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Tour of Romandie, starts Tuesday 28th April

The Tour of Romandie starts tomorrow, Tuesday, 28th April.  There is an FP thread here.

http://justcycling.myfastforum.org/about5091.html
HuwB

It's a very pretty prologue, but that's about all that is good about it.
Weather not great (dull but dry) and expected to be worse, tomorrow.

Kwiatkowski currently leads from Rohan Dennis.
HuwB

Big loser today: TJVG. Crashed and lost 3 minutes over a 6 minute course.
Biosphere

Prologues are usually more about eye candy than edge of seat racing. Hoping to go to the big "Crit" on Saturday, as that seemed maybe a better day out than the Newcastle time trial on Sunday (although that will be pretty too).
Fontfroide

How to pronounce a name.

http://www.forvo.com/word/michał_kwiatkowski/
berck

Fontfroide wrote:
How to pronounce a name.

http://www.forvo.com/word/michał_kwiatkowski/


Very cool site.
Fontfroide

If any one is out there, did Bouhanni make it into the main bunch?  I have Brits, and they don't see FDJ jerseys easily.  Is he there?

Bad joke.  How can I pick a guy not even racing?  Am I paying attention?
HuwB

Fontfroide wrote:
If any one is out there, did Bouhanni make it into the main bunch?  I have Brits, and they don't see FDJ jerseys easily.  Is he there?

Bad joke.  How can I pick a guy not even racing?  Am I paying attention?


Not worth paying attention to.
Awful race.
Albasini winning a bunch sprint?

Tomorrow should be better.
gerry12ie

Tony Martin can whinge more than most in recent times but he does have a point about finishing sectors.  We have seen some dangerous finals recently and TBH the riders are right to try and get something done about it.  Didn't see the finish yesterday myself but there are times when I have been amazed that the whole field can get through the furniture unscathed...

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Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep, at the Tour de Romandie, had criticism in another direction. "After I praised the organizers yesterday for their quick reaction in shortening the race due to the weather conditions, today I must criticize them,” he wrote on his personal website.

“Today's finale was an endless series of roundabouts, zebra stripes, narrowing lanes and curves. It is irresponsible for the organizers and the UCI to send us on a course like that. Those who are responsible for designing the course should perhaps have some riding experience and be able to predict what might happen when a field of 150 riders hits an obstacle course like that after a fast descent.

"At least the weather co-operated. “Fortunately it only started to rain after we had finished. Sure, we are pros and have to put up with everything and to cope with it. But they don't have to provoke crashes with a dangerous course. We all agreed on that after the race.”

Martin added that he wondered whether Friday's queen stage, with four category one climbs, would be carried out in its entirety. Weather predictions call for snow or heavy rain.
HuwB

Quote:
Daniel Friebe ‏@friebos 15s
Kwiatkowski already dropped in Romandie, says @AntoinePlouvin. The kid is surely cream crackered....


Rejoined the front group of 60 in the valley, but there are 3 more 1st cats to climb.
Fontfroide

Bit surprised, but not deeply shocked to come back from my wee ride and see Froome cleaning up.  Guess he must have solved his physical problems.  No idea how it happened yet, but I guess he must have just ridden off  the front somewhere.  Rather impressed.  He looks fit.
HuwB

Nibali went very early, but didn't have it.
Froome didn't wait around to find out and dropped him like a stone.
Spilak as strong, if not stronger than Froome.
Glad I didn't spot that Nolte had fp'd him before I did, this morning.

Peraud +12:01
Basso +14:54
Nieve +14:54
Danielson +22:52
Kwiatkowski +30:45 Embarassed
Biosphere

I know I'm so late to the party with this one that the caterers have already packed up and gone home, but since it's now traditional that I foist race photos on the rest of you . . . . Wink

I did go to Fribourg on Saturday Smile If Microsoft did the weather, it would be one of those days that would be refered to as The Grey Sky of Death - if it wasn't drizzling, it looked like it would in the next 5 mins. Not conducive to good photos. At all. And it was cold. For the start it meant that the riders had no interest in hanging around after they signed on and were either straight back to the bus or left it to the last minute. On the plus side being a bank holiday weekend in England I had visiting company for once and we took our bikes so we could cycle round the route a bit after waving them off and before coming back to see the finish. As usual it's always very different to see things up close as opposed to from a helicopter.

The media were only interested in Froome. Whilst waiting for the depart he was more or less on the front row of the peleton, whilst Spilak was back in the middle of the bunch. It's usual for the jerseys to go to the front on the neutralised section, but maybe not here?


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Hondo seemed bothered by something at the front of his bike. Spent a few minutes poking and pulling at most bits of the front half including the tub.


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Whilst Froome was at the front doing his PR duties, Spilak and Mezjec were cracking jokes at the back.


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Voigt models this season's pinstripe number that Trek hope will win them back the allegiance of the corporate financiers that have abandoned them for Sky Wink


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We headed out in the opposite direction to the riders and waited for them to come through a fast traffic junction. It's bloody impressive how a peloton can coordinate squeezing through a narrow junction at speed. I would never have the nerve. Tuft and Malacarne do their thing.


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Climbed up to to the high point of the route then and watched them there twice. Second time round was for feeding and only one person in the break grabbed a bag.


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After their feeding it was a mad dash for us to cut across inside the loop and intercept them . . .


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. . . before heading back to the finish on closed roads with police waving us on to then see some of Sky being broom-wagoned on the next lap. Porte had spent the day at the front working before the cameras went live, so renewed reports of poor form, another abandon and conspiracy theories in The Clinic might have a more mundane explanation?


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I had positioned myself nicely on the barriers at the finish line until a fist appeared at the decisive moment Rolling Eyes


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The most bizare turn of the day was seeing that Mourey has a supporters club and they have matching grey overcoats with his name in big letters on their backs Smile


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And now some messages from our sponsors. Albasini, Kohler and Tschopp kept the home crowd happy. Spilak struggled to show a smile on the podium, whilst Herrada showed the exuberance of youth.


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Whilst watching the ITT on the TV on sunday, the Swiss commentators were talking about Cookson being a guest of honour at the Aigle stage. Apparently he made a comment about having two world tour events in Switzerland is too many and one maybe needs to be bumped to open up calendar for globalisation. Commentators said that teams and riders like the race as it's easily accessible, well organised with short transfers (my race program showed them staying in one hotel for three nights), and the parcours means that the GT contenders will test their form on some of the days. Opening up a slot in some far away land for a World Tour ranking will not see teams travel to it at this time of year. They didn't think it made sense and given that there was a big crowd in Fribourg they might have a point. They didn't say it, but the fact that the race promoter (Chassot) was firmly in McQuaid's camp and was the one that engineered him becoming Swiss overnight is probably coincidental!
gerry12ie

Great pics Bio, thanks for posting.  I saw very little of the race but I caught the highlights of the queen stage.  Nibali has a fair amount of catching up to do on Froome on that evidence - the same Froome that pulled out of LBL sick/injured.  Still, July's a bit away yet...
HuwB

You do get to see all the interesting people and places,
Some quality snaps in there.
You ought to get a pink pass for the next 3 weeks. Wink
berck

Thanks Bio!
Biosphere

HuwB wrote:
You do get to see all the interesting people and places, . .


Pretty sure it's trumped by multiple world champions the Lions squad Wink

Gerry, I think it's possible that Sky are just being careful about the squad overdoing it and are making sure they're not overcooked in July like they were last year. Froome was also the most wrapped up Sky rider on Saturday so still being careful (and maybe not making last year's TA mistake)
mazda

2015 Romandie

Fumeaux (Iam) and Belkov (Kat) have 6'20" at 65km
mazda

Taaramae tries his luck on the descent.
Tony Martin brings him back.
mazda

Albasini !
With Alaphilippe in third.
Didn't think Michael would make it up today's hill.

Only one Sky rider in the main group, as opposed to 5 from Katusha.
mr shifter

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2015 Romandie
Stage 2 - Result
1 Michael Albasini (Sui) Orica-GreenEdge
2 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx-QuickStep
4 Nathan Haas (Aus) Cannondale-Garmin
5 Rui Costa (Cri) Lampre-Merida
6 Damiano Caruso (Ita) BMC Racing Team
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