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JackTar
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2013 GC Contenders

Postby JackTar » Fri Dec 28, 2012 08:06 am

Who do you think will contend for the Grand Tours in 2013?
Can the Shelecks get back in form or Froome be able to follow Contador on Mount Ventoux?

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby ddraver » Fri Dec 28, 2012 20:13 pm

A Schleck
Contador (boooo!)
Nibali (but he won't actually win anything)
Evans (to have one more shot at something)
Whichever Sky rider is best for the particular race in question...
Rodriguez
Valverde (but only in the Vuelta)

Other names are available but I would nt expect them to be major contendors, that said....
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby OCDuPalais » Fri Dec 28, 2012 23:37 pm

JackTar wrote:Can the Shelecks get back in form or Froome be able to follow Contador on Mount Ventoux?


Everything about Wiggins '12 Vs Wiggins '09 suggested that his clinging on to rampant dopers on Ventoux in '09 (with the particularly steep/irregular bit being nearer the bottom) suggests that it's Bertie and the other "exciting" climbers who need to be worried about the "Geant de Provence" and the Sky machine come 2013.
If Sky can quash the chancers in that first part of the climb, we'll see what all this "character" and "panache" counts for.
Give me dependable, trustworthy "graft" that I can pin my hopes on, every time.

Except in music... and films... and literature: I'll happily listen/watch/listen to any amount of doped-up nonsense from undependable nob-ends then.
In fact, ironically, it'll probably be my favourite stuff.
Louis Armstrong: caked off his bonce.
Jimi Hendrix: ditto.
Stones: yep
Beatles: yep
Anything out of Manchester in the 80's: erm...
Anything out of anywhere in Britain post '88: I'll say... (except pop music: shite. Why? LACK of decent drugs).
All the good house/garage/D 'n B/ Dubstep... World leaders mate, innit... Y'get me?
Etc.
And the splendid thing about this stance is that there is not a jot of hypocrisy.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby OCDuPalais » Sat Dec 29, 2012 00:18 am

And another thing: if it's true that Wiggins is to be knighted (Fenton for CBE?) can you imagine the commentators having to talk about "Contador attacking Sir Bradley"? Seems inappropriate, somehow...

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby ddraver » Sat Dec 29, 2012 00:20 am

'Dunno, has a Sir Francis Drake vs the Armada feel to it....
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby philbar72 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 01:15 am

Contador for the tdf.
Wiggins for the giro.
Don't care for the vuelta, Rodriguez if his teams allowed in?
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Walter White » Sat Dec 29, 2012 09:25 am

Am i mad in thinking Rodriguez has a great shot at the TDF ? , i say that because hes around 20/25-1 with the bookies.

I know theres trouble with his team and that he might go for the Giro etc...... but if he makes it onto the start line surely he has to have a great chance if he brings that Vuelta form.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Dave_1 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 10:19 am

which big GC rider will set off the tripwire at biopass dept? tt like cance or Tony M
and climb like Herrera.... J Rod is not going to win GT while the best tt riders are best climbers

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby ddraver » Sat Dec 29, 2012 11:43 am

Walter White wrote:Am i mad in thinking Rodriguez has a great shot at the TDF ? , i say that because hes around 20/25-1 with the bookies.

I know theres trouble with his team and that he might go for the Giro etc...... but if he makes it onto the start line surely he has to have a great chance if he brings that Vuelta form.


I think he can only win GTs with Time bonuses...
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby frenchfighter » Sat Dec 29, 2012 12:49 pm

Hopefully Contador doesn't ride the Tour. Giro-Vuelta at full gas again will be good.
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby iainf72 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 13:07 pm

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.
Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby greasedscotsman » Sat Dec 29, 2012 16:13 pm

Nobody think Hesjedal has a chance? Must just be me then.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby ddraver » Sat Dec 29, 2012 16:37 pm

I don't think Hesjedal will be "forgotten about" enough to pull off another win any time soon...
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby maddog 2 » Sat Dec 29, 2012 17:39 pm

I think Wiggins will have a pop at the Giro-Tour double.
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby greasedscotsman » Sun Dec 30, 2012 10:51 am

ddraver wrote:I don't think Hesjedal will be "forgotten about" enough to pull off another win any time soon...


Maybe, but we are naming contenders. If I was to try and name who was going to win the GT next year, I wouldn't pick Hesjedal, but I still think he has a chance. A bit like you naming Nibali.

ddraver wrote:Nibali (but he won't actually win anything)

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby domhopson » Mon Dec 31, 2012 20:37 pm

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


Nope, not in the slightest, unfortunately.

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby domhopson » Mon Dec 31, 2012 20:39 pm

philbar72 wrote:Contador for the tdf.
Wiggins for the giro.
Don't care for the vuelta, Rodriguez if his teams allowed in?


Giro - Nibali
Tour - Contador
Vuelta -Valverde

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Cal_Stewart » Mon Dec 31, 2012 21:33 pm

de gendt for giro or vuelta
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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Rick Chasey » Mon Dec 31, 2012 22:30 pm

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


Nah.

Garmin riders never repeat untill they leave....

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Re: 2013 GC Contenders

Postby Rick Chasey » Mon Dec 31, 2012 22:32 pm

Cal_Stewart wrote:de gendt for giro or vuelta


He'll be riding the tour so unlikely.


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