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    If this was in black and white it would look like something from the 70s

    Great pic
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  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    This sh!t just cracks me up every time:
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    Not only is it mind boggling that he even got in to that position, he managed to do it whilst clipped in!
  • This sport is pretty laughable.

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  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
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    Nah, this is more the seventies with Toe Clips & Straps, bar end levers and cables too long.
    Nice Steel Frame. :!:
    But where ??
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  • Turning into a little star:

    Mathieu van der Poel beats Niels Albert and Sven Nys in Sint Niklaas cross
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  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    Turning into a little star:

    Mathieu van der Poel beats Niels Albert and Sven Nys in Sint Niklaas cross
    :?:
    Albert won. It was close though:
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    Still, only his second race with the pros, and 2nd again.
    Not a bad list of names to beat:
    3. Rob Peeters op 29"
    4. Sven Nys 49"
    5. Laurens Sweeck 1'03"
    6. Philipp Walsleben (Dui) z.t.
    7. Martin Bina (Tsj) 1'05"
    8. Bart Aernouts z.t.
    9. Dieter Vanthourenhout 1'27"
    10. Francis Mourey (Fra) 1'31"
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    BTW, I was a bit surprised to read Mathieu has signed for 4 (!) years with BKCP, starting from this January. Like Niels Albert he might get to do races such as the Tour d'Alsace and Tour of Belgium, but that's a bit of a restrictive road race programme considering his potential on the road as well as cross.
  • Wow that does seem odd. I guess his heart lies in cyclo-cross?
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  • Anybody not seen this yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcsjjBrZBug

    mad skillz
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

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  • Pouildor on Mathieu: 'There are no similarities between him and me, his cycling has nothing to do with my era. He is a lot more Van der Poel than Pouildor, but, as a rider, he doesnt have much of me. He thinks only of winning and he climbs better than me. For the moment, he is much better than I was at his age'.

    And in reference to his long contract: Adri Van der Poel says: 'it really isnt necessary to be on the road at 20 years. We try and advance little by little, to watch out not to do things too quickly'. He goes on to say this which I wont translate as dont quite understand it:
    'Tout en se mefiant de la surmediatisation du cyclo-cross en Belgique, ce mirior aux alouettes : << Parfios, c'est un peu trop. Mais mes gamins sont assez intelligents pour ne pas tomber dans le piege. Ils font le metier, voila tout. >>'
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  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    Are you starting to warm to cross Frenchie? I think a bike radar trip to Belgium to watch a race live and take in the atmosphere may help. Would also break up the boredom of the off season...
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 26,453
    Pouildor on Mathieu: 'There are no similarities between him and me, his cycling has nothing to do with my era. He is a lot more Van der Poel than Pouildor, but, as a rider, he doesnt have much of me. He thinks only of winning and he climbs better than me. For the moment, he is much better than I was at his age'.
    Poulidor, for those that don't know, is his maternal grandfather. Good genes that lad has.
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  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    RichN95 wrote:
    Pouildor on Mathieu: 'There are no similarities between him and me, his cycling has nothing to do with my era. He is a lot more Van der Poel than Pouildor, but, as a rider, he doesnt have much of me. He thinks only of winning and he climbs better than me. For the moment, he is much better than I was at his age'.
    Poulidor, for those that don't know, is his maternal grandfather. Good genes that lad has.
    Ah, I wondered if it was THAT Poulidor. Let's hope younger Poulidor is not an eternal second as well
  • Anybody not seen this yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcsjjBrZBug

    mad skillz

    Liking that! Love the bit around 2 minutes where he just disappears!

    Want a cross bike now! :D
  • Anybody not seen this yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcsjjBrZBug

    mad skillz

    Liking that! Love the bit around 2 minutes where he just disappears!

    Want a cross bike now! :D

    It's how smooth he is through the berms on a bike with skinn tyres and no suspension that gets me. He's crazy quick on the run up too.

    As to the BR Cross trip, I'll be living in Belgium from Late Feb, so maybe a bit late for the top races but should still be able to see something and put a couple of people up. If not, next season
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

    @gietvangent
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 25,186
    Anybody not seen this yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcsjjBrZBug

    mad skillz

    That's what Dutch "mountain biking" looks like - won't be sad to see the back of that!

    Impressed with the speed he pumps out of that little "chicane" I confess
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
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  • alihisgreatalihisgreat Posts: 3,872
    ddraver wrote:
    Anybody not seen this yet?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcsjjBrZBug

    mad skillz

    That's what Dutch "mountain biking" looks like - won't be sad to see the back of that!

    Impressed with the speed he pumps out of that little "chicane" I confess

    Yeah nice vid.. he carries the speed through the more technical bits so effortlessly!
  • FJS wrote:
    Turning into a little star:

    Mathieu van der Poel beats Niels Albert and Sven Nys in Sint Niklaas cross
    :?:
    Albert won. It was close though:
    526522034.jpg

    Still, only his second race with the pros, and 2nd again.
    Not a bad list of names to beat:
    3. Rob Peeters op 29"
    4. Sven Nys 49"
    5. Laurens Sweeck 1'03"
    6. Philipp Walsleben (Dui) z.t.
    7. Martin Bina (Tsj) 1'05"
    8. Bart Aernouts z.t.
    9. Dieter Vanthourenhout 1'27"
    10. Francis Mourey (Fra) 1'31"

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  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    Almost crashed into the photographers after the finish. In post-race interview he mentioned it affected his sprint, but not sure about that looking at the highlights
    http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozon ... st=7.39499
    Wow that does seem odd. I guess his heart lies in cyclo-cross?
    He is world champion on the road

    Protecting his development is one thing, but in 4 years time he'll be 23 and should be getting kinda bored with the Tour d'Alsace
  • FJS wrote:
    Almost crashed into the photographers after the finish. In post-race interview he mentioned it affected his sprint, but not sure about that looking at the highlights
    http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/videozon ... st=7.39499
    Wow that does seem odd. I guess his heart lies in cyclo-cross?
    He is world champion on the road

    Protecting his development is one thing, but in 4 years time he'll be 23 and should be getting kinda bored with the Tour d'Alsace

    Long term investment by the team though, he won't be earning top money, making him attractive to bigger teams looking for a bargain who have to buy out the remainder of the contract, which guarantees his current outfit a return on investment.
    "In many ways, my story was that of a raging, Christ-like figure who hauled himself off the cross, looked up at the Romans with blood in his eyes and said 'My turn, sock cookers'"

    @gietvangent
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 18,147
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl_vtRnXptk

    Live now.

    *fires up Smart TV box & pours another coffee*
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  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138

    Live now.
    *fires up Smart TV box & pours another coffee*
    Great race, but really tough.
    That looks like the Citadel Hill. ?
    I think the men's elite starts at 3 CET/2GMT.
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  • poppitpoppit Posts: 926
    Good 3rd for Nikki.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 25,186
    Good Work Maurey - Sven Nys so awesome then has a massive spanner!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Great race. Had a little chuckle when Sven went over...he is human after all.
  • Interesting to see Stybar come in 8th on Saturday's race at Essen. Didn't Lefevere make comments a while back about not wanting Cavendish on the track?
  • Interesting to see Stybar come in 8th on Saturday's race at Essen. Didn't Lefevere make comments a while back about not wanting Cavendish on the track?


    Lets be honest, really Lefevere has no problem with Cav on the track as long as he's wearing OPQS kit and riding Spesh

    What he does have a problem with is the prospect of Cav popping up in a Track World Cup, riding a Pina and wearing a Sky skinsuit
  • And what about this news - GB to host a world cup next season

    http://translate.google.co.uk/translate ... KB_enGB552
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