To(m) Boonen or not to Boonen

by JC   March 19, 2013  

For - Tom Boonen is awesome in the Classics
Against - He is having a mare

So do I put him in? Thinking

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posted by obutterwick [528 posts]
20th March 2013 - 0:03

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Or, yes. Depends if you see Cavendish going for the title that still eludes him.

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posted by obutterwick [528 posts]
20th March 2013 - 0:04

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He is in my purist, cant risk it can you? and he is in my standard at the moment but that could change

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3897 posts]
20th March 2013 - 0:12

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The Qatar Rule.

Since 2006, if Boonen wins the overall, he also wins Flanders, Roubaix or both.

If he doesn't win Qatar, he doesn't win either.

Not to be taken as an omen for Cav since the rule doesn't hold for just *any* Quick Step rider; Wilfried Kretskens won Qatar in 2007 and nothing since...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8031 posts]
20th March 2013 - 0:19

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I'm leaving Boonen well alone - if he has a good Flanders I'll bring him in for Roubaix, but there are enough other top guys on form that I'm happy with my team without him. Seems crazy though, without the injury he'd surely be the first name on everyone's list!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1604 posts]
20th March 2013 - 8:50

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Simon_MacMichael wrote:
The Qatar Rule.

Since 2006, if Boonen wins the overall, he also wins Flanders, Roubaix or both.

If he doesn't win Qatar, he doesn't win either.

Not to be taken as an omen for Cav since the rule doesn't hold for just *any* Quick Step rider; Wilfried Kretskens won Qatar in 2007 and nothing since...

My mind is gonna go crazy for the rest of week now Thinking So do I go for an out and out sprinter instead or an allround kind of guy Thinking He has to stay in my purist

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3897 posts]
20th March 2013 - 10:35

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Hmmmm! It's a shame there isn't another semi-classic before Gent-Wevelgem which might indicate form. Drat, something maybe on Friday would be ideal. Even better if it was a race that Boonen had won before. Eeeeeeee! 3 days without a race to follow is just too much! Oh well, you'll just have to guess!

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posted by Squiggle [414 posts]
21st March 2013 - 3:55

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posted by archieboy [33 posts]
21st March 2013 - 13:23

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There's just something about Haussler. Standard too. After seeing Stannard at the British Road Champs last year, I got odds of 500/1 on him for Paris-Roubaix. £5 well spent?! Fingers crossed.

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posted by obutterwick [528 posts]
21st March 2013 - 19:19

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obutterwick wrote:
There's just something about Haussler. Standard too. After seeing Stannard at the British Road Champs last year, I got odds of 500/1 on him for Paris-Roubaix. £5 well spent?! Fingers crossed.

If it rains(or worse) then he's a great shou for top5.

posted by ray silvester [1808 posts]
21st March 2013 - 22:20

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EEE...That'll be Spartacus in then!!

posted by ray silvester [1808 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 16:46

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Wow - 5 of the top 6 in E3 are in my purist team for the classics, shame it wasn't included in the game!

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posted by chrisdstripes [1604 posts]
22nd March 2013 - 18:09

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ray silvester wrote:
EEE...That'll be Spartacus in then!!

Im taking a risk with my standard but my purist team looks solid with 7 solid choices, including Spartacus

Cav for tomorrow for me (anyone else going this route?)
My biggest decision is Bozic or Roelandts Thinking

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3897 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 9:54

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Gone with Cav.

Didn't Roelandts go on the attack yesterday?

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posted by Mikeh789 [139 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 11:10

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Cav in.

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posted by obutterwick [528 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 11:27

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Boonen has said it's all about Cav tomorrow. Mind you, Offredo has revealed the race could be put back until Monday, according to my French sources.

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posted by obutterwick [528 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 11:42

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obutterwick wrote:
Boonen has said it's all about Cav tomorrow. Mind you, Offredo has revealed the race could be put back until Monday, according to my French sources.

Either way its still all about Cav, Don't think the conditions get to Cav too much anyway

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3897 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 11:53

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Mikeh789 wrote:
Gone with Cav.

Didn't Roelandts go on the attack yesterday?

I didn't watch it so im not sure, I do know he punctured at one point, so maybe that was why he ended up in the main group? but Bozic is in form so gone with him for now over Roelandts, tomorrow is not the strongest team for me, but we shall see

posted by TERatcliffe26 [3897 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 11:55

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obutterwick wrote:
Boonen has said it's all about Cav tomorrow. Mind you, Offredo has revealed the race could be put back until Monday, according to my French sources.

Why would a hollandaise tell you anything?

Oh.....I see not that kind of French Sauce!!

posted by ray silvester [1808 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 14:25

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I can't imagine a bunch sprint tomorrow....I reckon more likely a select group of tough guys coming to the line and battling it out(Spartacus,Sagan and Thomas 123 for me with Degenkolb just in case).

Every one of my riders is listed for Gent-Wevelgem and Flanders so hopefully I'll only have to use 3 transfers max between the two which will give me free rein to swap the whole team for Roubaix if necessary.

posted by ray silvester [1808 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 14:44

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I like both of those posts, R.S.

Like the thinking on the transfer front, especially with Thomas flying in the UCI rankings.

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posted by obutterwick [528 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 18:03

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obutterwick wrote:
I like both of those posts, R.S.

Like the thinking on the transfer front, especially with Thomas flying in the UCI rankings.

As long as he doesn't crash! Not sure about Cav for tomorrow either. I wouldn't rule out Boonen winning it. He said he just made a mistake not eating at the right time. Canc is more for the next two rather than tomorrow. He's never been top 10 in Gent. Oss and Eisel are outside bets if their main guys are nowhere.

posted by Alan Tullett [1439 posts]
23rd March 2013 - 18:29

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