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Old 05-03-2012, 11:48
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Don't forget Paris-Nice if you're at home today !

This always seems like the proper start of the season !

All those 'new' Jan/Feb races are ok for training runs but they're either on overnight (Aus) or are intrinsically a bit dull( the desert)

Proper season starts today !
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Old 05-03-2012, 11:49
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ps...........I think they've moved P-N forward a week in the calender over the last couple of years because it always used to coincide with the Cheltenham Festival which took priority for me...............
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Old 05-03-2012, 13:45
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ps...........I think they've moved P-N forward a week in the calender over the last couple of years because it always used to coincide with the Cheltenham Festival which took priority for me...............
Everything's a week out this year because they had to fit in the Olympic races. The Tour de France starts in June, which feels so wrong
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Old 05-03-2012, 18:05
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Wiggins in yellow in the P-N, finished in leading group, after the bunch was split into pieces by strong winds.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/17261475
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Old 05-03-2012, 18:58
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Great to see Wiggins leading ParisNice.
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Old 05-03-2012, 23:44
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You could still argue that Martin put in the second best ride of the day.
You have to be joking!
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Old 06-03-2012, 19:50
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Gerrans was fired up today trying to get one back on Valverde for squeezing him out of the similar stage at the TDU. The hill looked a little to long for many early season legs - probably not looking forward to finishing on Mende. Nuyens hit the ground really hard in Sunday's ITT: http://www.teamsaxobank.com/ny_news.asp?n_id=3516

Near solid cycling tomorrow afternoon with the start of Tirreno-Adriatico.
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Old 07-03-2012, 14:59
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Near solid cycling tomorrow afternoon with the start of Tirreno-Adriatico.
It's wall to wall.........Tour of taiwan next week (might just be highlights not live) then Tour of Catalonia the week after

And Milan-San remo in between

Harmon reporting that Cippo has said he wants to make a comeback and ride in this years Giro............ ( set these words 'cat, hell, chance' into a common phrase or saying !)
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Old 07-03-2012, 19:57
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Harmon reporting that Cippo has said he wants to make a comeback and ride in this years Giro............ ( set these words 'cat, hell, chance' into a common phrase or saying !)

Ah, I didn't dream it after all
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Old 07-03-2012, 22:10
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It's wall to wall.........Tour of taiwan next week (might just be highlights not live) then Tour of Catalonia the week after
Looking at the weekend schedule,it's only 15min highlights from Taiwan: http://tv.eurosport.co.uk/

Saxobank will be there (their post-Contador future?) and the rest are smaller 'Continental' teams including the British Rapha team: http://tourdetaiwan.org.tw/cycling/T.../tour_team.php
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Old 07-03-2012, 22:49
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Looking at the weekend schedule,it's only 15min highlights from Taiwan: http://tv.eurosport.co.uk/

Saxobank will be there (their post-Contador future?) and the rest are smaller 'Continental' teams including the British Rapha team: http://tourdetaiwan.org.tw/cycling/T.../tour_team.php
I think I'll give that one a miss then............hardly seems worth bothering for 15 minutes of highlights........
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Old 09-03-2012, 19:33
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Sky have some incredible depth to their squad, Another win for them today with EBH and Wiggins still leading GC. Impressive stuff.
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Old 09-03-2012, 20:11
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Sky have some incredible depth to their squad, Another win for them today with EBH and Wiggins still leading GC. Impressive stuff.
......and of course Cav won yesterday !

I guess we're so blasť now that we don't even bother posting it up when Cav wins.............
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:43
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I guess we're so blasť now that we don't even bother posting it up when Cav wins.............
Cavendish seems to have moved into a class of his own. He wins consistently and comfortably, often from unfavourable starting points for the sprint. The whole Sky team deliver more bangs for the buck than an expensive superteam like BMC.

Good to see the veteran Voigt still riding strongly. Only just eclipsed in the final few metres by Sanchez, twelve years younger than him.

Today's T-A stage is re-routed around the single major climb to eliminate a potentially treacherous descent.
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Old 10-03-2012, 19:05
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Can anyone beat Wiggins now?

Leipheimer's tweet about his 3rd crash was quickly deleted and QS are smoothing over the issue on their website. On Twitter, Thomas and Wiggins have expressed their views about Movistar's tactics.
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Old 10-03-2012, 19:56
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Can anyone beat Wiggins now?

Leipheimer's tweet about his 3rd crash was quickly deleted and QS are smoothing over the issue on their website. On Twitter, Thomas and Wiggins have expressed their views about Movistar's tactics.
Wiggins is massive favourite, but Westra is still a threat. Very good TT rider, and the Mende stage showed he has climbing form.

The Leipheimer thing is unfortunate, but you can't really blame Movistar for trying to split the field when they did. The parcours this year has been very uninspiring... it was either try on that climb or not at all.
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Old 11-03-2012, 13:56
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Well done Brad !............wins the stage and the GC....

Westra put in a big one and it looked a bit iffy for Brad at one point but he rallied towards the finish to pip Westra's time
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Old 11-03-2012, 14:16
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Great stage win Brad to win by two seconds after the effort by Vestra was true champion cycling
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Old 11-03-2012, 14:26
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Wiggins looks like the real deal this year, but that was the most boring edition of P-N I've seen since I started following cycling.
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Old 11-03-2012, 23:28
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Nice win for Wiggins, bit dull overall but credit to Sky for neutralising the breaks I guess. Could of done without the cheat Valverde on the podium though.
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Old 12-03-2012, 13:50
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Fantastic result and achievement. Hope this is the start of even bigger things for 2012.

Is it too early to start BBC SPOTY nominations?
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Old 12-03-2012, 15:07
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Brad is going for the Tour of Catalonia next week

It's live on Eurosport from Monday

Not sure if It's been on Eurosport recently but it always used to be about 10 years ago.............nice race, great scenery, mountains and Barcelona.............
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Old 12-03-2012, 15:13
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Fantastic result and achievement. Hope this is the start of even bigger things for 2012.

Is it too early to start BBC SPOTY nominations?
I was fairly surprised to hear and see the race result on both BBC radio and on BBC TV news bulletins.............they don't normally bother outside of the Tour
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Old 12-03-2012, 19:07
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Wiggins reckons he is around 95% of his potential in his blog: http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog...radley-wiggins

The British Olympic committee have their lifetime ban under threat. CAS will decide whether Millar can ride at London: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/htm...nghearing.html
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Old 15-03-2012, 06:49
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San Remo predictions?

Gotta be Cav for me, with Boonen and Sagan (?) to place high
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