BelgianBala Verde said:Does anyone have links to the Belgian, Italian, German, Spanish and French races?
Looking at the profile, it's kind of a shame that the 5% ascent comes right after the finish. So it's probably too far away to make a real difference...Buffalo Soldier said:
Alberto Contador-new spanish TT champ.Outsprinted said:Well the National Championships are coming up, and many riders are using these as a preparation for the Tour.
Who do you think will take the jerseys?
Who uses them just for preparation?
You should add Van Avermaet.Buffalo Soldier said:
Good point, forgot about him. But i'm afraid the track isn't hard enough for him.laurentiu46 said:The belgian championships will take place in Aywaille,right?
Well,this town hosted a stage in the 2007 Tour of Belgium,won by Robert Gesink. The top belgians that day were Hoste,De Waele and Vanendert.
De Waele also won the queen stage in Fleron this year in his national tour.
So,along with these 6-7 riders you guys named,i would add Bert de Waele as a serious dark horse.
TT? Probably Devolder vs. Rosseler.
Roelandts showed good form in Switzerland, so I think he could be added to the list as well. Although it rarely happens that a rider can prolong his title. I think only Steels did it in recent years? Seeing what both Gilbert and Boonen demonstrated in the Ster Elektrotour, I think they indeed are the two main contenders. Devolder should want to test his legs for the upcoming Tour, but if push comes to shove, he'll probably work for Boonen.Buffalo Soldier said:Good point, forgot about him. But i'm afraid the track isn't hard enough for him.
Van Avermaet? Maybe, but he didn't really show anything in TdS...
1: Boonen, Gilbert
2: Devolder, Monfort, De Waele,
3: Pauwels, J Van den broeck, Van Avermaet, Seeldraeyers, Nuyens, Rosseler...
I don't know if NCs also generate income the same way classics and tours do. I mean what market other then the domestic market would there be in play. It wouldn't surprise me if they actually are freely available online. Just keep an eye out for the "national" sports channels like nos.nl and sporza.be (france 1-2-3?) on the day of the races.39*23t said:i know it's a bit of a strech but do think there will be any video streaming for any of these nc's
Sanchez is focusing his entire season on the Veulta, as the course suits him quiet well. We could see a real Sanchez-Valverde duel there. And the championships may be a precursor, though with Sammy laying low for so long here, I'm guessing he's not near form.laurentiu46 said:Is Sammy Sanchez riding the nationals?
Even if he is,my money is still on Ale Valverde,that uphill finish is just perfect for his final surge of pace.
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