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    Cancellara withdraws from Amstel Gold Race

    Well I guess that settles it for 2010. Story's from cyclingnews.

    No surprise since a) he is tired b) Ardennes classics are the domain of the Schlecks. It may have created friction in the team and Riis knows full well that come July Andy's gonna need all the help he can get.
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    Not surprising... Would have been interesting to see though.

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    From what I can tell, going back to 2002, he's never ridden it. So I'm not surprised he's not riding it, again.

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    He's gotta recharge for July. Any chance FC finishes better than Schleck the elder in the Tour?

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    doubt it he suffered in the mountains last year although he pedaled his heart out
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    I'm thinking Andy for the win in this one...
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    Boonen not in it either...Chavenal for Quickstep to show?
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    Quote Originally Posted by coop
    He's gotta recharge for July. Any chance FC finishes better than Schleck the elder in the Tour?
    And Schleck the younger? Why not? He's a much better competitor, TTer and flat racer than both and isn't too shoddy in the mountains either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albert owen
    And Schleck the younger? Why not? He's a much better competitor, TTer and flat racer than both and isn't too shoddy in the mountains either.
    No way. Barring an accident Andy Schleck is top 3 easily. Cancellara would struggle to get into top 10, even the skinny version.

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    Quote Originally Posted by albert owen
    And Schleck the younger? Why not? He's a much better competitor, TTer and flat racer than both and isn't too shoddy in the mountains either.
    Fabian will lose 10-20 minutes a pop in the mountain stage finishes from when Contador crosses the finish line.

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    Sparticus in the Mountains

    Quote Originally Posted by 55x11
    No way. Barring an accident Andy Schleck is top 3 easily. Cancellara would struggle to get into top 10, even the skinny version.
    Gotta agree. Much as FC is my hero of the early season, whenever he hits the mountains in the TdF - he fades.

    FC has made a serious statement - I'm not just a TTer anymore, I'm a threat on the flat classics as well. That's great - but it takes more to win the TdF.

    Traditionally, Andy and Frank are far better when things get steep - but thier TTing leaves something to be desired. Right now, Conti is good all-round - that's where Andy and FC need to get to if they are to pose a serious threat to Conti's riegn.

    Until FC shows he can climb with the best, my prediction for TdF stands:
    1) Conti
    2) Andy
    3) Cadel

    That said....Hail Sparticus!
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    the hardmen

    have had their peak season
    time to recover
    time for the Tour Rider Classics
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    Quote Originally Posted by albert owen
    And Schleck the younger? Why not? He's a much better competitor, TTer and flat racer than both and isn't too shoddy in the mountains either.
    "isn't too shoddy in the mountains either" - understatement of the week I think
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    Quote Originally Posted by coop
    He's gotta recharge for July. Any chance FC finishes better than Schleck the elder in the Tour?
    May actually - pretty sure he will on the ToC roster.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL
    May actually - pretty sure he will on the ToC roster.
    recharching and doing relatively easy races are not mutual exclusive.
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    all this talk of fabian as a top tier GC rider in the tour is absolutely absurd

    i would love to be proven wrong but there is no way this will happen
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexb618
    all this talk of fabian as a top tier GC rider in the tour is absolutely absurd

    i would love to be proven wrong but there is no way this will happen
    We'd have been having the same conversation about Indurain in 88.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostViking
    Right now, Conti is good all-round - that's where Andy and FC need to get to if they are to pose a serious threat to Conti's riegn.

    Until FC shows he can climb with the best, my prediction for TdF stands:
    1) Conti
    2) Andy
    3) Cadel

    That said....Hail Sparticus!
    I tend to agree with your top 3; but seriously hoping that some how/way Conti bonks and doesn't make the podium. He's looking pretty strong right now, pretty much on queue with his training plans.

    Still not sure on the Andy S issue, though. His injury has hopefully left him plenty of time to get where he needs to. I'd love to see him reach his peak during the mountain stages.

    Alas - I like Cadel, and he has a strong group supporting him this year. Should make for a great race.

    (Notice I haven't mentioned anything about that other rider from RS that has a pretty salty team surrounding him as well? The radar has apparently been dropped on him.)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimobici
    We'd have been having the same conversation about Indurain in 88.

    Did Indurain batter himself into the ground in the classics?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL
    "isn't too shoddy in the mountains either" - understatement of the week I think
    Wrong end of the stck - I was talking about FC mountain ability.

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    Quote Originally Posted by saird
    Did Indurain batter himself into the ground in the classics?
    Not quite how I meant it. More the fact that neither of them fit the typical GT winner mould.
    But Indurain's palmares prior to 1990 aren't too shabby, especially as Spanish riders rarely strayed much away from Spain, Italy and the warm bits of France in the 80's!

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    Quote Originally Posted by albert owen
    Wrong end of the stck - I was talking about FC mountain ability.
    Sometimes I wish I smoked dope* - then I could explain confusion like this


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    Cancellara has no shot in the Tour but had the opportunity to do something special in the Classics.

    Why couldnt he finish out the Spring races and take a shot at history, skip the May Grand Tours to rest up, then do the Dauphine --> le Tour?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RkFast
    Why couldnt he finish out the Spring races and take a shot at history, skip the May Grand Tours to rest up, then do the Dauphine --> le Tour?
    just how many GTs are there in May?
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    Quote Originally Posted by den bakker
    just how many GTs are there in May?
    Dont be a smarta**...you know what I meant.

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