Yes, I am worried too that it will just leave it to being a sprint rather than . for me, the two big favourites are colbrelli and matthews. Although van avermaet winning wouldn't surprise me either. (When was the last time a rider won Roubaix and Amstel gold in the same season?)
Matthews handled the hills really well this season with two good TT finishes in Paris nice and Basque country. With kelderman, barguil and oomen coming into the team after not being in brabantsje pijl, their team is stronger now
On the Gilbert pick vs. Matthews, I've been dithering over washing the dishes (just now) and concluded that on the longer one day races, Matthews hasn't really proved himself. I would probably change my pick were I making it now.
i reckon bling's trained to climb a bit longer this season. whether it makes any difference this week remains to be seen.
Well I hadn't actually realised that a lot of the Cauberg is gone until I read up on new finish finish last night. I had understood they just moved the finish line. Would pick Matthews again
Have been out with family stuff this morning. Just back in and surprised there doesn't seem to be live pics yet.
Valverde made that look as easy as a sprint up 20% slope could look
Dan martin just hurt by awful awful positioning at the end. Like a stalker, for most of the huy I was looking at Dan, observing (honestly, I thought he was on a bad day with his poor positioning) how he was doing, hoping.
Poorly placed, I think so by the time Dan could move up, valverde had an insurmountable gap.
Maybe if jungles hadn't attacked, he could have helped martin into position?
But then again quick step would have been called on to do the work. They did seem shorthanded with only one left to bring martin up to the front for the huy.
Positioning in previous years seems to have been a problem
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