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kathy

Paris-Nice starts 9th March

Paris-Nice starts on Sunday, 9th March.

8 stages and no TTs.  I have posted a thread with the details in the FPs section.
Biosphere

Quite an interesting consequence of no TTs

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/p...ithdrawal-of-porte-for-paris-nice

Hadn't thought of it like that. So given that irrespective of what Porte does in the next 10 days, Sky would almost certainly get enough points to have no concerns about their team ranking whenever the next WT license exercise happens, what extra benefit do they get for lots of points?

I don't think there is revenue? Position in support car train for races where there is not another method for determining the order? Something else?
gerry12ie

Biosphere wrote:
Quite an interesting consequence of no TTs

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/p...ithdrawal-of-porte-for-paris-nice

Hadn't thought of it like that. So given that irrespective of what Porte does in the next 10 days, Sky would almost certainly get enough points to have no concerns about their team ranking whenever the next WT license exercise happens, what extra benefit do they get for lots of points?

I don't think there is revenue? Position in support car train for races where there is not another method for determining the order? Something else?


I think it's as simple as Prudhomme being pissed that last year's winner can't be arsed to defend his title.  Sky don't have to worry about points, or money, or much else.  It's a slap in the face to PN, or at least that's how Prudhomme is seeing it...
Biosphere

That is one of the things that's surprising me. I don't see the upside. It's not just PN. They're pissing off the owners of their number one priority for this year and pretty much every year now I guess, but for what return?

Sky TV operate in Italy and want to grow the business now that Berlusconi has less political clout to protect his TV empire? I haven't got a clue but in the absence of a cycling related answer that I can see . . .
HuwB

berck will be pleased.
TJVG has already abandoned PN.  Embarassed
berck

HuwB wrote:
berck will be pleased.
TJVG has already abandoned PN.  Embarassed


Boy, I can really pick them. Wink
kathy

You can't pick 'em as well as me, Berck.  Both my choices for the first two stages so far have crashed with not far to go.  EBH yesterday and Meersman today!
JohnD

Meersman did try everything but catch a cab to try get back on the front!
HuwB

JohnD wrote:
Meersman did try everything but catch a cab to try get back on the front!


One of the most blatant pieces of pacing I've ever seen.
Commissaires slapped a 1'10" penalty on him for ignoring
everything but the OPQS car's rear bumper.
gerry12ie

Good to see organisers paying attention to sign-ons.  They are an opportunity for fans to see the riders and are a tradition.  Yes, I'm sure riders find it boring but suck it up lads and be nice...


JohnD

Why do riders sign on in the mornings?  Is it just for the fans, because usually if you don't sign on you don't get your giro, or in this case you shouldn't be allowed to race Smile
Slapshot 3

Giro doesn't start till May, John... Wink

I'll get me coat
JohnD

Hehehe Slapshot!
JohnD

It's been a bit dull so far; now we're getting to some lumpy bits hopefully it'll liven up for the rest of the race.
HuwB

Nicely animated from the final climb.
A lot of work for 5 seconds!

Thomas into yellow, stage to Slagter.

Degenkolb tried really hard to get back, but Geraint was prepared to shoulder much of the work, up front.
HuwB

The KOD is officially back.

After Kittel, yesterday.
Poor old Tom Slagter. Going for the win. Ag2r road block, ships a chain, loses 94".

Full results already:
http://www.matsport.fr.php53-23.o...;nb_etape=06&type=0&race=
Biosphere

HuwB wrote:
The KOD is officially back . . . .


As you said of one of your streaks before "When you're hot, you're hot" Wink

Poor Slagter - he didn't deserve that type of luck for being a protagonist. Surprised it was as much as 94". I guess he didn't get going quickly again?

Betancur looking very strong.
HuwB

Nice of Slagter to do, today what he was supposed to do, yesterday.
Geraint Thomas's "crash at a crucial time" episode of last season, appears to be continuing unabated.

Overall, it's been an awful race.
Severe parcour mistake.
Bartali

Not seen any of it partly because it looks uninspiring.
Slapshot 3

Have to say, from what I've read online, the BEST short stage race of them all has ben pretty crap this year whereas TA looks pretty special.

As Huw says, the parcours has been pretty uninspiring too!!
Bartali

And there's me thinking that TA was the BEST short stage race of them all Wink
Slapshot 3

Bartali wrote:
And there's me thinking that TA was the BEST short stage race of them all Wink


You would.... Wink

It certainly seems to have ticked all the boxes over the last few years... wish I could see some of it!!
gerry12ie

Good Paris-Nice review by inrng http://inrng.com/2014/03/paris-nice-moment-the-race-was-won/.  I didn't mind the new route as much as some, and enjoyed a punchy week that was dominated by young riders (mainly because most of the big guns were in Italy).  Compared to the last three foregone conclusion editions of the race it was good to see some tight, competitive racing.
bianchigirl

Agreed, Gerry - there was some really open attacking stuff - maybe because Sky weren't quite so in control as usual? And always lovely to see Nibali attack a descent Wink

It was a good win for Betancur - hope he builds on it over the coming season

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