I like your choices!Carols said:Spain is a powerhouse but are have to many chiefs; Purito and Valverde already saying they want the win.
Gilbert finally found his form...should be his day.
I will be rooting for my 2nd favorite rider Vincenzo The Shark Nibali. Not the most likely winner but he'll give it a shot I have no doubt!!!
Visconti is not gonna be there.42x16ss said:I see this as a Spain/Belgium showdown but there are quite a few riders capable of crashing the party. Nibali/Visconti, Gerrans/Clarke, Voeckler, Kolobnev, Albasini and possibly Sagan (if it isn't too agressive early on) Henao and Hordhaug will be looking to mix it up, they are all capable of winning on a course like this.
This should be a good open race!
Wasting Boonen early would put a lot more pressure on Gilbert. If Phil was caught with 800m to go, and Boonen wasn't closing in, he would have to keep going or end up trying to outsprint Freire/Sagan.Netserk said:I fear Boonen will make the same mistake he did at the Olympics, and wait for a sprint instead of attacking in the second last lap
He doesn't have to solo. Just attack before the sprint, as he would have no chance of beating Sagan and Piti on Cauberg. IMOFerminal said:Wasting Boonen early would put a lot more pressure on Gilbert. If Phil was caught with 800m to go, and Boonen wasn't closing in, he would have to keep going or end up trying to outsprint Freire/Sagan.
Better having Boonen coming up behind, ready to win if Phil is caught.
Leave the suicidal solos for guys like Leukemans.
Valverde is afraid of Phil.CobbleStoner said:this parcourse is nothing like last years, a big team is kinda useless here, not much chance for echelons either in that part of NL.
equal footing for Sagan vs Gilbert vs Valverde.
Sagan will go too early, Gilbert will pull Valverde up to him, then Allesandro will jump both of them for the win (although I would love to see Sagan take it)
I agree that he will be hard to beat. Gilbert and Rodriguez are obvious picks as well. Probably Valverde but Spain may have a problem getting full commitment to one rider if egos and friendships start to play a part. Aussies and Belgium won't have as many problems in that area as they don't have as many possible winners in their teams.auscyclefan94 said:I voted for Australia, it is Simon Gerrans' year. He has good form and on this course, he will be tough to beat.
That can't possibly be right. Anyway I think they should put 1 or 2 (or maybe even 3) guys in the break and have Purito and Valverde in case it comes back together.brilleaben said:
Piti in a flat sprintLaFlorecita said:That can't possibly be right. Anyway I think they should put 1 or 2 (or maybe even 3) guys in the break and have Purito and Valverde in case it comes back together.
By the way in a sprint who is faster, Valverde or Gilbert?
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