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Re: Gent-Wevelgem
« Reply #30 on: March 27, 2017, 14:02 »
VeloNews commentary: Should Gent-Wevelgem keep dirt roads in its route?

I didn't see a second of the race, but that won't stop me from chiming in ... ;)

The danger element I don't see at all. This is the race that had riders descending the Kemmelberg on cobbles, no matter what the weather was, with gory crashes as the result. Yet nobody ever questions having the Kemmelberg in the race.

In my experience, a compacted gravel road is easier to ride than a pavé section - both in the dry and in the wet. It's also way easier to maintain than pavé.

The "there's already plenty of dirt" argument is nonsense.
There are already plenty of races with mountains - should new races just go around on panflat inner-city courses because of that?
Many races have sections where there could be crosswinds - should all other races have to build windbreakers along the course?
On the UCI calendar, there are the following gravel races: Strade Bianche, Tro Bro Leon, Rutland-Melton CiCLE Classic, Schaal Sels, and now Gent-Wevelgem. Plus the GP Herning that isn't a UCI race these years, but used to be one. That's six races. SIX. A Grand Tour has more HC climbs than that!
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    Re: Gent-Wevelgem
    « Reply #31 on: March 27, 2017, 19:58 »
    Cobbles and gravel are not that dangerous. Unmarked bollards are, and now once again riders go down and get the season shortened in its most intense phase due to this:

    https://twitter.com/sebystrom/status/846322918946734082
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    Re: Gent-Wevelgem
    « Reply #32 on: March 27, 2017, 22:25 »
    Cobbles and gravel are not that dangerous. Unmarked bollards are
    Damn you and your bringing logic into this discussion! Lefevère and Ochowicz must hate your guts! :P
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    Re: Gent-Wevelgem
    « Reply #33 on: April 02, 2017, 11:27 »
    mmh, Sagan seems to have had a bit of an off-day though, not quite focused. Just pushing Vantomme out of the way on the Kemmelberg was a pretty poor move as well at least

    https://twitter.com/Alpe__dHuez/status/846026801528913921


    Read in the newspapers last Friday that he had just seen the footage and that he claimed it was unintentional. Who believes him? He was too far behind at a key moment, so everybody should get out of the way to let Her Highness pass.

    Vantomme philosophised about it: "That is the lot of every 'small riders'".  :-x
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