Criterium International? Hard to bet against CSC who have won 4 years in a row, so maybe it's time for someone besides Fabian to win? Slipstream have some heavy hitters with Millar,Backstedt, and Dave Z. This would be a good chance for DZ? Otherwise maybe the luck of Skil Shimano's Clément Lhotellerie continue? Valverde had better show something.
I call the final podium as Julich,Dave Z, and Jens Voigt.
E3 Prijs? Might be too early for the big guns to show too much or make to big and effort but Weylandt, Hoste, and Pozzatto are my call for the podium. If Flecha has a strong showing it could signal is readiness to snatch a classic victory in the coming weeks! Boonen has won this race 4 years in a row (what symmetry to CSC at the CI-no wonder every year feels more like Groundhog day), but his luck has not been so strong.
Just like Boonen has owned the E3, Oscar Freire has owned the Brabantse Pijl. If he is still carrying some form from San Remo he is a likely candidate. Bettini will here with the non Belgian sections of the Quickstep team, but may not be good for much. Cofidis will put the recent winner Chavanel as well as Nick Nuyens. Will riders who race both days have more or less of a chance(Flecha,Ballan,etc) I will go with Nuyens, Visconti, and Freire as the top three.
Oh and PS Rock Racing gets all in your face with an Oscar Sevilla win in San Dimas??? Damn. 2 stages left there. Toyota United look ready to strike with 3 in the top ten.