Hm, I don't see a lot of pro race fan chitchat here, but I'll toss this out there anyway. If nothing else, maybe someone will tell me where to run off to find other fans...
So help me understand something here...what is the deal with the wheels at Paris-Roubaix this year? I'm not the most attentive fan, but I thought conventional wisdom was to ride aluminum rims with 32 spokes laced three-cross---and not for tradition but for durability. In a rough race like Paris-Roubaix, what's the advantage of deep dish carbon with lower spoke counts?
As a Slipstream fan, I was particularly baffled by Backstedt's choice of wheels, and now that I've heard he broke them, well, I'm baffled and disappointed. (Okay, so Maaskant's placing made me feel better.) (:
So is this a case of carbon wheelmakers' ambitions/marketing outstripping their engineering chops?