Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

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Who will win the 2013 Tour de France

Poll ended at Sat Jun 29, 2013 9:47 pm

Alberto Contador
7
14%
Alejandro Valverde
0
No votes
Andy Schleck
1
2%
Cadel Evans
13
27%
Chris Froome
22
45%
Joaquim Rodriguez
1
2%
Jurgen Van Den Broeck
1
2%
Nairo Quintana
0
No votes
Pierre Rolland
1
2%
Richie Porte
2
4%
Rigoberto Uran
0
No votes
Robert Gesink
0
No votes
Ryder Hesjedal
0
No votes
Tejay Van Garderen
0
No votes
Thibaut Pinot
0
No votes
Other
1
2%
 
Total votes : 49

Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby find_bruce » Tue Jun 04, 2013 9:47 pm

Now I know Toolonglegs has already created a thread on the 2013 TdF & no doubt there will be some form of fantasy challenge, but here is your chance at the glory of picking the winner of the maillot jaune*. I thought about adding a separate poll about whether Abondonandy will finish the Tdf, but I am sure MichaelB will have that story covered :D

* In light of recent events, the glory will be given to the person or persons who correctly predicts who will wear the maillot jaune in Paris, regardless of whether it is subsequently ripped from their shoulders in disgrace
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby toolonglegs » Wed Jun 05, 2013 1:53 am

I'll vote at the end of the Critérium du Dauphiné, Froome has to be the favourite for me... but Contador could disrupt the Sky Team quite a bit with his attacks. Cadel ... we will see. Lot's of beautiful climbs this year and not too much TT'ing. If Froome rips a minute or more out of all the other climbers in tomorrow's TT then I will go with him.
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby jamesn184 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:09 am

with the way alberto TT'd last night id have to back Froomie... (sigh)
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby MarkG » Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:21 am

jamesn184 wrote:with the way alberto TT'd last night id have to back Froomie... (sigh)


After one stage of the dauphine...? :?:
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby toolonglegs » Thu Jun 06, 2013 5:09 am

He looked really bad today in the TT ... obviously wasn't much power to be found in the legs.
Alergies.....
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby MichaelB » Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:31 am

toolonglegs wrote:He looked really bad today in the TT ... obviously wasn't much power to be found in the legs.
Alergies.....


The french steak isn't as good as that spanish one prepared by the Astana chefs ....

Maybe that's why Nibbles did so well at the Giro - the Astana chefs !!! :lol:
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby Jean » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:56 am

Bit hard to go past Froome at the moment. He's a talented man in good form and has a very good grand tour team behind him. Contador seems to be missing his mojo (or something else if one feels cynical), but he might come good yet.

I'd love to say Cadel, but I'm not hopeful. Still he's a tough nut and you never know what can happen as long as his health stays good and the Giro hasn't smashed him. Beyond that - roll the dice.
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby Ozkaban » Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:17 am

Ca-del, Ca-del, Ca-del!

I can be hopeful, can't I?
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby JohnJoyner » Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:21 pm

Froome for me... Especially with the Sky train & Porte in ripping form as his 2IC.
Very interested to see how Rogers goes helping out Albeefo.
Can't see anyone else winning outside of the usual suspects... Maybe Van Garderen as a slight roughie, with Cadel's assistance. I don't think Cadel will be able to back up after the Giro.
Valverde looks in pretty good knick too.
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby Redbull » Thu Jun 06, 2013 2:58 pm

Went with the roughie

Pierre Rolland

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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby warthog1 » Thu Jun 06, 2013 10:02 pm

I've gone with Contador, just can't see Froome matching him on the climbs, though that tt was well out of character :shock:
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby warthog1 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:20 pm

Froome is indeed looking good :shock:
Wonder how much Contador has left to improve in the few weeks remaining. He has proven he can last a 3 week GT having won all 3
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby AndyTheMan » Fri Jun 07, 2013 1:56 pm

I have to say I am really looking forward to the Tour this year...

For weeks/months the lead up has been awesome ... only 4 weeks ago there seemed to be so many options - the whole Froome vs Wiggo affair at Sky has now been concluded with Wiggo pulling out, and the Evans vs TeJay VG was there until Evans proved he still had some class in the Giro..(althogh TJ is young, he appears to be on form at the moment too)

Now that a lot of the internal team stuff has settled down I feel its gonna be a battle of Evans vs Froome vs Contador......(with an outside chance the BMC will keep TeJay close to the GC leaders in case Evans has some issues at some point - illness, mechnical, or performance)

Looking at Froome's form its gotta be hard to go past him as the likely GC contender - his been in the TdF a few years now, he's got a few good wins under the belt, is on good form and has a good team behind him (a team that got Wiggo over the line last year...)

BUT, based on Giro performance, it could be that Evans is on the right path to peak during the Tour. And hopefully the TdF this year won't suit Team Sky as much as last year - it was boring as bat poo watching Sky pretty much dominate from start to finish last July.

Either way, it looks like it could be an interesting year ....

Realistically I reckon Froome is heading in the right direction - but I'm really hoping that Cadel peaks at the right time.
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby jamesn184 » Fri Jun 07, 2013 2:40 pm

The stage last night was a real good indicator on form.. froomie just flew past alberto
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby AndyTheMan » Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:50 pm

jamesn184 wrote:The stage last night was a real good indicator on form.. froomie just flew past alberto


Yeah, but I wonder whether Froome has gone too hard too early...

There are still a lot of cycling days to come before the big days of the Tour, and I wonder whether Froome can maintain the form .... He can't keep going flat out forever....

Meanwhile, Evans has got a good few weeks of rest/recovery/preparation post Giro.

It's going to all be about who peaks at the right time....
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby siennatrack » Fri Jun 28, 2013 1:01 am

Don't forget Movistar some great work in lead up races they seem to be forgotten so Quintana for me,i might be a bit left of centre but jumping on the Froome bandwagon doesn't seem right and it is 3 weeks long.
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby seddo » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:02 am

my brain says Froome but I like to throw in Rodriguez as my "dark horse"
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby find_bruce » Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:27 am

Nice to see some love for puerto, he has managed to slip through almost unnoticed
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby find_bruce » Thu Jul 25, 2013 12:33 pm

Nearly half the voters got it right. The optimistic Aussies (including me) were left disappointed & contador didn't have enough beef.

Riding against the wind was seddo whose pick managed to make the podium. No love at all for 2nd place Quintana - although that will probably change next year.
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Re: Poll: 2013 Tour de France "Winner"

Postby siennatrack » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:11 pm

find_bruce wrote:Nearly half the voters got it right. The optimistic Aussies (including me) were left disappointed & contador didn't have enough beef.

Riding against the wind was seddo whose pick managed to make the podium. No love at all for 2nd place Quintana - although that will probably change next year.


i'm sure you will find some love for Quintana from me there somewhere
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