Roubaix

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Who Wins?

Tom Boonen
4
19%
Sylvain Chavanel
3
14%
Juan Antonio Flecha
1
5%
Thor Hushovd
4
19%
Filippo Pozzato
0
No votes
Heinrich Haussler
1
5%
Stuart O'Grady
5
24%
Other
3
14%
 
Total votes : 21

Re: Roubaix

Postby Livetoride » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:41 pm

Looks like Sky have lost the plot altogethe! Is it raining...
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Re: Roubaix

Postby Strange Rover » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:46 pm

CommuRider wrote:Are the cobbles usually this dry?


Yep - unless it rains.

And sky werent playing games...looks like Boonen is going to ride away...

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Re: Roubaix

Postby CommuRider » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:46 pm

Just dusty....when they show promos of the race it is usually the riders caked in mud. Now it is the opposite.

Eat dust says Boonen.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby Red Rider » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:50 pm

I don't think Sky could catch Tom even if they had Wiggins there.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby Livetoride » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:50 pm

He needs to be careful with that rain...
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Re: Roubaix

Postby CommuRider » Sun Apr 08, 2012 11:53 pm

The SBS subtitler needs to be taken out and shot.

Poor form. Fine for the ilk of Channel 7 but not for SBS. Lift up the standards please.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby RobM » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:13 am

Tornado Tom takes out the 3 cobble classics. What a machine! Great race.

Awesome to see Lars Boom in there too. Half expected him to jump the fence and shortcut across a field to catch Tommy.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby Livetoride » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:17 am

Incredible ride pure strength and guts
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Re: Roubaix

Postby RobM » Mon Apr 09, 2012 12:19 am

Gee whiz it could be a tie for 2nd place... :shock:


An Aussie in top 10 is pretty good too.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby jules21 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 9:41 am

pwned! boonen was like an angel over the dusty cobbles of northern france :)
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Re: Roubaix

Postby Chuck » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:28 am

Boonen incredible!! Hats off.

Wouldn't call what Sky were doing smart, leave Stannard on the front until he pops then the same with Hayman. Why wouldn't the 4 of them swap off? Rabobank wouldn't commit one of the two guys they had to help, disappointing.

Great ride by Hayman to finish 8th after all the work he did for the team. He is one strong hombre.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby ratter » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:46 am

Had it set to tape last night, watched it live until 58 klms to go, woke up this morning to continue watching it and the recording failed :cry:

anyone know if there will be some highlights televised at all, I can't find any
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Re: Roubaix

Postby Marx » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:00 am

ratter wrote:Had it set to tape last night, watched it live until 58 klms to go, woke up this morning to continue watching it and the recording failed :cry:

anyone know if there will be some highlights televised at all, I can't find any


I think Cycling Central website has a vid highlights package.

Boonen monstered it, smashed the chasing groups. Those cobbles puts each rider out there on their own, no point in finding a wheel to suck, no lead out man to pull you along, it's all about how much of the hammer you can take.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby Chuck » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:01 am

ratter is there anything up on Cycling Central? or maybe try YouTube.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby ratter » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:17 am

thanks guys, will have a look a bit later, just watching the world champs from last night at the momment :D
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Re: Roubaix

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Re: Roubaix

Postby vander » Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:49 am

Cant believe Boonen did that. He would of beat all of the top 10 probably easily in a sprint but out of pride he rides off the front like a boss. Impressive and I did not see it coming.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby ratter » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:33 pm

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Re: Roubaix

Postby Chuck » Mon Apr 09, 2012 1:42 pm

I thought Chavanel looked strong before he punctured. He and Hayman would be good recruits for GE if they want to do better in the cobbled classics next year.
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Roubaix

Postby Benz250 » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:34 pm

Agree Chavenel was looking strong. Was disappointed that Sky didn't get organised & do a better chase. Still Tom was the class act of the day, great when they just back themselves!


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Re: Roubaix

Postby BoardRider » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:06 pm

Fantastic effort from Tom, has anyone on the forum ridden on some of these cobble roads?
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Re: Roubaix

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:10 pm

Not personally... but if anyone is interested, ASO (TDF and every other big race owner) runs a cyclosportive on the Saturday over the P-R route... should be fun :twisted: .

Edit... looks like it was last Sunday http://www.parisroubaixchallenge.com/us/homepage.html
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Re: Roubaix

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:34 pm

Looking at a lot of the pix around today not many were running old school rims/wheels anymore... the move to carbon 35-50mm is nearly totally complete.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby BoardRider » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:39 pm

Thanks toolonglegs,
Not for me just wanted a idea of bounce and control problems they go through. Considering frames and alike can collapse.
I keep replaying Hell of North and cant believe the arm vibrations . One amazing race.
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Re: Roubaix

Postby toolonglegs » Mon Apr 09, 2012 5:44 pm

Would have been good to see Fabien ride through the cobbles on the new Trek... looked like it has a hell of a lot of vertical compliance!.
Laughed at Cannondale with the disc equiped bike on the team car :lol: .
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