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No spring classics for Ballan

hommelbierhommelbier Posts: 1,515
edited December 2012 in Pro race

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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 49,997 Lives Here
    Oh dear.
  • Flippin' eck! Everyone is crashing at the moment! Be careful out there people...
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 49,997 Lives Here
    Not the luckiest rider is he?
  • Sonny73Sonny73 Posts: 2,604
    Yeh not nice, hoping he recovers quickly.
  • sherersherer Posts: 2,423
    seems he's already lost his spleen and may have to lose a kidney. Lets hope it's not as bad as that and he can return to racing. Thoughts are with him and his family
  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,216
    That level of injury probably means the end of his career as a professional cyclist. Terrible shame if it does.....
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,353
    Terrible for the boy, hope he gets well soon, but have to say pretty irrelevant for the actual racing...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 49,997 Lives Here
    ddraver wrote:
    Terrible for the boy, hope he gets well soon, but have to say pretty irrelevant for the actual racing...

    He instigated the winning break in Flanders in 2012.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,353
    ...and got the standard Italian allergic reaction to having the wind in his face and hid behind Boonen for the rest of the race. He'd have hidden behind Pozzato too, but he was also trying to hide behind Ballan as he was afflicted by the same allergy...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver wrote:
    ...and got the standard Italian allergic reaction to having the wind in his face and hid behind Boonen for the rest of the race. He'd have hidden behind Pozzato too, but he was also trying to hide behind Ballan as he was afflicted by the same allergy...

    Hmm, must have been a different Ballan who was leading this group at Paris Roubaix I saw this year...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nEbb19Gu8E
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,353
    I think their wind allergy takes more than 18 seconds to develop...

    For that 18 seconds, man can they be devastating though, They can like open up a whole..second!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver wrote:
    I think their wind allergy takes more than 18 seconds to develop...

    For that 18 seconds, man can they be devastating though, They can like open up a whole..second!

    Yeah, sorry about that. I tried to get a motorbike or maybe even a helicopter so I could follow the race a little better. Maybe next year.

    But you did actually watch this year's Tour of Flanders? You didn't go and make a cup of tea with about 20km to go? You do know which rider is which, don't you? Watch it again, Boonen, Pozatto and Ballan all worked together from the top of the Kwaremont to 3 km to go when Ballan attacked.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_n76pvZ29Ac#t=3050

    Really don't know what you were watching. :?
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 20,353
    Yep, I watched it...

    Posted on here that Boonen had won at about 20km to go too....
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver wrote:
    Posted on here that Boonen had won at about 20km to go too....

    Err, OK, well done. I'm sure lots of other people thought the same. Don't really know what that has to do with you thinking Ballan and Pozatto did no work in the winning break.
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