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Old 08-24-09, 09:38 AM   #1
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Vuelta Predictions

Who are your favorites?

I personally think Evans is NOT going to make his point in this one. Valverde and Sanchez perhaps.
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Old 08-24-09, 10:05 AM   #2
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Old 08-24-09, 11:48 AM   #3
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time to salvage the season for some!

could be a chance for farrar to keep his train rolling. looking over the prelim start list,
ballan, boonen, friere, greipel, hansen and ciolek were the only name sprinters that jumped
out. no cavendish, bennati or hushovd. probably missed someone though...

for the big name gc contenders we've got sanchez, valverde, basso, vandevelde, evans
and the schleck bros. keeping an eye on the dark horses: zubeldia, vladi efimkin,
valjavec and kreuziger (isn't this his 3rd grand tour this year??).

mosquera, anton and the rest of the spanish armada will undoubtedly light up the mountains.

probably most curious about christophe le mevel-can he improve on his high placing in the tdf?
it's been a long time since france had a serious gt contender. talk about pressure! also curious
to see how contador's buddy jesus hernandez does in the mountains.

it's valverde's race to lose and might be his best remaining chance to win a grand tour.
that said, here's my podium in order: sanchez, valverde, kreuziger.

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Old 08-24-09, 11:55 AM   #4
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oops, looks like i missed bennati! he'll definitely be a factor.
i'm not seeing a katusha start list anywhere; did i miss their
exclusion or just an oversight?? also forgot about horner.
would love to see him put the hurt on his old teammate cadel.

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AC isn't riding his home tour?
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AC isn't riding his home tour?
Nope. The overall field looks far weaker than the TdF and Giro ... Evans and the home favorites Valverde and Sanchez are as big as it gets for this year's Vuelta.
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It seems Columbia are looking to Kim Kirchen. He's someone that will be looking to save his season. Also, Greipel will likely be the man to beat in the sprints.

Zubeldia and Horner as dark horses from Team Astana?
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It seems Columbia are looking to Kim Kirchen. He's someone that will be looking to save his season. Also, Greipel will likely be the man to beat in the sprints.

Zubeldia and Horner as dark horses from Team Astana?
Kloden is also listed for Astana.

I think one of the Liquigas guys will pull it out. They've had strong showing in both the Giro and TdF. Maybe Kreuziger or Bennati. Hell, Basso may finally come back to form.

It will be interesting to see Columbia supporting a GC rider without having to worry about stage hunting for Cavendish.

I wouldn't be surprised to see A. Schleck win though. He says he not riding to win, but if he's feeling good, why the hell not.
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S Sanchez
Basso
Kreuziger

I'd put Valverde in there put haven't seen enough of him. He's just not consistent enough and all it takes is one bad day.
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S Sanchez
Basso
Kreuziger

I'd put Valverde in there put haven't seen enough of him. He's just not consistent enough and all it takes is one bad day.
I feel the same way about Valverde. I wanna pick him, but something about him just keeps me from thinking he'll do it.

I'm with you on those Liquigas boys. Kreuziger has been pretty consistent all season. I think Basso has got to show something of his old form sooner or later.
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I feel the same way about Valverde. I wanna pick him, but something about him just keeps me from thinking he'll do it.

I'm with you on those Liquigas boys. Kreuziger has been pretty consistent all season. I think Basso has got to show something of his old form sooner or later.
Totally forgot about the Liquigas riders (They kinda slipped off the radar despite good performances). I reckon Kreuziger will put on a good show as well.
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Kloden is also listed for Astana.

I think one of the Liquigas guys will pull it out. They've had strong showing in both the Giro and TdF. Maybe Kreuziger or Bennati. Hell, Basso may finally come back to form.

It will be interesting to see Columbia supporting a GC rider without having to worry about stage hunting for Cavendish.

I wouldn't be surprised to see A. Schleck win though. He says he not riding to win, but if he's feeling good, why the hell not.
I read somehwere over the weekend that Kloden will not now ride the Vuelta having crashed out of the ENECO. Something to do with his wrist.
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Think you're correct about Kloden not racing.

Basso, S. Sanchez. Evans and Valverde as outside shots.

Look for Farrar in the sprints. He's carrying pretty good form right now.
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I'll be pulling for A. Schleck - With five mountain top finishes you never know - If he can get frank to perform like he did most of the Tour de france it could be Andy's Vuelta-
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I am pulling for Andy, he placed second in both the Giro and TdF in his career. I think it would be a good way to finish the year if he won the Vuelta. Would definitely speak volumes towards the build up of next season.
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Think you're correct about Kloden not racing.

Basso, S. Sanchez. Evans and Valverde as outside shots.

Look for Farrar in the sprints. He's carrying pretty good form right now.
I didn't hear that about Kloden. He's still listed as a starter for Astana on the website. But who knows if that will be updated. Interestingly, Astana has Vino as a reserve.

Farrar could be a factor in the points race.
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Vande velde!!

I hope atleast, seemed to be pretty good in the tour...
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Basso, S. Sanchez. Evans and Valverde as outside shots.
Outside shots? Basso, Sanchez and Valverde are the top favorites by anybody's measure. If fact, there's my pick 1-AV, 2-IB, 3-SS
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It will be interesting to see what Horner does - he's been talking like he's in great shape and has a GC shot, and even more that he may not be satisfied with just shuffling over to the Shack with the rest of them and spending another couple years carrying bottles for Lance. So he's got something to prove...
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Boonen and Farrar looked good today in the prologue. Boonen gonna ride like hell to win in front of some home country fans over the next couple of days. Gonna be a nice battle of for points jersey between the two. Gotta give Boonen an advantage with something like 8 mountain stages. But Tyler has looked very strong in sprints coming in. Nice little race in the race.
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If the field is really weak, Evans may have a shot. He's never really come through with the goods when it counted in a big tour. Maybe this will be the one.
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