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07 Nov 2016 12:08

MatParker117 wrote:That time would of won him an Olympic medal.

Individual pursuit is not an olympic event since Bejing 2008 I think...
4'20'' is not really a great time however
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07 Nov 2016 12:27

nuvolablu wrote:
MatParker117 wrote:That time would of won him an Olympic medal.

Individual pursuit is not an olympic event since Bejing 2008 I think...
4'20'' is not really a great time however

What I was referring to it's faster than Burke's time in the bronze final.
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07 Nov 2016 13:12

I remember a while ago he said he was hoping to split road and track to try and beat Francis Moreau's 4:16 National record in the IP and also Wiggins hour record in 2016. I think because France didn't qualify a team for the team pursuit at the Olympics, he's delayed his 2016 plans for 2017, so expect him to split between road and track like Wiggins and Cavendish did last year or two I guess.
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07 Nov 2016 14:22

nuvolablu wrote:
MatParker117 wrote:That time would of won him an Olympic medal.

Individual pursuit is not an olympic event since Bejing 2008 I think...
4'20'' is not really a great time however


He's 96% of the way to breaking to world record: not bad!
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05 Apr 2017 13:59

9th in De Ronde, at 37 years of age. Great. He was also part of the break after Kapelmuur.

I've no doubt he will break the record for most participations in Le Tour de France.
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05 Apr 2017 15:46

It would be fun to see Chavanel on a P-R podium. Heyman 2.0.
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05 Apr 2017 16:05

DirtyWorks wrote:It would be fun to see Chavanel on a P-R podium. Heyman 2.0.


Matt Hayman prior to Paris-Roubaix 2016 was (at least to me) unheard of as a potential winner of any respectable race (Paris-Bourges to me is a small race, not really worth mentioning) --- top10 material on a good day yes, but definitely no winner .... Sylvain has been a different story - not the obvious winner (like e.g. Boonen, Cancellara, Sagan or GVA) but definitely not a complete surprise either ...
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05 Oct 2018 16:29

Chavanel will ride his last race as a professional on Sunday in Paris-Tours.
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05 Oct 2018 19:45

tobydawq wrote:Chavanel will ride his last race as a professional on Sunday in Paris-Tours.

I believe I saw him on the very provisional start list for Chrono des Nations, but in any case, Paris Tours would be his last road race
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05 Oct 2018 20:01

Cance > TheRest wrote:
tobydawq wrote:Chavanel will ride his last race as a professional on Sunday in Paris-Tours.

I believe I saw him on the very provisional start list for Chrono des Nations, but in any case, Paris Tours would be his last road race


Oh, that's possible. I just saw a tweet that said dernière course sur route.
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05 Oct 2018 20:47

Recon ride out in the vineyards -
https://twitter.com/chava_sylvain/status/1048246978642137088
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Re: Sylvain Chavanel - Super Domestique?

05 Oct 2018 23:21

Respect to Chavanel, and comparing to the top-3 French riders of today, who may catch up, do better, he sets a mark:

45 Pro Wins, vs. Pinot 24, Alaf 18, Bardet 7.
10 of them WT, vs. Pinot 10, Alaf 9, Bardet 4.

That's pretty impressive. Got the yellow jersey, lost it and took it back in '10...that's an achievement in my book. What French rider ever achieved it? Only the greatests...and the following year, team player and second at the RVV, when he was clearly the better rider IMO.

What a career! Started of as an all-rounder, TdF hope, average ITT guy but aggressive. Like the Madouas kid. When Sylvain Chavanel bows out, he won't have regrets. He was a top notch rider for almost two decades. Chapeau.
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05 Oct 2018 23:56

Chavanel has always been a favourite of mine. He never became the next French superstar that he was hyped to be, but he has made a great career for himself. A proper strongman. And the whitest smile in the peloton, of course!
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06 Oct 2018 00:46

Between Chavanel, Voeckler, Fedrigo, and Casar of the end of the French breakaway era, I would say Chavanel had the best career of the 4.
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06 Oct 2018 15:39

SHAD0W93 wrote:Between Chavanel, Voeckler, Fedrigo, and Casar of the end of the French breakaway era, I would say Chavanel had the best career of the 4.


As good Chava was, Voeckler's 2011 Tour eclipses all of Chava's career.
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06 Oct 2018 16:46

tobydawq wrote:Chavanel will ride his last race as a professional on Sunday in Paris-Tours.


Chavanel is one of those riders that I have always rooted for. He's solid all around, no drama, great teammate from what I have seen following his career since his early days as a pro.
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06 Oct 2018 17:28

I love this pic.
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06 Oct 2018 19:04

A marvelous rider retiring.
My respect only increased as he kept going.
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06 Oct 2018 19:21

MuskyOurSaviour wrote:
SHAD0W93 wrote:Between Chavanel, Voeckler, Fedrigo, and Casar of the end of the French breakaway era, I would say Chavanel had the best career of the 4.


As good Chava was, Voeckler's 2011 Tour eclipses all of Chava's career.


From a breakaway. He held onto the time he gained. Chavanel could have did the same thing in 10 if he didn't have the mechanicals on the cobbles. Almost every year the Tour has a rider in the top 10 from a breakaway.

Chavanel was a lot better rider than Voeckler.
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06 Oct 2018 19:45

SHAD0W93 wrote:
MuskyOurSaviour wrote:
SHAD0W93 wrote:Between Chavanel, Voeckler, Fedrigo, and Casar of the end of the French breakaway era, I would say Chavanel had the best career of the 4.


As good Chava was, Voeckler's 2011 Tour eclipses all of Chava's career.


From a breakaway. He held onto the time he gained. Chavanel could have did the same thing in 10 if he didn't have the mechanicals on the cobbles. Almost every year the Tour has a rider in the top 10 from a breakaway.

Chavanel was a lot better rider than Voeckler.


As much as I love Chava (far more than Voeckler), he only took the stage and jersey at Spa because Cancellara made a scene until the peloton stopped to wait for the Schleck brothers who had crashed and were a long way behind.

(And the next day Cancellara attacked with Andy when Contador was caught behind Frank's crash, because that's what Cancellara is like)
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