Best single day of racing ~ 2013

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby TakeTheHighRoad » Mon Oct 14, 2013 20:06 pm

It was a nice surprise for PR to be good after Canc had dominated RVV.

The Tour stage that Dan Martin won was edge of the seat stuff for most of the day.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo was pretty epic
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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby greasedscotsman » Mon Oct 14, 2013 20:20 pm

No tA Doctor wrote:That probably says more about my malfunctioning memory synapses than the race itself, but....


Looking at my Sky + this evening, turns out I haven't actually watched Paris Roubaix... :oops:

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby dougzz » Mon Oct 14, 2013 20:40 pm

The Ventoux stage, a stuffed hog will always add a certain something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJsFqzu8xBI

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Paul 8v » Mon Oct 14, 2013 22:52 pm

dougzz wrote:The Ventoux stage, a stuffed hog will always add a certain something.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mJsFqzu8xBI

I concur :mrgreen:

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Macaloon » Tue Oct 15, 2013 06:04 am

What with Horner's Vuelta, it's been a vintage year for endangered species. My top 3:

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http://www.bikeradar.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=40002&t=12930529&p=18415364&hilit=camargue+horse#p18415367 : feel-good spoiler thread of the year.
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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Paul 8v » Tue Oct 15, 2013 09:04 am

I loved the horse/local food/geology spoiler threads!

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Yellow Peril » Tue Oct 15, 2013 10:27 am

It was a great Tour for Pro Race spoiler threads even down to the carmargue horse avatar lots of us had for the last stage. (sighs and stares into the distance out of the office window)

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Richmond Racer » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:38 am

Best single day of racing? Ventoux. Being on the climb that day was amazing.

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby EPO Delivery Man » Tue Oct 15, 2013 11:51 am

Would have to be Tony Martins solo breakaway at the Vuelta then getting done 2 meters from the line.

Gutsy.

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Dave_1 » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:07 pm

EPO Delivery Man wrote:Would have to be Tony Martins solo breakaway at the Vuelta then getting done 2 meters from the line.

Gutsy.


Good choice Motoman. Tony Martin's near win at Vuelta is for me the best ride of 2013.

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby greasedscotsman » Tue Oct 15, 2013 12:33 pm

Richmond Racer wrote:Best single day of racing? Ventoux. Being on the climb that day was amazing.


That's the right answer! :D

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby underlayunderlay » Tue Oct 15, 2013 20:10 pm

Alan A wrote:It's a toss up between P-R and Tour Echelon, with Echelons just pipping it because of what TWH pointed out above and the joy of reading "ECHELONS.... THIS IS NOT A DRILL" in the spoiler thread.



Yeah, that made me sit in the corner of the room giggling for about an hour. I've always thought that the moment someone starts getting excited at the mere possibility of a cross-wind is the moment that first marks them out as a genuine cycling fan and not someone who just dips in and out of the Tour.

Stage 9 on the Tour also fizzled for a while, although it never quite came to a climax. Sure I've seen some other good bits through the year, but can't place them at the moment.
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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Rick Chasey » Wed Oct 16, 2013 06:12 am

Blazing Saddles wrote:Several one day races were better than any of the classics, but if folks don't get to see them, I guess they aren't worth posting.
Not feeling all the Paris-Roubaix love, also getting the nod on another forum.
The race was spoiled for me, by the Stybar crowd mishap.


Definitely tell us about the one dayers you liked.

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Pross » Wed Oct 16, 2013 09:49 am

Despite the moans through the year I think there's been some excellent racing. It's a shame MSR was cut short but it still provided some epic conditions. The Tour, despite that feeling of inevitability from the first mountain stage, produce some excellent stages and we had that second mountain stage where Froome looked vulnerable for a large part of the day. The best finish to PR in years, the wet stage at Tirreno-Adriatico and the similar stage with Wiggins at the Giro but my favourite was Dan winning at LBL.

Honourable mentions to Roma Maxima and Tro Bro Leon.

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby ContrelaMontre » Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:59 am

For me, MSR was the best by a long way!

Followed by the echelon stage at the Tour and Dan Martin's win on the 2nd mountain stage.
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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby dish_dash » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:10 pm

1. LBL - great racing to the end...
2. Echelons - best day on the forum
3. MSR - best pics

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Joelsim » Wed Oct 16, 2013 12:44 pm

Riblon's win was very emotional, I really enjoyed that.

And a certain Mr Quintana making his first breakaway in the Tour was stunning.
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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby thegibdog » Wed Oct 16, 2013 16:02 pm

Paris-Roubaix. Just watched it back to check I wasn't remembering it with rose tinted specs on. Back in the good old days when Harmon was commentating, we had a summer of cycling ahead of us and I wasn't injured! Great last 40km, would've been even better but for the OPQS crowd mishaps.

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Oct 16, 2013 16:35 pm

underlayunderlay wrote:
Alan A wrote:It's a toss up between P-R and Tour Echelon, with Echelons just pipping it because of what TWH pointed out above and the joy of reading "ECHELONS.... THIS IS NOT A DRILL" in the spoiler thread.



Yeah, that made me sit in the corner of the room giggling for about an hour. I've always thought that the moment someone starts getting excited at the mere possibility of a cross-wind is the moment that first marks them out as a genuine cycling fan and not someone who just dips in and out of the Tour.

Stage 9 on the Tour also fizzled for a while, although it never quite came to a climax. Sure I've seen some other good bits through the year, but can't place them at the moment.



I was in Avignon for that stage and so didnt join in the BR fun. Now 3 months later I've just looked at the thread properly for the first time. Christ, BR went into meltdown with the excitement :)

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Re: Best single day of racing ~ 2013

Postby Macaloon » Thu Nov 14, 2013 09:33 am

Cav's description of the Echelon stage is a fantastic read. The 'Ticket Collector' policing tail of echelon is a highlight.

"...fanning out diagonally across the road toward the wind direction and rotating through the line quickly and cohesively, they could condemn the riders at the bottom of the line to a place in the gutter, in the wind, and in imminent danger of losing contact.

Once one of those riders lost the wheel — or was deliberately shut out by a “ticket collector” placed at the back of the line to decide who was allowed into the echelon — there was no way back. It was a fine art that demanded strength, timing, nous, and balls; at Omega Pharma-Quick Step, we were considered experts.

In the days that followed what became a famous stage, there would be all sorts of fanciful, verging on folkloric stories about code words devised by Wilfred Peeters and plans concocted the night before..."
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