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    Predictions Paris-Roubaix 2010

    So we're down to the last of the cobbled classics for 2010. The hell of the north.

    1. Can anyone stop Cancellara? .....mmmmm maybe a mechanical...hope not.
    2. Tom Boonen? If it wasn't for Fabian in 2010 we would be praising the greatness of Tornado Tom (E3 and Flanders).
    3. Phillipe Gilbert sure looked good but can he match 1 and 2?
    4. Who else can we talk about once having mentioned the above three? Devolder, Pozzato, Hushovd, Breschel?


    By the way I caught Flanders on steephill.tv (in Flemish). If anyone else has better/other suggestions for watching Roubaix online, please tell us.
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    I'd like to see FC win.

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    Cancellara for the win.

    Pippo could possibly make it difficult for him though. Boonen certainly won't let it go without a fight. Watch for Hushovd and Maaskant.
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    The great thing about Cycling is that if one little thing (Diet, temp the rider hates, Mech. ****s up the tire pressure by 3 psi) goes wrong, even Cancellera can lose. Personally, I'm like a 5 yr. old on Christmas Eve right now waiting for Roubaix.

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    Cancellara pointed out in an interview today that the last person to win Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the same year was a Swiss, sometime in the 1920s.

    So, yeah, Cancellara.

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    It will be interesting

    I tipped Cancellera for the Ronde as it was one of his stated objectives this year and his form was good.

    For PR, I'm going with Boonen. Okay, Fabian left him behind on the Muur but PR is a different race. I think the parcour is a better fit for Boonen.

    Flecha, he missed the break up on the Molenberg so hard to tell if he's holding his form. Gilbert surprised me and he's going well.

    I don't think Pozzato will have recovered in time but you never know.

    Teams, Saxo looked very strong in the Ronde as did Sky and Rabobank. Quickstep, the team's got to be one of Lefevre's weakest in some time. Lotto's Hoste is riding well and Ballan showed himself. Hincapie rode conservatively so who knows...

    I'm going with Boonen to win, Cancellera to show and Flecha to place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgy
    Cancellara pointed out in an interview today that the last person to win Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the same year was a Swiss, sometime in the 1920s.

    So, yeah, Cancellara.
    Nah, a few guys have done the double recently. I'm guessing that was the last Swiss rider to do it, but I don't know for sure.

    As for predictions
    1. Boonen
    2. Cancellara
    3. Hincapie
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilasCL
    Nah, a few guys have done the double recently. I'm guessing that was the last Swiss rider to do it, but I don't know for sure.

    As for predictions
    1. Boonen
    2. Cancellara
    3. Hincapie
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    Quote Originally Posted by lalahsghost
    I'll **** my shorts, and become a Hare-Krishna if Hincapie wins...
    He won't, but I think he'll come in third. Looked solid today and he usually does better at P-R than Flanders.

    Edit: Take back the last part, his results are generally similar, with one or two exceptions.
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    Boonen. Roubaix is pancake-flat, perfect for him. He's shown that he's in good shape, a rider can't use a hill to get away from him, and Quickstep knows how to equip their riders for this race.

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    Cancellara for sure. After the way he made Boonen look like an amateur today, only chance Boonen has is a mechanical for Cancellara. PR might be flat but we are talking about one of the best TT specialist ever. unless they turn PR into a 1k sprint Fabian is at his peak and will be hard to beat.(didn't mean to rhyme that, but sounds good anyway)

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    Sparticus for the Trifecta!

    Lance? Don't even get me started...

    Boonen is the only threat if Fabian can hold his present form. Both have good teams, but I suspect Saxo is riding harder these days (looking for a new prime sponsor)...they will fight hard for FC to get this win as well.
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    I pick......Alberto Contador.
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    Going to go with FC. He's in amazing form, Like LostViking said, Riis needs a new sponsor, and Saxo is pretty damned stack.

    I'd love to see Hincapie take it, but very very doubtful.
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    I would say Boonen as the reigning champ has the edge. Especially coming off a second place finish in Flanders. I would love to see a tight finish between Boonen, Cancellara and Big George, just because Hincapie seems like a charity case every year and would make a heartwarming TV special if he won.

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    boonen and only because the course is so different to flanders, ie completely flat
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    Quote Originally Posted by cruso414
    Cancellara for sure. After the way he made Boonen look like an amateur today, only chance Boonen has is a mechanical for Cancellara. PR might be flat but we are talking about one of the best TT specialist ever. unless they turn PR into a 1k sprint Fabian is at his peak and will be hard to beat.(didn't mean to rhyme that, but sounds good anyway)
    I'm pretty sure that PR and a TT are polar opposites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jorgy
    Cancellara pointed out in an interview today that the last person to win Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the same year was a Swiss, sometime in the 1920s.

    So, yeah, Cancellara.
    The last person to do the Flanders Roubaix double was Tom Boonen in 2005.

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    FC attacked very early in the RvV, which forced Boonen to reply and therefore it was just those two left. The attack was on a steep hill which basically isolated Boonen from his team. It was pretty clear that those two were so strong no-one was going to chase them down. Even when the three chasers managed to get going, they lost time almost all the way to the end (for a bit they managed to make up a few secs, but after that they continually lost time). However at PR the course might not favour FC to attack from so far out, quick step can use their team to try to control him.
    FC still a big favourite, but PR is different enough that Boonen or someone else might have a chance. Considering what happened at RvV, I expect PR to be an really good race, because somehow the challengers have to do something special to defeat FC, and I think they will at least try to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by locobaylor
    I'm pretty sure that P-R and a TT are polar opposites.
    Far from it. TT & PR require a big engine and great handling skills. Boonen has a big engine and incredible skills, but Cancellara has a better engine I reckon and siilar skills. But Lady Luck plays a huge part in P-R as several contenders found out last year as she smiled on Boonen.

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    Boonen or Devolder. But the double does look to be in play this year as well.
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    I'd think Cancellara is marked by now. LOL, then again, he might make an attack and the entire pelaton might just give up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimobici
    Far from it. TT & PR require a big engine and great handling skills. Boonen has a big engine and incredible skills, but Cancellara has a better engine I reckon and siilar skills. But Lady Luck plays a huge part in P-R as several contenders found out last year as she smiled on Boonen.
    Also Boonen has a much better sprint and since PR often comes down to a sprint from a small group and the lack of selective hills, Boonen for me still has to be the #1 favorite. All he has to do is stay with Cancellera which will be much easier to do over the pave than on the Muur.

    Good chance for some weaker person to win it as Boonen & Cancellera mark one another. Hushvold is probably the only guy that could be given a realistic shot of coming to the line on the velodrome and not getting beat by Boonen 90+% of the time.

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    A big engine can win TdFlanders because of the climbs, as shown by FC yesterday. PR will require more team tactics...even FC admits he does not want it to come down to a sprint with Boonen...he has to somehow get away from Tomke, and there are no 20% Muurs to do so in PR.

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