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\O/ It's the Primavera favorites

It's the eve of Milano-Sanremo. Not much to add at this point, we all want to get on with the first Monument of the year. Just time left to rank the favorites. Agree , disagree? This is the time to make your predictions too. Get them out in the public, don't come tomorrow night and say "I knew XXXXX XXXXX was going to win all along".

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Peter Sagan - All said already. Just a matter if he can get it done.

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Phillipe Gilbert - MSR and Ardennes are his focus. Does he have the weapons to win here anymore?
Fabian Cancellara - Hard to escape the idea that inevitably he is going to win a second MSR somehow.

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Greg van Avermaet - Should be ranked higher than PhilGil were it not for team politics
John Degenkolb - Strangely hyped. Safest bet for 2-10th but a winner?
Arnaud Démare - Same category as Degenkolb
Diego Ulissi - Sharpest tooth in the Lampre trident I think but will the race develop to his taste?
Michael Matthews - Everyones favorite dark horse. Now also sole leader on Orica.
Mark Cavendish - Had this course been announced last year he'd be a 5. Now, not fit enough.
Alexander Kristoff - Finally a race/sprint where lack of support won't be his undoing.
Jurgen Roelandts - Right balance of race-smarts and sprint-ability

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Gerald Ciolek - We know he can get over the Poggio with the best. A repeat is just too unlikely, no?
Vincenzo Nibali - Basically a courtesy-pick. No idea what he can do to win.
Sonny Colbrelli - On-form Italian. Why not.
Bauke Mollema - Should a break stick, Mollema is
surprisingly fast on the line.
Sylvain Chavanel - Anonymous so far, I think this changes now.
Roman Kreuziger - Saxo's best bet. On form but needs a blistering attack. Longshot.
Filippo Pozzato - Probably underrated by most. A dangerous mistake perhaps.
Luca Paolini - Always around, craftier than 99% of the opposition
André Greipel - Needs a scenario with a big bunch-sprint..... without Cav (and Sagan probably)


Rinaldo Nocentini - Always there, never wins the big ones though.
Tom Jelte Slagter - On fire but not sure this is his race.
Lars Petter Nordhaug - Sneaky Norwegian. Wouldn't be surprised if he makes the winning move.
Sacha Modolo - Still struggles when the best are around. Or "struggled" ?
Yoann Offredo - My bet for a late surprise flyer.
Simone Ponzi - Included courtesy of recent form but seriously....
Edvald Boasson Hagen - Should be a 4-5 but has a hard time with these climbs for some reason.
Michal Kwiatkowski - Would have been a 4 if this was 3 weeks ago.