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Right, thoughts on the 'big one'? Predictions? Please, just no more moaning about having more transfers.

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TERatcliffe26 [4717 posts] 5 years ago
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My RSN rider to win... Atcual thoughts maybe ballan to go one better than last week, but does look ominous for boonen, unless he gets caught behind any crashes

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 5 years ago
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Yes that's my concern with Boonen too! that's what got him last year!  39
Not going with Hushovd though, not convinced with Ballan in the same team.....everyone for themselves tomorrow  19

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arsene [210 posts] 5 years ago
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The weather is going to be wet, so I hope there will be a lot of action. Boonen/ Quick Step has always had some bad luck in previous campaigns, thats why I didnt put him in my (purist) team.
My remaining team since Cancellaras fall:

Ballan (very pleased with him)

Oss (strong at Wevelgem, disappointing at Flanders but ahould be in contention now as a lone leader without Sagan and a parcour that suits him)

Boasson Hagen (good display at Wevelgem, strong at Flanders too but with a lot of bad luck, Roubaix should suit him especially if its getting wet)

Hayman (domestique at Wevelgem, many attacks at the early stages of Flanders, then domestique, hopefully hes up to it at Roubaix, the race that suits him best)

Vansummeren (solide showings so far, now team leader for Roubaix)

Vanmarcke (wasnt able to deal with the long distance at Flanders but I think hes among the contenders for Roubaix tho)

Trentin (prospect, has to work for Boonen, maybe 5 points again)

Morkov (thought he has the abilities to be Saxos best cobbles rider, in good pre-race shape, but proved me wrong so far)

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TERatcliffe26 [4717 posts] 5 years ago
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I think my big debate is which sky guy

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 5 years ago
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Happy to have 9 guys(fingers crossed)

Boonen
Degenkolb
Hushovd
Oss
Rast
VanSummeren
VanMarcke
Eisel
Sutton

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obutterwick [474 posts] 5 years ago
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I think Flecha could be out to prove something tomorrow, after a quiet Flanders.

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JAndrewHill [1215 posts] 5 years ago
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Bobbins - I made my 4 transfers last night thinking the race was today . . . I bet my 4 transfers cry off with colds now.
Come on Tjallingi !!!

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David Head [5 posts] 5 years ago
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Decided to go with the 3 favourites and a DS from each team

Boonen
EBH
Hushovd
Pozzato
Wyss
Vanmarcke
Trentin
Vansummeren - Garmin may well send him up the road forcing the rest to chase
Sutton

Great Game and appreciate all of the effort to keep everything updated Dave. Bring on those cobbles

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Simon_MacMichael [2497 posts] 5 years ago
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That was tough with the transfers, some really difficult decisions. Anyway my team is:

Boonen
Ballan
Pozzato
Flecha (in)

Van Summeren
Hayman
Tjallingi (in)
O'Grady (in)
Guesdon (in)

Guesdon in purely for sentimental reasons - if he'd had a proper build-up, he'd definitely be a candidate for placing around 10th or so.

The very last race of his career, past winner, battled back from broken hip to be here, whole of France behind him. Sometimes fairytales do happen in sport... fingers crossed...

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obutterwick [474 posts] 5 years ago
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Juan Antonio Flecha (SKY)

Filippo Pozzato (FAR)

Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)

Tom Boonen (OPQ)

Ian Stannard (SKY)

Sep Vanmarcke (GRM)

Johan Vansummeren (GRM)

Luca Paolini (KAT)

Baden Cooke (GRE)

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giff77 [1270 posts] 5 years ago
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Right, this is me for today. Have stuck with boonen as he is doing well. Hoping that the pressure for getting the three doesn't get to him!!
Thor Hushovd (BMC)
Tom Boonen (OPQ)
Edvald Boasson Hagen (SKY)
Alessandro Ballan (BMC)
Johan Vansummeren (GRM)
Christopher Sutton (SKY)
Sep Vanmarcke (GRM)
Baden Cooke (GRE)
Stijn Vandenbergh (OPQ)

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 5 years ago
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Hope the rain is kind  2

Boonen
Ballan
Pozzato
Flecha

Paolini
Vanmarcke
Devolder
Trentin
Tjallingi
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nickobec [246 posts] 5 years ago
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Tom Boonen (OPQ)
Filippo Pozzato (FAR)
Alessandro Ballan (BMC)
Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)
Luca Paolini (KAT)
Stijn Devolder (VCD)
Sep Vanmarcke (GRM)
Johan Vansummeren (GRM)
Gregory Rast (RSN)

Tom Boonen & Filippo Pozzato why change who is winning (or finishing 2nd)

Alessandro Ballan (replacing Oscar Freire) a proven PR performer, great current form

Sylvain Chavanel (replacing Fabian Cancellera) simply if a group containing Boonen does not win, it will be a group containing Chavanel

Luca Paolini impressed with his performance in RVV & Scheldeprijs (as with Boonen's) so no reason to transfer out

Stijn Devolder unsure why I keep him, watched his 2007 & 2008 RVV performances before RVV. He is capable of winning PR, OK recent form but just ...

Sep Vanmarcke if I knew he was sick I would of kept Matthieu Ladagnous instead. Proven pave rider, 2nd protected rider on GRM, hoping the sickness is more foxing than real.

Johan Vansummeren (transfered out Kris Boeckmans ) proven PR performer, #1 rider on the GRM team (one of the two best teams in PR OPQ is the other IMHO)

Gregory Rast (transfered out Matthieu Ladagnous) another proven PR performer and with no Cancellera, RSNT big hope. Had plenty of points to play with, but not enough for Bernie Eisel

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simon F [1003 posts] 5 years ago
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12 riders 3:40 up the road :

Guillaume Van Keirsbulck (OPQ), Yaroslav Popovych (RNT), Kenny De Haes (LTB), Frederik Veuchelen (VCD), Bert Jan Lindeman (VCD), David Boucher (FDJ), Michael Morkov (SAX), David Veilleux (EUC), Dominic Klemme (ARG), Laurent Mangel (SAU). Aleksejs Saramotins (COF). and Grischa Janorschke (APP).

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 5 years ago
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Thor Hushovd (BMC)
Filippo Pozzato (FAR)
John Degenkolb (ARG)
Tom Boonen (OPQ)
Steve Chainel (FDJ)
Tony Gallopin (RSN)
Baden Cooke (GRE)
Luca Paolini (KAT)
Dominique Rollin (FDJ)

Blahhh, BMC got nobody up the road

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nickobec [246 posts] 5 years ago
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Just checked out the teams of the top 12 overall, did me, davidh and horner187 miss the memo to transfer in Thor Hushovd. Everybody else did.

On the other hand the top 12 classic teams, less than half the teams transferred in Hushovd, far more transfered in Flecha.

Popular star picks (ie almost all teams have Boonen, Pozzato & 2 of the other 3)
Boonen
Pozzato
Ballan
Hushovd
Flecha

A couple have Chavenel, one Degenkolb, one Boom and the unfortunate leader of Classic comp chrisgnewman transferred in Breschel yesterday.

Vanmarcke
Vansummeren
Terpstra
are also in most teams

So for me to improve overall & in the classics comp I need Chavenel, Devolder, Rast & Paolini to perform well and Hushovd, Flecha & Terpstra not to perform

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Wig_Billy [578 posts] 5 years ago
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Alessandro Ballan (BMC)
Filippo Pozzato (FAR)
Sylvain Chavanel (OPQ)
Tom Boonen (OPQ)
Sep Vanmarcke (GRM)
Steve Chainel (FDJ)
Johan Vansummeren (GRM)
Bernhard Eisel (SKY)
Luca Paolini (KAT)

A very similar team to nickobec's.

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noddy69 [76 posts] 5 years ago
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Boonen
Ballan
Degenkolb
Pozzato

Vanmark
Gallopin
Terpstra
Cooke
Tjallingi

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TERatcliffe26 [4717 posts] 5 years ago
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mine is 2 riders different to nickobec's

Flecha rather than Chavanel
and Pichot rather than Devolder

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 5 years ago
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Thor Hushovd (BMC)
Tom Boonen (OPQ)
Pablo Lastras (MOV)
Filippo Pozzato (FAR)
Johan Vansummeren (GRM)
Kris Boeckmans (VCD)
Valentin Iglinksiy (AST)
Maarten Tjallingii (RAB)
Stijn Vandenbergh (OPQ)

Ok thats my team

I made a couple of changes last minute (now) just in from the pub, so i may regret them, I was going to have, so you can all slate me if these guys win

Heinrich Haussler and Maxim Iglinsky instead of Pozzato and Tjallingii

My transfers were easy because they were all none riders

Apr 08, 02:17 Maarten Tjallingii Lieuwe Westra
Apr 08, 02:17 Filippo Pozzato Giovanni Visconti
Apr 08, 02:17 Pablo Lastras Peter Sagan
Apr 08, 02:17 Thor Hushovd Philippe Gilbert

Just come live on Eurosport now, Seems big crashes have been causing havoc in the arenberg trench, Flecha and Ballan trying to get in a break  39

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Simon_MacMichael [2497 posts] 5 years ago
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Arenberg crashes were in the break, not main field, though that did get whittled down a lot as OPQS pushed on. Into last 60k and Boonen and Pozzato have just attacked... gonna be a crazy last hour and a bit, and they've been going at an insane pace. Ballan getting across too now, Turgot of Europcar with them. Chavanel puncture, he's out of equation.

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Simon_MacMichael [2497 posts] 5 years ago
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Soon as I said that... Boonen and Terpstra now on their own and are building a gap. Chasers need to sort it out quickly. 55k to go.

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 5 years ago
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Yeah the Arenberg crashes were in the break, but by the time the main pack came out of it, that was down to about 60 riders, Bonnen on his own with 35km to go, 46 second lead and growing, 4 sky riders chasing

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TERatcliffe26 [4717 posts] 5 years ago
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looking so-so for my team

Boonen out front and then 4 in that chase group

The problem is all other teams will have the riders I have, plus others in that group

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 5 years ago
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25km left, Boonen has 1min now, great effort

My team is looking alright, have a few riders here and there

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 5 years ago
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18km to go, Boonen with 1.23 lead

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 5 years ago
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It seems i picked the wrong BMC, Rabobank and Astana riders  20

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TERatcliffe26 [4717 posts] 5 years ago
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looks like im gonna have picked 3 of the top 4, at least it will be another solid result. Hope Van summeran and poualini comes in high up of the rest

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Mikeh789 [134 posts] 5 years ago
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Standing Rider Rider number bib Team Time Gaps
1. BOONEN Tom 11 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 5h 55' 22"
2. TURGOT Sébastien 151 TEAM EUROPCAR 5h 57' 01" + 01' 39"
3. BALLAN Alessandro 31 BMC RACING TEAM 5h 57' 01" + 01' 39"
4. FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio 51 SKY PROCYCLING 5h 57' 01" + 01' 39"
5. TERPSTRA Niki 15 OMEGA PHARMA-QUICK STEP 5h 57' 01" + 01' 39"
6. BOOM Lars 22 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 5h 57' 05" + 01' 43"
7. TOSATTO Matteo 121 TEAM SAXO BANK 5h 58' 53" + 03' 31"
8. HAYMAN Mathew 54 SKY PROCYCLING 5h 58' 53" + 03' 31"
9. VAN SUMMEREN Johan 1 GARMIN - BARRACUDA 5h 58' 53" + 03' 31"
10. WYNANTS Maarten 28 RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 5h 58' 53" + 03' 31"
11. PAOLINI Luca 91 KATUSHA TEAM 5h 58' 53" + 03' 31"
12. LADAGNOUS Matthieu 117 FDJ-BIGMAT 5h 58' 53" + 03' 31"
13. RAST Gregory 61 RADIOSHACK-NISSAN 5h 59' 45" + 04' 23"
14. HUSHOVD Thor 34 BMC RACING TEAM 5h 59' 45" + 04' 23"
15. PHINNEY Taylor 35 BMC RACING TEAM 5h 59' 59" + 04' 37"
16. CHAINEL Steve 114 FDJ-BIGMAT 5h 59' 59" + 04' 37"
17. HULSMANS Kevin 48 FARNESE-SELLE ITALIA 5h 59' 59" + 04' 37"
18. SARAMOTINS Aleksejs 227 COFIDIS LE CREDIT EN LIGNE 5h 59' 59" + 04' 37"
19. CASPER Jimmy 162 AG2R LA MONDIALE 5h 59' 59" + 04' 37"
20. MARCATO Marco

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Gkam84 [9104 posts] 5 years ago
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1. Boonen
2. Turgot
3. Ballan VERY CLOSE with Turgot, nothing between them
4. Flecha
5. Terpstra
6. Boom
7. Tosatto
8. Hayman
9. VanSummeren
10. Wynants

I think i got a few lower positions  39

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