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PostPosted: Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:44 pm 
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Porte will probably concede over 7min today.

Nibali also looking in a spot of bother.


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Aqua Blue Sport won't be applying for a new UCI licence. That partnership fiasco seems to have been the last roll of the dice. Sad :(


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http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news ... ort-stops/


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Looks like ABS demise is immediate too, they have raced their last race and won't be joining the Tour of Britain. That really sucks for the riders. There's a few who will definitely be snapped up, Denfil and Warbasse, and apparently from an Irish perspective Eddie Dunbar has received a bit of interest from a WorldTour team. I hope Conor Dunne finds a good home too.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 2:42 pm 
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Its sad that 'mostly' due to politics they didn't get a GT wildcard entry this year which would have massively upped their sponsorship income.

Their 1x experiment was brave but always seemed foolhardy for the biggest climbs but at least they gave something different a go, not sure how much sponsorship T3 bought though. One of the nicer pro-cycling liveries too.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 9:35 pm 
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There will be a couple of irish cyclists with Wiggins. Looking forward to seeing how Pidcock gets on.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 2:49 am 
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Its sad that 'mostly' due to politics they didn't get a GT wildcard entry this year which would have massively upped their sponsorship income.

Their 1x experiment was brave but always seemed foolhardy for the biggest climbs but at least they gave something different a go, not sure how much sponsorship T3 bought though. One of the nicer pro-cycling liveries too.

In fairness, it was only through luck that they got a GT last year. Results wise they hadn’t earned it.

It says something that as much of a bollix as Pat McQuaid was, the UCI elected him president, but they only put up with a Caaark hoor like Delaney for 2 years and they already wanted nothing to do with him.


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DOB wrote:
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Its sad that 'mostly' due to politics they didn't get a GT wildcard entry this year which would have massively upped their sponsorship income.

Their 1x experiment was brave but always seemed foolhardy for the biggest climbs but at least they gave something different a go, not sure how much sponsorship T3 bought though. One of the nicer pro-cycling liveries too.

In fairness, it was only through luck that they got a GT last year. Results wise they hadn’t earned it.

It says something that as much of a bollix as Pat McQuaid was, the UCI elected him president, but they only put up with a Caaark hoor like Delaney for 2 years and they already wanted nothing to do with him.


True, but by actually winning a stage they can feel a bit hard done by this year.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:05 am 
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Cavendish goes, will he return?

https://www.bbc.com/sport/amp/cycling/4 ... ssion=true


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Is he out of contract this autumn? Would be tough to get a TdF ride next year with so many question marks over him.

I guess we'll see.


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Cynically speaking - only if he's paid enough.


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Margin_Walker wrote:
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Is he out of contract this autumn? Would be tough to get a TdF ride next year with so many question marks over him.

I guess we'll see.


Sprinting is a young man's game. If he wants more glory he may have to reinvent himself as a breakaway puncher. Can't see him compete at the elite end of sprinting anymore against the likes of Viviani and Groenewegen, and young upstarts like Fabio Jakobsen.


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clydecloggie wrote:
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Is he out of contract this autumn? Would be tough to get a TdF ride next year with so many question marks over him.

I guess we'll see.


Sprinting is a young man's game. If he wants more glory he may have to reinvent himself as a breakaway puncher. Can't see him compete at the elite end of sprinting anymore against the likes of Viviani and Groenewegen, and young upstarts like Fabio Jakobsen.


Well exactly. Would be a shock if he was able to be competitive in a world class sprint field again. If he did get a ride, he wouldn't have a grand tour team built round him again like he did with DD.

Would have to reinvent himself, as you say.


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I remember Abdoujaparov getting away in a break with a few others in a Tour once, their faces were a delight when they saw who was with them.


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I remember Abdoujaparov getting away in a break with a few others in a Tour once, their faces were a delight when they saw who was with them.


If he doesnt beat us with his pace he will just knock us off throwing his bike from side to side.


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Dunno if anyone else had picked up on this but an unknown US rider broke the 4 000m Pursuit record last week.

By quite a bit. His story is a good one,

Ashton Lambie

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Two years ago, Ashton Lambie was a shop mechanic in Lawrence, Kansas, a gravel fiend, the fastest man to ride the 430-mile length of his home state, and a top finisher at Dirty Kanza. On Friday, he became the fastest man in history to ride 4,000 meters around a velodrome.

In the semi-final of the Pan American Championships, Lambie took more than three seconds off a world record set in 2011 by Jack Bobridge, and previously by the inimitable Chris Boardman, two men of impeccable track and time trial pedigree. In the final, Lambie again beat Bobridge’s old record, with a 4’09”. Three seconds taken by a gravel grinder.

This does not make a lot of sense, at first pass. It’s like an amateur marathoner setting a world record in the mile, or someone best known for swimming across the English Channel beating Michael Phelps in the 400m freestyle. It breaks all laws of athletic specificity. But the superficially strange can be clarified by some digging. Lambie is new to the track and his background is unorthodox, but he’s long shown the ability – mental and physical – to take on the world.


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I was waiting for the line about “home-built bike out of old car parts/new aero approach, but it looks like a pretty standard off the shelf Felt frame with Campag wheels and a Giro helmet. I guess he just does have a massive engine. So which WT teams are going to be after him?


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I was waiting for the line about “home-built bike out of old car parts/new aero approach, but it looks like a pretty standard off the shelf Felt frame with Campag wheels and a Giro helmet. I guess he just does have a massive engine. So which WT teams are going to be after him?


If he's riding for Team USA there (rather than in National champs kit) then they have used Felt bikes for a few years.

I love my Felt bikes.


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blindcider wrote:

If he's riding for Team USA there (rather than in National champs kit) then they have used Felt bikes for a few years.

I love my Felt bikes.


There's a section in that article about the US team's talent drive leading up to this, he's been picked up by them.

Pretty sure, DOB, that the wheels and chain rings he used were hand beaten from VW Beetle hubcaps. It's a unique alloy.


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Sad news, Olympic champion Kristina Vogel is paralysed after crashing into a cyclist

https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/45451442


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I see promising young Irish rider, Eddie Dunbar, is now an ex-ABS rider after signing for Team Sky with immediate effect. Delighted for the guy, he's a very exciting rider, hope he gets some chances to show off what he can do.

Probably some good business to be had with the ABS riders looking for working. I see Casper Pedersen signed up for Team Sunweb, and there's still some handy riders and ex-national champions there like Adam Blythe, Larry Warbasse and Conor Dunne.


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After that Warbasse has signed to AG2R Mondiale. Good to see some of these riders get good homes.


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After that Warbasse has signed to AG2R Mondiale. Good to see some of these riders get good homes.

Great news for Warbasse.

You’d hope Dunne can get into at least one of the Continental teams. He’s shown if nothing else he can get in an all-day break and even pick up a kom jersey for a day or two. That’s basically the business model for the likes of Androni and Wanty.

Or who knows, a WT team might want him for keeping the breaks on a leash.


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DOB wrote:
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After that Warbasse has signed to AG2R Mondiale. Good to see some of these riders get good homes.

Great news for Warbasse.

You’d hope Dunne can get into at least one of the Continental teams. He’s shown if nothing else he can get in an all-day break and even pick up a kom jersey for a day or two. That’s basically the business model for the likes of Androni and Wanty.

Or who knows, a WT team might want him for keeping the breaks on a leash.


Blythe gone to Lotto-Soudal too, back where he started. Looks like he's shaping up for a job in media anyway! Still no movement on Dunne, but time yet.

Eddie Dunbar seems to be making a good impression at Sky, contributed in a big way to Moscon's win yesterday. Great to see.

http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news ... a-toscana/


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Rohan Dennis absolutely demolished the field today om the ITT and was a worthy winner of the rainbow jersey

It's not everyday that somebody puts a minute on Tom D.


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Caught Castroviejo for 90s just after halfway, and Kiriyenka for 3 minutes! Not much question of who the top TT rider in the world is right now.


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Wow, just saw that result. Dennis has been pretty impressive this year alright, I had a feeling he'd win today but thought it would be closer with Dumoulin. Fair play!


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Bullettyme wrote:
Wow, just saw that result. Dennis has been pretty impressive this year alright, I had a feeling he'd win today but thought it would be closer with Dumoulin. Fair play!

I saw him destroying them in the Vuelta and thought he might sneak it here. Didn't expect him to be so dominant though.


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Beaver_Shark wrote:
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Wow, just saw that result. Dennis has been pretty impressive this year alright, I had a feeling he'd win today but thought it would be closer with Dumoulin. Fair play!

I saw him destroying them in the Vuelta and thought he might sneak it here. Didn't expect him to be so dominant though.

At the Vuelta it was pretty obvious that he didn’t have much competition. GCN were only accepting predictions for who would finish 2nd in the long TT. But to then turn around and produce that against a full strength Worlds field is a different story.


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Sensational effort by Patrick Bevin to make the top ten as well, he certainly must have charged up that climb. Hamish Bond also the third non-European, and better than the top half of the field. I wonder how he's finding the pain threshold compared to rowing?


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Belgian broadcasting company Sporza have a few videos up of 'Hell', the final climb of Sunday's men's elite WC race.

https://sporza.be/nl/2018/09/26/wk-verkenning-parcours-jose/

Gradients up to 28% after a 250k+ race. Insane. But also very interesting - the mountain goats you would expect to shine on a ramp like that may already have been eliminated by that stage while for the classics riders who will still be at the front this one may just be a staircase too far. Maybe hybrid types like Valverde and Nibali will fight it out for the win.


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Fudge me that is BRUTAL. And after 250km that is just torture porn.

You mention Valverde. I think he's in with a shout this weekend. Not sure Nibali will have recovered entirely. Alaphilippe for me has to be the favourite, just to cap off an insane year for Quickstep.


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It could favour everyones favourite Brummie Pro cyclist, although what shape he's in with newborn twins recently arrived is anyones guess


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Sensational effort by Patrick Bevin to make the top ten as well, he certainly must have charged up that climb. Hamish Bond also the third non-European, and better than the top half of the field. I wonder how he's finding the pain threshold compared to rowing?


Most impressive for me was Martin Toft Madsen finishing 10th as a semi-pro - I happen to frequent a forum he is a contributor on so have been aware of his different record attempts etc.


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Belgian broadcasting company Sporza have a few videos up of 'Hell', the final climb of Sunday's men's elite WC race.

https://sporza.be/nl/2018/09/26/wk-verkenning-parcours-jose/

Gradients up to 28% after a 250k+ race. Insane. But also very interesting - the mountain goats you would expect to shine on a ramp like that may already have been eliminated by that stage while for the classics riders who will still be at the front this one may just be a staircase too far. Maybe hybrid types like Valverde and Nibali will fight it out for the win.

:shock: :lol:

Oh wow...

that's insane. Can you change your bike during the WC race?


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It could favour everyones favourite Brummie Pro cyclist, although what shape he's in with newborn twins recently arrived is anyones guess


I was thinking that it might favour him alright, but as you say I don't know how his fitness is. From his Instagram he's been out and at it hard around Andorra, so you never know....


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Eighteen-year-old Remco Evenepoel has only been riding his bike seriously for just about two years. He only started racing in premier junior races during the summer of last year.

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The former captain of the U17 Red Devils, Belgium’s national soccer team, put on incredible performances this week to sweep the junior men’s world road race and TT championships. He had such a massive lead in the road race that he started pumping his fist and waving to the crowd with still 3.5 kilometres to go. That’s not to mention he was two minutes behind at one point after a crash and long wheel change. It’s no wonder Team Sky and Quick-Step Floors fought this summer to sign him.



He's won the Junior TT and the Road Race after crashing and losing two minutes, still winning by over a minute. He's won 35 of the 45 races he's entered since starting racing.

Sweet Jesus Emannuelle... the Belgian press have already nick named him Mini Cannibal. He wants to win a Grand Tour.


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