Paris - Nice, Stage 2 Vimory -> Cérilly 200 km, Tuesday 5th March

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I''ll go with Renshaw to get a change of luck - probably would've won Stage 1 if the gap hadn't closed in the last 100m (although he wasn't very aggressive in trying to go through it).

Having said that, I could just as easily say Viviani would've won Stage 1 with slightly better postioning ... or Kittel would've won Stage 1 if he'd made the front split ...
 
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It is going to be won by a sprinter, I do not care which sprinter wins it.

EDIT. THIS COMMENT IS NOT MEANT TO BE SEEN AS NEGATIVE TOWARDS THE STAGE, SPRINTERS OR SPRINTING IN GENERAL. ALL IT WAS MEANT TO CONVEY WAS THAT I WAS NOT SUPPORTING ANY PARTICULAR SPRINTER IN THIS STAGE.
 
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I checked GreenEdge Twits and it seems they will go for Howard one more time... Also Mathews twited something about helping Howard in this second stage.
 
Mad Elephant Man said:
It is going to be won by a sprinter, I do not care which sprinter wins it.
Super post. I think I'll now find a football message board and let everyone know that the Man United v Real Madrid game will be won by the more talented team and I don't care which one it is.
 
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The Barb said:
I''ll go with Renshaw to get a change of luck - probably would've won Stage 1 if the gap hadn't closed in the last 100m (although he wasn't very aggressive in trying to go through it).

Having said that, I could just as easily say Viviani would've won Stage 1 with slightly better postioning ... or Kittel would've won Stage 1 if he'd made the front split ...
With Renshaw it's always "if he'd done this or done that". He's just not good enough, 5th is his default result in a bunch sprint.
 
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The Barb said:
Super post. I think I'll now find a football message board and let everyone know that the Man United v Real Madrid game will be won by the more talented team and I don't care which one it is.
I think a more correct way to capture what Mad Elephant Man mean would be " I'll now find a football message board and let everyone know that I dont care who will win in the Man United v Real Madrid since it will be so freaking boring"
 
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The Barb said:
Super post. I think I'll now find a football message board and let everyone know that the Man United v Real Madrid game will be won by the more talented team and I don't care which one it is.
So you care who wins every stage of every cycling race ever raced?

Great to know.
 
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The Barb said:
Not at all. I just don't seek out and post on a message board about the ones I don't care about. But whatever.
I will be interested to see who wins, but I do not care which rider it is.
 
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Gilbert showed himself yesterday, meersman, chavanel wants the jersey etc.

This will be far from a walk for the sprinters, whoever you root for. Might get pretty interesting as a finish, a lot of people will mix it up here.
 
Roude Leiw said:
Gilbert showed himself yesterday, meersman, chavanel wants the jersey etc.

This will be far from a walk for the sprinters, whoever you root for. Might get pretty interesting as a finish, a lot of people will mix it up here.
There are a total of zero bends the last 4k, so the speed will be extreme, when they hit the uphill part. This will be amongst the sprinters no doubt.
 
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Netserk said:
There are a total of zero bends the last 4k, so the speed will be extreme, when they hit the uphill part. This will be amongst the sprinters no doubt.
So Kittel wins.... He is the heaviest one, the inertia of the mass will rule
 
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Slightly off topic. If you subscribe to Eurosport I player do they show today's stage live or will it be just highlighted?
4km no bends a proper super fast sprint
 
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Netserk said:
I don't think Kittel will top-5. For me Nacer is the big favourite.
Kittel did well in a similar sprint in the Vuelta. 500 m at 5 or 6 percent is of course not impossible for him, certainly if the run in is really fast.
 
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Bexon30 said:
Slightly off topic. If you subscribe to Eurosport I player do they show today's stage live or will it be just highlighted?
4km no bends a proper super fast sprint
It was live yesterday, watched it on the bus on my way home from work!
 
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Bexon30 said:
Slightly off topic. If you subscribe to Eurosport I player do they show today's stage live or will it be just highlighted?
4km no bends a proper super fast sprint
I have a subscription and on todays schedule they announce live coverage for stage 2
 
theyoungest said:
Kittel did well in a similar sprint in the Vuelta. 500 m at 5 or 6 percent is of course not impossible for him, certainly if the run in is really fast.
That was in many ways a weird sprint IMO. But I had forgotten how well Kittel did in that, so perhaps a top-3 again for him.
 
Christensen, Smukulis et Boeckmans escaped and have 3,20 minutes on the bunch

WTF is Boeckmans doing in an escape when the stage is gonna end in a bunch sprint??:eek:

no wonder he never wins anything...
 

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