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post Apr 3 2016, 02:32 PM
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QUOTE (broadview @ Apr 3 2016, 04:00 PM) *
Vanmarcke back in? I just read he is in the group with Sagan and Cancellara. smile.gif

Yeah, the bike problems were early in the race. He's riding really well. Not in the same league as Sagan and Cancellara though. They're monsters.

Stybar not getting into the mix again. Very disappointing. sad.gif
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post Apr 3 2016, 02:58 PM
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ohmy.gif Who's the best racer in the world?
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post Apr 3 2016, 09:17 PM
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QUOTE (BRFC @ Apr 3 2016, 10:58 AM) *
ohmy.gif Who's the best racer in the world?


Just saw the highlights on youtube. Sagan is really getting his act together. Stybar ended up very fine for you as was van Baarle. I was sure that Stannard would finish better than he did.

About half my team won't be in the Scheldeprijs on Wednesday. I have plenty of subs available, but I don't think I will use too many as this is a category 2 race.



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post Apr 3 2016, 09:41 PM
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QUOTE (broadview @ Apr 3 2016, 08:38 AM) *
Can't catch a stream anywhere.

Save this link. I've used it before with some success, but be warned that the commentary is likely to be something weird and wonderful...like Dutch.

https://www.procyclinglive.com/livestream/#
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post Apr 3 2016, 09:42 PM
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Just watched the highlights on youtube. Some of them were carrying their bikes up the cobbled hill. biggrin.gif
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post Apr 4 2016, 06:26 PM
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QUOTE (scoobyliscious @ Mar 29 2016, 11:06 PM) *
Taste of Belgium is my guess. Waffles and Chicken. A good choice. Did you get a chance to hit any of the Bourbon bars? The other great thing about this town: close enough to find rare and small batch Bourbons at good prices, but not an actual part of over-hyping anything, so they aren't really omnipresent in the "forced to listen to some hipster drone on about them" kind of way.

Back on topic: we are barely more than 5 weeks away from the start of the Giro and I have sooooo many questions
  1. Will BRFC attend any, all or none of the three day Netherlands-based kick off races?
  2. Who will concentrate on training for the Giro instead of the Tour this year (Valverde was supposed to ride the Giro, with Quintana the tour, but the source is from November 2015, and I don't know if those plans have changed)?
  3. What teams are riding well, collectively? Enough to give team leaders an advantage in the Grand Tours?
  4. Can all the major players get and stay healthy for an epic Tour showdown? Including supporting riders?
  5. Who are the younger riders ready to "break out" in the Grand Tours?
  6. Is there a favorite in the Grand Tours, based upon the routes, i.e. does the Giro route, with its 3 individual time trial stages (including a pretty steep climb on the last ITT) favor a particular racer or style?

I'll stop there, and maybe save a few questions for pre-Tour investigation; we'll have to revisit the health / form questions at that time, anyway, right?

I might visit the start of the Amstel Gold, but I am a little busy atm. sad.gif
Quintana is going to ride the tour and will be focusing on that. Can't imagine any other scenario to be honest.
The younger riders? I'm rooting for Bob Jungels.

Questions of my own: is Contador a has-been?
Who's going to finish second in the fight for the Green Jersey in the tour? biggrin.gif
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post Apr 4 2016, 07:07 PM
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Nibali for the Giro. Other contenders: Aru (if he's in this one), Porte and Landa.

Froome, Quintana and Contador all set for the TDF. I expect the first two to dominate.

Contador is done as a contender...if he stays clear of the pharmaceuticals.

Young rider? No idea what races he'll be in but I'll go with baby brother Dayer Quintana.
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post Apr 8 2016, 09:23 PM
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Possibility of some rain this weekend for the PR. thumbsup.gif

Should hopefully make it nice and messy.
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post Apr 9 2016, 11:45 PM
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Looks like the rain has passed, but I am sure the cobbled roads will still be wet and muddy.


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post Apr 10 2016, 07:15 PM
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3 minutes Paris-Roubaix highlights
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post Apr 10 2016, 10:07 PM
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Just watched delayed coverage of Paris-Roubaix on NBC sports channel. I purposefully stayed away from here and other sites so I wouldn't know who won.

Big surprise at the strong group breaking away from Sagan and Cancellara. Incredible finish from Hayman (who?) to win at the end from some more vaunted cyclists. thumbsup.gif

We both did well overall, I am now 201 in the rankings, BRFC crashes the top 1000 at #948. cool.gif

The next race, Brabantse Pijl, won't really help at all. Most of my team is avoiding it and will be back next week for the Amstel Gold. I'm resisting using any transfers as best I can. biggrin.gif






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post Apr 11 2016, 06:03 AM
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QUOTE (broadview @ Apr 11 2016, 12:07 AM) *
Just watched delayed coverage of Paris-Roubaix on NBC sports channel. I purposefully stayed away from here and other sites so I wouldn't know who won.

Big surprise at the strong group breaking away from Sagan and Cancellara. Incredible finish from Hayman (who?) to win at the end from some more vaunted cyclists. thumbsup.gif

We both did well overall, I am now 201 in the rankings, BRFC crashes the top 1000 at #948. cool.gif

The next race, Brabantse Pijl, won't really help at all. Most of my team is avoiding it and will be back next week for the Amstel Gold. I'm resisting using any transfers as best I can. biggrin.gif

you just had to do a little better though didn't you?

Nice going bv. Trying hard, but you're giving me a run for my money. Boonen and Standard were both outstanding picks. thumbsup.gif Sinkeldam was in the mix a bit today. I like that. He should be able to finish top 10 in the classics at some time. Let's hope it'll be this year.
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post Apr 11 2016, 11:22 PM
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Don't worry. There are still plenty of races left for me to screw this up. Let's start with Wednesday. laugh.gif


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post Apr 17 2016, 12:27 AM
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Team overhaul for the Amstel Gold - only 3 transfers for the last two races afterwards. unsure.gif




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post Apr 17 2016, 12:39 PM
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Interesting lineups for the Amstel Gold Race today. Sep Vanmarcke is the only common racer between BRFC and myself. Here are the rest of the lineups.

BRFC - Boassan Hagen, Luke Durbridge, Michael Matthews, Philippe Gilbert, Tiesj Benoot, Michal Kwiatkowski, Juergen Roelandts, Petr Vakoc + 3 benched

Broadview - Lars Boom, Julian Alaphilippe, Tom Dumoulin, Tim Wellens, Rui Costa, Sergio Henao, Jelle Vanendert, Daniel Moreno, Diego Ulissi + 2 benched

For the remaining 2 races, BRFC has 5 transfers and I have 3.




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post Apr 17 2016, 01:46 PM
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bad news for BRFC - Benoot leaves early due to illness.




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post Apr 19 2016, 11:58 PM
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Just used my final 3 transfers for La Fleche Wallonne. All should be participating in this race and the LBL this weekend, but I won't have any options now if someone is injured or ill. ohmy.gif


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post Apr 20 2016, 09:18 AM
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QUOTE (broadview @ Apr 20 2016, 01:58 AM) *
Just used my final 3 transfers for La Fleche Wallonne. All should be participating in this race and the LBL this weekend, but I won't have any options now if someone is injured or ill. ohmy.gif

Yeah, decided to sit this one out transferwise in case I had to make some switches for LBL. Should be a good race today. Benoot has been a disappointment all spring long tbh.
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It's starting. Henao. angry2.gif


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post Apr 22 2016, 01:21 PM
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A 200 point gap between us? I need a little more than just Henao to gain half that divide biggrin.gif

Well done Broadview. Easy win in this competition. First time I played, but it's good fun. I'll give it another try next year I hope. thumbsup.gif Let's see if I can gain a bit on you this last race.
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