Spring Classics 2012 [R]

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  1. cleansheetbsc

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    That was a nasty one.


  2. Dead Fingers

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    Crash on the Paterberg. Quite a few caught in it or stuck behind it.
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    What's with the crashes? At this point, barring some kind of Hincapie-esque mechanical, I think Tom has to win. He has two teammates with him in the break.
  4. Dead Fingers

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    One would think, but the gap is closing as no one else in that group is working. Tom is trying to rally them on. :p

    EDIT Terpstra sent forward.


  5. Dead Fingers

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    Ballan going well on the Kwaremont
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    Now it's Tom, Pippo and Ballan. Let's see if they can stay away.
  7. Dead Fingers

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    Paterberg...they will need to drop Boonen.
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    I think Pippo has the closing speed to beat Boonen. Honestly though, anyone who can still sprint after this horrorshow deserves to win.
  9. Dead Fingers

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    Bit surprised Ballan has not made a move yet.
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    Boonen takes it
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    It's Tommeke's world. We just live in it.
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    I am going to be honest, I never thought Boonen would ever again get to this level, I thought he was done at the very highest level. Respect to him for proving me wrong. :eek:

    Still don't like him though. :D
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    That's about how I feel. He got a huge slice of luck, too, with Cance crashing and a crash behind him on the Kwaremont(?). But he deserved the win either way.
  14. Dead Fingers

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    Huge respect to him for overcoming his physical issues from the last couple of years.

    I would imagine if FC did hurt his collarbone, than he is the odds on fave for next Sunday.
  15. Dead Fingers

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    You can always count on TB to be at the front of those weird sections of climbs.
  16. Dead Fingers

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    Confirmed broken collarbone

    That obviously changes things up for P-R.
  17. Belgian guy

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    Tom Boonen now has ten victories in real Classics, putting him in elite company amongst one-day race champions. I'm going to be honest, when they anointed him the next big thing all those years ago after he finished 3rd in P-R out of seemingly nowhere, I had never envisioned he would ever be this good.
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    Even if he doesn't win or even podium at P-R, he's had as good a classics season as anyone I can recall having. Ever.
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    Its good to be back into cycling. I will take credit for Boonen's rise since I'm back into it.
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    Confirmed broken collarbone.
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    It will be interesting to see how this has an impact on the tactics next week. I assume many will come into Sunday with a slightly different race plan now that they know Spartacus is out.
  22. Dead Fingers

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    So, Bg, what did you think of the altered route?
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    I expect OMQS to really blast everyone, and either Boonen or Chavanel get the win.
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    I have to say that I didn't like it. Repeating the same climbs three times made it feel more like La Fleche or Amstel Gold than a monument. And seriously, no Muur? Doesn't seem right.
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    Do not like it. Did not add to the suspense. I think true escape victories will become rare on this route.
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