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#181

Gilbert out for the rest of the Ardennes races. Apparently picked up a kidney injury at AGR then went on to win it anyway like a bloody hero.


#182

Two of the most obvious things happened in Fleche Wallone today. Valverde won (again) and Dan Martin found himself in a terrible position on the Mur de Huy and ended up sprinting for the podium (again). This race really needs a shake up. The Addition of the penultimate climb hasn't given the race the change it needs, and the change to the AGR course worked well.


#183

Yep. Was genuinely surprised that the AGR (well, last 30KM or so) was actually a decent race this year.


#184

Will wait and see if the next few editions of the race are similar, but it's a positive step. AGR and FW were too similar (sit in and wait for a sprint up the final climb) so a good move for AGR. FW needs a drastic overhaul.


#185

#186

I think Magnus Backstedt called it correctly: that Martin and QuickStep were in two minds about not contributing to the chase so Jungels had the chance to win and staying near the front for when things came back together. As it was, they were swamped by other teams and Martin was p20 or so when they hit Huy. No doubt he once again set the fastest time up the Huy...

I actually like the FW parcours - the Huy is a more distinctive climb and certainly more interested than the dull out-of-town A-road-look of the Cauberg. The steepness also makes for a bit of a spectacle when the riders fan across the road.

LBL is the one that really needs a rethink. It's too prestigious a race to be so dull and decided on a long drag in Ans.


#187

I agree, to a point, about QS not working because of Jungels, but surely the QS DS must've known he wouldn't have a chance of a win without at least 1min off the penultimate climb. They should've told Martin to work for himself, knowing his previous performances on the Huy. Allowing him to be swamped because the team were working for Jungels is weird.


#188

I think Bob Jungels is my current WT bae.


#189

It just seemed like indecision rather than a real strategy to favour Jungels' chances over Martin. Also I get the sense one of real GC heavyweights in the peloton would have been smarter about rolling to the front while not contributing to the chase. Valverde wouldn't have been that far back were Moreno up front on his own, for example.


#190

Scarponi killed in a collision with a van whilst out training :cry::cry:


#191

Holy shit! He was only racing Tour of the Alps this week, came fourth. Fucking 'ell.

RIP.


#192

Fucking terrible, this


#193

Oh fuck.

In great form at tour of the alps too. Glad he got to win a stage.

RIP


#194

That's really awful news. Feeling for his family, they must be devastated :pensive:

RIP


#195

Absolutely awful - I'm still in shock about it. He was one of the kindest and funniest riders in a sport often devoid of much personality.


#196

Sounds like a fantastic women's race - of course I'm judging it by some Cyclingnews text commentary as it's 1973.


#197

Bob "welcome to the" Jungels


#198

liege looks a bit of a dump, eh


#199

Always preferred bastogne


#200

Yeah apparently it is. Trying to find somewhere which isn't Liege but in that part of Belgium to stay is proving HARD.