Predictions 2013

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twotyred
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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby twotyred » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:42 pm

Bruyneel will cave in and spill his guts at his USDA hearing taking Steak-Boy down with him.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby DeadCalm » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:43 pm

Here goes:

Despite valiant efforts stage 15 (Bastille day) of the TDF will not be won be a Frenchman.
Stage 18 of the TDF (double ascent of Alpe D'Huez) will be won by Thibaut Pinot.
Romain Bardet will win the combativity prize on at least one stage of the TDF.
There will be three Frenchmen in the top 10 of the TDF but none on the podium.
Tejay Van Garderen will be on the podium at the TDF and will retain the white jersey.

Philippe Gilbert will win at least one of the Ardennes clasics.
Tom Boonen will not win Flanders or Roubaix.
Alberto Contador will not win the TDF or the Vuelta.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby chrisday » Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:56 pm

Stannard to win G-W, and come close in either P-R or RVV
Wiggins 2nd @ Giro to his Nibs
Depressingly extra-terrestrial wins for Contador @ Tour and Vuelta
Hein and Pat still in place at end of season
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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby BigMat » Tue Nov 13, 2012 13:39 pm

twotyred wrote:Bruyneel will cave in and spill his guts at his USDA hearing taking Steak-Boy down with him.



Oh please, please, please....

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby Abdoujaparov » Tue Nov 13, 2012 13:51 pm

Talansky to finish top five in the Giro

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby Turfle » Tue Nov 13, 2012 15:16 pm

Sagan to not dominate the world.
Henao to win a lot. Including FW.
JRod-Contador-Henao for the GTs.
Degenkolb to almost do the Roubaix-Flanders double.
Moser to win LBL.

And for the Brits:
JTL to get a number of decent top 10s, but no big wins.
Wiggins to struggle with motivation.
Thomas to still end up riding for others.
Fenn to win Omloop.
Luke Rowe to win Tour of Britain, and a number of stages of small races.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby greasedscotsman » Tue Nov 13, 2012 15:39 pm

Turfle wrote:Sagan to not dominate the world.
Henao to win a lot. Including FW.
JRod-Contador-Henao for the GTs.
Degenkolb to almost do the Roubaix-Flanders double.
Moser to win LBL.

And for the Brits:
JTL to get a number of decent top 10s, but no big wins.
Wiggins to struggle with motivation.
Thomas to still end up riding for others.
Fenn to win Omloop.
Luke Rowe to win Tour of Britain, and a number of stages of small races.


Hmm, all a bit vague...

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby EKIMIKE » Tue Nov 13, 2012 17:56 pm

Richmond Racer wrote:
EKIMIKE wrote:And... don't laugh... Thor Hushovd for Paris - Roubaix.


Cant. Help. Myself. :lol: :lol:


It would be nice though... He's got the desire and passion and he's been the unfortunate victim of circumstance a few times, denying at least a decent chance of glory (nothing is ever certain!). It's easy to forget how strong he was the day van Summeren won and his general class as a rider after such a dire season.

Hushovd cannot be compared to Boonen, but in a similar vein how many people would have pegged Boonen for a monument this time last year? Let alone G-W, E3, Flanders and Roubaix. Just like people easily forgot how good he was this time last year, it's easy to forget how much doubt there was about his last year considering what he did in the spring!

Quintana is a good shout! Mighty impressive this year. Talking of Colombians, Betancur will be interesting to watch in the Ardennes.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby resaRider » Tue Nov 13, 2012 18:31 pm

Sky to come close but not win anything all season!

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby Chadders81 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 19:55 pm

Degenkolb to tear it up in the monuments.

Sagan to win zero stages at the TdF.

Tejay van Garderen to be allowed to lead BMC at one of the grand tours and finish on the podium.

Lance to admit to being a liar.

Nairo Quintana to scare the sh!t out of people with his climbing.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby iainf72 » Tue Nov 13, 2012 20:46 pm

Everyone who watches the womans worlds race will say how amazing it was and suggest they showed real passion and sportsmanship. It will also be suggested that the mens race will not live up to the womans. On the Sunday, the mens race will be awesome and no one will remember what was said day before.

Sky will suffer more scandal when more people in management are exposed as ex-dopers. The sponsor will make public noises about looking at their investment in the sport.

The breakaway league will gain some steam, but then everyone will realise it's mostly a bunch of races no one really cares about and can we go back to watching the races with history.

Phinney will win a big one day race.

Cavendish will be written off by critics (in his head, no one elses) but will come back and "show everyone"
Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby Jez mon » Tue Nov 13, 2012 21:30 pm

Wiggins will win the Giro, his critics will say that it was because all his potential rivals are focusing on some race in July.

A newly reinvigorated Andy Schleck will win said race in July and dedicate it to his brother.

In the cobbled classics, the tour of Flanders will come down to a sprint between Boonen and Sagan, with Sagan edging it, Paris Roubaix will then be Boonen v. Cancellara, with Boonen winning.

Gilbert will give the rainbow jersey a good showing, and will win one of the Ardennes classics, and I'll continue to struggle to muster enthusiasm for them after the cobbled classics.

Erm...

Cobo will win the Vuelta!
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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby Loretta Damage » Tue Nov 13, 2012 21:46 pm

JTL will get a podium finish at one of the classics.
Cav will wear the yellow jersey after stage 1 of the TdF and win the Green Jersey.
Froome will not win TdF.
Stannard will win a classic.
Voekler will win a stage of the TdF, but won't actually cross the line with a pained expression (much to the dismay of the French press).
Contador will remain in denial.
Shimano will develop a credible design for road disc brakes but they will be designated as "evil" by the forums and only those willing to be declared as an heretic will risk using them.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby confused@BR » Tue Nov 13, 2012 21:56 pm

Andy Schleck will win the Vuelta ahead of Rigoberto Uran Uran and some Spaniard.

Alberto Contador will be disqualified from racing by circumstantial evidence.

Sky will win everything else, apart from when they cba or Mr Cavendish can ba.
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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby rebs » Tue Nov 13, 2012 23:16 pm

Uran will win 2 week long stage races.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby Milton50 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 17:45 pm

Here's my 'sticking my neck out' predictions for 2013:

1) Stannard will win G-W
2) Cancellara will crush P-R
3) JTL will feature prominently in the Ardennes Classics but won't win any of them
4) Really sticking my neck out here --> JTL will win a stage of the Vuelta
5) Contador won't win any GT's this year
6) Cav will win the same number or less stages in the TdF than he did with Sky last year
7) Gilbert will become a double world champion

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby greasedscotsman » Fri Nov 16, 2012 22:03 pm

Milton50 wrote:5) Contador won't win any GT's this year


If only that were true. :cry:

Milton50 wrote:7) Gilbert will become a double world champion


Do you mean he'll win the World Road Race Champs again or he'll win the World Road Race AND the TT champs in 2013?

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby Mr Goo » Fri Nov 16, 2012 22:33 pm

Pierre Roland to win the Mont Ventoux stage of TdF

FDJ riders to initiate a breakaway in all stages of TdF except TTs and get swallowed up by the peloton with 5 kms to go.

Alberto Contadope to win TdF (providing that Saxo/Tinkoff invited)

Cav to finish runner up to Sagan in Green Jersey comp TdF

Euskatel to win a total of 2 stages in all GTs.. so that will be Sammy Sanchez then.

Lance Armstrong to bump off DiDi and take on the mantle of the Devil. Oh he already has, just needs the red tights.
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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby philbar72 » Sat Nov 17, 2012 08:35 am

Contador to come second in le tour.
Gilbert wins Amstel gold.
Wiggins for Paris roubaix, and a podium in the giro.
Froome to come 5th in the tour.
At least one further big name to be busted for doping.
Degenkolb to smash it in the sprints.
Cav to have a good season, but no green jersey.

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Re: Predictions 2013

Postby Milton50 » Sat Nov 17, 2012 09:01 am

greasedscotsman wrote:
Milton50 wrote:5) Contador won't win any GT's this year


If only that were true. :cry:


Heh, it could easily blow up in my face :) . I think he'll go for the Giro and the Tour but he'll be closer to 2010 form than 2009, in which case he could easily get beaten.

greasedscotsman wrote:
Milton50 wrote:7) Gilbert will become a double world champion


Do you mean he'll win the World Road Race Champs again or he'll win the World Road Race AND the TT champs in 2013?[/quote]

I mean he'll win the World Road Race for the second time in succession. Not sure the last time that was done?


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