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Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:07 pm
by DartanianX
Astana are firing on all cylinders at the moment!

They have been super strong all season, have there been any major staff changes behind the scenes to account for the lift in performances?


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Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:44 pm
by Dan Gerous
DartanianX wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:07 pm
Astana are firing on all cylinders at the moment!

They have been super strong all season, have there been any major staff changes behind the scenes to account for the lift in performances?


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There has been changes during the off-season, they were mentionning something along those lines on french TV during today's Dauphiné stage but I was doing four things at once so I'm not sure if they changed some of the coaching staff or just decided to try a different approach in training. They weren't bad last season, but yeah they've been really good this year, close to winning as much as Quick-Step.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:44 pm
by Weenie

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:52 am
by pdlpsher1
Is it just me or is Alaphilippe is on crack cocaine? Everytime the camera focuses on Alaphilippe his body is twitching from head to toe, as if he's about to launch a big attack. I've never seen a rider as unsettled as him. Wouldn't that waste a lot of energy on a six hour ride?

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:54 am
by TonyM
pdlpsher1 wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:52 am
Is it just me or is Alaphilippe is on crack cocaine? Everytime the camera focuses on Alaphilippe his body is twitching from head to toe, as if he's about to launch a big attack. I've never seen a rider as unsettled as him. Wouldn't that waste a lot of energy on a six hour ride?
As far as I can remember seing him he was always like this!
But since last year the camera focuse on him...

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:15 am
by rainerhq
pdlpsher1 wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 5:52 am
Is it just me or is Alaphilippe is on crack cocaine? Everytime the camera focuses on Alaphilippe his body is twitching from head to toe, as if he's about to launch a big attack. I've never seen a rider as unsettled as him. Wouldn't that waste a lot of energy on a six hour ride?
Very well phrased :thumbup: :thumbup:
For me, its very annoying to watch him.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:04 am
by eins4eins
Dan Gerous wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:11 am
nathanong87 wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:08 am
i know wellens was behind, but remco [again] towed VC 13kms to the line and then gets out sprinted. dang
The kid's gotta learn! :)
Not really. He did the right thing. He couldn't slow down and allow Wellens to recover after catching him. Otherwise Wellens and Campenaerts would've kept attacking him and his chances to win would've been zero.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 12:27 pm
by Dan Gerous
eins4eins wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 8:04 am
Dan Gerous wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:11 am
nathanong87 wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 4:08 am
i know wellens was behind, but remco [again] towed VC 13kms to the line and then gets out sprinted. dang
The kid's gotta learn! :)
Not really. He did the right thing. He couldn't slow down and allow Wellens to recover after catching him. Otherwise Wellens and Campenaerts would've kept attacking him and his chances to win would've been zero.
I was sarcastic.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 1:41 pm
by Willier
kytyree wrote:
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:54 pm
https://www.velonews.com/2019/06/news/m ... ers_495151

This race tomorrow that finishes going up Mont Ventoux could be interesting. Not sure if I'll be able to watch it here but I could see one day races featuring some of the more famous climbs working well for pro cycling.

Well there was a race one day before Otztaler marathon on the same course, but only one year

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:10 pm
by spud
Trek leaving Degenkolb at home for the Tour to concentrate on Porte/GC? With his Porte's track record in TDF, that's either an idiotic decision, or a gut feeling that after so many years of crashing out etc, he's due for a good ride. But Dauphine certainly did little to raise his profile. Seems like a good bet that Degen will leave the team at the end of the year.

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:01 pm
by Dan Gerous
spud wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 6:10 pm
Trek leaving Degenkolb at home for the Tour to concentrate on Porte/GC? With his Porte's track record in TDF, that's either an idiotic decision, or a gut feeling that after so many years of crashing out etc, he's due for a good ride. But Dauphine certainly did little to raise his profile. Seems like a good bet that Degen will leave the team at the end of the year.
Degenkolb is rumored to be going to Lotto-Soudal next year...

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:23 pm
by djcharlou
Will Porte continue the "Stage9gate" streak this year to make it three in a row ?

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2019 11:44 pm
by kgibbo1868
djcharlou wrote:
Mon Jun 17, 2019 7:23 pm
Will Porte continue the "Stage9gate" streak this year to make it three in a row ?
I hope not, maybe with low expectations this year and the absence of Froome he could have a decent crack. :noidea:

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:34 am
by JohnnyHanel
did anyone catch the Mont Ventoux race today? OR POSSIBLY HAVE A REPLAY LINK????

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:36 am
by sychen
JohnnyHanel wrote:did anyone catch the Mont Ventoux race today? OR POSSIBLY HAVE A REPLAY LINK????
Did watch the last 5km live.. No link sorry.

Bardet repeatedly attacked Herrada without success.. Herrada just burned him in the last 400m.

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Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:36 am
by Weenie

Re: 2019 PRO thread

Posted: Tue Jun 18, 2019 4:28 am
by spdntrxi
I was watching the on demand reply from eurosports.. coverage ended with like 600m to go.. I was like WTF