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Flanders - Let's really stir things up

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We all have our favorites for victory come Sunday, but when you look at the teams that are coming loaded for bear it has all the makings of an instant classic.

Consider.....

QS
BOONEN
BETTINI
CRETSKENS
VAN PETEGEM    
VAN IMPE   
STEEGMANS
ROSSELER    
HULSMANS

Not a punter in the bunch

Lotto
Hoste
Sentjens
Roesems

Not loaded but will be shadowing QS closely

CSC
O'Grady
Kroon
Tony
Michaelsen

A little more loaded than Lotto, with two real threats and the track record of performing well in big races

T Mob
Kirchen
Klier
Hammond
Eisel
Knaven
Burghardt

Almost as loaded as QS (on paper). How will they actually perform though?

Lampre
Ballan
Baldato
Bennati

Each a threat on their own. But will two ride for one if it comes down to it?

Liquigas
Pozzato
Paolini
Quinziato
Petito

You'd think Pippo automatically but Paolini's performance today says he's saving some bullets for Sunday

Milram
Ete
Grabsch
Lancaster

In the mold of Lotto but can definitely shadow QS and hope to make the winning break

Rabobank
Freire
Flecha
Boogieman
Posthuma
Van Bon

These guys are my dark horses. They are all individually riding well and have experience

Discovery
Devolder
Gusev
Vaitkus
White
Padernos

They will ride for whomever the DS tells them to (Devolder) and ride hard. Their handicap is Demol (if he's there DS for the day).

I think it's safe to say the winner will come from this group :-)  But what a group it is. I can only hope the last 50K plays out like the last 50K of LBL last year. That would be fanastic.