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Old 06-30-10, 09:53 AM
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World Masters Games 2010 - commentary, spoilers, opinions etc

here it is.

I will start by saying that my first prediction was that AC would not win. I am thinking that is unlikely, as he seems to have no credible rival, although A Schleck might be faster uphill this year.

I must say that I am looking forward to this Tour only because I am hoping for surprises and lead changes a'la Giro 2010.

I also wonder if the NL stage(s) are going to be as crashy as the Giro stages? I hope not. I am not a crash-watcher.
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Old 06-30-10, 10:00 AM
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217.
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i'm more excited than i have been since flandis ruined my enthusiasm for the tour in 06. theres so many good stories to follow and such a great course.

i think the cobbles could be a big deal, and i'm looking forward to watching the green jersey fight too.

saxo is such a killer team, on paper, i think they'll have a good tour.
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Originally Posted by Creakyknees View Post
217.
ok now that we have that out of the way...

Holland will be crashy. The cobbles will take out a climber or two. But I think AC will survive, he has some good meat on Astana to protect him.

It seems both of the Schlecks have been working on their TT's, but nobody's going to beat AC in the long one.

Still looks like AC all the way to me, barring unfortunate incidents of course.
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I'd like to take Cadel, but i don't think he has the team around him. Contador is the clear favorite, but it's a long race and shlit happens. Anybody thinks there's a chance Liquigas works for Nibali?

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Originally Posted by wens View Post
I'd like to take Cadel, but i don't think he has the team around him. Contador is the clear favorite, but it's a long race and shlit happens. Anybody thinks there's a chance Liquigas works for Nibali?
Nibali isn't riding the Tour this year, so, probably not.
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Overall, all things being equal (meaning nobody crashes or gets sick) the top 10 should look like this:

AC
Frank Schleck
Evans
Basso
Kreuziger
Andy Schleck
Vandevelde
Rogers
Wiggins
Armstrong

I'll be honest I'm not real confident on Armstrong making the top ten.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Overall, all things being equal (meaning nobody crashes or gets sick) the top 10 should look like this:

AC
Frank Schleck
Evans
Basso
Kreuziger
Andy Schleck
Vandevelde
Rogers
Wiggins
Armstrong

I'll be honest I'm not real confident on Armstrong making the top ten.
no ****ing way. he will waste too much energy literally ***** slapping the peloton/media. ****ing evans.
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Originally Posted by rog View Post
Nibali isn't riding the Tour this year, so, probably not.
Oops.
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Barring the unforeseen on the cobbles (crash or split in the field), I can't see ayone being even close to Contador. For a prediction that's a bit out on a limb, I say that Armstrong will withdraw in the Pyrenees.
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Okay lets have some fun. The 33 fantasy TdF. Pick your top ten riders in order of finishing position.
1st=10 points
2nd=9 points
10th=1 point

If you pick AC to win and he finishes third you still get 8points but if you pick AC to win and he does then you get an additional 5 points. This is true for every rider that places where you picked him to place, so if you pick Evans to be 5th and he finishes 5th you get 6 points + 5 points. Got it?
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No country for old men. (read: Lance will fail)
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Overall, all things being equal (meaning nobody crashes or gets sick) the top 10 should look like this:

AC
Frank Schleck
Evans
Basso
Kreuziger
Andy Schleck
Vandevelde
Rogers
Wiggins
Armstrong

I'll be honest I'm not real confident on Armstrong making the top ten.
that's quite a bit to ask for those two, especially the older schleck

Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
no ****ing way. he will waste too much energy literally ***** slapping the peloton/media. ****ing evans.
would you stop drinking the hatorade?

Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Okay lets have some fun. The 33 fantasy TdF. Pick your top ten riders in order of finishing position.
1st=10 points
2nd=9 points
10th=1 point

If you pick AC to win and he finishes third you still get 8points but if you pick AC to win and he does then you get an additional 5 points. This is true for every rider that places where you picked him to place, so if you pick Evans to be 5th and he finishes 5th you get 6 points + 5 points. Got it?
damn, this is gonna get me addicted to fantasy sports in addition to my addiction of BF.
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
Okay lets have some fun. The 33 fantasy TdF. Pick your top ten riders in order of finishing position.
1st=10 points
2nd=9 points
10th=1 point

If you pick AC to win and he finishes third you still get 8points but if you pick AC to win and he does then you get an additional 5 points. This is true for every rider that places where you picked him to place, so if you pick Evans to be 5th and he finishes 5th you get 6 points + 5 points. Got it?
Are we just posting them in this thread?
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Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
no ****ing way. he will waste too much energy literally ***** slapping the peloton/media. ****ing evans.
hahahahahahahahaha. That gave me a good chuckle.
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Old 06-30-10, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by wens View Post
Are we just posting them in this thread?
Thats what I was thinking but should we start another thread? I'm okay with just posting here..it's not like you win anything but bragging rights..of course around here that's currency!
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Originally Posted by El Diablo Rojo View Post
I'll be honest I'm not real confident on Armstrong making the top ten.
Lance should be stronger than last year, and we know he has the preparation plan down 100%... and a very good team. Seems silly to discount him. Contador is faster though, and should win baring disaster.

My top 10:

Contador
Armstrong
Menchov
Basso
Evans
A Schleck
Kreuziger
Leipheimer
Vandevelde
F Schleck

Edit: I forgot the Schlecks!

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My top ten:

Contador
ASchleck
Kreuziger
Evans
Basso
Armstrong
VdV
F Schleck
Leipheimer
Soler
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Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
here it is.

I will start by saying that my first prediction was that AC would not win. I am thinking that is unlikely, as he seems to have no credible rival, although A Schleck might be faster uphill this year.

I must say that I am looking forward to this Tour only because I am hoping for surprises and lead changes a'la Giro 2010.

I also wonder if the NL stage(s) are going to be as crashy as the Giro stages? I hope not. I am not a crash-watcher.
Contador will crash out on the cobbles.

Pcad has seen it.
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Originally Posted by mattm View Post
(read: Lance will fail)
Define 'fail'.

I figure if he keeps his bike upright for one or two stages, he succeeds. If he finishes the Tour bonus. If he podiums, amazing + bonus.
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I'll take

1 Contador
2 A. Schleck
3 Basso
4 Evans
5 Lance
6 Vande Velde
7 Wiggins
8 Michael Rogers
9 Cunego
10 Joaquin Rodriguez
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1 contador
2 a schleck
3 louis leon sanchez
4 menchov
5 basso
6 nocentini
7 samu sanchez
8 evans
9 leipheimer
10 armstrong
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Because I've seen a bunch of names who aren't actually racing, take a gander:
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1. Contador
2. Armstrong
3. A Schleck
4. Basso
5. Menchov
6. Wiggins
7. Van de Velde
8. Leipheimer
9. F Schleck
10. Sastre
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Originally Posted by rruff View Post
Lance should be stronger than last year, and we know he has the preparation plan down 100%... and a very good team. Seems silly to discount him. Contador is faster though, and should win baring disaster.
He hasn't won or had a podium in a TT all year...he won't beat any of the contenders who can climb and he can't beat the contenders that can TT and he can't beat the contenders that can TT and climb...not silly at all really.
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