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    UCI World Championships - men's TT

    Many of you Americans won't yet have seen the recorded highlights, so I won't spoil it for you by mentioning the result. But this was the highest-quality TT I can remember, and the standard achieved by the winner was astonishingly high. Watch it.
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    Not too surprising as it kinda mirrors the year. It does sound like a must see. I like the strategy the 2nd place finisher used. It's what I do but I'm guessing minus a few hundred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kleinboogie View Post
    Not too surprising as it kinda mirrors the year. It does sound like a must see. I like the strategy the 2nd place finisher used. It's what I do but I'm guessing minus a few hundred.
    Yes, I agree. The trouble with strategy is that it's immaterial if you haven't the horsepower to make it happen.
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    I see no reason that you can't talk of the results, as long as you don't put it in the thread title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    I see no reason that you can't talk of the results, as long as you don't put it in the thread title.
    Yeah, or note that there is spoiler in the thread on the title.

    Can't say I was surprised by the results. Martin has looked strong in the TT all year. Funny, for an off year, Fabian still pulled the bronze.
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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    I see no reason that you can't talk of the results, as long as you don't put it in the thread title.
    Yes, I know the rules. Just trying to be nice for a change.

    Pretty remarkable from Martin, I thought. To go round a long TT course a full kilometre per hour faster than anyone else is quite something, especially when anyone else means everyone who is anyone in the sport, including the multiple world champion. And a great performance from Wiggins, too. It's only two months since he broke his collarbone, but since then he has podium finishes in a GT and a World Championship. Not bad...
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    I know the top 3 but I've not seen the coverage yet. Can't wait now, it sounds awesome.
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    Martins form looked good and he's very fit right now. Fabian looked like he was deeply in the pain zone trying to make up time. It hasn't been his year. It has been interesting to watch Taylor Phinney this year, a bit of a learning experience to be sure.

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    Notice that GB did not select Chris Froome as one of thier two riders for the TT. Given that Froome recently stomped Wiggins and Sparticus at the Vuelta TT, Froome very likely could have made the podium or even challenged Martin for the win had he been included. Perhaps Froome should have retained his Kenyan citizenship to ride worlds.

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    It's interesting how broadcasters and fans have written off Cancellara's year, as though it was "off".

    Seems to me, his fitness during the Classics season was so unbelievable amazing, the only reason he didn't win more than the E3, was everyone and his brother were scared to death of his form.

    Watch MSR, Flanders and Roubaix and you'll see what I mean. It was like a man amongst kindergartners.

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    Really enjoyed the commentator on Universal but didnt get his name. What could have been a chaotic nightmare with riders finishing mixed with riders completing the first lap was made understandle, enjoyable, even exciting( typically TT coverage bores me to death). Plenty of splits provided, "virtual standings" as riders progressed through two laps of racing, and I dont recall one misidentified rider out of the whole broadcast. Other brodcaster should note that accurate information is a big plus to enjoying the evnt rather than hearing "He must be pushing a Massive Gear!" 20-30 times.

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    He won by a mile. Literally. That was an amazing performance.

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    I really wish Martin was on Garmin-Cervelo so they'd post his power data. Did anybody else notice he just drools all over himself while riding? It doesn't even look like his brain is operating...

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    great TT!

    aside from Martin, watching Grabsch was incredible - him turning his gear at what seemed a Sunday stroll tempo and still just burnin up the circuit.
    I was rooting for Talansky - he did great! should have a few more DSs takin notice of him...
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    Quote Originally Posted by YMCA View Post
    It's interesting how broadcasters and fans have written off Cancellara's year, as though it was "off".

    Seems to me, his fitness during the Classics season was so unbelievable amazing, the only reason he didn't win more than the E3, was everyone and his brother were scared to death of his form.

    Watch MSR, Flanders and Roubaix and you'll see what I mean. It was like a man amongst kindergartners.
    Depends on how you look at it. Form-wise it wasn't an off season, you're right he was super strong in the classics and as for the ITTs, it would even be understandable if he struggled to find motivation for them, he's pretty much achieved all he could. Maybe he simply wants to focus more on the classics. But of course, for the best rider of last season to finish this with 0 major wins, in part because of some stupid decisions, you can say it wasn't a good year. Unless he wins on Sunday (which I don't rule out), it's his first season in years without a monument, a major stage race or/and Tour/Vuelta stage win and days in leader's jersey. It happens and it's certainly not the end of Fabian Cancellara but I think he himself would admit that regardless of his great spring form, things didn't go well in 2011.
    (BTW while I'd agree about Flanders and Roubaix, I think you're being unfair to those who raced against him in Milan-San Remo. He was good but I wouldn't say he looked better than Scarponi or Goss.)

    Anyway, a well deserved success by Martin, he was showing his superiority throughout the season and confirmed it now, great win.

    And what a season Wiggins is having, no doubt his best on the road. Smart riding, kudos for deciding to not take the radio.

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    Didn't know about Wiggins not wearing a radio. That's pretty awesome.

    They beat Cancellara in the TTs this year with outright ability. They beat him in the Classics this year with tactics. The fact that he still got 2nd at Paris-Roubaix and 3rd in the Tour of Flanders after essentially being checkmated is still unbelievable, and a statement on how good his form was this last spring.

    When Thor Hushovd has to do nothing but hold your wheel to make his dream come true, and he's incapable of doing so, you know you're in really good shape.

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