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    Slipstream 2nd in Qatar TTT

    2 seconds back from Quick-Step....a great result!!!!

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    I thought the Drapac Porche boys did pretty well too. Came in ahead of a lot of bigger squads.

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    i'm not one to pull the nationality card, but i'l do it anyway.

    did anyone else notice slipstream's roster for quatar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by seppomadness View Post
    I thought the Drapac Porche boys did pretty well too. Came in ahead of a lot of bigger squads.
    They rode strong in the races I saw them do in Taiwan and Korea. I don't know much about them. What's their story?

    Official Link for Qatar? Is it on the UCI site?

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    i'm not one to pull the nationality card, but i'l do it anyway.

    did anyone else notice slipstream's roster for quatar?
    Millar - Great Britain
    Backstedt - Sweden
    Dean - New Zealand
    Duyn - Netherlands
    Laurent - France
    Maaskant - Netherlands
    Patour - France
    Sutton - Australia

    I think you're alluding to the lack of Americans at Qatar.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    Millar - Great Britain
    Backstedt - Sweden
    Dean - New Zealand
    Duyn - Netherlands
    Laurent - France
    Maaskant - Netherlands
    Patour - France
    Sutton - Australia

    I think you're alluding to the lack of Americans at Qatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    subtlety is a lost art.
    My apologies. Perhaps this would have been a better reply:

    "Yeah, I suppose there's no room for red white and blue amongst the argyle-sporting racers"
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    First race of the season. I'd say give the season some time to unfold before we make any assumptions.

    Here's a schedule I lifted from Will Frischkorn a Boulder local on Slipstream. Looks pretty international to me.

    January

    * 15-31. Training Camp, Silver City NM.

    February

    * 3. GP Cycliste la Marseillaise, France
    * 6-10. Etoile de Bessegges, France
    * 13-17. Tour of the Med, France
    * 24. Haut Var, France

    March

    * 1. Het Volk, Belgium
    * 2. Kurne-Brussels-Kurne, Belgium
    * 12-18. Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy
    * 22. Milan-San Remo, Italy
    * 26. Dwars doors Vlaanderen, Belgium
    * 29. GP e3, Belgium

    April

    * 1-3. 3 Days of de Panne, Belgium
    * 6. Tour of Flanders, Belgium
    * 9. Ghent-Wevelgem, Belgium
    * 13. Paris-Roubaix, France
    * 16. Paris-Camembert, France
    * 23. La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium
    * 27. Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Belgium

    May

    * 6-11. Dunkerque, France
    * 16-18. Picardie, France
    * 19-25. Volta Catalunya, Spain
    * 28-1. Tour of Belgium, Belgium

    June

    * 3-8. Philly Week, USA
    * 19-22. Route de Sud, France

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    Quote Originally Posted by Compressed View Post
    First race of the season. I'd say give the season some time to unfold before we make any assumptions.
    no assumptions were made, merely an observation.

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    Was the bike selection for the TTT due to the short course?

    I was looking at the times and noticed they were in the 6-7 minute range. Anybody got a map of the TTT course? I'm assuming it was an urban route.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Compressed View Post
    First race of the season. I'd say give the season some time to unfold before we make any assumptions.

    Here's a schedule I lifted from Will Frischkorn a Boulder local on Slipstream. Looks pretty international to me.

    January

    * 15-31. Training Camp, Silver City NM.

    February

    * 3. GP Cycliste la Marseillaise, France
    * 6-10. Etoile de Bessegges, France
    * 13-17. Tour of the Med, France
    * 24. Haut Var, France

    March

    * 1. Het Volk, Belgium
    * 2. Kurne-Brussels-Kurne, Belgium
    * 12-18. Tirreno-Adriatico, Italy
    * 22. Milan-San Remo, Italy
    * 26. Dwars doors Vlaanderen, Belgium
    * 29. GP e3, Belgium

    April

    * 1-3. 3 Days of de Panne, Belgium
    * 6. Tour of Flanders, Belgium
    * 9. Ghent-Wevelgem, Belgium
    * 13. Paris-Roubaix, France
    * 16. Paris-Camembert, France
    * 23. La Fleche Wallonne, Belgium
    * 27. Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Belgium

    May

    * 6-11. Dunkerque, France
    * 16-18. Picardie, France
    * 19-25. Volta Catalunya, Spain
    * 28-1. Tour of Belgium, Belgium

    June

    * 3-8. Philly Week, USA
    * 19-22. Route de Sud, France
    This schedule looks incomplete.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ih8lucky13 View Post
    This schedule looks incomplete.
    It's just for one rider and probably is not complete since it's only Jan.

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    Gotta say it... the new kit doesn't hold a candle to last years. The helmets don't even match.


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    Quote Originally Posted by carlfreddy View Post
    Was the bike selection for the TTT due to the short course?

    I was looking at the times and noticed they were in the 6-7 minute range. Anybody got a map of the TTT course? I'm assuming it was an urban route.
    Teams were only allowed to bring one bike, I suspect. QuickStep also used their road bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    Gotta say it... the new kit doesn't hold a candle to last years. The helmets don't even match.
    Agree. Wasn't the design chosen from some contest?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    Teams were only allowed to bring one bike, I suspect. QuickStep also used their road bikes.
    I doubt it had much to do with being 'allowed' to bring one.

    More likely too much of a hassle to drag TT bikes for a short TT at a minor, early season, tune up race in the Persian Gulf.

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    If the rules are the same as last year, tt bikes would not be allowed. I believe no pointy helmets, not disc wheels, and no aerobars. I believe that this was to give the "hometeam" a fighting chance against the big boys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWJODonnell View Post
    If the rules are the same as last year, tt bikes would not be allowed. I believe no pointy helmets, not disc wheels, and no aerobars. I believe that this was to give the "hometeam" a fighting chance against the big boys.
    From what I gather that was the rule, in place to 1) keep costs down and 2) give the hometown team a chance.

    http://www.veloriders.co.uk/phpBB2/v...35d6b80288b2c9

    It's just another forum post, but it adds another perspective.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    Millar - Great Britain
    Backstedt - Sweden
    Dean - New Zealand
    Duyn - Netherlands
    Laurent - France
    Maaskant - Netherlands
    Patour - France
    Sutton - Australia

    I think you're alluding to the lack of Americans at Qatar.
    They had to send all those guys when they could of just sent Taylor Phinney.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Cretin View Post
    They had to send all those guys when they could of just sent Taylor Phinney.
    "When you are chewing the bars at the business end of a 90 mile road race you really dont care what gear you have hanging from your bike so long as it works."
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    This schedule looks ambitious.
    fixed a la botto

    presuming invites to a lot of races.

    And yeah, allowing the peasants to design the kit was not a great idea. Should just go back to last year with some different sponsor stickers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VosBike View Post
    fixed a la botto

    presuming invites to a lot of races.

    And yeah, allowing the peasants to design the kit was not a great idea. Should just go back to last year with some different sponsor stickers.
    tis true.

    iirc the 'contest' wasn't anything more than a publicity stunt, and the official designer took the contest winners design 'into consideration', or something like that.

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    iirc the 'contest' wasn't anything more than a publicity stunt, and the official designer took the contest winners design 'into consideration', or something like that.
    Yeah, I actually got to meet the official designer. Nice guy.

    Just couldn't resist the comment
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