the 2018 spring classics thread

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  • Klunk
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    kicks off this weekend with

    Omloop Het Nieuwsblad on saturday

    and

    Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne on Sunday

    Klunk
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    looks like it’s going to be sunny but cold with a stiff easterly breeze

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    Oh yes. Eurosport Player primed and ready here.

    🙂

    DiscJockey
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    Nice one – thanks for the heads-up….Every year I seem to forget the classics start this early….or is it just that the first 2 months of each year flashes by…who knows…

    I’d love to see Stannard **** everyone over again at the Omloop (watch with about 5km to go):

    Klunk
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    looks like the kind of day to hide in the pack 🙂

    mrblobby
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    Good viewing this despite the commentary not having kicked in yet. 60k to go and it feels like it’s simmering nicely.

    Klunk
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    bergs and narrow roads makes it very difficult for any one team to dominate, makes for good racing

    legend
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    Steephill.tv again I assume?

    EDIT: no dodgy English feed, might have to actually pay again this year

    ugarizza
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    Is the lack of commentary normal? It’s a bit ghostly.

    legend
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    I’ve commentary……. unfortunately it’s in Dutch. Check to see if another Eurosport channel is also showing it, sometimes commentary only comes through on one of the channels

    mrblobby
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    Eurposport. They show the whole race on the player but the commentary only kicks in when it comes on the telly.

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    Some of those chaps aren’t wearing gloves ..

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    Thank you so much for the reminder! I’ve got it streaming now.

    legend
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    Anyone watching via Amazon? Can’t see it listed there which seems odd

    mrblobby
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    Can you watch Eurosport via Amazon with a Eurosport player subscription or do you need to have purchased it via Amazon?

    Good race btw, please not Astana though 🙁

    legend
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    Needs a separate subscription through Amazon unfortunately. I had a grumble at them about this when it first came out. Annoying as it’s more expensive to add it to Amazon than it is to get Eurosport Player on its own – OTOH Id be able to watch via any TV/laptop/tablet/phone in the house.

    Still don’t think today’s race was available through amazon anyway, which makes me reluctant to sign up

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    Kind of fizzled out over the last couple of km or so, shame Wout couldn’t place, I never like to see a winner from that team are we avoiding spoilers?

    legend
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    Nah, spoilers allowed. You’re right about it fizzling out, wondered if it was just a language thing but doubted it

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    Astana played it well but they’ve been a dirty team who should have been binned years ago, maybe they’ve changed but I find it very difficult to enjoy any victory by them

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    Well Astana are in financial difficulty having not received their Government funding, possible they may fold… So Vino says.

    mrblobby
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    Despite the Astana thing I quite like Valgren, mostly for his comments about Aru last year. Think they had 3 in the break so it was theirs to lose really. Good to see WVA at the sharp end too.

    Klunk
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    final 17km

    Klunk
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    last years winner of Kuurne

    altitude training in spain 🙁

    Klunk
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    the 2015 winner, out sprinting viviani and kristof

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    Good to see the evergreen, nearly 38 years old Valverde winnning in the desert and set well for the spring classics – how does he do it? I’d do the rolls eyes emoji if I knew how to:)

    stevew
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    Eurosport player is no longer available on firestick but you can use it as an add on in the kodi app, still need a subscription tho but it works well.

    Klunk
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    Omloop pics

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    Was quite a good race, so it’s Strada Bianchi and Dwars door West-Vlaanderen on the one day side and Paris Nice up next

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    Just watched the replay of K-B-K, that was some speed difference between Groenewegen and Demare in the sprint – either the latter’s off form (or was knackered) or else…

    Klunk
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    last 12km of KBK

    Klunk
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    le Samyn tomorrow

    looking like a race for the hard men with temps not getting above freezing for the whole race

    Klunk
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    nasty crash, not the kind of day to end up in a roadside ditch full of water. Again there  are riders with no gloves !

    1x with discs in the break, crazy days we are living in 🙂

    Klunk
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    blimey some severe cobbleage there, nearly turfed the motocycle cameraman of his bike 🙂

    mrblobby
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    Good racing there, enjoyed that. Gaudin got a right working over.

    Now for SB and MSR 🙂

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    Nice ride by Nikki..

    Now looking forward to Strade Bianche (my favourite race of the season)

    dovebiker
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    Strade Bianchi well-deserving of a modern monument because it’s such a great course – sector 7 from Asciano / Mt St Anne is brutal – the pros are on the big ring, in L’Eroica many amateurs are walking. What we really need some rain like the 2007 Giro and Wout Van Aert displaying his Flemish mud-riding stylee!

    aP
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    What we really need some rain like the 2007 Giro and Wout Van Aert displaying his Flemish mud-riding stylee!

    The weather forecast is for damp for the rest of the week in Siena…

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