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PostPosted: Sat Mar 04, 2017 8:56 pm    Post subject: Paris-Nice 2017  Reply with quote

Paris-Nice starts tomorrow, 5th March.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good hard stage this.  I think they'll be back together though for the sprint...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And not only a good day's racing, but the dream commentary team of Hatch and Kelly  Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good watching. They did come bring back the time slightly towards the end but good days racing
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was out for lunch again.
Well, that wasn't the average, flat sprint stage.
When the wind blows, Paris-Nice always delivers.

Bardet disqualified for a lot of moto assist to rejoin his group.
Or maybe he was dqf'd for dropping Bertie on a 600 metre drag.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I missed some of the race, but it seems Romain Bardet has been kicked off the race for following cars on his way back after a fall.  He certainly did that, I saw him.  I also saw two others following him back through the cars.  Maybe they got busted too, it was only a small item on the bottom of the TV screen.  I didn't know they were cracking down on this, I thought it was cycle paths and trottoirs they were opposed to.  But they have set a dangerous precedent, as TV shots will always show riders going back through the cars.  I do hope they tell them how t make sure they don't "follow" the cars and which side they should be on when the wind blows.  I thought it was OK, if strictly illegal.  Should make the rules is "rules is rules people" amongst you happy.  Not me though, I picked him for my PN team!

In case you wondered, L'Equipe ranks the riders as follows.
five stars  Porte, Contador
four  Bardet, Henao, Zakarin
three Alphilippe, Gallopin
two Ulissi, D. Martin, Kruiswijk, J. Izaguirre
one T. Martin, Barguil, Fuglesang, S. Yates, Latour

Already this appears to be in interesting race. I think we will love it.

EDIT  Turns out he was caught actually hanging on to his team car, which is definitely naughty.  So it is still semi-legal to ride back through the cars, taking a wee tow now and again....... that's good.  I always feel sorry for any  GC rider who has a fall close to the line.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The curse of my fps strike again Sad
I was surprised that he did regain the second chasing back with no team mates to help. Maybe that explains how he did so.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The curse of my fps strike again Sad
I was surprised that he did regain the second chasing back with no team mates to help. Maybe that explains how he did so.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alaphillipe looking pretty strong.  I guess "we" are all waiting to see if he of the quality of Sagan, or in the next rung.  

I thought, and many people thought it would be a mass sprint, but the roads were littered with sprinters who could not keep up.  Bravo to Demare, he too seems to be on a quite high level, but still not quite on the topmost level.  Maybe Demare, with his shining white teeth and smile, IS the real deal.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know what you mean.
Strictly speaking nobody is on the same rung as Sagan.
But, to me, with a slightly different set of strenghts, Alaphilippe has already proved himself good enough to win this kind of week long race, especially if you give him a decent head start.
He's also the most likely to go and mop-up more bonus seconds if he feels he needs them.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Demare was very strong today, getting back to alaphillippe and working through. Impressive performance.

The pace of the day as a whole did it for the other sprinters.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another day of carnage on the Race to the Sun, more rain, snow and wind and echelons from very early on, Contador's group a minute plus back, Richie Porte over 5 minutes back....... fantastic!

Early season North European racing.... Just Brilliant!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

One especially for FF...

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News is that Nacer Bouhanni has climbed off. He's the third today after Bonifazio and Bouet.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Another day of carnage on the Race to the Sun, more rain, snow and wind and echelons from very early on, Contador's group a minute plus back, Richie Porte over 5 minutes back....... fantastic!

Early season North European racing.... Just Brilliant!


Well, it would have been, if we had been able to see it.
As it was, we had to make do with Phil Gil trying to hold the bunch off into a headwind.
Awful coverage. France tv must be broke.
Sonny Cobrelli taking the top sprinting honour in this field was impressive.
"Bruiser" Bouhanni iis a flake.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 7:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Colbrelli in my Velogames team  Wink

I also had Bouhanni  Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 9:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gerry12ie wrote:
I have Colbrelli in my Velogames team  Wink

I also had Bouhanni  Laughing


Mine?
Bardet, Bouhanni and Bonifazio. Embarassed
Porte too.
So, I've already lost all interest.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

not been a good race for riders with B's at start of their surnames

as well as bardet, bouhanni and bonifazio, also retired are buchman, bono and bouet. 6 of the 9 retirees so far begin with b.

there is a 10 second clip of bardet's tow on http://www.stickybottle.com/lates...disqualified-from-paris-nice-for/


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Well, it would have been, if we had been able to see it.
As it was, we had to make do with Phil Gil trying to hold the bunch off into a headwind.
Awful coverage. France tv must be broke.
Sonny Cobrelli taking the top sprinting honour in this field was impressive.
"Bruiser" Bouhanni iis a flake.


yes, the highlights for eurosport showed the last 25 or so km but that wasn't where the action was.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Croikey mate, Dickie Doors dropped nearly 15 minutes yesterday.

How to get destroyed by echelons 101, watched some of the early stuff online last night - CARNAGE!! That big group did amazingly well to pull it back
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2017 9:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Slapshot 3 wrote:
Croikey mate, Dickie Doors dropped nearly 15 minutes yesterday.

How to get destroyed by echelons 101, watched some of the early stuff online last night - CARNAGE!! That big group did amazingly well to pull it back


Porte's group had it well managed at about 5mins for most of the stage, then lost a further 10mins in the short final circuit. Weird.

Alaphilippe pulls out a worldy TT display.. 1min advantage on most of the "real" climbers, gonna be interesting for the weekend Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So they both had time trials on Wednesday, now on the same day, they not have mountain top finish.

If I was a teacher, I'd say someone was copying someone else's work


Oh well, can't complain.

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