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Phonak for the Tour

Old 06-10-04, 09:43 AM
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Well, Phonak has reported a tentative lineup for the TDF at cyclingnews.com today. I've been wanting to look at this, so I'll start posting rider profiles as I have time, with an emphasis on the TT abilities of the riders as their climbing skills are pretty well proven at this point. Tyler will be last. Obviously, if anyone wants to add on or jump in and profile a rider on their tentative lineup, feel free.

First: Santos Gonzalez Capilla www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/spanien.Capilla.htm

2001 Spanish National Champion in the Individual Time Trial

2000 Tour of Spain winner Stage 1, prologue
winner Stage 21, ITT
4th overall

2003 Tour of Spain 5th Stage 20, ITT
11th overall

2002 Tour of Switzerland 13th overall

2001 World Championship Individual Time Trial 7th

Santos has shown that he can ride well for overall classification in a Grand Tour with his 11th last year and his 4th overall in the Vuelta in 2000, and he is a very good TT'r, possibly one of the top 10-15 tt'rs in the world. He should provide strong support for Tyler in the Tour, especially in the TTT.

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Old 06-10-04, 03:22 PM
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I really really like Phonak, a lot.
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Old 06-11-04, 10:06 AM
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Oscar Pereiro Sio

www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/spanien.Pereiro.htm


2004 Classiques des Alpes 1st
Paris-Nice 7th

2003 Tour of Switzerland Stage 5 1st
Prologue 2nd
Overall GC 3rd

Paris-Nice 9th

2002 Setmana Catalana Stage 5 1st

Tour of Italy 11th

Pereiro's victory in the Classique des Alpes this year provided a nice showcase for his climbing talents. His 2nd in the prologue at last years Tour of Switzerland shows that he has the ability to ride against the clock. Although he has never distinguished himself in the longer TT's, his ability to place well in the Tour of Italy(11th) and the Tour of Switzerland(3rd) shows that his time trialing is not a handicap. It's unlikely that he will lead the team through the TTT in the TDF, but he won''t hold them back either.

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Old 06-12-04, 09:39 AM
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Santiago Perez Fernandez

http://www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/spa...-Fernandez.htm

2002 Tour of Italy Stage 5 2nd

Santiago Perez is 27 yrs old but is only in his 3rd season as a pro. In 2001, as an amateur, he won the Volta a Portugal stage race. He outsprinted Simoni and Casagrande for 2nd behind Garzelli on the 5th Stage of the 2002 Giro, and he had a 4th overall on GC at the Tour of Romandie in the same year. He has also had some top ten finishes on GC in other Cat 2 stage races.

Phonak lists Perez as a climber and he has no noteworthy results as a time trial rider. He will undoubtedly be at the TDF as help in the mountains. Hard to say how he will affect the team in the TTT.

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Old 06-15-04, 08:59 AM
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Jose Enrique Gutierrez Cataluna

http://www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/spa...ierrez-J-E.htm

1997 Spanish Amateur TT 1st

2001 Tour of France GC 25th

2002 Dauphine Stage 7 1st

2002 Tour of Spain TTT(Kelme) 3rd

2004 Classiques des Alpes 3rd

Dauphine Stage 2 1st
Dauphine ITT 7th

Jose Gutierrez turned pro in 1998, the year after he won the Spanish National Championship Amateur Time Trial. He is listed at Phonak's website as an all around rider, and his results reflect that. He wins a stage here and there, and does ok in TT's. His 25th overall in the 2001 TDF was a very good result for a 3rd year pro. Another telling result was the Kelme team's 3rd place in the TTT in the 2002 Vuelta. They finished only 1 second behind USPS. Jose was a member of that team.

This year he is riding very well, providing Phonak with recognition in the Classiques des Alpes and the Dauphine.

He is not a pure climber, so I suspect he will provide some but not extensive support for Hamilton in the mountains. Simiarily he is not an world class TT'r but his TT abilities are more than capable, and he should be a positive addition to the Phonak TTT effort.
 
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I guess you want all the spaniards in the tour!
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Old 06-15-04, 09:36 PM
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Actually, these are some of the riders Phonak has announced as their "tentative" TDF team. They have also announced Elmiger, Jalabert, Sevilla, and Hamilton. I am going slow with the hope that Zulle will be a last minute addition to the team.

Feel free to put up a profile if you favor someone.

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Old 06-19-04, 10:28 AM
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Nicolas Jalabert

http://www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/fra...Jalabert-N.htm

Nicolas is probably best known as the brother of one of the all-time greats of bicycle racing, Laurent Jalabert. He is also Tyler's personal friend and roommate on the road. When Tyler left CSC, he brought Nicolas with him in the deal. Nicolas is the consummate domestique. He is a strong rider who doesn't excel in any single discipline, but once he made it into the pro peloton, they couldn't drop him.

Nicolas has numerous victories in races of smaller import on the pro calender, but his true worth will be as a pillar to support others at the TDF. He should not diminish the Phonak efforts in the TTT in the least.

Jalabert on the right:

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Old 06-22-04, 09:57 AM
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Martin Elmiger

www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/schweiz.Elmiger.htm

2003 GP Gippingen 1st

2002 Tour of Romandie Sprints Competition 1st

Elmiger is a relatively young pro at 26, but has won some significant races. Former Swiss National Road Champion, he has shown the ability to ride well against the clock in some very short tt's, and his victories show he is a strong rider and should be a positive addition to Phonak's TTT effort.

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Old 06-23-04, 03:14 PM
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Elmiger Placed 7th in the Swiss National Time Trial Championships today.
 
Old 06-24-04, 10:20 AM
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Bert Grabsch

www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/tyskland.Grabsch-B.htm

2003 Tour of Spain Stage 13 ITT 4th

German National TT Championships 5th

2002 Vuelta de Burgos Stage 1 1st

German National TT Championships 5th

Tour of Italy Stage 12 2nd

2001 Grand Prix Eddy Merckx 2 man TTT 3rd


Bert Grabsch is called an all around rider by Phonak at their website, but if he were to have a specialty, it would be the TT. As you can see from the results above, he has shown well consistently over the last three years in time trials. He started racing at 22, and is 29 now so he has experience. Bert is a definite plus for Phonak's TTT effort, and probably the third best TT rider on the team behind Hamilton and Gonzalez.
 
Old 06-27-04, 10:16 AM
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Oscar Sevilla Ribera

www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/spanien.Sevilla.htm

2001

Tour of France Stage 11 ITT 4th
Tour of France Under 25 Competition 1st
Tour of France GC 7th

Tour of Spain GC 2nd

2002

Tour of Spain GC 4th
Tour of Spain Stage 10 ITT 2nd

2004

Daphine de Libre 3rd


Oscar is primarily known as a climber and will undoubtedly be Phonak's main support for Hamilton in the mountains. The time trials Oscar has placed high in were all mountain time trials. In the 2001 TDF, he placed 4th in the uphill time trial won by Lance, and he placed 15th, losing 4 + min. to Lance in the 61 km ITT.

Oscar is a strong rider though and should be able to hold his own in the TTT.
 
Old 06-29-04, 01:47 PM
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Tyler Hamilton

www.trap-friis.dk/cykling/usa.Hamilton.htm

1999

Grand Prix Eddy Merckx 2man TT with Marty Jemison 7th

2000

Dauphine Libere GC 1st
Dauphine Libere Stage 4 1st
Dauphine Libere Stage 5 1st

2001

Tour of Switzerland Stage 1 ITT 3rd
Tour of Switzerland Stage 8 ITT 3rd

2002

Tour of Italy GC 2nd
Tour of Italy Stage 14 ITT 1st
Tour of Italy Stage 19 ITT 4th
Danmark Rundt Stage 4b ITT 2nd

2003

Leige-Bastogne-Leige 1st
Tour of Romandie GC 1st
Tour of Romandie Stage 5 ITT 1st
Paris-Nice Mountains Competition 1st
Paris-Nice Prologue 2nd
Paris-Nice STage 4 ITT 3rd
Tour of France GC 4th
Tour of France Stage 16 1st
Tour of France Stage 19 ITT 2nd
Tour of France Stage 12 ITT 5th

2004

Tour of Romandie GC 1st
Tour of Romandie Stage 5 ITT 1st
Tour of Romandie Points Competition 1st
Dauphine Libere GC 2nd
Dauphine Libere Prologue 3rd
Dauphine Libere Stage 4 ITT 2nd
Vuelta al Pais Vasco Stage 5b ITT 2nd

Tyler is of course the team leader for Phonak at the Tour de France this year and his record of placings in time trials of all types makes him far and away the best time trial rider on the team. He is a threat to win any time trial he enters and has often secured his victories through his time trial performances. He is the anchor of the Phonak team time trial effort.

Tyler looking suitably emaciated on the Ventoux:
 
Old 06-29-04, 02:00 PM
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Overall, in summary, I think Phonak has 4 strong time trial riders: Tyler Hamilton, Santos Gonzalez, Bert Grabsch, and Martin Elmiger. Nicolas Jalabert, Jose Gutierrez, and Oscar Pereiro are more than suited to the task in terms of strength and should do nothing to detract from a fine performance at the TDF. Oscar Sevilla should have no problems hanging in and Santiago Perez will have the challenge of not getting dropped.

Traditionally in the Tour de France, the time for the 5th place finisher in the team time trial is the time given the whole team, so the team is only as good as it's best 5 time trialers. As the team comes into the final 1k of the course they tend to break up some and go into an all out sprint. Who the 5th place finisher will be is a good guess. Maybe you can get odds on this at MrBookmaker.com .
 

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