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Last Post 04/07/2014 12:48 PM by Keith Jackson. 28 Replies.
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Patched Tube

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04/06/2014 08:16 AM
Lot of dudes hitting the pavement today
-- that which cannot be proven as true must be regarded as false or not affirmed as true
Keith Richards

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04/06/2014 10:52 AM
When I saw his sprinting form in MSR, I knew what time it was for Flanders.
----- 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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04/06/2014 10:53 AM
Awesome last hour of race - pure attrition. The top 15 finishers all big names.
Ride On

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04/06/2014 12:01 PM
Was a mans race today. Sagan is not yet a man.
Orange Crush

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04/06/2014 12:10 PM
Not sure what happened with Sagan today but he was clearly frustrated by lack of team support and being outnumbered.
Keith Richards

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04/06/2014 12:53 PM
I agree that Sagan ended up in a bad position due to his lack of teammates in the finale. I think he rode as best he could considering the circumstances. OPQS had the tactics right but the wrong personnel. They needed Terpstra in that late break.
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Patched Tube

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04/06/2014 09:35 PM
Well crap... finally got to see a little racing and my internet connection blew up about 45 minutes before the race ended (jeez I need to get back to civilization). Sounds like a hell of a finish and hat tip to Keith - he called it.

A little disappointed with Sagan (though probably not as disappointed as HE is) - thought he'd run a little better than that. In my minds eye I had him in the final selection and, if not winning, being a big part of making the race.
-- that which cannot be proven as true must be regarded as false or not affirmed as true
Cosmic Kid

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04/07/2014 12:00 AM
I had two of the three riders I. The podium, plus picking Fabian for the win. Boonen let me down....

I'm thinking I am gonna roll with the same three next weekend, though....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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04/07/2014 09:33 AM
My internet streaming was bad, too.
Bein replayed that last 55k a few hours after the race, with a long commercial break that blacked out the last time up that big next-to-last climb. Back from commercial, Canc is up the road with total mayhem behind. WTF kind of coverage is that?
Keith Richards

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04/07/2014 09:35 AM
I had to go streaming shopping.

I really preferred Magnus Backstedt's commentary to Sean Kelly's, but the feed was terrible so I had to go with Eurosport.

Sep ain't faking...but after 250k+, nobody is faking!
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
Dale

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04/07/2014 09:39 AM
As was said of MSR, at the end of 300k the sprint is sort of wobbly… those legs have got to be fried before they even start winding up that last 500m or so
Orange Crush

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04/07/2014 12:40 PM
I think Cance knew that if it came down to a sprint at speed, Sep might be able to overhaul him. That's why he waited as long as he possibly could and checked with DS how far the pursuers were behind. Smart play on soggy legs.

I had about 10 tries before I got a descent Sporza feed. I quit the Eurosport one after first commercial break...can't have commercial breaks in cycling or soccer coverage...anyone should now that.
Sweet Milk

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04/07/2014 12:45 PM
I agree with OC. I do not think FC was the strongest one at the end of the race, but tactical nous got it for him. You got to have a LOT of self confidence to let such big a gap develop so close to the end of the race so that your apparently strongest competitor (Sep struck may as the one with the most gas left) will burn his matches to close it...
Keith Richards

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04/07/2014 12:48 PM
But Cancellara had another ace up his sleeve. As part of his preparation for the 2014 spring classics, Trek general manager Luca Guercilena implemented specific sprint training to give him an added dimension.

After watching Cancellara come so tantalizingly close so many times, Guercilena knew they needed to add some speed work to complement his power. Guercilena put Cancellara through sprint interval training, designed to increase his finishing speed after a long, hard effort.



Read more at http://velonews.competitor.com/2014/04/news/sprint-jinx-cancellara-flanders_323020#j42HyKOo3UV7QwzO.99
----- It is his word versus ours. We like our word. We like where we stand and we like our credibility."--Lance Armstrong.
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