The last wannabe major country to win - 2016

Which wannabe major country will win last this year?

  • Luxembourg

    Votes: 4 10.0%
  • New Zealand

    Votes: 7 17.5%
  • Portugal

    Votes: 4 10.0%
  • Slovakia

    Votes: 2 5.0%
  • South Africa

    Votes: 2 5.0%
  • Austria

    Votes: 8 20.0%
  • Czech Republic

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • Estonia

    Votes: 8 20.0%
  • Iran

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • Kazakhstan

    Votes: 3 7.5%

  • Total voters
    40
Mar 27, 2012
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Since there were so many calls for Portugal to be included in the "last major country to win" poll, here is a poll with some realistic competition for the Portuguese.

Countries included are based on 1) having not won yet this year, and 2) number of wins and top tens last year. Only individual wins in .1 races or above and continental championships count. National championships don't count.

Now I'll probably have to brace myself for offended Canadians who didn't even make it into this poll...
 
Mar 14, 2009
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Hugo Koblet said:
Slovakia lol :D
My estimation for Slovakia at the Tour of California ... thats the only place where Sagan does not face elite sprinters and some of the stages are perhaps even designed for him.
 
Mar 14, 2009
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Hugo Koblet said:
Jancouver said:
Hugo Koblet said:
Slovakia lol :D
My estimation for Slovakia at the Tour of California ... thats the only place where Sagan does not face elite sprinters and some of the stages are perhaps even designed for him.
In his 6 years as a pro, the latest Sagan has won his first victory of the season is in March.
I hope so, but this year he is wearing the rainbow jersey! :eek:
 
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Here is the current country ranking, with countries in the poll bolded. New Zealand has most top tens so far and has a good chance at a win in the Oceania Championships in early March. South Africa likewise will have a good chance in the African championships in late February.

10 - France (115), Australia (63)
6 - Italy (103), Great Britain (32)
5 - Netherlands (22), Germany (11)
4 - Belgium (52), Norway (12)
3 - Colombia (27)
2 - Spain (46), Argentina (14), Hong Kong (2), Ukraine (2)
1 - Switzerland (12), Belarus (9), Morocco (9), Ireland (7), Slovenia (6), USA (5)
0 - Eritrea (16), Russia (14), New Zealand (11), Poland (9), Denmark (6), Slovakia (6), Canada (5), Czech Republic (5), Lithuania (5), Japan (4), Rwanda (4), South Korea (4), Costa Rica (3), Iran (3), Algeria (2), Brazil (2), Kazakhstan (2), Mongolia (2), Portugal (2), Romania (2), Taiwan (2), Uruguay (2), Austria (1), Estonia (1), Ethiopia (1), India (1), Kyrgyzstan (1), Latvia (1), Luxembourg (1), South Africa (1), Uzbekistan (1), Vietnam (1)
 
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Estonia beat Austria in Trentino. Four countries remain: Austria, Iran, New Zealand and Portugal.
 
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Portugal have now saved themselves from the potential embarrassment of winning this. It'll now probably go to New Zealand, because it's very unlikely that Iran won't win within the next two weeks.
 
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