Who you got on Sunday ?
Last Post 09/29/2013 07:41 PM by Orange Crush. 27 Replies.
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Ride On

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09/26/2013 04:19 PM
The worlds road race is Sunday. Who you got?
Ride On

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09/26/2013 04:20 PM
Tuff to pick this one.

I'll go safe and pick Canc
Cosmic Kid

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09/26/2013 04:39 PM
After getting pipped in the TT, I'm going for Spartacus.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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09/26/2013 04:43 PM
It will be the usual tombola so I will make an orange pick: Gesink. He was on hot form in the Quebec races and even surprised himself winning a sprint. Those Quebec races showed there's at least about a dozen relatively even matched candidates for the win. It'll come down to who plays the tactical game best.
jmdirt

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09/26/2013 05:42 PM
PG for the repeat!
ChinookPass

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09/26/2013 08:03 PM
oddsmakers kinda like Sagan at 4:1 (after FC of course)
I'll take Oliver Zaugg, 2011 Lombardia champ and solid 37th in the Vuelta at 500:1 for a dark dark horse cuz everyone will be watching FC, right?
Dale

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09/26/2013 09:10 PM
With the profile Sagan is where I'd put the money
Gilbert? Not much out of him this year-- not podium for him
Valverde's looked hungry and could podium
My long shot bet-- Stybar Gotta love the thought of a cx'er taking the win

Podium:
Sagan
Cancellara
Valverde
pabiker

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09/26/2013 11:42 PM
FC
Sweet Milk

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09/27/2013 01:10 AM
PG
jookey

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09/27/2013 05:33 AM
Valverde.
Rooting for Sagan though.
stronz

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09/27/2013 08:24 AM
Valverde. Conta is probably very motivated tho.
Orange Crush

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09/27/2013 12:17 PM
Looks like it's going to be a fun circuit

stinkyhelmet

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09/27/2013 12:55 PM
+1 on Gesink.
vtguy

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09/27/2013 03:25 PM
Sagan
Keith Richards

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09/27/2013 04:13 PM
Start list is here.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Keith Richards

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09/27/2013 04:43 PM
Having looked over the list, I am going to go wild card shopping.

Dan Martin or Ritchie Porte.

For the five star pick, Fabian.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Orange Crush

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09/27/2013 04:46 PM
Surprised to see the Manxman on the list. Says he's relishing the support role.
laurentja

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09/28/2013 03:37 PM
Sagan. Wait let me think for a sec. Yup, Sagan.
Cosmic Kid

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09/29/2013 11:29 AM
Wow....Spain made a mess out of those last few KM's. Strongest sprinter in huge bunch and two out of 4 riders to contest the finale and they still lost.

Impressive rides by both Rui Costa and Nibali (even though he finished out of the medals).
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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09/29/2013 11:37 AM
Ha - where was the winner with the odds makers? He played it to perfection.

Strong ride by Nibali, but like Spain, Italy messed up. When you isolate yourself in final like that against three riders that are faster, why press on? And maybe Nibali should have been taken out of the race for that illegal drafting. Sure Italy got a big fine but there should be bigger repercussions realistically.
Ibex

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09/29/2013 11:58 AM
Props to great efforts by Nibali, Rodriguez and Costa. But what the heck did Valverde do. Agree Spain blew it big time, seems like Valverde could have gone big when Rodriguez was caught, or rode down Costa in the final KM. Usually Valverde has good tactical sense, but it seems like he was just a bystander with the best view in the house.
Orange Crush

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09/29/2013 12:19 PM
Did Spain mess up? Or did Valverde simply let Costa go? The two ride on the same team.

The only tactical suicide I saw was Italy's. It harks back to 2012 MSR.

Whether Valverde messed up or threw in a monkey wrench depends on the above notion.
Ibex

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09/29/2013 02:47 PM
Okay, I am willing to buy that logic
Ibex

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09/29/2013 03:03 PM
In that light it could be that this is payback for support in the tour and Vuelta and future grand tour endeavors.
But that leads to the question as to how effective is it to have national teams in the Worlds championships if team loyalties supersede the national team effort. An age old question I suppose
Gonzo Cyclist

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09/29/2013 04:09 PM
what a rainstorm eh? Bet no one had Costa picked, Purito has had one heck of a year, so close again though
laurentja

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09/29/2013 05:53 PM
You were all wrong! (me too). That's the World's for ya, though Costa is one of those guys who is a bit of a surprise but who makes perfect sense.
Cosmic Kid

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09/29/2013 06:40 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 09/29/2013 12:19 PM
Did Spain mess up? Or did Valverde simply let Costa go? The two ride on the same team.

The only tactical suicide I saw was Italy's. It harks back to 2012 MSR.

Whether Valverde messed up or threw in a monkey wrench depends on the above notion.


A fair question, but Costa is going to Lampre for 2014. Given how many times Valverde has been close to the rainbow hoops, would he so willingly let the race go to a guy leaving his team? I suppose it could be "pay back" for support over the years....but I think Vlaverde screwed up.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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09/29/2013 07:41 PM
In that case no mystery and definitely Valverde wasn't sharp enough or didn't have it. Sounds like Costa took a risk and caught him by surprise in a curve. That doesn't equate to Spain messing up though. Tactically they played it well. There was just a better guy.


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