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Milan-San Remo 2014 *SPOILERS*

milton50milton50 Posts: 3,856
edited March 2014 in Pro race
Well, as the big day has finally arrived we should probably start an official race thread just in case people are recording it and watching it later.

Anyone know the latest on the weather?
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,372 Lives Here
    Weather in San Remo is wet , possible thunder storm .
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,372 Lives Here
    Wind is swirling.
  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    roll on the last 20 minutes.
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192
    iainf72 wrote:
    roll on the last 20 minutes.

    You are Mark Cavendish and I claim my £5
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

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  • Weather in San Remo is wet , possible thunder storm .

    Seems like there's blue skies in San Remo this morning (as of 2hr ago)

    https://twitter.com/guyvermeiren/status ... 08/photo/1

    Milan definitely looking wet and gloomy though

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  • MacaloonMacaloon Posts: 5,545
    Monumental Inner Ring preview. Plenty to ponder around unhitching the fast-twitchers.

    'The descent is fast and marked by a series of curves and five hairpins. The race has been won on the descent before and it has its technical moments but it is really a very physical effort, a series of sprints out of the corners. Carrying speed into the bends matters but what makes the difference is being able to pump out big watts on every bend exit after 290km. The ramp ends and the race sweeps into town with one dog legged bend before the final 500 metres."
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  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    I'm looking to the scando's and lowlanders for some breakaway action today. I want to see the Belkin Bianchi's getting lots of air time.
    @JaunePeril

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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    UK Cycling Expert ‏@ukcyclingexpert · 4m
    The Milan-San Marino sportive is the longest of the year. (Well over 100 miles!) Unlike last year, no one is allowed to do the short route!

    UK Cycling Expert ‏@ukcyclingexpert · 8m
    Some are saying Milan-San Marino will have a headwind later. Others say it will be a tailwind. Who knows what the organisers have planned!!
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    Rojas crashes in the neutral zone and is out.
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  • MacaloonMacaloon Posts: 5,545
    PelotonWatch 9:41am via TweetDeck
    #MSR Gap is now 5'30" for Tjallingii, Barta, Boem, De Maar, Parrinello, Haas and Bono

    since gone out to 9' after 69km
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    69 PTP PICKS
    SAGAN	28
    CAV	15
    DEGENKOLB	13
    GREIPEL	5
    NORDHAUG	1
    SLAGTER	1
    CIOLEK	1
    ULISSI	1
    THOMAS	1
    MATTHEWS	1
    CANCELLARA	1
    HRISTOFF	1
    



    No takers for EBH (or any Sky rider)

    Only 1 for Cancellara which is a surprise since he has 4 podium finishes in the last 6 years.

    Sagan seems to be the safe play
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,372 Lives Here
    It's such a ridiculously long distance.
  • dsoutardsoutar Posts: 1,746
    It's such a ridiculously long distance.

    Only by modern standards of course.

    Incidentally are there any longer races on the calendar ?

    Edit - Wiki says longest
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,372 Lives Here
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192
    dsoutar wrote:
    It's such a ridiculously long distance.

    Only by modern standards of course.

    Incidentally are there any longer races on the calendar ?

    Edit - Wiki says longest

    It's got a special dispensation to exceed the maximum 250km allowed.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,192
    Pretty wet and miserable looking:

    Team MTN-Qhubeka ‏@TeamMTNQhubeka 14m

    225km to go. Pouring rain. Really tough conditions
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    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
    Pah! I ride that distance before breakfast!
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,856
    It's such a ridiculously long distance.

    That's important in making the race what it is though. When the action starts in the last 40km it's a big unknown who will have the legs. Plus it's hard for sprinters teams to control the end of the race after that distance which helps with the "will it come down to a sprint/can a smaller group attack of the front" questions.
    No takers for EBH

    Not surprised to be honest. He always seems to disappoint.

    I'm surprised more people didn't go for Fabu though, especially after his T-A time trial performance.
  • Back from a disaster of a ride, I've got a six of duvel and my Tom Boonen endorsed pasta salad.

    Let's classics!
    "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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  • Back from a disaster of a ride, I've got a six of duvel and my Tom Boonen endorsed pasta salad.

    Let's classics!


    The Sven Nys one was better
    "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
  • emaddenemadden Posts: 2,431
    dsoutar wrote:
    It's such a ridiculously long distance.

    Only by modern standards of course.

    Incidentally are there any longer races on the calendar ?

    Edit - Wiki says longest


    A few years back the Warnie used to be longer (i.e. 299km), but since 2004 thats back down to just under 260km... MSR is still the longest race with the Warnie second. Incidentally, this year's MSR is the shortest since they introduced the Le Manie climb... but as that is out (and the planned new climb at the end didnt make it in) we are back to the "traditional route" this year.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
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    Dan Jones ‏@ozDanJones · 19m
    Its officially started hailing here at #MSR and 6 degrees atm, expected to drop to around 2 in 10km pic.twitter.com/cYfrIq5Q9g
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  • emaddenemadden Posts: 2,431
    Thats just the Turchino... they'll be fine when they hit the coast
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  • Groo.
    "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: 16,674
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    Believe that a farther shore
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    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • MacaloonMacaloon Posts: 5,545
    "The pass is a symbolic moment, lifting riders away from the foggy plains towards the shimmering spectacle of the Mediterranean, from a landscape defined by soil and toil to another lined with beaches and escapism."

    (previously linked Inner Ring preview)
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  • MrTapirMrTapir Posts: 1,206
    I thought the eurosport coverage started at 1 pm but it seems to have been pushed to 1.30 with a half hour programme about saxo tinkoff now on. Could be interesting but is kind of annoying.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    12:55:00 CET


    The peloton have come off the Turchino pass, with Cannondale setting the pace. Already there are groups in trouble with around 30 riders off the back of the field.
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
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  • mm1mm1 Posts: 1,063
    MrTapir wrote:
    I thought the eurosport coverage started at 1 pm but it seems to have been pushed to 1.30 with a half hour programme about saxo tinkoff now on. Could be interesting but is kind of annoying.
    Cross-country skiing on at the moment...grrr.
  • CrankbrotherCrankbrother Posts: 1,695
    Seeing as it's a spoiler thread ...

    Contador cheats to win, but then loses the win when caught ...

    I'm sure that's the only time that ever happened ...
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