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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2017 11:04 pm    Post subject: The Spring Classics 2017  Reply with quote

Might as well get the season started and perhaps one thread could suffice for most, if not all of the chat for major one day races in Spring.

Saturday, Februrary 25th: The Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.





previous winners
2016, VAN AVERMAET Greg
2015, STANNARD Ian
2014, STANNARD Ian
2013, PAOLINI Luca
2012, VANMARCKE Sep
2011, LANGEVELD Sebastian
2010, FLECHA GIANNONI Juan Antonio
2009, HUSHOVD Thor
2008, GILBERT Philippe
2007, POZZATO Filippo

Sunday, February 2016: Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne.




previous winners    
2016   STUYVEN Jasper  
2015   CAVENDISH Mark  
2014   BOONEN Tom  
2012   CAVENDISH Mark  
2011   SUTTON Christopher  
2010   TRAKSEL Bobbie  
2009   BOONEN Tom  
2008   DE JONGH Steven  
2007   BOONEN Tom  
2006   NUYENS Nick
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Live now on ES.  Cobbles, crashes, wind - you know the deal...

Lovely innit? Very Happy  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is lovely.

Boonen and kristoff held up behind a crash
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sagan looks like he might be on a Sunday morning coffee run.  Hard to know if he is carrying condition or just making it all look ominously easy

Weather in Flanders looks a lot more apealling than it does at Chepstow...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This and the Abu Dhadi dud: chalk and cheese.
Can't take my eyes of this. The other would give me the stage race snores.

Sagan does a bit of cross.

Yes, the weather in Chepstow dn S Wales is awful, Gerry
A gale today, another gale tomorrow.

I should be watching George and the boys btw....
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mrs. Bio has been dispatched to the supermarket with kids leaving me in front of unexpected Eurosport 2 reception in an electric recliner. No doubt they'll be back with 3km to go. Watching the leading trio of big classic riders, I did momentarily catch myself wondering if Cancellara had had a mechanical or something Smile

As for weather, looking out on another green mountain. Would be good for horseys or rugby were it not for the gradient.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sagan or Vanavermaet in sprint?
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would go Sagan every time but GVA seems to have a bit of an Indian sign on him in sprints sometimes...

Sagan ftw
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think Sagan looks a bit more tired than the other two
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think van Marcie to pull a surprise
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Always pleased to see GVA win.  Had a lovely day in Huy with the GVA fan club some years back.  The fan club then consisted of Mammy van Avermaet, siblings and a couple of neighbours.  Over hot dogs and warmish Juliper a bond was formed.  Greg's come a long, long way since then...
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I might skip Carlton and Abu Dhabi in favour of some horse racing prior to the rugby.  Quigley is bad enough but Carlton for dessert would be too much for my tender tummy Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A carbon copy of last year's finish.

Anybody not all raced out can watch the final 60kms of the Classic Ardeche here:-

http://www.streaming-hub.com/lequipe-21-live/
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 8:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Enjoyed that Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 25, 2017 9:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This post race photo is a laugh - he wouldn't look out of place buying Rizzlas at a petrol station at 3am Smile

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good shot of Sagan.  Says it all.  How can a guy like that be the finest racer in town?  Not possible.  Except for taking the last turn a bit wide, he might have won.  He has learned his lines and cleaned himself up a bit, but still manages to be semi-eccentric and not piss off too many colleagues or fans.

Now that race was fun to watch.  Admittedly the last few k with the three in front was a bit of an extended prologue to the sprint.  But I like those little roads.  And watching the peloton, full of riders who wanted to win, and even a few teams with multiple riders, gradually lose tens of seconds against the three strong men, reminded me about bike racing again.

Happy that GVA won too.  He seems a kind of clean cut contrast to Sagan and they make a good story for the cobbled classics.

It was a hard day yesterday.  Two rugbys and two cyclings.  Had to skip my nap to take it all in.  Really glad that L'Equipe TV channel is showing many races, including Tirreno and Giro and Milan, live and in HD on free TV this year.  Makes life just that little bit better.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 10:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A better profile of today's race.



Boonen has pulled out with tummy troubles.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tony martin had a hard crash
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So should the lead three have ben disqualified yesterday? I think they would have been had they not been who they are.  I like two out of the three, but for me they should all be DQed.  If the OC and WC can't set a good example, we are lost ...
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bart, it is like the level crossing issue at P-R and various hors delays at the TDF - the big names will never get DQ'd.  You are right of course, rules should be rules, except in cycling where they aren't...

Look like I picked Benoot on the wrong day...


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