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Ronde van Vlaanderen 2019 ***spoilers***

No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
edited April 2019 in Pro race
The spaghetti route:

flandes-19-a-1.jpg

The hellingen:

flandes-19-b-1.jpg

The profile with distances in how far to go so you don't have to try and calculate where they are after several Duvels!

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Startlist:
https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/ro ... ist/roster

Schedule (PDF):
https://www.flandersclassics.be/sites/d ... eng_v2.pdf

Inner ring stars:

***** Zdeněk Štybar, Greg Van Avermaet
**** Bob Jungels, Peter Sagan, Philippe Gilbert
*** Oliver Naesen, Yves Lampaert, Wout van Aert, Mathieu van der Poel
** Sep Vanmarcke, Niki Terpstra, Tiesj Benoot, Luke Rowe
* Trentin, Kristoff, Matthews, Degenkolb, Moscon, Pedersen, Mohorič
“Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

@DrHeadgear

The Vikings are coming!
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  • specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,334
    edited April 2019
    Interesting to see how involved DEnergie can be. They've been riding well and not been in this position (with a Terpstra with a number 1 on his back) ) in the classics before

    1 TERPSTRA Niki NED
    2 CALMEJANE Lilian FRA
    3 TURGIS Anthony FRA
    4 GAUDIN Damien FRA
    5 LIGTHART Pim NED
    6 PICHOT Alexandre FRA
    7 PETIT Adrien

    This will be super good for Calmejane who is the main man for the GT's and rides hard in all conditions
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
    4 riders are away
    Damien Touze, Kenneth Van Rooy, Hugo Houle and Jesper Asselman
    They've got about 1'45", but a few unrepresented teams are trying to get someone up.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,597
    4 riders are away
    Damien Touze, Kenneth Van Rooy, Hugo Houle and Jesper Asselman
    They've got about 1'45", but a few unrepresented teams are trying to get someone up.

    Bloody late comers, hijacking my hard earned thread. :lol::wink:
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
    Interesting to see how involved DEnergie can be. They've been riding well and not been in this position (with a Terpstra with a number 1 on his back) ) in the classics before

    1 TERPSTRA Niki NED
    2 CALMEJANE Lilian FRA
    3 TURGIS Anthony FRA
    4 GAUDIN Damien FRA
    5 LIGTHART Pim NED
    6 PICHOT Alexandre FRA
    7 PETIT Adrien

    I don't see the firepower there for him, tbh.
    QS are guaranteed to have cards to play at the pointy end of the race
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
    4 riders are away
    Damien Touze, Kenneth Van Rooy, Hugo Houle and Jesper Asselman
    They've got about 1'45", but a few unrepresented teams are trying to get someone up.

    Bloody late comers, hijacking my hard earned thread. :lol::wink:

    It was a good thread. It just wasn't the Ronde thread :-D
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,597
    Arrrgh! MvDP with THE major fashion faux pas.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • 4 riders are away
    Damien Touze, Kenneth Van Rooy, Hugo Houle and Jesper Asselman
    They've got about 1'45", but a few unrepresented teams are trying to get someone up.

    My man!
  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 3,907
    No hope for alaphillipe or the likes of valgren?
  • ShutupJensShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    Arrrgh! MvDP with THE major fashion faux pas.

    Yeah he's definitely turned up to make a statement. Unfortunately that statement seems to be "I want to show everyone my chap"
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
    No hope for alaphillipe or the likes of valgren?

    I'm contractually obliged to have hopes for MyMan Valgren, but DD haven't been going well so far this season. That said, he's got a lot of experience around him today - Bak, Knees, Eisel, EBH.

    Alaphilippe isn't riding, so it would be a bit of a shock if he did anything.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
    Minor chute. Tuenissen (amongst others) has a taste of tarmac. All good again.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 3,907
    Ah sorry. Thanks.

    I remember valgren doing well at a messy MSR finish last year.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
    Spectator hoverboard chute, witnessed live by the early birds:

    https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK/status ... 1849033729
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • shirley_bassoshirley_basso Posts: 3,907
    Spectator hoverboard chute, witnessed live by the early birds:

    https://twitter.com/Eurosport_UK/status ... 1849033729

    And run over by the cyclist following. Delicious
  • ShutupJensShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    Love watching from this far out. Seeing the mass p1ss stops and riders having a laugh before it really kicks off
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
    It's going to be a pretty controlled race by the looks of it. Break isn't dangerous, got away fairly early. Peloton taking it very easy. Gap out to 8 minutes.
    For comparison, it took 70km to get a break away last year, and QS made things very hard.

    I expect major fireworks later, a lot of riders will be fresher than they were expecting to be. Could see some fairly early attempts from a long way out.
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • thegibdogthegibdog Posts: 2,106
    Apparently there’s a second feed on Eurosport Player with Rob Hatch on for those who appreciate informed commentary.
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 10,196
    thegibdog wrote:
    Apparently there’s a second feed on Eurosport Player with Rob Hatch on for those who appreciate informed commentary.


    Thanks, but I'll stick to Rolf Sørensen and Chris Anker ;-)
    “Road racing was over and the UCI had banned my riding positions on the track, so it was like ‘Jings, crivvens, help ma Boab, what do I do now? I know, I’ll go away and be depressed for 10 years’.”

    @DrHeadgear

    The Vikings are coming!
  • slim_boy_fatslim_boy_fat Posts: 1,808
    thegibdog wrote:
    Apparently there’s a second feed on Eurosport Player with Rob Hatch on for those who appreciate informed commentary.
    That was my hope but it's not available if you subscribed via Amazon prime for £12 for the year like I did!
  • Bets on the size of the maximum break time ( already nearly 9 mins !)
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,327 Lives Here
    No more then this
  • thegibdogthegibdog Posts: 2,106
    thegibdog wrote:
    Apparently there’s a second feed on Eurosport Player with Rob Hatch on for those who appreciate informed commentary.
    That was my hope but it's not available if you subscribed via Amazon prime for £12 for the year like I did!
    I’ve just signed up for a free 7 day trial of Eurosport Player, so you could try that.

    I’ve been holding off subscribing this year as I don’t want to pay to listen to Kirby, but if they give us the option of Hatch for all the races then I’d be a happy customer.

    Really don’t know why they’ve got Kirby on the main feed when they have access to Hatch. I’d always assumed they just use Kirby cos he’s cheap, but this bizarre twist has me thinking that he must have dirt on someone at Eurosport.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,597
    To be fair, Eurosport have all hands on deck, today.
    Quigley and Matt S are currently offering relief from laughing boy.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 53,327 Lives Here
    Thoughts and prayers for folk on the Kirby feed.
  • slim_boy_fatslim_boy_fat Posts: 1,808
    thegibdog wrote:
    thegibdog wrote:
    Apparently there’s a second feed on Eurosport Player with Rob Hatch on for those who appreciate informed commentary.
    That was my hope but it's not available if you subscribed via Amazon prime for £12 for the year like I did!
    I’ve just signed up for a free 7 day trial of Eurosport Player, so you could try that.

    I’ve been holding off subscribing this year as I don’t want to pay to listen to Kirby, but if they give us the option of Hatch for all the races then I’d be a happy customer.

    Really don’t know why they’ve got Kirby on the main feed when they have access to Hatch. I’d always assumed they just use Kirby cos he’s cheap, but this bizarre twist has me thinking that he must have dirt on someone at Eurosport.
    Thanks. Just got the free 7 day trail also. And have managed to sync the Eurosport pictures on my Sky with the Eurosport player commentary so I get great pictures and Hatch.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,597
    A few bit parters involved in a crash.
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,597
    Belgian news says intense rain and even thunder are predicted for the afternoon....
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • blazing_saddlesblazing_saddles Posts: 16,597
    Terpstra down!
    "Science is a tool for cheaters". An anonymous French PE teacher.
  • ShutupJensShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    The old Eddy Merckx frames (on top of the topsport team car) look so much nicer than what they're currently on
  • ShutupJensShutupJens Posts: 1,373
    Terpstra not looking good, motionless
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