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Includes post-race thoughts of Mark Cavendish on day the peloton battled each other and the elements

Just thinking about Sunday’s Milan-San Remo still gives us the shivers, so heaven alone knows what it must have been like for the riders. Here’s a nice video from Specialized that follows Omega Pharma-Quick Step through the day, including post-race thoughts from Mark Cavendish who battled on to secure a top-ten finish.

Enrico Gasparotto of one of the brand’s other sponsored teams, Astana, demonstrates a surprisingly colloquial command of English, but we’re afraid it’s ‘nul points’ for whoever translated the comments of one of the day’s main protagonists, Sylvain Chavanel, for the subtitles, with ‘Stannard’ somehow morphing into ‘Astana.’

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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mrchrispy [454 posts] 3 years ago
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awesome race....it looks proper tough.
if it was boxing it would have been a bare knuckle street fight!

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 3 years ago
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Feeling slightly guilty I wimped out of riding outdoors due to the rain to watch this race!

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badback [302 posts] 3 years ago
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The weather looked more Belgian than Italian.

A classic in more ways than one.

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Leviathan [1988 posts] 3 years ago
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Why do the wheels sound so clicky? Have they got cards in their spokes?

And was Cav wearing a wetsuit?

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Noelieboy [87 posts] 3 years ago
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Sadly Biggins wrote:

Feeling slightly guilty I wimped out of riding outdoors due to the rain to watch this race!

Whats a good channel to watch all the big cycling races on???

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Gkam84 [9086 posts] 3 years ago
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I preferred the Greenedge video http://youtu.be/hRDHdZQFUxo

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Sadly Biggins [269 posts] 3 years ago
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I watched it on Eurosport, which is generally pretty good. They do have an annoying habit of postponing the coverage for (say) tennis or snooker, but they're less likely to do this now that the bigger races are coming up.

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duzza [57 posts] 3 years ago
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eurosport have most of the big races on live or you can find live streaming of nearly all the races at www.cyclingfans.com

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duzza [57 posts] 3 years ago
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bikeboy76 wrote:

Why do the wheels sound so clicky? Have they got cards in their spokes?

the clicking is the freehub. in my experience the more expensive the wheels the louder the clicking. i have some campag wheels which are quite noisy, and some wheels with a dt swiss hub which are ear splitting. carbon frames also seem to amplify the noise.