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Dwars door Vlaanderen, March 26, 200.8km

thomthomthomthom Posts: 3,574
edited April 2014 in Pro race
Forget all about Catalunya.. This is where things go down.

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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    Yay! Absolutely. Love this race.
    Now it starts to get serious.
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  • Mini Ronde.

    Great race.
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  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,947
    How much weepy-eyed respect for Boonen will there be if he even starts this race let alone finishes it…?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 57,372 Lives Here
    OCDuPalais wrote:
    How much weepy-eyed respect for Boonen will there be if he even starts this race let alone finishes it…?

    He's starting.
  • argyllflyerargyllflyer Posts: 893
    Voeckler's capture on the line last year a memorable moment of the season.
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,856
    Mini Ronde.

    Great race.

    True. But then I think E3 is the better mini Ronde.
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Catalunya is an amazing stage race and to say otherwise would be ignorant. It also happens to be harder than previous years and has the largest amount of GC talent facing off against eachother in a long while.

    This race is just another warm up race. Good to watch but lets not get carried away.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 18,215
    Catalunya is an amazing stage race and to say otherwise would be ignorant. It also happens to be harder than previous years and has the largest amount of GC talent facing off against eachother in a long while.

    This race is just another warm up race. Good to watch but lets not get carried away.


    Yes, lets not get carried away, Frenchie.
    Both races have a long pedigrees.
    Both races are warm ups for bigger things.
    Both races are likely to suffer route alteration.
    Dwars with this:
    http://www.cyclingquotes.com/news/dwars ... mas_visit/

    Catalunya with deteriorating weather at altitude.
    2000 metres climbs in March being a lottery.
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  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    If I had to choose one over the other it would be Dwars purely because I prefer one day racing over stage racing. It's all or nothing on the day.

    EDIT: I don't do PTP but I'm going for Moreno Hofland
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  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    Just noticed that Piti's riding, plus Intxausti and Gadret. They'll be having a lovely day out.
  • above_the_cowsabove_the_cows Posts: 11,318
    In the fight between DvV and Catalunya I think at least the Belgians will get the finish line on camera.

    Sad I'm going to miss this.
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  • Catalunya has got a couple of good stages, but yesterday was a snooze-fest. Cobbled one-dayers are defo better imo.
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    Catalunya has got a couple of good stages, but yesterday was a snooze-fest. Cobbled one-dayers are defo better imo.

    Poor camera work ruined it completely they'll need to sort that out or people just won't tune in. It was almost as bad as that single camera we had at that Argentinian chipper at the beginning of last season which was just a static camera pointing randomly at nowhere inparticular and not the finish line.
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  • dsoutardsoutar Posts: 1,746
    Catalunya with deteriorating weather at altitude.
    2000 metres climbs in March being a lottery.

    Light snow Snow forecast on Wednesday and moderate snow on Thursday (and colder - freezing level down to ~1400m)
  • Catalunya has got a couple of good stages, but yesterday was a snooze-fest. Cobbled one-dayers are defo better imo.

    Poor camera work ruined it completely they'll need to sort that out or people just won't tune in. It was almost as bad as that single camera we had at that Argentinian chipper at the beginning of last season which was just a static camera pointing randomly at nowhere inparticular and not the finish line.

    Yep, the camera work was hopeless. Anyone remember Eurosport's Tour of Taiwan coverage last year? So bad it was quite funny - endless focus on the break (because they were winning!) then all of a sudden it would cut to the finish and a bunch sprint with no footage of the break being caught and no explanation of what happened . Reminded me of my student days watching the magic roundabout over a smoke, and playing the game where you had to guess when the show was about to end (it was almost impossible - they didn't seem to understand plot structure/conclusion/denouement etc). Same applied to the Tour of Taiwan (minus the smoking :wink: ) - impossible to know when the race was about to finish.
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Just noticed that Piti's riding, plus Intxausti and Gadret. They'll be having a lovely day out.

    Training for the cobbles in the Tour. I guess if Valverde goes well he will race E3 as well. Interested to see how he goes.
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  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    Twitter reporting no Thomas and Eisel for Dwars
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  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    Twitter reporting no Thomas and Eisel for Dwars


    Twitter cant read then, cos Eisel's riding
    http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290, ... 96,00.html
  • Yellow PerilYellow Peril Posts: 4,466
    Twitter reporting no Thomas and Eisel for Dwars


    Twitter cant read then, cos Eisel's riding
    http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290, ... 96,00.html

    It was from cyclingnews (probably from their Clinic correspondent!)
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  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    Twitter reporting no Thomas and Eisel for Dwars


    Twitter cant read then, cos Eisel's riding
    http://www.teamsky.com/article/0,27290, ... 96,00.html

    It was from cyclingnews (probably from their Clinic correspondent!)


    NTBT (not to be trusted)
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/dwars- ... start-list

    According to that UHC are planning to contest tomorrow without actually fielding any riders. And Ciolek will only have 4 team mates :wink:

    What twerps, putting out a tweet
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138


    What twerps, putting out a tweet
    What Twits that twitter rubbish. :roll:
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,674
    Sam Bennett ‏@benNETappEndura · 1h
    You know it's gonna be a horribly hard race when you see @eeckhoutniko was on the podium so many times!!
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  • gpreevesgpreeves Posts: 454
    NTBT (not to be trusted)
    http://www.cyclingnews.com/races/dwars- ... start-list

    According to that UHC are planning to contest tomorrow without actually fielding any riders. And Ciolek will only have 4 team mates :wink:

    What twerps, putting out a tweet

    Unfortunately that's half true. MTN will only have five riders, but Ciolek isn't one of them:

    http://www.teammtnqhubeka.com/?news=team-mtn-qhubeka-up-against-it-at-dwars-door-vlaanderen
  • deejaydeejay Posts: 3,138
    With the Finish not due until after 4pm then the president will be long gone for his ceremonial lunch.

    This used to be a circuit finish with the passing of the fin line and a couple of trips back to the Nokereberg.
    Less interesting for the spectators these days.
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  • andyrrandyrr Posts: 1,625
    Sam Bennett ‏@benNETappEndura · 1h
    You know it's gonna be a horribly hard race when you see @eeckhoutniko was on the podium so many times!!

    Eeckhout = Rambo !
    Love the guy - he's almost as old as me !! Thought he was still riding - retired lat year after 21 years pro.
  • Millar rode across to break?
  • Richmond RacerRichmond Racer Posts: 8,561
    Millar rode across to break?

    He's certainly in it - 22 man break
  • TurfleTurfle Posts: 3,762
    I'm so happy.
  • goonzgoonz Posts: 3,106
    Where to get updates plz?
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    http://live.cyclingnews.com/

    It's live now also:
    http://www.steephill.tv/classics/dwars- ... eren/#live

    In the break:
    Longo, Sutton, Cummings, Millar, Irizar, Silvestre, Maes, Moeravjov, Smukulis, McCarthy, Bagdonas, Van Emden, Boeckmans, Saramotins, Vanlandschoot, Veuchelen, Vanbilsen, Van Asbroeck, Zingle, Songezo, Jarc, Schorn and Murphy
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