta love P-N.
 

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