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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:01 pm 
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stories heard through a plethora of grapevine sources and claiming as "truth"

Agreed - I think this could very well be the case.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 4:07 pm 
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You've gotta love Pozzato's insta account. He kinda reminds me of my 20yr old cousin's social networking habits but a great window into the life. Yeah he hasn't won a lot but impressively consistent over RVV and PR over the last decade.

What is up with EBH? Pretty quiet the past couple years?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 5:40 pm 
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Yeah, http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/brailsf ... d-tour-win

And Kimmage thinks it's because he isn't doping like the other Sky guys.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 7:54 pm 
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The problem I see with Pozzato, is that his instagam is only of any interest, because he is supposed to be a good cyclist. But is he? He is a wasted talent, it's so bad to see him wasting his talent. He got the benefits of being a good pro, he has the Ferrari and lots of travel, etc. but just doesn't take the sport seriously enough.
I don't mind him winning, actually I'd like to him win more and bigger races.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 9:49 pm 
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he has the Ferrari


The doctor, car or both?


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:10 pm 
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This guy knows a lot about the tour of Flanders

Johan Museeuw still in top shape for his age.

3x 1st
3x 2nd
3x 3rd
15x top 10

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMmzLXCDMMw

Hard to pick a winner in 2014 since

Cancellara
Sagan
Boonen
Hagan

All in shape to win it. It will come down to some bad luck and timing.
The Koppenberg is 42Km from the finish so a well time attack that guy can stay away.

I'm picking Boonen he's due for a win.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:34 pm 
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My bet for the favorites goes to Sagan. Last year he wasn't strong enough for Cancellara at the Paterberg. This year I believe he got it dialed in.
In case the favorites forgot their luck, my outside bet goes to Paulini. I was lucky enough to pick Kristoff for San Remo, so I'm going with Katusha again. The scenario could be that Sagan won't hit the luck (Crash, mechanical, Only way I see Cancellara getting away without him), Paulini going in a breakaway some place near Kobbenberg. Cancellara going solo on Oude Kwarremont or Paterberg. Paulini out front gets on his wheel, as lone survivor from the break, and takes him in the sprint. 8)


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 05, 2014 10:36 pm 
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For those of you that are sticklers for frames

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXJVYYhhYi8

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 2:01 pm 
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ave wrote:
The problem I see with Pozzato, is that his instagam is only of any interest, because he is supposed to be a good cyclist. But is he? He is a wasted talent, it's so bad to see him wasting his talent. He got the benefits of being a good pro, he has the Ferrari and lots of travel, etc. but just doesn't take the sport seriously enough.
I don't mind him winning, actually I'd like to him win more and bigger races.


I don't think his account portrays a waste of talent. You have to be kidding me if you think us regular Joes wouldn't buy a sweet car, especially if we had his money and lived in Monaco. Most of the photos are of him doing pretty normal things- eating decent food, lots of pictures with his parents, he travels for training/sponsor purposes quite a lot, and doesn't post only about boring shit like his rides.

At this point I am so sick of hearing about doping and all these details about how hard it is to come up and how cycling is basically awful in a lot of ways. Its nice to see someone actually enjoying themselves for once.

To me he wasn't wasted and someone has to come second to Boonen and Fabian. Compared to them he is just 1 step below and very few riders in history could ever match them. Pozzato still has a better record than 98% of classics riders. It was really impressive seeing him get 2nd in Flanders a few years ago when he had basically no team and both Ballan and Boonen had strong, high dollar squads.

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PostPosted: Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:52 pm 
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Cancellara takes Flanders! :podium:

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I wouldn't want to play poker with Cancellara after watching that. Masterful!

Vanmarcke was the strongest in the race, Fabian knew it, and wore him out making him chase the attacks. Genius.


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What a great rider, he played that out perfect at the end.

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That was an awesome race!


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Pretty tough to know how 'serious' he is based on his insta. It's not like he's out partying every night on there. Regardless, I see him like Voigt. A guy with some substance who doesn't win that much but makes it interesting. Cycling needs more characters like Pozzato, Voigt, and god even Tommy V even if they are not winning. Brings something people can relate to it better than a bunch of robots that train,sleep and occasionally eat. Finales like today are no doubt thrilling but one of the sport's biggest problems is that bike racing is just boring for most people 95% of the time.


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Flanders was one of the best classics I've seen in a long time. Cancellara played it perfectly, but I did feel for Vanmarcke; huge respect for his ride.


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