Quantcast

2006 TdF winner??

Discussion in 'Road & Cyclocross' started by Muuqi, Dec 28, 2005.

  1. Muuqi

    Muuqi Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2005
    Messages:
    252
    Location:
    Ashland Oregon
    Who's placing what bets on who? I'm pulling for Vino, but with the new course, Jan definitely has the advantage over the field.
     

    Please register to disable this ad.

  2. mattv2099

    mattv2099 Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2004
    Messages:
    192
    Location:
    Bellingham, WA
    Based on the past two tours the top contenders are obviously Jan Ulrich and Ivan BAsso. It will be fun to watch.
     
  3. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

    Rep/Likes:
    25 / 317
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2001
    Messages:
    9,935
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon
    Basso, but it's too early to tell.
     
  4. splat

    splat Nam I am

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 60
    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2002
    Messages:
    14,666
    Location:
    Well Maybe Windows is Bearable ! Unix Rules !
    I think Vineokoruv ( sp? ) now that he has a team that will work for him. ( and Not Ulrich)
     
  5. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

    Rep/Likes:
    25 / 317
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2001
    Messages:
    9,935
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon
    Hahahah - that's why everyone just calls him Vino; nobody can remember how to spell his name!
     
  6. Westy

    Westy the teste

    Rep/Likes:
    437 / 2,767
    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2002
    Messages:
    35,991
    Location:
    Sleazattle
    Vino is a strong dude but kind of showed his weakness being the steeper mountain roads. I'd love to see him improve and fight for th win next year but right now my money is on Basso.
     
  7. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 16
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    5,454
    Location:
    High(ts) Htown
    Basso as long as he doesnt blow up in the Giro.
    If vino can get into form and be a GC he'll be top 5 as will Ullrich
    mancabo and RASMUSSEN should also place well if on form.

    i would of course like to the the americans go GC but i dont believe any of them can match basso. but look for lots of american's in the top 20.
     
  8. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 16
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    5,454
    Location:
    High(ts) Htown
    aslo if MOREAU can have a technically good race i see him in the top 5 also.
     
  9. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

    Rep/Likes:
    25 / 317
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2001
    Messages:
    9,935
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon
    No. I placed him in my top 5 a few years ago and he blew it so I'm against him :)
     
  10. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 16
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    5,454
    Location:
    High(ts) Htown

    i know i know but for some reason i like him even though he's french. i've watched 2003 and 2004 and he just makes a bad decision or gets stuck out one moment and that's it he's lost too much time to make up.
     
  11. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 0
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    17,472
    Location:
    SF
    I used to think that Iban Mayo would do something every year. But for one reason or another, he would blow it. I think there are no surprises in the Tour, unless someone gets knocked out because something freakish, like an accident.
     
  12. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

    Rep/Likes:
    25 / 317
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2001
    Messages:
    9,935
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon
    Maybe I'll throw Horner out there for a top 5, who knows!
     
  13. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 0
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    17,472
    Location:
    SF
    I think Levi will be the top placed American.
     
  14. Muuqi

    Muuqi Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2005
    Messages:
    252
    Location:
    Ashland Oregon
    I think Alejandro Valverde is definitely gonna be in the top 10. Can you say next Miguel????
     
  15. Muuqi

    Muuqi Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2005
    Messages:
    252
    Location:
    Ashland Oregon
    True. I think Hincapie is gonna be a force to reckon with as well, since he'll be the new team leader in Lance's absence.
     
  16. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 16
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    5,454
    Location:
    High(ts) Htown
    I wondered how long it would take you to throw out the HTB.

    disco will be strong and i'd like to see them take it but i do like basso.

    mayo is spanish moreau.
     
  17. Heidi

    Heidi Der hund ist laut und braun

    Rep/Likes:
    25 / 317
    Joined:
    Aug 22, 2001
    Messages:
    9,935
    Location:
    Bend, Oregon
    Maybe if he has a preop to remove his collarbones.:rolleyes:
     
  18. The Toninator

    The Toninator Muffin

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 16
    Joined:
    Jul 6, 2001
    Messages:
    5,454
    Location:
    High(ts) Htown
    if beloki wouldnt have fuxored his body my money would be on him.

    i was happy that he finished last year.
     
  19. Reactor

    Reactor Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    6 / 1
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2005
    Messages:
    3,978
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ, USA
    Jan Ullrich will be second.:rolleyes:
    there are several with legitimate shots Basso, Vino, Rassmussen, Landis. It's hard to say..Vino seems too bloody minded..he wants to race every stage like it's a one day race. Rass is pretty green.
     
  20. James

    James Carbon Porn Star

    Rep/Likes:
    4 / 0
    Joined:
    Sep 11, 2001
    Messages:
    3,559
    Location:
    Danbury, CT
    Jan is doing the Giro this year too, but mostly for the training. Basso will be out to win it though.
    I'd love to see Vino be a threat, but part of my heart just loves Beloki. He was like our little adopted guy at my last company, so I still root for him, even though his "climbing at the front days" are probably over.
    Call me crazy, but I would like to see Ulle take at least one more, to show everyone that he really was the next best guy, hopefully he can find and keep the focus next year. It'll be a good one for sure!
    Though this year I'm obligated to root for Credit Agricole...
     
  21. sanjuro

    sanjuro Tube Smuggler

    Rep/Likes:
    7 / 0
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2004
    Messages:
    17,472
    Location:
    SF
    Ullrich has been training like a dog, and he is only 32 years old. I think he will be ready this year to take another TdF crown.
     
  22. Reactor

    Reactor Turbo Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    6 / 1
    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2005
    Messages:
    3,978
    Location:
    Chandler, AZ, USA
    All kidding aside, I'd like to see Jan win the 2006 TDF, he has a year or two left, and there are still only a handful of riders capable of beating him. I'd also like to see a miracle comeback by Beloki, but I don't think it's likely.
     
  23. blue

    blue boob hater

    Rep/Likes:
    2 / 0
    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2004
    Messages:
    10,166
    Location:
    california
    Basso or another CSC skank...they have a number of contenders, Julich, Voigt, hell, if Zabriskie could bust out the climbing skills...
     
  24. Muuqi

    Muuqi Monkey

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / 0
    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2005
    Messages:
    252
    Location:
    Ashland Oregon
    I'd like to see Basso win, but he's gotta keep up on the flats on the way out to the Alps, and not lose time to Ulrich in the TTs. Who knows. . .maybe Jan's still got one more in him. . .
     
  25. luelling

    luelling Guest

    Rep/Likes:
    0 / N/A
    I think Ulrich for a win (and the ultimate come back from a long strech of not winning) but I'm more interested in Rasmussen. I hope he holds it together and can be a contender. He hands down had the worst time trial performance last year. I was a bit bummed he didn't move to a team that would back a possible GC conteder being as his team is more for stage wins and special jerseys. I really want to see a former mountain biker make the podium.