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New GC podium contenders for TDF-04?(7 posts)

New GC podium contenders for TDF-04?MaRider
Aug 6, 2003 9:03 AM
The topic below got me thinking, who are the top podium contenders for 2004?
I don't think anyone would have picked Vino last year.

Two young riders who impressed me this year are Menchov and Popovych. Especially Popo.
On the other hand, whatever happened to former white jersey winners Oscar Sevilla, or even Iban Basso? Basso is riding Ok, but not having a breakthrough year everyone expected.

What about Tom Boonen, Savoldeli, anyone else I forgot?
Cadel Evans (nm)TJeanloz
Aug 6, 2003 10:01 AM
Cadel Evans, Haimaratpjunkie
Aug 6, 2003 6:13 PM
has shown promise as a rookie but has to quit crashing. he has Hamilton's disease. I think Haimar Zubledia has huge promise. was there every mtn stage and is a great TTer. This guy has the package and if Mayo rides as support could be dangerous. EE lacks big motors for the flats and TTT and this will hurt him in overall GC. Oscar needs to stay healthy but like Heras needs to get the TT skills of a champ. Boonen, tour doubtful, he's a flahute akin to Johann. look for him in the classics. The real question is what will happen to all the Spaniards now that ONCE and iBanesto are going belly up? (which is the rumor). will USPS poach more talent? will Telekom, CSC and Bianchi grab riders to build up teams to compete?
re: Cadel Evans (nm)cyclopathic
Aug 7, 2003 11:33 AM
I doubt Evans will win any major GT. Unlike Lance who warms up to stiff competition he has tendency to crack under pressure. He only wins when he is clearly above, and I don't see that happening.
re: Cadel Evansdivve
Aug 7, 2003 1:44 PM
That's what Sauser used to say about him in the MTB days.
Cadel Evans (nm)Spoiler
Aug 7, 2003 3:06 PM
Has he ever ridden in the Tour?
nope (he only ridden once in Giro) nmcyclopathic
Aug 7, 2003 3:17 PM