Worlds Warm-up: Who will win it

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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
na just the way he did beat him. sat on his wheel for half the climb, then going past him in the last 100m. real classy.

Actually he pulled for half the climb alone...until his team leader (Popovych) was dropped, at which point he stopped pulling, hoping Popo would get back on :)

I can't stand when someone doesn't work and then attacks, but I feel that wasn't the case.
 
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cunego for the win for me - pressure is on though!

i'd like cadel to get up there, as with cancellara.. would be a good top 3 for me.. i wouldn't underate cadels sprinting ability (as many suggest), last two years has shown strength in fleche-wallone, but perhaps poor timing. he beat cunego in a sprint in coppi-bartali (spelt that wrong i think), and opened up a gap on sanchez for the bonus seconds in the vuelta.. of course, the last two examples were in stage races, and a colourful jersey that can be worn for a year was not at stake.. still, i want him to win, but i think cunego's got it
 
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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
Guderzo was almost caught but pulled away on the climb, it's hers now. if it came to a sprint vos had it.

great tactics

Nicely played by the Italians.
Vos is still only 22. Unbelievable.
 
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Cance wins with 3.5 kilometers to go attack.

The form he's in, no living rider can stay with him if he's allowed a 150 meter gap. Sprinters will be to far behind their overstretched leadouts to react.
 
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python said:
Cance wins with 3.5 kilometers to go attack.

The form he's in, no living rider can stay with him if he's allowed a 150 meter gap. Sprinters will be to far behind their overstretched leadouts to react.

There's absolutely no chance of a bunch sprint. A sprint between a small group of 10 or 15 contenders is a possibility, though.
 
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VDB on the RR, what a character:

Een wereldkampioenschap wordt bijna altijd gewonnen in de laatste twee ronden. Weet je, dit parcours was echt op mijn maat geweest. Iets minder zwaar weliswaar dan ik vooraf had gedacht, maar nog altijd meer dan lastig genoeg. Die laatste helling met de grote plateau naar boven, puur op de macht. Man, ik was daar nogal eens op gevlogen! Wie daar boven komt met tien meter voorsprong heeft gewonnen spel. Wat blijft dan nog? Een beetje bergaf en de rechte lijn naar de streep. Daar pakken ze je niet meer, want als je op die ultieme klim de anderen kan losgooien, ben je gewoon de beste. Ik denk dat het ook zo zal gebeuren.
 
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Susan can we have our Tim back...?

Susan I don't know if your checking the forums, but in the live U23 coverage you've listed Timothy Roe as an Austrian, unless things have changed and no one's told me, I thought Adelaide was part of Australia.
 
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Bala Verde said:
VDB on the RR, what a character:

Bought Het Nieuwsblad today, where he has a half-page column.
He went on training with the belgian selection, the pics are awesome :)
C7_VDB4.MM.jpg

Subtext: "Monfort didn't even listen to my gear advice" (I can imagine him saying: "This is the steepest part, I'd pick a 53x11 here" :D)

He does know his pro-cycling, his predictions are right most of the time.

But it's great he still knows how good he was and isn't ashamed to say it.
This is from a couple of days ago.
Was ik Phil dan gaf ik vanaf vandaag al show. Tot zondag probeerde ik te imponeren. Vóór Verona 1999 wachtte ik aan de voet van de Torricella de squadra azzurra op. Om dan met de grote plaat de helling op te vliegen. Casagrande & co. zetten grote ogen op. De Italiaanse sportkrant La Gazzetta dello Sport kopte daags nadien 'VDB fa la diva', VDB gaat als een diva tekeer. Dat zijn psychologische spelletjes die je vooraf speelt.

Bad translation:
If i were Gilbert I'd start showing off today. I used to try to impress until Sunday. Before Verona 1999 i waited at the bottom of the Torricella for the Italian team. To fly over it on a huge gear when they saw me. Gazzetta had a headline the next day: VDB shows off like a diva. That's the psychological game you play.

/edit: nice little website that shows the riders in the worlds per pro-team.
 
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Am I the only one interested in the u-23 race today? :p

Henao's very strong so far. But wasting energy needlessly, it seems. Though being a specialist climber he has to punch it on the climbs otherwise he has no chance of staying away.
 
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Sicard's made his move. He's the main favorite, so can the others catch him? Henao's spent, definitely. I'm wondering if Kump can hang onto the group long enough to unleash his sprint.

EDIT: Looks like Sicard's making it stick. He's a decent sprinter, but Kreder is as well and isn't doing any work so he's not tiring

They'll be caught soon, anyway
 
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issoisso said:
Am I the only one interested in the u-23 race today? :p

Henao's very strong so far. But wasting energy needlessly, it seems. Though being a specialist climber he has to punch it on the climbs otherwise he has no chance of staying away.

Try to follow it via Cyclingnews, save my streaming for tomorrow night.

Are any aussies in the chase group?
 
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Wow, what happened there? They lost 25 seconds on the climb, looked about to be caught and suddenly gained it all back on the flat. Timing error?
 
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badboyberty said:
Try to follow it via Cyclingnews, save my streaming for tomorrow night.

Are any aussies in the chase group?

Howard's there, but he tried a break so he's probably tired.