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Old 01-16-13, 14:34
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That's a load of bull. Qatar, Oman, Strade Bianche, Tirreno, MSR, E3-prijs, Gent-Wevelgem, RVV, AGR... how many more races should Sagan ride before you consider it a busy schedule?


Gilbert's form seemed alright in the Tirreno 2011 as well. He can only win on a steep hill when he's on super duper form, Sagan apparently has more natural talent for these walls.
Why are you talking only Sagan and Gilbert?Why not Purito,Vanendert or Gasparotto(last year's winner).
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Good move.
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Really good move. Hope to see a different kind of race this year!
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I suppose it's to give the benelux squads a better chance.
I prefer the dash up hill finish
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I suppose it's to give the benelux squads a better chance.
I prefer the dash up hill finish
The dash uphill will still be there.
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That's a load of bull. Qatar, Oman, Strade Bianche, Tirreno, MSR, E3-prijs, Gent-Wevelgem, RVV, AGR... how many more races should Sagan ride before you consider it a busy schedule?


Gilbert's form seemed alright in the Tirreno 2011 as well. He can only win on a steep hill when he's on super duper form, Sagan apparently has more natural talent for these walls.
Gilbert rides all those races and then the Ardennes classics. So how is it a load of bull that his schedule is a bit busier?

You can sure base a lot on one single event during a race. So if next year Sagan doesn't win on Chieti does that mean he lost all his natural talent?

Gilbert's form was alright during the Tirreno in 2011, but he was much better during the Ardennes classics. He barely won an uphill sprint against Ballan during Strade Bianche... 2 months later and he was winning on Mur de Huy with several bike lengths. There was no such increase in Sagan's performance during the spring season.

Gilbert peaks for the Ardennes and that's that. He's still a few kg too heavy during the Ronde van Vlaanderen. Which happens to be Sagan's main goal of the season alongside Milan-San Remo. So his peak should be earlier than Gilbert's.
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I like the change. As someone else mentioned, the old finish made AGR and FW too similar.
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I think it's going to be a good thing. The Cauberg is still going to be the decisive attack point, but an extra 2km afterward will change things up a little.

But I don't think competition was the reason for the change. They're looking for ways to make the race more profitable. From the CN article:
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Old 01-16-13, 19:48
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Here Leo van Vliet says that it's not just the finish line that changes, they'll do an 18 k lap with Geulhemmerberg-Bemelerberg-Cauberg after it. I wonder why the media didn't pick up on that, that's a far more important change.

So the entire final of the race has been altered.
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could any that knows the ways of the low countries make a profile on tracks for bikers or something with this new last part of the race?
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