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    Amstel Gold Predictions

    Okay... I was a little off predicting PR-results... but who could have known that George would have to battle the other riders, the weather, the cobbles AND the material...

    Here are my top 3 for Amstel


    1) Bettini
    2) Klier
    3) Schleck

    with Acevedo and Rebellin (despite broken rib) as probably top 10-ers.

    Call me nuts but I am sticking to it
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    1) Valverde
    2) Bettini
    3) Sinkewitz

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    If you don't have a Rabobank rider in the top three, start over and try again.

    Dr. Cox: Lady, people aren't chocolates. Do you know what they are mostly? Bastards. Bastard-coated bastards with bastard fillings. But I don't find them half as annoying as I find naive bubble-headed optimists who walk around vomiting sunshine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolhand
    If you don't have a Rabobank rider in the top three, start over and try again.

    I don't know, it will be difficult for them. With the finish at the top of the Cauberg that will make it unlikely for Flecha or Freire to do anything and Boogerd's and Dekker's form has to be suspect at this point. Plus there are any number of fast finishers who would probably spank the latter two even if they arrive at the base of the Cauberg in the lead group (i.e. Valverde, Bettini, Rebellin, Astorloa). They will probably regret Kroon leaving for CSC this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolhand
    If you don't have a Rabobank rider in the top three, start over and try again.

    You're right, Boogerd will probably come second again.
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    I can only speak for my self, but if Fergie wanted to rub her lovely lady lumps on me, I could play the role of "human stripper pole."

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    Don't forget Samuel Sanchez. He has been riding well recently and has always been an animator late in the Ardennes races. Plus Euskaltel really needs a win before Mayo disappoints again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogger
    You're right, Boogerd will probably come second again.
    LOL! What about Dekker the Younger? Thomas? Is he even on the start list?

    I would watch Flecha. Valverde would be my pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spunout
    LOL! What about Dekker the Younger? Thomas? Is he even on the start list?
    Thomas Dekker? Is it a time trial this year? Last year young Thomas got his arse whooped by the AGR. The wee lad isn't all too sure about his steering and the AGR being a very nervous course a-winding and turning, mmh. If you are going to look out for young Dutch riders with some panache turn your eye on Weening and Posthuma. They're not afraid to fall on their faces.
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    and don't forget

    Di Luca.

    Valverde
    Danilo
    Boogered
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    still not figgering on biggering

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    1 Friere
    2 Valverde
    3 Bettini

    This is the showdown I want to see on an uphill finish.

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    What about Boogerd?

    I don't know about 1st and 3rd, but Boogerd is 2nd! :-)

    Here's how the Unibet's betting sheet looks like:
    1) _______
    2) Boogerd
    3) _______

    I also heard from a reliable source that the TdF results sheets already have Ullrich stenciled in for #2.

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    Quote Originally Posted by atpjunkie
    Di Luca.

    Valverde
    Danilo
    Boogered
    DeLuca's not riding Amstel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by orange_julius
    I don't know about 1st and 3rd, but Boogerd is 2nd! :-)

    Here's how the Unibet's betting sheet looks like:
    1) _______
    2) Boogerd
    3) _______

    I also heard from a reliable source that the TdF results sheets already have Ullrich stenciled in for #2.
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    I agree with "Odds-Maker Paolo", Il Grillo is the won to watch.

    Odds by Paolo:
    Paolo Bettini (Quick-Step) 1-6
    Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne-Illes Balears) 1-8
    Michael Boogerd (Rabobank) 1-10
    Oscar Freire (Rabobank) 1-10
    Igor Astarloa (Barloworld) 1-15
    Alessandro Ballan (Lampre-Fondital) 1-15
    Samuel SŠnchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 1-15
    Fršnk Schleck (Team CSC) 1-20
    Karsten Kroon (Team CSC) 1-20
    Davide Rebellin (Gerolsteiner) 1-20
    Filippo Pozzato (Quick-Step) 1-25
    Kim Kirchen (T-Mobile) 1-25
    Leonardo Bertagnolli (Cofidis) 1-25
    Thomas Dekker (Rabobank) 1-25
    Jens Voigt (Team CSC) 1-25

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    Possible winners:

    Bettini
    Sammy Sanchez
    Thos. Dekker
    Jens Voight
    Igor Astarloa

    Fumiyuki Beppu
    Hidenori Nodera

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    Quote Originally Posted by il sogno
    Possible winners:

    Bettini
    Sammy Sanchez
    Thos. Dekker
    Jens Voight
    Igor Astarloa

    Fumiyuki Beppu
    Hidenori Nodera

    Interesting thing to see two Japanese riders on your list, although realistically I feel they are a long shot. Maybe in a few years when they accustom themselves to European racing and culture then perhaps they'll have a better chance.

    I put my money on Valverde. Given he's a climber who can sprint, or a sprinter who can climb this race seems to suit him.

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    Fleca, he's due.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DieselDan
    Fleca, he's due.
    flecha has been due for so long that the f,l,e,c,h & a keys on my keyboard are worn out from typing it. i don't see him pulling out this race after flanders, Pijl and Roubaix. his legs have to toasted by now or he is just superhuman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wzq622
    Interesting thing to see two Japanese riders on your list, although realistically I feel they are a long shot. Maybe in a few years when they accustom themselves to European racing and culture then perhaps they'll have a better chance.

    I put my money on Valverde. Given he's a climber who can sprint, or a sprinter who can climb this race seems to suit him.
    I believe Nodera's the champion of Japan. I suppose his chances of winning are slim, at best.

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