2013 GC Contenders

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby nweststeyn » Mon Dec 31, 2012 23:29 pm

JVDB for a tour podium next year?

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby NapoleonD » Tue Jan 01, 2013 01:14 am

Would love to see JTL do well in a 1 weeker...
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby greasedscotsman » Tue Jan 01, 2013 13:12 pm

Rick Chasey wrote:
greasedscotsman wrote:Nobody think Hesjedal has a chance? Must just be me then.


Nah.

Garmin riders never repeat untill they leave....


What like Wiggins? Hasn't Hesjedal done with his 6th at the Tour in 2010 and then his Giro win last year.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Rick Chasey » Tue Jan 01, 2013 16:49 pm

I'm just teasing.


Contador will obviously win the Tour, save for misfortune. Andy's a bit of a question mark given this year but he's still probably likeliest to run Contador close.

Not sure who's riding the other GTs so hard to say. It's all relative after all...

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby DHTT » Tue Jan 01, 2013 20:24 pm

Another few guys to add into contention,
Hopefully Sammy Sanchez will return after his bad luck this year.
Lieuwe Westra might pull something out the bag similar to De Gendt in this year's Giro.
Uran or Henao to podium in either Giro or Vuelta?

Plus worth looking out for Joe Dombrowski for Sky, possibly Tour of California/US Pro Challenge and hopefully Kennaugh will be able to do something GC on the road post Olympics.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby inseine » Tue Jan 01, 2013 20:45 pm

I know that SKY are not really in fashion round here, but surely they've got to be favorites for at least two of the GTs, Contador or not. Most people seem to think they'll have a worse year than last, I don't.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby On_What » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:41 am

Get real folks - there is no way a Schleck will win a GC this year (doped up or not) unless it's the Wiggle Sportive series :lol:

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby RichN95 » Wed Jan 02, 2013 11:57 am

On_What wrote:Get real folks - there is no way a Schleck will win a GC this year (doped up or not) unless it's the Wiggle Sportive series :lol:

If you want to discount a rider who has only once finished a Grand Tour outside the top two, then go ahead. But don't expect others to be so foolish.
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby LeicesterLad » Wed Jan 02, 2013 13:53 pm

RichN95 wrote:
On_What wrote:Get real folks - there is no way a Schleck will win a GC this year (doped up or not) unless it's the Wiggle Sportive series :lol:

If you want to discount a rider who has only once finished a Grand Tour outside the top two, then go ahead. But don't expect others to be so foolish.


I don't like Andy Schleck, however I do agree with Rich.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Richmond Racer » Thu Jan 03, 2013 09:05 am

So Samu's riding the Giro...chance of podium? No, think not. Always good to see him race though

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby greasedscotsman » Thu Jan 03, 2013 09:42 am

Richmond Racer wrote:So Samu's riding the Giro...chance of podium? No, think not. Always good to see him race though


Stage win maybe?

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Rick Chasey » Thu Jan 03, 2013 09:54 am

He's getting on a bit now, surely?

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby domhopson » Thu Jan 03, 2013 17:02 pm

nweststeyn wrote:JVDB for a tour podium next year?


Top 5 if extremely lucky this year.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby frenchfighter » Thu Jan 03, 2013 17:08 pm

Yeah he is a doping sympathiser and characterless rider. If he stops riding I don't think anyone will notice or care.
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Jez mon » Thu Jan 03, 2013 22:27 pm

Goes to look for 2013 prediction thread...

So I've gone Wiggins for the Giro, Andy Schleck for the Tour, and Cobo for the Veulta.

I may not have taken that thread entirely seriously!
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby frenchfighter » Mon Jan 07, 2013 09:34 am

iainf72 wrote:
frenchfighter wrote:Hopefully Contador doesn't ride the Tour. Giro-Vuelta at full gas again will be good.


Saxo and Tinkoff don't put money into cycling so Bert can do the 2 smaller GT's.

He'll be at the Tour and there to win it.


Sad news.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contado ... l-for-2013
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby inkyfingers » Mon Jan 07, 2013 09:55 am

frenchfighter wrote:
iainf72 wrote:
frenchfighter wrote:Hopefully Contador doesn't ride the Tour. Giro-Vuelta at full gas again will be good.


Saxo and Tinkoff don't put money into cycling so Bert can do the 2 smaller GT's.

He'll be at the Tour and there to win it.


Sad news.
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/contado ... l-for-2013


That was always going to happen, sponsors will always trump whatever personal ambitions riders might have.

Historically, he's only ever ridden the Giro/Vuelta when he had to (08) or when he thought he was about to get banned (11).
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