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Milan San Remo

MartinMartin Member
edited March 17 in Main
I'm sure that like me, most of you dragged the espresso machine within reach of your smart trainer and loaded up the profile to ride along with the biggest bike race in the world today a couple of hours ago. If not, there's still time to ride along for the last 4.5 hours! La Primavera. A hellishly long drag (294 km this year) that is decided on a couple of hills near the finish. It's so long that all bets are off - the best sprinter may not win if it comes to a bunch sprint, the best single day rider may not win if it turns into an Ardennes-style punch-up... And to make it even more fun, it's a rainy day.

Pundits are calling Sagan (duh...) and Kwiatkowsi (last year's winner, coming off a win at the week-long Tirreno-Adriatico race) the favourites. Kristoff has won recently (2014) and is in the race, although not in the miraculous form he showed that year. Cavendish is in but with a recently broken rib. Matthews is racing, but on the recovery trail from a broken shoulder blade.

My call? While my homer tendencies have me hoping for a huge Svein Tuft upset, it ain't gonna happen. I like Moscon (Sky) (for the win, I don't actually like this guy at all), Colbrelli and Nibali (Bahrain-Meridia) and Demare (Grouparama-FDJ).

But spare a moment of consideration for these unsung heroes, the sacrificial breakaway of the day, who escaped with roughly 285 km remaining in the race. In the rain. We salute you, random breakaway dudes from tier 2 teams. We salute you, you poor bastards. Enjoy being the visual background for the inane chatter of cycling announcers around the world for the next four hours. Your families are proud of you.

Mirco Maestri (Bardiani CSF)
Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani CSF)
Evgeny Koberniak (Gazprom Rusvelo)
Guy Sagiv (Israel Cycling Academy)
Dennis Van Winden (Israel Cycling Academy)
Sho Hatsuyama (Nippo-Vini Fantini)
Charles Planet (Novo Nordisk)
Matteo Bono (UAE Team Emirates)
Jacopo Mosca (Wilier Selle Italia)
Tad_MM_WareMattsimonsen77Craig DkjrunninAaronWebsteyfyrehaar

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    Tad_MTad_M Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member, Level 2 Supporter
    Thanks @Martin !
    You watching along on http://live.cyclingnews.com/ ??????

    Nice interface on my phone,
    but now my swim meet spectator coffee tastes like absolute dog shit all of the sudden!
    M_WareMartinCraig DkjrunninAaronWebsteyKenElPescadoPelado

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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    Bad weather and long days in the saddle make these Classics amazing to watch.
    Tad_Msimonsen77MartinAaronWebsteyfyrehaar
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    toebutt769toebutt769 Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    any good place to watch?
    When keeping it real goes terribly wrong.
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    Eurosport with VPN
    Martin
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    MartinMartin Member
    Well, points to Cavs for that flip. Didn't point his toes, though.
    Matt
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    MartinMartin Member

    any good place to watch?

    Tiz
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    MartinMartin Member
    That. Was. Awesome.
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    edited March 17
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    Jennifer PostJennifer Post Member, Level 2 Supporter
    Just saw a replay of Cavendish's crash. I hope he is ok. That looked brutal. As others have commented, why no course official with a flag in front of the barrier? Insane.
    Martin
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    MartinMartin Member

    Just saw a replay of Cavendish's crash. I hope he is ok. That looked brutal. As others have commented, why no course official with a flag in front of the barrier? Insane.

    It's a tough place to put someone - narrow, just off a turn, and right where the race is heating up. I get the argument, but how did the first 80 riders manage to not hit this immobile pylon that had a bunch of paint leading up to it? If there was someone standing there, it's 90% that Cav just runs into him. He's been all over the road for the last couple of years.
    Jennifer PostMattTad_M
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    edited March 17
    Yeah, this isn't even Cav's first crash of the season. Didn't he have a mild concussion back in February? Plus the "Sagan Elbow" from last year's Tour. Makes me think he's almost done.
    MartinTad_M
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    MartinMartin Member
    Matt said:

    Yeah, this isn't even Cav's first crash of the season. Didn't he have a mild concussion back in February? Plus the "Sagan Elbow" from last year's Tour. Makes me think he's almost done.

    Third crash in about three months. He crashed into a car in the neutral zone in one of the middle east races, then crashed in the TTT in Tirreno-Adriatico.
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    MartinMartin Member
    If you get a chance to watch the end of the race, look closely over Nibali's shoulder and you'll see Caleb Ewan absolutely killing it, hoping to pip Nibali at the line. It's happened to him once or twice to be passed while celebrating, so you can see he was hungry to do it to someone else!
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    MattMatt Member, Administrator
    edited March 18
    The last 8k (in French)
    *EDIT* it seems the video was taken down by YouTube.

    Here's the final 14k from Eurosport
    M_WareMartin
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    EvanEvan Member, TRS/Baucco Team Member
    Martin said:

    Matt said:

    Yeah, this isn't even Cav's first crash of the season. Didn't he have a mild concussion back in February? Plus the "Sagan Elbow" from last year's Tour. Makes me think he's almost done.

    Third crash in about three months. He crashed into a car in the neutral zone in one of the middle east races, then crashed in the TTT in Tirreno-Adriatico.
    i'm honestly thinking he crashes so he can always say, "man, i was going to be in the race had it not been for my crash..."

    makes the Sagan Elbow even more ridiculous, IMO
    kjrunninMartinTad_MJennifer PostRashAaronWebstey


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