2011 WORLD CYCLING CHAMPS PREDICTIONS

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Who will win the right to wear rainbow bands over absolutely bloody everything next year? I’m putting my non-existent reputation on the line and making the following predictions.

Who will win the right to wear rainbow bands over absolutely bloody everything next year? I’m putting my non-existent reputation on the line and making the following predictions.

I embarrassingly admit that I have a hard enough time keeping up with Men’s cycling, so my knowledge of women’s is shocking in comparison. For that I apologise. All I know is Emma Pooley will NOT win on such a flat course. Helpful eh?! (Tut).

In the men’s road race I can’t see past Sir Mark of Cavendish or Sagan The Impaler. It’s a VERY flat course, never rising above 60 metres!!

Ordinarily you’d have to say Gilbert, who’s had such an incredible, beautiful year and throughly deserves the rainbow bands. But unless it gets tactical and they play silly buggers in the last kilometres and he gets a jump, forget it.

Then there’s the long list of maybes like Goss, Oss, Bennati, Griepel, Kittel, etc. They say never to discount Oscar Freire. But you know what, I’m discounting Oscar Freire. He’s too old. (Famous last words).

Oscar Freire has been World Champion 38 times, and each time it was a genuine surprise to everyone.

Oscar Freire has been World Champion 38 times, and each time it was a genuine surprise to everyone.

With a (near) full GB compliment of 8 riders (minus one due to only 8 riders picking up their qualifying points) Little Lord Cavendish must surely go in as obvious favourite. BUT, this is the Worlds…It’s long, attritional and they work in countries not teams, so the HTC leadout train isn’t on call. You can never be sure. If it comes down to a select group of strong men, Sagan is the strongest. A bull of a rider. And barely out of nappies. He has outrageous skillz on the bike to, as this vid (click image) demonstrates.

Peter really needs to cut down on the Red Bull *CLICK TO VIEW*

Peter really needs to cut down on the Red Bull *CLICK TO VIEW*

If it isn’t a bunch sprint I’ll eat my cleats. GB, Australia and Germany will be pulling. Spain will be quietly crying into their profile maps. And Italy have Bennati as leader. Bennati vs Cav? Purrrlease. He is a lovely looking lad though, and that’ll give him a 0.5 Watts per Kilo advantage.

But I’m saying Geraint Thomas to lead out Cav for the Big One. You heard it here a millions times everywhere else.

In the Men’s TT I see Tony Martin, with his tiny head and huge legs winning. He seems to have overtaken Spartacus this year, and Canc has lacked edge for a while. Wiggins is full of form, but always seems to be just behind either Fab or Tony. Podium for him. And I’ll go for a semi-surprise for the other podium. There are so many to choose from I’ll say Richie Porte (assuming he’s riding. That’s the problem with early predictions!) edging Spartacus. I would rather love David Millar to win though: Infamous Vulpine David Millar Blog

Tony Martin in Disturbing Facial Expression Of The Month

Tony Martin in Disturbing Facial Expression Of The Month

Just watch as absolutely nothing I predict happens and I’m burnt at the stake by a disgusted and vengeful crowd of roadies (I may be over-estimating my place in the world).

See you in Copenhagen! (Metaphorically speaking).

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