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The provisional startlists are up on Cycling Fever... Looks like the opening stages could be tricky to predict - bumpy but with flat finishing sections. Stage 5 TT will shake things up, and then stages 6 and 7 have the bigger hills to decide the GC. At first glance there are a lot of strong sprinters and TTers, and 4-5 US teams we haven't seen much of this season so far, but maybe only a handful of riders (Horner, Liepheimer, Nibali, Van Garderen, Gesink, Lulu Sanchez) competing for the overall. But what do I know...

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frankiejay [150 posts] 4 years ago
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I imagine this race feels to me (being from America) like the Tour of Britain feels to many on this site.

This year's profile looks fascinating, because (like the Giro) the stages are just hard to categorize. Not sure there will be any classic bunch sprints. Last year there were two stages with several smaller climbs that were won by Peter Sagan (stage 5) and Matthew Goss (stage 8... Sagan was second).

Stages 1,3, and 4 especially resemble last year's stage 5 in difficulty, though the climbs this year are all considerably closer to the end of the stages and that could play a significant role.

That said, I can't imagine not having Peter Sagan on your team for the early stages at the very least.

As for the GC, it looks like Leipheimer will not race (still recovering from the broken leg), so Horner, Nibali and Van Garderen are certainly faves, but I would add either Danielson or Talansky from Garmin, possibly Nocentini from AG2R, and a couple of the US domestic team riders, Rory Sutherland from United Healthcare and Joseph Dombrowski from Bontrager Livestrong (who Lance Armstrong seriously jinxed yesterday by calling him the next great American climber).

Honestly, I'm not certain about Horner's form, but if I were to pick a favorite it is him. This race always seems to bring Americans to the top. If Garmin is riding for Talansky I would not be surprised if he were to win either.

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Does anyone know the categories of any of the climbs?
As I have an inclining that the climbs on the first few stages arn't as severe as they may seem on the picture of the stage

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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If you open each stage from here
http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Route/stages.html

Then scroll down and open stage log, you'll get something like this

http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/docroot/media/2012/12-AToC-Stage-1-...

Which lists the category of each climb in the red highlights  3

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Nice one Gkam

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JAndrewHill [1207 posts] 4 years ago
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Everyone seems to think the italians are in form at the moment, so, for california, i gotta pick from
NOCENTINI Rinaldo
DA DALTO Mauro
NIBALI Vincenzo
OSS Daniel
VANOTTI Alessandro

plus the in-favour danes
VANDBORG Brian
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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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To be honest, the in-form Italians will be in the Giro, there may be a few sent to Cali, but i think they'll be there to keep race fitness up

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ray silvester [1836 posts] 4 years ago
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It'll be interesting to see if Boonen's kept his form from the classics.

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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Yes - Boonen is an interesting one - a bargain if his form is good...

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thefatcyclist [543 posts] 4 years ago
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I still laugh and laugh at this race.
One of AMGENs main money spinners is darbopoetin, which is related to EPO. I am sure this was deliberate by them,somebody with a sense of irony on the board. They also make life extending other drugs like monoclonal antibodies By...The...Way

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fred22 [158 posts] 4 years ago
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Do they do drug testing, sure I read that they didn't

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fluffchucker [272 posts] 4 years ago
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fred22 wrote:

Do they do drug testing, sure I read that they didn't

 16 16 Outsiders `Team Cartel-Colombia' shouldn't be sniffed at  16 16 16 16 B-).........................................................................  16 16 16

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Any idea why no riders are coming up on pick team page?

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Simon_MacMichael [2450 posts] 4 years ago
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Gkam84 wrote:

To be honest, the in-form Italians will be in the Giro, there may be a few sent to Cali, but i think they'll be there to keep race fitness up

Nibali would be favourite for the Giro if he were riding, saving it for the Tour...

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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livestrongnick wrote:

Any idea why no riders are coming up on pick team page?

Same no riders appear, so i cant change my team!!

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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 102 the whole game seems to be having a very off day!
Bit like a sunday driver  39

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Its been like that for a few days though, I will get worried if its not fixed by midweek. I have a team in as I did it the day the startlist came out. But decided I want to make a change or 2

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drheaton [3318 posts] 4 years ago
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I assume with the Giro running at the minute they're waiting for the start list to be some what final before adding it to the site. It saves having to update it every day when it changes.

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Its not that though, no riders appear at all when you click show all riders

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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TER it seems to be a problem for all the premium races, just checked through and can't get any riders up for any premium races  39

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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Looking at this too, stay tuned

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Cheers Dave  7

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livestrongnick [2118 posts] 4 years ago
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Dave how you doing with the riders listing for this one?  39 Was hoping to get a team bashed out as it's a Giro day off tomorrow........  4

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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yup, doing the provisional startlist tonight...

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dave atkinson [6223 posts] 4 years ago
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...and it's done  1

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Loosehorse [10 posts] 4 years ago
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Yea, also produce 'Neulasta', helped me stimulate white blood cells after chemo infusions.http://road.cc/sites/all/modules/smileys/packs/Yahoo!/wink.gif

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Im unsure how serious Boonen is with his comments, I was thinking he would be going for the win in stage 1....maybe he is not the correct rider for me team  39

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TERatcliffe26 [4621 posts] 4 years ago
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Also I don't think credits will be much of an issue in this race (so long as you don't plump for nibali and Sagan)

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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I think you're right TER - I've just picked my team, have 4 of the top 10 highest priced riders and the 5 DSs I wanted, and still have plenty in change. Still can't decide which if any of the first 4 stages the sprinters will be able to compete in though. My guess is Yes, No, Maybe, Maybe.

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chrisdstripes [1726 posts] 4 years ago
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My thoughts exactly - and there are 5 or 6 good ones as far as I can tell. Should be an interesting few days racing...

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 4 years ago
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Stages 1-7 are for "climbing" sprinters, the likes of Boonen, Sagan and Kittel. Stage 8 is the only on for real sprinters.

Put it this way, If Cav was there, i would only have him for stage 8  3

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