Grater prediction thread

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  1. vitamin s

    vitamin s New Member

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    grater is correct again.
     


  2. Grater

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    Yep! Exactly right!
     
  3. thunder

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    Grates, how does Cooke get second to Cav?

    Cookie, and I luv the guy, has shown since 2004, he has no speed in his legs. He is now a puncheur. He is not a sprinter.

    So, the scenario you effectively suggest, he is off the front, then the peloton mows him down like Vietnamese proletariat in rice fields circa 67.

    You are quickly losing credibility with such stupid prognostications Grates.
     
  4. Grater

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    No not really.

    The weather suggests it's going to be heavy rain. Not only that, the crosswinds are going to be strong and anything can happen in conditions like these. Yes, it may be an out of their prediction, but it is a prediction that is worth the try IMO. I mean, providing I get the winner, it's all good.
     
  5. Grater

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    Ah yes. gotto love the guy.
     
  6. thunder

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    yep, good choice grates
     
  7. Grater

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    Nah I've changed this around. Now that there is no Bennati and no Hushovd then it makes things interesting.

    1. Cavendish
    2. McEwen
    3. Ciolek
    4. Cooke
    5. Clerc
     
  8. Grater

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    Okay. This is getting beyond a joke. I've gone cold.

    Today - Stage 4

    Should be a sprinters stage if the riders can be bothered controlling a break. Although based on the other night they won't so Freire should look at getting himself in the break with Davis and those two can fight it out and the peloton will let them.

    Now I'm guessing that they will try a break and if thats the case, thats where my third position will be coming from.

    1. Freire
    2. Davis
    3. Lewis

    Freire skipped Gent to do this so he will be wanting a win. Davis is riding well. These 2 are the quality sprinters in this field. Columbia are hunting stage wins so they will send Lewis in the break.

    Tomorrow's stage is a lottery but I'm having a dig at it. Gotto find 3 men who will try the break.
     
  9. Grater

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    Paris Roubaix predictions are here. After much research and deliberation with myself, I have come up with the following.

    1. Stijn Devolder
    2. George Hincapie
    3. Martijn Maaskant
    4. Juan Antonio Flecha
    5. Matti Breschel
     
  10. wicklow200

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    Good luck with the Hincapie prediction. I say he will break his fork, fall into a ditch, or miss the decisive break because he was at the back of the bunch daydreaming. Or quite possibly all three.
     
  11. vitamin s

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    i almost hope hincapie abandons rather than get second. how gutted would he be if he toook second.
     
  12. thunder

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    do you lock yourself in an Ashram with just you and a bottle'o lube grates :D
     
  13. Grater

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    hahaha

    care to elaborate brother?
     
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    ddffff
     
  15. thunder

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    I want to know how you devine the gods for your picks
     
  16. Grater

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    For me to know and you to find out! :D

    Nah!

    Let's just say. There are two ways you can go here on Sunday. A sprinter - Boonen, Pozzato or Haussler. Or a non sprinter. After not being convinced with Boonen and Haussler's form dieing and Pozzato a hit and miss, I have gone with the guys who have shown they are strong who should be up there at the end. The first 4 guys are the strongest guys over the last few weeks.
     
  17. thunder

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    if Roubaix finishes with only a few coming into the velodrome, you can't really call them a sprinter. I think Cavendish will not win or get on the podium of Roubaix nor Flanders til he is 30 or older, and if he does, it will be with alot of luck.

    He is just not that strong.

    And, if they mitigate the influence of his medical program, there is no way he will even win another classics imo.
     
  18. Grater

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    What I mean by sprinter, is just that. Tom Boonen is known as a sprinter whereas Hincapie, Devolder, Flecha, Maaskant and Breschel are not known for their sprinting abilities - they are more all rounders. Though it could be argued that Boonen can be classified as an allrounder too.

    If Boonen arrives at the Velodrome with some of these riders who can't sprint then the others with him may aswell give up right there and then.

    I think Cav will challenge around 28, personally.
     
  19. thunder

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    Grates, are we talking ProCycling Manager or the UCI Protour? Which one?
     
  20. Grater

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    UCI ProTour brother. You can't tell me that one of those 5 guys can upstage Boonen in a sprint?
     
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