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Old 06-14-06, 03:24 PM   #1
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The un-official Fifty Plus (50+) TDF Prognostication Thread

I'm Picking George H. to win, Jan U. to place and Basso to show.......

I think everyone is counting George out way to soon.....
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I don't know, but Ivan was very, very good at the Giro. Is it possible to win two major tours in today's racing environment?
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Human beings are notoriously bad at predicting the future but here goes:

1. Basso
2. Hincapie
3. Landis
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Here's my predictions:

1. Will Dehne

2. jppe

3. Blackberry
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1. Vinokourov
2. Ullrich
3. Basso
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1. Basso 0.00
2. Ullrich 2.00
3. Landis 2.05
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Here's my predictions:

1. Will Dehne

2. jppe

3. Blackberry
Nah, Blackberry tested positive for pinot grigio and has been bounced from the squad.
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Goin' out on a limb here...

1. Someone who is not French.
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Goin' out on a limb here...

1. Someone who is not French.
Yeah, and a French News paper will accuse the winner of doping.....
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Basso
Vino
Mayo

I'd luv to pick Floyd for anything, but it would be because I like him alot. I'm not sure he's quite there yet to do a 3 week grand tour. Maybe next year.
Jan? Nice guy, but seems to be going through the motions currently.
But who knows, there's so many good contenders, it should be a battle royal. Hopefully will shape into the best tour in many years.
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Basso
Vino
Mayo

I'd luv to pick Floyd for anything, but it would be because I like him alot. I'm not sure he's quite there yet to do a 3 week grand tour. Maybe next year.
Jan? Nice guy, but seems to be going through the motions currently.
But who knows, there's so many good contenders, it should be a battle royal. Hopefully will shape into the best tour in many years.
You think Mayo is back for keeps? I really hope so, that fall really messed him up. In more physically and mentally.
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I'd luv to pick Floyd for anything, but it would be because I like him alot. I'm not sure he's quite there yet to do a 3 week grand tour.
Floyd Landis is my hero. He takes a two-to-three hour nap every day.
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My son and I have a small bet

He has 1) Jan 2) Kloden - Full T-Mobile
I have 1) Ivan 2) Georgie
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1. Basso 0.00
2. Ullrich 2.00
3. Landis 2.05

I'm not sure about the time gaps, but this podium group in this order would not be a surprise to me. Basso looked so dominant in the Giro that it is hard to pick against him and he has a VERY string team. Jan is clearly pointing toward July and this year's course favors him with its emphasis on the ITT so he should be right up there. Dave Z could be a surprise since he is such a great ITT rider, but Landis showed early in the season that he might have the stuff to place high. This should be a very entertaining TdF. As mush as I like Lance, he did make the TdF very boring except for the year when he and Jan were very close and Jan crashed in the penultimate ITT stage in the rain.
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Yeah, and a French News paper will accuse the winner of doping.....
I thought this was the thread where you guess what's going to happen. You stated a sure thing!
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Here's my predictions:

1. Will Dehne

2. jppe

3. Blackberry
While I'm offended I wasn't picked for a podium finish, I take solice in the fact that DG isn't so deluded as to pick himself as the winner!!!
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I like to root for Hincappe, Levi and Landis as they are fellow Americans; so it would be nice to see them up there. Landis has focused on it (ala Lance), Hincappe is a little old and I can't believe Levi can win again after just a couple weeks rest. For much the same reason I think Basso (who I believe to be the best in the world currently); can't win two grand tours in one year. If Basso can in fact win two grand tours that would be some acomplishment.
I think this years' Tour De France will be a wild (re: attack, attack, attack and attack again) tour which is why I chose that type of rider: Vinokourov.
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Basso
Leipheimer
Ullrich

Hard not to pick Basso to win he has had a good season and has a powerful team backing him. Leipheimer has been very impressive this spring, but I don't think his team is strong enough to support him to win in Paris. Ullrich will ride strong but bad luck will again keep him out of the top spot.
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I like to root for Hincappe, Levi and Landis as they are fellow Americans; so it would be nice to see them up there.
If there was ever gonna be an American trifecta, this is the year. What a boost to American cycling in the post-Lance era that would be!
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My heart goes with Jan U. -- how can anyone not like/pull for Lance's loveable bridesmaid?!? He's incredibly talented but, like most of the rest of us, wonderfully flawed, and there is hope -- he did look rather unJanlike in the Giro (i.e. rode very well, and blew away in the ITT). Jan aside, I'd like to see Basso do the double -- a bit of a throwback to the days of 'all around' riders. Lance was/is magnificent, but no question part of his success was his focus on the one big event.
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My heart goes with Jan U. -- how can anyone not like/pull for Lance's loveable bridesmaid?!? He's incredibly talented but, like most of the rest of us, wonderfully flawed, and there is hope -- he did look rather unJanlike in the Giro (i.e. rode very well, and blew away in the ITT). Jan aside, I'd like to see Basso do the double -- a bit of a throwback to the days of 'all around' riders. Lance was/is magnificent, but no question part of his success was his focus on the one big event.
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This is a tough year to pick a favorite. I'd like to see Jan win one more...he's sort of a sentimental favorite and his competitive cycling time is nearing an end. I'd like to see Floyd or Levi or George win also, and with the exception of Floyd, their cycling careers are winding down as well.

So, I'm going completely out on a limb and pick:

1) Valverde

2) Basso

3) Ullrich

Should be a great TDN.
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Here's mine:

1.Ivan
2.Floyd
3.George

I'm going way out on a limb and predicting that Jan won't finish.
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Here's my predictions:

1. Will Dehne

2. jppe

3. Blackberry
Will Dehne dropped out, he is training to go Very Fast Across America again in 2008. No time for lesser distance rides like TDF.
I hope jppe reads this? Perhaps he wants to go with me? I like to have a partner.
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