Early signs of the season

specialgueststar
specialgueststar Posts: 3,418
edited March 2019 in Pro race
Surely Kenny Elissonde holding a koala. Is the first proper sign of the season start which we left with Froome as a sumo. wrestler Griepel on a camel to come soon
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  • I would have thought Sagan finishing second in a race would have been a better indicator.
  • shinyhelmut
    shinyhelmut Posts: 1,364
    The season isn't officially started until the first "Cav is finished" thread.
  • we've had the : Cofidis : why oh why....... but still waiting to see what shape Betancur is in...
  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,339
    Judging from DD photos Cav looks in good shape. Think he isn't finished yet.
    PTP Champion 2019, 2022 & 2023
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,103
    M.R.M. wrote:
    Judging from DD photos Cav looks in good shape. Think he isn't finished yet.

    Of course he is, he hasn't won a race yet, not even a chipper.
  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 18,929
    Cav proves his doubters wrong
    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 18,929
    Pictures of snow on the summer peaks ahead

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    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • Pictures of snow on the summer peaks ahead

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    Nice that must mean cobble mending is just round the corner
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,308
    As far as the early signs of the season goes, I'm going to make a wild prediction that Tom Boonen's lack of results in the Dubai tour mean he won't get any results in the spring classics. I'd put my house on it.
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  • tailwindhome
    tailwindhome Posts: 18,929
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    “New York has the haircuts, London has the trousers, but Belfast has the reason!
  • Is it just coincidence that the mention of Tom Boonen is immediately followed by a picture of white powder?
  • ridgerider
    ridgerider Posts: 2,851
    Pictures of snow on the summer peaks ahead

    27748318_1567270639988976_5665842576745697_o.jpg?oh=16498cd65ff1b9329a36c1795d070edf&oe=5B24DAD8


    Nice that must mean cobble mending is just round the corner

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/work-begins-to-mortar-joints-of-arenberg-paris-roubaix-cobbles/
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  • Ridgerider wrote:
    Pictures of snow on the summer peaks ahead

    27748318_1567270639988976_5665842576745697_o.jpg?oh=16498cd65ff1b9329a36c1795d070edf&oe=5B24DAD8


    Nice that must mean cobble mending is just round the corner

    http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/work-begins-to-mortar-joints-of-arenberg-paris-roubaix-cobbles/

    Bang on time :)
  • Is it just coincidence that the mention of Tom Boonen is immediately followed by a picture of white powder?

    Better than a child i suppose :lol:
  • dish_dash
    dish_dash Posts: 5,558
    My man Sep wins a race! Takes stage 1 of Haut Var... first time he's crossed the line with his arms in the air since mid-2016.

    Dare one hope...
  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,339
    Betting on Sep is like betting on a broken watch. You're bound to be right twice a day :P
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  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,339
    Case in point :wink:
    dish_dash wrote:
    What’s wrong with Sep?

    He's not sure. Apparently he felt fine and then just blew up...
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  • dish_dash
    dish_dash Posts: 5,558
    M.R.M. wrote:
    Case in point :wink:
    dish_dash wrote:
    What’s wrong with Sep?

    He's not sure. Apparently he felt fine and then just blew up...

    All I can do is just shake my head...
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,149
    An early sign of the Classics season is Roger De Vlaeminck saying how much better the riders were in his day

    https://twitter.com/rouleur/status/1102618467239424001
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  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Getting excited for strade bianche... second best one dayer last year I think
  • ShutupJens
    ShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    bobmcstuff wrote:
    Getting excited for strade bianche... second best one dayer last year I think

    Yeah, fairly consistently unpredictable. Should be a good one
  • dish_dash
    dish_dash Posts: 5,558
    dish_dash wrote:
    M.R.M. wrote:
    Case in point :wink:
    dish_dash wrote:
    What’s wrong with Sep?

    He's not sure. Apparently he felt fine and then just blew up...

    All I can do is just shake my head...

    Apparently he's switched coaches, after being with the same one for 12 years, on EF's request/demand.
  • its about this time the comparisons of relative toughness of Paris Nice / Tirreno Adriatico commence
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,812
    its about this time the comparisons of relative toughness of Paris Nice / Tirreno Adriatico commence

    It's a bit of a no contest this year, given that Tirreno doesn't have an obvious Queen stage.
    Incredibly, the races highest point is half a fathom under 650 metres.
    Also their stages are a bit shorter than usual, with one of the two "rampy" stages less than 180kms.
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  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,568
    its about this time the comparisons of relative toughness of Paris Nice / Tirreno Adriatico commence

    It's a bit of a no contest this year, given that Tirreno doesn't have an obvious Queen stage.
    Incredibly, the races highest point is half a fathom under 650 metres.
    Also their stages are a bit shorter than usual, with one of the two "rampy" stages less than 180kms.

    Expect lots of "bijtrainen" after stages for the MSR favourites in Italy then...
  • carbonclem
    carbonclem Posts: 1,591
    Porte has started his sickness early this year. No Paris-Nice.
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  • dish_dash
    dish_dash Posts: 5,558
    CarbonClem wrote:
    Porte has started his sickness early this year. No Paris-Nice.

    I wonder how he would do if he skipped the early season Aussie races...
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,568
    dish_dash wrote:
    CarbonClem wrote:
    Porte has started his sickness early this year. No Paris-Nice.

    I wonder how he would do if he skipped the early season Aussie races...

    Some riders are just sickly.

    I start getting ill if I do more then 15hrs a week.
  • rollemynot
    rollemynot Posts: 436
    dish_dash wrote:
    CarbonClem wrote:
    Porte has started his sickness early this year. No Paris-Nice.

    I wonder how he would do if he skipped the early season Aussie races...

    Some riders are just sickly.

    I start getting ill if I do more then 15hrs a week.

    Of cycling or work? :D
  • bobmcstuff
    bobmcstuff Posts: 11,196
    Alaphillippe is the bookie's favourite for Strade Bianche (around 5/2), then Kwiatkowski (around 7/2)*, Stybar 9/2 and GVA around 7/1. But it's really varied depending on the betting site, and none of the odds are that short so it seems pretty wide open (Alaphillippe has consistently shortest odds).

    *even though he's apparently not riding... A few places had Sagan as well who also isn't riding.

    E.g., William Hill has Alaphillippe 3/1, Stybar 9/2, GVA 5/1, Wellens 8/1, Lutsenko 10/1 and Benoot 16/1.

    Not going to be wet this year though :(:(