Ivan Basso, this is the race that he wants to win most
24% (25 votes)
Damiano Cunego, like Basso desperate to show that he's still a contender
6% (6 votes)
Levi Leipheimer, Astana do Grand Tours better than anyone and he's team leader
40% (42 votes)
Isn't Lance Armstrong in it? Then surely he'll win
10% (11 votes)
None of the above I reckon it will be… (comment your prediction below,)
20% (21 votes)
Total votes: 105

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Can't bring myself to write "Basso" Confused

Cunego - I doubt it, he's never shown race winning form in the grand tours so far, as far as I can tell. Leipheimer... I'm not sure he has this one in him, tbh.

Of the options, Levi seems most likely, but a dislike for Astana in general prevents me choosing him. Maybe Menchov can shake off his bad luck and surprise us all?

I'm pinning my hopes on outsiders for this one.

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posted by John_the_Monkey [426 posts]
6th May 2009 - 7:59

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I think it will be an Italian this year, not sure which one, but it feels like an Italian year and they need a new hero after all of the drug BS. Cunego, not got the bottle...

Sastre for a couple of stage wins...

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posted by Secret Squirrel [26 posts]
6th May 2009 - 8:16

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What about Sastre?

He's in it, he's got a good team behind him, and he's a proven grand tour winner… who probably doesn't have such a good chance in the TdF.

There was much hoo ha about the route being set up for Armstrong, but as he doesn't have a realistic chance it's wide open. Although got to admit I could see Leipheimer being there or there abouts.

On a bike somewhere…

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posted by thebikeboy [138 posts]
6th May 2009 - 8:16

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If it's going to be an Italian then who?

There's a fair few Italians riding in the race, but aside from some old familiar names, who may or may not be up to it (partly cos they are old) none of the rest leap out of the start list as potential grand tour winners… not that I follow Italian racing closely.

Simoni - too old
Cunego - no bottle
Di Luca? - he hasn't done much in the last couple of years

Most of the rest of the Italian riders seem to be in those guys teams

On a bike somewhere…

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posted by thebikeboy [138 posts]
6th May 2009 - 8:33

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I reckon it will be Levi, astana hacve a strong team there and armstrong will be supporting Levi for once.

Levi for the tour and Im really really hoping for a cav win in the Milan special stage.

not all carbon is the same.

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posted by Jon Burrage [1081 posts]
6th May 2009 - 8:46

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Well look at Sella last year, where did he come from? Im not saying that it would be a 'clean' Italian Plain Face

...and before anyone starts Im not tarring with the same brush, but facts speak!

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posted by Secret Squirrel [26 posts]
6th May 2009 - 10:04

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A long punt - Garzelli?

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posted by mooseman [69 posts]
6th May 2009 - 14:26

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"Astana do grand tours better than anyone"

Maybe you should change that to "did"

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posted by Denzil Dexter [141 posts]
7th May 2009 - 19:19

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