blindcider wrote:ukjim wrote:DOB wrote:2 weeks ago, a Tour de France runner-up and the world cyclocross champion finished 2nd and 3rd having led most of the later stages of the race at Strade Bianche. This is supposedly the age of specialization in cycling.
A CX rider did well on a rainy shitty course? colour me shocked!
Also most Belgian and Dutch pro riders grew up mixing cyclocross and road riding. Given they would have decent handling skills and good acceleration power from CX the only question is endurance over the longer distance and how they handle the climbing.
I think you're missing the subtle point DOB was making here about exactly that... a major Tour runner up and a CX rider finishing 2 and 3 in a one day race is counter to the theory about specialisation. It's great... riders with varying strengths are mixing it up. Yeah, shitty surface so CX rider blah blah... oh, a major tour rider, did you say? Christ, next you'll be telling me we're back to the days of those guys pulling hero breaks in the monuments....