Cyclissimo 2019 Page 3

  • mothercruncher 14 Apr 2019 14:04:00 16,538 posts
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    Dunno, guessing tyre was going down perhaps and a quick wheel swap happened off camera.
  • mothercruncher 14 Apr 2019 14:11:35 16,538 posts
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    He’s now riding a teammate’s bike apparently.
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    fs WVA

    got back onto the peloton, changed to another bike and then stacked it immediately.

    Edited by the-cozen-show at 14:14:39 14-04-2019
  • gamecat 14 Apr 2019 18:44:21 878 posts
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    Good race, Sagan looked like death at the end, had a fiver on SVM but he didn't quite have the legs even without the mechanical issues.
  • Salaman 15 Apr 2019 13:36:12 23,695 posts
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    That's 4 monuments for Gilbert
    (who's been hoping of winning all 5 for a few years now).

    San Remo is damn hard to win though. He's going to have to gear his full season preparation towards SR the next years.
  • mothercruncher 15 Apr 2019 15:08:16 16,538 posts
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    Saw mention of Politt attacking in the last feed zone, rewatched that bit and, sure enough he accelerated through that section as everyone else slowed to grab things. The next shot is him hammering along while people are slinging bidons over their shoulders.
    Feels a bit off to me, even if it is a more aggressive one day race.
  • grey_matters 17 Apr 2019 22:38:14 4,817 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    Jeez, what kind of a superman is Mathieu Van der Poel?
    He's unreal. Brabantse Pijl win today with the finale having him going up against Alaphillipe, Matthews, Wellens, and Impey. An absolute legend is developing right in front of us.

    I remember watching his Dad, Adri, going up against Seán Kelly in the 80s but Mathieu is going to eclipse him easily. And probably Kelly too at this rate.
  • askew 17 Apr 2019 22:41:42 19,958 posts
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    Yep, today's race was very exciting – must have been the black shorts.
  • gamecat 21 Apr 2019 14:54:33 878 posts
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    Amstel Gold last 50k on rn, almost forgot it was on.

    Edit: well, glad I didn't miss that, cracking finish.

    VDP drags a group back to leading pair, 1min up the road with 5k to go, then wins a 500m sprint

    Edited by gamecat at 16:18:42 21-04-2019
  • mothercruncher 21 Apr 2019 16:22:16 16,538 posts
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    Oh, my, God. Genuine adrenaline rush from that finish, cannot believe he dragged them all up single handedly from 20 seconds back but actually could then believe he’d then go on to win the sprint against everyone. Wow.
  • askew 21 Apr 2019 20:56:08 19,958 posts
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    I'm not sure why I came in without catching it, but I'm impressed at the spoiler-free posts!
  • askew 22 Apr 2019 09:08:10 19,958 posts
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    Wow. What a beast.
  • mothercruncher 22 Apr 2019 18:18:37 16,538 posts
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    Armstrong on his podcast was fairly certain VdP is off to Quickstep or Sky now. A big money offer will come in that’s too hot to resist.
    I’m not sure. He’s clearly in a second tier team at the moment. Possibly not even that given they’re really a CX squad who are dipping their toe in the road side of things.
    But A. he’s been really loyal to them thus far, appreciating the flexibility they give him that allows him to ride CX, MTB, road, whatever he chooses and B. cyclocross doesn’t pay brilliantly except if you’re Wout Van Aert or Mathieu van der Poel in which case they’re already making millions. Precious CX world champs have taken pay cuts to join road teams.
    I dunno.

    Edited by mothercruncher at 18:19:57 22-04-2019
  • JoelStinty 23 Apr 2019 14:35:29 8,147 posts
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    What a finish. Just watched the Eurosport highlights. My recording finished with a km left 🤔. Lucky the final Km was on YouTube 😂. They were a minute back with about 5k left. Bananas
  • askew 23 Apr 2019 14:46:14 19,958 posts
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    60km an hour? :o
  • Salaman 23 Apr 2019 15:40:37 23,695 posts
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    mothercruncher wrote:
    Armstrong on his podcast was fairly certain VdP is off to Quickstep or Sky now. A big money offer will come in that’s too hot to resist.
    I’m not sure. He’s clearly in a second tier team at the moment. Possibly not even that given they’re really a CX squad who are dipping their toe in the road side of things.
    But A. he’s been really loyal to them thus far, appreciating the flexibility they give him that allows him to ride CX, MTB, road, whatever he chooses and B. cyclocross doesn’t pay brilliantly except if you’re Wout Van Aert or Mathieu van der Poel in which case they’re already making millions. Precious CX world champs have taken pay cuts to join road teams.
    I dunno.
    Nah, he's naturally been asked about it in interviews and his answer was very clear and level-headed.
    If big teams want to come and make me big offers, they're welcome to but for now, I am under contract until 2023.

    His father, an ex cyclist himself, has also prides himself massively on his integrity and has stated that a contract is a contract and they will honour it.

    He or his father also said that their current team are looking to raise more money from sponsors to bring the whole team to a higher level and compete in the World Tour. So he has the option of staying put, getting a big money team built around him and then trying to succeed with this team.

    I don't think he'll move anytime quick.

    Father VdP knows Deceuninck-Quick Step's Patrick Lefevre though. He's raced for his team back in the day and he has mentioned how being on Patrick's team extended his career with at least 8 years. So if he ever decides to change teams, I think QS might have first dibs ... if they can afford him.

    Oddly enough for such a successful team, QS struggled raising enough money from Sponsors for this season until Deceuninck came along.
  • askew 24 Apr 2019 16:18:11 19,958 posts
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    https://www.strava.com/activities/2307958367
  • Psychotext 24 Apr 2019 16:53:31 65,635 posts
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    Noice.

    Averaging my FTP for 6 hours. lol
  • mothercruncher 24 Apr 2019 21:55:58 16,538 posts
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    After six hours of racing he held a 430 watt average over the last 12 minutes or so, 850 watts for the last 45 seconds and a 15 second sprint at 1200 twatting watts 😳
  • Psychotext 24 Apr 2019 23:05:39 65,635 posts
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    Good breakdown here: https://cyclingtips.com/2019/04/mathieu-van-der-poel-power-watts-amstel-gold/
  • Salaman 25 Apr 2019 10:29:29 23,695 posts
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    Meanwhile Deceuninck-QuickStep are still harping on about too many cars and motorcycles between the leaders and the chasers in those last 10k.

    Even though a Dutch journalist refuted their claim fairly convincingly with several heli shots showing Mvp pulling in the front of the chase group with no car or motorcycle in sight.
  • askew 25 Apr 2019 22:07:07 19,958 posts
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    My favourite bit of that finale was the camera angle that shows MvdP with ~10 or so riders in tow…

    …just as Kwiakowski had caught Fulgsang and Alaphillipe.
  • mothercruncher 26 Apr 2019 07:10:06 16,538 posts
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    Quickstep might have meant to say VdP was the motorbike.
  • Salaman 28 Apr 2019 16:00:05 23,695 posts
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    How the hell did Fuglsang stay upright in that turn?
  • grey_matters 28 Apr 2019 22:13:37 4,817 posts
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    Salaman wrote:
    How the hell did Fuglsang stay upright in that turn?
    Hah! I've no idea, unreal. Great bike-handling with a huge slice of luck that he was transferring his weight to the front half.
  • Salaman 29 Apr 2019 08:12:20 23,695 posts
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    Belgian commentators were saying before, when he hopped straight over a roundabout with a small curb to keep his speed: "He's an ex-MBT rider, they can handle a bike".

    Then he does that.

    Yup ... ex-MBT, what did we say?

    It's one way to adrenaline-turbo yourself through those last Kms I guess.
  • JoelStinty 12 May 2019 12:09:29 8,147 posts
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    Hmmm. Just catching up with the Giro from yesterday, and theres some very big names in here. Which is great. Should make for a really good Giro.

    But i think it is going to make the Tour a bit of a bore fest, though we might see a three way leadership battle at Ineos with bernal, i would imagine being fresh and available for France after breaking his collarbone, which would be fun to watch. But i don't really trust Movistar or Bardet to bring a challenge to them with the rest of the field knackered as well.

    Edited by JoelStinty at 12:11:18 12-05-2019
  • Psychotext 15 May 2019 14:27:22 65,635 posts
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    Dumoulin out. Not massively surprising.
  • askew 24 May 2019 15:56:46 19,958 posts
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    Today's stage is shaking things up: https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/giro-d-italia/2019/stage-13/today/situation. Mollema's made a go of it.

    Tomorrow will do the same.
  • grey_matters 28 May 2019 20:40:12 4,817 posts
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    Surprised at Roglic's result today although I only saw the last 2km. He looked superhuman in week 1. Its set up nicely right now for a great finale.

    Another superhuman is Van Der Poel (again). This time ripping it up on mountain bike world cup circuit. There's a nice clip in this article:

    Van der Poel Mountain bike win
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