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by jipperd

I was thinking watching the classics and the tour basque. Would Tony Martin be a serious candidate for the classics, i mean he has the power, toughness and capabilities like Cancelara doesn't he?

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by KWalker

He is probably one of the least explosive riders ever. Great power for long durations, but I can't recall if he quite has the short duration strength of some of the other favorites. My crude analogy is that its probably like Boardman, who apparently couldn't break 1,000w, but obviously was a gangster at longer efforts.
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djconnel wrote:Haussler's been rather anonymous this year. The bike is the opposite: very nice. Any more info? What model frame is that?


Looks like a standard Addict to me.

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by stella-azzurra

OK picking Boonen again for Paris-Roubaix,
He was 35 seconds out at Flanders so he must be in good shape. :D

And I'm picking Contador to win the 2014 Tour. might as well get my vote in early. :mrgreen: :lol: :twisted:
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by HammerTime2

But who will win the 2014 Tour in 2015?

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by Stefano

I totally disagree on the talent/doping thing- sometimes after a big injury, you never do really recover. I have more than a few friends who suffered early sports-related injuries that were just never the same afterwards. Could be partially due to mental adjustment/ blocks, but breaking your pelvis is not a small matter.

Furthermore, even if the reason he isn't winning now isn't his injury but because he's trying to race clean, shouldn't we be supportive of that? He's still in the group, he finished 20th in the tour for goodness sake. That's a comeback in my book. You can't compare him to former, and almost assuredly current, dopers like Contador and Valverde, it's not really a fair fight. Go Andy!

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by stella-azzurra

HammerTime2 wrote:But who will win the 2014 Tour in 2015?


Yo mama. :lol:
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by boysa

Stefano wrote: Go Andy!


I can't believe it, but I think agree. I might actually start rooting for the guy.
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by Guerdi

Poor Chris Horner, hope he'll be ready to race at least the Vuelta. Those roads around Como are so dangerous, I'd like to know how many cyclists are injured/killed every year in that area.

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by xnavalav8r

I was looking forward to watching Horner make the Schleck Factory Team regret their hiring choices. Now this accident. Chris seems to have terrible luck, yet always manages to bounce back. I hope this doesn't end his season or career.

Interesting discussion above regarding A. Schleck and his inability to return to championship form following injury. I know he cracked his pelvis, but others have recovered from similar injuries to return to the top. And, doping aside, Floyd Landis returned from a hip replacement to "win" the Tour. PEDs or no, you have to be a special kind of tough to complete a 3-week tour with an artificial hip... regardless of final placing. I believe Andy is simply off the juice and can't compete without it. My opinion...

Best wishes to Travis Meyer for a full and speedy recovery as well. He is in bad shape after being struck by a car while riding.

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by TiG

Details from Drapac regarding Travis Meyer incident.
http://www.drapaccycling.com/travis-mey ... -incident/

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by stella-azzurra

Nikki Temptra does it at P-R.
Boonen could not do it since he's a team mate a probably wasn't as strong enough.
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Stefano wrote:I totally disagree on the talent/doping thing- sometimes after a big injury, you never do really recover. I have more than a few friends who suffered early sports-related injuries that were just never the same afterwards. Could be partially due to mental adjustment/ blocks, but breaking your pelvis is not a small matter.

Furthermore, even if the reason he isn't winning now isn't his injury but because he's trying to race clean, shouldn't we be supportive of that? He's still in the group, he finished 20th in the tour for goodness sake. That's a comeback in my book. You can't compare him to former, and almost assuredly current, dopers like Contador and Valverde, it's not really a fair fight. Go Andy!


Considering how many better riders couldn't get contracts this year no, I do not give a shit if he is bad because he is clean. Someone else deserves that cash more. I know he was injured, but that doesn't explain the fact that he was sucking before those injuries.
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by efeballi

Great win by Terpstra, no one could/would follow him when he attacked.
Boonen spent too much trying to make the break with Hushovd succeed.


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by tymon_tm

IMO we have the best classic season in years. apart from maybe MSR all the races were very enjoyable and somehow surprising in the outcome. i was hoping for a bunch finish this year (sadly Terpstra ruined that one :lol:) nevertheless since the Arenberg i was on the edge of my cushy armchair. a truly great spectacle :thumbup:
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