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What we have learned ....

From Milan San Remo

1 - Sagan wants this.  Badly.

2 - If Sagan is to win, he has to learn to make others work.  At the moment, he gets into situations where he is expected to do everything as no one will work with him.  They know that if they dont - he will do it.  A lot like Cancellara in his prime - Sagan needs to hold off sometimes

3 - Kwiatkowski and Alaphilippe the only ones who could stay with the surge of power. Both looking towards the Ardennes which will be interesting this year.

4 - It is possible after all to attack on the Poggio and hold it until the finale

5 - Kristoff in ok shape too.  Will be looking for RvV

From Dwars Door Vlaanderen

Quote from: AG
1 - Quickstep finally learn some tactics.   They have long been the strongest team in these races, but have rarely used their superior numbers in the final sections to any advantage.

2 - Sep VanMarcke not there yet.  He missed the opening move, set his team to bring them back but never managed it.  They eventually sat up and followed, relying on Sep to bridge on the Kwaremont .... but he failed to gain back anything.  In fact, Stybar and Terpstra left him in their wake as they bridged

3 - Gilbert surely a contender for Flanders.  Though lets face it, the competition will be another several rungs higher with the likes of Sagan and GVA to come in.

4 - Groenewegen has a future in the classics.   Great ride from the young sprinter here

5 - Michael Matthews having made some pretty big statements about his goals on the cobbles .,.. has some work still to do

From E3 Harelbeke

Quote from: AG
1 - Phil is BACK !!!!    2 podiums in 3 days is a good indication that he is in form and ready for Flanders

2 - Quickstep made the pace ... but punctures at the wrong time meant that only Phil made the move when it happened.  They probably wont be thrilled with that return

3 - GVA in good form.  He seems a lot more settled and confident than previous years with all those second places and struggling to find a way to win.    I like the gold bands on his sleeves - much better than a gold bike.

4 - Sep VanMarcke wont be there at the end of Flanders.  Twice in 3 days he has not had the strength ... and if you dont have it in a 206km race, how do you expect to last the distance over 260?

5 - Sagan unlucky in being caught in a crash - but he was riding in the bunch with all the strongest contenders in the move in front.  Its not the normal way of things for Sagan.  MSR proved he is in shape so still expect him to defend RvV with his usual aggressiveness

From Gent Wavelgem

1 - GVA is here.   Omloop, E3 and GW .... this is his year. 

2 - Sagan is here too   :D    Great at MSR, also at E3 he missed the move but was there or thereabouts and a powerhouse here.  The battle between him and GVA (with Gilbert and a few others trying their hardest to hang in there) will be awesome

3 - Naesen having a great year.  He was in the front group again here, and if he can stay with the moves long enough things might fall his way

4 - Quickstep .... sooooo many numbers, and attacking all the time.  They dont always (or often) pull off the win - but you know they will be there.

5 - Daniel Oss was fabulous here.  He did a truckload of work setting things up for GVA and will be needed at RvV
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