Tour de l'Avenir 2011 (04/09 - 11/09)

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Jan 11, 2010
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Tom Dumoulin now 11th on GC... better than expected, actually.

Since Hepburn won, I assume this was a breakaway group. I mean, the guy was dropped on the Cauberg in Olympia's Tour...
 
Jun 22, 2009
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theyoungest said:
Tom Dumoulin now 11th on GC... better than expected, actually.

Since Hepburn won, I assume this was a breakaway group. I mean, the guy was dropped on the Cauberg in Olympia's Tour...
noticed that, pretty good ride. I suppose with the 3rd place the other day is somewhat justifying his spot here.
 
Sep 8, 2010
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It is difficult to make predictions. This race is uncontrollable with just six riders in every team. It's all about getting in the right group, a group like today. And nobody knows how Quintana did at the ascents, it's total speculation.
 
Jun 22, 2009
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theyoungest said:
Tom Dumoulin now 11th on GC... better than expected, actually.

Since Hepburn won, I assume this was a breakaway group. I mean, the guy was dropped on the Cauberg in Olympia's Tour...
I was thinking this. I am aware in the young races power outage and such can make average climbers (matthews taking 8th in gc last year etc) do well. But this is a little odd.

Maybe not a breakaway, maybe there was just chaos before the climb ?
 
Sep 8, 2010
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Colombia has still good chances with three riders.

6 3 Johan Esteban CHAVES COLOMBIE 00:00:45
10 5 Sebastian SALAZAR COLOMBIE 00:01:31
16 4 Michael RODRIGUEZ COLOMBIE 00:01:50
 
Don't know much about the columbian riders but surely Simon is the favorite now? I agree that Laengen could do well also. Cattaneo is also in a good position as well as the one I predicted would do well, Preidler

Edit: impressive that Hepburn won the stage.
 
Oct 17, 2010
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Cattaneo still strong, despite a busy (and victorious) season:)

Also puzzled by Quintana. Not the best position to make it two avenir's.
 
Apr 14, 2011
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According to the Colombia es Pasion website, Quintana was one of 30 riders who were held up for more than a minute by a passing train. The peloton had split into five groups after the third climb of the day, as all the teams wanted to get their riders into the break. There were then more splits on a flat section, the final one being decisive.

http://colombiaespasion4-72.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=536:tercera-etapa-del-tour-de-laavenir-&catid=37:nacionales

They've also posted a video showing the weather conditions for the stage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoXvVg_fR-w&NR=1
 
Mar 31, 2010
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Hugo Koblet said:
Don't know much about the columbian riders but surely Simon is the favorite now? I agree that Laengen could do well also. Cattaneo is also in a good position as well as the one I predicted would do well, Preidler

Edit: impressive that Hepburn won the stage.
simon won't stand a chance on the mountains against rodriguez for sure, he was 2nd in vuelta juventud. quintana is down and too far down now but rodriguez and chavez are now favorites for sure I think. gaps will be big on saleve
 
Mar 31, 2010
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Duartista said:
Chaves has improved a lot this year, won a couple of stages in Colombian races against elite riders.
chavez improving has been incredible. that's why he was 2nd man behind quintana in team order before avenir and will now be leader for sure.
 
Mar 31, 2010
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Duartista said:
According to the Colombia es Pasion website, Quintana was one of 30 riders who were held up for more than a minute by a passing train. The peloton had split into five groups after the third climb of the day, as all the teams wanted to get their riders into the break. There were then more splits on a flat section, the final one being decisive.

http://colombiaespasion4-72.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=536:tercera-etapa-del-tour-de-laavenir-&catid=37:nacionales

They've also posted a video showing the weather conditions for the stage:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NoXvVg_fR-w&NR=1
oh my god what a bunch of f'n idiots. hopefully quintana will wreck friday and the first european not to finish within 4 minutes :p
 

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