Amstel Gold Race
Posted 10 April 2012 - 09:58 PM
Valverde has been on fire so far this year, so I'm going with him!
Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:24 PM
However, I have a theory that on paper, the best run-in to the Ardennes classics is being up there but not quite the best in the Basque country. Therefore I voted for Cunego ahead of Sanchez, who like JRod (missing from the poll) could feature quite prominently.
Posted 10 April 2012 - 10:39 PM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 02:04 AM
Posted 11 April 2012 - 09:04 AM
Great minds, NBOL.
I was torn between Cunego and Valverde, but opted for Valverde in the end. Thought about Rodriguez, but whenever I watch him he always attacks in the wrong place at the wrong time
Posted 13 April 2012 - 11:05 PM
Basically they reduced the false flat and descent kms (cut the loop through downtown Valkenburg) by 2km between the penultimate climb (Keutenberg) and the Cauberg in an attempt to induce attacks. If they really wanted to induce attacks they'd add the Sibbergrubbe as a climb between the two, but hey, any gesture in that direction should be well received I guess.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 02:46 PM
Movistar and GreenEdge getting a free ride.
Much good the "more attacking parcours did
Edit: Freire with a suicide move with 5km to go ... nice to see him go out with a bang in his favourite race.
This post has been edited by Burkni: 15 April 2012 - 02:48 PM
Posted 15 April 2012 - 04:01 PM
This post has been edited by N.B.O.L.: 15 April 2012 - 04:01 PM
Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:08 PM
BMC very much the Rabobank of this year's edition, doing all the work in the finale and Gilbert going waaaay too early, but such is the pressure of expectations I guess.
Nice to see Gasparotto win his first and Astana's second classic. He has been there or thereabouts in the finales of big races for quite some time.
The sprint seemed almost conducted in slo-mo after a hard tempo up the Cauberg, a lot less convincing in power than Gilbert of the past couple of years.
Posted 15 April 2012 - 06:35 PM
Pity Cunego took down Nordhaug there at the end. I would have liked to see what the Norwegian could have achieved (he and Cunego were on the wheel of Gasparotto at the time, and he was looking really good).
Posted 15 April 2012 - 07:57 PM
If not for Freire's attack, the race could have been covered in 3 minutes from a spectator's (figurative) viewpoint.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 07:10 AM
Race was down to 13km to the finish. The action all about to happen ( this at 12:05am )and ........... fell aseep. Woke up at 1:05am the race well and truly over. Didn't get to see Friere light it up or Gilbert pretend to be the rider of last year. Pity Cunego fell, of all places .... 300 to go.
That Gerran's didn't win made me me not too cross at falling asleep. Then dragged my sorry butt to bed where I should have been much earlier. Lucky though Monday morning is the morning off training.
Posted 16 April 2012 - 11:26 AM
Off topic, but I once stayed up watching a recording of the one and only Woodstock concert containing Jimi Hendrix' chef d'oeuvre. I fell asleep long before he hit the stage but miraculously awoke once he started playing the Star Spangled Banner.
Not sure what happened to Gerro.