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Just read that Gabriel Rasch of FJD says that he is aiming for at least a top 10 - preferably a top 5 position in Quatar.

He is a good domestique, but do you think he actually has a chance to do this?

I am not so sure, but I know he was about to get a top 10 position at the 2011 Paris-Roubaix, before Garmin called him back to aid Hushovd, so I reckon he is good if its windy and flat.

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Gkam84 [9068 posts] 4 years ago
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How about, NOPE  4

Blowing his and his teams own trumpet far to soon, always a sign that its going to fail

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Alan Tullett [1566 posts] 4 years ago
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I like FDJ but they've left their two best sprinters at home. Might be in some breaks however, but I don't expect many of those to succeed.

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stumps [3184 posts] 4 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

How about, NOPE  4

Blowing his and his teams own trumpet far to soon, always a sign that its going to fail

You never know he might be lulling other teams into a false sense of security - a bit like your team predictions last year  19

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LabMonkey [97 posts] 4 years ago
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I am not sure about Rasch - coming from Norway, how will he handle the heat in Qatar?

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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Nah there's no way I'm going on banter from team websites any more. No matter who's stated they're definitely going to win it, there's every other team trying to stop them. But if you all want to go and pick Gabriel Rasch then by all means go ahead. I on the other hand have an absolutely red hot DS so watch out!

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abudhabiChris [692 posts] 4 years ago
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LabMonkey wrote:

I am not sure about Rasch - coming from Norway, how will he handle the heat in Qatar?

Heat  13 I wish.... it's bloody freezing out here at the moment.

Well OK it's getting into single digits and mid 20s through the day but for us that's relatively freezing.

I'm wearing arm warmers, knee warmers, long gloves and an undershirt to ride in the mornings.

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stumps [3184 posts] 4 years ago
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abudhabiChris wrote:
LabMonkey wrote:

I am not sure about Rasch - coming from Norway, how will he handle the heat in Qatar?

Heat  13 I wish.... it's bloody freezing out here at the moment.

Well OK it's getting into single digits and mid 20s through the day but for us that's relatively freezing.

I'm wearing arm warmers, knee warmers, long gloves and an undershirt to ride in the mornings.

Oh you poor thing !!!!!!!!!!!!

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seabass89 [212 posts] 4 years ago
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stumps wrote:
abudhabiChris wrote:
LabMonkey wrote:

I am not sure about Rasch - coming from Norway, how will he handle the heat in Qatar?

Heat  13 I wish.... it's bloody freezing out here at the moment.

Well OK it's getting into single digits and mid 20s through the day but for us that's relatively freezing.

I'm wearing arm warmers, knee warmers, long gloves and an undershirt to ride in the mornings.

Oh you poor thing !!!!!!!!!!!!

Technically its not "freezing" before you have ice in your beard when you get home from a ride!

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Squiggle [403 posts] 4 years ago
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abudhabiChris wrote:

I'm wearing arm warmers, knee warmers, long gloves and an undershirt to ride in the mornings.

Geez I'm wearing that on the rollers today! It's -1.5 in my garage, -5 outside!

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robcrow [53 posts] 4 years ago
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He finished 7th last year,so not unrealistic to be thinking of a top 10,but the line up looks stronger to me this year and the movement of riders between teams has left some good finishers with the chance to express themselves rather than be tied up doing a job for there team.