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    Tour of Germany (spoilers)

    I'm not sure if this is being broadcast on television here in America, which is why I put the "spoilers" remark in the title.

    Anyways, the prologue was today. Leipheimer finished 40" or so back in just 5.5km. Not a good sign if he's hoping to repeat his victory this year. Gusev from Discovery took the win by a hair from T-Mobile's Linus Gerdemann... should be another exciting race.

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    I think Gerdemann is a future star. I think he'll podium.
    Levi just doesn't seem to have the form since the Tour. I don't understand why Discovery wanted him.
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    Quote Originally Posted by iluvfreebeer
    I think Gerdemann is a future star. I think he'll podium.
    Levi just doesn't seem to have the form since the Tour. I don't understand why Discovery wanted him.
    I'm beginning to wonder if the whole Levi/Disco thing is because of the sponsors. They probably
    want an american leading the team for the TdF. Levi is practically geriatric and his form has been
    so weird this season. How many good years does he have left? I doubt it's much more than 2 and
    the one he had this year was not living up to the hype. Who knows? Maybe he isn't doping like half the peloton.

    anyway, Disco has so many other talented riders. I wonder how long it is until Popo leaves

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    Good points.
    They've been putting a lot of hope in Tom Danielson, but he's already 28 and (I think?) he hasn't even ridden The Tour yet. (correct me if I'm wrong.)
    An American team without a strong American rider is a nightmare for the sponsors.
    I long for the old 7-11 days when they were all Americans --- but we frankly don't have enough talent for it, and it's pointless anyway. Popo & Salvodelli are stronger than any American other than Flandis.
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    Speaking of Tom....why didn't Danielson start the Tour of Germany?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cypress
    Speaking of Tom....why didn't Danielson start the Tour of Germany?
    I thought he was going to be team leader for the Vuelta - except I've never followed that race so
    I don't know if it has happened yet or not

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    The Vuelta starts August 26
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    They said the weather was extremely variable during the race. Great for some riders, horrible for others. Wonder how that affected Levi?
    Edit - watched it on cycling.tv. When Levi rode the course it was raining and windy and there were lots of leaves on the pavement. He took every corner very slowly. Guess fear of crashing was more important than fear of losing time.
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    What about Stefan Schumacher? That guy is awesome. Next big star.

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    I think Levi will do better on climbs. He needs to spend the entire Winter on a TT bike working that weakness of his out.
    Watch for Vino to win as he's 10 seconds back of GC.
    I feel like a soiled kleenex dropped in the gutter in the red-light district of Paris.

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    Quote Originally Posted by daytonian
    I think Levi will do better on climbs. He needs to spend the entire Winter on a TT bike working that weakness of his out.
    Whatcha wanna bet Disco already has time at the wind tunnel booked?

    Glad Vino is back--missed him at the Tour de France.

    Dagna

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    *** SPOILER ***

    After today's stage 5, which Levi won, Levi is now in 4th place, only 18 seconds behind Voigt.
    Yes, he only got 3 seconds out of Voigt today, but tomorrow's profile looks very good for him:

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2006...ges/germany066


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