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RBR TdF 2015 Predictions: post by start time 2015

Hello, everyone. Since we are all so smart about road racing, let's show it off: post your predictions before start time for the 2015 Tour de France. Talk is cheap. Can you call it a month before the final stage? A year?

At the end of the 2015 TdF, I will review how well we did. Historically, we have been pretty lousy, with some moments of brilliance.

Once the 2015 schedule is announced, I will note the deadline for posting predictions. Bon chance!

EDIT: Start Time is 2pm Central European Summer Time, July 04, 2015. Time Trial in Utrecht, which is in same time zone as Paris.
Post predictions by 2pm CEST, which is:
8am eastern
7am central
6am mountain
5am pacific
4am alaska
3am hawaii

This is a time trial. Since they will embark from 2pm to 5pm, I guess I could tolerate a post an hour after this start time, for late risers.
 

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Yellow/Podium/GC: call first, or try first, second, or third
Green/points
Polka-Dot/climber
White/youth
Red/combatif
Team

Lantern Rouge
DNF
Brown/Douche
Honorable Mention
 

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Yellow: AC
second: ?
third: TJ

Green: Sagan.
White: Pinot - I think his final yr of eligibility for white.
Lantern Rouge: Cheng.
 

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Does Quintana still qualify for the white jersey?

Either way, very good chance he podiums. I think I heard in an interview that Valverde is either done with the Tour or he will be a super domestic use for Quintana.
 

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Yellow: Alberto Contador
Podium/GC: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Quintana
Green/points: Kristoff
Polka-Dot/climber: Valverde
White/youth: Quintana
Red/combatif: Kwiatkowski
Team: Movistar
Lantern Rouge: Vachon
DNF: Schleck
Brown/Douche: Sky Team
Honorable Mention: J-Rod
 
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Yellow: Alberto Contador
Podium/GC: 1. Contador 2. Froome 3. Quintana
Green/points: Kristoff
Polka-Dot/climber: Valverde
White/youth: Quintana
Red/combatif: Kwiatkowski
Team: Movistar
Lantern Rouge: Vachon
DNF: Schleck
Brown/Douche: Sky Team
Honorable Mention: J-Rod
Okay, the Schleck sister DNFed before the race even started! - replacing him with Farrar.
 

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TdF 2015 Start Time is 2pm Central European Summer Time, July 04, 2015. Time Trial in Utrecht, which is in same time zone as Paris.
Post predictions by 2pm CEST, which is:
8am eastern
7am central
6am mountain
5am pacific
4am alaska
3am hawaii

This is a time trial. Since they will embark from 2pm to 5pm, I guess I could tolerate a post an hour after this start time, for late risers.
 

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Stage One ITT Prediction:

1. Tony Martin
2. Luke Durbridge
3. Richie Porte

So it is written, so shall it be! :D
 

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Those were my thoughts as well....
Froome does have a lot less miles on his legs... That will be huge, but a short opening TT and harder climbs will keep from yellow. I will be rooting for AC to get the double. AC yellow... Followed by (a very close) Froome and Nibali. Sagan looks good for Green, he is riding well now, although I like Mathews a lot. Pinot gets Polka Dots. Quintana gets white and a top 5. (Teejay 4th) Red, I agree with Kwiatkowski and I'm a fan. I like Hesjdal here also.
 

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This is giving me a headache. Gaging riders fitness seems harder to me this year. I may just follow PBL450's lead pick who I'd like to win.
From a like standpoint, I like Bradley Wighins and I wish he was still on this landscape. I don't like Froome. (At all) but Froome is all about this race, this year, the miles on the legs, everything... I will actively root against him. And that's rare for me. But I think he will win. Week one... We will know a lot. I can't wait! Teejay is going to have a great showing! Like everyone else, he needs to stay healthy, but mark my words, if he does, he has a great shot at the podium. Just gut and wishful thinking as a fan! This is awesome!!!
 
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