Would love to see Boonen and Cancellara go at it.
Well that was a fun one (to watch). Terpsra's break reminded me of Kwiatkowski dropping Sagan at the finish of Strade Bianchi.
When Terpstra bolted, it seemed like the chase group was paralyzed, despite the fact that it was like a group of classics all-stars. Some were not even riding that hard. It seems like the group could have caught him if they responded and worked together, but they didn't.
I was a little surprised the Sky duo didn't try something, but then they had done a lot of work to bridge up so they might not have had anything left.
Side question: does anyone have link to some footage of the sprint for second? The NBC and Eurosport feed I saw missed it.
Solo attacks are based on the premise that the group won't work together to respond, or will at least hesistate in doing so.
Wiggo was impressive.
I am happy for Terpstra, but it would have been interesting for that to have been a group sprint for 1st place on that track with everyone going for it. Well, interesting in a dangerous kind of way.
Regardless, a great race. I, for one, was glad to see a less well-known winner.
pretty much in agreement. if someone just took the lead to chase Terpstra, i think most of the pursuers could have beaten him, but i don't think anybody wanted to be known as the boob that dragged everybody up to the finish line just in order to get beaten.
but as someone mentioned, i think sky had a couple, maybe three, guys there at the end and could have sacrificed someone. of course you never know, they could have been on their last legs.
anyway, good race.
Thomas and Wiggins are not sprinters so they'd have chased Terpstra for nothing.
The group needed a sprinter with a teammate who still had the legs to chase down Terpstra. Degenkolb didn't have one, Sagan was spent.
Cancellara figured he would have a better chance contesting the sprint, he seems to have developed the ability to sprint well after 200 km. Vanmarche probably figured the same.
Really interesting tactical dilemma and OPQS' numbers game finally paid off.
I was happy to see Wiggins do so well. I hope he rides it again.
What I love about watching races like Paris Roubaix is how often the top racers in the sport end up out in front having to do their own work and riding very hard. The TdF is great, but much of the time it almost seems like the team leaders are totally coddled by having teammates all around them to do the work and never really have to exert themselves with a few rare exceptions. I know they are different types of races, but I much prefer to see guys like Sagan, Cancellara, Wiggins, Boonen, etc riding like men possessed and seemingly right on the edge of cracking for the last 50 Km or so. When they are done, there is no question they have been in a real race...
Seems to me this race had taken on a characteristic of non-cooperation. That petty much left it to one of the strong men left to try to jump and chase, making sure no one else caught his wheel. Seems none of the saw the chance. Which makes sense. I doubt any of them had enough in the tank for more than one try and a good chance did not come along quickly enough. After a bit it was too late, they might have been abe to bridge, but nly to arrive spent and not able o in a sprint.
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it seems that the pills will be examined and that the rider is known to authorities. Maybe it'll be nothing. Or not.