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Milan - San Remo 2021 ***Spoilers***

ddraverddraver Posts: 22,111
edited 18 March in Pro race
I have a few spare minutes....

SOURCE - All Photos ripped from Cycling Tips unless otherwise credited

Start List is pure cyclo-porn - https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/latest-news/milan-san-remo-2-216650





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Heart over head - Gilbert wins his 5th and final Monument and retires a legend. Sam Bennett who was climbing superbly at Paris Nice pulls off a win for the big boys.

For food & wine we move from Milan up into Piedmont then on to Liguria. Piedmont, being mountainous, is dominated by dairy and red meat. Eggy Pasta, bollito Misto and truffles and deep, red tannic wines from the Nebbiolo grape - Barolo and Barbaresco. For a more approachable version try a Barbera.

https://verietyinfo.com/belgiumfr/san-remo-un-itineraire-classique-mais-sans-le-passo-del-turcino/


Moving to lower altitudes in Liguria we enter the home of focaccia, minestrone and Pesto (student raver's idea of fine dining...). Liguria is also the spiritual home of the best herb in the world BASIL! The limestone in Liguria makes it particularly good for white wines given them a mineral taste (My geology brain is sending up red flags everywhere here 🤔 - but it makes a good excuse for those of us who may want a white wine during the race). Try a wine from Vermentino with a fragrant pine wood and sea salt aroma (cough..bu11shit...cough!)

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  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 12,618
    MvDP is the popular PTP pick, but isn't he going to get bored by the Cipressa and attack?
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,350





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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,907 Lives Here
    Orecchiette? Up north? Mind blown.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,350

    Orecchiette? Up north? Mind blown.

    It was a generic post cos of the name.

    Here's a 4 time winner of San Remo to make up for it.


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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,730


    Off Luke Rowe's Instagram
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,111
    This is good for attacks right?

    (Come ooooon Phil!)
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 1,302
    Those hairpin turns on the descents near the end could be fun with the extra speed everyone might be carrying into them.
  • yorkshirerawyorkshireraw Posts: 1,445
    Would love to see Phil Gil do it but can't see a scenario where he does get to the finish at the front, and isn't faced with a stronger rider or a whole bunch.
    Everyone knows he wants it so any attack he does will be covered - he's not going in as a stalking horse.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,907 Lives Here
    Think he'll struggle to hold the wheel of JA or MvdP on the Poggio tbh.
  • TheBigBeanTheBigBean Posts: 12,618

    Think he'll struggle to hold the wheel of JA or MvdP on the Poggio tbh.

    Depends entirely on his form though surely? A 2011 version would match them. I know that he won't have that level of form now, but he does have a habit of producing stunning performances in one off races every now and then.
  • yorkshirerawyorkshireraw Posts: 1,445

    Think he'll struggle to hold the wheel of JA or MvdP on the Poggio tbh.

    agreed. And if he does, he's then faced with JA or MVDP at the finish....
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,922
    I can't see JA getting away without at least one of them, and I can't see him winning the flat sprint against either.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 17,350

    I can't see JA getting away without at least one of them, and I can't see him winning the flat sprint against either.

    The one thing he has going for him is how, after he got his stage win, he toodled around Tirreno while the other two turned themselves inside out.
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  • jam1ejam1e Posts: 1,053
    Shouldn't this be in the "s*** small races" thread?
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,907 Lives Here
    lol at who flagged that.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,907 Lives Here

    Think he'll struggle to hold the wheel of JA or MvdP on the Poggio tbh.

    Depends entirely on his form though surely? A 2011 version would match them. I know that he won't have that level of form now, but he does have a habit of producing stunning performances in one off races every now and then.
    Yeah maybe. He tends to show his form rather than have it come out the blue.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,111

    lol at who flagged that.

    😇
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,907 Lives Here
    Do we have a view if MvdP is good going downhill? I know we think JA will commit and WvA can go down faster than him - how does MvdP stack up?
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 22,111
    First - outside of Ned Boulting's head - JA isnt actually that good - last year being a good example. WvA cruised across the gap on the downhill.

    MvdP - probably the same as WvA but more likely to take all or nothing risks
    We're in danger of confusing passion with incompetence
    - @ddraver
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 15,922
    :)

  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 16,280
    edited 18 March
    The Inner Ring compared a Cancellara Paris Roubaix to an episode of Columbo. You know who did it, you just watch the full episode to find out how.

    I think this MSR may be the same with MVDP as the killer.
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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,501

    Do we have a view if MvdP is good going downhill? I know we think JA will commit and WvA can go down faster than him - how does MvdP stack up?

    He can handle a bike.
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,360
    The rest of the peloton can't just wait until the Poggio though, can they? It will be interesting to see if the presence of the big three prompts others to try and shake things up from further out.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,907 Lives Here
    edited 18 March
    phreak said:

    The rest of the peloton can't just wait until the Poggio though, can they? It will be interesting to see if the presence of the big three prompts others to try and shake things up from further out.

    So if you're a DS of any team that isn't MvdP, you don't want it to be a particularly punchy final hour or so, as that's the MvdP sweet spot. He can just outride anyone over an hour or so. So you're happy to keep it together, unless maybe you're backing WvA, JA or possibly Gilbert or Nibali, for as long as possible.

    Even then, if I was WvA, I would role the dice and just follow and ride with MvdP and chance the sprint.

    If you're QS you play both sides, have JA go big on the poggio and hope Bennet and or Ballerini can hang onto the peloton up the Poggio.

    if you're someone like a GvA or Naesen you go with the MvdP move and just hope there are enough numbers clear at the back end of the poggio to make it a tactical run in.

    But there are still plenty of sprinters in the peloton so there will still be a lot of interest to keep it together for a sprint > you would definitely urge them to really gun it hard after the Poggio regardless as it would not be totally unforeseen that MvdP and WvA mark themselves out or blow it tactically.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,911
    phreak said:

    The rest of the peloton can't just wait until the Poggio though, can they? It will be interesting to see if the presence of the big three prompts others to try and shake things up from further out.


    The thing is I don't think that MVDP can either. Not tactically, just he seems to get bored easily. I just can't see him waiting that long.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 54,907 Lives Here
    edited 18 March
    RichN95. said:

    phreak said:

    The rest of the peloton can't just wait until the Poggio though, can they? It will be interesting to see if the presence of the big three prompts others to try and shake things up from further out.


    The thing is I don't think that MVDP can either. Not tactically, just he seems to get bored easily. I just can't see him waiting that long.
    It's a monument though. Don't get many opportunities to arrive at a monument like MSR with such good form. Even the best riders ever only have this level going into the big races a few times a career.
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 24,911

    RichN95. said:

    phreak said:

    The rest of the peloton can't just wait until the Poggio though, can they? It will be interesting to see if the presence of the big three prompts others to try and shake things up from further out.


    The thing is I don't think that MVDP can either. Not tactically, just he seems to get bored easily. I just can't see him waiting that long.
    It's a monument though. Don't get many opportunities to arrive at a monument like MSR with such good form. Even the best riders ever only have this level going into the big races a few times a career.

    I'm unconvinced that he thinks like that
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  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 9,730
    RichN95. said:

    RichN95. said:

    phreak said:

    The rest of the peloton can't just wait until the Poggio though, can they? It will be interesting to see if the presence of the big three prompts others to try and shake things up from further out.


    The thing is I don't think that MVDP can either. Not tactically, just he seems to get bored easily. I just can't see him waiting that long.
    It's a monument though. Don't get many opportunities to arrive at a monument like MSR with such good form. Even the best riders ever only have this level going into the big races a few times a career.

    I'm unconvinced that he thinks like that
    You don't think maybe he does and this is a target event for him?
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 543
    andyp said:

    Do we have a view if MvdP is good going downhill? I know we think JA will commit and WvA can go down faster than him - how does MvdP stack up?

    He can handle a bike.
    I don't think that should be an issue; if you can stay with Nino et al on a rocky /rooty descent, a smooth tarmac one shouldn't pose too many problems.


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  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 4,434
    Don't forget what happened to MvdP at the worlds
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