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Old 02-19-08, 05:27 PM   #1
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Never, EVER (Spoiler alert)

sit up and slow down until you've crossed the line...

Crazy Manxman.

Congrats to Slipstream though...
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Old 02-19-08, 05:32 PM   #2
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I think he was totally cooked.
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You noticed that too? I don't think he was out of gas. I think he made a boo boo.
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You noticed that too? I don't think he was out of gas. I think he made a boo boo.
When he took the time to look over both sholders, I think he realized he started too early. I don't think he had anything left. At least that's what I got from watching.

Smart play by Boonen though; he was super patient.
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Crazy Manxman.
Yeah...I think he's kicking himself in the ass a bit right now.

Masterful execution by Boonen - also interesting to see Cipo right up there. Forty freaking one, and he's still kicking with the guys in their mid 20s. Unreal.
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I believe I may have once been caught behind Cavendish while driving on the Isle of Man. (can't be sure)
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If he was sprinting along at 65kph, it was probably him
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Old 02-19-08, 05:42 PM   #8
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I think he thought he was leading out Ciolek, hence the looking round to see where he was and possible resulting confusion...

I thought it was a ruse at first and that he had it in the bag, I got dead excited. I was very disappointed.
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I think he was toast, he took off as if he were 150m away which is why he got that gap then when everyone else turned it on he didn't have much of a chance. i liked the attempt though, ive seen that work.
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Exciting finish!

I think he was cooked too. From the video it looks like he's out of go-juice.
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He thought he was leading out Ciolek, apparently he lost his ear piece at some point during the race and had no idea Ciolek was not behind him.

How did they ever do this without radios???????????
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He thought he was leading out Ciolek, apparently he lost his ear piece at some point during the race and had no idea Ciolek was not behind him.

How did they ever do this without radios???????????
They shouted at each other. Ever watch a derny race? The cyclists shout at the derny drivers to speed up or slow down. A good leadout has the same kind of communication.

In 1999, Cippo gave an interview where he said he and Fanini had a form of communication a bit like marco polo. Fanini, gearing up for the lead-out, would say something along the lines of "Mario, mario" and Cippo would reply back something.
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I was being sarcastic. . . . . . .
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sit up and slow down until you've crossed the line...

Crazy Manxman.

Congrats to Slipstream though...
does this mean that cavendish screwed the pooch?
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question for you guys that watched at home. i thought i heard the anouncer saying that JJ flatted on the circuit. if thats true did he make it back into the main group?
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i love how lost frankie and joe?? are when announcing they have no stats on anything and seem to be as clueless as us watching about anything happening.
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I think Haedo was around 9th wheel before the sprint began, but that was the last I could tell of what happened.

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does this mean that cavendish screwed the pooch?
High road sets up beautiful leadout train. They pull through the last corner with three guys (assuming two leadout guys and their sprinter). First pulls off and the next guy in line takes a MASSIVE turn as the final one eases up. Four or five bike lengths open up before anyone knows whats happening and anything is done to try and catch the sprung High road rider who pulled away with about 400 meters to go. Cavendish now has over ten bike lengths and he is going all out. Should have the power to hold it, but about 150 meters to the line he sits up and looks over his left shoulder. Then his right. Did he run out of gas? Did he think he had won it? Was he expecting his sprinter to come around? When he realized he was clear of the pack he tried to go again, but was swallowed about 30 meters from the line.

Yeah, he screwed it.
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I'm pretty sure JJ got 4th.
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I think Haedo was around 9th wheel before the sprint began, but that was the last I could tell of what happened.



High road sets up beautiful leadout train. They pull through the last corner with three guys (assuming two leadout guys and their sprinter). First pulls off and the next guy in line takes a MASSIVE turn as the final one eases up. Four or five bike lengths open up before anyone knows whats happening and anything is done to try and catch the sprung High road rider who pulled away with about 400 meters to go. Cavendish now has over ten bike lengths and he is going all out. Should have the power to hold it, but about 150 meters to the line he sits up and looks over his left shoulder. Then his right. Did he run out of gas? Did he think he had won it? Was he expecting his sprinter to come around? When he realized he was clear of the pack he tried to go again, but was swallowed about 30 meters from the line.

Yeah, he screwed it.
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I've never raced a bike in my life outside of kicking my friends ass through the neighborhood. I also didn't watch this race. I have, however, participated in competitive sports (football). How the hell do you run out of gas at the finish line?

I'm suspect of such a thing.
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