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    RBR TdF 2015 Predictions: post by start time 2015

    RBR TdF 2015 Predictions: post by start time 2015

    Hello, everyone. Since we are all so smart about road racing, let's show it off: post your predictions before start time for the 2015 Tour de France. Talk is cheap. Can you call it a month before the final stage? A year?

    At the end of the 2015 TdF, I will review how well we did. Historically, we have been pretty lousy, with some moments of brilliance.

    Once the 2015 schedule is announced, I will note the deadline for posting predictions. Bon chance!

    EDIT: Start Time is 2pm Central European Summer Time, July 04, 2015. Time Trial in Utrecht, which is in same time zone as Paris.
    Post predictions by 2pm CEST, which is:
    8am eastern
    7am central
    6am mountain
    5am pacific
    4am alaska
    3am hawaii

    This is a time trial. Since they will embark from 2pm to 5pm, I guess I could tolerate a post an hour after this start time, for late risers.
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    Yellow/Podium/GC: call first, or try first, second, or third
    Green/points
    Polka-Dot/climber
    White/youth
    Red/combatif
    Team

    Lantern Rouge
    DNF
    Brown/Douche
    Honorable Mention

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    Yellow: AC
    second: ?
    third: TJ

    Green: Sagan.
    White: Pinot - I think his final yr of eligibility for white.
    Lantern Rouge: Cheng.

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    Does Quintana still qualify for the white jersey?

    Either way, very good chance he podiums. I think I heard in an interview that Valverde is either done with the Tour or he will be a super domestic use for Quintana.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BroughAJ View Post
    Does Quintana still qualify for the white jersey?

    Either way, very good chance he podiums. I think I heard in an interview that Valverde is either done with the Tour or he will be a super domestic use for Quintana.
    Since he was born in 1990, Nairo Quintana would qualify in 2015 and 2016.

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    White jersey, Jens Voigt.

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    Yellow: Alberto Contador
    Podium/GC: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Quintana
    Green/points: Kristoff
    Polka-Dot/climber: Valverde
    White/youth: Quintana
    Red/combatif: Kwiatkowski
    Team: Movistar
    Lantern Rouge: Vachon
    DNF: Schleck
    Brown/Douche: Sky Team
    Honorable Mention: J-Rod
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    Yellow:
    1. Froome
    2. Quintana
    3. Nibali

    Green:
    1. Mathews
    2. Sagan
    3. Degenkolb

    White: Quintana

    Polka Dot: Quintana

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    Those were my thoughts as well....
    Every climb has its end, for verily with difficulty there is relief...

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostViking View Post
    Yellow: Alberto Contador
    Podium/GC: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Quintana
    Green/points: Kristoff
    Polka-Dot/climber: Valverde
    White/youth: Quintana
    Red/combatif: Kwiatkowski
    Team: Movistar
    Lantern Rouge: Vachon
    DNF: Schleck
    Brown/Douche: Sky Team
    Honorable Mention: J-Rod
    Okay, the Schleck sister DNFed before the race even started! - replacing him with Farrar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woodys737 View Post
    White jersey, Jens Voigt.
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    TdF 2015 Start Time is 2pm Central European Summer Time, July 04, 2015. Time Trial in Utrecht, which is in same time zone as Paris.
    Post predictions by 2pm CEST, which is:
    8am eastern
    7am central
    6am mountain
    5am pacific
    4am alaska
    3am hawaii

    This is a time trial. Since they will embark from 2pm to 5pm, I guess I could tolerate a post an hour after this start time, for late risers.

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    Stage One ITT Prediction:

    1. Tony Martin
    2. Luke Durbridge
    3. Richie Porte

    So it is written, so shall it be!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashadabd View Post
    Those were my thoughts as well....
    Froome does have a lot less miles on his legs... That will be huge, but a short opening TT and harder climbs will keep from yellow. I will be rooting for AC to get the double. AC yellow... Followed by (a very close) Froome and Nibali. Sagan looks good for Green, he is riding well now, although I like Mathews a lot. Pinot gets Polka Dots. Quintana gets white and a top 5. (Teejay 4th) Red, I agree with Kwiatkowski and I'm a fan. I like Hesjdal here also.
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    This is giving me a headache. Gaging riders fitness seems harder to me this year. I may just follow PBL450's lead pick who I'd like to win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LostViking View Post
    Wine-spotted Jersey Bob Roll.
    Hahahahah!!! Perfect!
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    Quote Originally Posted by AJL View Post
    This is giving me a headache. Gaging riders fitness seems harder to me this year. I may just follow PBL450's lead pick who I'd like to win.
    From a like standpoint, I like Bradley Wighins and I wish he was still on this landscape. I don't like Froome. (At all) but Froome is all about this race, this year, the miles on the legs, everything... I will actively root against him. And that's rare for me. But I think he will win. Week one... We will know a lot. I can't wait! Teejay is going to have a great showing! Like everyone else, he needs to stay healthy, but mark my words, if he does, he has a great shot at the podium. Just gut and wishful thinking as a fan! This is awesome!!!
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    My prediction is a Frenchman will not win Yellow, Green, or Polka Dot. Maybe white.
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    Yellow/Podium/GC: 1. Contador 2. Quintana 3. Nibali
    Green/points: Sagan
    Polka-Dot/climber: Quintana
    White/youth: Quintana
    Team: Cannondale-Garmin (homer pick)
    DNF: Obligatory Schleck pick
    Honorable Mention: Talansky (again, homer pick!)
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    I wonder how you can predict yellow for AC and green for Sagan? They'll turn up with one team, somewhere along the way only one of them is going to become the priority. Hope Contador crashes out and enters the Vuelta later on, the best Grand Tour of the year. With steep climbs, lots of them, starting on stage 2. Appears he and Valverde and Rodriguez are always at their finest in their home race, no matter if they did Giro and TdF or not. Maybe theirs hearts aren't in the TdF, which isn't much of a puzzle. Also wish the Sagans and Kittels and Cavendishs could race where they belong, on the track. Sprint competitions there, usually done in a minute, spectators not put to sleep. No need to go 200km on a panflat Autobahn, all riders arriving at the same time, stage winner decided on the last metre. And the next day with a hill along the way, Cavendish arrives an hour after Froome. That green jersey is a travesty.

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    Podium:
    Contador
    Quintana
    Nibali

    Green:
    Cavendish

    White:
    Pinot

    Dots:
    Arredondo

    Rouge:
    Ted King

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