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Sunday, August 22,2010: Grand Prix Ouest-France 1 PT 248.3 km

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auscyclefan94 said:
In all seriousness, Mollema would have to go solo on the climb this race is won by classics guys. They have to be able to sprint well and be strong on the climbs.
Mollema will have a very hard time winning this, watching from his couch with a broken clavicle. At Rabo, the guy to watch is Sebastian Langeveld, who's hitting on some form right now.
 
auscyclefan94 said:
ACF94 never jokes around!! He is a similar rider to gerrans who won it last year and showed strong form in poland and races in italy. We have a good team going to france who could take a result away! The comment about lotto is not entirely true as I am a big fan of Philippe Gilbert.

Oh, Evans off, you Evansy Evansing Evans. Evans evans the others for not evansing Evans. Bunch of Evansers. All Evanses would know that evansing Evans is key to Evansing at the most successful Evans, and it would be Evansy and Evansish to deny that Evans would evans his Evans to glory, or would have evansed his Evans to glory had the non-Evans Evanses on Lotto not refused to evans Evans.
 
Libertine Seguros said:
Oh, Evans off, you Evansy Evansing Evans. Evans evans the others for not evansing Evans. Bunch of Evansers. All Evanses would know that evansing Evans is key to Evansing at the most successful Evans, and it would be Evansy and Evansish to deny that Evans would evans his Evans to glory, or would have evansed his Evans to glory had the non-Evans Evanses on Lotto not refused to evans Evans.
Suddenly I'm reminded of Evander Sno. Any AFC Ajax fans who can tell me whatever happened to this guy?
 
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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
gilbert actually packs a decent sprint, especially after 250 km, on terrain that suits him too. but like i said, i don't think he will have the form at this time. He wouldn't try peak for this, when the wc are a monnth and a bit away.

He beat Tombo in a sprint in Paris-Tours. You don't do that if you're slow.
 
The course, and history, favours classics riders.

If it isn't won by a classics specialist though, I'd say that Dan Martin is a good outside bet. He's in red hot form at the moment, proved he can win a hilly but not mountainous one day race with a strong field just the other day, and came fifth here last year.
 
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another vote for sagan but i do like garmins chances with hesjedal if he has any kind of form atm. I also like lars bak on htc just because hes a personal favorite.
 
Zinoviev Letter said:
The course, and history, favours classics riders.

If it isn't won by a classics specialist though, I'd say that Dan Martin is a good outside bet. He's in red hot form at the moment, proved he can win a hilly but not mountainous one day race with a strong field just the other day, and came fifth here last year.
He was in the perfect position to win it last year. The problem is, he doesn't have a sprint. To get away solo on this course is almost impossible.
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
Come on, Tomeke is far faster than PG as Tomeke made a bad blunder in that sprint.

Of course Tom is naturally faster, but you still don't beat Boonen - and Bozic - in a sprint if you're slow.
 
Libertine Seguros said:
If it is a sprint, then I would expect that Vos would take this 9 times out of 10. As a result I don't expect the other three to let it come to that - especially Johansson, who is still in with a shout of winning the World Cup.
No, Marianne Vos has it in the bag. The World Cup, that is. If Johansson wins, she as to be 4th, at least. I think she could do that ;)
 
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theyoungest said:
Mollema will have a very hard time winning this, watching from his couch with a broken clavicle. At Rabo, the guy to watch is Sebastian Langeveld, who's hitting on some form right now.

yeah he seems good. shame martens isn't there.. or in form?

theyoungest said:
Suddenly I'm reminded of Evander Sno. Any AFC Ajax fans who can tell me whatever happened to this guy?

last i remember he was at celtic... since then ?

tgsgirl said:
He beat Tombo in a sprint in Paris-Tours. You don't do that if you're slow.

agreed.

theyoungest said:
Nice break of Evans, Evans, Evans, and Evans... I mean Vos, Arndt, Pooley, and Johansson. Will probably be a sprint between those four. Hmmm... who will win this, one wonders....?

if only we had a vos in men's cycling.
 
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auscyclefan94 said:
Farrar????? You do realise this is a tough little race?

Look at the past winners
2009 Simon Gerrans
2008 Pierrick Fédrigo
2007 Thomas Voeckler
2006 Vincenzo Nibali
2005 George Hincapie
2004 Didier Rous
2003 Andy Flickinger
2002 Jeremy Hunt
2001 Nico Mattan
2000 Michele Bartoli

No sprinters!

but i havnt tipped him to win, ive tipped him to come second. Go away and come back when you have all the second and third placed finishers for me :p
That aside, dunno, just got a hunch, and besides, would be boring if we all tipped the obvious.
 
ACF94: Last year it was almost a 50 man groupssprint, just a few stayed in front.
Jeremy Hunt has won this race in the past (a 'strong' surviving sprinter')

Farrar could win this. But I don't think a sprint uphill is his forté. It suits guys like Gerrans (well duh), Martens etc who were good last year more.

I'd do the chauvinistic tip: Langeveld.
 
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