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Who will win?
Contador Contador 30%[13 Votes]
Quintana Quintana 32%[14 Votes]
Henao Henao 2%[1 Vote]
Purito Purito 0%[0 Votes]
Aru Aru 7%[3 Votes]
Pinot Pinot 16%[7 Votes]
Other Other 14%[6 Votes]
Total Votes : 44
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Vuelta Cislista al Pais Vasco 2016
Riis123
The best week in cycling is soon upon us! De Ronde will start it Sunday, this will proceed and Roubaix will end it. I can't wait.

All the profiles of the stages can as usual be find on PCS. Its somewhat hard to analyse the stages, but stage 2,5 and 6 will probably be the most important in the race. As usual, the ITT is more of a MTT and resembles the one they are tackling in TdF on stage 17. Its some good stuff as usual!

The 2 big favourites are Quintana and Contador. Quintana got the better of Contador in Catalunya, but this is another race. Much shorter, but much steeper hills should suit Contador more than Quintana, but Quintana won this race in 2013 in the race he seriously arrived. Contador, on the other hand, won it in 2014 in his godlike year. IMO, this is a better race to evaluate and analyse towards July compared to Catalunya.

Its obvious that those 2 names will overshadow the rest of the field since Froome and Nibali isn't here. Almost like Boonen and Cancellara did a few years ago. But nevertheless, as usual, the peloton is packed in this race. The next riders in line should be Purito, Henao, Aru and Pinot. Henan is the one who I think stands the best chances. Can Aru and Purito improve this much in a week? I have my doubts. I think this race is too explosive for Pinot, but.. I wouldn't be surprised with at least a top-3.

Other riders? Landa, Yatesx2, Gallopin, Rui Costa, Spilak, Mochema, Martin, Dumoulin, Gesink, Kreuziger, Izaguirre. Once again, this race is shaping up to be a little more than not too shabby. Cool
Edited by Riis123 on 29-03-2016 12:30
 
Ollfardh
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Dippofix
I think you're underestimating Dan Martin. He was in fine form in Catalunya, can't wait to see what he can do here. Podium and/or a stage win again are real possibilities, quite excited. Smile
 
Ian Butler
I have high hopes for Pinot Smile he's still getting better!
 
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Riis123
Dippofix wrote:
I think you're underestimating Dan Martin. He was in fine form in Catalunya, can't wait to see what he can do here. Podium and/or a stage win again are real possibilities, quite excited. Smile


Maybe. I think I have a tendency to underrated riders I don't like. I don't think there is any question that he has bigger chances of winning than Aru after he beat him handedly in a race supposedly much better suited for Aru.

Ian: Yes he is. But I think those climbs are too short, but everything is possible in the last ITT.
 
ringo182
Contador to finish second again Smile
 
Riis123
ringo182 wrote:
Contador to finish second again Smile


Hopefully Wink Just need that brown-skinned Columbian on that first step.
 
Shonak
I could well imagine Henao finally taking a big win, he has been a great helper so far this season. But mostly I'm just hoping that Contador continues to do well and finally gets his spring stage race victory after closely missing it twice by now. Vamos! Smile
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Strydz
Ian Butler wrote:
I have high hopes for Pinot Smile he's still getting better!


I think he's really stepped up since he chucked that tantrum on the cobbles in last years TDF, he stuck it out and winning on the Alpe was a big deal. I don't think this race suits him but wouldn't surprise me if he contests for the win
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Stromeon
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Profile for the ITT - seeing as it's labelled "Eibar - Eibar" does this mean they're climbing Arrate? Looks about the right height and length from the profile. If so, then this TT is not to be underestimated at all; usually the Itzulia's TTs are rolling, lumpy affairs, with short patches of steep gradient. Arrate isn't the typical Basque climb in that it's longer but more gradual, so the analogy with the Tour MTT is a good one; it will certainly be a good indicator of how Contador and Quintana's chances are shaping up ahead of that TT in the Tour.

Anyway a great parcours as always for this race - every stage offering an opportunity for attacks, which is one of the main reasons this is probably my favourite of the one-week WT stage races. I think Nairo will do well and most likely podium, but I don't think he will win - my bet is Henao, it's just his sort of race and I don't think Purito will turn up in the form he did last year, which was the only thing between him and victory. Looking forward to it.
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AbhishekLFC
Riis123 wrote:

The 2 big favourites are Quintana and Contador.

The next riders in line should be Purito, Henao, Aru and Pinot.

Other riders? Landa, Yatesx2, Gallopin, Rui Costa, Spilak, Mochema, Martin, Dumoulin, Gesink, Kreuziger, Izaguirre. Once again, this race is shaping up to be a little more than not too shabby. Cool


What a start list Grin.

I hope Ion can challenge for a stage win! Loving his progress Smile
 
Riis123
AbhishekLFC wrote:
Riis123 wrote:

The 2 big favourites are Quintana and Contador.

The next riders in line should be Purito, Henao, Aru and Pinot.

Other riders? Landa, Yatesx2, Gallopin, Rui Costa, Spilak, Mochema, Martin, Dumoulin, Gesink, Kreuziger, Izaguirre. Once again, this race is shaping up to be a little more than not too shabby. Cool


What a start list Grin.

I hope Ion can challenge for a stage win! Loving his progress Smile


Ion challenging for a stage win... possible. Ion winning a stage? Never. Pfft

Seriously tho, he has improved this year. Top-5 should be his personal goal again.
 
MARSUPILAMI
Okay, let's be clear. Contador won't win Pfft

I think that Sagan is not the only one in the team with that rainbow curse eh Pfft

But yeah, let's wait to Contadope's excuses for not winning Pfft
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Ian Butler
MARSUPILAMI wrote:
Okay, let's be clear. Contador won't win Pfft

I think that Sagan is not the only one in the team with that rainbow curse eh Pfft

But yeah, let's wait to Contadope's excuses for not winning Pfft


Arenberg?
 
Riis123
MARSUPILAMI wrote:
Okay, let's be clear. Contador won't win Pfft

I think that Sagan is not the only one in the team with that rainbow curse eh Pfft

But yeah, let's wait to Contadope's excuses for not winning Pfft


I think its mostly his fans (referring to CN members) who are making up excuses every time and thats annoying. Contador is the favourite, so lets wait and see, stage 2 should tell A LOT.
 
georgebooo
barely wait to see thibault pinot and how is going to ride vs strong riders cuz crit intern was piece of cake for him;
 
AbhishekLFC
Riis123 wrote:
AbhishekLFC wrote:
Riis123 wrote:

The 2 big favourites are Quintana and Contador.

The next riders in line should be Purito, Henao, Aru and Pinot.

Other riders? Landa, Yatesx2, Gallopin, Rui Costa, Spilak, Mochema, Martin, Dumoulin, Gesink, Kreuziger, Izaguirre. Once again, this race is shaping up to be a little more than not too shabby. Cool


What a start list Grin.

I hope Ion can challenge for a stage win! Loving his progress Smile


Ion challenging for a stage win... possible. Ion winning a stage? Never. Pfft

Seriously tho, he has improved this year. Top-5 should be his personal goal again.


Top 5 in this field would be brilliant for him! And yes, Pinot's another one to watch for me. But I think you know where my GC loyalties lie Wink
 
sutty68
Aru seems to be coming into some good form lately so he may surprise a few here....
 
Riis123
sutty68 wrote:
Aru seems to be coming into some good form lately so he may surprise a few here....


Nah, Aru is derping this spring. I would like to see him do well, especially in Le Tour, but in Pais Vasco I don't have to much hope for him
 
Avin Wargunnson
Always a good week in Basque country, with some non-traditional designed stages and agressive racing, looking forward to that.

Contador, Pinot and Nairo being the obvious favourites, Contador could form a very strong duo with Kreuziger here, both should end in top10.
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