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Old 06-24-06, 11:49 PM   #1
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Prologue: Strasbourg ITT

Prologue: Strasbourg ITT, 7 km

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Old 06-25-06, 09:15 AM   #2
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I'm going Zabriskie.

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Z man is a pretty good bet..... too short for Ulrich... Basso will have z trying for the win...... I'm going to say Landis.... or a really determined Tom Boonen (if he ever wants a yellow jersey).
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Hincapie? He does a good prolouge.
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Millar in yellow!
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Id say in my totaly uninformed oppinion : Hincapie, he and Discovery have to win somthing this year....

is Boonen a TT animal? i wouldnt have thought so....
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Old 06-27-06, 08:35 PM   #7
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Hincapie sends a message out of the gate. (A message that won't last for 3 weeks, but a message.)
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I have this strange desire to see Bobby J smoke the field and have one last guzzle at glory's fountain. That would be the perfect start to an already crazy TdF.
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Old 06-27-06, 09:22 PM   #9
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and for the outsiders pick, Rasmussen to rise like the phoenix and crush all before him.... well, ok maybee not!
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Zabriskie-ordinary bike handler, Millar- who knows what he'll be on?, Hincapie- not good enough for this, Savoldelli, big chance if he risks it all.....In the absence of McGee, Cancellara will take the prologue
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Zabriskie-ordinary bike handler, Millar- who knows what he'll be on?, Hincapie- not good enough for this, Savoldelli, big chance if he risks it all.....In the absence of McGee, Cancellara will take the prologue
Except for the fact that Cancellara isn't on the CSC team for Le Tour ...
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This is Discovery's stage but I can't decide whether to bet on Hincapie or Salvodelli.
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Old 06-28-06, 11:23 AM   #13
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I said it last year.. I will say it again.. DZ..
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Old 06-28-06, 11:31 AM   #14
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Millar for sure.
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and for the outsiders pick, Rasmussen to rise like the phoenix and crush all before him.... well, ok maybe not!
Well, that would be a truly amazing way to start off Le Tour!

I'm for Zabriskie.
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Zabriskie is the easy pick, but what's more interesting is how the favorites will finish relative to each other.

First, how will Basso and Ullrich finish? Will Ullrich beat Basso by a significant margin? There was no prologue last year, but here's the top 20 from '04:

[tt]
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Fassa Bortolo 6.50
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) US Postal p/b Berry Floor 0.02
3 José I.Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Illes Balears - Banesto 0.08
4 Bradley McGee (Aus) Fdjeux.com 0.09
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Crédit Agricole 0.10
6 Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 0.11
7 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team CSC
8 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Crédit Agricole 0.12
9 Bobby Julich (USA) Team CSC
10 George Hincapie (USA) US Postal p/b Berry Floor
11 José Enrique Gutierrez (Spa) Phonak Hearing Systems 0.14
12 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Liberty Seguros 0.15
13 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Rabobank
14 Carlos Sastre (Spa) Team CSC
15 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team CSC 0.16
16 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team 0.17
17 Floyd Landis (USA) US Postal p/b Berry Floor 0.18
18 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Phonak Hearing Systems
19 Viatcheslav Ekimov (Rus) US Postal p/b Berry Floor 0.19
20 Andrea Peron (Ita) Team CSC
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70 Ivan Basso (Ita) Team CSC 0.29
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http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2004...sults/prologue

Will Ullrich beat Basso by 10 or more seconds? What if Basso only loses a couple of seconds to Ullrich? Or what if he beats Ullrich? Will that be significant in this short of a TT? Everyone knows Basso's TTing has improved... but what really matters is the longer TTs coming up. How significant is Basso doing relatively well in the short prologue TT?

And look at George two years ago. He came in 10th, only 12 seconds back. Presumably focused on possibly getting on the podium this year, can't we expect him to do much better? What if he beats Ullrich (and all the other contenders) by 5 or more seconds? Woo hoo!

And let's not discount Levi. He just won the Dauphine 3 weeks prior to the start of the Tour. He should know what he's doing, and, if so, should be in even better form by the prologue...

And what about Floyd? He ran out of gas... or something... at the Dauphine. We'll see if he's fueled up for the Tour by how he does in the prologue. Much to look forward to!
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DZ is the obvious choice, and a good one. Dark horse: Paolo Savoldelli, who's both a superb bike handler and a man with something to prove.
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Millar it is!
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Except he isn't riding Le Tour either ... c'mon people!
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I hope Millar sets a new land speed record.
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Except he isn't riding Le Tour either ... c'mon people!
ugh, that JUST occured to me. everyone is listing all the big favorites, so I'll just say Vladimir Karpets
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I wish Cancellara was in it. After he won Paris-Roubaix cycling.tv showed an interview with him that was recorded prior to the start of the season. He said he had two goals: to win Paris-Roubaix and to win the TDF prologue. It probably sounded crazy when the interview was recorded, but after seeing his PR performance and seeing the determination in his interview he had me convinced he was going to reach his 2nd goal as well. It's a shame CSC is so deep that he didn't get a chance.

Anyway, I wanted to go for Jan, but it would be a stupid move for him to be in yellow so early. I don't want to go for DZ because that's too easy. I have to go Discovery here because those guys are all fighting for top dog status (which I think will hurt them in the end, but it makes for an interesting beginning of the Tour).

I'm going Savoldelli just because the jerk in me wants to see Hincapie's dreams crushed once again.
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No way is Millar is going to beat Z man..... Well..... maybe if he is back to doping!

Seriously though...... I'm going to call Tom Boonen in the top 10. I think he is going to try to take yellow in the first week with sprint bonuses etc. and a good time trial will really help.
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Except he isn't riding Le Tour either ... c'mon people!
this is getting more funny by the minute...
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