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Old 04-04-24, 12:19 PM
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Via Team Visma | Lease a Bike: "It was a nasty crash, but fortunately he is stable and conscious. Examinations at the hospital have revealed that he has a broken collarbone and several broken ribs. He remains in hospital as a precaution. Thank you for all your messages."
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Oh no not Stef Cras! No no no, he had the nastiest impact into the concrete wall - he was looking good last year until a crash in the tour, now this!? BUMMER
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Via Soudal Quick-Step: "The Belgian champion suffered a fracture to his right collarbone and his right scapula. Remco will travel to Belgium on Friday, where he will undergo an operation on his collarbone, and further examination, at the hospital in Herentals."
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Via UAE-Team Emirates: ""Jay Vine suffered a heavy crash today during the race and sustained a cervical and two thoracic spine vertebral body fractures. Thankfully no neurological involvement, and there are no other major injuries or head trauma. Jay will stay in hospital for neurological observation. We await spinal orthopaedic assessment and further management."
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The Giro-Tour double just got a whole lot less unlikely. For all the wrong reasons.
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Apparently, they have added a chicane with a 180deg turn just before the start of the Arenberg sector of Paris-Roubaix. What could possibly go wrong??

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Originally Posted by Eric F
Apparently, they have added a chicane with a 180deg turn just before the start of the Arenberg sector of Paris-Roubaix. What could possibly go wrong??

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"How do I avoid hitting the cobbles at 30mph?"

Um, use your brakes? Have your team chase back on after the trench? Ride Tro-Bro-Leon or Paris-Tours instead? Forget a stupid cobble, if your native you could get a pig!

Honestly it will be an interesting addition that I think will add it's own theatrics. Also MvdP can deliver like 1400 watts at a very low speed so with or without this chicane it's not affecting him. It will probably screw over a breakaway at the most.

Speaking of Paris Tours, I'm eager to see what Riley Sheehan can do Sunday!!!
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Pps - I'm so, so disappointed to have seen Landismo crash out with a broken collar.
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Great womens Roubaix race. Pfieffer Georgie with an incredible ride. Kind of reminded me of Mathew Hayman in 2016.
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p-r...thinking bettiol is due. not as hilly as bettiol prefers but still...the cobbles tend to create separation and he's had good form this spring. mvdp is the obvious choice but bleep happens.

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THREE MINUTES AHEAD OF THE FIELD

Any way, speaking of bleep happens I cannot believe Laurence Pithie got seventh after his horrifying corner slide out and chase to the end. Laurence literally bounced a half foot off the ground!!
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Originally Posted by semroc
Great womens Roubaix race. Pfieffer Georgie with an incredible ride. Kind of reminded me of Mathew Hayman in 2016.
I don't know how they can chase on for that long and still be in contention. Then the sting of "what if" once over the line.
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P-R was sure one for the record books. But the women's race was more exciting, wasn't it?

We watched on Peacock and while the commentary wasn't as engaging or detailed as the GCN crew, certainly not as funny, it was good to hear Phil again, and he had a couple of nice anecdotes from BITD. My wife knitted and I did a few round the house things including making dinner while we ran the whole race. Not a bad Sunday!
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Dominant win by MVDP. Alpecin is so strong. Wish jumbo was all healthy, and Pogocar was there for UAE. But not sure if they could’ve chased him down anyway, he’s so strong. That chicane wasn’t too annoying, but I’d prefer it like it was. Hope Viviani is okay. Can’t find an update. Lauren’s Rex had a rough day.
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rex...ouchiwawa. mvdp...ridiculous. looking past dbp and towards amstel, la flèche and l-b-l. and...it's less than a month until the giro.

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Originally Posted by semroc
Dominant win by MVDP. Alpecin is so strong. Wish jumbo was all healthy, and Pogocar was there for UAE. But not sure if they could’ve chased him down anyway, he’s so strong. That chicane wasn’t too annoying, but I’d prefer it like it was. Hope Viviani is okay. Can’t find an update. Lauren’s Rex had a rough day.
I doubt anyone but van Aert could have stayed with MVDP for that long on that surface, and maybe not even he, but if VLB had been able to field a stronger team, they might have softened him up sufficiently that he couldn't get away quite as fast and early. Anyway, it was a magnificent ride.

My concern with Rex was that he sustained a significant concussion in the first crash.
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All props to MVDP, but I sure wish either van Aert or Pogacar had been there to compete with him.
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It's nice to see Pidcock come out on top. He's had a hard time. Also, oddly, these days Ineos seems like an underdog team.

I spent years routing for MvdP, and I still like him and think he's great. But his domination has been verging on unhealthy (for the sport). So I was hoping for somebody else.

(Edit: Routing? Uh, no. Rooting.)

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Hell yeah Bardet!

Hmm, Carapaz is looking exceptional - watching Bernal attack? So so sweet to see!

Well done Tufts!
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