Tuesday, April 24, 2007

midweek cycling predictions

Fleche Wallone is tomorrow. CSC and Quickstep look strong with Shleck and Bettini. But there are a lot of potential winners Valverde, Contador, Sammy Sanchez, Cadel Evans, Thomas Dekker, DiLuca, Freire etc. And some longshots I like Astorloa and Tadej Valjavec. Based on their Amstel performance, Gerolsteiner need to be taken seriously.
Giro De Trentino starts today as well-4 stages in Italy. Tour of Virginia in the states.
I failed to comment on a race with one of my favorite names, the Tro Bro Leon a second tier French race. That name always makes me laugh. I think it deserves a sister race in America, maybe the "Yo Dude Philly" or something. Anyway it was won by Bouygues Telecom rider Saïd Haddou. Team Slipstream was there and their best place rider was in 15th
Leige on Sunday-between Amstel last Sunday and Fleche tomorrow some potential winners should show themselves. Will someone be able to pull the increasingly common Fleche/Liege double?
The world of doping is heating back up. Landis looks fucked with his b-samples and his lawyer's statements just seemed designed to muddy the waters. Basso is also in trouble and might regret signing that contract that requires him to submit DNA if asked. Not starting Leige can't be good for his build up to the Giro (if he can ride that. On the eve of the grand tours, I don't think cycling's reputation can withstand many more scandals and the multiple governing bodies need to get together and figure something out fast. Pull the teams license if riders are doping and after a couple sponsors sue everyone they can find, the problem should work itself out.

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