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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 6:47 am 
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That was the worst classic finish in years. Total wheel-sucking leech.


Funny but I didn't see it that way. Fabian is tactically quite poor. When his engine can't destroy ppl he doesn't often win.

I'd pick Sagan to win from a small group as he doesn't have Nibali on the same team anymore to scupper his chances.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 8:25 am 
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What was Fabian supposed to do exactly? If he had stopped pedaling he would have given away every chance of a top result.

I don't blame Gerrans either though. He just played the situation to his advantage. And it was clear that the pace Cancellara set was hard enough. Nibali was cooked at the end.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:24 am 
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Chavanel or Moser for me. Chava and boonen allowed to roam free solo by opqs and Moser being missed by the bunch who are all watching Sagan.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:27 am 
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Sure, what Sagan did at the tour and Gerrans did at MSR last night are completely smart moves.....but as I said earlier (and since Canc said in a cyclingnews article this morning), his days of pulling for the others is done (at least this year as he's not mega strong).


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:32 am 
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A quick note on my comments on Voeckler. Im not a Tommy fanboy mostly because I dont appreciate his antics off the bike, specially in regards to the poor treatment he gives the press (non french at least). I actually do like watching him race. Cycling could do with a few more Voeckler's. The boy has guts.

Back to Milan San Remo! I'd love to see all the big sprinters dropped on the poggio, but looking back at what happened on stage 5 of tirreno adriatico there is no way Sagan will get dropped on this kind of form. Will be exciting to watch though! And lets hope some darkhorse can surprise us! So my darkhorse bet goes on either Thor Hushovd or Andrei Amador!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:57 am 
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Bennati seems to have form as well. Could be a good shot for podium.


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Cold weather is gonna be a factor, cause the weather forecast talk about rain in north-west of Italy and possibly some snow even at low heights.

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let's hope not, otherwise RAI live production goes "kaput"

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 2:51 pm 
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I will say that Boasson Hagen stands a chance he has the engine to do it.
Also Moreno Moser has a shot if Peter Sagan can't do it.

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I'd like to see Degenkolb do well. He has perhaps been overshadowed by Sagan but IMO he has many of the same qualities as a rider.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:43 pm 
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Love Degenkolb as well, but I think he's a long ways form-wise from his Vuelta/Paris-Tours/Worlds version.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 3:50 pm 
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Modolo has at least beaten the big boys this year in Argentina...

My tiny longshot bets on form and sentiment...

Heinrich Haussler 48-1 It would be a poetic one, but unlikely
Gerald Ciolek 75-1 A bit of form, a bit of one for the litte guys, he could pull a 'Goss' I think
Moreno Moser 38-1 The Cannondale plan B
Geraint Thomas 46-1 Let's see what they've been doing up in Tenerife
Michael Albasini 80-1 Form, he dusted a small group in Paris-Nice

We'll see....more just to have a flutter.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:06 pm 
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You've been talking about FDJ riders (Bouhanni for sure) for years and they've gotten a few wins but not the success you've predicted and accorded for them.


That's true, but they're still doing well and I pay attention to the team. I like Madiot as a manager and as for "a few wins" - while they are not a major budget team like Sky that gets all the press and can support a team with luxury throughout their races, looking at the records they've done better than Euskaltel-Euskadi and Radioshack-Leopard over recent years. I've never claimed they would win the Tour or any of the three major GTs. However I have guessed they would be competitive in stages (true) and do fairly well on other races (also true).

So yes, I think they're doing fine. You probably've noticed I also like to pay attention to teams that are not featured in the English or Italian media too often. I guess I'm an outernationalist.


With that said I'm a big FDJ fan, especially in the Tour. They have some top talent now: Demare, Casar, Fedrigo (older guys but still), Jeanneson, Offredo, Pinot, etc. Combined with their dialed kits they're one of my favorite teams.

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Anything other than last year would be an awesome finish. I'm not a Gerrans fan, but his win while smart was terrible to watch and a big let down.

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I don't really care who wins. It's the exitement of following the race from say 20k before Le Manie which makes it. If the weather forcast hits we're in for a northern treat.

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