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  • Kristoff with his annual 3rd place.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • From the top that was ultra close. MvdP looked much more committed in the sprint.

    WvA closing but just not quick enough road to pass.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 64,497 Lives Here
    Get in these lads - outstanding
  • Poor JA. Would he have gone on that last 'berg?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 64,497 Lives Here
    MvdP says he went so deep he couldn’t see the finish line when he crossed
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,979
    Jesus, how do I still have 2 hours of work left..??? 😕
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
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  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 5,606
    edited October 2020

    MvdP says he went so deep he couldn’t see the finish line when he crossed

    But he managed to get a perfectly timed bike throw?

    From the top his sprint did look amazingly committed. Right over the front and forward - but still losing ground to WvA.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 64,497 Lives Here

    MvdP says he went so deep he couldn’t see the finish line when he crossed

    But he managed to get a perfectly timed bike throw?
    I think as in couldn’t tell if he won
  • Yeah he didn't know as he crossed the line, needed his term to confirm it
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,912

    MvdP says he went so deep he couldn’t see the finish line when he crossed

    But he managed to get a perfectly timed bike throw?
    I think as in couldn’t tell if he won
    i suspect his vision would be bright white lights

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  • ProssPross Posts: 34,164

    Get in these lads - outstanding

    It's the new Cancellara / Boonen except the two are so similar as riders.
  • ProssPross Posts: 34,164

    Poor JA. Would he have gone on that last 'berg?

    It would have mixed things up for sure.
  • rozzer32rozzer32 Posts: 3,683
    Great finish.

    Very well played from VDP. Made WvA do more of the work and slowed down the start of the sprint.

    WVA did too much of the work for me in the run in and he needs to be sprinting from a faster start. At the tour when you have lead out trains he flies as he can jump wheel to wheel and use that extra kick when already at full speed. Lacking that extra kick today.

    Just gutted roubaix is off now. This rivalry is bubbling away nicely.
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  • The only problem I have between WvA and MvdP is I don't know enough about them to have a favourite to be invested in who wins.
  • Pross said:

    Get in these lads - outstanding

    It's the new Cancellara / Boonen except the two are so similar as riders.
    Like I said: Van Nadal vs Van Djokovic.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,979
    For 30s in a small corner of Belgium, I'm an anti-masker...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,979
    Girls have 37 to go "as live" on GCN app now, if you want one last look at Belgian cow fields until next spring...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 908

    The only problem I have between WvA and MvdP is I don't know enough about them to have a favourite to be invested in who wins.

    Blimey - where've you been then? They've been rivals for years.....

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  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,912

    Pross said:

    Get in these lads - outstanding

    It's the new Cancellara / Boonen except the two are so similar as riders.
    Like I said: Van Nadal vs Van Djokovic.
    Lol
    plague on both your houses
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,979
    Hmmm, AvV attacks at 27 to go and no one can hold the wheel.


    Can't win 'em all I guess...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,912
    ddraver said:

    Girls have 37 to go "as live" on GCN app now, if you want one last look at Belgian cow fields until next spring...

    No stream elsewhere? 🤨
    "If I was a 38 year old man, I definitely wouldn't be riding a bright yellow bike with Hello Kitty disc wheels, put it that way. What we're witnessing here is the world's most high profile mid-life crisis" Afx237vi Mon Jul 20, 2009 2:43 pm
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,979
    edited October 2020
    AvdB bridges across to AvV and they both sit up. They don't even try to pretend there are others in the race anymore...
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,979
    AvdB allows Chantal Blaak to go up the road. AvV plays a bit with chasing then attacks with 8 to go. Group closes then sits up. Mitchellton with 2 riders. Now grace brown goes up the road with Boels's Amy Peters on the wheel

    20s
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  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 5,553
    Hips above the shoulder, that's a straight red these days, as can't see any mitigating circumstances.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,979
    edited October 2020
    Chantal Vandenbroucke Blaak (I'm sure I spelt all of that wrong) wins after an attack on the flat at the top of the Kwaremont...

    Amy Peters takes 2nd for a Boels 1, 2

    I think Lotte Kopecky took 3rd
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • ProssPross Posts: 34,164
    Stupid photographers, causing crashes to get good photos.
  • Hips above the shoulder, that's a straight red these days, as can't see any mitigating circumstances.
    JA going in with his shoulder was the first offence. Yellow card only.
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  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 5,606
    edited October 2020
    andyrac said:

    The only problem I have between WvA and MvdP is I don't know enough about them to have a favourite to be invested in who wins.

    Blimey - where've you been then? They've been rivals for years.....
    Yeah I am aware of this but in CX and I don't have enough time to follow it and the build up. I know who they are but just don't really care who wins between them.

    Yes you could say 'just enjoy the prodigious talent for what it is' is such a waste when you can have better ups and downs if your 'man' wins - which is a lot of the fun in following sport.

    Even if JA had made it to the finish I probably would have supported him just because I know a bit more about his road history.
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