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Ronde van Vlaanderen 2014
Cycleman123
A thread to discuss the Ronde van Vlaanderen (Tour of Flanders) for this year. Always a competitive race, will the old guard of Boonen and Cancellara have another year to celebrate, or will the new group of cobblers like Sagan and van Avermaet come to the fore this year? Or, it could be an outsider, like Zdenek Stybar to surprise everyone, hell it could be Tyler Farrar - such is the unpredictability of this great race.
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Avin Wargunnson
Sagan vs. Cancellara vs. Stybar. Enough said... Cool
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Shonak
Cycleman123 wrote:
hell it could be Tyler Farrar - such is the unpredictability of this great race.


Did I miss something? And does "unpredictable" imply that the Muur makes a last-minute comeback?

Anyhoo, here's the course for this year for anyone who missed it:
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Two times Oude/Paterberg, in between Koppenberg and Steenbeekdries.
Edited by Shonak on 03-04-2014 09:03
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kubys
Cancellara looks really strong so far, but he was only plagued by unluck. I consider him as top favourite here, but I really hope for something that would make him weaker. On the other hand - Boonen didn't show anything so far on cobbles (except KBK), but I see him as gaining energy for his main goals, he is very unpredictable for me.

Desired top 5, without order: Boonen, Sagan, Terpstra, Štybar, Degenkolb.

More real top 5 (considering latest performances): Cancellara, Sagan, Terpstra, Štybar, Thomas.
Edited by kubys on 03-04-2014 09:09
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Sagan has to go into this as the top favourite imo.
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depeche92
Sagan? He can't follow Cancellara on Paterberg, like everyone else..
 
bjornini
Omega Pharma has a big advantage of having several (semi-)favorites. Boonen, Stybar, Terpstra...
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Cycleman123
Their best tactic is pacing with their domestiques over the cobbled sections until there is a small group up front with hopefully those 3 mentioned riders. Then they can control the race.
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Ollfardh
Cancellara is the obvious favourite again, but we've seen in 2011 that you can hurt him. He does have a strong Devolder this year though, I think he'll be the key rider in the race.

Sagan will need to follow on the cobbles, and I don't see him do that. I do see him as the main challenger though.

Quick Step is obviously the strongest team, but they need to play it well with. Slowpokes Terpstra and Vandenbergh need to finish alone. Boonen hasn't been top yet, but he'll be ready. Stybar would do best to shadow Cancellara I think, he's really good at that.

Then we have the outsiders. Vanmarcke will be there, and he should have good support if they don't crash. Van Avermaet can get a podium, but he's not a winner. Thomas is looking good, but can he handle the distance?

Then there's a few guys you can never rule out to do something special. Chavanel, Vansummeren, even Pozzato or Paolini.

But most of all, I'm hoping we don't have favourites crashing out early this year Smile
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Cycleman123
Don't forget Langeveld Pfft
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Ollfardh
I didn't forget him actually, I just don't remember seeing much of him this year.
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kubys
Ollfardh wrote:


Then we have the outsiders. Vanmarcke will be there, and he should have good support if they don't crash.


:lol:

Nobody consider Degenkolb as outsider? He can be very dangerous, RvV really suits him imo.
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Favorites for me:

*****

Cancellara

****

Boonen, Sagan, Terpstra, Stybar, Vanmarcke

***

Chavanel, Roelandts, Vandenbergh, Turgot, Wynants, Langeveld, Keukeleire, Degenkolb, Thomas, Gaudin, Devolder, van Keirsbulck, Gatto

**

Rast, Phinney, Boom, Le Bon, Amador, Nuyens, van Summeren, Pozzato, Hayman, Cousin, EBH, Paolini, van Asbroeck, de Vreese, Leukemans

*

GVA
 
Shonak
Ollfardh wrote:
He does have a strong Devolder this year though, I think he'll be the key rider in the race.


Devolder did a lot of work so far (especially at E3), but I don't think he's particularly strong this year. He paces when no one else wants to (or Cancellara orders him to) but it didn't look like he makes much of a difference.
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Cycleman123
Ollfardh wrote:
I didn't forget him actually, I just don't remember seeing much of him this year.


Nah, just an Orica fanboy joke Pfft
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Ollfardh
kubys wrote:
Ollfardh wrote:


Then we have the outsiders. Vanmarcke will be there, and he should have good support if they don't crash.


:lol:

Nobody consider Degenkolb as outsider? He can be very dangerous, RvV really suits him imo.


If you crack on the Karnemelkbeekstraat, you're not going to survive 3x Kwaremont and Paterberg Wink
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Avin Wargunnson
Degenkolb? He would need rocket fuel to follow likes of Spartacus and Sagan. Pfft
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kubys
You'll eat your words guys. I don't say he will win, but he'll surprise you...or have puncture. Grin
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Avin Wargunnson
Depends what is a "surprise" from Degenkolb. Top10 would not surprise me, top3 would. Smile
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baseballlover312
I agree Cycleman, obviously a Tyler Farrar victory. Pfft

Nah I think it's about time for Canc's first win and I think that's here.
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