2020 classics season thread

124

Comments

  • Mad_Malx
    Mad_Malx Posts: 5,020
    Rather worryingly - corona in Oise area - where PR starts I think?

    "A dozen cases are centred in the Oise area of northern France, which has emerged as one of the most significant clusters" Peter Beaumont, Guardian this morning
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Well I think it's all still going ahead and the weather forecast could not be more 'omloop het nieuwsblad'

    11 degrees, raining, heavy west/southwest winds.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    edited February 2020
    If anyone needs more there's the women's race:

    11-00am
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1LftJ_OwCZ0
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    I'm going to put a couple of quid on Omloop and KBK being pretty much all we get this season. This is going to be a pub quiz question in a decade or so: "who won most WT races in 2020".
    Warning No formatter is installed for the format
  • andyp
    andyp Posts: 10,174
    Caleb Ewen.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187

    I'm going to put a couple of quid on Omloop and KBK being pretty much all we get this season. This is going to be a pub quiz question in a decade or so: "who won most WT races in 2020".


    My bet is everything will be back to normal by the Dauphine (at least in Europe)
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    Yup, it's once again time for the biggest little Northern classic of them all: Le Samyn.





    Eurosport have live coverage tomorrow, of both the men's and women's race, starting at 1pm with the ladies.

    A nice little 10 minutes highlights show from last year with Rob Hatch.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQhladOl6v8

    And the final 10 kms of the epic 2017 edition.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcNPVwaTPc8
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    Some of the cobbles look pretty damp and greasy in the women's race. Chantal Blaak has 10 km and a couple of minutes
    Warning No formatter is installed for the format
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    Blaak takes the women's edition.
    70km to go for the men, spots of rain, lots of short attacks but nothing really sticking
    Warning No formatter is installed for the format
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    Splitting into groups with relentless attacks and the rain making those cobbles even slicker.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    Yeah, starting to kick off now
    Warning No formatter is installed for the format
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Lost pictures.

    Come on guys, it's 2020.
  • RichN95.
    RichN95. Posts: 27,187
    edited March 2020

    Some of the cobbles look pretty damp and greasy in the women's race. Chantal Blaak has 10 km and a couple of minutes


    I see her name is now van der Broek-Blaak. Can I copyright the headline 'Broeck-Blaak Mountain' in case she ever wins going uphill
    Twitter: @RichN95
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    For once DQS not going to be able to sit on and control this one.
    Only Senechal and Ballerini in the front group.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    Errr... Tim Declercq seems to be doing a lot of work for someone who's not there...
    Warning No formatter is installed for the format
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    Yes, they appear to have left their quick guy behind, with Nizzolo, Coquard and Venturini out front.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    Yes, our Eurosport boys called all the sprinters..................except the winner: Hugo Hofstetter.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • gweeds
    gweeds Posts: 2,574
    Hugo. Boss.
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,460
    gweeds said:

    Hugo. Boss.

    Errrr.... Hugo Hofstetter rides for an Israeli team and Hugo Boss was a Nazi. Just saying.
    Warning No formatter is installed for the format
  • orraloon
    orraloon Posts: 12,801
    Not Joe Lycett then?
  • m.r.m.
    m.r.m. Posts: 3,359

    gweeds said:

    Hugo. Boss.

    Errrr.... Hugo Hofstetter rides for an Israeli team and Hugo Boss was a Nazi. Just saying.
    What are you saying exactly? All Hugo's are Nazi's? It's a weird coincidence? It's ironic in the Alanis Morissette way?
    PTP Champion 2019, 2022 & 2023
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • gsk82
    gsk82 Posts: 3,479
    I'm sure there'd be a team willing to take that handicap for the short term publicity. QS did for at least 3 seasons :*
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Hasn't made it to the sporza website so I suspect it's not all that serious....
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936

    Hasn't made it to the sporza website so I suspect it's not all that serious....

    You what?

    It's the front page headline.

    https://sporza.be/nl/2020/03/05/tom-boonen-is-topic-in-extra-time-koers-hij-is-eigenlijk-te-vroeg-gestopt~1583392530073/
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Haha, not quite the same, but I get your point (they're advertising their prog where they discuss his comments...)
  • blazing_saddles
    blazing_saddles Posts: 21,936
    It seems that Nokere Koerse will benefit from the current instability. 11 WT teams have signed up already, bringing the total to 22 teams.
    Sunday's GP Monsere plans a late additions of 3 WT teams.

    However, the 7 new cases in Wevelgem may send them scuttling home again.

    https://www.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20200304_04876067
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 73,199
    Until people stop bothering with quarantining and isolating I can't see any pro bike race going ahead tbh.
  • gweeds
    gweeds Posts: 2,574
    And Strade formally canned.
    Napoleon, don't be jealous that I've been chatting online with babes all day. Besides, we both know that I'm training to be a cage fighter.
  • diplodicus
    diplodicus Posts: 711
    Does any one know if Gent Wevelgem is going ahead?