Early signs of the season

specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,218
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.
  • shinyhelmutshinyhelmut Posts: 1,338
    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: 1,621
    Judging from DD photos Cav looks in good shape. Think he isn't finished yet.
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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,103
    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.
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 13,681
    Cav proves his doubters wrong
    "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? IS THIS NOT WHY YOU ARE HERE?"
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 13,681
    Pictures of snow on the summer peaks ahead

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    "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? IS THIS NOT WHY YOU ARE HERE?"
  • Pictures of snow on the summer peaks ahead

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    Nice that must mean cobble mending is just round the corner
  • 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.
    “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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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 13,681
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    "ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED? IS THIS NOT WHY YOU ARE HERE?"
  • Is it just coincidence that the mention of Tom Boonen is immediately followed by a picture of white powder?
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  • ridgeriderridgerider Posts: 2,755
    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_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,688
    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: 1,621
    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: 1,621
    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_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,688
    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: 22,652
    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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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,812
    Getting excited for strade bianche... second best one dayer last year I think
  • ShutupJensShutupJens 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_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,688
    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_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,637
    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_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 44,470 Lives Here
    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...
  • carbonclemcarbonclem Posts: 835
    Porte has started his sickness early this year. No Paris-Nice.
  • dish_dashdish_dash Posts: 4,688
    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_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 44,470 Lives Here
    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.
  • rollemynotrollemynot Posts: 434
    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
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,812
    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 :(:(
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