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World ChampionshipsBAi9302010
Sep 19, 2003 6:51 PM
Anyone wan't to make a guess at this stage as to whom they think might win?? After his performance in SF I'm going have to go with Chris Horner. It would be sweet just to see a domestic pro handing it to the Europeans too (the way he did in SF).
Bettini will school Horner painfully. nmSpunout
Sep 22, 2003 4:09 AM
Real long shot...Dwayne Barry
Sep 22, 2003 6:25 AM
for Horner. San Fransisco had a handful of top Europeans, none of whom have shown any form lately. Furthermore, word is that everyone on the US team has to ride for Hincapie.

Some real strongmen are showing they are on form, mostly Italians including Casagrande, Rebellin and Bartoli (will he even be picked?).

As for non-Italians, some good realistic long shots might be Camenzind and Bruylandts. I think Hincapie needs just the right course, and everybody needs Bettini not to be there in the finale. Too easy and a sprinter will be there, too hard and Hincapie won't be there.
re: World Championshipsmohair_chair
Sep 22, 2003 7:21 AM
There's no way Horner gets leadership of the US team, primarily because he has done very few races in the neighborhood of 200K, and the Worlds are 260K!!! Plus, I read there's almost 15,000 feet of climbing on the course. It's much more likely that Horner will watch the end of the race from his hotel room than his bike.

Hincapie, on the other hand, has been doing 200K races all summer and climbing extremely well, while maintaining his sprint speed. If you want to win, there's no other choice for team leader.

It doesn't matter anyway. Bettini is the man.
re: World ChampionshipsOld_school_nik
Sep 22, 2003 8:39 AM
I hate going with the crowd but Bettini is the man to put you greenbacks on... from what i have read about the course it suits him very well too - not a climbers course but a lot of climbing!
(I am rooting for Hincapie though)

Cipo REPEATS, I guarantee it!Spoiler
Sep 22, 2003 4:25 PM
Sep 23, 2003 5:08 PM
is training specifically for it. course has similar climbs to SF GP which he showed he can ride well. Bettini is the favorite, this is his style of race, he can match any break and outsprint any non-sprinter. I'm pullin' for Hincapie, would be a nice end to a tough season.