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79pmooney

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04/13/2023 10:22 AM
Read that. Thanks OC. And another speculation - suppose Laporte was running tubulars, rim brakes and quick releases. Could he have gotten a quick enough change to come back and help van Aert? Women's race, could Vos have gotten a quicker change, caught sooner and fresher and helped the chase catch the break? (That would have been a blow to Canada but Vos is Dutch so not all in the Vancouver, BC world would be lost. )

And - what a ride from Vos! No one would have given her a hard time for dropping out. Or settling into any of those groups she caught and left. Just 10th place, but that was an epic 10th. She has enough palmares in enough different disciplines that she doesn't have to prove anything and there are plenty of easier races she can still win.
Orange Crush

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04/13/2023 11:57 AM
If Vos still wants to win anything it’s PR. So another missed opportunity. I would have gladly traded that for the Canadian win.

Not sure if material mattered versus just difficulty reaching the riders.
longslowdistance

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04/13/2023 07:53 PM
Or the lack of depth in the professional Women's field at present. Which reminds me, what happened to the American presence in the women's peloton? Chloe was badly injured, and Kristen Armstrong and Evie Stevens retired, but that's just three. Maybe the whole women's peloton just got faster - kinda like how the US dominated mtb men and women until the Euros brought their more advanced approach and simply took over. We are watching the same thing in gravel now.
Cosmic Kid

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04/14/2023 10:42 AM
If you scroll down none of top
10 finishers used tire pressurization system


Yeah, but....

Jumbo-Visma and Team DSM squads at the men's race on Sunday used rival systems. Nils Eekhoff and Pavel Bittner used the Scope Atmoz tyre adjustment system for Team DSM, while Dylan van Baarle, Christophe Laporte and Edoardo Affini all used the Gravaa KAPS system for Jumbo-Visma.


Outside of van Baarle, I wouldn't have expected any of them to finish Top 10...and even then, van Baarle would have finished high up as the result of race tactics (JV was clearly all in for Wout). But a crash took our van Baarle, which had nothing to do with the inflation system.

Personally, I am dubious of this tech as there seem to be some major drawbacks with both systems (one has a limited number of inflations, the other takes a LONG time to get back up to pressure - only 1 psi per KM)....but I wouldn't look at the results for validation (or invalidation) of the systems.
Just say "NO!" to WCP!!!!
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