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DOB wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:47 pm Fantastic finale. Great ride by Stuyven.

Now where are the links for the Ireland-England game?
Yeah, good ride, and nice when it's not always one of the favourites to win.

Bit early for the links DOB; kick off is in 55 minutes
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Ronde Van Vlaanderen next week.

Love the cobbled classics
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Salanya wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:48 pm
DOB wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:47 pm Fantastic finale. Great ride by Stuyven.

Now where are the links for the Ireland-England game?
Yeah, good ride, and nice when it's not always one of the favourites to win.

Bit early for the links DOB; kick off is in 55 minutes
Yeah, but also Stuyven is a rider I’ve a lot of time for; good old classics rider, talented enough to win big races, but willing to work his arse off for teammates when needed.


Every source I checked all week said k/o was at 8.45 our time, so I guess I’m not the only one caught out by the time change.
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iarmhiman wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:40 pm Jasper Stuyven.

Great last 10km
Shows that MVDP, Van Aert and Alaphilippe could be canceling each other and open the door for winning moves by daring cyclists not worried to risk a loss. Stuyven did very well there.
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https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/uk ... ne-sutton/

Slowly, the ugly face of doping is overshadowing the history of UK cycling success. You have to wonder whether the sport will ever manage to get rid of this.

Who are the next ones to fall? Roglic and JV? Pogacar? Alaphilippe, Bennett and Quickstep?
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TheFrog wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:03 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:40 pm Jasper Stuyven.

Great last 10km
Shows that MVDP, Van Aert and Alaphilippe could be canceling each other and open the door for winning moves by daring cyclists not worried to risk a loss. Stuyven did very well there.
Watched highlights of the E3 Saxo Bank classic.

Quick Step did incredible job on MVDP. They showed how you stop him
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iarmhiman wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:51 pm
TheFrog wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:03 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:40 pm Jasper Stuyven.

Great last 10km
Shows that MVDP, Van Aert and Alaphilippe could be canceling each other and open the door for winning moves by daring cyclists not worried to risk a loss. Stuyven did very well there.
Watched highlights of the E3 Saxo Bank classic.

Quick Step did incredible job on MVDP. They showed how you stop him
Between E3 and MSR, I'm starting to suspect that Matt's Achilles heel might be the little things like pack-positioning. He said he got caught out today when Quickstep pinned it, and he had to sprint for a km to the foot of the Taaienberg just to stay in touch.

For a race like Strade Bianche where it's all been whittled down to 30 guys with 80km still to go, that's not as big a problem, but when you miss an opening like that with Quickstep patrolling around Belgium, you're going to have to hurt to stay in contention.
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TheFrog wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:05 pm https://www.cyclingnews.com/features/uk ... ne-sutton/

Slowly, the ugly face of doping is overshadowing the history of UK cycling success. You have to wonder whether the sport will ever manage to get rid of this.

Who are the next ones to fall? Roglic and JV? Pogacar? Alaphilippe, Bennett and Quickstep?
What the fudge. 😂😂
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iarmhiman wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:51 pm
TheFrog wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:03 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:40 pm Jasper Stuyven.

Great last 10km
Shows that MVDP, Van Aert and Alaphilippe could be canceling each other and open the door for winning moves by daring cyclists not worried to risk a loss. Stuyven did very well there.
Watched highlights of the E3 Saxo Bank classic.

Quick Step did incredible job on MVDP. They showed how you stop him
Shows you need a team to win. Quickstep have that strength in depth that gives them 2 or 3 options to win. One in front, one or two in the chase and one in the peloton.
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TheFrog wrote: Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:16 am
iarmhiman wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:51 pm
TheFrog wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:03 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:40 pm Jasper Stuyven.

Great last 10km
Shows that MVDP, Van Aert and Alaphilippe could be canceling each other and open the door for winning moves by daring cyclists not worried to risk a loss. Stuyven did very well there.
Watched highlights of the E3 Saxo Bank classic.

Quick Step did incredible job on MVDP. They showed how you stop him
Shows you need a team to win. Quickstep have that strength in depth that gives them 2 or 3 options to win. One in front, one or two in the chase and one in the peloton.
It’s not just that; if Quuckstep have someone up the road, they are so good at fcuking up any efforts to chase. It’s really not a surprise that they were able to leave Asgreen up the road most of the race, and then have him attack again after being caught.
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DOB wrote: Sat Mar 27, 2021 7:44 am
TheFrog wrote: Sat Mar 27, 2021 12:16 am
iarmhiman wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 9:51 pm
TheFrog wrote: Fri Mar 26, 2021 12:03 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sat Mar 20, 2021 4:40 pm Jasper Stuyven.

Great last 10km
Shows that MVDP, Van Aert and Alaphilippe could be canceling each other and open the door for winning moves by daring cyclists not worried to risk a loss. Stuyven did very well there.
Watched highlights of the E3 Saxo Bank classic.

Quick Step did incredible job on MVDP. They showed how you stop him
Shows you need a team to win. Quickstep have that strength in depth that gives them 2 or 3 options to win. One in front, one or two in the chase and one in the peloton.
It’s not just that; if Quuckstep have someone up the road, they are so good at fcuking up any efforts to chase. It’s really not a surprise that they were able to leave Asgreen up the road most of the race, and then have him attack again after being caught.
MVDP and Van Aert had to do too much work too and that sapped their legs. They really need stronger teams around them.
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Great race Ghent - Wevelgem

Van Aert wins.

Great effort Sam. Got sick after Kemmelberg and faded with 20km to go.
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https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/56552228

This (and the Richard Freeman story) looks really dodgy. I wonder if there is now a ? over all of British Cycling's success for the last 10 years.

Is there any risk of British cyclists being banned as a group (a bit like Russian Athletes)?
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mdaclarke wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:32 pm https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/56552228

This (and the Richard Freeman story) looks really dodgy. I wonder if there is now a ? over all of British Cycling's success for the last 10 years.

Is there any risk of British cyclists being banned as a group (a bit like Russian Athletes)?
I take it you read the article before posting it.
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BlackMac wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 4:28 pm
mdaclarke wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:32 pm https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/56552228

This (and the Richard Freeman story) looks really dodgy. I wonder if there is now a ? over all of British Cycling's success for the last 10 years.

Is there any risk of British cyclists being banned as a group (a bit like Russian Athletes)?
I take it you read the article before posting it.
Yes, each story individually may not sound alot but it feels like a death by 1,000 cuts
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iarmhiman wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:00 pm Great race Ghent - Wevelgem

Van Aert wins.

Great effort Sam. Got sick after Kemmelberg and faded with 20km to go.
Makes you wonder if Van Aert shouldn't go for the green jersey on the TDF. Could be well placed on massive sprints and win a few breakaways on hilly grounds.
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TheFrog wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:43 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:00 pm Great race Ghent - Wevelgem

Van Aert wins.

Great effort Sam. Got sick after Kemmelberg and faded with 20km to go.
Makes you wonder if Van Aert shouldn't go for the green jersey on the TDF. Could be well placed on massive sprints and win a few breakaways on hilly grounds.
I think Sam showed today he is willing go evolve to a puncheur as as well as a sprinter.

Seemed he ate too much food then couldn't keep it down after the Kemmelberg. Got hungry then and lost legs.

The Ronde next week. MVDP wasn't racing today. He'll be as fresh as a daisy
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iarmhiman wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:46 pm
TheFrog wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 9:43 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:00 pm Great race Ghent - Wevelgem

Van Aert wins.

Great effort Sam. Got sick after Kemmelberg and faded with 20km to go.
Makes you wonder if Van Aert shouldn't go for the green jersey on the TDF. Could be well placed on massive sprints and win a few breakaways on hilly grounds.
I think Sam showed today he is willing go evolve to a puncheur as as well as a sprinter.

Seemed he ate too much food then couldn't keep it down after the Kemmelberg. Got hungry then and lost legs.

The Ronde next week. MVDP wasn't racing today. He'll be as fresh as a daisy
Yes, impressive ride from Bennett, but may be he pushed himself too far. That his part of the progress.
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mdaclarke wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:59 pm
BlackMac wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 4:28 pm
mdaclarke wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:32 pm https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/56552228

This (and the Richard Freeman story) looks really dodgy. I wonder if there is now a ? over all of British Cycling's success for the last 10 years.

Is there any risk of British cyclists being banned as a group (a bit like Russian Athletes)?
I take it you read the article before posting it.
Yes, each story individually may not sound alot but it feels like a death by 1,000 cuts

C'mon, it would need to be millions of scratches if that is going to be considered a serious issue.
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BlackMac wrote: Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:37 am
mdaclarke wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 5:59 pm
BlackMac wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 4:28 pm
mdaclarke wrote: Sun Mar 28, 2021 3:32 pm https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/56552228

This (and the Richard Freeman story) looks really dodgy. I wonder if there is now a ? over all of British Cycling's success for the last 10 years.

Is there any risk of British cyclists being banned as a group (a bit like Russian Athletes)?
I take it you read the article before posting it.
Yes, each story individually may not sound alot but it feels like a death by 1,000 cuts

C'mon, it would need to be millions of scratches if that is going to be considered a serious issue.
Let's wait and see...
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22km to go Ronde Van Vlaanderen.

Asgreen, MVDP and Van Aert out on their own
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Van Aert dropped 15km to go
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Wow amazing

Asgreen beats MVDP in the sprint
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Unreal finish to see MvdP sit up in the sprint. Would have bet my house on him.
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That was a win for the ages. Im very very happy for Asgreen.
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He is human :shock:

Great win from Asgreen
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iarmhiman wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:20 pm Wow amazing

Asgreen beats MVDP in the sprint
Incredible!

When we thought this year's classics would be played between the "3 tenors"!
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Some finish by Asgreen, he just had more left in the tank.
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TheFrog wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:31 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:20 pm Wow amazing

Asgreen beats MVDP in the sprint
Incredible!

When we thought this year's classics will be played between the "3 tenors"!
Will they all go to Liege now?
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DOB wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:36 pm
TheFrog wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:31 pm
iarmhiman wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:20 pm Wow amazing

Asgreen beats MVDP in the sprint
Incredible!

When we thought this year's classics will be played between the "3 tenors"!
Will they all go to Liege now?
I don't know.

Paris-Roubaix was on their agenda, and I wonder what was their readiness status at the Ronde. Were these guys planning to peak next week?
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Paris-Roubaix is postponed to what date?
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iarmhiman wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:44 pm Paris-Roubaix is postponed to what date?
October 3rd I think
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WVA will have a huge point to prove at PR. Might fancy his chances with MVDP showing just faintest glimmer of fallibility. Can't wait for that, the racing this season is fantastic with the heavy hitters always at the pointy end and a really good supporting cast with several guys capable of springing a surprise.
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Oh wait, PR is postponed? Shit, I didn't realise. Bollox :(
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Do any of them have the stamina for a race like Liege?

Thinking more like a race for Roglic
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Womack wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:45 pm WVA will have a huge point to prove at PR. Might fancy his chances with MVDP showing just faintest glimmer of fallibility. Can't wait for that, the racing this season is fantastic with the heavy hitters always at the pointy end and a really good supporting cast with several guys capable of springing a surprise.
Three big classic races anyway.

Fleche Wallone
Liege Bastogne Liege
Amstel Gold.
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iarmhiman wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:48 pm Do any of them have the stamina for a race like Liege?

Thinking more like a race for Roglic
Alaphilippe has been on the podium at Liege, and got DQed sprinting for the win there last year. He’s definitely a favorite for it. The question is who else will be in contention; we haven’t really seen the form of the puncheurs yet this year.
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Aye, just a shame to miss the unique challenge of PR to see how things play out with the current group. The other three races are to some extent more of the same in terms of the punchy climbs although I know each have their own flavour.

Mustn't grumble though, and probably a good thing for the well-being of the cyclists that they get a bit of a break.

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Womack wrote: Sun Apr 04, 2021 3:55 pm Aye, just a shame to miss the unique challenge of PR to see how things play out with the current group. The other three races are to some extent more of the same in terms of the punchy climbs although I know each have their own flavour.

Mustn't grumble though, and probably a good thing for the well-being of the cyclists that they get a bit of a break.

Anyway, I don't post here any more so you ain't seen me, roight?
You'll be back for the giro and the tour ?
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As long as I'm able to follow them properly - likely to be quite busy with work. Just need to stay away from every other topic on here - including Rugby ;)
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