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Last Post 04/22/2022 08:52 PM by Dale Dale. 12 Replies.
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Dale

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04/20/2022 10:57 AM
For a minute it looked like Valverde would pull off a win.
On a local ride one of the guys asked Brad Huff about Valverde and how he's still competitive at his age. "He's a genetic freak, but the years of doping have a residual effect."

I was surprised Pogačars showing wasn't better.

Good race. Something to entertain me on a pouring down rain day.
Cosmic Kid

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04/20/2022 11:03 AM
Did not have Teuns down as a potential winner for La Fleche....honestly, I thought it was gonna be Valverde but he blew literally within sight of the line. Honestly looked like he sat up 9even though I know he didn't).

Shocked to see Pog pop 200m from the line....
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
thinline

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04/20/2022 11:06 AM
How about some props for Michael Woods!  6th place, not bad!  Sorry, gotta root for him.  He is a good friend of my neighbors.  I met his parents last year when they were visiting Vermont from Canada.  Makes it all the more real somehow.
Orange Crush

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04/20/2022 12:32 PM
Yes Pog popping was surprising especially since pre-race he sounded so confident about good form. But as he put it, when he won Liege he also didn't too great at Fleche so maybe its just not his hill (or a good hill to die on). Valverde being there was surprising since he is just returning from illness.

JA still on questionable form. He's there but not really making an impact. QS should perhaps have gone for Evenepoel instead of having him try to set up JA.

I literally watched this race for a total of 5 mins. The only 5 that matter.

edit, just noticing Nibali pretty far down the list (34th). Also returning from Covid/illness and he was unsure about his form. Long way to go...
Cosmic Kid

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04/20/2022 01:11 PM
I literally watched this race for a total of 5 mins. The only 5 that matter.


Yeah, I turned it on with 6km to go....all I needed to see.

Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
longslowdistance

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04/20/2022 07:08 PM
Agree that it was a complete snoozer until the finale.
OTOH, the women's race was much more interesting, albeit for 20k instead of 5. Regardless, good to see.
Orange Crush

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04/21/2022 08:38 PM
Posted By Frederick Jones on 04/20/2022 07:08 PM
OTOH, the women's race was much more interesting, albeit for 20k instead of 5. Regardless, good to see.


Just reading a column about shameful ASO logistics of women race. They were eating breakfast 5 am w 8:30 am start. Flanders Classics has been doing women races right with finish in hour after men.
Dale

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04/22/2022 07:52 AM
Posted By Orange Crush on 04/21/2022 08:38 PM


...eating breakfast 5 am w 8:30 am start.


Like Masters racers in the US then?
Orange Crush

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04/22/2022 09:16 AM
Well the Masters “nutrition “ is best administered in the dead of night.
Dale

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04/22/2022 09:43 AM
Can't speak for all Masters but I was up at 3:00am this morning rooting through the 'fridge for something to eat. Finally settled for some stale popcorn that was on the counter... bleh.
Orange Crush

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04/22/2022 06:47 PM
Stale popcorn was not the type of nutrition I was thinking off lol.
79pmooney

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04/22/2022 08:13 PM
Speaking of nutrition - someone needs to feed those J-V rims. Two bonking in one race just doesn't cut it. Yes. they both had to do pursuits over cobbles stretches without the benefit of teammates (oops, inflated tires) but still, there was nothing unknown about the likelihood of those efforts being needed.
Dale

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04/22/2022 08:52 PM
Posted By Orange Crush on 04/22/2022 06:47 PM
Stale popcorn was not the type of nutrition I was thinking off lol.


Yeah, I know but there was no way I was willing to go down that rabbit hole with you.
That discretion being the better part of valor thing…
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