Amstel Gold 2023 *** Spoiler thread ***

No_Ta_Doctor
No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,279
edited April 2023 in Pro race
Sorry there are no fancy graphics or links yet, this is the thread to watch Pogacar destroy everyone again (according to PTP)

Here's the PTP starter for race info (yes, I'm lazy, and @red.rider did a good job.
red.rider said:

Intro
33 hellingen including 2x up the Cauberg and a visit to the Drielandenpunt

Course
253km


Profile
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Ultimi km
Flat-ish run in


Last year
Kwiato from Cosnefroy


Start List
From PCS

Battles to watch
All eyes on Pogacar

Picks in by 12:00BST on Sunday.

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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,279
    Amstel is the first of the Ardennes races, without actually being in the Ardennes hills

    Everyone's favourite cycling geology account has some... geology here

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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,279
    The women (or "Ladies" as the race organisers would have it) have about 35km left. Quite a quick race and quite damp and most of it missed by live coverage, again.

    The front two are being reeled in, gap down to just over 30"


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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,279
    As for the men's race, I'm not convinced Pog will take it. He's the single top favourite today, so he has nobody to play off against. He's going to have a lot of work to do
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  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,279
    Demi Vollering takes it. She was part of a small group that made the selection last time over the Cauberg (final climb for the women), managed to get a gap and had Kopecky as anchor for the group chasing
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    Vollering hit em with well timed move
    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776

    As for the men's race, I'm not convinced Pog will take it. He's the single top favourite today, so he has nobody to play off against. He's going to have a lot of work to do

    You may be right. Not like anyone on the start list wants to go down the road with him

    "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
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,434
    True sporting shock to see SD Worx take the win (and second).

    Just heard the dreaded words that Carlton is commentating on the men’s race. I’m glad it isn’t full race coverage.
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,279
    edited April 2023
    The men have just under 100km to go and no break has formed

    Edit: there was a break but it got caught
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,434
    They’re not going to show much of the men’s race at this rate!

    Disappointing watching the women’s podium presentation, my money was on Vollering downing her beer in one.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    Whos missed out on this group
    "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
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,279

    Whos missed out on this group

    Cosnefroy by the looks
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  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,434

    Whos missed out on this group

    Cosnefroy? Didn’t see his name and I’ve picked him in PTP.

    All back now though.
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,434
    Ah, no group still away they were covering the chase for some reason.
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    Pog trying to thin it already
    "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
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,434
    Probably wants to go solo!
  • Pross
    Pross Posts: 40,434
    Cosnefroy now trying to bridge
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,570
    Pog has no teammates in this group?
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • r0bh
    r0bh Posts: 2,192
    Anyone know the time gap between this front group and the peloton?
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,570
    Bizarre they are not showing it, a technical issue I guess.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • r0bh
    r0bh Posts: 2,192
    30-35s by my count at the banner
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    25 secs I make it
    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    r0bh said:

    30-35s by my count at the banner

    That much ...
    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    31 they are saying
    "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
  • daniel_b
    daniel_b Posts: 11,570
    edited April 2023
    there we go - small gap, can't see that lasting.

    Hoping to be wrong.
    Felt F70 05 (Turbo)
    Marin Palisades Trail 91 and 06
    Scott CR1 SL 12
    Cannondale Synapse Adventure 15 & 16 Di2
    Scott Foil 18
  • No_Ta_Doctor
    No_Ta_Doctor Posts: 13,279
    It's gone out to 45"
    They might just be letting it stay out for a while with Pog working
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  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    Yo yoing about ...
    "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
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    Strange race
    "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
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,517
    It’s pretty cold, roadside presenters struggling to stay warm
  • mididoctors
    mididoctors Posts: 16,776
    Been like this for 30k
    "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
  • rick_chasey
    rick_chasey Posts: 72,517
    Peloton still quite big.