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citoyen

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Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« on: May 29, 2012, 12:13:58 pm »
The Tour de France taster is almost upon us... any predictions?

Can't see the winner coming from anyone other than Wiggins, Evans or Nibali myself. And I wouldn't be surprised if Brad wore yellow from start to finish.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2012, 12:54:22 pm »
Do you reckon Nibali is worth a flutter for Le Tour  ???  He is 16/1 at the mo with William Hill.
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citoyen

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2012, 12:58:51 pm »
I reckon Wiggo, Evans and Nibali will be the three on the podium at the end of the Tour. In what order remains to be seen... but yes, I'd say those are generous odds, especially if you can get an each-way bet.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2012, 09:23:44 am »
I'd prefer Wiggo to keep his powder dry with this one. Another win in the Critérium du Dauphiné would increase the hype for the Tour. However, I think he will win it and British Cycling are quite fond of "setting down a marker", if they can, ahead of big events.

Who knows what form Evans has? He's hardly been seen this year.

Nibali is very talented but tactically suspect. He could do will in the Dauphiné but I can't see him winning the Tour but podium a possibility in a relatively even field.
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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2012, 09:36:00 am »
Who knows what form Evans has? He's hardly been seen this year.

He's been a runner-up so many times in grand tours, and now having finally managed it at a late age I suspect his hunger for winning is not great by now. So I don't rate him as a contender this year, but who knows what he could do?

Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2012, 01:30:18 pm »
Avoiding the obvious names, I think the following may be good for an each-way bet for a podium place. (To be honest,  I have no idea of their current form but both can TT and climb).

Jurgen van den Broek
Teejay van Garderen.

I'm also interested to see how those who pushed Wiggins fairly close earlier this year will fare:
Louis Westra
Andrew Talansky.

I  see that Vinokourov is down to start, and David Millar is back from a broken collar bone.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2012, 01:40:32 pm »
Westra is a rising talent. I think Vino is past it now - maybe one or two inspirational attacks.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2012, 02:06:39 pm »
Who knows what form Evans has? He's hardly been seen this year.

He's been a runner-up so many times in grand tours, and now having finally managed it at a late age I suspect his hunger for winning is not great by now. So I don't rate him as a contender this year, but who knows what he could do?
He seems like a very complicated character (possible understatement), dependent on a fragile confidence for his best form, and needing just the right team  (personalities I mean, and not just the riders) round him. So it could work the other way, with the win inspiring him further.

(But my money is on Wiggo beating him, if anyone will take a 50p bet. )
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citoyen

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2012, 02:07:09 pm »
I'm backing Simon Gerrans to do well. Maybe not a podium, but up towards that end of GC.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2012, 02:15:14 pm »
I'm backing Simon Gerrans to do well. Maybe not a podium, but up towards that end of GC.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2012, 02:26:24 pm »
Aren't Andy Scleck and Chris Froome on the start list?

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #11 on: May 30, 2012, 02:35:06 pm »
My betting is that CF will be riding super domestique for wiggo on the understanding that the favour is returned for the Vuelta.
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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2012, 03:14:48 pm »
My betting is that CF will be riding super domestique for wiggo on the understanding that the favour team order is returned for the Vuelta.

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citoyen

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Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #13 on: June 05, 2012, 12:03:06 am »
Who knows what form Evans has? He's hardly been seen this year.

He's been a runner-up so many times in grand tours, and now having finally managed it at a late age I suspect his hunger for winning is not great by now. So I don't rate him as a contender this year, but who knows what he could do?

No hunger for winning, eh?

Enjoyed that today. Proper racing.

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Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #14 on: June 05, 2012, 06:08:30 am »
Who knows what form Evans has? He's hardly been seen this year.

He's been a runner-up so many times in grand tours, and now having finally managed it at a late age I suspect his hunger for winning is not great by now. So I don't rate him as a contender this year, but who knows what he could do?

No hunger for winning, eh?

Enjoyed that today. Proper racing.

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He looked very strong too, just riding for the line and the other two couldn't come round him.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #15 on: June 05, 2012, 09:23:00 am »
Cadel still does the rainbow bands proud.. A great racer.
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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #16 on: June 05, 2012, 10:56:19 am »
Enjoyed that today. Proper racing.

Agreed. And completely unexpected too. I wasn't expecting anything much to happen, the course didn't really look to me to offer anything other than a chance breakaway to be hauled in and then a sprint finish. Even expected Durdridge  to stay in yellow.
 
I didn't reckon on the peleton getting ripped apart on that last climb and multiple attacks over the top. Brilliant move and ride from Evans. He took the opportunity well and TT'ed to the line. It was one helluva show of strength.

Shcleck Jnr has a bit of work to do before the TdF though!

citoyen

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Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #17 on: June 05, 2012, 11:28:13 am »
Cadel still does the rainbow bands proud.. A great racer.

Yup. Yesterday was a little reminiscent of the way he became World Champ too.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #18 on: June 05, 2012, 03:02:26 pm »
Could be a good battle between Wiggo and Cuddles for this year's Dauphiné...

There's a fair bit of comment elsewhere about Andy Schleck - he lost 3 minutes yesterday, and he still looks like a sack of spuds on a TT bike - word is, Bruyneel has made him change his spring program, and the two of them aren't in full agreement about this.
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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #19 on: June 05, 2012, 03:17:42 pm »
Wiggo v Cuddles will be an epic battle this year. Evans can attack more, but I think Brad has the edge in the hills and the TT.
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citoyen

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Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #20 on: June 06, 2012, 08:46:07 am »
Don't rule out Nibali - he's not a bad time triallist and Saturday's stage finishes with the climb of, then long descent off the Joux-Plane. If he's still in touch on GC by then, who knows what madness he might attempt...

Amador looks dangerous too.

And Tony Martin appears to be in much better shape than he was early season. He's climbing well, we know he can do well in the TT, and in Chavanel he has one of the strongest lieutenants in the field...

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #21 on: June 07, 2012, 03:31:13 pm »
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citoyen

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #22 on: June 07, 2012, 03:32:26 pm »
That was a seriously impressive ride.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #23 on: June 07, 2012, 03:32:42 pm »
Of the three British riders in the top 10, none were born in the UK.

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Re: Dauphiné Libéré 2012
« Reply #24 on: June 07, 2012, 03:40:04 pm »
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