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Maximum Pace
Jan 14, 2007

Cancellara made the TT look easy....

The road race should be good...


Watch the Japanese hold on and perform above expectations...they'll impress...
Wow, looking over the provisional start list there are some big names racing. I do like Thor Hushvod, very strong sprinter but as of late has not been performing as well as he has in the past. I don't see much coming out of the American side unless Hincapie pulls an upset, which is possible.

Russia appears to have a strong team. Yet, I think in the end it will be a battle between Belgium and Italy...one of their big name riders will pull out the win.

It is good to see Cancellara take the title again. After seeing his prologue ride at the Tour De France it didn't surprise me at all. I wish Leipheimer would have shown up for the USA, because he pulled an amazing time trial at the Tour of Missouri.

1 Paolo Bettini (Italy)
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Russian Federation)
3 Stefan Schumacher (Germany)
4 Frank Schleck (Luxembourg)
5 Cadel Evans (Australia)

These 5 were in the final breakaway.... excellent finish... Evans tried to break with 500 to go but he just doesn't have that power for sprinting....

Exciting race... no sign of the Japanese guys yet... hope they finish mid field...
Great Finale.

Pleased for Bettini, but a little dissapointed in some of the other guys performance. Won't name names!
For those that are interested heres the full results:

1 Paolo Bettini (Italy) 6.44.43 (39.642 km/h)
2 Alexandr Kolobnev (Russian Federation)
3 Stefan Schumacher (Germany)
4 Frank Schleck (Luxembourg)
5 Cadel Evans (Australia)
6 Davide Rebellin (Italy) 0.06
7 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spain) 0.08
8 Philippe Gilbert (Belgium)
9 Fabian Wegmann (Germany)
10 Martin Elmiger (Switzerland)
11 Thomas Dekker (Netherlands)
12 Michael Boogerd (Netherlands) 0.14
13 Björn Leukemans (Belgium) 0.15
14 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spain) 0.49
15 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Belarus)
16 Alexandre Usov (Belarus)
17 Beat Zberg (Switzerland)
18 Erik Zabel (Germany)
19 Thor Hushovd (Norway)
20 Radoslav Rogina (Croatia)
21 Murilo Antonio Fischer (Brazil)
22 Matej Mugerli (Slovenia)
23 George Hincapie (United States Of America)
24 Marcus Ljungqvist (Sweden)
25 Chris Sörensen (Denmark)
26 Jurgen Van Goolen (Belgium)
27 Leonardo Duque (Colombia)
28 Rene Mandri (Estonia)
29 Gustav Larsson (Sweden)
30 Pierrick Fedrigo (France)
31 Thomas Lövkvist (Sweden)
32 Alexander Efimkin (Russian Federation)
33 Tomasz Marczynski (Poland)
34 Jan Valach (Slovakia)
35 Sebastian Langeveld (Netherlands)
36 Christian Vandevelde (United States Of America)
37 Nuno Ribeiro (Portugal)
38 Christian Pfannberger (Austria)
39 Unai Etxebarria Arana (Venezuela)
40 David George (South Africa)
41 Ludovic Turpin (France)
42 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Norway)
43 Vladimir Efimkin (Russian Federation)
44 Sergey Lagutin (Uzbekistan)
45 Mario Aerts (Belgium)
46 Vladimir Karpets (Russian Federation)
47 Denis Menchov (Russian Federation)
48 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Poland)
49 Manuel Beltran Martinez (Spain)
50 Damiano Cunego (Italy) 0.57
51 Filippo Pozzato (Italy)
52 Alessandro Ballan (Italy)
53 Allan Davis (Australia) 1.05
54 David Millar (Great Britain)
55 Matthew Lloyd (Australia) 1.10
56 Karsten Kroon (Netherlands) 1.24
57 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spain) 2.47
58 Matija Kvasina (Croatia) 3.10
59 Kristjan Fajt (Slovenia) 3.38
60 Gorazd Stangelj (Slovenia) 3.41
61 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Belarus) 5.17
62 Alessandro Bertolini (Italy) 6.01
63 Greg Van Avermaet (Belgium) 6.34
64 Maxime Monfort (Belgium) 6.52
65 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spain) 7.52
66 Simon Gerrans (Australia) 8.09
67 Sylvain Chavanel (France)
68 Thomas Voeckler (France) 15.51
69 Erki Pütsep (Estonia)
70 Laszlo Bodrogi (Hungary) 17.10
71 Vladimir Tuychiev (Uzbekistan) 21.57
72 Hossein Askari (Islamic Republic Of Iran)

All other riders DNF, includes the Japanese team, most of the Brits and a few other BIG names too.

A lot of DNFs doesn't surprise me. 14 laps X 19 odd kms with those 3 climbs in it is a very grueling course....
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