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So it is two weeks away, but you can do some preliminary research seeing no Omloop Het Volk/Nieuwsblad & Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne (campaigning for them to included in 2013 season).

Offical website with parcours: http://www.letour.fr/2012/PNC/COURSE/us/le_parcours.html

Partial starting list:http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?detp=view&_ap=startlijst&editie_...

Stage 1 9km ITT (prologue) includes cat 3 1.1km @ 6.6 climb after 500m

Stage 2 flat sprinters stage.

Stage 3 Finishes on a Cat 3 climb 5.2km @ 2.9%

Stage 4 lumpy day 2 Cat 2 & 3 Cat 3 last 500m @ 8% 2 km before line, last km is at 4%

Stage 5 even lumpier 3 cat 1, cat 2 & 2 * cat 3, finish is cat 1 3km @ 10%

Stage 6 less lumpy cat 2, 5 * cat 3, last 20km before finish

Stage 7 lumpy cat 1, 2 * cat 2, cat 3, 20km downhill after cat 1, the 20km flat

Stage 8 ITT Col d'Èze 9.6km @ 4.7%

Start with solid ITT riders, then roulers and escape artists and finish with good ITTs

Likely starters

AG2R LA MONDIALE

PERAUD Jean Christophe France
ROCHE Nicholas Ireland

ASTANA PRO TEAM

BRAJKOVIC Janez Slovenia
SEELDRAYERS Kevin Belgium

BMC RACING TEAM

HUSHOVD Thor Norway
MOINARD Amaël France
PHINNEY Taylor United States
VAN GARDEREN Tejay United States

COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE

DI GREGORIO Rémy France
DUMOULIN Samuel France
MONCOUTIE David France
TAARAMAE Rein Estonia

EQUIPE CYCLISTE FDJ-BIGMAT

FEDRIGO Pierrick France
JEANNESSON Arnold France
ROY Jérémy France

EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI

ANTON HERNANDEZ Igor Spain
ASTARLOZA CHAURREAU Mikel Spain
SICARD Romain France

GARMIN - BARRACUDA

FERNANDEZ DE LARREA Koldo Spain
HAUSSLER Heinrich Australia
LE MEVEL Christophe France
MILLAR David United Kingdom
RASMUSSEN Alex Denmark

GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM

DAVIS Allan Australia
GERRANS Simon Australia

KATUSHA TEAM

GALIMZYANOV Denis Russia
MENCHOV Denis Russia

LAMPRE - ISD

BOLE Grega Slovenia
CUNEGO Damiano Italy
ULISSI Diego Italy

LIQUIGAS - CANNONDALE

BASSO Ivan Italy
SZMYD Sylvester Poland
VIVIANI Elia Italy

LOTTO - BELISOL TEAM

BAK Lars Ytting Denmark
HENDERSON Gregory New Zealand

MOVISTAR TEAM

ARROYO DURAN David Spain
CASTROVIEJO NICOLAS Jonathan Spain
ROJAS GIL Jose Joaquin Spain
VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro Spain

OMEGA PHARMA - QUICKSTEP CYCLING TEAM

BOONEN Tom Belgium
CHAVANEL Sylvain France
LEIPHEIMER Levi United States
MARTIN Tony Germany
PROJECT 1T4I

DEGENKOLB John Germany
KITTEL Marcel Germany

RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM

MOLLEMA Bauke Netherlands
RENSHAW Mark Australia
SANCHEZ GIL Luis Leon Spain

RADIOSHACK - NISSAN

DIDIER Laurent Luxembourg
HORNER Christopher United States
IRIZAR ARANBURU Markel Spain
KLÖDEN Andreas Germany
MONFORT Maxime Belgium
SCHLECK Andy Luxembourg
SCHLECK Frank Luxembourg

SAUR - SOJASUN

COPPEL Jerome France
FEILLU Brice France
GALLAND Jérémie France
HIVERT Jonathan France

SKY PROCYCLING

FROOME Christopher United Kingdom
PORTE Richie Australia
THOMAS Geraint United Kingdom
WIGGINS Bradley United Kingdom

TEAM EUROPCAR

GAUDIN Damien France
ROLLAND Pierre France
VOECKLER Thomas France

TEAM SAXO BANK

AAEN JORGENSEN Jonas Denmark
KROON Karsten Netherlands
MORKOV Michael Denmark
NAVARRO GARCIA Daniel Spain
NUYENS Nick Belgium
TOSATTO Matteo Italy

VACANSOLEIL - DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM

DE GENDT Thomas Belgium
FEILLU Romain France
LEUKEMANS Björn Belgium
LIGTHART Pim Netherlands
MORTENSEN Martin Denmark

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 5 years ago
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So my team will probably look like this to start:
Martin,
LuLuSanchez,
Millar,
Kloden,
Phinney,
Astarloza,
Szmyd,
Moreno,
Zabriskie.

Wiggo and Spartacus the obvious dangers to leave out.

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Alan Tullett [1570 posts] 5 years ago
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Useful summary although I've been planning for about 2 weeks. Hence Volta and Haut Var threads. Essential nowadays to get off to a good start with so many star riders of a particular type who can score heavily early on. Second ITT is a climb so technically an ICTT.

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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 5 years ago
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My team is going to consist of Climbing TT guys, so anyone that can climb and TT

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Stumps [3471 posts] 5 years ago
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Had a quick squizz at possible riders and got a base team of 6 who i believe will be taking part and just got to fine tune it.

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nickobec [246 posts] 5 years ago
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I have not read the Volta & Haut Var threads, doing my research by watching the races have not finished Volta ao Algarve yet and finishing the downloading Tour du Haut Var in french. So no spoilers

If you need those races or any other cycling races http://cyclingtorrents.nl

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TERatcliffe26 [4710 posts] 5 years ago
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Its defo more of a climbers tour than that of a sprinter, but there is a must in my team ready for the stage 2 sprint based on his current form and price

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TERatcliffe26 [4710 posts] 5 years ago
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from what i know so far of who is riding i have 6/9 places pretty much in my head. my team contains 2 sky, OPQS, Liqugas, AG2R and Saur riders

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nickobec [246 posts] 5 years ago
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My starting team:

Tony Martin (OPQ)
AR Value: 38.4 previous winner
David Millar (GRM)
AR Value: 28.2 TT
Thomas de Gendt (VCD)
AR Value: 18.4 TT & Rouleur
Samuel Dumoulin (COF)
PC Value: 14.7 Can't TT but can sprint and does climb
Richie Porte (SKY)
DS Value: 14.4 TT & climb

Likely canidates

Alex Rasmussen (GRM)
DS Value: 10.1 TT & prologue specialist
Jerome Coppel (SAU)
DS Value: 14.6 local GC hope who did 15th in TdF Monaco prologue

Would like but might be a bit out of budget
Tejay Van Garderen

Will wait and see what "DS" are added later

Extra research results from prologue at 2010 Paris Nice and 2010 & 2011 Tour De Suisse (short & hilly)

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Hugh Lupus [29 posts] 5 years ago
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Sounds like a profile that Jonathan Tiernan-Locke would suit, and he's bang in form.

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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 5 years ago
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Hugh Lupus wrote:

Sounds like a profile that Jonathan Tiernan-Locke would suit, and he's bang in form.

It would be perfect, but Endura aint racing

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Alan Tullett [1570 posts] 5 years ago
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nickobec wrote:

My starting team:

Tony Martin (OPQ)
AR Value: 38.4 previous winner
David Millar (GRM)
AR Value: 28.2 TT
Thomas de Gendt (VCD)
AR Value: 18.4 TT & Rouleur
Samuel Dumoulin (COF)
PC Value: 14.7 Can't TT but can sprint and does climb
Richie Porte (SKY)
DS Value: 14.4 TT & climb

Likely canidates

Alex Rasmussen (GRM)
DS Value: 10.1 TT & prologue specialist
Jerome Coppel (SAU)
DS Value: 14.6 local GC hope who did 15th in TdF Monaco prologue

Would like but might be a bit out of budget
Tejay Van Garderen

Will wait and see what "DS" are added later

Extra research results from prologue at 2010 Paris Nice and 2010 & 2011 Tour De Suisse (short & hilly)

By my calculations you've got 11.2 left. You can get 2 reasonable DSs for that but not TJ  3

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_SiD_ [163 posts] 5 years ago
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Right, really done the homework for this.

Going pure once again - so i've gone for:
3 Frenchmen, all with P-N form;
2 climbers;
1 TT specialist who showed some form in the mountains in recent years;
Couple of cheap DS who have good early season form.

Game on!

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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 5 years ago
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Right, i've narrowed it down to 31 riders, so i'm waiting on the final start list, see if that narrows it down for me again and THEN and only THEN, will i make up my mind on anyone after studying form, past results and so on......

NO seriously, you think i'm pulling your leg this time and giving you false information, i'm not, i need to climb back up the rankings and win a stage to get on that leaderboard with a high score  26

I have a notepad this year aswell  4

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lucas [74 posts] 5 years ago
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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 5 years ago
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Stage 5 is going to decide it unless some super human TT guy blows them away in stage 1 and 8

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dave atkinson [6301 posts] 5 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

Stage 5 is going to decide it unless some super human TT guy blows them away in stage 1 and 8

Stage 8 is a 450m climb over 9k, don't forget. it's not just a time trial. there's every chance of it being won or lost on the Col d'Èze if you ask me

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Mikeh789 [134 posts] 5 years ago
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_SiD_ [163 posts] 5 years ago
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2 of my DS aren't there - tweak, tweak, tweak.

What i've learned from the pure league is a good DS can be as valuable as a 'star' rider.

Done!

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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 5 years ago
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Ok with the provisional list, 31 riders is cut to 22, now just to work out DS from Star, that should cut the list down again, then by teams, then i MIGHT have a team to pick

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 5 years ago
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Just picked my provisional team and I'm pretty happy with it, although it's not looking that strong for Stage 2...  3

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archieboy [44 posts] 5 years ago
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there's every chance of it being won or lost on the Col d'Èze if you ask me

Fact..

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makiavelli [13 posts] 5 years ago
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aside from Tony Martin and Thomas Voeckler, I will leave my star rider slots blank til the last minute.

But i'm fairly set on my domestiques
Michel Kreder 3.2
Ramunas Navardauskas 6.9
Remy DiGregorio 5.8
Pierrick Fedrigo 5.7
Stef Clement?

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JAndrewHill [1212 posts] 5 years ago
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Mikeh789 wrote:

Provisional start list;

http://www.letour.fr/2012/PNC/RIDERS/us/engages.html

I suspect Steve Cummings might not turn out for BMC, unless there is a magician who can fix a broken pelvis.

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JAndrewHill [1212 posts] 5 years ago
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Mikeh789 wrote:

Provisional start list;

http://www.letour.fr/2012/PNC/RIDERS/us/engages.html

I suspect Steve Cummings might not turn out for BMC, unless there is a magician who can fix a broken pelvis.

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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 5 years ago
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Ok, provisional team picked

1 Rider from a place near a gate where their twin nuns eat on "Anchor"  19
1 Brit
1 Shrimp on a barbie
4 Legs of Frogs
1 Who lays in the sun
1 Little holy drummer boy

You can get 6/9 nationalities, but i bet you dont get 2 of my 9 guys, specifically the first and last clues  26

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TERatcliffe26 [4710 posts] 5 years ago
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unsure on your team and nationalities

I wanna say 1 is german, then brit, then aussie, 4 french, a Spaniard? and i really arnt sure american?

unsure how to describe my team so will just give nationalities

2 french, 1 german, 1 spaniard, 1 estonian, 1 italian, 2 aussies and 1 belgium

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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 5 years ago
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Not bad, no American though  3

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 5 years ago
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All change after provisional declarations:
Martin,Wiggins,LuLuSanchez,DeGendt,Porte,Phinney,Astarloza,Moreno,A.N.Other

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Stumps [3471 posts] 5 years ago
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Ok how about

2 x Belgian (being picky ?)
2 x french
1 x Aussie
1 x Maori
1 x German
1 x Dane
1 x Slovak

Any Guesses ?

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Gkam84 [9100 posts] 5 years ago
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2 x Belgian - Boonen and De Clercq or Wynants
2 x french - Di Gregorio and Jerome/Bonnet/Casar
1 x Aussie - Porte
1 x Maori - Henderson
1 x German - Martin
1 x Dane - Morkov/Jorgensen/Klostergaard/Lund (safe to say he's from Saxo and is a DS)
1 x Slovak - Brajkovic

I Must have at least 4 right with a suspicion of 7  19

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