Three Days of De Panne

Aug 18, 2009
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Pozzato? Bannati? Farrar?

startlist, may have to judge for yourself whether it's up to date.

The two "the next" riders of the month are on there: Jens Keukeleire and Sacha Modolo, BTW.
 
Mar 11, 2009
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It depends on how hard they want to ride in the first stage. Most top riders don't care about the GC and will just test their legs in stage 1.

A lot of riders who should do well have questionable form (Hoste, Ballan, Devolder)


Outsider guess: Spilak takes this.
 
Take a second string cobble specialist who can do a decent time trial and he's certain for top 5

The winner however is also often a top cobble rider (Devolder, Ballan etc winning in the past). If anyone cares from the top, they win, if not, some guy like Willems or Posthuma wins again
 
The first stage isn't nearly as hard as it used to be. Probably a large group sprinting for victory in Oudenaarde (if the weather isn't too bad). Then a good TT-er for final victory. David Millar?
 
Nov 24, 2009
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rghysens said:
The first stage isn't nearly as hard as it used to be. Probably a large group sprinting for victory in Oudenaarde (if the weather isn't too bad). Then a good TT-er for final victory. David Millar?
Well if Millar is looking up his Spring Classics Campaign a win here would be solid indicator
 
Jan 11, 2010
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pmcg76 said:
I am going with Sebastien Roessler, good TT and more than capable on the cobbles. I know predicting a Shack victory 'shocking':eek:
Yes, very shocking, as the Shack isn't on the start list.

My bet is Lieuwe Westra. He was 2nd last year in the TT, he targets this race, and he is on form (as are most of the other competitors, but... anywho.)
 
theyoungest said:
Yes, very shocking, as the Shack isn't on the start list.

My bet is Lieuwe Westra. He was 2nd last year in the TT, he targets this race, and he is on form (as are most of the other competitors, but... anywho.)
Seriously:eek: WTF, they really are a pathetic team. Where are they racing instead?
 
Aug 18, 2009
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theyoungest said:
Yes, very shocking, as the Shack isn't on the start list.

My bet is Lieuwe Westra. He was 2nd last year in the TT, he targets this race, and he is on form (as are most of the other competitors, but... anywho.)
+1 good call

[edit] contradicts my first suggestions, but I'll accept, as someone said, that the top tier have bigger fish to fry.
 
Aug 18, 2009
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theswordsman said:
My pick is Maxim Iglinsky based on form, as I've never seen the actual race before and have no cllue what I'm talking about:eek:
This is an internet forum. Do you think I know what I'm talking about?

I suppose some people here might. Freaks. ;]
 
Oct 30, 2009
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il_fiammingo said:
Quinziato!
Second that. Not just because I like him, but also because he's usually pretty great in this exact race (4th last year, 2nd in 2008). He did a decent job in Wevelgem, and ought to be in shape for the coming weeks. Good on the cobbles, good in shorter time trials - this is Quinziato's race.
 
Jun 16, 2009
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main riders: Bennati, Chicchi, Gilbert, Hoste, Roelandts, Bak, Grabsch, Devolder, Davis, Gasparotto, Pozzato, mcewen, farrar, maaskaant, millar, van summeren, ballan, kroon, traksel, felliu, bozic, paolini, bonnett, keukeliere, vanmarcke.

make your pick.......
 

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