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Tejay van Garderen should win at a canter, looks like all the big hitters are at Tirreno - Adriatico. First 'proper' classic this month too, with Sagan & Cavendish slugging it out for the first time this year at Milan – San Remo.
Part of me wants Van Garderen to underperform so that Cadel is safe as the Tour leader.
There isn't a stand-out favourite in my eyes. If van garderen is on his tdf form from last year then he'll be dangerous, as could Robert gessink. Richie porte could spring a surprise (not saying he'll win gc, but could finish there or thereabouts). It's going to be a good race.
As much as I love Paris nice, march is all about the semi classics and the classics. Just love them.
Peter Segan finishes second making it a Cannondale 1 2.
Good finish from Moser after thinking he'd lost it and, more importantly for an Italian sportsman, great hair in post-race interview.
Looked like he hadn't even been wearing a helmet for 5 hours.
2.9km flat course, with 11 sharp turns. Difficult to know who will prosper - there is something akin to a 'long' clear finish, which may favour the sprinters over the more technical time trailers on such a short course. It's 1.8 miles - you probably walk for longer to go and get a pint of milk. Should take each rider about three minutes to complete - a silly stage, really. Has reminded me of this, though - the short prologue at the start of last year's Tour De France. Happy memories of a great three weeks. Brad Wiggins from 26:00 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZHShX4abwvI
Coverage from 2.30-4.00pm today, Eurosport 2. Will take us up nicely to the North London Soccerball Derby.
The specialist TT guys will take it. I expect the main contenders to be in the top 10 after this short stage. the shakeups to come on the montagne de lure and the TT up col d'eze.
Also highlights of the Roma maxima later on today on Eurosport. The season has started now!
Twisty route though so one that favours the guys with more explosive speed - maybe Petacchi.
I didn't realise Millar was riding too - might be up in the top 10 as well.
Here's a useful calendar to bookmark to keep track of all the events this year:
Europcar's Damien Gaudin wins and will wear yellow tomorrow, Sylvain Chavanel 2nd and Lieuwe Westra 3rd. Borut Bozic, Peter Velits and Andrey Grivko all finish in the top 10.
Of the other top contenders, van Garderen finished 59th, 11 seconds down on gc, Porte 9 seconds down in 39th, gessink 19th at 6 seconds. Boonen and Gilbert both have good starts as they finish their prep for the classics, finishing 24th (at 7 seconds) and 34th (at 8 seconds) respectively.
All the big guns get around with crashing which was the only way this was gonna make a difference to the GC.
when he won the u23 paris-Roubaix. I seem to remember Chavenal doing well in the prologue for last year's TdF, pushing Wiggins close.
Blel Kadri of AG2R Mondial wins Roma Maxima. Pinged off the front with 40km to go and kept away from the pack the whole time, winning by 37 seconds.. Filipo Pozzato came second and celebrated thinking he had won (they don't use radios in any races under world tour level).
A really enjoyable race, and I hope that Eurosport continue to show the smaller races throughout the year.
Yeah, that was a good race. Hats off to Eurosport.
Meths: get Eurosport.
but blimey, how strong is cuddles' team?
nice to see cav in another leaders jersey though
But this one was all over the place. With the quality in this year's Tirreno-Adriatico, it'll be difficult to call. Evans is well placed in GC. Cav in the leader's jersey is nice to see, but with only one nailed on sprint stage, and the quality of sprinters there it's gonna be a battle.
Paris - Nice is shaping up nicely. The yellow jersey is on it's forth wearer in 4 stages and will come down to the montagne de lure and the TT up col d'eze.
Cav finishes 5, grieple 7th. It was a grim stage with epic amounts of rain but most of the riders finished safe. Cavendish keeps the leaders jersey.
The weather at Paris Nice was much nicer. Beautiful scenery as the peloton passed through the massif central. Michael albasini won the stage, making it two stage victories in an hour for green edge. Andrew tylanski keeps his leader's jersey. It's very close on gc though. Big stage tomorrow.
Talansky was smart - did the bare minimum work until he needed to. I recon the overall is between him and Porte. Chava will lose time tomorrow I expect.
OPQS, Cannondale and Lotto had control of the front until 2km to go. BMC hit the front and it all fell apart. Cav and Grieple had to fight their way up, leaving Goss and Ciolek to fight for it between themselves.
Starting to stretch, could be an exciting finish.
Sky dominance is getting a bit tiring.
Big guns set off from 4pm. Porte has 32 seconds on Talansky and 53 on Chavanel, the 2 guys I think who will be strongest up here. I don't think Porte will be caught though.
Froome yesterday was phenomenal in Tirenno-Adriatico. Great stage to watch - a bit of rope-a-dope maybe? He's on great form, building up very nicely to the Tour. Very sad to see Evans going backwards again this season - he was good in Oman but looked ragged yesterday.
up the same climb, so cannot be ruled out either. Gonna miss it but I think it's porte's to lose.
was going to be Sky's leader in Le Tour. He's just won Paris-Nice for fucks sake!
Enjoyed yesterday's Tirenno-Adriatico. Froome was hurting but held on well. Always good to see Joaquin bombing it up the steeps. Mollema and Santambrogio looked impressive too.
I enjoyed the commentator getting really radgie about the fact no-one wanted to chase the leader at the end of the race.
*YOU CAN'T JUST LOOK AT EACH OTHER*.
I can't remember what stage it was. They were going up a hill.
that was a great finish from froome on that one
but glad to see purito bringing it on stage 5
Talansky was in a chase group with Porte out alone, but no-one had the legs to work with Talansky to chase him down. Great case of Sky destroying the peloton up a mountain finish so they can't fight back at the top.
wow, set the sky box to record the skysports4 highlights & will watch that later to see what happened
They were having to weave back and forth across the road to climb up it. Maximum gradient of 27%, riders walking up, bikes slipping gears.
Froome claiming he was overgeared (!) and he didn't conserve heat effectively.
Congrats to Porte on winning the Paris - Nice. Now roll on Sunday and Milan- San Remo!
O'Grady said the organisers apologised for it afterwards. It is a bit much when half the peloton get off their bikes.
that finished the race, 31 mins after Segan. Really touching article about him. Rode 4 hours solo just to finish the stage, then be cut because of the time.
Andy Schlek abandoned after 60km of flat riding in sunshine.
well played, Nibali.
laurent jalabert was involved in an accident yesterday:
Jalabert, the world time-trial champion in 1997, suffered a broken left leg and an injured shoulder.
The collision happened not far from Jalabert's home.
It is believed that Jalabert, who is the coach of the French cycling team, was struck by a car travelling in the opposite direction.
The 44-year-old was unconscious when discovered by emergency services and has been taken to a hospital in Montauban.
"His condition is not life-threatening, but he has suffered several fractures and requires surgery," the hospital said in a statement seen by AFP.
Tony Martin wins the TT. Froome finishes second on GC. Nibali must be up there with the favourites for the pink jersey in the Giro. peter Segan, after his ironman heroics over the last weeks should be favourite for Milan - San Remo now as well.
i just dont understand how it does it.
a Thor Hushovd strong man. Able to climb and sprint, do dirty work and win a fuckload of races, doping or no doping.
I think every cyclist has been in a similar position at some point
They've had to pile all the racers back onto buses to drive them to a redirected route to avoid it. Although it seems they were a bit late to completely avoid it. https://twitter.com/millarmind/status/313262129048338433/photo/1
Looks like his head is melting.
Love Milan-San Remo, my favourite of the Classics.
Just had to be the Milan-San Remo :D
Boonen's pulled out - I imagine he won't be only one.
And Le Manie has been removed from the route - so it's really favoring pure sprinters now. I still think Sagan's going to take it though.
So in 7 minutes or so the peloton will be riding again.
It's gonna be utter carnage now.
Boonen isn't happy with the organisers.
No wonder Boonen is pissed.
It's gonna get messy with cold hands on the brakes and slippery roads. Cipressa and Poggio descents could be chaos.
Fantastic race in the end. Ian stannard lit up the last 15kms. Sagan and cancellara round out the podium.
Both rode like beasts.
Some mad photos out there, check this one out:
Saw the last 40km or so. Ian Stannard was great, tracked Chavanel really well and kept himself in there. Surprised that EBH got dropped fairly early, although some riders are more susceptible than others to the cold I guess.
Ghent-Wevelgem & the Tour of Flanders in the next fortnight.
One day race of the year. Love it!
TdF winner Wiggins is up against last year's Giro winner, Ryder Hesjedal. The race also sees the return of Christian Vande Velde, Dave Zebriskie and Tom Danielson to racing after their suspensions for giving evidence in the Lance Armstrong thing.
Valverde and Rodriguez also racing in what looks to be a good week' racing. The parcourse is mountainous and the weather looks unsettled.
I was yelling at my screen for Stannard, one of my favourite cyclists currently riding.
Ciolek played it beautifully though - got Sagan to do the legwork and then pipped him at the end.
Line-up for Catalunya looks good - hoping Evans gets at least a podium here after a poor Tirreno-Adriatico.
Probably not, and this is probably the wrong thread for it, but imma throw the link in anyway.
get some bargains in there
It's cheap and pretty nasty, but ideal for commuting.
not the best, but value wise you cant fault it - can keep as emergency stuff or what have you
going to get some of the socks & maybe a roof hoist, gillet & one of those waterproofs
As he doesn't mind what he wears, as long as it's comfy. I'll have a butchers. I need new fingerless mitts for the summer...
caught the last hour yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it. for a minute i thought phillipe was going to really take it on, on that penultimate descent. great finish though and nice to see segan beaten. i dont like him for some reason.
I really thought it might be set up for Thor yesterday, but sadly not.
i dont hate them, just dont want them to win.
But Cioleck winning was the best outcome as far as I'm concerned.
he looked kind of resigned to leading them out tho.
that I wanted him to do well, but I thought that it was obvious he couldn't hold out against the caliber of his companions in the breakaway.
Sky disintegrating the peloton on the descent from the final climb. Wiggins, scarponi, gessink and rodriguez all make the break.
Meersman from omega pharma quick step wins the stage. The group put 28 seconds on the peloton.
Didn't really think he was capable of putting in a sneaky downhill attack like that.
taking risks like that. With all the talk of Sky producing boring racing from some of the riders over the past week or so, that was nice to see.
I'm always a fan of someone just fucking going for it on a descent. Hushovd/Cunego style
Good bunch sprint, high pace, small crash.
Tomorrow sees the first day in the mountains and a bit of a fight for the GC positions.
yesterday the finish line seemed to catch them off guard
They aren't putting up distances and timings ect... It's like the Olympic coverage of the road race in that regard. Also struggling with the digital relaying.
i set the sky box to record it the other day & all we got was baseball
eurosport are shite at keeping to schedules
In Volta catalunya, Dan Martin (Garmin Sharp and _meh's favourite!) attacks on yesterday's queen stage, winning the stage and taking the leader's jersey. GC is hotting up. Martin leads, Joaquim Rodriguez second at 10 seconds, Rojas third at 32 seconds, Wiggins fourth at 36 seconds and Scarponi fifth at 39 seconds.
Wednesday saw Belgian semi classic Dwars Door Vlaanderen raced in near freezing temperatures. Winner Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini Selle Italia) just edged out Thomas Voeckler by inches on the line, after the latter's daring break on the last climb of the day. Borut Bozic (Astana) and Matthew Hayman (Sky) round out the podium.
The Tour of Taiwan is in full swing, Criterium International starts on Saturday with 3 stages in 2 days, Gent - Wevelgem raced on Sunday, Fabio Silvestre (leopard Trek CT) leads the Tour of Normandie, E3 Harelbeke is raced today with Boonen, Segan and Cancellara to fight it out for the victory? and Diego Ulissi (Lampre Merida) leads Coppi e Bartali.
In other news, Tour of Britain route has been announced with the first ever summit finish and the longest TT in it's history
In the Operation Puerto trial, Fuentes has been reported to be willing to give up his client list
DAN FUCKING MARTIN BABY!
time bonus in one of the sprints today. The stage up to Montjuic on Sunday will be very interesting.
about the fate and future of Fabien Cancellara's cobbled classic campaigns.
Wins stage 5 of the Volta Catalunya. GC stays as it was at the start of the stage.
Chasing group including Sagan, Thomas and Chavanel.
I bloody love Chavanel.
On Eurosport. Settling down for this then cleaning the house. Seems like a good compromise with the girlfriend.
i think thats why i hate the cool calm and collected riders, who wait for the perfect moment and then take an easy win.
blow them all away from 50K out. thats the way to do it.
but Cancellara riding everybody off of his wheel with 50km to go in 2010, winning by over 2 mins, stands out.
This came a week after him winning the Tour of Flanders by blazing Boonen off of his wheel on the Muur van Geraardsbergen and winning by a minute.
Boonen in Paris Roubaix last year was pretty special too.
I don't even know how I missed that.
is there a classic this weekend?
The Criterium is on Saturday and Sunday, Volta Catalunya finishes on Sunday and Gent-Wevelgem (semi classic) on Sunday as well.
who's riding in which race?
and a load of other grand tour contenders in Catalunya. Evans, Froome and Schleck in Criterium and Boonen, Cancellara, Segan and the classics guys in G-W
I'd watch G-W.
i'm playing dis football actually. bums.
Sagan, Dan Martin and Froome.
Sagan beasted the end of Gent-Wevelgem.
The gap between the lead group and the peloton was rapidly diminishing, and he wouldn't have wanted to face Cavendish and the rest in a bunch sprint, so to attack when he did not only showed Cancellara-esque power but intelligence too.
spartacus did well too
froome & porte on that last climb were huge, bodes well for team sky for le tour & great result for dan martin
I reckon Porte could probably have gone with him if he needed to. Should make for an interesting Sky dichotomy (again) in le tour....
Well done Dan Martin.
Should fill him with confidence for the rest of the season as well.
wins Driedaagse De Panne Koksijde (Three Days of De Panne to us non Belgian speaking people) after winning the final TT. Although he won't admit it, he's in good form and could do something at the Tour of Flanders. Cavendish finishes 10th.
Boonen and Segan both abandon after yesterday's stage to concentrate their efforts on the Tour of Flanders. Gilbert and Phinney both withdrawn from BMC's squad for Sunday.
Sunday is going to be good. Segan has to be favourite after his brilliant form over the past 3 weeks or so. But Boonen (injured or not) and Cancellara can't be ruled out. Stannard has been riding like a boss and could have a good placing at the end.
Bring it on!!!
Belgian team and all that he may have to settle. With no clear indication as to Boonens form though, I think Chava is the smart choice for them.
Apparently Sky are riding for G. Hopefully Stannard gets support for P-R. Seems like it would suit him, and he BEASTED MSR.
Hoping Taylor Phinney gets a result from Flanders or Roubaix. He's been promising big things for a while.
Sagan scares me a bit.
Hoping the weather holds out. Robert Forsterman will be there - trying to think of a way of saying that I'm looking forward to seeing his massive legs but it keeps coming out badly...
I'll give you a match report
Marcel Kalz (Rudy Project) is incredibly efficient at the hand-sling, not surprising for a German.
went on for ages
I say "went up". Suffered through pain and self-loathing might be a better description. That is one unpleasant hill.
I might watch a bit of Limberg today but all the big guns are going tomorrow. MSR winner Ciolek is the big star there now.
Can't wait for some cobbles chaos tomorrow though.
Tom Boonen has crashed and abandoned the race. Alex dowsett and 2 others are trying to form the breakaway group and are 12 seconds up the road.
Segan finishes second in a tense race apparently. Looking forward to the highlights.
Boonen couldn't be more unlucky - rode into some road furniture apparently.
and sparked a debate about whether podium ladies within cycling are sexist.
and the podium girls should be done away with.
I don't care if that's a bit bedwetter - it should be weird seeing a married man get kissed by a couple of Stepford robots.
just have the race organiser(s) give them the trophy/jersey and be done with it
It'd get ripped to shreds on here in an instant.