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Old 07-03-08, 03:08 PM   #1
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Riccardo Ricco will win the Tour

Yes he will Cadel, won't even be on the podium.

1) The guy has the fire, his attitude harkens back to the days of Hinault and Lemond, he wants to win and he shows it.
2) Has the talent, look at this years Giro he has hardly any team supporting him yet he was nipping at Contador and the powerhouse of Astana, and totally wrecked Team LPR, (which was put together just to win the Giro).
3) Who else is going to win Cadel, doesn't stand a chance, Valverde I wouldn't bet a dime on him. Menchov, sure he won a very lack-luster Vuelta but he is hasn't done anything lately.

CSC maybe the younger Schleck will come in second, and to round out the podium Kirchen in third.
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Unfortunatly he can't TT to save his neck, so although he'll be dancing on those pedals inflicting a lot of pain in the mountains he will not be atop spot #1 in Paris.
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Not enough climbing in this tour, plus he'll be down 5 mins before they even hit the climbs
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Drugs is aways there just as greed is alway there, but I enjoy the drama anyway. Did Russlemen sp? have any respect last year? He could not time trial in the past but improved greatly.

My guess is that again someone will come from the pack to take the yellow. This type of tour is more interesting than an Armstrong type tour.

I agree with Ih8lukky13, it takes attitude of fire to overcome the many obstacles.
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Yes he will Cadel, won't even be on the podium.

1) The guy has the fire, his attitude harkens back to the days of Hinault and Lemond, he wants to win and he shows it.
2) Has the talent, look at this years Giro he has hardly any team supporting him yet he was nipping at Contador and the powerhouse of Astana, and totally wrecked Team LPR, (which was put together just to win the Giro).
3) Who else is going to win Cadel, doesn't stand a chance, Valverde I wouldn't bet a dime on him. Menchov, sure he won a very lack-luster Vuelta but he is hasn't done anything lately.

CSC maybe the younger Schleck will come in second, and to round out the podium Kirchen in third.
I totally agree with your points, but not as they pertain to the tour.

There isn't the same amount of climbing in tour as the giro. Plus, Ricco road the entire Giro at a high level, so he won't have the energy to stay near the front for the entire tour (which is raced at a much faster pace than the giro, there's a reason why the Italians invented the term "riding piano".)
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If we're looking at surprise winners, I'd pick Cunego before Ricco.

If Ricco wins, I hope the prize package includes a roll of duct tape so we won't have to listen to his inane bull****.
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Ricco has a few things going against him:

1. He will not get the full support of his team given his attitude.
2. He will lose too many minutes in the TTs.
3. Lack of experience

He's also a dick, but that's beside the point.

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Old 07-05-08, 08:03 PM   #10
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If we're looking at surprise winners, I'd pick Cunego before Ricco.

If Ricco wins, I hope the prize package includes a roll of duct tape so we won't have to listen to his inane bull****.
No way. I enjoy His insane comments.

Plus he looked good in Stage 1.
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...actually, with his new mountain bike he may just have a chance

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I like the mouthy little punk, but I think he is more likely to grab the white jersey this year, or possibly KOM. If there are big time gaps before the mountains the peloton may just let him go up the road.
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Ricco = punk brat



















But I like it!!
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Ricco has a few things going against him:

1. He will not get the full support of his team given his attitude.
2. He will lose too many minutes in the TTs.
3. Lack of experience

He's also a dick, but that's beside the point.

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We can only hope Ricco.......

calls Evans out in the Pyrenees about his climbing manhood, mama, and tepid descending ability. Trash talk to start soon.........hopefully.

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I'd love to see it. Ricco cracks me up with the way he treats podium girls and "dignitaries."
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You could almost see Ricco muttering, "I gotta shake the hand of this Hinault guy too? You're a has-been...what have you done lately?"
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I'd love to see it. Ricco cracks me up with the way he treats podium girls and "dignitaries."
his lack of respect is strangely refreshing
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Hopefully it goes something like this:

"Wassamattta you?! Getta tha f@(ka offa ma wheel you pissa sh1t!!"
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Haha. Ricco has nothing to lose this Tour. He can talk all the smack he wants.
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You could almost see Ricco muttering, "I gotta shake the hand of this Hinault guy too? You're a has-been...what have you done lately?"
The Badger's a pretty good bouncer.
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nice subtle spoiler.

You might have choosen to put this into the staget thread
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nice subtle spoiler.

You might have choosen to put this into the staget thread
???? How's that a spoiler?
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Haha. Ricco has nothing to lose this Tour.
That's true. He lost all respect after his disgusting comments about his own team in il Giro.

The kid's a punk. Let's hope he's grown up a bit over the last month.

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Yeah, seriously. If Cipo were around, Ricco would undoubtedly get his ass beat. Did you guys see what his father said about him?
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