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Hopefully a new young sprinter...

...will arise to keep the Manx Missile honest. His main opposition ATM appears to be a 35 year old.
It would be interesting to see how he would have gone up against Zabel and McEwen in their prime.
Imagine and out and out sprint between Cav and Abdu.:D
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
Theo Bos is the best hope there is.

Not only does he has mad track speed. He also has the skills to throw Cavendish into the barriers when Cavendish starts head barging.

Well, Cavendish also comes from track, no?
 
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I don't think Zabel, McEwen, Cipollini or Abdoujaparov could have dealt with Cavendish, since I never saw any of them ride other top sprinters off their wheel the way Cavendish routinely does. Currently, even Farrar can't hold his wheel. How can you beat a guy when you can't even hold his wheel?
 
Alexander Kristoff has a lot of potential if he learns how to position himself and also gets some stamina and endurance so he doesn't get dropped by the peloton every time it goes uphill. For example, in a typical "sprint for the sign" sprint vs EBH when training, Kristoff is a lot faster than Edvald and he also has defeated Hushovd in every sprint when they have sprinted vs each other.

More obvious guys who are potential threats to Cavendish in the future are Heinrich Haussler, EBH, Theo Bos and Peter Sagan.
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
Theo Bos is the best hope there is.

Not only does he has mad track speed. He also has the skills to throw Cavendish into the barriers when Cavendish starts head barging.

Is this the Theo Bos you're talking about: the UCI said “Bos’s behavior undermined the image, reputation and interests of cycling”, after he threw Impey into a crash barrier. A class rider then...
 
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Hawkwood said:
Is this the Theo Bos you're talking about: the UCI said “Bos’s behavior undermined the image, reputation and interests of cycling”, after he threw Impey into a crash barrier. A class rider then...
The UCI accusing anyone of undermining the image of cycling is just laughable.

And Bos is a class rider. Class isn't something that's lost in a split second.
 
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Clemson Cycling said:
Is there any chance that Cav switches teams or Gripel definitely the one moving on.

Greipel is the one moving on... If my sources are correct He will be in OmegaPharma Lotto next season...

Well... hopes? what about Haussler, Bos, Sagan, Farrar? I don't call EBH cuz He hasn't decided what speciality to develop... I think that he will try to be an All-Rounder...
 
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If Cav and Bos both started side by side at walking pace with 200 to go, I would tip Bos. Otherwise, I don't see he has the positional sense or the high end endurance to beat the manx missile.
 
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Ryaguas said:
Greipel is the one moving on... If my sources are correct He will be in OmegaPharma Lotto next season...

Well... hopes? what about Haussler, Bos, Sagan, Farrar? I don't call EBH cuz He hasn't decided what speciality to develop... I think that he will try to be an All-Rounder...

I think Tyler or Haussler, need to see Greipel on another team to see what he has.:eek:
 
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Hopefully the rumours of Ciolek moving back to HTC are not true. Huge backward step in my opinion and you can't have 2 alpha males in the same team.

Im not sure OPL is the best fit for Griepel since they have now uncovered a new GT rider in JVDB. There was always an undercurrent of discontent when there were split motives of Evans and McEwan.
 
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Haussler if he can stay injury-free.

Will be good to finally see Cav v Griepel when Griepel moves on however I don't think Omega Pharma Lotto is the place for him as they will now be working for Van Den Broeck (a la Evans/McEwen etc)

Interesting to see Bosson Hagan develop.

I don't think Farrar will ever come close to Cav and will only win races where Cav isn't present.