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Old 05-04-2013, 19:25
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Cycling news forum in meltdown again, must admit Porte has suprised this season to the extent im thinking of betting everything i have on him each way in the Tour @ 66-1 to win which if Froome crashes out you never know but your getting just over 16-1 for him to podium which looks massive and highly likely, just going off willhill there, bet theres 100-1 out there somewhere.

Will he be last man with Froome in the mountains ahead of Wiggins? you would think so with Brad doing the Giro wouldn't you? but you hear Brad saying he intends to be right up there and hopefully grabbing a podium, i dunno but if its Porte and Froome last 2 i cant see Porte being left to far behind when the action kicks off with Contador/J-Rod/Nibali/Valverde etc....i know its a long way away still but it looks possible Contador wont even podium.

Theres a 25k TTT this year 4th stage, Froome, Wiggins and Porte will absolutely kill it or at least kill their GC rivals as OPQS will be a tough challenge, cant wait.
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Old 06-04-2013, 15:20
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More grim weather in the Basque tour after the mass abandons yesterday. Tony Martin clearly not phased by the conditions, or the change of grades, on the 24km profile: http://vueltapaisvasco.diariovasco.c...in-beasain.pdf
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Old 06-04-2013, 16:38
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Excellent ride by Quintana.
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:02
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The biggest and best day of cycling all year, and I have agreed to help out at work. How irritating. Do I spend all day trying to avoid spoilers to watch when I get home, or follow the race via twitter. Hmm!
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:43
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I'd follow on Tweetdeck and Cyclingnews until 40K to go, and then overlap with the last 90mins from the recorder (...and plus the ITV4 highlights at 9 ).
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Old 07-04-2013, 10:55
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Cancellara on his chances today and his recent crashes:http://www.rtbf.be/video/detail_fabi...ier?id=1813262
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Old 07-04-2013, 15:21
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Well at least we got a sprint out of it in the end but disappointing that a race as big as Paris-Roubaix can be in part be decided by brain-dead spectators.
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Old 07-04-2013, 15:36
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The incident definitely decided the race. Stybar looked a lot stronger than VanMarcke.

For Vandenberg, looks like a couple of spectators failed to step back off the wheel rut on the edge of the road. As he swung onto the cobbles his wheel jerked right and over he went: http://youtu.be/c-8xXnvQUVI
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Old 07-04-2013, 17:06
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Harsh to blame the spectators for Vandenbergh's crash. When you ride that far off the pavé you run the risk of being clipped.
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Old 07-04-2013, 18:35
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It is a risk most the riders run hoping the spectators peel back as they approach. Stybar was less lucky being the third in line but they were all on the edge or just off the pavé: http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/video...stybar_Happert (at 2:00mins)
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Old 07-04-2013, 23:04
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Vandenbergh was goosed and in the process of being dropped, he was riding further off the road the more cream crackered he got, matter of time really. Stybar was unlucky, I think he had the legs to win having trailed Canc for so long with no probs, still a good race, shame the spectators got involved.
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Old 09-04-2013, 18:49
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Just one TV race this week, the Brabantse Pijl, highlights on Sky Sports 3 tomorrow 23:00.
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Old 10-04-2013, 17:00
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Good ride by Phil, looking in good shape for the Ardennes
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Old 12-04-2013, 16:39
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Bradley Wiggins is doing the Giro de Trentino next week, live on Eurosport. Chris Froome will be doing the Liege-Bastogne-Liege and the Tour of Romandie the week after.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/22112079
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Old 12-04-2013, 20:28
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Hasn't Wiggo said LBL is one of his career aims is LBL? Just don't see him having enough explosive power to win something like this.

Im sure he has said he'd like to win Paris Roubaix one day too. Every time I think of him riding PR all I can see is that picture of him with Garmin sitting by the side looking frail.
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Old 13-04-2013, 00:22
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Amstel Gold on this Sunday afternoon. It is the same 1.5km extended flat to the finish used in the World Championship last autumn when Gilbert won. Sky's EBH finished second then in his national colours. http://youtu.be/tetJ-qNYsU4?t=15s

The video map of the 252km route is here with four passes of the Cauberg; the penultimate one 30km from the end: http://www.amstel.nl/evenementen/ams...jd/route-video

Only Sagan seems expected to be able to stop Gilbert taking a third win though Gerrans has a reasonable chance.

Last year's winner Gasparotto was hit by a truck training earlier this week but suffered no serious injury.
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Old 13-04-2013, 13:23
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Hasn't Wiggo said LBL is one of his career aims is LBL? Just don't see him having enough explosive power to win something like this.

Im sure he has said he'd like to win Paris Roubaix one day too. Every time I think of him riding PR all I can see is that picture of him with Garmin sitting by the side looking frail.
If Andy Schleck can win LBL, then surely Wiggins could. Although he does need to enter it first...
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Old 14-04-2013, 13:16
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Amstel Gold underway on ES..............100K to go

Breakaway group has nearly 10 minutes !..............
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Old 14-04-2013, 14:25
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Amstel Gold underway on ES..............100K to go

Breakaway group has nearly 10 minutes !..............
I like any race where the winners get free beer at the end. There's a bobsleigh race in Germany where the podium get giant two litre glasses full of beer.
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Old 14-04-2013, 15:23
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Voeckler down & broken shoulder in the Amstel Gold.
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Old 14-04-2013, 15:26
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Aha, once again the Dionysos Greek Restaurant in Valkenberg dominates the world of cycling. We saw it dozens of times at the WC last year.

They have a website, if you fancy a takeaway.
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Old 14-04-2013, 16:00
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Well that was unexpectedly good, great performance from Kreuzinger. Sagan nowhere to be seen.
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Old 14-04-2013, 16:40
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Great win for Kreuziger.

Poor race coverage. Probably the lack of decent helicopter coverage and fixed cameras on the Cauberg. Not one single attempt to list who was in the peloton on the final lap.

Confusion in the provisional result saying Meersman is fifth but his team OmegaPharma confirm it was Kwaitkowski. There is a Sky rider to the right of Valverde but none listed in the initial official top ten http://youtu.be/7UgbXWlk7dE?t=4m31s
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Old 15-04-2013, 13:59
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Seems that Sir Chris Hoy is preparing to announce his retirement, rather than going onto the Commonwealths next year.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/oth...m-cycling.html

A strong candidate for the title of Britain's greatest ever sportsman.
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Old 15-04-2013, 17:44
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