- Jul 16, 2010
Pfft in my book, Tyler is Belgian >_>
Libertine Seguros said:But it does omit one of the top names for a course like this - Giovanni Visconti.
Funny how you're sceptical about EBH's potential because he's not riding vuelta and has had a "lacklustre season", yet you mention Haussler as a favourite, who definitely has had a lacklustre season and is not riding the vuelta either I get your point though.skidmark said:Also, seems like Boasson Hagen isn't in Sky's lineup for the Vuelta, which makes me skeptical about his potential for the worlds (also what makes me skeptical - his lacklustre season, and his general low ratio of 'proven wins on such length and terrain/potential'). Maybe if he cleans up in the 2 Canadian races or something I'll change my mind, but maybe he shouldn't be on the early list.
This year in particular, although I agree that Gilbert and Haussler should be early favourites, I like how wide open it is for so many countries.
Nick777 said:I have spent a fair bit of time down near the course, and if 50 get to the finish line together, I will be astonished.
maltiv said:Funny how you're sceptical about EBH's potential because he's not riding vuelta and has had a "lacklustre season", yet you mention Haussler as a favourite, who definitely has had a lacklustre season and is not riding the vuelta either I get your point though.
taiwan said:Maybe prospects for the Dutch aren't so great. Would expect Gesink, Boom, Tepsttra to be on the team... Bos isn't going to be effective in a race of this length and difficulty (Boom would be doubtful too). How's 'crazy' Johnny Hoogerland's finish?
Alpe d'Huez said:I've always been fascinated by the assumption that in order to perform at the Worlds, one needs to ride (train) at the Vuelta. This makes little sense on a few levels:
Second, if we look back over the last several years, very few riders have actually successfully trained at the Vuelta and gone on to win the Worlds. As I glance at the last decade, the only name that stands out is Óscar Freire. Far, far more riders head to the Vuelta hoping for results at the Worlds, but walk away empty handed at both, tossing away any chance of glory at the Vuelta.
hughmoore said:Porte is still young, plenty of time for him. Has he done many long events in 260Km range.
Alpe d'Huez said:But Cadel finished on the podium, tried to win, held the leader's jersey for a day, and the points jersey for a few days. So it couldn't have been only for prep like some ride it.
It still makes little sense to me. Enter the Vuelta for little reason other than to train for the one remote chance of wining the World's, skipping all the prestige of the Vuelta?
Haussler is our best chance but he will want to have strong form going into the worldsPolyarmour said:How is Haussler's form after his knee operation, does anyone know? I would have thought a mid season knee op would be a significant setback to anyone with their eyes on a World Championship.
I think Australia have a lot of options for leadership selection based as there are quite a few guys who can sprint and climb as well. Personally I would selectFerminal said:Australian squad reduced to 15:
Baden Cooke, Allan Davis, Cadel Evans, Simon Gerrans, Matthew Goss, Adam Hansen, Heinrich Haussler, Mathew Hayman, Robbie Mcewen Stuart O'Grady, Richie Porte, Mark Renshaw, Michael Rogers, Wesley Sulzberger and Chris Sutton
The question is, do you take Evans, Porte, Gerrans and Rogers or does one of them miss out?
I know who I would drop.
redtreviso said:Here's the ridge... I think