Tour Of Flanders

by Gkam84   April 3, 2011  

Nick Nuyens I now dislike you Crying

Nick Nuyens
Sylvain Chavanel
Fabian Cancellara
Tom Boonen
Sebastian Langeveld
George Hincapie

Top 6, Decent race, but Cancellara just did to much on the front in the end

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Also, anyone else watch it live?

I loved the radio and in car video from some of the teams, shame the UCI dont do something like that for the tours

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 15:11

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Yeah, I saw it live. Shame I couldn't understand what they were saying. And Cancellara looked like he was helping Sylvain Chavanel for the final 10k. What was that about?
FABIAN CANCELLARA Broken Heart

posted by cyclisme123 [4 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 15:24

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David Harmon and Sean Kelly on Eurosport are pretty good at calling a race, but to hear Jonathan Vaughters actually tell Farrar and Hushovd to sit in the group and not attack was interesting.

Definitely added an extra dimension being able to hear the team managers etc, and it was one of the 10 points Vaughters put forward to improve cycling. Given the UCI wants to ban radios at all races (only World Calendar events have them now) I can't see them being behind any repeat of the experiment.

Cyclisme - Chavanel was like a limpet to Cancellara after he'd passed him, I think the handshake between the two ahead of the closing couple of km was a kind of 'may the best man win' after the efforts both had put in at the head of the race.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7850 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 15:41

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That wasn't an experiment for the UCI, they dont own or run the tour of Flanders, nothing to do with them so the race can do what they like

Or so Eurosport told me today

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 16:12

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Gkam84 wrote:
That wasn't an experiment for the UCI, they dont own or run the tour of Flanders, nothing to do with them so the race can do what they like

Or so Eurosport told me today

Okay, you've got me confused. You said above it's a "shame the UCI don't do something like that for the tours" - but they don't own or run those, either. My comment was about the UCI supporting it, not who might have been responsible.

Fact is, there has been a positive reaction to it from comments I've seen on Twitter and elsewhere, and the UCI could be a prime mover in ensuring that this was a feature of coverage in top-level events, irrespective of who owns and runs the races. But that's not going to happen with their current stance on radios.

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [7850 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 16:22

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Oh yeah, i got myself confused there aswell Nerd

Yeah with their stance just now it doesn't look likely, but they should still put the camera's in the car and let us see

Specially after the "sticky bottle" i saw where the driver was struggling to hold onto the rider as high speed

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 17:03

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Thought I had both Chavanel & Boonen in the points and was heading for a major score and a hike up the table... sadly, SEBASTIEN Chavanel didn't finish on the podium. Crying D'OH

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posted by Jack Osbourne snr [298 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 22:10

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Would it be unreasonable to suggest that Philippe Gilbert has been a bit of a let down this classics campaign? Interesting to see that he is currently not on the start list for PR, which saves me the decision about whether to drop him.

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4131 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 22:22

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unless he comes back in of course Smile

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posted by Tony Farrelly [4131 posts]
3rd April 2011 - 22:24

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Well, he's been getting decent points due to being in the top 20. But he's so expensive! Even more so than Cancellara for the Ronde.

posted by rcs500 [60 posts]
4th April 2011 - 5:43

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Speaking of in-car video, did anyone else notice the Lotto DS telling the Leopard DS that Chavanel couldn't help beacuse Cancellara was just too strong, but a bit later on he was talking to Chavanel, leaning out of the window pointing at Cancellara's wheel and obviously saying stay on it and don't ride?

I wonder how those cameras will affect relations between Directors Sportif.

posted by Sanderville [196 posts]
4th April 2011 - 11:12

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Sanderville wrote:
Speaking of in-car video, did anyone else notice the Lotto DS telling the Leopard DS that Chavanel couldn't help beacuse Cancellara was just too strong, but a bit later on he was talking to Chavanel, leaning out of the window pointing at Cancellara's wheel and obviously saying stay on it and don't ride?

I wonder how those cameras will affect relations between Directors Sportif.

I did see that, but if it was the other way round it would just be the same, all part of the games you play when racing

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
4th April 2011 - 12:02

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Gkam84 wrote:
I did see that, but if it was the other way round it would just be the same, all part of the games you play when racing

Zactly - thought the cameras were a brilliant addition, bringing to life the tactics that everyone knows go on behind the scenes. It was a bit like Wacky Races at times - brilliant.

I was personally disappointed that Cancellara didn't get away at the very end when he turned it on again - he showed not only incredible strength but character and real style in the way he rode. But fair play to a) Chavanel, for a great ride out front before Canc got there and for playing it very well tactically after that b) Gilbert, for just being an incredibly exciting, competitive racer and c) Boonen, for giving it one last attempt at the death and keeping up the suspense until the line. All made for a cracking race to watch.

Can't wait for Roubaix now...

posted by step-hent [644 posts]
4th April 2011 - 12:39

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I think Chavanel could i rode away from Cancellara at points if he had not been waiting for Boonen to catch up, i think Quickstep make a tactical mistake

Should have just told Chavanel to go for it, even in the home straight he was still looking behind for Boonen to get on his wheel

I was all excited for Chavenel to win until i noticed it was Sylviain and not Seb i had in my line up Sad

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posted by Gkam84 [8645 posts]
4th April 2011 - 15:10

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