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The same 16 teams have been invited to Tour of Oman as participated in Tour of Qatar.

Expect quite a few team changes though; there is the odd hill in Oman and despite 4 sprint stages, there will be the odd hardman stage. Boasson Hagen back in for Sky and punchier climbers like Rodriguez and Gilbert might be more obvious.

I don't think the out and out sprinters will stand a chance of the overall so transfers are going to be important.

Thoughts comrades?

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JAndrewHill [1215 posts] 5 years ago
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Stumps [3496 posts] 5 years ago
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With the classics on the horizon it's going to be the likes of Gilbert, Flecha and EBH who are going to try out their legs on the climbs but when it comes to hills you never know  39

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Stumps [3496 posts] 5 years ago
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Doh !

according to Team Sky website Flecha and EBH not racing ?

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arsene [210 posts] 5 years ago
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they not racing

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allezrider [92 posts] 5 years ago
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Neither is Gilbert - claims it's too warm

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 5 years ago
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Sky only have a couple of changes, Sutton and Hunt in and Barry will be out, So Rowe, Dowsett or Puccio are the reserves

Full list here http://www.letour.fr/2012/TOO/RIDERS/us/engages.html

No EBH, Flecha or Gilbert

BUT there will be Kittel, Sagan and Millar for your climbing and Cav, Farrar, Galimzyanov and Greipel for your sprints with a few other names i'll keep to myself  19

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obutterwick [474 posts] 5 years ago
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This really does take over my life. I LOVE IT!!

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Stumps [3496 posts] 5 years ago
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Griepel over his illness i take it ?

Whats wrong with Euskatel ? i thought the hot weather would have suited their riders.

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 5 years ago
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I think its invite only?? Astana, Euskaltel, Ag2r, Vacansoleil, Movistar, Saxo Bank and Lampre all missing, so some decent riders in those teams

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veseunr [261 posts] 5 years ago
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Invites ... same as Qatar; same teams.

Some more names competing: Vandevelde, Rasmussen for Garmin. Goss back in for GRE but rubbish in TDU. Joaquin is in for Katusha ... love that!

Nibali, Greipel back, Ten Dam for Rabobank, Fuglsang and Sutton.

Wow! Excited already. Going for better than my 200th place in Qatar!! Crap for a previous prize winner (at least I was infront of the wife)

Teams by Tuesday

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Stumps [3496 posts] 5 years ago
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Mmmmm, this is going to take some deep thinking as there a lot of good riders. Rodriguez is a must in my opinion but after that who knows.  39

The first 3 days are flat by the looks of it with day 4 and 5 having the hills to contend with.

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veseunr [261 posts] 5 years ago
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Just spotted a TdF winner in there ... although he did win it last week  39

.... Andy Schleck.

Stage 1 and 2 have the same profile on official website ... someone cocked up. Stage 2 is actually a bit of a tough finish.

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dave atkinson [6307 posts] 5 years ago
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stage 5 is a proper mountaintop summit finish too, 1,265m

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dave atkinson [6307 posts] 5 years ago
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provisional start list is up...

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fluffchucker [272 posts] 5 years ago
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Thanks Dave
For a while I thought there were 900 riders  16

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brockhurst5 [29 posts] 5 years ago
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I know it may be warmer there, but from bit I've seen on Eurosport it's not exactly exciting racing.

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Alan Tullett [1570 posts] 5 years ago
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Stage 4 is nothing terrible, a little bumpy, good for breaks maybe; but 5 should be good. Couple of Ks of 13.5% at the end. Going to be interesting to decide when to bring the climbers in.

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charliemac74 [190 posts] 5 years ago
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Why can you only quote certain peoples posts?

Anyway....

Dave " provisional start list is up..."

Glad to see you have torn yourself away from The Big Shimano show - when do us monkeys get to find out out the future?

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Stumps [3496 posts] 5 years ago
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brockhurst5 wrote:

I know it may be warmer there, but from bit I've seen on Eurosport it's not exactly exciting racing.

Oman is completely different from Qatar if your thinking its the same. Oman actually has some decent hills and the mountain top finish looks a belter.

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dave atkinson [6307 posts] 5 years ago
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charliemac74 wrote:

Why can you only quote certain peoples posts?

Anyway....

Dave " provisional start list is up..."

Glad to see you have torn yourself away from The Big Shimano show - when do us monkeys get to find out out the future?

not sure about the quoting, i'll check the cogs.

March 1 and June 1 for Shimano news. Both very interesting.

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veseunr [261 posts] 5 years ago
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Why have Eurosport got Stage 1 "live" on Wednesday when it starts on Tuesday. No prologue? Confused?

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TERatcliffe26 [4717 posts] 5 years ago
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Well last week eurosport had listed highlights from stage 5 of the ToQ on the same day eurosport 2 had listed live coverage of stage 1 (this being the day of stage 1)

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TERatcliffe26 [4717 posts] 5 years ago
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The big question is to go with Cav or not to go with Cav.....I feel i will end up with egg on my face whichever way i go

basically i have a team with Cav and a team without Cav that causes 3 changes in my team overall

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veseunr [261 posts] 5 years ago
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Rather have egg on my face than road rash all over my back! Poor Mr Cav.

Greipel v Cav on the sprints with a few other thrown in could be excellent!! It will be fun watching then up Stage 5 too.  4

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JAndrewHill [1215 posts] 5 years ago
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Might drop Cav and Gripes for stage 5  26 26 26
Bring in some guys with decent sprintability

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JAndrewHill [1215 posts] 5 years ago
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Sohrabi is a must again . . . its his 'home' tour after all.
and he is cheap so I can afford to buy a decent climber like nibali

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Stumps [3496 posts] 5 years ago
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JAndrewHill wrote:

Sohrabi is a must again . . . its his 'home' tour after all.
and he is cheap so I can afford to buy a decent climber like nibali

Thought he was from Iran ?

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 5 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Sky only have a couple of changes, Sutton and Hunt in and Barry will be out, So Rowe, Dowsett or Puccio are the reserves

Full list here http://www.letour.fr/2012/TOO/RIDERS/us/engages.html

No EBH, Flecha or Gilbert

BUT there will be Kittel, Sagan and Millar for your climbing and Cav, Farrar, Galimzyanov and Greipel for your sprints with a few other names i'll keep to myself  19

Kittel for climbing, does your disinformation run that deep  4

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JAndrewHill [1215 posts] 5 years ago
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stumps wrote:
JAndrewHill wrote:

Sohrabi is a must again . . . its his 'home' tour after all.
and he is cheap so I can afford to buy a decent climber like nibali

Thought he was from Iran ?

I am not aware of a tour d'Iran so I put 'home' in quotes, cos I thought Oman was probably the hearest place to Iran. . . . and it's only 2 letters different.  1 1

Now if Ali Al Habsi could ride a bike, I would definitely pick him for the Tour d'Oman

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Stumps [3496 posts] 5 years ago
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JAndrewHill wrote:
stumps wrote:
JAndrewHill wrote:

Sohrabi is a must again . . . its his 'home' tour after all.
and he is cheap so I can afford to buy a decent climber like nibali

Thought he was from Iran ?

I am not aware of a tour d'Iran so I put 'home' in quotes, cos I thought Oman was probably the hearest place to Iran. . . . and it's only 2 letters different.  1 1

Now if Ali Al Habsi could ride a bike, I would definitely pick him for the Tour d'Oman

Aye point taken. The way Iran is at the mo half the UK and USA competitors would get locked up for spying.  4

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