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UCI World Championships 2010, Geelong: Early Thread

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Luis Ocaña said:
I guess the Belgians (among others, but particularly them) will be trying to make the race as hard as possible, which could allow the Spaniards (my compatriots:)) to check out things from the second row, see how the race develops and make a decision during the race who would be the best horse to bet on.

I would like to think you are right, but the Belgian camp is far from united. It's going to take some serious pain and self sacrifice to race that way, and who wants to go all the way around the world to do that.
 
Gcraenen said:
I would like to think you are right, but the Belgian camp is far from united. It's going to take some serious pain and self sacrifice to race that way, and who wants to go all the way around the world to do that.

The locals will show everyone how to ride the World Championships.....Haussler for Gold..
 
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blaxland said:
The locals will show everyone how to ride the World Championships.....Haussler for Gold..

I would love for Haussler to win but I'm picking the winner will be a rider who starts the Vuelta. Any not starting that race won't be in the same condition as the favorites. And Haussler's knee is untested.
 
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Gcraenen said:
I would like to think you are right, but the Belgian camp is far from united. It's going to take some serious pain and self sacrifice to race that way, and who wants to go all the way around the world to do that.
Who's not united in the Belgian camp?
blaxland said:
The locals will show everyone how to ride the World Championships.....Haussler for Gold..

Agreed! I am counting down the days till Geelong. It will be awesome!
 
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ak-zaaf said:
There is always QSi vs. Lotto. Then there's the other guys trying to get a contract with one of those teams.

Boonen is out so QS vs Lotto will be out too. Devolder can't win anything important outside Belgium. Hell, I'll even narrow it down to he can't win anything important outside QS team.

The only chance the Belgians have for winning the WC RR is Gilbert. I hope the Belgian team realises that.
 
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Gcraenen said:
I would like to think you are right, but the Belgian camp is far from united. It's going to take some serious pain and self sacrifice to race that way, and who wants to go all the way around the world to do that.

Wasn't there the Gilbert vs Boonen commotion last year? Everything turned out OK eventually. This year, Boonen isn't even riding and I can't imagine Bomans selecting riders who aren't willing to sacrifice themselves for Gilbert.

The Belgians are incredibly strong. I can't even think of a more committed domestique with that much class than Vansummeren. Leukemans should be capable of staying with Gilbert for a very long time too..
 
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Luis Ocaña said:
Wasn't there the Gilbert vs Boonen commotion last year? Everything turned out OK eventually. This year, Boonen isn't even riding and I can't imagine Bomans selecting riders who aren't willing to sacrifice themselves for Gilbert.

The Belgians are incredibly strong. I can't even think of a more committed domestique with that much class than Vansummeren. Leukemans should be capable of staying with Gilbert for a very long time too..

If Leukemans is near Gilbert with less than 50km to go he'll think he has a shot at glory himself. Same with Volder and Nuyens.
 
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Well, the only really interesting talking point until Geelong will be the Dutch squad selection.

I'd take all kind of guys who will be just happy to be there. Who don't care if they die after an early attack or who will wait for a sprint for 15th place and be totally happy if they win it

My selection:
-Kenny van Hummel (team leader for the bunch sprint)
-Theo Bos (for if Kenny fails and unicorns exist)
-Stefan van Dijk (Maybe horrible weather will make the organisation shorten the race, you never know)
-Tom Veelers (he's awesome)
-Rob Ruijgh (great guy, even better name)
-Sjonnie H. (village idiot)
-Bram Tankink (good for team spirit as long as there is XTC and a fire hose around)
-Maarten Tjallingii (great for pulling the peloton when he really shouldn't)
-Dennis van Winden (as long as he takes his girlfriend to every photo-op)

That would give an interesting race.
If we want to win we should just buy out some hopeful German like other countries did.
 
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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
I think the course suits the Belgium riders, My pick is the winner comes from there... Please be gilbert :D
I like pozzato to tho.

pleeeeeeeaassse no cav !

Pozzato would be awesome.
His ego would grow to a size only Cipo has reached before.
 
I think pure sprinters deserve a course that suits them every now and then, and the last one was Zolder 8 years ago so it wouldn't be outrageous to have another one soon, but pure climbers haven't had one since Duitama, and even that's being quite generous with the course.
 
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hrotha said:
I think pure sprinters deserve a course that suits them every now and then, and the last one was Zolder 8 years ago so it wouldn't be outrageous to have another one soon, but pure climbers haven't had one since Duitama, and even that's being quite generous with the course.

Mendrisio was leaning towards the real climbers. But on the other hand it didn't come close. Was there ever a WC with a legitimate long climb in it?

I think it's kind of hard building a lap when you want a 10-15km climb in it. It's a city that puts in the money, so they don't want the riders to only pass 3 or 4 times I guess.
 
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Dekker_Tifosi said:
You can fix that AK-zaaf.

For example, why not make a combination?
First local laps through a city at the foot of a 15km climb... then last lap they climb to the top and finish there...

Makes sense, no?

You would need a mountaintop village to share in the costs and that will be hard. There's not much money in half a million people bringing there own food and drinks and waiting for the last lap on some mountain all day, and that's exactly what will happen.
 
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@cobblestonehead

cheers for that, good watch.

The first climb seems like it could mix things up. It's gonna hurt on the last lap. Someone like gilbert could kill the sprinters chances here.

2nd climb isn't long, and after the top the sprinters team have a lot of space to catch a break.

gonna be an interesting race --- i'm trying to figure out where i should stand :D
 
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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
@cobblestonehead

cheers for that, good watch.

The first climb seems like it could mix things up. It's gonna hurt on the last lap. Someone like gilbert could kill the sprinters chances here.

2nd climb isn't long, and after the top the sprinters team have a lot of space to catch a break.

gonna be an interesting race --- i'm trying to figure out where i should stand :D

I think riders like Gilbert and Valverde :D, will start the fireworks on the first climb of the penultimate lap, select and form a group of ca. 7-8 Riders. Final lap would be too risky because of the facts you mentioned.

I go for Peter "the great" Sagan as worldchampion 2010 :cool:
 

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