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    Paris Roubaix...lets get it started

    With Sagan and Boonen out...what do you guys think? Will it be a rider that sneaks in, or does Tony Montana win as long as he stays upright?
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    Fabian wins unless someone gets him to come out earlier than he wants and softens him up enough so that he can't just drop everyone. Worked when Garmin won with Vansummeren.
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    I'm going with Team Sky.

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    I'm going with Fabian, assuming the mechanic doesn't forget to put his bike on the charger overnight.
    ... 'cuz that's how I roll.

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    I am going with Team Sky also, unless they run out of booster shots/needles

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    I think that we will see a bunch of teams try to repeat the tactics from 2011. That's probably the only chance Sky has.

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    Unless RSNT can repeat their team effort, I expect negative tactics to win.

    Anyone but Sky.

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    from what I have seen no one seems to have the form to stop him
    if he stays upright, avoids punctures at key moments I don't see anyone who can beat him. But anything can happen @ Roubaix
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    Ok, I'm going with Taylor Phinney to pull the shocker here. Fabian will have a mechanical at the wrong time and Phinney will be in the right position. This is all pending he even starts!
    What's up with Sagan? I thought he was riding it. There all be ass for him to grab there.
    (Edit: If you're going off the Velonews article, I think that was an April Fool's joke)

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    Quote Originally Posted by burgrat View Post
    (Edit: If you're going off the Velonews article, I think that was an April Fool's joke)
    Maybe it's a joke, but I saw an article yesterday saying the same thing.

    I expect Cancellara to win. Phinney is not a bad choice, but experience is important, so Thor may have an edge there. He hasn't shown much yet, though. Anybody know where a start list might be?

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    I'm going with an upset/underdog. Many teams will try to get a break and aren't going to help RS one bit.

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    Yeah, Sagan is skipping Paris-Roubaix. He's resting up for the Ardennes races.
    This is from a Cyclingnews article:

    ""His next tilt at a monument might not come until 2014, as he confirmed that he will not line up at Paris-Roubaix. He participated in the Hell of the North in each of his first two professional seasons, but wins and WorldTour points are the priority for his Cannondale team in the coming weeks, rather than gaining experience.
    “I had a bet: if I won today (Flanders), they would have let me do Roubaix, but instead I have to rest up for Amstel Gold Race,” Sagan explained."



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    Sagan should be in really good form for the Ardennes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by harlond View Post
    Maybe it's a joke, but I saw an article yesterday saying the same thing.
    I expect Cancellara to win. Phinney is not a bad choice, but experience is important, so Thor may have an edge there. He hasn't shown much yet, though. Anybody know where a start list might be?
    You realize Phinney won they U23 event in 2009 and 2010?
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    Nah, it's going to be an Andy Schleck win!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimobici View Post
    Nah, it's going to be an Andy Schleck win!!!
    LOL. Rep'd.

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    I'll counter two of the above predictions.
    Sky won't win. They had four in the break last year and blew it completely.
    Cancellara won't win, everyone is going to sit on him like 2011.
    Maybe Flecha will win, since he won't have Sky's bad tactical advice.

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    George Hincapie to unretire, and then come in 2nd.

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    Paris Roubaix...lets get it started

    Only a mechanical or a crash can stop Fabian now. It's his race to loose. I also bet that the entire Leopard-RS Tactics should be centered around him. Keep him nice and safe until 50km out and then watch out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ultimobici View Post
    Nah, it's going to be an Andy Schleck win!!!
    Just like the VeloNews article stated. Riding Roubaix will go a long ways towards strengthening his sacrum

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    It's Cancellara's race to win or lose but I'm most interested to see how much Phinney can improve on his first pro P-R finish in 15th place. For some reason I imagine him getting in the winning breakaway 40 to 50K from the finish with just Cancellara which would be so freaking cool.

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    It's tough to argue against Cancellara this spring. Phinney looks like he has some good form as well, but I haven't seen anything that makes me think he could have hung on to Cancellara's wheel this weekend. I am also looking for "sleepers" like Chavanel (Omega), Boom (Blanco), EBH (Sky), Johan Van Summeran (Garmin), etc. They have each looked good at moments this spring. I would love to see Hushovd or Phinney pull off a miracle personally, but apparently Thor can't breathe right now....
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    Degenkolb (Argos) also intrigues me, given that he cracked the top-ten at Flanders this weekend for the first time, but P-R is a different race and he could use some more seasoning.
    Every climb has its end, for verily with difficulty there is relief...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    It's tough to argue against Cancellara this spring. Phinney looks like he has some good form as well, but I haven't seen anything that makes me think he could have hung on to Cancellara's wheel this weekend. I am also looking for "sleepers" like Chavanel (Omega), Boom (Blanco), EBH (Sky), Johan Van Summeran (Garmin), etc. They have each looked good at moments this spring. I would love to see Hushovd or Phinney pull off a miracle personally, but apparently Thor can't breathe right now....
    The Ronde van Vlaanderen (which Phinney didn't do) and Paris-Roubaix are two very different races, particularly for Phinney. Excluding ITTs, Phinney is probably better suited for Paris-Roubaix than any other race he does on the calendar. He finished 15th last year in his pro debut and he's in better form this spring (Did you see Milan-San Remo this year?). These two will be TT guys in the race. I don't agree there's no reason to believe that he could hang onto Cancellara's wheel in Paris-Roubaix if he can maintain good position in the field trough the race and he's in the right place at right moment to go away with Cancellara when Cancellara makes his move. If Hushovd still isn't in top form that will free Phinney's hand to ride his own race.

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