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specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,333
edited October 2013 in Pro race
Froome, Porte , Meier ....?
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  • new ASO crit

    the riders have already started their offie but its sackloads of ¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥¥
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,276
    There's a startlist here: http://www.letour.fr/saitama-criterium/ ... iders.html

    Froome, Porte, Sagan, Basso, Kittel, Gerrans and Riblon are the big names.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • they do a 8 lap points race first - then the main race - just what end of season legs need ! is that the full start list? Could have done with a few trackies/crit specialists
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    saitama.jpg
    Contador is the Greatest
  • MacaloonMacaloon Posts: 5,545
    Big in Japan, Brain Cookson, inspects the guard of honour:

    The_Last_Samurai_18042_Medium.jpg
    ...a rare 100% loyal Pro Race poster. A poster boy for the community.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,113
    :D:D:D

    Anyone got a link to the photo of the the 4 Sumo's doing the splits and making a circle?!? Wow!!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    edited October 2013
    ddraver wrote:
    :D:D:D

    Anyone got a link to the photo of the the 4 Sumo's doing the splits and making a circle?!? Wow!!


    I can never unsee that picture now

    EDIT: oh soz, I misread your post - the pic of the riders doing the squats was the one I want to unsee. The sumo guys doing the splits is seriously impressive
  • Ed-tronEd-tron Posts: 165
    I guess both types of athletes eat a lot of rice

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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,276
    ddraver wrote:
    :D:D:D

    Anyone got a link to the photo of the the 4 Sumo's doing the splits and making a circle?!? Wow!!
    BXaRpDcCIAAo0gN.jpg
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,113
    That is seriously impressive, fair play!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    saitama.jpg
    Now I know Froome would kick my ar$e in a bike race but I guarantee I could take him in a sumo match :mrgreen:
  • How about Kittel, Paul?

    Yeah, pick on the weedy GC guys, why dont you, and run from the big German sprinter :wink:
  • afx237viafx237vi Posts: 12,630
    Those dolphins in Curucao are going to have to think up something special to top this.
  • MacaloonMacaloon Posts: 5,545
    How about Kittel, Paul?

    Yeah, pick on the weedy GC guys, why dont you, and run from the big German sprinter :wink:

    He'd stuff him, rip a leg off, tuck him under an arm then run half-naked up a mountain.

    Given this is an ASO event, are we looking at Keirin-style leadouts in future Tours?
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Contador is the Greatest
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    How about Kittel, Paul?

    Yeah, pick on the weedy GC guys, why dont you, and run from the big German sprinter :wink:
    Haha, how big is big? I know the "big" cyclists are pretty much normal size. Griepel I would stay clear of to be fair!
  • Paul 8v wrote:
    How about Kittel, Paul?

    Yeah, pick on the weedy GC guys, why dont you, and run from the big German sprinter :wink:
    Haha, how big is big? I know the "big" cyclists are pretty much normal size. Griepel I would stay clear of to be fair!


    Kittel's about 6'2" and 82kg. Think you can take him?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,276
    Paul 8v wrote:
    How about Kittel, Paul?

    Yeah, pick on the weedy GC guys, why dont you, and run from the big German sprinter :wink:
    Haha, how big is big? I know the "big" cyclists are pretty much normal size. Griepel I would stay clear of to be fair!
    Kittel is bigger than Greipel. If they were boxers they would both be cruiserweights (the one below heavyweight)
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,113
    Trouble is being 171cm he could hold one arm out and then keep me out of reach, however, 12 years of rugby has taught me that the bigger they are, the harder they fall... ;)
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 21,113
    CN have some pics of Sagan - now he I'd be concerned about he'd know some secret Mortal Kombat Super Special move!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,276
    According to unconfirmed reports the Sumo session ended in tragedy when Richie Porte disappeared into one of the wrestler's rolls of fat and suffocated
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,276
    edited October 2013
    Double
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  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    Paul 8v wrote:
    How about Kittel, Paul?

    Yeah, pick on the weedy GC guys, why dont you, and run from the big German sprinter :wink:
    Haha, how big is big? I know the "big" cyclists are pretty much normal size. Griepel I would stay clear of to be fair!


    Kittel's about 6'2" and 82kg. Think you can take him?
    I'm 5'10" and 85kg so not a bad matchup :lol: I can't contend with that barnet though, that is a superb piece of hair and far surpasses mine :mrgreen: When I used to do Karate our instructor gave us a bit of instruction in Sumo for a laugh one lesson before Christmas, it is a lot harder than it looks to be fair, not just big old units charging in to each other (Although being a unit helps!) Like any sport really, it looks easier than it is. To the layman (See work colleagues) cycling is really simple :-)
  • ddraver wrote:
    however, 12 years of rugby has taught me that the bigger they are, the harder they fall... ;)


    20 years of being a Cop has taught me that's a myth....

    Sometimes they don't fall, and then you're in a whole world of censored . :roll:
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    ddraver wrote:
    however, 12 years of rugby has taught me that the bigger they are, the harder they fall... ;)


    20 years of being a Cop has taught me that's a myth....

    Sometimes they don't fall, and then you're in a whole world of censored . :roll:
    Is that when the tazer comes out? :mrgreen:
  • Good god no, that gets you in a whole world of trouble and weeks of paperwork.

    Much easier to fake injury and go for the sympathy vote from Mr Angry.
  • RonBRonB Posts: 3,984
    Meanwhile (spoiler alert of sorts) Saitama Crit shock result :wink:

    https://twitter.com/inrng/status/394002751556177920
  • MacaloonMacaloon Posts: 5,545
    RonB wrote:
    Meanwhile (spoiler alert of sorts) Saitama Crit shock result :wink:

    https://twitter.com/inrng/status/394002751556177920

    A non-zero number of responders to that tweet are thrilled to see yet another offence against clean cycling :lol:
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  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    edited October 2013
    I think the ASO did stage manage the show, rather well to the end.
    With their 2013 TDF man winning the Crit and the other invited riders having their session of the front.
    This promotion might get the sponsors, that the ASO are looking for. ?
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/saitam ... 13/results

    I got up (for toilet) and watched some of it as it reminded me of the Tour of Poland's Dual Carriageways and the TDF down Plymouth way in 1974.
    Organiser, National Championship 50 mile Time Trial 1972
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