Which male rider will dominate in 2013?

Page 2 - Get up to date with the latest news, scores & standings from the Cycling News Community.

Which male rider will dominate in 2013?

  • Other (specify)

    Votes: 0 0.0%

  • Total voters
    0
  • Poll closed .
Oct 23, 2011
3,846
2
0
Lieuwe Westra to go PN-mode the entire season and pull a Wiggins, except attacking all the time instead of hiding behind Froome. Rujano will pull a Froome on Westra though.
 
Froome and Valverde are the only 2 on the list I cannot imagine dominating.

Valverde will have to battle it out with Gilbert in the Ardennes, who is (as Jens Attacks' climbing times show too) simply better on hills.

I do not know about Froome, but between a Contador and Wiggins (who is still leader) I find it hard to see him dominate.

Wiggo will have to deal with stronger competition, and Cancellara will have to change his racing style.
 
I think Cancellara will dominate the spring classics again and finally become WC, while Contador wins every stage race he enters, including TDF and Vuelta.

Wiggins will underperform and blame his lack of motivation and/or alchoholism whilst Froome will underperform and blame his bilharzia ;)
 
Jan 11, 2010
12,579
0
0
maltiv said:
I think Cancellara will dominate the spring classics again and finally become WC, while Contador wins every stage race he enters, including TDF and Vuelta.

Wiggins will underperform and blame his lack of motivation and/or alchoholism whilst Froome will underperform and blame his bilharzia ;)
You mean Cancellara will become the world road champion? Have you seen the course?
 
theyoungest said:
You mean Cancellara will become the world road champion? Have you seen the course?
He was by far the strongest in Mendrisio. With the same form, he definitely has a chance. Perhaps the course doesn't suit him, but you never know. I believe he's skipping TDF next year to prepare for the last part of the season so he'll definitely try to slim down ahead of the WC.
 
maltiv said:
He was by far the strongest in Mendrisio. With the same form, he definitely has a chance. Perhaps the course doesn't suit him, but you never know. I believe he's skipping TDF next year to prepare for the last part of the season so he'll definitely try to slim down ahead of the WC.
Yes, but other guys like Gilbert have gotten stronger too while Cancellara has advanced little in the classics, if at all.
 
Jul 16, 2010
17,455
3
0
maltiv said:
He was by far the strongest in Mendrisio. With the same form, he definitely has a chance. Perhaps the course doesn't suit him, but you never know. I believe he's skipping TDF next year to prepare for the last part of the season so he'll definitely try to slim down ahead of the WC.
Mendrisio was easy compared to Firenze. And Mendrisio was his home terrain. For some strange reasons that I'll never understand that matters in sport.

Anyway, everything can happen I suppose, with some cyclists you just never know. Although it has been since 2008 that the great Cancellara has won a race that isn't a time trial or national road race after April. ;)
 
Jul 29, 2012
11,703
3
0
El Pistolero said:
Mendrisio was easy compared to Firenze. And Mendrisio was his home terrain. For some strange reasons that I'll never understand that matters in sport.

Anyway, everything can happen I suppose, with some cyclists you just never know. Although it has been since 2008 that the great Cancellara has won a race that isn't a time trial or national road race after April. ;)
Same with Boonen ;)

Too easy.
 
Sep 25, 2009
83
0
0
theyoungest said:
You mean Cancellara will become the world road champion? Have you seen the course?


Does anyone have a link to a THOROUGH roadmap of the Tuscany parcours?

I would really like to see detailed gradients of the 2 hills.
 
Jan 11, 2010
12,579
0
0
maltiv said:
He was by far the strongest in Mendrisio. With the same form, he definitely has a chance. Perhaps the course doesn't suit him, but you never know. I believe he's skipping TDF next year to prepare for the last part of the season so he'll definitely try to slim down ahead of the WC.
He'll need a lot of slimming down. That course is basically a climber's course. Mendrisio was more for allrounders.

Okay, I know they always say that about the worlds, but this time I think it's true ;)

velosiped said:
Does anyone have a link to a THOROUGH roadmap of the Tuscany parcours?

I would really like to see detailed gradients of the 2 hills.
Just look up the Via Salviati in Florence on Google Maps. That thing is steep.
 
El Pistolero said:
Anyway, everything can happen I suppose, with some cyclists you just never know. Although it has been since 2008 that the great Cancellara has won a race that isn't a time trial or national road race after April. ;)
He won the Tour de Suiise.

But lets pretend (as you do) that he did not.

Well discluding time trials as you always do never makes any sense.

Hes a time trial specialist. There are plenty of races he could go to for a win that he doesnt because hes saving himself for a time trial or tired after a time trial or wearing the yellow jersey.

If he knew time trials dont count he would go for the win in other races:rolleyes: Its like mocking Contador for never winning a breakaway stage in a Grand Tour.

And to be fair (which you never are to Cancellara), he has every one of those years spent over half of his post april season domestiquing for the Schlecks
 
Jul 16, 2010
17,455
3
0
The Hitch said:
He won the Tour de Suiise.

But lets pretend (as you do) that he did not.

Well discluding time trials as you always do never makes any sense.

Hes a time trial specialist. There are plenty of races he could go to for a win that he doesnt because hes saving himself for a time trial or tired after a time trial or wearing the yellow jersey.

If he knew time trials dont count he would go for the win in other races:rolleyes: Its like mocking Contador for never winning a breakaway stage in a Grand Tour.

And to be fair (which you never are to Cancellara), he has every one of those years spent over half of his post april season domestiquing for the Schlecks
The World Road Race in Firenze is a time trial? Good to know. You hit the nail on the head, he's a time trial specialist.

He won Tour de Suisse? Yeah, because of the time trials. Lol.

He's tired from winning prologues(and one long time trial in a GT)? As if.

The Schlecks only ride one race a year and the Tour is not half your season post April. ;) He had a free reign this year anyway.

Does Contador not win both real stages and time trials in stage races?

Have you realized yet I'm not the one that's excluding time trials, but you are? Why would he stop focusing on time trials? He's good at them. :)
 
El Pistolero said:
The World Road Race in Firenze is a time trial? Good to know. You hit the nail on the head, he's a time trial specialist.

He won Tour de Suisse? Yeah, because of the time trials. Lol.

He's tired from winning prologues(and one long time trial in a GT)? As if.

The Schlecks only ride one race a year and the Tour is not half your season post April. ;) He had a free reign this year anyway.

Does Contador not win both real stages and time trials in stage races?
Time trials and real stages??? :confused: Time trials are som sort of fantasy stage?
 
Jul 16, 2010
17,455
3
0
Bushman said:
Time trials and real stages??? :confused: Time trials are som sort of fantasy stage?
Real stages as in racing against multiple people directly instead of indirectly.

What's the point of cycling if it is completely devoid of tactics as time trials are!
 
Dec 27, 2010
6,674
0
0
El Pistolero said:
Real stages as in racing against multiple people directly instead of indirectly.

What's the point of cycling if it is completely devoid of tactics as time trials are!
Strongest guy wins. Simples.
 
Aug 16, 2011
10,820
1
0
El Pistolero said:
Real stages as in racing against multiple people directly instead of indirectly.

What's the point of cycling if it is completely devoid of tactics as time trials are!
So, what? Winning a time trial is not a real win? In a time trial you push yourself to and past your limits in order to beat the other guys time, often only being separated by seconds. In fact, a rider is probably working a lot harder in a TT than they are in a road race.
 
Dec 27, 2010
6,674
0
0
Afrank said:
So, what? Winning a time trial is not a real win? In a time trial you push yourself to and past your limits in order to beat the other guys time, often only being separated by seconds. In fact, a rider is probably working a lot harder in a TT than they are in a road race.
I've not seen pro TTs last 6hrs.
 
Jul 16, 2010
17,455
3
0
Afrank said:
So, what? Winning a time trial is not a real win? In a time trial you push yourself to and past your limits in order to beat the other guys time, often only being separated by seconds. A rider is probably working a lot harder in a TT than they are in a road race in fact.
Time trial win doesn't really matter when you talk about a road race no.

I just used "real stage" to differentiate it from a time trial stage lol. We all know what's more prestigious anyway, let's not kid ourselves.

I think a road race is harder than one of Cancellara's prologue wins though.

Fact remains that it's a lot harder for Cancellara to win an actual road race than it is to win a time trial. That fact will remain valid for next year's WC. ;)

It's not like Cancellara is a frequent winner of road races. Therefor it is worth pointing out he hasn't won a real road race after April since 2008. Except his 2 National Road Race titles, but what competition does he face there lol?
 
Jul 29, 2012
11,703
3
0
theyoungest said:
Guys, it's simple. Boonen isn't great at time trials, that's why they're boring and unimportant.
Didn't Boonen once say that he was gonna try and win TT's? :D
 

ASK THE COMMUNITY