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    Amstel Gold



    Who will have the legs?

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    Nibali, Valverde, or Rodriguez - the usual suspects. I'll bet on Valverde, don't ask me why.

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    Kwiatkowski.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
    Nibali, Valverde, or Rodriguez - the usual suspects. I'll bet on Valverde, don't ask me why.
    Rodriquez is already out of the race, after a fall.

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    Great win in classic style.
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    You guys made an Amstel Gold thread but not Paris Roubaix? Rather unexciting race, reminded me of a GT stage. Let the break go, reel them in, big group to the final. YAWN. Good to see Gilbert regain some form, he was rather awful last season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
    You guys made an Amstel Gold thread but not Paris Roubaix? Rather unexciting race, reminded me of a GT stage. Let the break go, reel them in, big group to the final. YAWN. Good to see Gilbert regain some form, he was rather awful last season.
    there is a Paris Roubaix thread, but it has a subtle name

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
    You guys made an Amstel Gold thread but not Paris Roubaix? Rather unexciting race, reminded me of a GT stage. Let the break go, reel them in, big group to the final. YAWN. Good to see Gilbert regain some form, he was rather awful last season.
    Big group? It was already stretched on the fast descent and as soon as the climb started there were only about six contenders. In fact I'd say there were fewer riders with a chance for podium in the last 3km of Amstel Gold than in the last 3km of P-R (The Hell of the North).

    The race was firstly interesting with team tactics, getting people in the break forcing other teams to work to bring it back, Europcar with Voeckler doing what he does best, etc. and finally exciting because the final few kms. were between riders like Gilbert, Kwiatowski, Valverde and others who can do an up hill finish rather than one power climber and a group of sprinters.
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    i wonder if the race organizers thought that extra 1800 meters after the summit of the last climb was going to add some excitement. gilbert is still the best of the best on that climb and the extra 1800 didn't really even make much difference in the end, except to have us wonder whether or not he could hang on. as mentioned, good to see him in such great form.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caretaker View Post
    Big group? It was already stretched on the fast descent and as soon as the climb started there were only about six contenders. In fact I'd say there were fewer riders with a chance for podium in the last 3km of Amstel Gold than in the last 3km of P-R (The Hell of the North).

    The race was firstly interesting with team tactics, getting people in the break forcing other teams to work to bring it back, Europcar with Voeckler doing what he does best, etc. and finally exciting because the final few kms. were between riders like Gilbert, Kwiatowski, Valverde and others who can do an up hill finish rather than one power climber and a group of sprinters.

    By big group to the final, I mean with the last 5-10K's. Boonen lit up PR with what, 55k's to go? The very last attack by Terpstra was kind of an anticlimactic finish, but it was a helluva race overall. I watched the final 50K's of the beer race on Eurosport replay and could not watch it straight through, it was so boring. Yes, the last climb up the Cauberg was interesting, but in the same way a bunch sprint is exciting in a GT stage. A few minutes of excitement, and 200k's of Sunday riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MinnMan View Post
    there is a Paris Roubaix thread, but it has a subtle name

    Oh, it's not written in English. WE ONLY SPEAK 'MURICAN 'ROUND HERE!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cthenn View Post
    Oh, it's not written in English. WE ONLY SPEAK 'MURICAN 'ROUND HERE!
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