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Santos Tour Down Under – UWT 18th-23rd Jan

Road cycling
by wooley7 (U13916876) 11 January 2011
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Only a week away until the first major race of the year, I know it’s a little early to start previewing the race but having been starved of racing for what seems forever I thought I would get one going.

The Route looks a little more interesting than in previous years although it is still going to be a sprint fest with the GC decided by the penultimate stage which heads over Old Willunga Hill twice.

As sprint fests go this one should be pretty exciting, with the Cav v Griepel battle added to Farrar, Ciolek, Heado, Chicchi, Rojas and others. The sprinters won’t be left to fight for themselves as both Griepel and Cav will be there with a strong lead out team. In fact there are a fair few top riders here this year as well as Lance Armstrong.

Team list and a few of the notable riders (to me):

Omega Pharma-Lotto
Greipel
Hansen
Seiberg

Radioshack
McEwen
Cordoso
Hunter

HTC
Cav
Eisel
Goss
Renshaw

Garmin-Cervelo
Farrar
Dean
Lancaster

Rabobank
Brown

Sky
Thomas
Rogers
Gerrans
Hayman
Sutton
Henderson

Astana
Allan Davis

Leopard-Trek
Pederson
O’grady
Denifl

Quick Step
Chicchi
Bandiera
Ciolek

Katusha
Ivanov

AG2R
Champion

Lampre

Liquigas

BMC
Ballan
Kristoff

Saxo
Porte
Haedo
Cooke

Euskaltel

Movistar
Rojas
Gutierrez

Vaconsoleil
Feillu (R)

Uni SA – Australia

Stages link:

www.tourdownunder.com.au/rac...

I think Greipel will win the battle between himself and Cav purely because it would mean so much for him and I guess he feels he has a point to prove, where as Cav will have bigger fish to fry later in the season. As an outsider I fancy Alexander Kristoff to get in amongst the sprints and Michael Rogers to win the overall. Sky look to have a very strong team, maybe the strongest in the race, where HTC and Lotto look hell bent on winning the sprints. All in all a pretty strong looking field.

I can’t believe I am looking forward to watching a load of sprints but I am, roll on next Tuesday!!!

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posted Jan 14, 2011

What a waste of a sprinter like Goss
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Not for HTC it won't be, if it guarantees more wins for them.

I agree that he should be sprinting against Cav, Farrar and Griepel though - he's got the ability.

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posted Jan 14, 2011

I suspect that Goss will probably spend little of the season in the Hincapie position and will instead inherit Greipel's position as the sprinter du jour at all the smaller races and whichever GT Cav doesn't do - used to be the Vuelta but will probably be the Giro again as long as the team's sponsors demand Cav's presence in California.

It would be a huge waste of Goss to have him at any leadout point other than final leadout, which is why they won't do it most of the season.

At the TDU, they may do it that way, since Goss is Australian and would want to do his home race. Goss, however, can also climb better than either Cavendish or Renshaw, so he may be HTC's man for the GC at the race - Cavendish isn't likely to be at full gas, so he may try and get a stage then revert back to helping Renshaw or Goss, as he's indicated in interviews.

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posted Jan 14, 2011

So Cav's using the TDU to show the world that he's the ultimate team player then is he?

Guess we'll be seeing a lot of the famous gnashers next week too then.

The joy.

Looking at the facts, I doubt Goss will be in the spot before Renshaw. That's Eisel's spot, they have no need to change.

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comment by Sparta (U7020330)

posted Jan 15, 2011

"Goss, however, can also climb better than either Cavendish or Renshaw, so he may be HTC's man for the GC at the race - Cavendish isn't likely to be at full gas, so he may try and get a stage then revert back to helping Renshaw or Goss, as he's indicated in interviews."

That's what I reckon will happen.

"I wouldn't call it a preview. The season proper is months away yet and everybody will be at different stages in their preparation and have different objectives at the TDU."

I'm not sure the Australians would be happy if you said that. I think this year a few sprinters are actually targeting it and even if they aren't isn't that what a preview is - a chance to see something before the main events. Omloop, the real start of the season if you're Eurocentric is less then 2 months away.






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posted Jan 15, 2011

What a hypocrite is Armstrong, the sooner he is exposed the better for cycling's sake

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posted Jan 18, 2011

It's Goss v Greipel then, with Goss winning the first stage.

Despite the big build up about battle between all the top name sprinters, Cav and Farrar are rolling around in the mid pack getting some racing miles in for now.

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posted Jan 22, 2011

Hi Folks - having moved house I now have internet again for the first time in two months. Been quite refreshing to watch TDU but I have a question (don't I always?) - is there any restriction on kit design?

Having not kept in touch with recent cycling news I was a bit confused when I saw three teams wearing almost identical kit (Sky, Garmin-Cervelo and SaxoBank). Has someone not spotted the similarities and that it makes watching it quite tricky, especially from the helicopter shots, unless it's a close up. A these kit's on for the season?

(PS - Hope everyone's well and had a good Christmas/New Year)

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comment by ike2112 (U4429659)

posted Jan 22, 2011

Garvélo might switch to something White in the summer, as Cervélo have done last two seasons.
HTC-Highroad are bound to bring on more sponsors prior to the TdF, so they might change a bit.
Saxo's I haven't seen the back of so I don't know how close it is to the others. I thought Leopard-Trek's was similar too.

This is why Euskaltel and Farnese-Vini-Neri have the best kits in the peloton. The aim of the game is exposure.

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comment by Sparta (U7020330)

posted Jan 22, 2011

If anyone cares the race has actually appear to be quite good.

Cam Meyer leads Goss by a few seconds going into the last stage. A win for Goss won give him the title. Who are people tipping to win?

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posted Jan 23, 2011

Wow Sky 1-2 good effort. swift off to a dream start.

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