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Old 03-15-06, 06:01 PM
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For the box trifecta:
A Davis
T Boonen
E Zabel
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You can't stop Boonen, you can only hope to contain him.

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Milan-San Remo - Who is going to win?
Is the answer Chuck Norris and Lance Armstrong on a tandem recumbent?
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Old 03-15-06, 08:52 PM
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There is only one race Oscar wants to win more than MSR, and that is the World Championship. His motivation is high, he's the total down to earth guy, and he's the third fastest man in the world on a bike....Go Oscar!
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Remember when all the talk was who would get away on the Poggio, rather than who would win the bunch sprint?

Petacchi, Boonen, Friere, Hushovd seem to be the boys getting all the kudos.

McEwen can whip all of them on his day but is suspect over 200km and unlikely to get over the Poggio near the front. Davis does sprint well over 200km but is not as quick as the other guys. Zabel looks to be Petacchis lead out man, but don't write the old fella off if Petacchi gets dropped on the Poggio

I can't believe that nobody has mentioned Valverde yet. He has won a race this year and cannot be excluded.

I'll throw a dark horse up if it comes down to a bunch sprint - Daniele Bennati
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Petacchi has a good day and squeaks ahead in front of Boonen, thanks in part to a dutiful lead-out from Zabel. And as a dark horse I'll go with Allan Davis as third man on the podium.
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Napolitano is my dark horse. Davis is a good pick as he's been looking good.
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Is Bennati starting? He's not listed on various start lists, but then Celestino is reported to have broken a shoulder blade in Paris Nice, was supposed to be having surgery, and he is shown as a starter, so who knows.
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http://www.cyclingnews.com/road/2006.../?id=startlist

There you go, using logic and reasoning to shoot down my arguments again.

I can't see Bennati there either. I agree on Celestino. I'm sure he busted himself up the other week.

Ok, how about Luca Paolini or Magnus Backstedt for dark horses.
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Vino's in this eh?
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I say Bettini, he can climb and is having great form. Plus he will start. I bet he break away on the Poggio..
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May be Petacci forces the sprint for Zabel... ok, as a german, I have to hope
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Even though Bettini is a bit battered he'll still be a threat, enough so that the other teams will have to mark him. He'll attack on the Poggio and the others will have to respond. This will hurt Petacchi more than Boonen. I'm still having a difficult time believing that Zable will work for Ali-Jet if he is in position to win. Thor is one of my favorite riders but I think this race is not in the cards for him. He finishes outside the top 5.

Boonen will win because like Robbie M he doesn't need a perfect train ride to the finish like Peta does. Also Quick Step is a team built to win classics while Milgram is a team built to win sprints.

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The bigger question is, what will the tactics be? I'm sure every team that is not Milram or Quick.Step is going to try to trip up the sprinters by attacking as much as possible between the Cipressa and the Poggio. They'll try to keep the field in pieces and chasing down attacks so that the Milram and Quick.Step cannot form thier winning lead-out trains. Granted if it all comes down to a sprint finish, then indeed Petacchi and Boonen will clash like Titans, but as to who will likely win will be revieled between those two finishing climbs.

My bet; look for Vino to get away when nobody's looking, especially at the last moment. Quick.Step will send Bettini to chase him down, but the damage could be done by then. Yes, Valverde could well take advantage of a situation like that as well. In the end, it's gonna be a battle between the sprinters and the opportunists.
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My bet; look for Vino to get away when nobody's looking, especially at the last moment. Quick.Step will send Bettini to chase him down, but the damage could be done by then. Yes, Valverde could well take advantage of a situation like that as well. In the end, it's gonna be a battle between the sprinters and the opportunists.
How will Vino get away without notice?? Hmmm.... I guess he's really good at that. But how can they miss that Khazak sky blue kit he's wearing?

Milram may have Zabel to lead out Ale Jet, but the QuickStep combo of Bettini and Boonen is just top notch in this race, I think. Boonen if there is a sprint.

Would be cool to see Vino and Valverde get away on the Poggio somehow and battle it out. If that happens, then Valverde.

But there's a reason we watch and speculate... I hope OLN's coverage is decent. Bring back Phil Ligget!!!
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