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    Het Volk predictions?

    Ok your thoughts on the start of the REAL classics
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    I'm not sure, but I figure either Van Heeswyck
    or Boonen.

    Het Volk is so difficult to predict(for me), no idea of fitness since
    its the first real classics ride.

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    I predict...the race won't be canceled this year, but that 's as much a lottery as trying to pick the winner of any one day race.

    Lot's of riders are fit, but Gilbert has shown the best so far. He's as good a pick as any.

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    Boonen
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    some classics coverage on cycling.tv hope you have a cable modem



    2005 CLASSICS SEASON GETS UNDER WAY THIS COMING WEEKEND:



    The traditional opener to the European Spring Classics and Semi Classics season is Omloop het Volk this Saturday, 26th February.



    We have 3 great races LIVE and FREE in the coming weeks. We have 1 superb race that is pay to view.

    Our apologies, we like to make our service free whenever possible. We would appreciate your support with our Pay to View offering, it is only 10 Euros approximately 10 Dollars or £6 Sterling. We have an awful lot of free cycling and het Volk is a very special race. You can pre-purchase access all this week and then just check back in on the day.



    Our LIVE Cycling Schedule is as follows:



    1. OMLOOP HET VOLK:

    SATURDAY 26TH FEBRUARY 13:30 HOURS. Approximately 2.5 hours of live. Pay to View.



    2. KUURNE-BRUSSELS-KUURNE:

    SUNDAY 27TH FEBRUARY 13:30 HOURS. Approximately 2.5 hours live. FREE TO VIEW



    3. DWARS DOOR VLAANDEREN (Across Flanders):

    WEDNESDAY 23rd MARCH 13:30 HOURS. Approximately 2.5 hours live. FREE TO VIEW



    4. BRABANTJE PIJL or FLECHE BRABANCONNE:

    SUNDAY 27TH MARCH 13:30 HOURS. Approximately 2.5 hours live. FREE TO VIEW

    What a great way to spend Easter Sunday!



    COMING VERY SOON:

    CYCLO CROSS:

    The whole of the 2004/2005 UCI World Cup Cyclo Cross season. I can't wait for this so please, be patient, we have a lot of Cyclo Cross fans and it will be worth it I assure you.

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    I'm trying to decide if it's worth $10 to watch a race live on a 3x3 window.

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    click on the little TV mode button. to get a full screen shot, and if you have a fast connection, the feed is fantastic. If your PC has a video out, you can run the feed on your television.



    (or right click and select full screen)

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    We have a T1 connection here at work. I watched some of their feed last week and it was still jerky at times.

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    Boonen was the first name that sprang to mind, but as others have said, it really is a lottery. How cool would it be if Hincapie pulled off a win to start the season?
    The rider in my avatar is David Etxebarria, not me.

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    boonen. he's got fine form and he's out to prove that he's the big dawg of flanders now that the lion is lying down with the lambs.

    [did i really write that? gag!]

    higherground... i think it would be pretty amazing if hincapie won anything at all this season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by don d.
    I predict...the race won't be canceled this year, but that 's as much a lottery as trying to pick the winner of any one day race.

    Not so fast...


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    Weatherunderground says the conditions will be perfect Belgium race conditions-miserable, but not too miserable.

    http://www.weatherunderground.com/gl...ons/06431.html

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    TOM BOONEN!

    The podium's going to be all frites and waffles. Van Petegem can't have too many more Het Volks in him, and I'm sure he's looking to win a fourth. Philippe Gilbert's going to come out fighting, as another possible heir to the Lion of Flanders' throne.

    In an interview with cyclingnews, Boonen adds Discovery's Stijn Devolder as a standout contender. And that makes a lot of sense, too.

    Where's the dang start list?

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    put your money on the Belgian.............

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flaneur
    put your money on the Belgian.............
    Just about everyone mentioned here is Belgian. Can you just put your money on Belgium? That'd be good! Like betting on Red in Roulette!

    I can't get to the Mr. Bookmaker site from where I am... Does anyone feel like cutting and pasting in the odds? I'd love to see them.

    (And thanks for the startlist, Laggard!)

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    BAGUET Serge (BEL - DVL) - 28.00 9.00 3.00
    BAK Lars Ytting (DEN - CSC) - 125.00 35.00 12.00
    BETTINI Paolo (ITA - QST) - 15.00 4.25 1.75
    BODROGI Laszlo (HUN - C.A) - 40.00 14.00 4.25
    BOONEN Tom (BEL - QST) - 5.00 1.75 1.10
    BROCHARD Laurent (FRA - BTL) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    CAPELLE Ludovic (BEL - LAN) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    CASPER Jimmy (FRA - COF) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    CHAVANEL Sébastien (FRA - BTL) - 66.00 20.00 6.50
    COOKE Baden (AUS - FDJ) - 35.00 12.00 4.00
    DE JONGH Steven (Ned - RAB) - 22.00 7.00 2.00
    DEVOLDER Stijn (BEL - DSC) - 35.00 12.00 4.00
    DIERCKXSENS Ludo (BEL - LAN) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    DUMOULIN Samuel (FRA - A2R) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    EECKHOUT Niko (BEL - JAC) - 30.00 10.00 3.50
    EISEL Bernhard (AUT - FDJ) - 25.00 8.50 2.80
    FLICKINGER Andy (FRA - A2R) - 125.00 35.00 12.00
    GARDEYN Gorik (BEL - MrB) - 40.00 14.00 4.25
    GILBERT Philippe (BEL - FDJ) - 18.00 6.00 1.85
    GUESDON Frédéric (FRA - FDJ) - 40.00 14.00 4.25
    HAMMOND Roger (GBR - DSC) - 20.00 6.50 2.00
    HINCAPIE George (USA - DSC) - 25.00 8.50 2.80
    HOFFMAN Tristan (NED - CSC) - 40.00 14.00 4.25
    HUNTER Robert (RSA - PHO) - 25.00 8.50 2.80
    HOSTE Leif (BEL - DSC) - 35.00 12.00 4.00
    KEMNA Rudi (NED - SHM) - 40.00 14.00 4.25
    KERN Christophe (FRA - BTL) - 100.00 33.00 11.00
    KIRSIPUU Jaan (EST - C.A) - 20.00 6.50 2.00
    KOERTS Jans (NED - COF) - 35.00 12.00 4.00
    LÖWIK Gerben (NED - RAB) - 25.00 8.50 2.80
    MARICHAL Thierry (BEL - COF) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    MATTAN Nico (BEL - DVL) - 25.00 8.50 2.80
    McEWEN Robbie (AUS - DVL) - 10.00 3.50 1.50
    MENGIN Christophe (FRA - FDJ) - 125.00 35.00 12.00
    MICHAELSEN Lars (DEN - CSC) - 25.00 8.50 2.80
    NARDELLO Daniele (ITA - TMO) - 40.00 14.00 4.25
    NAZON Jean-Patrick (FRA - A2R) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    NUYENS Nick (BEL - QST) - 25.00 8.50 2.80
    O'GRADY Stuart (AUS - COF) - 22.00 7.50 2.25
    OMLOOP Geert (BEL - MRB) - 40.00 14.00 4.25
    PIIL Jakob (DEN - CSC) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    PORTAL Nicolas (FRA - A2R) - 100.00 33.00 11.00
    POZZATO Filippo (ITA - QST) - 35.00 12.00 4.00
    PRONK Matthé (NED - MrB) - 66.00 20.00 6.50
    PÜTSEP Erki (EST - A2R) - 100.00 33.00 11.00
    RUSKYS Saulius (LTU - AGR) - 35.00 12.00 4.00
    SCANLON Mark (IRL - A2R) - 100.00 33.00 11.00
    SENTJENS Roy (NED - RAB) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    STEELS Tom (BEL - DVL) - 14.00 4.25 1.70
    TRAKSEL Bobbie (NED - MrB) - 35.00 12.00 4.00
    VAN HEESWIJK Max (NED - DSC) - 11.00 3.75 1.60
    VANLANDSCHOOT J. (BEL - LAN) - 66.00 20.00 6.50
    VAN PETEGEM Peter (BEL - DVL) - 9.00 3.00 1.60
    VAN SUMMEREN Johan (BEL - DVL) - 35.00 12.00 4.00
    VOECKLER Thomas (FRA - BTL) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    WAUTERS Marc (BEL - RAB) - 50.00 16.00 5.00
    WESEMANN Steffen (GER - TMO) - 18.00 6.00 1.85
    ZANINI Stefano (ITA - QST) 50.00 16.00 5.00
    HUSHOVD Thor (NOR - C.A) n/a n/a n/a

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    I'm going with everyone else here and saying Boonen. Hope I'm right, Tom's the man.

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    Quote Originally Posted by don d.
    Weatherunderground says the conditions will be perfect Belgium race conditions-miserable, but not too miserable.

    http://www.weatherunderground.com/gl...ons/06431.html
    Hey, I lived in Belgium. Miserable is a VERY relative term.....

    BTW...it looks like the weather report for Indianapolis.

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    Who else than Geert Omloop?
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    Ludo Dierckxsens

    Then maybe Boonen

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustaf
    Ludo Dierckxsens

    Then maybe Boonen

    geez....it's a bit early in the day to be looking at that head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gustaf
    Ludo Dierckxsens

    Then maybe Boonen
    That's a good lookin' man. It's never too early in the day to look at THAT.

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