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Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
« Reply #30 on: September 09, 2019, 19:13 »




Wasn't too sure myself whether that finish might have been a bit too much for Groenewegen, but he won easily.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #31 on: September 10, 2019, 19:03 »


    Whoooooosshhhhhhh!

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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #32 on: September 10, 2019, 19:04 »
    MvdP once again displaying his uniquely recognizable style of violently thrashing around on his machine.

    You'd think his frame and cranks were made of rubber.  He shows no mercy to either his own bike or his competitors. It wasn't even as if he out-jumped them, or better-timed his attack—he was simply on a completely different level in those closing meters.

    Interesting to note that he nearly sacrificed the singular second that allowed him to take the GC in that casual approach to the line.

    I suspect that new adjectives will soon be necessary to describe his cycling dominance.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #33 on: September 11, 2019, 21:08 »




    Cummings crashed out.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #34 on: September 12, 2019, 20:36 »


    So he can TT up to 14.4km. That's still just about in the range where raw power can compensate somewhat for technique. Over 20+ km who knows though. His head was wobbling about a bit, but he looked okay and this is, I'm guessing, with very little practice at the discipline (if any at all!).



    17 riders still within a minute and with some teams having multiple riders within that group, it's still not over.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #35 on: September 13, 2019, 10:09 »
    After the race MVDP said this was his first ITT since his junior days. I think at this discipline van Aert tops MVDP but there's still room for improvement.
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #36 on: September 14, 2019, 05:25 »


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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #37 on: September 15, 2019, 01:03 »




    Hey, it worked!  :cool


    Honestly, I can't remember ever seeing anyone thrash their bike quite as violently as MvdP seems to. One of the things I notice when watching older cycling clips, from the days of steel frames, is that the riders always appear more physical to me in the way that they handle their bikes. It would make sense that light-weight carbon fiber wouldn't require as much wrestling between rider and bike, but maybe there are other factors in play as well. I'll leave that to people more expert in the field.

    But Mr. MTB, CX, Road King himself seems like a man out of time the way he literally man-handles his steed. Who else does that these days?

    There's always one image that comes to mind when I see him in action, especially on an uphill sprint.

    Exhibit A:




    MvdP also usually looks like a giant on the bike and on the podium, but on paper, he's the exact same size and weight as I am.
    (I'm no giant, btw. Although I am a bit leaner these days.  :P)


    Big man


    I find it all very curious. :slow

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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #38 on: September 18, 2019, 16:15 »
    https://twitter.com/cyclingweekly/status/1174337209018830849

    No doubt that extra stage will be a sprint stage..... ;)
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #39 on: September 18, 2019, 16:23 »
    "We want to build the fourth-biggest stage race in the world"
    The Tour de Suisse and Critérium du Dauphiné have a laughing fit. :lol
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    Re: [2.HC] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #40 on: September 18, 2019, 19:14 »
    "the fourth-biggest stage race in the world"

    Didn't AMGEN already copyright that?  :D
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