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2016 Worlds *spoilers*

rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,964 Lives Here
edited November 2016 in Pro race
All the disadvantages of Qatar with none of the advantages - i.e. chance of mega echelons. I was looking forward to 250km of pure echelon debauchery but alas, not to be.

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Funnily enough, they don't offer a profile, so we can assume it's this:

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Meanwhile, the Belgian team (via twitter handles):


@GregVanAvermaet
@tomboonen1
@OliverNaesen
@Jasperstuyven
@jurgenroelandts
@jensdebus
@jenskeukeleire
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  • I think any of the below could take this (in no particular order):
    - Cav
    - Greipel
    - Kittel
    - Viviani
    - Sagan
    - GVA
    - Bouhanni
    - Kristoff
    - Gaviria
    - Ewan
    - Matthews
    - Boasson Hagen
    - Breakaway? (Boonen, Stybar, Terpstra, Trentin, Gilbert, van Poppel etc etc)

    In other words, it's wide open?!
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  • Couldn't that first bit possibly produce echelons? But with 100km to go once it gets into the technical bit, who's going to want to keep it going for that long?

    Have they put cobbles down?
  • Another Middle East snorefest! Money talks my a*se
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,150
    Another Middle East snorefest! Money talks my a*se

    Surely this is proof that money does indeed talk, your censored or not...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • Who Chose Doha? As interesting as an iron man race!
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,618
    Who Chose Doha? As interesting as an iron man race!

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    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • dav1d1dav1d1 Posts: 653
    Cav pulled out of a race last week because of illness so depends how he's feeling for this.
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,618
    Dav1d1 wrote:
    Cav pulled out of a race last week because of illness so depends how he's feeling for this.

    Depends what the illness is, and whether he can get a TUE for it :wink:
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • Now, now, it'll do wonders to promote grassroots cycling in the country

    SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!
  • Salsiccia1 wrote:
    Dav1d1 wrote:
    Cav pulled out of a race last week because of illness so depends how he's feeling for this.

    Depends what the illness is, and whether he can get a TUE for it :wink:


    Get out. Now.
  • This looks so bad it's going to be good, right?
  • professeur wrote:
    This looks so bad it's going to be good, right?


    Let us imagine the ways... :?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,964 Lives Here
    Who's commentating on Eurosport?
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,150
    professeur wrote:
    This looks so bad it's going to be good, right?


    Let us imagine the ways... :?

    Tommeke wins!
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraver wrote:
    professeur wrote:
    This looks so bad it's going to be good, right?


    Let us imagine the ways... :?

    Tommeke wins!


    SW6 would see fireworks and a dazzling display of coloured chinos :-)
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,964 Lives Here
    ddraver wrote:
    professeur wrote:
    This looks so bad it's going to be good, right?


    Let us imagine the ways... :?

    Tommeke wins!


    SW6 would see fireworks and a dazzling display of coloured chinos :-)

    Ah c'mon guys.

    That's so 2013.

    I'm all about mud colours and muted dark blues & grays.

    I might style it out with one of the many of light scarves or roll necks I have. That's more what's going on in the sartorial world of Chasey.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 12,657
    It could end up a bit like the Commonwealth games in Delhi.
  • I hope a hopeless domestique wins...
  • ProssPross Posts: 27,132
    Or some random cyclist from an unknown country goes early and everyone gets so bored they forget about them.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,964 Lives Here
    TheBigBean wrote:
    It could end up a bit like the Commonwealth games in Delhi.

    What, riders sprinting...........


















    .........for the nearest toilet?
  • 7 hours of...THIS...
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,618
    I'm going early on this one:

    Sagan for the repeat, and as part of his victory speech this time he'll plead for equal rights and respect for women worldwide. You know, just to keep the hosts happy
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    The backdrop looks pretty cool but that's about it. Just one long sprint train basically. Might as well just make it 10km and get it over and done with (My view on a lot of the Vuelta stages this year too, you know, the great ones where they ride along a dual carriageway for hours then have a cool climb at the end)
  • Cookson must have had a big brown envelope for letting this through.
    The unforgettable experience will be totally different as for the first time; the broadcasting will be through very outstanding parkour with the surroundings of the The Pearl – Qatar, Qatar Foundation, Lusail, and AspireZone.

    The Arabian well-known hospitality, the windy weather, the gulf surroundings, and the generous touches will add different flavors to 2016 Championships.
  • salsiccia1salsiccia1 Posts: 3,618
    Cookson must have had a big brown envelope for letting this through.
    The unforgettable experience will be totally different as for the first time; the broadcasting will be through very outstanding parkour with the surroundings of the The Pearl – Qatar, Qatar Foundation, Lusail, and AspireZone.

    The Arabian well-known hospitality, the windy weather, the gulf surroundings, and the generous touches will add different flavors to 2016 Championships.

    In fairness, I think the Worlds is where the UCI makes most if it's annual money, so it's probably difficult for them to say no.
    It's only a bit of sport, Mun. Relax and enjoy the racing.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 5,150
    Please note that I am keeping a list of all of your doom mongers and will be reminding you if you start raving about the race during/after it happens...
  • lostboysaintlostboysaint Posts: 4,252
    edited September 2016
    Finishes in front of my brother's apartment. Shame he's in Saudi for the weekend and I'm here.

    But I'll be back out there for the MotoGP in March :)
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  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 12,657
    dish_dash wrote:
    Please note that I am keeping a list of all of your doom mongers and will be reminding you if you start raving about the race during/after it happens...

    Indeed, it is one thing declaring a race boring afterwards (or "not a vintage edition" in BR parlance), but it's something else completely moaning about it before the race.
  • TheBigBean wrote:
    dish_dash wrote:
    Please note that I am keeping a list of all of your doom mongers and will be reminding you if you start raving about the race during/after it happens...

    Indeed, it is one thing declaring a race boring afterwards (or "not a vintage edition" in BR parlance), but it's something else completely moaning about it before the race.

    It's a race around this, just so they can sell more properties. Think of the whole WRC as an advertorial for Qatar property.

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    And don't forget the "very outstanding parkour" at this years WRC

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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,505
    @inrng reporting that both Greipel and Kittel selected for the German team.
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