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  • If he only gets 2, does that make him Dilbert?

  • Anyway, fuck not showing your hand. That's boring. Attacking riding for the win, literally.

  • Fuckin' Hard!

    [ame="youtube.com/watch?v=5g6lRr_Ed­rE"]YouTube







    - [La Fleche Wallonne 2011] Final Kilometers - Mur de Huy climb - Impressive Gilbert[/ame]

  • Anyway, fuck not showing your hand. That's boring. Attacking riding for the win, literally.

    This. He attacks by showing his hand - very Merckx! It's a joy to watch someone riding tactically, yet still blowing their wad in spectacular fashion. Cancellara is possibly stronger, but he's heavier and lacks some of Gilbert's race 'smarts'.

    Odds on for LBL? I wouldn't bet much against him, and if I did, I'd still pop a sneaky fiver on him on the side.

  • ^He is totally the new Merckx.

  • I don't think Gilbert is that smart, his ill advised solo attack on the Bosberg showed he's prone to act without thinking at times. I hope he wins on Sunday but a lot of teams are going to be trying to beat him and, as Flanders and Roubaix showed, it's possible to outnumber the strongest rider in the race.

    He's already done a triple btw, as he won the Fleche Brabaconne last week, meaning he's won the last three races he's ridden.

  • ^Earring and nasal strip ride will be recruiting shortly.

    On Sunday he will be driving the team car, chasing down breaks and then leading himself out for the sprint.

  • He's rocking a bit of a late '90s Ullrich look. And for that reason, I'm in.

  • I don't think Gilbert is that smart, his ill advised solo attack on the Bosberg showed he's prone to act without thinking at times. I hope he wins on Sunday but a lot of teams are going to be trying to beat him and, as Flanders and Roubaix showed, it's possible to outnumber the strongest rider in the race.

    He's already done a triple btw, as he won the Fleche Brabaconne last week, meaning he's won the last three races he's ridden.

    Who gives a shit about being the perfect tactician? That's Armstrong territory. But then I forget how much you worship him.

  • It also helps if the strongest rider in the race has based their tactics on hubris and arrogance. I can't see Gilbert making that mistake.
    Also, how long is it since anyone as good as Gilbert wasn't tainted by suspicion?
    I really hope he wins.

  • timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/m­ore_sport/cycling/article539978.ece

    This is an interesting little article - I'm not much raking or anything, but it makes you wonder if the peleton is truly a cleaner place, thus allowing Gilbert to shine? In my slightly rose-tinted world, I'd like to think so!

    And yeah, Will - I'd like to see Gilbert win too. Every few seasons I love to see a total Blitzkrieg!

  • The Science of Sport blog has alot of analysis suggesting peloton has slowed right down and power numbers are down on what they were.
    2010 Tourmalet climbed in 56 mins, in 2003 it was 44 mins by you know who and nobody is boasting about their 500 watt FTP these days either.

  • The cynic in me thinks everyone is micro-dosing instead of the premium unleaded they were running on during the PED arm's race of the past.

  • I'm inclined to agree, but lets face it, the legal supplements athletes take are as close to doping as they can get without breaking the rules.

    Sometimes I just switch on the telly, switch off my conscience, crack a beer and enjoy the racing. I don't always 'believe' the winner, but I love the spectacle.

  • See who came in at the Fleche Wallonne in 80th place, someone who would have been duking it out for a top ten only a year or two ago?

    Danilo de Luca.

    Seems like he's lost that 'killer' instinct now that his blood values are under such close scrutiny...

  • inrng.com/?p=2729

    That's a bit of a strange piece. Cautiously supportive, but definitely fence-sitting. And that last paragraph is very hastily cobbled together!

    Something of a none-article?

  • That's a bit of a strange piece. Cautiously supportive, but definitely fence-sitting. And that last paragraph is very hastily cobbled together!

    Something of a none-article?

    On a blog - who'd have thought it? ;)

  • ^lol!

    Charlie Wegelius is putting in a pretty solid performance in the Giro Del Trentino, btw. 25th day one, 24th day two, now a respectable 10th overall.

    Maybe a slightly lower rung team will give him room to shine?

    cyclingnews.com/races/giro-de­l-trentino-2-hc/stage-1/results

  • That's a bit of a strange piece. Cautiously supportive, but definitely fence-sitting. And that last paragraph is very hastily cobbled together!

    Something of a none-article?

    It's a case of suggesting things might be getting better...many a commentator have been burnt before with claims of 'things are getting better' only to be burnt when some new news pops up. Really enjoy Inner Ring for general commentary on things cycling

  • ^lol!

    Charlie Wegelius is putting in a pretty solid performance in the Giro Del Trentino, btw. 25th day one, 24th day two, now a respectable 10th overall.

    Maybe a slightly lower rung team will give him room to shine?

    cyclingnews.com/races/giro-de­l-trentino-2-hc/stage-1/results

    Isn't that exactly what United Healthcare are doing for him? I'm not sure he wants to be a leader though, he's not cut out for it mentally.

    Can we have the obligatory claw pic now?

  • inrng.com/?p=2729

    Classic bit of astroturfing in the comments section though

    One can criticise the UCI as much as you like, and in some cases the criticism will be warranted, but the introduction of the biological passport has to be one of the bravest moves by a governing body to combat doping. Anne Gripper deserves a lot of credit for her vision and tenacity in seeing it through.

    Yeh, thanks Pat.

  • I stand by that comment.

  • Pat Power!

  • Come on Andy, it's been obvious for years that you a UCI stooge. Your constant lauding of Armstrong, your enthusiasm for the "attacking verve and elan" of DiLuca, the "brave and exciting" style of Vinokourov and the "raw sexual energy" of Ricco.
    It's time to fess up and ship out.

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