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joelsimjoelsim Posts: 7,552
edited February 2016 in Pro race
EQS weren't invited as they take too long to change their shoes.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/etixx-q ... y-reasons/" target="_blank

So, 4 flat stages and an 11km ITT, the usual fare.

A bit of training for the majority, a few chances for the sprinters and distinct lack of TTers on the startlist.

Time bonuses 10", 6", 4" for the final, 3", 2" and 1" for the intermediate sprints.
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  • iainf72iainf72 Posts: 15,784
    Does this mean Boonen is doomed for the cobbled classics?

    Or is there some kind of other rule that kicks in? Richn95?
    Fckin' Quintana … that creep can roll, man.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,892
    iainf72 wrote:
    Does this mean Boonen is doomed for the cobbled classics?

    Or is there some kind of other rule that kicks in? Richn95?
    It throws everything into disarray. Although in reality, he was giving it a miss this year anyway.
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • ShutupJensShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    This should be Cav's for the taking shouldn't it? All that track work should do some good for his TT..
  • Just starting live coverage. Excellent HD feed in french from Bein Sports:-
    http://cyclinghub.tv/livestream
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  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,062
    48km to go and there's a lead group of about 20 riders with 1min back to the main peloton. Cav in the front group with ebh and farrar, not sure who else is there to contest a sprint though other than (probably) kristoff.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,062
    33km to go, peloton at 55sec but started messing around a bit by the look of things.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,062
    Cav takes 2nd intermediate sprint so virtual leader on the road.
  • jam1e wrote:
    48km to go and there's a lead group of about 20 riders with 1min back to the main peloton. Cav in the front group with ebh and farrar, not sure who else is there to contest a sprint though other than (probably) kristoff.

    Cav v Kristoff: very tasty. Bennett, Guardini, Modolo and GVA also there to spice it up a bit?

    Kristoff ftw.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,062
    Not sure about Bennett bit I think the others are there. BMC there in force to be fair so I expect Oss to go off the front at some point just for laughs.

    Edit - Bennett is there.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,062
    5km and 1:20.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,062
    Katusha leading it out with 2.5km to go, Cav on kristoff's wheel.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,062
    edited February 2016
    Cav leaves kristoff for dead for the win, modolo 2nd, guardini 3rd.
  • Cav gets win number 150 from Modolo and Guardini.
    Kristoff rusty.
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  • Cav wins pretty comfortably, Kristoff a way back
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,062
    GC

    Cav
    Modolo +8
    Gardini +11
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 5,014
    Cav wins? I thought he was supposed to be finished?
    Cue short thread!
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,328
    #BicyclesChangeLives
  • stretchystretchy Posts: 149
    Dorset Boy wrote:
    Cav wins? I thought he was supposed to be finished?

    That was the bananas :wink:
  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,785
    Strange sprint, only a dozen or so riders left at the end.
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,859
    A group of 20 went clear very early on in the stage, and the peloton never brought them back.
  • EnnBeeEnnBee Posts: 20
    Cav gets win number 150 from Modolo and Guardini.

    False. Take about 15 off and you're getting there.
  • EnnBee wrote:
    Cav gets win number 150 from Modolo and Guardini.

    False. Take about 15 off and you're getting there.

    All competitions, including TTT and points I think is 150.
    Last week in Dubai they had it at 149.
    Saying that, I didn't check.
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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 11,322
    Never mind all of that. The important thing is Cav isn't finished after all (until next time he gets beaten by Kittel)

    Oh, and as a Qhubeka rider, he's registered as My Man.
    “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!
  • AK_jnrAK_jnr Posts: 717
    Any idea why EBH was sat on Cav's wheel the whole time and sprinted for himself?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 25,892
    AK_jar wrote:
    Any idea why EBH was sat on Cav's wheel the whole time and sprinted for himself?
    At a guess, there's a 11k time trial coming up so EBH might be DD's better GC option, so it worth him trying for bonus seconds himself.
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  • Yeah, when there's only around a dozen contesting the win on the opening stage of Qatar, it's always worth finishing as high up the leaderboard as possible.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 61,029 Lives Here
    Found that quite entertaining.

    20 man sprints let you see exaclty what's going on.
  • AK_jnrAK_jnr Posts: 717
    Thanks for the info.
  • Never mind all of that. The important thing is Cav isn't finished after all (until next time he gets beaten by Kittel)

    Oh, and as a Qhubeka rider, he's registered as My Man.


    Stop being naughty & trying to claim the entire team, you
  • Seen a photo of the end circuit from the road book for todays stage. Will be chaos.
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