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Old 03-10-05, 12:36 PM   #1
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2005 Tirreno-Adriatico

Freire gets stage 2 and the GC lead from Petacchi who finished 29th today.
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Freire picks up another!
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Oscar's in good form early in the season. Hope he maintains it through the Worlds in Madrid. How about Hincapie holding his own among the big guns. Just 23 ticks off the pace. He's looking like a solid bet for a good finish at P-R.
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Oscar's in good form early in the season. Hope he maintains it through the Worlds in Madrid. How about Hincapie holding his own among the big guns. Just 23 ticks off the pace. He's looking like a solid bet for a good finish at P-R.
It was good to see George right up there, at the end of the stage yesterday.

Oscar takes his third in a row today!
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Oscar is looking very good for Milan-San Remo.
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Oscar Freire is one of the great talents of all time. It's a shame he had so many problems with his back the past few years. He's looking great now though.
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Hincapie finishes with Petacchi again, metres away from Freire. He is surely on form for that second classic.
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Current MSR odds:

PETACCHI Alessandro (ITA - FAS) 5.50
BOONEN Tom (BEL - QST) 8.00
FREIRE Oscar (SPA - RAB) 7.00
ZABEL Erik (GER - TMO) 12.00
BETTINI Paolo (ITA - QST) 13.00
VALVERDE B. Alejandro (SPA - IBA) 14.00
CIPOLLINI Mario (ITA - LIQ) 14.00
McEWEN Robbie (AUS - DVL) 16.00
O'GRADY Stuart (AUS - COF) 16.00
VINOKOUROV Alexandre (KAZ - TMO) 18.00
HINCAPIE George (USA - DSC) 50.00
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Damn I'm impressed they're giving that much to Petacchi
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You heard it here first...there is absolutely non way that Petacchi is winning Milan-San Remo.

My favorite for that race is Oscar Freire. No one can sprint better at the end of that kind of distance. I think the distance of MSR will be jus a few kilometers beyond Petacchi's limit. Oscar is on form too! Hincapie could be close though. I think Boonen will suffer the same fate as Petacchi....he'll be there, but because of the distance he will lose his edge by a mere fraction...and that's all it takes to finish 12th rather than first. Again...No one is better than Freire. He seems healthy, motivated, and on excellent form. Nearly unbeatable in my book.
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...No one is better than Freire. He seems healthy, motivated, and on excellent form. Nearly unbeatable in my book.
I agree!
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Petacchi outguns Freire, McEwen, Cipo, and others in a classic bunch sprint to win stage 6. Freire's clinging to a nineteen second advantage over Petacchi; I think he'll hold it as I don't think Petacchi can do that much work in the intermediate sprints and come away with a stage win.
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I think Freire should be the favorite for MSR this year. He won it last year (too bad for Zabel, really). I do think that Petacchi has the potential to win, but my pick for MSR is officially Tom Boonen.
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Freire takes the final GC.

Nice finish for Hondo also.
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It was great to see George Hincapie up there with the big guns, but what happened with Max Van Heeswijk? The closest he got was 62nd in stage one and from there it just got worse. Does he not race well in the spring or is this normal for him considering the competition?
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Can't wait for MSR!
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