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Old 2nd March 2014   #451
peter vdonor
 
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Strade Bianche, love it. The 1st pro race that's grown out of a sportive (instead of the other way around); L'Eroica

Mont Sante Marie never looks as steep on TV as it feels riding there yourself though :-/

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Old 2nd March 2014   #452
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is that the climb into sienna? it looks brutal on TV
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Old 2nd March 2014   #453
peter vdonor
 
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no, it's the one after Asciano toward Castelnuovo Berardenga, after 147km. Exact same stretch as in L'Eroica





gravel and up to 18%

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Old 2nd March 2014   #454
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Lazy racing in the chasing pack once OPQS and Belkin forced the early selection, only Lotto and Sky getting organised and chasing, belatedly Katusha with the rest of them hoping they would do the work and they could profit at the end. Once the gap went out to a minute the chasers were cooked, especially since one of the team doing the chasing had done a lot of work the day before. I was hoping for a tense clock watch as they slowly reeled them but no, OPQS and Belkin played it perfectly. Still a great race, worthy winner in the end.
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Old 2nd March 2014   #455
skinny
Luca was pulling like a fucking steam train.
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Old 2nd March 2014   #456
Chadders81donor
Just watched the final 80km. Impressive stuff from OPQS and Belkin.

Can't remember seeing two teams put such a massive number in a break that hasn't been forced by a crosswind.

Pleased it wasn't too cold for Boonen today.
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Old 3rd March 2014   #457
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The lead group made up about 30 seconds of their gap riding on a cycle path beside a cobbled section which according to latest rules was supposed to be banned.

Chasers stayed on the road.

Good luck with taking a home win off Tommeke.

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Old 3rd March 2014   #458
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Ha, I didn't see that. The outcome should be interesting.
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Old 3rd March 2014   #459
peter vdonor
 
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there will be no outcome I suspect, other than 'jury, pay attention next time, rules have changed'
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Old 3rd March 2014   #461
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I say if you're prepared to take the risk of street furniture and run the gauntlet of fans - possibly because you've recce'd the route well - then fair fucks to you.

How is this rule going to be enforced? What if there's a massive pile up on the Koppenberg and a load of riders unclip and run up the banking to go round?

Loads of riders will use the grass in P-R to get off the cobbles if its drier. It's not a smooth path but its not the road either.
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Old 3rd March 2014   #462
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You can understand why the rule needs to exist, to cover the organiser's butt if/when riders or peds hurt themselves.
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Old 3rd March 2014   #463
Chadders81donor
The element of danger posed by pissed Belgians and errant dogs makes cycling all the more fun as far as I'm concerned. Same with riders smashing into the odd sign or coming a cropper when the try and bunny hop a kerb.
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Old 4th March 2014   #464
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Luca was pulling like a fucking steam train.
But him and Katusha only belatedly started to chase: they needed to be pulling straight after the climb that split them, the Kwaremont
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Old 4th March 2014   #465
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This is worth a quick read;

http://www.trekfactoryracing.com/new...+March+preview
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Old 4th March 2014   #466
skinny
Cheers that's a great read!!
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Old 4th March 2014   #467
jim1985
Finally got round to watching the highlights of K-B-K. Watching the OPQS guys in the break was great, some awesome teamwork going on there. And Boonen makes it all look so horrendously easy. Prick.
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Old 4th March 2014   #468
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Pez cycling got photos of the exact moment the break went away; some Pro Conti chopper lost the wheel then cut up Greipel trying to get over to the gutter and they were gone.



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Old 4th March 2014   #469
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So, in actual fact Gripes was in the wrong place and didn't or couldn't respond in time.

As for your dig at Pro Conti, Topsport had a man in the break, what does that say about the rest of the Pro Tour teams that failed this fairly simple task? They had one team to watch, one team...
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Old 5th March 2014   #470
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Would seem to be a fairly easy task to get from behind the rider in front and ride up the middle. You turn the handlebars to the left and pedal hard...
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Old 5th March 2014   #472
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it looks very much like he was dropped before that guy cut him off
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Old 5th March 2014   #473
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The gorilla nickname is funny cos he really isn't; pro cyclists are just tiny

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Old 5th March 2014   #474
_dan_donor
 
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isn't that name to do with the way he grips the bars in a sprint?
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Old 7th March 2014   #475
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Paris-Nice starts on Sunday, with a course that goes against the grain by not including a time-trial or a summit finish of any real difficulty. Instead the course features lots of medium mountains and narrow roads, thus giving the opportunists and tactically savvy riders more chance of the overall win.

Will it lead to anarchic, chaotic racing or will one or two of the stronger teams look to shut down the race and win via the bonus seconds available to the top three finishers each day?
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Old 7th March 2014   #476
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EBH, lol
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Old 7th March 2014   #477
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tomorrow's start list

I hope tv coverage (images and race info) will be up to par with that of the Belgian classics.

If you vpn, Sporza's stream will be here
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Old 7th March 2014   #478
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Froome is out of Tirreno-Adriatico with an inflammation of the back, so Sky have withdrawn Porte from Paris-Nice, infuriating ASO in the process, to lead the team in Italy.
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Old 7th March 2014   #479
5awyr
Prudhomme doesn't sound very happy.
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Old 7th March 2014   #480
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He'll cheer up come July.
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Old 7th March 2014   #481
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Because >2.5 years without any injury or setback is exactly what pro cyclists generally experience.
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Old 7th March 2014   #482
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It'll be good to see how Geraint Thomas does now
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Old 8th March 2014   #483
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tomorrow's start list

I hope tv coverage (images and race info) will be up to par with that of the Belgian classics.

If you vpn, Sporza's stream will be here
Eurosport only have a 90min live segment as far as I can see, disappointing. Also highlights, but I want dust roads and suffering NOW not tomorrow!
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Old 8th March 2014   #484
skinny
RACiNG!!!! EXCiTED
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Old 8th March 2014   #485
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i cant get onto any feeds?

eurosport 2 has skiing on
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Old 8th March 2014   #486
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it starts at half past

edit: apologies, fairly shite quality but on now http://sports-livezz.com/7/200/

eurosport coverage will begin at half 1, which should be better quality and you should be able to find here http://www.hahabar.com/20131112/v--4....27217867.html
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Old 8th March 2014   #487
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lame
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Old 8th March 2014   #488
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http://cricfree.tv/bein-sport-6-live-stream.php

better stream from BeIn Sport 6
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Old 8th March 2014   #489
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ouch, Rosa spill... better not wreck your bike on mt Sante Marie... killer section it turns out to be (much like in L'Eroica where most are walking uphill & creeping down with both brakes firmly engaged)

as expected, tv director and race info are a bit shite

Stannard to the front!
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Old 8th March 2014   #490
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i am loving this - i can't wait for october!
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Old 8th March 2014   #491
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ouch, Rosa spill... better not wreck your bike on mt Sante Marie... killer section it turns out to be (much like in L'Eroica where most are walking uphill & creeping down with both brakes firmly engaged)

as expected, tv director and race info are a bit shite

Stannard to the front!

i was so pleased to make it up last year without walking - very satisfying to see the pros struggle too!
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Old 8th March 2014   #492
jim1985
This is absolutely stunning, very much enjoying watching it. Even better given I'm enjoying it nourished by a slice of pizza and bottle of IPA courtesy of a half price deal at Whole Foods
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Old 8th March 2014   #493
jim1985
Sagan. What a monster on that little acceleration!
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Old 8th March 2014   #494
peter vdonor
 
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nobody wanted to work in the chasing group, looks like this one will be for Sagan

Valverde in chasse patate?
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Old 8th March 2014   #495
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Power to weight might be with Kwaks
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Old 8th March 2014   #496
_dan_donor
 
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Looks like he's labouring a bit
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Old 8th March 2014   #497
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this could go either way
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Old 8th March 2014   #498
peter vdonor
 
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now that was a surprise!
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Old 8th March 2014   #499
_dan_donor
 
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Bosh
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Old 8th March 2014   #500
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sagans entire body expression as he saw the attack knowing he had nothing left

good effort
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