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What's your top five for Paris Roubiax(14 posts)

What's your top five for Paris Roubiaxallervite
Apr 12, 2002 9:53 AM
I Pick:

Van Petegem
re: What's your top five for Paris Roubiaxjschrotz
Apr 12, 2002 10:25 AM
Andrea Tafi
Fred Rodriguez
Johan Musseuw
George Hincapie
Stephan Wesseman
re: What's your top five for Paris RoubiaxWayne
Apr 12, 2002 11:20 AM
Heavy Favorites:
Van Petegem
Lesser Favorites:

Team strength has got to go to Mapei with Tafi, Nardello, and Zanini all riding strong recently and Robert Hunter has been near the front of all the recent Belgium races without a great result.
Lotto would have been the strong team but without Eeckhout and Tchmil they're going to have to rely on D'Hollander, van Dijk or De Clerq to step up and help Van Petegem.
This is Domo's race but without Vainsteins, they're going to have to hope Knaven pulls another brilliant ride out of nowhere or Rodriquez does something special to be there at the end to help Museeuw.

My dark horse pick would be Sven Nijs.
Nijs? Wow!allervite
Apr 12, 2002 12:09 PM
My Dark Horse is Andrej Hauptman.

You are really a fan. I think Hunter has the Hincapie syndrome. He is a shoe in for the lesser races, but seems intimidated and hesitant when playing with the big boys.

I think it would be really cool if Plaenkart placed also.
Here's my picks...RockyMountainRacer
Apr 12, 2002 12:25 PM
Van Petegem

Anyone know why Wilfried Peeters is not riding the race this year for Domo? I'm pretty sure he's still on the team...that guy was a total beast last year!
He retired (nm)Wayne
Apr 12, 2002 12:53 PM
Peeters retired last year....mixinbeatz
Apr 12, 2002 12:56 PM
He is still with Domo as a director though.
Go George Hincape,The General
Apr 12, 2002 1:20 PM
If he can step up to the plate and everything goes his way he will do it.

Van Petegem

It is going to be a fun one to watch,

The General
P-R ResultsWayne
Apr 15, 2002 6:35 AM
Anybody know what happened to Van Petegem? He wasn't shown or mentioned all day on the OLN coverage, very odd, since he had to be the co-favorite with Museuuw.
Mapei was a no show and Domo showed once again what motivation can do for a team on any given day.
What about Boonen? Riding in the lead group all day, and still looking stronger than Hincapie even before Hincapie took the header into the ditch.
Van Petegemallervite
Apr 15, 2002 9:52 AM
He missed the Musseuw break and chased for a while, but after making no headway he sat up.

Boonen is a big surprise. I'll bet he is not a Postie after his contract is up.

Landis and Cruz kicked some serious butt too limiting the initial break. I have to wonder if Postal would have let that break go if Musseuw would have been able to bridge. With the guys in that initial group, I have to think Boonen would have won.
I guess...Wayne
Apr 15, 2002 10:59 AM
Phil (and Paul to a lesser extent) were fixated on Hincapie, him being an English speaker and all, to worry about where Van Petegem was. It always amazes me their fixation on anybody who's remotely English, like Sciandri or Hunter, and how they go out of their way to make note of them. What coverage did you watch?
Apr 15, 2002 11:58 AM
I followed the race live on the internet. No pics, just play by play. My guess is that Paul and Phil have their hands tied on the covering English Speaking riders thing. Their producers prabably insist on it with the idea that an English speaking audience will be most interested in English speaking riders. Producers, like Editors, always believe they know best even when they know nothing about the subject matter. This is my experience with OLN producers anyway.

Van Petegem has never done to well at PB though. How do you think Musseuw will fare at Liege? I think he got 90th last year.
I'd be surprised...Wayne
Apr 16, 2002 5:40 AM
if he rides it to try to do anything other than show the world cup jersey. He could certainly do something at Amstel judging from the groups near the front over the last couple of years. I don't think he could win it, but with a committed team they could probably drag him across the flats and up the hills to keep him close enough to the front to get points. I wonder if he'll remain committed and try to win the world cup?
He says his next goal is the World's (nm)allervite
Apr 17, 2002 12:01 PM