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    Dwars Door Vlaanderen '09

    translated "Across Flanders"

    Many of the big "cobbled" stars will be honing the form. Past two winners are present, Chavanel and Boonen. No race is too small when it is Classics season! This weekend will be the GP E3 and Brabantse Pijl, but I'll save those semi's for another thread.

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    can't wait to watch it.

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    Edit: MSR SPOILER Alert - don't scroll down.

















    Boonen's gotta be pissed about his ride at MSR, and at Cav's comments. Plus he'll have a killer team. I'll go way out on a limb and pick Tommeke to win.
    Last edited by cmh; 03-24-09 at 05:45 PM.

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    Where's the spoiler alert?????
    i may have overreacted

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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard View Post
    Where's the spoiler alert?????
    Spoiler alert for MSR? Sorry for that - it has been 4 days since the race, I thought we were past the statute of limitations.

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    MSR is already history.
    Time to head back north.

    VDB is starting. Cinelli will get more exposure from his starting, than the whole team will give them all year.

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    I'm going to keep picking Heinrich Haussler, just cause I like the alliteration. Plus, he doesn't have to worry about Hushovd leadouts gone wrong.
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    I hope it pisses down rain and blows a gale in every single Belgian classic and semi-classic this year, except for Liege-Bastogne-Liege. I hope it snows for that one. Global warming stuffs up the Belgian classics IMO.

    I also hope the weather for the Ronde is as bad as it was for the 1985 epic when Vanderaerden won. I'm also praying to baby jesus that Paris-Roubaix is muddy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by classic1 View Post
    I hope it pisses down rain and blows a gale in every single Belgian classic and semi-classic this year. Global warming stuffs up the Belgian classics IMO.

    I also hope the weather for the Ronde is as bad as the 1985 epic when Vanderaerden won.
    if the weather there is similar to a few hours north, you just may get your wish today.

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    Spoiler alert -don't scroll down

    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    Edit: MSR SPOILER Alert - don't scroll down.

    Boonen's gotta be pissed about his ride at MSR, and at Cav's comments. Plus he'll have a killer team. I'll go way out on a limb and pick Tommeke to win.
    Spoiler alert - '08 Tour De France winner Carlos Sastre won't be there.

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    starting at 2:25 CET a live stream of the race can be found here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    if the weather there is similar to a few hours north, you just may get your wish today.
    yep. smerig weer in vlaanderen.

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    "het is sterke mannen tijd" - michel wuyts.

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    haussler... wtf.

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    interesting odds for the finish
    "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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    wie de best is in de koerse, is de domste. dat is vak zo. - michel wuyts.

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    ^^ was that comment about this race in particular?
    "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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    about haussler.

    van impe takes it.

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    Quick Step bought Nico. That was complete BS. Probably a silly 5000Euro's.

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    Rabo could learn a thing or two from QS.
    "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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    crash in the field sprint. yikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly:yes/land:no View Post
    crash in the field sprint. yikes.
    roelandts was the first domino.

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
    roelandts was the first domino.
    thats what it looked like to me too, but my feed wasn't very good. could you see who else went down?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fly:yes/land:no View Post
    thats what it looked like to me too, but my feed wasn't very good. could you see who else went down?
    looked like 4-5, maybe more. didn't catch names.

    a rabo, i think a milram, a cervelo, and some dude in red and white who fell backwards, on his ass. ouch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdcheung View Post
    Rabo could learn a thing or two from QS.
    No need to pick on Rabo.
    Looks to me as though QS made all the teams look foolish.
    Even though they bought the race from Nico..

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