Hard to see Gesink winning Lombardia with all of the technical descending in the finale. He goes downhill with all of the grace of Frank Schleck.screaming fist said:I don't want to predict the winner for every other race, but here's just some guesses:
Milan - San Remo will be one from a breakaway group
Paris Nice will be just like every other years
Tirreno - Adriatico will be won by a surprise winner.
Cancellara will finally take Vlaanderen.
One of the Schlecks will take Fleche Wallone or Liege
Kroon wins Amstel
Haussler will win one classic this year.
Boonen will fail in Vlaanderen and Roubaix.
Tour-Podium: Contador, ASchleck, Basso
Sastre podiums in Giro or Vuelta and rides a solid top 10 tour.
Evans will be cursed by the Rainbow jersey
Hincapie's Paris Roubaix curse will not get away
Cav will be the favorite for the WC but will fail
Gesink wins Lombardia.
Gesink isn't that bad a descender. That still comes from from the Paris - Nice he lost where somebody (yes, F Schleck) fell right in front of him so he got a bit scared, plus there was an uber-elite group working perfectly together in front. That all combined would put most riders on 3 minutes.Jukebox said:Hard to see Gesink winning Lombardia with all of the technical descending in the finale. He goes downhill with all of the grace of Frank Schleck.
I just think that their will be some massive riders eliminated from the tour from many teams across the board right before the tour like Puerto.Mountain Goat said:These are some interesting ones!!
What do you think for the scandal:
A team specific/festina like scandal?
Or another Operacian Puerto like scandal?
BTW, if BMC miss le Tour I think you/I will be more than happy to see Cadel do the Giro/Vuelta double win!
While I don't think that's very likely since things like that don't happen very often on a large scale, it could be possible that they will reveal some riders since they are already looking at some profiles ( http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/gripper-were-winning-the-war-on-doping ). And these things always take several months.auscyclefan94 said:I just think that their will be some massive riders eliminated from the tour from many teams across the board right before the tour like Puerto.
The 'Gesink is a bad descender' thing is complete bullsh!t... Yes, he screwed up royally in '08 Paris-Nice, but that was simply lack of experience with both the parcours and the situation he was in.Jukebox said:Hard to see Gesink winning Lombardia with all of the technical descending in the finale. He goes downhill with all of the grace of Frank Schleck.
I'd like to see Liquigas do well. I'm going to be a bit bold and say that they will have a rider on the podium of each GT. Pellizotti winning the Giro, someone in 3rd after AC and AS in the Tour (not necessarily Basso), and either Roman or Nibali in 3rd for the Vuelta..auscyclefan94 said:For those tipping Nibali for the giro, well their is not much chance of that happening. ON Velonews, Liquigas announced that Pellizotti and Basso would be the leaders for the giro, Basso the leader for the tour with Kreuziger, Pellizotti and Nibali there for support and for the vuelta it would be Nibali and kreuziger leading Liquigas.
I have to think that there are few cyclists who can mark out both Boonen and Devolder at Der Ronde. If it comes to that, I think there will be a group of favorites (Boonen, Devolder, Cancellara, Ballan, Hoste, & Pippo immediately spring to mind) who will be sitting on each other, and that only favors Quick Step. They will send Devolder. If anyone chases, Boonen is there; if no one chases... well. Three-peat.stjohnswell said:MSR: Cavendish
RVV: Ballan. Devolder and Boonen both marked-out?
Oh yeah, I forgot he was top 10 last year. Would be cool to see him win..mr. tibbs said:I think marking riders will tip the race in QS's favor. Is there any team that has the firepower to watch both of them? (And I totally forgot about Chavanel, who is less strong maybe then the top-tier favorites but can't be allowed up the road.)
President of Kazakhstan: Vino53 x 11 said:MSR - Vino
RVV - Vino
Roubaix - Vino
AGR - Vino
Fleche Wallone - Vino
Liege - Vino
Giro - Vino
Tour - Vino
Vuelta - Vino
Worlds TT Vino
Worlds RR - Vino
Lombardy - Vino
YAY, gonna be a good season! Vino 4 eva.