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Spring Classics 2018 - Rate the season (may contain traces of SPOILERS)

No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,095
edited April 2018 in Pro race
So, spring classics done and dusted, what's everyone's feeling?

Me, I liked that there were some new faces on the podiums, but had the feeling that the entire season was really, really cagey. Lots of second tier riders (some may not remain in the second tier!) got away and got results as there were politics in the pursuing bunches. Even Sagan's victory was marked by a lack of cooperation in the chase.

Obviously QS dominated, and (freed from riding for Tomekke?) were tactically brilliant, Nibz got his MSR, Sagan got his Paris-Roubaix. There were some great and ballsy rides (Mads Pedersen, Benoot and more) but there was a feeling of stalemate from the big guns quite often.

I'll give it a 6, maybe 7 at a push.

EDIT: Here's the general 2018 classics thread, for a recap and discussion as it went down.
viewtopic.php?f=40002&t=13089111
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Rate this season's spring classics 46 votes

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  • Vino'sGhostVino'sGhost Posts: 4,129
    ive really enjoyed it. If i was a lotto or BMC fan i would think it was pants, so so for cannondale who at least got loads of good tv time.

    But if i was Patrick Le Fervre well he's got to be a seriously happy man
  • The_BoyThe_Boy Posts: 3,099
    6. Some nice races, nice winners and some surprises. Quickstep's domination seemed a bit much tho - I'm not even sure how much they dominated but it felt like they could choose who's turn it was in the team bus before the race
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  • inseineinseine Posts: 5,772
    I think 2018 will be remembered as the year Wout van Aert marked his appearance before he sweeps all aside next year ( :) ).
  • A solid 7.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,126
    6 or 7. Probably 7.

    I actually quite enjoyed watching QS execute some "textbook" wins. And then when it didn't work at P-R.
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 8,630
    its been fast.
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  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 6,321
    I've enjoyed it but then I always enjoy thenSpring classics - rated relative to other years I thought it was slightly below average so I've given it a 5.
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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,260
    5 or 6. Nibali's MSR will live in the memory, but I think little else will beyond the results.
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  • I was going to go 7 - but the wealth of talent this year is unbelievable so 8 - the level of racing has been good - I think there is too much waiting/nostalgia for dominance again - I can't see it happening. Races are great , racing is superb
  • 6 - Too many races decided by indecision in the chasers (OHN, PR, LBL)

    Strade Bianche was great though, as was MSR. I enjoyed the Tour of Flanders and Fleche Wallonne was surprisingly good.

    The rest were either par for the course or sub par (PR being the biggest disappointment for me)
    My Men 2020 - Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift, Fernando Gaviria, Alejandro Valverde, Edvald Boassen Hagen, Zdenek Stybar, Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,551 Lives Here
    If 5 is average it was a 7
  • 6 for me, Clive.

    Yeah it was alright. I think I enjoyed last year more just because I got to watch more of it live. Had to try and stay away from spoilers this year and watch highlights later at night. But it was good to see some unexpected winners (or less expected.)

    Personally enjoyed watching Nibali hold off the chase at MSR, enjoyed seeing Van Aert break himself at Strade Bianchi. Actually quite liked seeing how happy Alaphilipe was for his pal winning Liege yesterday, was as if he'd won the race himself.

    Also this has tickled me - https://twitter.com/nedboulting/status/ ... 1638449152

    Can we all just take a minute to remind ourselves how hilarious this was

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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,260
    One of the themes of the spring was the underplayed attack. All of the monuments were won by solo attacks that seemed to just slip away without much fanfare - only Nibali's had any gusto about it.
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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,028
    7/10

    Seems the new meta in racing this year is to slip away after 1-2 semi serious attacks by other riders.
    PTP Champion 2019
  • ShutupJensShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    6 for me, would have been a 5 had it not been for Sagan and Nibbles victories. I am actually a big fan of the subtle attack, he sort where someone gets a gap and everyone behind starts looking around for someone else to chase. Paolini in 2015 GW was a classic example - as Cosmo Catalano put it, it's "satisfyingly intellectual" to watch

    Not generally a fan of one team like QS dominating proceedings but actually the whole attitude towards racing from the Quickstep camp seems to have been very wholesome indeed - this whole "Wolfpack" thing seems a bit cheesy but it's starting to look like the sort of team spirit that can sometimes be lacking from cycling.
  • ProssPross Posts: 25,330
    Marginally better than average thanks to MSR so a 6 from me.
  • milton50milton50 Posts: 3,856
    From a cycling purist's point of view it was pretty good because the quality of some of the rides was superb and QS put on a masterclass. Some young riders announced themselves as well.

    From a racing entertainment point of view it was fairly average.

    So a 6 overall for me.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,551 Lives Here
    First full season without Tom.


















    **sobs uncontrollably**
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 11,836
    First full season without Tom.

    **sobs uncontrollably**

    It's been revolutionary for Quickstep.
  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,006
    I’ve gone with a pretty solid 4 - too many winners slipping off the front and the only proper winning attack I can remember came from Nibali who I’m really not a fan of.

    I just don’t remember being that interested in any of it this year.
  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,228
    quickstep had so many different arrows in their quiver. that's a fantastic classics campaign for them, and also for Nibali, and the superb Danish lad from Astana.

    Wout van Aert made the step up, and looks able to compete at this level easily...

    I put 8, but probably nearer 7 in hindsight.
  • jimmythecuckoojimmythecuckoo Posts: 4,495
    8.

    Strade was great, Flanders an occasion, Quick Step and Van Aert imperious.

    Enjoyed it.
  • indypindyp Posts: 735
    Gone with a 7 as pretty enjoyable all round.

    QS had a strangle hold of most inbetween races which made for predicatable viewing but their squad is superb and after not getting right last year they did this time. Good to see Jungels winning LBL. Not so for Nibali MSR, but he is tactically brilliant. Disappointing for Sky. Hoped Kwiato would show up for Ardennes which he was aiming at but didn't happen.

    Good though
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 52,551 Lives Here
    Anyone think team sizes had an impact on tactics?


    All 4 were won by attacks from far out and only Roubaix wasn’t a solo win.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,095
    Anyone think team sizes had an impact on tactics?


    All 4 were won by attacks from far out and only Roubaix wasn’t a solo win.
    Possibly, but that would be really difficult to tell. The main factor was that the final stage front groups had genuine threats that others didn't want to tow, and for QS wins a QS rider marking attacks. Where other teams had multiple riders they tended to use it as a springboard for attack (eg Valgren and Fuglsang at Amstel). Were teams missing some help at the race end? Maybe
    “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!
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,260
  • RichN95 wrote:

    You missed the other one from 2018. I can't say much more without giving away the answer
    My Men 2020 - Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift, Fernando Gaviria, Alejandro Valverde, Edvald Boassen Hagen, Zdenek Stybar, Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,260
    RichN95 wrote:

    You missed the other one from 2018. I can't say much more without giving away the answer
    Oh yeah. Fixed it now. (Turns out I missed several others too)
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 15,896
    Giro thread someone.
    The classics are over it's Giro Thread time.
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • Genuinely didn't realise the Giro started on Friday until I checked this morning!

    Seems to have crept up this year
    My Men 2020 - Mark Cavendish, Ben Swift, Fernando Gaviria, Alejandro Valverde, Edvald Boassen Hagen, Zdenek Stybar, Vincenzo Nibali, Geraint Thomas.
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