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Old 9th April 2008   #1
dogmatic
Tour of Flanders... Gomez crash

Has anyone out got a youtube or whatever clip of that Gomez crash during the Tour of Flanders of sunday? I'm trying to find it so I can mail it to a friend but I can't seem to find it.

thanks...
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Old 9th April 2008   #2
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It was on there on Sunday but got removed, presumably for copyright breaching. Shame as it was spectacular!
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Old 9th April 2008   #3
dogmatic
I saw it live on tv but I wanted to show it to a friend who hasn't seen it.
I wouldn't wish that crash on my worst enemies...
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Old 9th April 2008   #4
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He got off quite lightly considering. He has admitted it was entirely his own fault as he wasn't looking where he was going.
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Old 9th April 2008   #5
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Found it!

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Old 9th April 2008   #6
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oooft. Sore one, got to keep your eye on the ball. He was lucky for sure.
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Old 9th April 2008   #7
dogmatic
thanks!
True about him not looking where he was going...
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Old 9th April 2008   #8
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broken/ fractured elbow only, that is lucky.
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Old 9th April 2008   #9
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brutal
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Old 9th April 2008   #10
eeehhhh
blimey... his bike went flying :S
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Old 9th April 2008   #11
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look at the front wheel, jeez
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Old 9th April 2008   #12
eeehhhh
all that carbon, tut tut.

I can hear Jobst Brandt muttering "32 spokes..."
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Old 9th April 2008   #13
pj (pj)
commentary is hilarious...

'yayayayayaya ooh la la - he didn't see the little flower garden"
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Old 9th April 2008   #14
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What was the flag dude doing?

I'm suprised there wasn;t anything bad in the Ghent - Bubblegum, the new decent whilst safer has a few corners where you could go flying.
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Old 9th April 2008   #15
dogmatic
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all that carbon, tut tut.

I can hear Jobst Brandt muttering "32 spokes..."
Actually you'll notice that most riders in the tour of flanders have low profile alloy rims with 32 spokes, just like in paris-roubaix. A few teams had carbon back wheels.
I'm not sure his wheels are carbon at all... his fork was, clearly...
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Old 9th April 2008   #16
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Ambrosio aluminium rim wasn't it?
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Old 9th April 2008   #17
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Actually you'll notice that most riders in the tour of flanders have low profile alloy rims with 32 spokes, just like in paris-roubaix. A few teams had carbon back wheels.
I'm not sure his wheels are carbon at all... his fork was, clearly...
I've never really looked at them, tbh... I try not to look at things I know I probably can't afford!
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Old 9th April 2008   #18
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did you think his wheels were carbon?
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Old 9th April 2008   #19
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Apparently even the riders are carbon-based these days.
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Old 10th April 2008   #20
dogmatic
While we're on the subject of special gear for the tour of flanders and paris roubaix: apparently tom boonen will have special front forks on his paris-roubaix bike as well as a special rear-triangle. Other Quickstep riders will only have a special fork and if they want they can get double bartape (that's a quote...). QS will we riding on 25 to 27mm tires. The whole silence-lotto team will be riding on special cross-frames with cross-brakes in case it gets to muddy.
Do we care? Errrr... not really, probably, it's funny to see how over here (in Belgium) people go crazy for two weeks each year about these races.
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Old 10th April 2008   #21
pj (pj)
i care. paris roubaix is one of the highlights of the year.
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Old 10th April 2008   #22
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Me too, I'm gutted I had to stay in England and miss the fun this week.
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Old 10th April 2008   #23
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did you think his wheels were carbon?
I did by the way it fell apart. But then again, I know absolutely fsck all about 'proper' road bikes anyway. Have I made a bad, bad mistake?
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Old 10th April 2008   #24
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Ant says they're aluminium rims, that'll do for me. Anyway, wouldn't carbon splinter?

As for P-R, I'll definitely be watching it. What a magical race, with so much history surrounding it.

Johan Museeuw's victory salute in 2000.


George Hincapie's legendary pic from 2001 (Museeuw hunting behind)


And Sean Kelly, what a legend.
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Old 10th April 2008   #25
eeehhhh
Woah. That is mental! :-o
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Old 10th April 2008   #26
dogmatic
don't get me wrong, i'll be watching it for sure!
edit:no, i wont...
saw the tour of flanders too ... it was a good one this year.

Last edited by dogmatic; 10th April 2008 at 10:13. Reason: just realised i have prior engagements... ;)
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Old 10th April 2008   #27
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hincapie and his broken bike at PR a 2 or so years ago...
it's weird he was riding on equipment that is not really adapted to PR (deep carbon rims with too little spokes) since Johan Bruyneel should know what works in PR and what doesn't... pressure from equipment sponsors?
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Old 10th April 2008   #28
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what happened then? steerer tube snapped?
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Old 10th April 2008   #29
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Re-badged Heds?
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Old 10th April 2008   #30
dogmatic
and here's the youtube of that crash (in italian):

classic!
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Old 10th April 2008   #31
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what happened then? steerer tube snapped?
fork snapped at the top, handlebars get caught in the wheel, george goes flying.
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Old 10th April 2008   #32
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It was an alu steerer, wasn't it?
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Old 10th April 2008   #33
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i think the steerer tube snapped earlier in the race, but he hadn't realised, or soemthing.

i was lookign for that clip yesterday but couldn't find it. the clip i posted above of hincapie riding hard but for no reward is awesome.
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Old 10th April 2008   #34
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i think the steerer tube snapped earlier in the race, but he hadn't realised, or soemthing.

i was lookign for that clip yesterday but couldn't find it. the clip i posted above of hincapie riding hard but for no reward is awesome.
Yeah, it's great watching those Americans lose :p
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Old 10th April 2008   #35
pj (pj)
that wasn't quite what i meant.

it's more that it is what cycling's about, the tactics, the heartbreak, the mythical race, the individual against the team. he was engaged in this futile effort, but kept on at it.

it's hard to explain, but i think you know what i mean.
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Old 10th April 2008   #36
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it's hard to explain, but i think you know what i mean.
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Old 10th April 2008   #37
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that wasn't quite what i meant.

it's more that it is what cycling's about, the tactics, the heartbreak, the mythical race, the individual against the team. he was engaged in this futile effort, but kept on at it.

it's hard to explain, but i think you know what i mean.
something like this: "It's interesting to see how the riders are just a small part in the bigger picture which is the team and all its commercial interests"? Or is that too cynical ;)
No but seriously, I only started being interested in pro cycling when I realised it was basically a team effort with tactics and all that...
But... I think you can find similar examples of the situation like the one Hincapie is in in that clip in other races too. I wonder what it was like in the quickstep team car during the tour of flanders this year... must have been quite interesting too.

but... talking about classic cycling moments:
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