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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 7:50 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote

And so onto the Ardennes classics, with the non-Ardennes opener.

Eurosport live from about 2-15pmBST, depending upon when the track world champs coverage finishes.



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

and allaphillippe out of the ardennes
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/a...pe-to-miss-the-ardennes-classics/
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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. . . Edit: Talking of which: the mystery of the disappearing Terpstra is solved.....



I hadn't looked so closely at the photo. Didn't realise he was still holding his handlebars!

https://cyclingtips.com/2017/04/c...tras-mystery-crash-paris-roubaix/
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hadn't noticed that either
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 8:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Being Easter, I won't be around for this, today:-



Hope the idea of removing the Cauberg from the finish has the desired effect, but I'm not holding my breath.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 11:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 1:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

maffy wrote:
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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 Smile

Have been out with family stuff this morning. Just back in and surprised there doesn't seem to be live pics yet.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So what's BMC's objective in catching break with circa 60km to go? Upping the pace to make it more selective?

Rui Costa taking a long draft behind team car as he makes his way back to peloton.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 4:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That wasn't a bad race. I don"'t think lotto soudal expected such interest with tiesj Benoot's attack as maybe later on to use him to help wellens.

Great win for Gilbert doing the Dutch speaking regions double Wink , nice sprint against kwiatkowski not panicking and holding back because of the head wind at the line
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2017 6:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The route change to kick off the action earlier certainly worked.
Kwiatkowski's long range sprint into a headwind certainly didn't.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't a bad race yesterday, but also one that it seemed quite feasible to sporadically doze in front of without loosing track of what was happening. Worked for me anyway Smile

FPs for Wednesday are open. Gilbert to go on the penultimate climb?

http://justcycling.myfastforum.org/sutra236437.php#236437
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Gilbert to go on the penultimate climb?


gilbert is out of it with a kidney injury sustained from a crash early yesterday

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/g...ning-ardennes-with-kidney-injury/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

After two unpredictable hilly races, is it possible we could get a third from the most predictable of the lot?
Fleche Wallone.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

has Valverde's name written all over it - hopefully Martin or Wellens or some other guy can hold him off.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 18, 2017 9:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Considering my talent for getting this all wrong, they'll wait for the last climb to huy Wink
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Boogerd_Fan wrote:
Gaudu had a good showing midweek in some random French race (sorry FF but i can't name it off the top of my head). . .


It was Tro Bro Leon. Some commentary free video


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

More or less a gruppo compatto for the first ascent of the Cherave.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice of Quick Step to throw a time trialing Jungle Bob up the road. 50s advantage with 7km to go.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe not so nice of Quick Step to have Martin outside of the top 15 with 250m to go when Valverde is on the front controlling it. Impressed he came around as many as he did to take 2nd.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 19, 2017 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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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