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    GC Men of each team

    Here's all I know:

    Garmin Slipstream: Bradley Wiggins (Christian Vande Velde)
    Saxo Bank: Andy Schleck (Franck Schleck)
    Columbia HTC: Tony Martin
    Liquigas: Vicenzo Nibaldi (Roman Kreuziger, Ivan Basso)
    Radioshack: Lance Armstrong (Levi Leipheimer, Andreas Kloeden)
    BMC: Cadel Evans (George Hincapie)
    Caisse d'Epargne: Alejandro Valverde
    Katusha: Kim Kirchen (Vladimir Karpets)
    Francais des Jeux: Christophe Le Mevel (Sandy Cesar)
    Cervelo Test Team: Carlos Sastre
    Rabobank: Denis Menchov (Robert Gesink)
    Quick Step: Sylvain Chavanel
    Sky:
    Silence Lotto: (Jurgen van der Broek)
    Astana: (Alexander Vinokourov)

    I'm not too familiar with the other teams, so please add on! Also, the brackets indicate potential Top 10 men/domestiques.

    Oh, and I mean for the TdF
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    For what race?
    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    For what race?
    Let's say the TDF.

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    Liquigas: Basso, Kreuzinger, Pelizotti, Nibali

    One of the most talent-deep teams out there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    Liquigas: Basso, Kreuzinger, Pelizotti, Nibali

    One of the most talent-deep teams out there.
    And criminally under-rated. Hardly anyone talks about them. At least here.

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    What about BMC (they have Hincapie, now Cadel...)? Some good names.
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    You missed a bunch. Here's the top 25 from this year's Tour:

    1. Alberto Contador (ESP/AST) 85hr 48min 35sec

    2. Andy Schleck (LUX/SAX) at 4min 11sec

    3. Lance Armstrong (USA/AST) 5:24.

    4. Bradley Wiggins (GBR/GRM) 6:01.

    5. Frank Schleck (LUX/SAX) 6:04.

    6. Andreas Kloden (GER/AST) 6:42.

    7. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA/LIQ) 7:35.

    8. Christian Vande Velde (USA/GRM) 12:04.

    9. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/LIQ) 14:16.

    10. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA/FDJ) 14:25.

    11. Mikel Astarloza (ESP/EUS) 14:44.

    12. Sandy Casar (FRA/FDJ) 17:19.

    13. Vladimir Karpets (RUS/KAT) 18:34.

    14. Rinaldo Nocentini (ITA/ALM) 20:45.

    15. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/SIL) 20:50.

    16. Stephane Goubert (FRA/ALM) 22:29.

    17. Carlos Sastre (ESP/CTT) 26:21.

    18. Alexander Botcharov (RUS/KAT) 29:33.

    19. George Hincapie (USA/THR) 33:27.

    20. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/QST) 34:09.

    21. Christian Knees (GER/MRM) 34:48.

    22. Pierre Rolland (FRA/BBO) 37:44.

    23. Nicolas Roche (EIR/ALM) 38:20.

    24. Linus Gerdemann (GER/MRM) 38:35.

    25. Brice Feillu (FRA/AGR) 41:14.
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    I think you are mistaken about Garmin. Vande Velde is a proven GC man coming off a season where his Tour prep was messed up by a bad injury and still finished 8th while Wiggens just had hi frst GC success.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipcheck5 View Post
    I think you are mistaken about Garmin. Vande Velde is a proven GC man coming off a season where his Tour prep was messed up by a bad injury and still finished 8th while Wiggens just had hi frst GC success.
    Thing with Garmin is that they run the same system as Saxo: A captain (VdV) and a top contender (Wiggins), seperated. But you're right. Without that injury, VdV might have placed higher.

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    will be watching team sky this upcoming season. they don't seem to have
    a dedicated gc guy-simon gerrans maybe??-but they have two of my
    favorite young riders-boasson hagen & lovkvist. both strike me as more
    classics-oriented and not above contesting the occasional rolling or
    medium mountain stage in the gt's. without a clear cut gt leader,
    perhaps the team will groom one or both for the 3 week races...
    btw...what's the status with wiggins? is he with garmin for one more year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
    Liquigas: Basso, Kreuzinger, Pelizotti, Nibali

    One of the most talent-deep teams out there.
    both kreuziger & nibali will and should be feared in the gt's for the
    coming years. a slight improvement on their tt abilities would increase
    their podium chances however. absolutely love pellizotti's aggressiveness.
    gotta believe his attacking style would be even more successful if any
    kind of race radio/earpiece ban ever comes into play...

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    Boassen Hagen is awesome.

    I hope to see more good things from Nicholas Roche, Tony Martin, Pellizotti, Feillu, Kreuziger, Gerdemann, etc. Lot of good talent out there. Columbia's depth is amazing. They haven't had a true gc man for the stage races yet but they've got the talent there. Michael Rogers is just not having any luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by monosierra View Post
    And criminally under-rated. Hardly anyone talks about them. At least here.
    Its because they ride Cannondales.
    Big tex is going to jail. Fingers crossed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaireau View Post
    Its because they ride Cannondales.
    It's because Armstrong or "Big Georgie" don't ride for them.
    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    It's because Armstrong or "Big Georgie" don't ride for them.
    No. We hear a lot about Saxo and Columbia too, for starters.

    The 'problem' is that Liquigas is very consistent in classics and grand tours, but never quite reach the peak (apart from Pelizzoti).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ooga-booga View Post
    both kreuziger & nibali will and should be feared in the gt's for the
    coming years. a slight improvement on their tt abilities would increase
    their podium chances however. absolutely love pellizotti's aggressiveness.
    gotta believe his attacking style would be even more successful if any
    kind of race radio/earpiece ban ever comes into play...
    +1 Like another person said "criminally under-rated"

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    I love Liquigas. They're so old school, one of the teams that really is ALL Italian. And they all climb like mountain goats.
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