- Jun 16, 2009
Will Gilbert complete the "ardennes triple" by winning liege?
too be honest i don't think people will pull a cancellara on gilbert. because the ardennes are full of tommeke/canc type of guys who want to win themselves and i bet the shlecks and the spanish armada guys prefer to lose to gilbert while trying to win themselves then letting the win go to a non favouriteEl Pistolero said:I voted no
It's going to be hard. Just look at Cancellara this year.
Why else would they have Voigt in their team?The Hitch said:I hope Leopard send Jens into the break at about 90k. Then look at Gilbert and say, bring this back yourself mate. I will be very upset if any of the other teams help Gilbert out. Just like Spartacus was forced to on cobbles, Gilbert, having owned everyone in some style, should be made to (though he does actually have a team to help him) get the victory himself.
Wasn't that Saxo's exact tactic last year?The Hitch said:I hope Leopard send Jens into the break at about 90k. Then look at Gilbert and say, bring this back yourself mate. I will be very upset if any of the other teams help Gilbert out. Just like Spartacus was forced to on cobbles, Gilbert, having owned everyone in some style, should be made to (though he does actually have a team to help him) get the victory himself.
To be fair, he did do that twice already.Ferminal said:No.
He will have to beat Vino, the Schlecks, Samu, Katusha.
Of course I will not be surprised if he wins, but the odds are stacked against him.
Even if they don't treat him with the same contempt as "they" did Cancellara, it will still be tough.
That favors GilbertLanark said:Yep, he'll succeed Trebellin. I don't expect any Cancellara-scenario's (and I think the difference in power between Gilbert and the competition is bigger than it was between Cancellara and his competitors this year). The final of a race like LBL is quite short, nothing happens before the Roche-aux-Foucons, and it's only 20km from there, after that, there is not as much room for tactical games like in Paris-Roubaix, it's more a matter of strength, and they can't beat Gilbert there.
If they want to have a chance, they should make it a long and hard race, but that requires sacrificing your team, they'll be too scared to do that.
Well, they are rather different races.El Pistolero said:To be fair, he did do that twice already.
Nah, I'm not expecting him to win eitherFerminal said:Well, they are rather different races.
The favourites were not attacking from 40km out in AGR/Fleche.
In L-B-L you can guarantee that there will be attacks by the favourites at least by the Redoute, which is 35-40km to go. Gilbert will have to follow, chase himself and make some tough calls in the process. Even if he is the strongest it's not an easy win.
At least that is how they should ride it, if they let Gilbert get an easy ride to the St Nick then they deserve to lose.
I think I'm just repeating what I said the other day, I'm going down if he wins