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Old 8th February 2012   #201
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^ They were talking about the average speed in the coverage - it's crazy when you consider the winds and that some of the roads were really bad! Made for quite entertaining watching though.
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Old 8th February 2012   #202
Oliver Schick
 
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People shouldn't be allowed to ride bikes that fast.

#ambiguity
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Old 8th February 2012   #203
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Tour of Qatar is super flat, but still... oof.
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Old 8th February 2012   #204
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It was amazing when Cancerllara went..
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Old 8th February 2012   #205
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This race has the top classics riders in the world going flat out to get some speed in their legs. Is it any surprise, therefore, that the average speed is high?
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Old 8th February 2012   #206
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I'm not surprised at all. More in awe..
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Old 9th February 2012   #207
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It's Cavendish again!
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Old 9th February 2012   #208
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Made it look easy too, the last few kms were good viewing.
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Old 10th February 2012   #210
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it's like they were on drugs or something..
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Old 10th February 2012   #211
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Cav has his first crash of the season: claims he could have won when climbing back on.

Eisel: 'it doesn't matter'

^ what a dude.
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Old 10th February 2012   #212
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Cav's Twitter

So we beat the average speed of stage 4. 51kph average today for 120km!! .....

Fffffuck
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Old 10th February 2012   #213
skinny
Where does everyone go for news?
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Old 10th February 2012   #215
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www.cyclingnews.com
www.redkiteprayer.com - best cycling blog about. period
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Old 10th February 2012   #217
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The best blog on bike racing, bar none;

http://inrng.com/
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Old 10th February 2012   #218
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Quote:
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The best blog on bike racing, bar none;

http://inrng.com/
Bookmarked now.

Cheers Andy.

repped
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Old 10th February 2012   #219
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great blog
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Old 11th February 2012   #220
skinny
Thanks andy.

I've used steephill.tv till now. Still a cool site.
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Old 11th February 2012   #221
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Bookmarked now.

Cheers Andy.

repped
Cant believe you've only just discovered inrng Luci!
Have a read of this - http://inrng.com/2011/12/tinker-tailor-cyclist-spy/
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Old 12th February 2012   #222
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Jon Tiernan-Locke dropped everyone and won Tour Mediterranean on the final stage. Monster.

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Old 12th February 2012   #223
T-V
Pretty awesome effort that.
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Old 12th February 2012   #224
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6 stages won by Brits in a week and a bit?
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Old 12th February 2012   #225
T-V
Yep. Does that make GB most successful nation so far this season? Early days obviously, but nice to see less heralded riders and teams picking up wins in some of the early season tune ups.
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Old 12th February 2012   #226
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Did J T-L ride for Rapha last year? He seemed untouchable on the climbs in some of the domestic races if I'm thinking of the right guy.
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Old 12th February 2012   #227
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^ yep he was KOM on TOB I think.

He's probably just got himself a Pro Tour contract with that performance. Dan Martin, Le Mevel, Navarro etc and he put 30 seconds into them
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Old 12th February 2012   #228
NCGee
Ah yeah, that's the guy, I'd forgotten about his ToB KoM. He was awesome in the Premier Calender stuff they showed on Sky.
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Old 12th February 2012   #229
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He's 27, I think his chances of riding for a World Tour team, regardless of this performance, have passed.
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Old 12th February 2012   #230
T-V
Just read the article on Endura in the current issue of Rouleur. Apparently their strategy is to recruit riders in middle of their careers with a point to prove. Jtl may not ride at pro tour level, but this win could help drive Endura towards pro continental next season.
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Old 13th February 2012   #232
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This race has the top classics riders in the world going flat out to get some speed in their legs with some big fucking tailwinds. Is it any surprise, therefore, that the average speed is high?
Not really, no.
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Old 13th February 2012   #233
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He's 27, I think his chances of riding for a World Tour team, regardless of this performance, have passed.
After being signed by Sky, he'll win the Vuelta this year..
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Old 14th February 2012   #234
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Wigskinandbones column in the Guardian:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/sport/blog...tour-de-france
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Old 14th February 2012   #235
T-V
First blood to Greipel in a head to head with Cavendish.

#innowaysignificant
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Old 14th February 2012   #236
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Does it count as a head to head if only one of them actually contests the sprint?
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Old 14th February 2012   #237
T-V
Pass.

As noted it is quite meaningless, but I do think Greipel will give Cavendish more problems this year.
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Old 15th February 2012   #238
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What dictates a teams nationality? I just noticed on Steephill that Farnese are apparently registered as a GBR team, but there seems to be nothing british about them. Italian name, italian website, mostly italian riders (no brits) blah blah...

Since most teams are fairly international (in terms of riders at least) what makes one team Italian and another British, and what influences a team's decision where to register?
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Old 15th February 2012   #239
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^Tax for Farnese as Italian social security contributions are prohibitive. Inner Ring has a blog post about it.
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Old 15th February 2012   #240
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Got it, Thanks. Next time I've got a bike in London I may dress up in my best flouro kit and make a fan's pilgrimage!

http://inrng.com/2011/12/greenedge-r...-italian-team/
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Old 15th February 2012   #241
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Last edited by ewanmac; 15th February 2012 at 11:57. Reason: Wac... Double post
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Old 15th February 2012   #242
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what the hell is Sagan taking?
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Old 15th February 2012   #243
T-V
Why do you ask that?
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Old 15th February 2012   #244
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Got it, Thanks. Next time I've got a bike in London I may dress up in my best flouro kit and make a fan's pilgrimage!
http://inrng.com/2011/12/greenedge-r...-italian-team/
"Greenedge’s official address is in Victoria, Australia"

Of course it is.

#vicbest
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Old 15th February 2012   #245
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Sagan was a bad ass junior MTB rider at world level so he's probably got the genes.

Plus he busts sweet no handed wheelies on the Angliru

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Old 15th February 2012   #246
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Pro cycling's main issue is that no-one can believe in riders who burst onto the scene and instantly start winning races, precisely because most of the riders who've done that in the past 20 years have subsequently been shown to be doping. It was fairly common for exceptional talent like Coppi, Merckx, Roche and Lemond to start their pro careers with a bang, i.e. Roche won Paris-Nice as a neo-pro.

The biological passport does seem to be having an effect though, so unless Sagan has been doping since he was a junior, which is not unknown, then it's not without precedent.
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Old 15th February 2012   #247
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Anyway, he's currently the centre of the latest spoof from Cyclismas to be taken at face value by a serious media outlet.

The spoof and RTBF, the main French speaking channel in Belgium, being taken in by it.
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Old 15th February 2012   #248
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Oh dear. Yes, the issue of whether fresh talent is legit or not is one of the main things I mean.
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Old 15th February 2012   #249
T-V
If he was a Brit or an Aussie we wouldn't be having this conversation. I hope he is clean because I like his riding.
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Old 18th February 2012   #250
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Sky getting Richie Porte going again is a strong look.
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