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"Racing near his home turf, a guy like Theo Bos (Netherlands) could come through as a surprise. The distance should weed out a lot of riders, even though it's a very straightforward course, but as a teammate of Theo's last year I can say he's among the fastest in the world. I think anyone who criticizes the course is just being dumb. Every year there's a new course suitable to new and different styles of riders. Sure, it's a flat course. I reckon a climber won't win, but it still will unfold as a very exciting race. A breakaway sticking? The only way that'll work is if the breakaway goes with 2km to go and that breakaway is named Fabian Cancellara (Switzerland). Mark Cavendish all the way. We've heard from a number of the pros, who expect it to be a big bunch finish. True, Cav won't have the full HTC train barreling down the final straight, but as he showed at the Tour this year, he can freelance a chaotic sprint, too. Gilbert is clearly on fire, but he will be heavily marked and, let's face it, he ain't getting around Cav in a sprint.
World Championship Road Race Predictions
"My first prediction is Peter Sagan (Slovakia). It's tough not to argue for his strength all throughout the year, especially now hitting prime form through the Vuelta and into the fall. If not this year, trust me, he will win more than one world championship in his career. He's as real as the real deal gets.
In the lead up to the race, we asked some riders, coaches, and journalists for their predictions. Specifically, we wanted to know their picks, whether the race would come down Mens Nike Cortez Nylon
(Farrar, USA). He's proven to be among the best in flat out speed. Similarly the name Mark Cavendish (Great Britain) inevitably comes up when it comes to a world champion sprint. I'll be curious Nike Cortez White Black University Red
to see what happens when he doesn't have his typical lead out team of HTC Highroad. They work together like clockwork, so a Cortez Nylon Prm Qs different team could prove to be an obstacle.
The world championship road race holds special meaning for pro cyclists and cycling fans alike. One of the biggest one day races of the year there with the Tour of Flanders, Paris Roubaix, and Li produced exciting racing and dramatic victories over the years, and many riders plan a good part of their season around the event. The victor gets to don the rainbow jersey most coveted garment in all of cycling wear it not just the rest of that day but for the entire next season. And he gets to say he's the champion of the world, and that's not so bad. For many pros, too, worlds also means the end of the road season.
"Plus, Cav should be riding a special weapon that day. Watch for it."
Frankie Andreu, former pro cyclist, current directeur sportif of team Kenda p/b Geargrinder, and Bicycling contributor
"Worlds are always a gamble. One race, one day, and you pray for good legs. I think it's fair to change the course to make it selective for different types of riders. This year it's flat, and it's time for the sprinters to have their chance. Two years ago in Italy, it was a very hard course and the race completely broke up. I don't see that happening in 2011.
to a field sprint, and their take on the relatively flat course. Here's what they said:
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