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If you want to win RVV...
Last Post 04/02/2014 12:30 PM by Orange Crush. 5 Replies.
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Orange Crush

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04/01/2014 01:54 PM
Should you be racing de Panne? In my mind it is too close to race day with last weekend already having had hard racing. Not enough time for proper recovery even if you forego the final day as many do.
Keith Richards

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04/01/2014 01:58 PM
I dunno. You have to know yourself and your training program. I know that I don't do well when I take it too easy before a big event.

These guys know what they are doing.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Orange Crush

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04/01/2014 02:16 PM
All I know is that I only see two big names for RVV on the dePanne start list (Terpstra, Sagan).

This has been different in years' past. The philosophy around it seems to be changing, probably mostly driven by relative race stature (worldtour points) and risks of racing in days prior (crashes etc.).

It's not like they took it easy last weekend; and that will take at least half a week to digest. I believe that is why Boonen started foregoing dePanne.
Keith Richards

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04/01/2014 02:52 PM
I will be interested to see if they both finish the event. Sagan has never finished De Panne.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Cosmic Kid

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04/01/2014 08:36 PM
I think Sagan has already said he will quit, or likely quit, before the final stage.

I personally wouldn't race it...the cake has been baked at this point. You aren't going to lose or gain anything between now and Sunday. No need to risk a crash now....some good training, a little motor pacing and call it good.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
Orange Crush

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04/02/2014 12:30 PM
exactly the evolving role and stature of the race I was talking about...

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/three-days-of-de-panne-fighting-for-its-place-in-classics-calendar

BMC manager Allan Peiper finished second overall behind Vanderaerden in 1988 but while De Panne was the ideal Flanders preparation a quarter of a century ago, his team is not in the field in 2014. "I think the whole sports science element has come into that. Riders used to use races as training in a bygone era but that's not pertinent anymore," Peiper says. "They're using training as training and racing as racing, and when they come to race, they're ready to race."
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