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t-72

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Re: Paris - Nice 2017
« on: March 05, 2017, 12:01 »
I am on google earth checking out the route. I have seen reports on high winds and rain and talk about bordures but the route is not very exposed to winds in general, following the forested areas more than open fields in between them. If I understood it right, there's a headwind to the finish, so it will be hard to say in front anyway. This is the catch with loop-courses on a windy day. A straightline course (and crosswinds)  would have dished it up more for the teams who are strong in the crosswinds. Now, this one looks more like one for the puncheurs and uphill finishers. The finish looks like Valkenburg...

I guess that means #sunweb Matthews again?

Good alternatives:
#trek Degenkolb
#bahrain Gasparotto
#orica Albasini and Gerrans? (if they still had Matthews they could blanket the podium...)
#quickstep Gilbert
#sky Henao
#astana Valgren
#uae Swift
#directenergie Coquard

Outsiders
#cannondale Villela
#katusha Bystrøm

EDIT: I don't think I will follow this live (X-C skiing 50 km world championship may be prioritized) so this message may be followed by some hours complete radio silence!
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