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rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 45,232 Lives Here
Figured since there is no more procycling for the foreseeable future, why not take an opportunity to catch up on some of the all-time classic races from the past.

For added fun, you can even watch them real-time at the time the 2020 equivalent was scheduled.

Let's start with Milan-San Remo which was this weekend. Imma put down the 2013 edition, though perhaps in current conditions the bleak nature of the weather may be off putting.



He's all 2hrs 45 minutes of it. Turn it on at 13:30 on Saturday and enjoy.
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  • redvisionredvision Posts: 2,453
    Great thread Rick. I have looked forward to the classics for months and to have then wiped out is gutting. At least reruns can fill the void a little.

    Tiz cycling is also great for cycling videos.
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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,836
    I have already been thinking along the same lines and started to compile editions of key cobbled races and for later, the Giro.
    So far I have stuck to the Tube as I find that Tiz can be....................problematical.

    Yesterday, I watched the Phil and Paul productions of the 1997 and 98 editions of Het Volk.




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  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,431
    NO SPOILERS PLEASE!

    Some of us have barely working memory of breakfast, let alone races from decades ago. We can watch these and pretend it's this season :-D
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  • sherersherer Posts: 2,356
    ive only just finished watching La Vuelta from last year.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,836
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • sherersherer Posts: 2,356
    seems Eurosport have come up with the same thought.

    I might cancel my Sky Sports for a month as it's just going to be repeat after repeat at the moment
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 8,736
    There is another thread on this which I can't find, but which are the best classics from the 90s and 2000s?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 45,232 Lives Here
    Anyone got any improvements or alternative suggestions for this week's Milan San-Remo?
  • drhaggisdrhaggis Posts: 785
    How can you improve on MSR???!!!!???
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 45,232 Lives Here
    No I meant my 2013 suggestion...
  • jct1993jct1993 Posts: 9
    2015 Gent Wevelgem is a corker

    2013 Flanders and Roubaix worth a revisit too

    2013 TDF stage 5 and 2013 stage 13 I think are both excellent and the spoiler threads were incredible that year too
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 13,836
    jct1993 said:

    2015 Gent Wevelgem is a corker




    Simply the best way to spend an afternoon in isolation..................without Kirby and with Sporza.

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  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,632
    Ah, happy days... when your only worry was Filthy Luca attacking in the feed zone with 63km to go...
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,415
    Any of you oldies got any 90s to early 20s classics suggestions. Such things were before my time and so I could do with the education.
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  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,632
    That young Welsh lad Thomas could do good things. He was so strong in the last 20km he dropped that big Quick Step bloke who couldn't hold his wheel! I reckon he needs to leave Team Sky, though, to be a serious Classics contender. He's wasting his time there.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 45,232 Lives Here
    edited 17 March
    ddraver said:

    Any of you oldies got any 90s to early 20s classics suggestions. Such things were before my time and so I could do with the education.



    One to enjoy in April, not march.

    When the gears were big and the blood was thick.
  • andyrrandyrr Posts: 1,488
    I've returned to this a few times - not a full stage but great seeing riders going at each other hammer and tongs:
    2010 Dauphine Alpe d'Huez
  • ProssPross Posts: 21,611

    That young Welsh lad Thomas could do good things. He was so strong in the last 20km he dropped that big Quick Step bloke who couldn't hold his wheel! I reckon he needs to leave Team Sky, though, to be a serious Classics contender. He's wasting his time there.

    We should watch the old races whole reading through the spoiler threads on here to see how badly we got things wrong. The above sentiments being a classic of its time.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,785
    andyrr said:

    I've returned to this a few times - not a full stage but great seeing riders going at each other hammer and tongs:
    2010 Dauphine Alpe d'Huez


    This illustrates my opinion of Contador quite well. I always thought that his attacking was overrated. Very flash and showy, but usually made no impact.

    As a defensive rider though, I've seen none better.
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  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,632


    Proper Channel 4 intro followed by a demonstration of pure power and athleticism (by one man; possibly doped) that Team Sky sought to emulate many years later (using 8 men; possibly clean).
    None of this mincing-about-with-twiddly-attacks-then-looking-back, malarky...
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,785



    Proper Channel 4 intro followed by a demonstration of pure power and athleticism (by one man; possibly doped) that Team Sky sought to emulate many years later (using 8 men; possibly clean).
    None of this mincing-about-with-twiddly-attacks-then-looking-back, malarky...


    At the time, coming off a series of great Tours I found the Indurain years boring. But this shows me that the EPO free for all made it quite exciting as no-one knew how much magic potion the others had taken.
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  • ddraverddraver Posts: 19,415
    There hasnt been a climb that broke me quite like La Plagne...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • daniel_bdaniel_b Posts: 8,416
    This is a thread I will be watching with interest.

    I trainerroad regularly, (Even more now) and have a eurosport player sub, which means I watch the current races whilst carrying out the workouts.
    I'm watched to Paris-Nice stage 4 this morning with a 90 minute workout, but that will run out soon!

    I do have RGT installed, and they have just opened up all of the subscription options to the free accounts, so that may be an option for a more involved group ride to ease the boredom.
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  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 902
    edited 19 March
    Pross said:

    That young Welsh lad Thomas could do good things. He was so strong in the last 20km he dropped that big Quick Step bloke who couldn't hold his wheel! I reckon he needs to leave Team Sky, though, to be a serious Classics contender. He's wasting his time there.

    We should watch the old races whole reading through the spoiler threads on here to see how badly we got things wrong. The above sentiments being a classic of its time.
    After Froome's giro 2018 "turnaround" I've started to enjoy watching the stage whilst re-reading various race/stage threads from random cycling forums about how he was finished, he was going to get dropped by Ellisonde, the attack was never going to work etc etc.

    In every thread you can pinpoint the exact point where the magnitude of what was happening sinks in and the haterz start hating and it is glorious.

    Did we ever get FF's view on the stage?

  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,632
    RichN95. said:



    Proper Channel 4 intro followed by a demonstration of pure power and athleticism (by one man; possibly doped) that Team Sky sought to emulate many years later (using 8 men; possibly clean).
    None of this mincing-about-with-twiddly-attacks-then-looking-back, malarky...


    At the time, coming off a series of great Tours I found the Indurain years boring. But this shows me that the EPO free for all made it quite exciting as no-one knew how much magic potion the others had taken.
    RichN95. said:



    Proper Channel 4 intro followed by a demonstration of pure power and athleticism (by one man; possibly doped) that Team Sky sought to emulate many years later (using 8 men; possibly clean).
    None of this mincing-about-with-twiddly-attacks-then-looking-back, malarky...


    At the time, coming off a series of great Tours I found the Indurain years boring. But this shows me that the EPO free for all made it quite exciting as no-one knew how much magic potion the others had taken.
    Yeah, but he fell in the magic potion pot as a baby.

    I completely understand the denouncement of the likes of Indurain (and to some extent Ullrich - and certainly Wiggins) as boring because their style was to crush panache with power: but ultimately, that’s what every champion does by default because they are repeatedly the best in a given era (apart from anything else, the magic potion queered the pitch because the diddy climbers were doing amazing TTs and the burly TTers were climbing like angels...). Quintana won with panache last week: but the “panache” lasted for the 8 seconds for everyone to realise he was on another level. The rest of the climb was about power. It’s very much up to the race organisers/course designers to shake the champs out of the tree by coming up with challenging routes; but I’m not sure they always realised that...
  • ocdupalaisocdupalais Posts: 3,632
    edited 19 March
    And then - as has happened in the last 2 seasons, a new crop of young ‘uns pops up to shake the tree... and now we’re potentially robbed of that spectacle for at least most if not all of the season... the only silver lining might be that one of these mutant races that people are proposing actually happens. A mass start week long multi stage Gran Fondo for World Tour pros only - no teams, for example...?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 45,232 Lives Here

    RichN95. said:



    Proper Channel 4 intro followed by a demonstration of pure power and athleticism (by one man; possibly doped) that Team Sky sought to emulate many years later (using 8 men; possibly clean).
    None of this mincing-about-with-twiddly-attacks-then-looking-back, malarky...


    At the time, coming off a series of great Tours I found the Indurain years boring. But this shows me that the EPO free for all made it quite exciting as no-one knew how much magic potion the others had taken.
    RichN95. said:



    Proper Channel 4 intro followed by a demonstration of pure power and athleticism (by one man; possibly doped) that Team Sky sought to emulate many years later (using 8 men; possibly clean).
    None of this mincing-about-with-twiddly-attacks-then-looking-back, malarky...


    At the time, coming off a series of great Tours I found the Indurain years boring. But this shows me that the EPO free for all made it quite exciting as no-one knew how much magic potion the others had taken.
    Yeah, but he fell in the magic potion pot as a baby.

    I completely understand the denouncement of the likes of Indurain (and to some extent Ullrich - and certainly Wiggins) as boring because their style was to crush panache with power: but ultimately, that’s what every champion does by default because they are repeatedly the best in a given era (apart from anything else, the magic potion queered the pitch because the diddy climbers were doing amazing TTs and the burly TTers were climbing like angels...). Quintana won with panache last week: but the “panache” lasted for the 8 seconds for everyone to realise he was on another level. The rest of the climb was about power. It’s very much up to the race organisers/course designers to shake the champs out of the tree by coming up with challenging routes; but I’m not sure they always realised that...
    I get that, but there is something a lot more exciting about putting your rivals to sword in a road race vs in a time trial....
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