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Paris-Nice: 8th - 15th March 2015

Kathy has an FP thread here

http://justcycling.myfastforum.org/sutra224029.php#224029

and Huw is looking for some Velogames players - closing time for entries is Sunday 13:30 CET

http://www.velogames.com/paris-nice/2015/

Tomorrow's opener - not as straightforward as TA's there and back along the promenade



HuwB

Live here: Sporza

http://www.bvls2013.com/ss.php

and here: France 3

http://www.france3.fr/direct

Dennis takes a huge 20 second lead in the PL
Biosphere

Gone out yet again. Was surprised that I had to resort to France 3 to record from. Especially since Eurosport 2 have been running non stop adverts that they're covering it!
HuwB

Won't post the results since it's not on in the UK until later.
Maybe a little surprising, but then again it was a PL.
HuwB

Boonan's classic season just hit the dirt.
Broken CB in a nothing little crash at the back of the bunch.
Fontfroide

HuwB wrote:
Boonan's classic season just hit the dirt.
Broken CB in a nothing little crash at the back of the bunch.


Not that it is a big deal, but it does remind one that at any moment, for no good reason at all, a little bit of inattention, a bit of not quite in the right cubic metre of the world, bingo.
mazda

What was up with Degenkolb at the end ?
He almost put his brakes on.
HuwB

mazda wrote:
What was up with Degenkolb at the end ?
He almost put his brakes on.


I reckon his last lead out man dropped him off way too soon.
Nolte

Fontfroide wrote:
HuwB wrote:
Boonan's classic season just hit the dirt.
Broken CB in a nothing little crash at the back of the bunch.


Not that it is a big deal, but it does remind one that at any moment, for no good reason at all, a little bit of inattention, a bit of not quite in the right cubic metre of the world, bingo.


and a non-displaced elbow fracture, that's disappointing

the guys who seemed to have breaks on their bikes yesterday were the ones battling for the win today. nice try by some riders to get away towards the end though
Nolte

three km to the start proper of the climb, de gendt and anker sorenson about to be swallowed
HuwB

What makes the Sky 1-2 really funny is that the Clinic is currently shut for maintenance. Laughing

Have to say that Prudhomme going back to the early noughties format hasn't helped the race.
They where dull editions then and things don't look set to change.
gerry12ie

When Roman ditches Jose (again) for being a bit too boring I'm sure he could move pretty seamlessly to the Sky gig if they wanted a marquee DS...

The CN forum is still down Wink
HuwB

Great finish, purely thanks to Thomas de Gendt.
In reality, yet another (the 4th) sprinter stage.
Prudhomme bemoaning the lack of wind in Northern France, but if you place all your eggs into that basket.........
mazda

HuwB wrote:
Great finish, purely thanks to Thomas de Gendt.
In reality, yet another (the 4th) sprinter stage.
Prudhomme bemoaning the lack of wind in Northern France, but if you place all your eggs into that basket.........

What does the weather in Northern France have to do with things ?  Confused
Today always looked like a sprinters day, or a day for hard sprinters.
Tomorrow and Sunday certainly don't  Cool
Nolte

HuwB wrote:
Great finish, purely thanks to Thomas de Gendt.
In reality, yet another (the 4th) sprinter stage.
Prudhomme bemoaning the lack of wind in Northern France, but if you place all your eggs into that basket.........


at 17km to go, when i turned it over, it looked clear that the break would be swallowed up, de gendt did a good job and made it interesting with some digs to keep it going
HuwB

Quote:
Massive group of 25 riders away over 2 minutes. Many good riders. De Gendt again. Tim Wellens best placed in GC.


Quote:
WELLENS T.   EDET N.   SLAGTER T.   QUINTANA ROJAS D.   JUNGELS B.   KRUIJSWIJK S.   BAKELANTS J.   YATES S.   SICARD R.   CHERNETSKI S.   TAARAMÄE R.   BENNETT G.   BOOM L.   ERVITI OLLO I.   DE GENDT T.   IZAGUIRRE INSAUSTI J.   CLARKE S.   HAUSSLER H.   VAN BAARLE D.   BARGUIL W.   DENNIS R.   BAUER J.   ANDERSEN M.   BRESCHEL M.   PAULINHO S.
Nolte

the galloping galloper tony gallopin has 25 seconds over top of climb.

Come on galloper
Nolte

the galloper stays away with a nice gap at the end, but is it enough for the gc at 36 seconds?

Looking at cqranking, he lost 1'56 to porte 2 years ago on col d'eze.
Fontfroide

Had to switch to the rugby instantly, but Gallopin is now got to be in the next level, the top level.  Very impressive how he gained time on the descent.  Surely he can't whup all the others on the ITT up the Col d'Eze.
HuwB

I had to watch the rugby, then finished watching Sky's successful stage race.
This was their usual disaster on wet descents.
To a man, they seem guaranteed to fall off.
In this department, I reckon G is batting 100%

"Unbelievable" ride by Gallopin. At least that's what Sean Kelly said at least 20 times. The conditions and parcour suited a solo effort perfectly.
Spilak: What a tool. Did sod all and celebrated finishing 2nd, but threw any GC chances.

Once again, remarkably dumb tactics from Etix. Isolate your own rider, 30kms and 1 climb short.
They certainly paid the price.
Biosphere

Just been setting the timer as I need to go out for lunch. Surprised to find it's an early day today and will all be over 14:45. Looking at the weather forecast it's not pleasant.

Thomas lost grip at the same point that Porte fell. Makes me wonder about bikes and tyres.
Nolte

HuwB wrote:
I had to watch the rugby, then finished watching Sky's successful stage race.
This was their usual disaster on wet descents.
To a man, they seem guaranteed to fall off.
In this department, I reckon G is batting 100%

"Unbelievable" ride by Gallopin. At least that's what Sean Kelly said at least 20 times. The conditions and parcour suited a solo effort perfectly.
Spilak: What a tool. Did sod all and celebrated finishing 2nd, but threw any GC chances.

Once again, remarkably dumb tactics from Etix. Isolate your own rider, 30kms and 1 climb short.
They certainly paid the price.


i'd say spilak's lack of effort helped gallpin's make a gap too as the riders he was didn't want to completely tow him.

A dissapointing tt from gallopin, heartbroken interview from him now.

It always seems to me that paris-nice final stage is on early
gerry12ie

I watched yesterdays stage this morning followed by the TT.  Good stuff yesterday but it really is a quite simple race - if you can win the TT then you win the overall.  I was puzzled that the commentary seemed to think Gallopin was going ok when he very clearly wasn't...

The Clinic reckons Porte was soft-pedalling the final part of the TT Very Happy  Very Happy
Fontfroide

Biosphere wrote:

Thomas lost grip at the same point that Porte fell. Makes me wonder about bikes and tyres.


I had the very same thoughts.  Type or tyres, but also inflation.  I never thought about the bikes themselves.  But one would think that with modern forecasts and varieties of tyres, Sky might have figured something out.  On thing for sure, I would never want those tyres inflated in that way on any bike of mine.
HuwB

gerry12ie wrote:
I watched yesterdays stage this morning followed by the TT.  Good stuff yesterday but it really is a quite simple race - if you can win the TT then you win the overall.  I was puzzled that the commentary seemed to think Gallopin was going ok when he very clearly wasn't...

The Clinic reckons Porte was soft-pedalling the final part of the TT Very Happy  Very Happy


 Since these days they talk about very little else, I reckon they ought to rename that place the Sky Spittoon. Razz
So, the ITT cancels out the rest of the week. Quelle surprise.
Mrs John Murphy

HuwB wrote:
gerry12ie wrote:
I watched yesterdays stage this morning followed by the TT.  Good stuff yesterday but it really is a quite simple race - if you can win the TT then you win the overall.  I was puzzled that the commentary seemed to think Gallopin was going ok when he very clearly wasn't...

The Clinic reckons Porte was soft-pedalling the final part of the TT Very Happy  Very Happy


 Since these days they talk about very little else, I reckon they ought to rename that place the Sky Spittoon. Razz
So, the ITT cancels out the rest of the week. Quelle surprise.


To be fair in the USP days, they were the major point of focus.
mr shifter

gerry12ie wrote:
I watched yesterdays stage this morning followed by the TT.  Good stuff yesterday but it really is a quite simple race - if you can win the TT then you win the overall.
That is more or less what Sean Kelly said earlier this week and he likes the Col d’Èze climb.
The ASO will probably make it more complicated again next year.
Nolte

Mrs John Murphy wrote:
HuwB wrote:
gerry12ie wrote:
I watched yesterdays stage this morning followed by the TT.  Good stuff yesterday but it really is a quite simple race - if you can win the TT then you win the overall.  I was puzzled that the commentary seemed to think Gallopin was going ok when he very clearly wasn't...

The Clinic reckons Porte was soft-pedalling the final part of the TT Very Happy  Very Happy


 Since these days they talk about very little else, I reckon they ought to rename that place the Sky Spittoon. Razz
So, the ITT cancels out the rest of the week. Quelle surprise.


To be fair in the USP days, they were the major point of focus.


but it is still a mark of worldtour week long racing this focus on time trialling.

Paris-nice, pais vasco, romandy, poland are all races that are decided on the time while tirreno addriatico could be but we hope not due to quintana's determined ride.

You have left catalunya, switzerland, daphine and eneco with eneco and switzerland changed in the couple of years (switzerland after they let cancellarra and was it leipheimer wins)

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