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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 21,448

    I can’t remember Hushovd winning a maintain stage but his main problem was his threat diminished substantially over 200km.

    Never won a monument

    When he won the worlds it was 260km.

    He was my PTP pick when he won on a mountain stage, so I remember it well. Dropped on the climb by one rider, caught him on the descent and then soloed to victory.
    I remember that - fantastic stage. Over the Aubisque summit with 40km to go, he was 2 minutes down on Roy with Moncoutie in between.

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  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 26,376

    How would you classify stage 7 in 2020? Crosswinds, but classic Sagan stage with a sprint at the end but a big long climb in the middle after a sharp climb near the start.


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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 21,448
    Pross said:
    Ha - you think it's not washed?.
  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,784
    Tony's had holes prior to washing.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 17,775
    edited 8 March
    I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I've taken against WVA, solely due to the Red Bull helmet

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  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 10,435

    I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I've taken against WVA, solely due to the Red Bull helmet

    why?

    its ok for him to have Jumbo Vidma all over his clothes but not wear his sponsor's colours on his helmet?

    ok, he's not MvdP but he's frickin' cool.

  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 63,418 Lives Here

    I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I've taken against WVA, solely due to the Red Bull helmet

    Do you not appreciate the ease with which you’re able to spot him with said helmet?
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 21,448

    I can't put my finger on exactly why, but I've taken against WVA, solely due to the Red Bull helmet

    Do you not appreciate the ease with which you’re able to spot him with said helmet?
    The jersey makes it pretty easy to be fair. And the normal helmet with "WOUT" on it was a giveaway before.

    The red bull helmet is ugly.
  • bm5bm5 Posts: 463
    Me too TWH. It's a team sport so I think that's why I feel unhappy about it. I know riders have different shoes but the helmet is so visible and that one is jarring.
  • pblakeneypblakeney Posts: 20,635
    edited 9 March
    I'll predict it is the start of a trend. Not that I think it is a good thing but cyclists are moving billboards. Why wouldn't others do something similar since it is so obvious?
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 17,775
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  • andyracandyrac Posts: 870
    I always thought Red Bull and Wout was a strange match; he's not the classic RB athlete - they tend to be action/ extreme sport participants. So MTB, MX, Motorsport, Freestyle, etc
    However, he's Belgian, and apart from Martin Maes, they don't have too many world class off road (non CX) cyclists.

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  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 10,435
    andyrac said:

    I always thought Red Bull and Wout was a strange match; he's not the classic RB athlete - they tend to be action/ extreme sport participants. So MTB, MX, Motorsport, Freestyle, etc
    However, he's Belgian, and apart from Martin Maes, they don't have too many world class off road (non CX) cyclists.



  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 10,435
    everyone has a mortgage to pay so can't blame him tbh.
  • ddraverddraver Posts: 24,789
    edited 9 March
    It seems to be something they're doing more and more...



    Have a look here (don't know if my filters will work) there are some fairly un-extreme sports on the list



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  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 21,448
    19 race days this season, 14 top three finishes.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,291
    edited 9 June

    19 race days this season, 14 top three finishes.

    Lest we forget and quoted for posterity:

    .......as far as I am concerned, Wout van Aert is the best cyclist we've ever seen this century.........

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  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 20,291
    edited 9 June


    And because I used 2 quotes........................................
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 5,363
    Shame he's not as good as MvdP or Pog B)
  • mididoctorsmididoctors Posts: 12,908
    MvdP is more entertaining . WvA is awesome though .
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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 2,784
    edited 9 June
    Case can be made that WVA is the better sprinter. He is definitely the better climber and time trialist. So, it's quite the mystery how MvdP tends to mostly if not always win against him. I genuinely don't understand it on a physiological or biomechanical level.

    Boonen vs. Cancellara was much more straightforward with Boonen being the better sprinter and Cancellara being the better tester. It's strange when one rider is seemingly better than the other at almost everything and yet tends to lose against the other.
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  • Dorset_BoyDorset_Boy Posts: 5,363
    Before last year's TdF, MvdP had only been on a TT bike half a dozen times in his life. With the TT training that WvA does, if MvdP matched that, I believe MvdP would beat him regularly.
    MvdP has regularly beaten WvA in 2 up sprints.
    The only area WvA currently has an advantage is on proper mountains, but again, MvdP hadn't ever tested himself in such terrain until the Giro. I do think that WvA will remain the better mountain climber though.
  • kingstongrahamkingstongraham Posts: 21,448
    And proper bunch sprints. Van der Poel just didn't want to get involved in those in Italy.
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 10,435
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    MvdP is more entertaining . WvA is awesome though .

    No one is as good Or lush as MvdP
  • phreakphreak Posts: 2,680
  • MattFalleMattFalle Posts: 10,435
    phreak said:
    Thats because MvdP is the best.

    FACTS DON'T LIE
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 26,376
    They are quite different riders for me. MVDP is impetuous and easily bored, likely to attack at inappropriate moments. While WVA is a much more reactive rider, waiting for others to make a move, which often costs him chances as he watches the wrong riders.
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  • andyracandyrac Posts: 870
    I'd agree; they're quite different, but it's easy to compare them.

    Wout is probably a better all round road rider - as that is what he now concentrates on; lots of TT training, regular training camps climbing in prep for towing riders up mountains.

    MvdP is the better all round cyclist across different disciplines; he was on his MTB the other day at a training camp. I can't yet imagine him spending lots of time TT training, or climbing numerous cols. I actually think it bores him.

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