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    Ironic that the guy that blows up (MvdP) maybe kept Sagan from his 4th title by pulling so hard, until he didn't.
    That is Worlds.
    The most beautiful race of the year for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    The most beautiful race of the year for me.
    I agree with this with the caveat that Milan-Sanremo is equal for me. Both are very special in their own right.
    La Cheeserie!

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    If you want to win it,
    You must be willing to lose it,
    Worked for van Vleuten,
    Not for MvdP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rabo View Post
    If you want to win it,
    You must be willing to lose it,
    Worked for van Vleuten,
    Not for MvdP.
    Not for Sagan either, whom I like and was hoping would reclaim the title.

    But the same holds true for many races. But it’s very much the case with the race for the rainbow jersey as well as M-SR. It’s perhaps this balancing act that draws me in to these events.
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    Did anyone see what bike Rohan Dennis rode in the road race today? Did he ride a BMC again?

    So curious to see where he ends up next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saab2000 View Post
    Not for Sagan either, whom I like and was hoping would reclaim the title.
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    Sagan said he could have gone with vdP and Trentin but thought the break would come back.
    Hindsight is always 20/20.

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    Once again without radios, victory goes to the audacious.

    But I have to say, the recent tendency to not chase because one might "drag my rival along" is quite unwelcome as well. It came into play several times this classics season, the giro and other races. I think it is doing a real disservice to the sport...
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    Quote Originally Posted by the bottle ride View Post
    Did anyone see what bike Rohan Dennis rode in the road race today? Did he ride a BMC again?

    So curious to see where he ends up next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by j44ke View Post
    Yes. Fired from Bahrain Merida.
    Where does he go if he has such a reputation as being a trouble maker- even with a rainbow jersey??
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    What do you guys think about no radios. I am no racer, but it seems like it makes the racing harder and less predictable. And Sagan was just waiting for Belgium that just didn't have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the bottle ride View Post
    Where does he go if he has such a reputation as being a trouble maker- even with a rainbow jersey??
    According to CyclingNews, Trek, Ineos, and CCC (formerly BMC) have spoken with his agent. Probably they think he could be gotten for a deal and add wins to their 2020 season.
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    Quote Originally Posted by the bottle ride View Post
    Where does he go if he has such a reputation as being a trouble maker- even with a rainbow jersey??
    Dennis seems to only have personnal goals that aren't part of the world tour such as world championships, Olympic games (and probably after the olympics the hour record). He never mention wanting to win a classic or a stage race despite probably having the capabilities to do so with a focus and dedicated training on them (well I know he won Tour Down Under once). My takes is he should abandon world tour teams and race and be hired by the Australian federation directly to earn those medals and race the occasionnal Tour Down Under under his flag team.
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    I sill feel bad for Nils and think he got jobbed.

    Here's perspective from someone close to the matter.

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    I was watching Peter Sagan pedal in yesterday and his legs really bow out wide with a lot of real estate to the crank. In fact I would say his legs looked asymmetrical yesterday. Has anyone analyzed Sagan's pedal stroke and noticed this before? He has a lot of surf in his legs. Conditions and fatigue yesterday could've played a major role as there was one shot where Peter dipped his sunglasses to see over the fogged lenses which looked pretty comical in the world championships.

    Still can't get over van der Poel's bonk but it was nice to see his humanity. He lost the race with the same vigor that he usually wins with. Hope Mads has a great season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by holliscx View Post
    I was watching Peter Sagan pedal in yesterday and his legs really bow out wide with a lot of real estate to the crank. In fact I would say his legs looked asymmetrical yesterday. Has anyone analyzed Sagan's pedal stroke and noticed this before? He has a lot of surf in his legs. Conditions and fatigue yesterday could've played a major role as there was one shot where Peter dipped his sunglasses to see over the fogged lenses which looked pretty comical in the world championships.

    Still can't get over van der Poel's bonk but it was nice to see his humanity. He lost the race with the same vigor that he usually wins with. Hope Mads has a great season.
    Sagan has always been a sideways pedaling dude. His rivals must be thankful that he's not a more efficient rider or they'd be doomed whenever he rolled up to the start line!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdaghisallo View Post
    Sagan has always been a sideways pedaling dude. His rivals must be thankful that he's not a more efficient rider or they'd be doomed whenever he rolled up to the start line!
    Yeah that's what it is. He pedals sideways more than forward. Interesting I haven't thought about it but it was starkly noticeable yesterday as his left leg was drifting way out from the bike and the right was closer in but he was pistol whipped crossing the line yesterday though I believe he had a kick for he looked frisky riding away from the peloton late.

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    Cyclingnews has an equipment article highlighting the disparity between (relatively) rich and poor teams based on the equipment they have at their disposal. They noted one poor team suffering on what I consider to be one of the nicest bikes made. I know the Look 585 has some admirers here as well
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    Quote Originally Posted by e-RICHIE View Post
    I sill feel bad for Nils and think he got jobbed.
    I agree. I think it’s consistent for the UCI, unfortunately. From this distance, they are a reactionary organization that prefers surprise showings of Authority Theater to actual communication and transparency.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 72gmc View Post
    I agree. I think it’s consistent for the UCI, unfortunately. From this distance, they are a reactionary organization that prefers surprise showings of Authority Theater to actual communication and transparency.
    Saw Chloe Dygert reach for a bottle from the team car then jerk her hand back when the hand out the car window didn't release the bottle quickly enough. She definitely didn't want to linger even 1 sec.
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    The Belgians took a good load of critique for their performance, but if you have -maybe- one match left, I can see van Avermaets statement he was waiting for Sagans jump on the last incline.
    Good to see attackers winning more big races last 2 years.

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