Pro Cycling 2019

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  1. Jan 15, 2019
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    World Tour kicked off today with the Tour Down Under. Discuss anything Pro Cycling here.


    World Tour Calendar 2019

    15-20 January: Santos Tour Down Under (Australia)
    27 January: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race (Australia)
    25 February-2 March: UAE Tour (United Arab Emirates)
    2 March: Omloop Het Nieuwsblad Elite (Belgium)
    9 March: Strade Bianche (Italy)
    10-17 March: Paris-Nice (France)
    13-19 March: Tirreno-Adriatico (Italy)
    23 March: Milano-Sanremo (Italy)
    25-31 March: Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Spain)
    29 March: E3 Harelbeke (Belgium)
    31 March: Gent-Wevelgem in Flanders Fields (Belgium)
    3 April: Dwars door Vlaanderen - A travers la Flandre (Belgium)
    7 April: Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour des Flandres (Belgium)
    8-13 April: Itzulia Basque Country (Spain)
    14 April: Paris-Roubaix (France)
    21 April: Amstel Gold Race (the Netherlands)
    24 April: La Flèche Wallonne (Belgium)
    28 April: Liège-Bastogne-Liège (Belgium)
    30 April-5 May: Tour de Romandie (Switzerland)
    1 May: Eschborn-Frankfurt (Germany)
    11 May-2 June: Giro d'Italia (Italy)
    12-18 May: Amgen Tour of California (United States)
    9-16 June: Critérium du Dauphiné (France)
    15-23 June: Tour de Suisse (Switzerland)
    6-28 July: Tour de France (France)
    3 August: Clasica Ciclista San Sebastian (Spain)
    3-9 August: Tour de Pologne (Poland)
    4 August: Prudential RideLondon-Surrey Classic (Great Britain)
    12-18 August: BinckBank Tour
    24 August-15 September: La Vuelta Ciclista a España (Spain)
    25 August: EuroEyes Cyclassics Hamburg (Germany)
    1 September: Bretagne Classic - Ouest-France (France)
    13 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Québec (Canada)
    15 September: Grand Prix Cycliste de Montréal (Canada)
    12 October: Il Lombardia (Italy)
    15-20 October: Gree - Tour of Guangxi (China)
    22-27 October: Presidential Cycling Tour of Turkey
  2. Jan 17, 2019
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  3. Jan 20, 2019
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    Hey @Mrs Smoker

    So I managed to miss 100% of the action so far. Doesn't matter, I'm not a big fan of the first few races. Now March, with Omloop, Strade Bianche, Paris Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico, that's more like it :)
  4. Jan 28, 2019
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    Remco Evanepoel with an impressive debut at the San Juan Tour in Argentina. Like a duck to water.....
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    I think he has a shot at winning the ITT tomorrow
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    12 km pan flat, he's got to be among the favourites.
  7. Jan 29, 2019
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    Blew up at the end. Good learning experience finishing 3rd. He’ll be better for the next race
  8. Jan 29, 2019
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    What a fecking talent, can't wait to see what's in store for him the upcoming years. He just became nineteen last week. Nineteen.
  9. Jan 30, 2019
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    E'poel did well, should he pleased with that. I'm quite glad he didn't win tbh, I mean of he did it would be a . bit disheartening for the rest of the peleton if he found it that easy. I can understand the circle jerking from those of a Belgian persuasion though.
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    The 'news' you have all been secretly hoping for.

    S'ok, me too. Viva Team Sky! :D

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  11. Mar 9, 2019
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    This afternoon is the most beautiful cycling race of the year in my opinion, the Strade Bianche in Tuscany. It's remarkable that a race can evolve into being considered a classic in a mere 10 years, but this one has. Rolling hills scenery, steep climbs, gravel roads, riders falling off their bike because of fatigue and one of the most beautiful finish locations you can imagine (Piazza del Campo in Siena). Especially last year's race was great in that aspect, thanks to the weather. Heroics on a bike.



    I rode the race (125km of it at least) myself last September and it's probably the hardest one I've done so far. My average speed was 22 km/h while in the complete 250km and 280km of the Tour of Flanders or Liege-Bastogne-Liege, I easily reached 25km/h.
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    I totally agree, it's beyond beautiful and truly unique.

    No Kwiato or Bardet but Thomas and Nibali in amongst a strong field containing the likes of Benoot, Van Avermaet, Alaphillipe, Fulgsang. Will be a cracking race as it almost always is.

    At work all day today so will have to catch the highlights when I get in.:)
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    Alaphilippe - what a start to the year this guy has had. Quality.
  14. Mar 28, 2019
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    He's a delight to watch. Talk about a nose for racing. Like Nibali, he can sense where to be at what point in the race and when to attack. He's got a fabulous team around him but yeah, he's a stand out.
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    He's the best rider in the world at the moment. Best climber of all classics racers and then goes on to floor the likes of Sagan in a flat sprint at the end of a long race like Milan-Sanremo. He could win any race he enters right now with that sort of form.

    From a Belgian point of view, Naesen and Van Aert really impressed me. I'm still hoping for the dream combo of Naesen winning the Tour of Flanders and Van Aert winning Paris-Roubaix. :drool: Barring mechanical or injury setbacks, I'm fairly certain they won't be far off.

    E3 tomorrow, always enjoy it. Just look at the last 10 winners, as good as any race in the world I'd say:

    Filippo Pozzato
    Fabian Cancellara
    Fabian Cancellara
    Tom Boonen
    Fabian Cancellara
    Peter Sagan
    Geraint Thomas
    Michał Kwiatkowski
    Greg Van Avermaet
    Niki Terpstra
  16. Mar 28, 2019
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    Let's see if he can maintain it and not drop off like GVA did after his phenomenal season 2 years ago. He's got more flair, and I infinitely prefer him to the BMC rider. I'm biased but I still rate Kwiato higher, though this season obviously Alaphillipe has outshone everybody. Alaphillipe is still only 26 too, so he's still to reach his peak IMO.

    Nice start to the year for Roglic too, who has 2 overall's to his name already this season winning at UAE, and Tirreno-Adriatico, having won Romandie last year also. He's riding the Giro again, so look forward to see him in that.
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  17. Mar 29, 2019
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    And another win for Quick-Step. Ok they're a Belgian team so I guess I should be happy, but even I'm starting to get a bit bored by this. Really wanted Van Aert to win this, but second place is great. He's ready for the Ronde and PR. The only problem is he doesn't ride for Quick-Step, which severely hurts his chances.
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    Stybar looked so confident in the run in. I don't think he had any doubt. Impressive!
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    Well he would be in that situation, the rest had to make tempo and he could always sit out of the wind. Still, he had to finish it off and he did. An ex-cyclo crosser like Van Aert, seems to be an excellent learning school. In that case, watch out for Mathieu van der Poel soon!
  20. Apr 3, 2019
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    Van der Poel, such a phenomenon. His second WorldTour race ever and eaaaasily won today, so impressive. De Ronde will be a different beast altogether though, it was clear he couldn't follow the best of the bunch on the Kemmel last Sunday yet, & it's 100km longer than the race today.

    Can't fecking wait for Sunday :drool: Feels like it's been a long time since there have been so much favourites to win the race. Personally hoping for Van Aert to pull it off, and if not him, Naesen. Should be a good one. Favourite race of the year after Paris-Roubaix.
  21. Apr 3, 2019
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    He's ridiculously good. Still, I feel he's not quite at the level to win the Ronde or PR this year. He undoubtedly will be in the future though. Van Aert and Stybar are clearly the strongest favourites for the Ronde and probably for PR as well. I really hope Van Aert pulls it off, but it's going to be tough up against Quick-Step. It should be a brilliant race.
  22. Apr 3, 2019
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    Definitely should be, yeah. I could see Quick-Step sending out Jungels from early on like they've done with Devolder and Gilbert in the past, and let the others solve it while the likes of Lampaert and Stybar freewheel along. Luckily Jumbo-Visma is quite strong as well this season because I expect nothing from the likes of Lotto and CCC, not even Bora to be honest unless Sagan feels 200%.
  23. Apr 7, 2019
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    It's finally here, the biggest day in cycling in Flanders. :drool: Too many favourites to call it, hopefully it will be a race full of attacks. I think Van Aert can really win here today, he's so good on the short climbs. He'll have to get rid of the likes of Sagan though.
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    This has to be one of the strongest pelotons ever in De Ronde? There's at least ten teams that should be aiming for a podium finish, and several of those teams have several riders that can do it. I hope it turns into an attacking race, rather than all the teams just watching each other the whole way. These spring classics usually deliver in that sense, and De Ronde is the best of the bunch.

    Looking forward to seeing what Valverde can do. He has a team of strong rouleurs behind him and should be able to handle the hilly cobbles. My money's on Stybar or Van Aert, though.
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    Terpstra down! Doesn't look good for him. He's out.
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Feck sake Van der Poel you moron.
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    His wheel broke while he was riding. What's he going to do?
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Start with not putting your hand up with a flat tire and a teammate next to you to help you out. Never do that when you’ve lost your whole stability.

    And be in a better position that you don’t have to hop over those things on the road in the first place actually, to begin with.

    Looks like he’s getting back though luckily.
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    Still far too many riders at the front, disappointing race so far.
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    Alejandro Valverde what an absolute legend.

    Van Aert looks like he’s not even breathing.
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    Fecking hell Bettiol?

    Epic race once again. So many favourites in the front.
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    They better chase him down quick ......
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    Van der Poel deserves to win this one, he's just the strongest man today.
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    Belgians acting like cowards once again. Feck off Lampaert.
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    Come on Sagan!
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    It looks over. Just work together ffs! This is useless.
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    Slipping away from the chasers.
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    No coordinated attack......stupid.
  39. Apr 7, 2019
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    Disappointing race. Well deserved for Bettiol but I couldn't really enjoy it. Van Der Poel can
    leave this race with his head held high. He'll win this at least once before the end of his career.
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    One of the most frustrating finishes I've ever seen. Never ceases to amaze me that riders keep giving away the win instead of riding hard and having a chance. If I was in a situation where I'd have to choose between a 0% chance of a win and even a 0.1% chance of a win I'd choose the latter every time. Useless fecks.