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Old 05-26-08, 07:46 AM   #1
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Kronplatz: Porca miseria!

some snippets from Cycling News' coverage:

15:35 CEST
Sylvester Szmyd (Lampre) is on the start ramp. He starts what is the last downhill of the day. After two metres he is on the climb.

15:42 CEST
There are a ton of people. Rujano stomps on the pedals. 400m to go. He will get a new best, if he doesn't collapse first!

15:42 CEST
250m to go. He is doing sort of a sprint. In slow motion.




Belgian TV had a breif shot of a High Roader (Adam Hansen I think), who apparently collapsed after finishing.

Better them than me.

:edit: Belgian TV interviewed Jurgen Van Den Broeck, who used a 34x29!

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Old 05-26-08, 08:22 AM   #2
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I bet robbie is watching from his couch pissing himself laughing...
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First 10 mph time trial I have seen in a road race.

p.s. Loved the quote from Jens:" It's a stupid race - I don't like it!," he said. "I don't want to sound like an old grand-ma, because I know cycling is hard. But this Giro is too much. It's like a machine that missing some oil and needs a tune-up."
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:edit: Belgian TV interviewed Jurgen Van Den Broeck, who used a 34x29!
And to think that compacts are for *******, according to many experts here on BF....
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How are you watching Belgian TV? Cycling.tv?
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How are you watching Belgian TV? Cycling.tv?
He lives there.
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Okay . He lives awfully close.
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Looks like Burger King sponsored today's stage.

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I'll bet that's like the High Point TT, only harder, faster and with more EPO. And of course they don't have a 45+ race at the Giro.
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Looks like Burger King sponsored today's stage.


Yup, the resemblance is frightening.
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And to think that compacts are for *******, according to many experts here on BF....
I think that most of them might change their minds after riding this...
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My legs hurt just watching the live feed. The GC is getting Interesting :hmmm:
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Didn't see the coverage... Were they on time trial bikes? Seems like a climbing machine would be more suited for that climb. ... .. Yeah there's no way they rode TT bikes.
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I wonder if Slipstream road with their powertaps... would love to see the numbers from today's stage.
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There was still snow at the top and the last part of the climb was on hard-pack. Ricco and Contador were both spinning when they would get out of the saddle.....24% unreal.
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All the riders looked completely spent when they hit the finish line. That was painful to watch. But like the man says: "better them than me".
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And to think that compacts are for *******, according to many experts here on BF....
No, no, it's just that they should have used a triple .

Seriously, I've raced up a climb with a max gradient of 22% for about 100m (the whole climb was ~1 mile after 26 miles of racing). 39x26 on pavement, and it was nearly impossible to keep the bike moving forward - a lot of people walked. I climbed that section at something like 4 mph. The pros get serious respect from me from doing a longer, steeper climb at 10 mph. Those motorbikes with spare wheels can't have been that useful. If you have to stop with a flat on a 20% grade, good luck ever getting moving again, push or not!
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contador seemed pretty excited by the days events.

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I think that most of them might change their minds after riding this...
Riding it, probably. Armchair quarterbacking it though, we'll hear award-winning tips such as "just ride more in a 53/39 and you'll get used to it". Or, "maybe you're just not strong enough to push a bigger gear". Or, "I can climb the hills around here all day in my 39x21 with no issue.....so you must just suck a lot".
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^^ I rocked a 36/25 today on my training ride and I'm not afraid to say it. Any haters out there can suck my guads.
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I run a 50/36 with an 11-26.....great range for pretty much anything around here.
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I'd fall backwards on a 24% grade.

Good lord.
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I think the steepest hill that I recall being on was 15%, and I was crawling along at 7 mph on that....standing in my 36x26. I can't even imagine 24%. I'd probably fall over.
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