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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 3:59 pm 
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Wiggins has yet to show any real attacks in the mountains. He's kinda like Indurain. Kill them in the TT and follow in the mountains.
This might be his year but if you have someone that can climb really well and TT well then he would not win.Maybe hes saving his attacks for the tour but he has not convinced me yet.

Schleck can climb but no TT.
Evans can climb and TT but not the best at both disciplines.
Nibali can climb but has average TT.

In this years tour there no one that has previously shown that they can climb and attack with the best and TT.

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Willier wrote:
A while ago I said:

Now that Andy is out, I will go with Horner


Wow that is a bold prediction.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 4:25 pm 
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stella-azzurra wrote:
Willier wrote:
A while ago I said:
Now that Andy is out, I will go with Horner

Wow that is a bold prediction.

Bold, but not daft. I will be having a small wager on Horner as well. And from a personal perspective, would love to see him win it.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:23 pm 
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Horner might be an 80:1 shot.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:45 pm 
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as much as I hate to say it, Horner couldn't pull out a win gifted to him by an amazing TTT at Tirreno-Adriatico... With many more strong supported GC riders in le Tour, I don't think he has a chance...


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:50 pm 
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I don't think you need to attack on the climbs to win a TDF but that depends on the competition. Frank Schleck if on form is probably the only person who can do a Contador style attack but I don't think he'll be up to it this year. Anyway he lacks consistancy and can't TT. Wiggins never attacks on the climbs but he can keep up. He won't lose loads on the climbs partly because there is no Contador style climber this year to blow him away. He's very consistant and with his TT ability he should be in Paris with the Yellow jersey on his back. Only a crash or illness will stop him.

The Italians have disappointed this year and the Schlecks are out of it. Wiggins will be able to follow Evans and will gain on the TTs.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 5:53 pm 
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21.6.12 (stating the date because...)

Has Astana announced their selection yet?

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:09 pm 
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Garmin's selection looks quite strong to support Ryder.

Tom Danielson
Tyler Farrar
Ryder Hesjedal
Robbie Hunter
Dan Martin
David Millar
Christian Vande Velde
Johan Vansummeren
David Zabriskie

CVV, Danielson and Martin should be great help pacing Ryder in the mountains.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:49 pm 
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Has Astana announced their selection yet?

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/brajkov ... -de-france" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Astana team for Tour de France: Alexandre Vinokurov (Kaz), Jani Brajkovic (Slo), Borut Bozic (Slo), Dmitry Fofonov (Kaz), Andriy Grivko (Ukr), Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz), Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz), Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe), Robert Kiserlovski (Cro)


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Thanks tony. :thumbup:
I must have missed it!

I'll place a "non-favourite-darkhorse" label on Vinokourov and Brajkovic, the latter being the stronger GC podium spot if the two parlay off each other.

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:14 pm 
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Are we up for a super exciting Tour? The climbers will be forced to attack even more than usual, because they will lose more than normal in the TTs.

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stella-azzurra wrote:
Wiggins has yet to show any real attacks in the mountains. He's kinda like Indurain. Kill them in the TT and follow in the mountains.
This might be his year but if you have someone that can climb really well and TT well then he would not win.Maybe hes saving his attacks for the tour but he has not convinced me yet.

Schleck can climb but no TT.
Evans can climb and TT but not the best at both disciplines.
Nibali can climb but has average TT.

In this years tour there no one that has previously shown that they can climb and attack with the best and TT.


So who do you think will win??

Edit: saw your first post. Evans ... I agree.


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 21, 2012 7:40 pm 
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I already stated my position in my first post. I'm just answering to other peoples posts.
I'm not a politician so I stand by my position and fully support it.
I believe in my position and Evans is the man.

Unless he crashes then my position will be with the next best man to represent my position :lol:

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Cavendish wins the Prologue!

think about it, who else is as good at to cranking out 500 watts for 6k then cranking out 1200 in the last 500m? not to mentio the little elf is Aero and has won similar events in the past.

Hoogerland wins the polka dot jersey

The guy should win a big fat medal for finishing the tour last year after being hit by a FRENCH news vehicle, I think KOM is the only chance he has at notoriety, so what the hell I'll give it to him!

Farrar Gets skunked

ok so thats not very bold...

JENS VOIGT WILL SOLO TO A VICTORY IN HIS FINAL TdF and retire on top!!!!

there I said it...

now SHUT UP LEGS!!!


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Frank Schleck
Bradley Wiggins
Cadel Evans

it's my top 3, altough in no particular order.

Nibali will be 4th or 5th

Rolland 5th or 6th

And as a black horse I would go with Vande Velde.

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