Basso Wins Criterium International

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  1. bobke

    bobke New Member

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    He came in second on the first flat sprinters stage.
    He won the second hilly climbers stage.
    He came in second place (by one second) in the ITT.
    He just won the so calles "mini Tour de France"

    He is on form.
    This is one of Basso's biggest wins and a great indicator of form.
    It will give CSC huge confidence for Basso himself but for the whole team.
    Its great when a team leader can go out and do run throughs like this so that he and his helpers know that they can really do it.
    And in contrast...
    And where is Jan?? not even racing and its the end of March.
     
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  2. WarrenG

    WarrenG New Member

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    Look at previous CI winners. How many won the Tour or Giro?
     
  3. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    Watched it live on Eurosport : Erik Dekker was going well in this mornings stage and only for trouble with his sprockets, Basso managed to open an 11 sec lead at the finish of the morning stage.

    The TT was a revelation : Basso went really well - ok the field was very small (the morning stage conditions were terrible and many riders abandoned).

    Basso though looked well.

    Some funny results on the TT : Martinez beating Kashekin for example.
     
  4. Tubbs

    Tubbs New Member

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    basso is indeed showing some good early season form.

    although i'm not convinced he can pull off the double... but if of everyone in the peloton, i definitely think he will come close. if he wins the Giro, I'm not so sure he'll have enough gas in the tank to win the Tour. Podium maybe... but yellow... I don't know.
     
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    Powerful Pete New Member

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    In any event,

    1. Great to see Basso in such form, winning!
    2. Even greater to see potential GT winners riding more than one race in the entire year! :cool:
     
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    limerickman Moderator

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    here, here!
    It's a breath of fresh air - and good for the sport.
     
  7. jonjungel

    jonjungel New Member

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    I think that is because Basso aims to be in top form in may. Ullrich plans top form in july, so his schedule is comparatively dalyed.
     
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    I also watched CI on EuroSport and Basso looked good.... so with Basso in great early form, Landis now skipping the Giro because his form is even better... where's Ullrich ?
     
  9. bobke

    bobke New Member

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    Well the list of winners looks like a list of Grand Tour riders to me.


    Anqueteil and then...
    1978 Bernard Hinault Draguignan 237 km

    1979 Joop Zoetemelk Var 242 km

    1981 Bernard Hinault Var 284 km

    1982 Laurent Fignon Var 280 km

    1983 Sean Kelly Beaujolais 292 km

    1984 Sean Kelly Antibes 281 km

    1985 Stephen Roche Antibes 276 km

    1987 Sean Kelly Antibes 276 km

    1988 Erik Breukink Antibes 288 km

    1989 Miguel Indurain Vaucluse 284 km

    1990 Laurent Fignon Vaucluse 308 km

    1991 Stephen Roche Vaucluse 310 km

    1995 Laurent Jalabert Tarn 288 km

    1996 Chris Boardman Tarn 278 km

    1997 Marcelino Gargia Tarn 276 km

    1998 Bobby Julich Tarn 278 km

    1999 Jens Voigt Vaucluse 274 km

    2000 Abraham Olano Pyrénées-Atlantiques 284 km

    2001 Rick Verbrugghe Charleville-Mézières / Ardennes 303 km

    2002 José Martinez Charleville-Mézières / Ardennes 299 km

    2003 Laurent Brochard Charleville-Mézières / Ardennes 294 km

    2004 Jens Voigt Charleville-Mézières / Ardennes 297 km
     
  10. cyclingheroes

    cyclingheroes New Member

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    I was there and Basso looked really great, looked relaxed after finish, talking more than usual (joking with Erik Dekker)...

    Here 2 pics, one of the ceremony and one of ITT winner Martinez (Agritubel).

    Picture gallery on our website will be online on Wednesday: http://wwww.cyclingheroes.info
     
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