WC National Team Selections

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maltiv said:
Sky's team for the TTT: Dowsett, Boasson Hagen, Flecha, Henao, Stannard and Thomas

That's a horrible team, no chance whatsoever of a podium. Weird considering their ambitions at the start of the year of winning said race, but then people assumed they'd send at least one of their 4 best TT'ers (Wiggins, Froome, Porte, Rogers).

And come on, Henao? I know he's probably better in a TTT than in an ITT as he's quite punchy, but still...
It's a pretty average team but I don't remember Sky ever saying this was a big target for them?
 
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JRanton said:
It's a pretty average team but I don't remember Sky ever saying this was a big target for them?
Is it a target for anyone? Bit pointless in my opinion.

Worlds should be solely about nations. Bringing a trade team event into the equation is stupid in many respects. Not least logistically, with nations staying together etc - using team busses...
 
Andy99 said:
Is it a target for anyone? Bit pointless in my opinion.

Worlds should be solely about nations. Bringing a trade team event into the equation is stupid in many respects. Not least logistically, with nations staying together etc - using team busses...
The ttt doesnt hurt though (other than the athletes). It will be an entertaining few hours.

Whatsmore the ttt is an art and it will be nice to see it in a setting where it doesnt have a negative impact on the gc.

Gives the host city an extra race and more riders the chance to experience the worlds.

With teams rather than nations, it gives more people a chance. If it was nations youd see people like Cancellara - best tter in the world, without a chance even.
 
Andy99 said:
Is it a target for anyone? Bit pointless in my opinion.

Worlds should be solely about nations. Bringing a trade team event into the equation is stupid in many respects. Not least logistically, with nations staying together etc - using team busses...
I think GreenEdge have been preparing for it quite well and presumably Garmin too.
 
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swuzzlebubble said:
How many of the 32 continental teams that have qualified for TTT will actually do it?
EG TEAM JAYCO-AIS do not seem to be coming?
almost none will go, not a single team from north or south american for instance
 
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GB Road Team;

Cavendish
Cummings
Dowsett (+TT)
Froome (+TT)
Rowe
Stannard
Swift
Tiernan-Locke
Wiggins
 
The Hitch said:
The ttt doesnt hurt though (other than the athletes). It will be an entertaining few hours.

Whatsmore the ttt is an art and it will be nice to see it in a setting where it doesnt have a negative impact on the gc.

Gives the host city an extra race and more riders the chance to experience the worlds.
Agree. It's nice they added it to the WC, allthough I think UCI might use it bring in trade teams into the WC for the road race as well. Eventually....
Let's hope not!
 
El Pistolero said:
Team time trial: @opqscyclingteam Tom Boonen, Sylvain Chavanel, Tony Martin, Niki Terpstra, Kristof Vandewalle and Peter Velits #limburg2012
Very strong team. Definately a contender for the win.
The only rider I have no idea about is Vandewalle, but the others are all good strong TT guys.
 
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Kwibus said:
What the hell are Cavendish and Swift doing in their selection?
Cav is the defending champion... it's easy to forget, I know, but it's true.

Swift is a sprinter who can survive hills, it's worth the try. Britain don't have any real classics specialists.
 
Kwibus said:
Very strong team. Definately a contender for the win.
The only rider I have no idea about is Vandewalle, but the others are all good strong TT guys.
Leipheimer should have been there, even though he hasn't been great this year. But his experience counts too.
 
theyoungest said:
Cav is the defending champion... it's easy to forget, I know, but it's true.

Swift is a sprinter who can survive hills, it's worth the try. Britain don't have any real classics specialists.
Well I was well aware that he is the defending champion, but a little bit of realism wouldn't hurt. Better bring Thomas instead of him or a good domestique. Allthough I expect Cav to do domestique work for GB else it really is pointless.

Swift can indeed handle a few hills, but this is an 260k race with 2 hills in it every lap. I'd be incredibly surprised if he's still in the bunch with 220km to go.
 
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