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    Default The L-B-L thread is here.

    Since j44ke moved out of the time zones I start it here.
    Some racers hoping for rain apparently (talk about guts on those descends).
    Hard not to put Valverde down as the favorite. The rest of the field being aware of this too.
    The 3 months from cross Worlds to L-B-L the only time I will delay a ride for a screen.
    Withdrawal starts Monday.
     

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    gilbert is injured
    martin is injured
    at this point in purito's career I don't think this is steep enough finish
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    I think it'll be Valverde or young blood.
    Additionally, since his team members don't get much coverage in the anglo press, worth noting, valvaerde's squad is REAL strong at courses like this one.
     

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    Gonna call it Rui Costa. He can't keep riding on his success at the Tour de Suiss forever.
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    He can't. But he ain't got what it takes to win LBL. I'd be surprised if he was in the top 10.
     

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    He is definitely top 10 worthy.

    But he showed in Flèche Wallonne that he lacked that tiny bit of extra to fight for the first few 5 places.
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    A very notable event today: Valverde did not decide to throw away the race by insisting that his peers chase the guy out front for fear that he would not have enough oomph at the end. The king of sprinting for third finally risked it all. Despite his exceptional palmares, it would have been a lot more exceptional if he'd taken the same risk 20 or 30 more times.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    He is definitely top 10 worthy.

    But he showed in Flèche Wallonne that he lacked that tiny bit of extra to fight for the first few 5 places.
    Well, what did I say? He ended up 4th.

    It was a master class fron Valverde, timing perfectly when he needed to go to catch Moreno before the top if that last climb while avoidibg another attack.

    Nice ride for Alaphilippe too, I think he should have used his momentum to catch Valverde, Rodriguez and Moreno at the top and start his sprint in the last corner. Easier said than done though. Kreuziguer finished very well considering the energy spent in the last 20km.

    The french TV broadcast was nauseous.
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    Kwiatkowski just because
     

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    This race has become very boring to me. It's all about the last climb up to Ans.

    And not crashing out...
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukasz View Post
    Kwiatkowski just because
    I just want to point out that I posted this well after the race ended. Happy Monday.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    Well, what did I say? He ended up 4th.
    I thought about reply to your earlier comment after the race, but decided against it - but since you mention it ;)

    Alaphilippe - I think we'll see him racing quite a bit more aggressively in the future, but given his results at this level have all been in the last week, I doubt that he'd been able to make the mental switch to the kinds of "risk everything" tactics it would have taken to beat Valverde.

    Valverde - I wonder if having Nairo on the team isn't the best thing for him - there's no GC pressure this year, and it shows in his 1 day results, he can focus on the things he is truly amazing at.
    I don't think he will win worlds this year, but he's well suited for the course, and he obviously has legs to crush all comers in the other biggest races of the year.... maybe this is the year?
    I thought his window would be closed after last year, but maybe it is still open.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by sk_tle View Post
    Well, what did I say? He ended up 4th.
    I guess I am still skeptical of Costa. The guy has made a career out of the Tour de Suisse. WC jersey is nice palmares no doubt. But he was the beneficiary of some real negative racing that day. But top 10 worthy at LBL, yea, you were right for sure.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by thomas View Post
    This race has become very boring to me. It's all about the last climb up to Ans.
    were we watching the same race?

    the field was flying from 75km to go, and the last 40km was insane after the field split.
    if that's boring, you need to find a different sport, this was classic 1 day racing!

    -g
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    I hope this French kid is the real deal. French racing could use a huge star.

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    He and his younger brother this winter

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    Quote Originally Posted by lukasz View Post
    Kwiatkowski just because
    ... just because he's wearing the WC jersey well, winning in it and NOT wearing stupid matching white shorts.*



    *If you're male and wear white cycling shorts, don't worry. I'm sure you're the one guy who can make them look good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrantM View Post
    were we watching the same race?

    the field was flying from 75km to go, and the last 40km was insane after the field split.
    if that's boring, you need to find a different sport, this was classic 1 day racing!

    -g
    I'd have to agree. This is my favorite of the Ardennes classics and up there with Flanders, Roubaix, and Strada Bianche for my favorite one day races.
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