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Stefano
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by Stefano

This MSR has the biggest list of possible favorites I can remember for the last several years, I feel like with w/kg ratios falling maybe the poggio has more of an effect now? As far as changing the route, I don't think that would necessarily make it any better. I've always liked the route, I feel that the current course can go to anyone: a sprinter, time triallist, roleur, grand tour contender, and I think it's awesome. To each his own, but this is my favorite race of the year and I can't wait to see it!!!

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hna
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by hna

What about Boasson Hagen? His stamina has improved loads since the classic season last year and he is the fastest on the Sky MSR squad. I hope he can surprise.

wojchiech
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by wojchiech

maybe even an underdog/domestique upset - anything but a bunch sprint really :lol: :beerchug:

KWalker
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by KWalker

My Dad's hotel is 500m from the finish line. I'm a bit jealous....
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KWalker
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by KWalker

So is only Froome and Rolland still using O Sys? Haven't seen David Millar this season, but no one from Sky is on them yet. IIRC they were by this point in the year.
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djconnel
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by djconnel

Curious. Maybe the word got around the oval rings could yield anomolously high power readings on power meters which use magnets for cadence.

The issue is the rings have you spend more time at high torque. But work isn't time multiplied by torque, it's angle. The actual angle through which you turn the pedals at high torque doesn't change as much. So it's easy to overestimate power. This is essentially the mistake made by the power meters. Powertap would get it right, as should Power2Max.

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by KWalker

From what I've heard riders and teams already knew that and didn't care. It was consistent and that's what mattered.
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roadman
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by roadman

Oops @Handzame Classic

http://sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozone/v_ ... Val_Dehaes" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

cmdr199212
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by cmdr199212

good grief... man that had to hurt!

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SolidSnake03
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by SolidSnake03

Oh that looked nasty, are those his bottles that go flying out?
Looks like I made a new 90 Proof friend

Finbar
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by Finbar

Nasty indeed - looks like toe covers on the ground afterwards.
Not sure how that happened. Scary.

Privateer
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by Privateer

ultyguy wrote:Michael Albasini 80-1 Form, he dusted a small group in Paris-Nice


Albasini is my outside pick as well. He can climb and he can sprint, and as you said, he showed good form in Paris-Nice. Whether he gets a real crack at it depends on how much work GreenEdge decide to do for Gerrans and/or Goss.

Of the favourites I'm going to go with Chavanel. His sprint win against Cav last week was impressive, and he's due a classics win.

ultyguy
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by ultyguy

Well it's kind of a tactical race pick, GE could send him up the road and if the weather turns nasty they could stay away....we'll see.

plpete
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by plpete

Looked he sort of unclipped and his foot slipped off the pedal and ended up between the wheels. Ouch indeed. Lets leave the fancy celebrating to Sagan :lol:

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Ghastly
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by Ghastly

he said on belgian tv that he loosened his 2nd hand from the bar and got a crosswind in his frontwheel...

same race, 2 years ago, very good friend of Kenny Dehaes (winner this year), Steve Schets got this (back one in the picture):
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just over the finishline Kenny Vanhummel (2nd this year, 2nd 2 years ago) clipped a photographer and took a lot of racers (including Schets, the winner) along in his fall.
http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozon ... n/1.984822" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

coincidence? ;-)

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