jules21 wrote:wow astana have really gotten with the program this year
Pffffffffffft this never crossed my mind
Gilbert and BMC seemed rather lost despite the swarm at the end (love the new BMC van).
Anyway, loved the commentary team giving a big shout to the Cycling Clubs around Oz. I wonder if truly the clubs were awake watching Liege at that time of night. Hope they do it for the TdF. Yep "G'day to the local Woop Woop CC watching the TdF under the tin shed next to Murray's dunny"
Looks like the Russians own LBL now 3 wins since 2005. Was rather an uneventful race until Iglinsky decided to have a crack at the 2nd place It's just a guess but I think Nibali blew himself up once he was told Iglinsky was rapidly closing in on him (should've pulled that earpiece off). There were a couple of shots where he was hugely overgeared going uphill, very unusual for him. The will was there but the engine had it
Nikolai wrote:It's just a guess but I think Nibali blew himself up once he was told Iglinsky was rapidly closing in on him
he claimed that he was riding into a lot of wind, which sucked his energy. might explain why there weren't many solo efforts (or didn't seem to be, i fell asleep and didn't see all the footage).
Wind blows on everyone, it's exactly what happens when you're riding away solo from everybody else, you have to deal with wind, hills etc on your own.. IOW it's a lame excuse. Nibali had 40s with 10k to go when Iglinsky and Purito went. Purito didn't last long and Nibali was caught with 1km to go. It's a serious amount of time to lose one on one at the end of the race. I'm pretty sure his legs were shot when Iglinsky caught him, he just dropped him like he was some random guy on the road. Reminded me of Vino's win in 2010.
i don't think he was denying that his legs were shot, but high winds, unless they're at your back, definitely make it harder to make a breakaway stick. i have no idea if there really were high winds though.
toolonglegs wrote:Those stick figure legs sure make some power!... he sat down mid sprint and then seemed to decide he could still do it .
"I went a bit early and had to sit down to rest for a bit and then went again but it was good to get the win!," Wiggins said on TeamSky.com. The fact that this time trial specialist and Grand Tour contender was at the head of the bunch sprint was made all the more remarkable by the fact that 20 minutes earlier he had been dropped from the peloton with a flat tyre.
"I had a lot of adrenaline after I punctured with 25k to go. When that happened the boys dropped back for me and did a fantastic job," he said.
Absolutely!... but stage starts in little place about 15kms away ( where the main Mavic factory is )... probably the reason it starts there. So they will be going through Villars-les-Dombes pretty soon after the start and as it is flat they will be flat out. Looks like they will be doing roughly the same stage ending as the TDF stage over the Grand Colombier and Col de Richemond. Will be a tough day for some!.
CommuRider wrote: Anyway, loved the commentary team giving a big shout to the Cycling Clubs around Oz. I wonder if truly the clubs were awake watching Liege at that time of night. Hope they do it for the TdF. Yep "G'day to the local Woop Woop CC watching the TdF under the tin shed next to Murray's dunny"
Mike does it most big races. He usually asks on Twitter the day he is going to do it.