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Post by Biggut on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 1:38 pm

Anyone know when the teams should be announced? Really interested to see how teams are balanced between roleurs, climing domestiques and sprint trains. Can't wait.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by djlovesyou on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 2:10 pm

Not all are announced yet, but you can see the latest lists on www.cyclingstartlists.com.

About half are definitive, and a few more with lists of 10 to pick 9 and stuff.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by dummy_half on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 2:32 pm

Should be a fun race for once - Crazy Amets, Crazy Johnny and Tommy Voekler in (or out of) the same peloton.

A few updates needed to those lists - Garmin Cervelo have named Danielson in their team, and sadly Soler will not be there.

One interesting feature - 8 named for Saxo, with no Contador yet listed. Presumably he will be the missing one, but perhaps there's still stuff going on behind the scenes?

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Post by Azabache on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 3:19 pm

Don't raise your hopes-he'll start and rip the field to shreds.

We're into another Anquetil/Poulidor, Armstrong/Ullrich era.

Poor old Andy.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by djlovesyou on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 3:21 pm

Shame Ricco isn't riding for you Azabache. He must be your absolute favourite rider of all time.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by Biggut on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 3:27 pm

You missed crazy dave with his late escapes. Possibly the best weapon for UK cycling, get him up the road let everbody else chase him and then launch a Dowsett, Thomas, Blyth, Swift, Cavendish train. If we can get enough points for a full squad at the worlds I can see us at least providing some spectacle.

I digress though. Thanks for the link, will be keeping a daily eye on that.

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Post by djlovesyou on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 3:33 pm

Hill sprint finish = Cav might as well not turn up.

Unless he's willing to ride as a teammate.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by Azabache on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 4:09 pm

DJ(WhoLovesYou?):

Thanks! Actually, my favourite rider is Richard Virenque but I'll let someone else start a new thread if they like.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by Biggut on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 4:54 pm

OK dj, hadn't seen the profile. So a Kennaugh or Blythe end to the train?

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by djlovesyou on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 5:44 pm

It's a finish for the likes of Freire, Thor, Boonen perhaps, Sagan, Haussler, etc.

Our team looks nice on paper, but it's not even close to being strong compared to what other teams can put out.

Young lads like Kennaugh and Blythe would be very lucky to make it to the finish in the front group. WC RR is just too fast and too long.

Virenque figures. You like the guys who were in big doping scandals.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by Biggut on Tue 21 Jun 2011, 6:24 pm

dj,

I don't think the profile looks that bad, it is short inclines repeated throughout the circuit. Our team isn't incredibly strong, but if it does come to a bunch sprint we do at least have good IP riders followed by a few 2nd tier sprinters. Surely if we can get others to do the chasing early on then that gives us half a chance, especially as we would not really be considered as a major threat.

On the other hand a rider like Thomas could get in a break and do OK from it.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by Biggut on Sun 26 Jun 2011, 8:09 am

Having looked at the lists I cant help but think that Rabobank may spring a few surprises this tour.

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Post by djlovesyou on Sun 26 Jun 2011, 5:01 pm

They have got a strong climbing team for Gesink. LLL will probably try to win some stages.

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Re: TDF Teams

Post by Guest on Sun 26 Jun 2011, 8:10 pm

van den broeck and gilbert looks a tasty duo. gilbert stage wins and i reckon van den for a top 3

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