Pro Cycling 2019 *Vuelta a Espana*

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    Rams aspiring to be like Ryan Giggs

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    Cyclingcross and mountain biking are very similar. Cyclingcross is very much a Dutch/Flemmish thing. Mountain biking has a far more global appeal hence far more examples of mountain bikers turning to road racing.
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Yeah, so?

    "There are plenty of example of cycling crossing & montain bikers turning in to climbers in road racing" were your actual words. I just pointed out that this is not true, since there are no examples of cyclo crossers turning into climbers.

    Also firmly disagree that they're similar but that's for another discussion.
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    Rams aspiring to be like Ryan Giggs

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    Bet you argue with your own shadow.. are you disagreeing that cyclingcross and mountain biking are very similar? Biggest difference are the bikes.
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    This is such an intriguing stage. Best one in ages!
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    :houllier: It's like comparing tennis and squash ffs - basically the only real similarity are the bikes.
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    Rams aspiring to be like Ryan Giggs

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    That’s utter bullshit. A cross cycle bike is a slightly modified road bike, mountain bike is a mountain bike.
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    Ainu Full Member

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    I disagree that they are very similar to be honest. Cyclo cross is pretty much flat most of the time. There's some races that have climbs like the Koppenberg and Spa-Francorchamps but compared to MTB it's very limited. MTB is constantly climbing and descending and you can see the evidence of that as it produces far more road race elite climbers. In cyclo cross, it's all about riding in sand, mud and even snow depending on the weather (it's mostly a winter sport after all) on generally flat but very twisty circuits.

    It's clear that both disciplines require/produce two different types of riders, generally speaking: cyclo cross produces Spring classics specialists and MTB produces elite climbers.
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    RedFish Full Member

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    Christ that was close, I didn't know who won there.

    Groenewegen just takes it. He's the man.
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    Ainu Full Member

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    Ewan close but Groenewegen more than deserved it, he was in the wind earlier as well. Very strong sprint.
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    RedFish Full Member

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    I'm struggling to see how MTB lends itself to developing elite climbers. Any MTB race I've seen is up and down, rugged terrain and narrow trails. If anything they produce riders road racers with excellent bike handling -Sagan being the obvious example.
    If anything id say MTB produces great descenders (again thanks to advanced bike handling).

    Yes, there are many elite climbers that have done mountain biking ( Lance etc) but id argue that is coincidental. ( as a function of stamina).
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    RedFish Full Member

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    Groenewegen has the edge. Very impressive sprinter overall.
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    RedFish Full Member

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    Personally I think they are very alike. I wonder if some believe mountain biking means biking up and down high mountains.
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    Rams aspiring to be like Ryan Giggs

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    Cross and MTB will improve your technical skills but don’t make you a climber. It’s all about the amount of wattage your legs can turn in cross/MTB/climbing. Whilst sprinting and track racing is far more about explosive capabilities. Van Aert is explosive but can also generate a high wattage. That means he must have an incredible weight/wattage ratio, ideal for cycling up mountains fast. So you can imagine later in his career when he’s won some spring classics etc him trying his hand at GC contender. It would be a gamble, but not beyond the realms of possibility.
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    RedFish Full Member

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    I agree with you.
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    Great ride from Thomas de Gendt!
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    You both look clueless in this discussion. Generating a high wattage doesn’t mean you have an incredible weight/wattage ratio at all, feck sake. The highest wattages are put up by the likes of Boonen and other pure sprinters in bunch sprints for a very short time, which is something Van Aert indeed excels at. He doesn’t have an ideal weight/wattage ratio to be a climber though, and he won’t sacrifice his power to lose weight. Climbing is generating the highest wattages possible which are sustainable for a long period of time (currently at just above 6 Watt/kg in the mountaine, while riders go up to 1500 Watt during bunch sprints).

    But by all means, believe that he could be a GC contender in the future. I’ll be here after his career, pointing out that he’s never ended in the top 10 or 20 in a grand tour.

    If you don’t believe me, try to translate some of the works of Paul van den Bosch and Peter Hespel, and you’ll maybe understand what kind of role wattages, weight and VO2 Max play for a cyclist.
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    RedFish Full Member

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    :lol: Slow down you hot head. Don't need physiology lessons, although always keen to be educated.

    I wasnt agreeing with the power; weight ratios.

    I agree that be someone like Van Aert could potentially become a climber later in his career if he made the necessary adjustments in training and body shape and size.

    Not all grand tour winners are tiny manlets. Ulrich, who IIRC is one of your favourite GT riders was certainly one of the heavier ones.

    Regarding the bolded part, I'll leave you in your delusional state that what you say is most likely to happen. Continue.
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    Rams aspiring to be like Ryan Giggs

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    You start off your post by calling ‘us’ clueless and then you prove my point in the very same thread. Van Aert’s excellent at time trialing and he’s explosive. So he can sustain high wattage for long periods whilst pummeling relatively high gears. Pretty useful traits. I also read & heard some interesting things about him and training with his Jumbo team at altitude.
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    Ainu Full Member

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    He did that to prepare himself for the Dauphiné, to survive in the mountains. I wouldn't read any more into it. In any case, we can debate about cyclo cross, MTB and Van Aert's climbing potential until the end of days but the simple fact is his heart is with cyclo cross and Spring classics. I don't see that changing any time soon (I personally don't see that ever changing, but you never know I guess).
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    It's daft to have a cycling argument with belgians.
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    RedFish Full Member

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    Or the dutch and french to be fair.

    Edit: on second thoughts mainly Belgians.
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Why?
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    Ainu Full Member

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    Because we live and breathe cycling and think we know everything about it of course. :lol:
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    :lol:
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    What @Ainu said. I have been lurking that conversation from the beginning and knew how it was going to end. Rams would be deemed clueless or dumb.:)
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Well, he hasn't said or argued anything which makes me want to reconsider my opinion, regardless of his nationality. With each additional post, I got more agitated by the things he got wrong.
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    That's the point. I agree with you but I wonder if @Rams isn't using Alaphillipe as an example of cyclo crosser who is a relatively good climber, though he isn't a great one despite winning the mountain classification. For me it's clear that cyclo crossers generally become puncheurs and are therefore prolific on classics.
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    Ainu Full Member

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    Van Aert! Needs confirmation but it looks like it. So fecking strong!

    Edit: there it is! He beats a bunch of elite sprinters in the Tour, surreal.
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    Wout Van Aert, climber-sprinter, the second most talented Wout and all-round belgian redcafe love-doll, wins sprint with Viviani unimpressed! #You'll never be a Poels.
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Unreal :eek: Beats Sagan, Matthews, Ewan and Viviani in a bunch sprint in the Tour :lol:

    Wasn't ideally placed either, Ewan was in the best position beforehand but clearly lacks something. I think Viviani initially overtook Van Aert as well but he mistimed his jump.
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    RedFish Full Member

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    Thomas the defacto leader of the tour with Bernal right there behind him. Looking good for Ineos.
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    Ainu Full Member

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    It's not great for the excitement in the GC. Pinot was looking strong but he's fecked now. We've seen in recent years how hard it is to attack Ineos in the mountains. I fear a procession from now on.
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    Getting a bit boring how Sky year after year systematically rip apart all their rivals. As always the only GC excitement will be which of their riders will win it.
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    Ainu Full Member

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    A new sprint, a new winner. There's no dominant sprinter like when Cav or Kittel were at their best. I thought Groenewegen would become the one but he's not quite there.
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    Kristoff is so full of shit. Always blaming everything and everyone else for his failures.

    This is the worst bunch of sprinters I've seen in the tour for quite some years by the way. Barguil making top 10 on a flat stage proves that.
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    JPRouve can't stop thinking about balls - NOT deflategate Scout

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    Rohan Dennis abandoned and no one knows why.
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    Samid follows Pogue around, fixing his images

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    Poor show by Yates attacking his teammate Trentin in the lead.
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    AllezLesDiables Full Member

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    It’s a religion. Can’t win arguments about religion because zealots get too entrenched.

    Wout should be the big favorite for tomorrow.
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    RobinLFC Cries when Liverpool doesn't get praised

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    Yup. Haven’t had a detailed look at the rest of the field but who’s his biggest threat? Kung, Thomas himself? Martin isn’t what he used to be... Big favourite for tomorrow, and 2 stages in a Tour he took on a month’s notice is madness.
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    AllezLesDiables Full Member

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    Thomas is the biggest threat tomorrow.

    I talked to my buddy who is the start line emcee for the TDF (you can hear him tomorrow announcing the riders as they leave the tt ramp) he likes Wout as well for tomorrow after seeing him in person at the Dauphine.