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cthenn 04-02-13 05:01 PM

Paris - Roubaix
 
Anyone else not quite as excited for the race this year? Seems like Fabulous Fabu Fabian Spartacus Cancellara (what other nicknames does he have?) is a shoe-in to win, barring disaster. Sagan is not going to race it, Tornado Tom crashed (again!) and is out, Thor Hushovd has turned into Andy Schleck of late with his anonymous rides and abandonments...who's left? Chavanel? Does Phinney have a legit chance? Speaking of Schleck, I just read he's going to ride Paris Roubaix? Excuse me, but HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What's the over/under on an abandonment after poor Andy's bottom starts to hurt?

Also, anyone have the weather forecast? Are we finally going to get mud, or another dustbowl?

frpax 04-02-13 06:13 PM

Fabian will be a marked man, for sure. But he's still the odds on favorite.

Zinger 04-02-13 08:42 PM

The bookies like Cancellara but I'm pulling for Phinney who seems to be aiming for this one.....no bets, lol.

A track/TT guy who is used to the cobbles would have a shot at this along with the half dozen or so other guys in the running and still in on this flat one. If Hushovd is on form he'll probably be supporting him. If he isn't I imagine Phinney will be the guy on his team to go for it providing he's in a position to when anything decisive happens. I imagine he'll be up front for it and he has a good team for this one. I think he's going to be ahead of Gilbert for any BMC plan "B".

I just hope he's not too busy marketing clothes and watches to focus on this.

Chavanel is a danger to be marked as well. Schleck will work for Cancellara in this
while he can.

bruin11 04-03-13 05:28 AM

I assumed the Andy Schleck thing was an April Fools joke.

canam73 04-03-13 07:22 AM

It will be a better joke if he actually rides.

bruin11 04-03-13 07:27 AM

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Originally Posted by canam73 (Post 15463435)
It will be a better joke if he actually rides.

And considering he is riding the Tour of the Basque Country

HMF 04-03-13 12:03 PM

If Phinney won I would lose my sh*t in front of my computer. It'd be akin to this

I think he's a little young for Paris-Roubaix though. Still needs to forge the muscles and mind a few more years.

Cat4Lifer 04-03-13 12:33 PM

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Originally Posted by cthenn (Post 15461584)
Speaking of Schleck, I just read he's going to ride Paris Roubaix? Excuse me, but HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! What's the over/under on an abandonment after poor Andy's bottom starts to hurt?

There are no odds. Most people understood the Schleck/Roubaix story was an April Fool's joke. ha ha ha

cthenn 04-03-13 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by bruin11 (Post 15463453)
And considering he is riding the Tour of the Basque Country

nm

cthenn 04-03-13 03:55 PM

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Originally Posted by Cat4Lifer (Post 15465125)
There are no odds. Most people understood the Schleck/Roubaix story was an April Fool's joke. ha ha ha

Oh, then fool right here. I just read the headline about "desperate for miles, AS to race Paris/Roubaix". LOL got me that's actually a good one.

cthenn 04-03-13 04:07 PM

Well now Fabian has crashed out of a race this week, he's going into Roubaix with some level of injury. This could really be Taylor Phinney's year. Or it could be another Johan Van Summeren year haha.

Cat4Lifer 04-03-13 04:44 PM

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Originally Posted by cthenn (Post 15466257)
Well now Fabian has crashed out of a race this week, he's going into Roubaix with some level of injury. This could really be Taylor Phinney's year. Or it could be another Johan Van Summeren year haha.

and JAF chances lookin better too

GrayJay 04-03-13 05:21 PM

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Originally Posted by Zinger (Post 15462452)
The bookies like Cancellara but I'm pulling for Phinney who seems to be aiming for this one.....no bets, lol.

A track/TT guy who is used to the cobbles would have a shot at this along with the half dozen or so other guys in the running and still in on this flat one. If Hushovd is on form he'll probably be supporting him. If he isn't I imagine Phinney will be the guy on his team to go for it providing he's in a position to when anything decisive happens. I imagine he'll be up front for it and he has a good team for this one. I think he's going to be ahead of Gilbert for any BMC plan "B".

Gilbert is not on the start roster for BMC. The flat terrain really doesnt suit his usual style of winning and I seem to recall last year that he also skipped Roubaix saying it was too dangerous of a race, he was more concerned about staying rested and healthy for the subsequent Ardenes Classics.

Phinneys performance at Milan-SanRemo definitly proves he is ready for a major classics result.


I think that Garmin team will be highly motivated to get a solid P-R result. No one star that is a favorite but they have a strong team overall for this race and could use team tactics to pull off another win for any of several strong front group riders, similar to the Johan VanSummern win couple years ago.

Zinger 04-03-13 06:34 PM

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Originally Posted by HMF (Post 15464893)
If Phinney won I would lose my sh*t in front of my computer. It'd be akin to this

That's what I'll be doing if he even places on the podium


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I think he's a little young for Paris-Roubaix though. Still needs to forge the muscles and mind a few more years.
With some luck he can finish in the top 10 of this one day race right now, imo.
He finished 15th in his 1st and that was in support of Hushovd.
Lots of guys out this year.....I just saw the starting rosters today.

Zinger 04-03-13 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by bruin11 (Post 15463152)
I assumed the Andy Schleck thing was an April Fools joke.

S**t !:p....every year.

Cat4Lifer 04-03-13 08:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GrayJay (Post 15466558)
I think that Garmin team will be highly motivated to get a solid P-R result. No one star that is a favorite but they have a strong team overall for this race and could use team tactics to pull off another win for any of several strong front group riders, similar to the Johan VanSummern win couple years ago.

Maybe Maaskant will pull off a ride as good or better than 2008...he's due[h=1][/h]

frpax 04-05-13 07:58 PM

And my DVR decided to crap out on me... right before Paris-Roubaix!
C'MON DIRECTV WITH MY REPLACEMENT IN TIME!!!

mdphoto 04-06-13 04:58 AM

Looks like a sunny day for the race. Don't recall what the weather was like the last few days but it seems that there will be a lot of dust kicked up on the cobbles.

Kind of Blued 04-06-13 09:41 PM

I don't think Thor has the form to make a duo with Phinney work, and I really hope they don't make Phinney wait on him. If anybody can hold Cancellara's wheel on cobbles, it's probably Phinney, and he has a better sprint than Fabian too.

Roelandts, Pozzato, and Stannard might have a shot also.

Dubbayoo 04-06-13 11:04 PM

Phinney won the Under-23 Paris Roubaix twice so him doing well shouldn't be a big stretch.

Caretaker 04-07-13 05:22 AM

121k Offredo hits a road sign.

Ouch!

He's out, not surprised.

frpax 04-07-13 09:01 AM

What a great race! I'm glad DirecTV came through and got me my DVR in time (yesterday)!

Bontrager 04-07-13 09:36 AM

Wow the 1 time NBCSports on Comcast came through with televising bicycle race!

It was fun with George Hincapie live-tweeting but I'm sure he's missed in the peleton this year - even if he never stood a chance of winning against the younger folk.

DiabloScott 04-07-13 10:06 AM

Ronde-Roubaix Dubbel is the quintessential ultimate prize.

dstrong 04-07-13 01:29 PM

Some of the crowd antics were unbelievable! They've got to give the riders room over on the side of the course.

What a great show by Vanmarcke...had the legs until that very last turn. He looked very disappointed.


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