the 2018 spring classics thread

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  • Klunk
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    impressive win

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    Awesome, hard riding Belgian .. my faves.

    jobro
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    Amazing to think Van Aert has gone from one hour races to do so well in a four hour one.

    Great race again. Strade Bianche might not be a Monument, but for me, it’s the first of the Classics.

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    Amazing to think Van Aert has gone from one hour races to do so well in a four hour one.

    Yeah, impressive even given the terrain.  TBH I’d have imagined van der Poel would’ve made the more likely roadie

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    WvA has been riding road for a few seasons, in local Belgian events only. It this year he’s touted to do more including PR and De Ronde.. it will be good to see how he takes PR on.

    I too think the faves all rode themselves out of it, too much looking around at Sagan..

    ugarizza
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    When’s the next Spring Classic? I’m enjoying this stuff, feeling like I’m getting my 2 pounds worth of value from Eurosport too.

    Klunk
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    some quality gurning today 🙂

    that was some effort

    Klunk
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    the next classic is Milan-San Remo on March 17th

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    Not sure if this’ll work but shows how knackered WvA was, falling off on the final climb

    https://mobile.twitter.com/kingstonwheeler/status/969968381028896768/video/1

    ugarizza
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    Thanks! Looking forward to it. Good pictures too, cheers.

    Watched that video, wow, he really did empty the tank today.

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    scaredypants

    <span style=”font-size: 0.8rem;”>TBH I’d have imagined van der Poel would’ve made the more likely roadie</span>

    Presuming van deer Poel is still focused on his goal of the mountain bikes in the Olympics I 2020 and will be doing the xc World Cup again this year.

    Klunk
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    nah, he had to dismount and remount somewhere along the ride force of habit 😉

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    Some awesome pics on insta.. if you have it just take 10mins over there. 📸☄️🤩

    Klunk
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    some more piccies

    atlaz
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    On WvA’s bike, was that a seatpack, camera or the Velon thingee?

    Klunk
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    mens highlights

    last 20km

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    not a spring classic but I think it fits here,

    has anyone seen Paris Nice st 1.  I’m just looking at the (silent) replay on eurosport.  Those guys look really pissed off

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    finish worth a look though, if you can find a stream

    small spoiler:

    The final 5km is more than enough – rest was just grim

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    TJ out, I’m beginning to wonder why he starts a race these days.

    About 12 months ago I spotted that the Vuelta Cataluña route came past our house and had a stage finish at the top of a local climb which is a real brute, 1000m of height gain in 12km. A couple of weeks before the race, MrsPB and I decided to ride up it so off we set. A few hairpins into the climb a couple of riders come shooting past, one in particular dressed in every piece of Movistar riding kit made, thermal jacket, roubaix longs, full gloves, balaclava, the works. He gave us a cheery hello and cleared off in big ring. Some time later I arrived at the top to see him chatting to his mate in the little carpark. I rode over to look down the climb for Trish and he started chatting about my bike, tyre sizes etc, the usual bollocks. I replied in my broken Spanish, turns out he lives up near Tarragona. I summonded my best vocab and informed him that the Vuelta Cataluna would be up here in a couple of weeks, he replied, “I know, I’m in it” his mate piped up “his name is Marc Soler”
    He’s today just won the Paris-Nice. :roll:

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    He’s today just won the Paris-Nice.

    Sheesh. Wasn’t expecting this in the spring classic thread!. I’ll delete today’s off my planner now.

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    Watch it anyway very good exciting race.

    milan San remo next weekend.

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    That’s just a little bit on the bonkers side of things !

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    some pre race needle between Sagan and Kwiatkowski

    You have to be sensible sometimes and play to your strengths and weaknesses. Everyone knows Sagan can sprint, it’s what he does… So of course you’re not going to put yourself in a position where you’re tired as the sprint comes up, it would be crazy to do so.

    Klunk
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    all’s fair in love and bike racing (except dope, elbows and motors obviously 🙂 )

    Klunk
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    thunderstorms forecast for the end of the race so a tricky descent off the Poggio

    jobro
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    I’m not even going to start predicting a winner this weekend. The Classics are hard enough to call at the best of times but Milan often throws up a surprise. What I will predict is that this years race will be a real corker with so many riders who can climb a bit and sprint a bit in very good form.

    My heart says Sagan though! Current saviour of cycling?

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    Just a bump M-S-R is today, live on Eurosport from 1330.

    Klunk
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    7 hrs in the rain going to be a cheery peloton 🙂

    corroded
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    I would I like to ride Milan-San Remo today? No.

    Klunk
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    qs, sky and bora leading the chase

    jobro
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    Who reckons they could take a pair of leggings off while keeping the speed over 20mph ??

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    Blimey, Cav’s somersault 🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🤦‍♀️🥊💥

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    Awesome break, Great win.

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    yeah, credit to him for spotting the opportunity and battering on

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