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21 Aug 2016 15:41

Well that's not what I expected
Kwibus wrote:So much quesions they have. Answers they will never get.
So why questions? If no answers?
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21 Aug 2016 15:45

Crap! Sagan flats while in lead group.
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21 Aug 2016 15:46

Sagan flatted dammit
Kwibus wrote:So much quesions they have. Answers they will never get.
So why questions? If no answers?
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21 Aug 2016 15:55

Well, that's that for sagan then. Interesting to see if he will push nevertheless or just say fookit.

Nino seems very eager to go.
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21 Aug 2016 16:00

meat puppet wrote:Well, that's that for sagan then. Interesting to see if he will push nevertheless or just say fookit.

Nino seems very eager to go.


How far back is he? And how is he rinding? Bib?
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21 Aug 2016 16:05

I kinda like the course
Testing the bounds of reality.
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21 Aug 2016 16:09

Walkman wrote:
meat puppet wrote:Well, that's that for sagan then. Interesting to see if he will push nevertheless or just say fookit.

Nino seems very eager to go.


How far back is he? And how is he rinding? Bib?


Haven't seen him since the flat. He was super strong, right out front with the two who are leading now.
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21 Aug 2016 16:10

Dunno how much the flat, riding on it for five-ish minutes plus the mechanic changing the wheel cost, exactly. But I think three min initially. No idea how the gap has developed since.
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21 Aug 2016 16:10

Sagan gaining places but losing time, indicating that he could've had a top 10-15 but no chance of winning or podium. Kulhavy vs Schurter will be great.
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21 Aug 2016 16:13

meat puppet wrote:Dunno how much the flat, riding on it for five-ish minutes plus the mechanic changing the wheel cost, exactly. But I think three min initially. No idea how the gap has developed since.

It went 1:56, 2:12, 2:44 and 2:49 after lap 1.
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21 Aug 2016 16:15

Brullnux wrote:Sagan gaining places but losing time, indicating that he could've had a top 10-15 but no chance of winning or podium. Kulhavy vs Schurter will be great.


Well, normally it is harder to ride far behind where you have to overtake several riders and sometimes 'wait' for slower riders in front of you than to ride in front where you can set your own pace, no?.

Not saying he could have won or podiumed or anything but its hard to say how far up he could have placed.
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21 Aug 2016 16:15

Brullnux wrote:Sagan gaining places but losing time, indicating that he could've had a top 10-15 but no chance of winning or podium. Kulhavy vs Schurter will be great.


Not sure motivation isn't a major component here. He was very strong until the flat.
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21 Aug 2016 16:37

I think brullnux posted a realistic scenario. Top then for sagan without the flat. But that's speculation.

Think kulhavy takes this. So very Bold prediction...
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21 Aug 2016 16:52

Only a catastrophe can stop Schurter now.
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21 Aug 2016 16:58

Went for some breakfast. What happened to Kulhavy?
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21 Aug 2016 17:02

Another mechanical for Sagan - not sure this was the promo Specialized was hoping for.
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21 Aug 2016 17:36

Like some others I've never watched MTBing before and only tuned in because of Sagan, but gosh darn it, that was actually a lot of fun!

I'll have to tune in more often from now on, even though I'm not sure what's going on.
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21 Aug 2016 17:42

Shame about Sagan, and Absalon, flatting. Nico looked fresh as a daisy at the finish. I think Sagan may have been a little hard on his equipment. the best guys can finesse rock gardens etc. to avoid flats.
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21 Aug 2016 18:25

Congrats Nino! He has won every major dirt XC title now. I wish PS wouldn't have flatted because a lot of people are already saying how he had a shot (based on his fast start), but the flat sank him. IMO, that fast start would have sank him. We'll never know...
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21 Aug 2016 19:21

meat puppet wrote:Dunno how much the flat, riding on it for five-ish minutes plus the mechanic changing the wheel cost, exactly. But I think three min initially. No idea how the gap has developed since.

I think that's the key thing. Riding with a flat for several minutes will have taken a hell of a lot out of him. Sagan was looking great until his first puncture. Some people were saying before the race he wouldn't even be able to move up from last through the field to get anyway near challenging the leaders. He managed to do it in the space of a few corners! No question for me he would have medalled.

They really need to look at how they address punctures/mechanical etc. Having just one zone on the lap where a wheel can be replaced just isn't good enough. I'm sure for a lot of people Sagan's puncture ruined the race as a spectacle.
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