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03 Oct 2018 17:59

Anquetil didn’t ride home to Normandy after winning B-P. Which would have been shorter than Wellens and DeGendt’s ride from Lombardy to Belgium.


I’m conflicted because I think it’s great that pro cyclists are doing big long trips like this nowadays (see Warbasse and Dunne, I think I read that some Sunweb lads did similar a couple seasons ago), but at the same time I’m insanely jealous that I can’t tell my work “hey, why don’t I just bike back to the office after visiting our site 50 miles away.”
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03 Oct 2018 18:03

Chad Haga also put in a pretty legendary 350 kms, 12 hour training ride last week to finish his season.
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03 Oct 2018 18:11

Guys, we are not talking about training ride, what is in the picture is a 557 km long pro race starting within 9 hours after winning the Dauphiné
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03 Oct 2018 20:26

DJ Sprtsch wrote:Guys, we are not talking about training ride, what is in the picture is a 557 km long pro race starting within 9 hours after winning the Dauphiné

Paced by a Derny for half of it, though.
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10 Oct 2018 22:30

DJ Sprtsch wrote:Guys, we are not talking about training ride, what is in the picture is a 557 km long pro race starting within 9 hours after winning the Dauphiné


Yes, of course, we know that. True hard man and all of that.

But the De Gendt/Wellens story is way more fun and quirky, and way more entertaining to think about in our day and age. Like I wonder do they have a route planned out . . .or will they just ride until they're done for the day and look for a hotel? :)
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16 Nov 2018 14:21

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16 Nov 2018 14:42



Karmeliet, dude got taste :D
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16 Nov 2018 15:17

GenericBoonenFan wrote:


Karmeliet, dude got taste :D

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16 Nov 2018 19:38

He also apparently wants to know what his followers drink as well.
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17 May 2019 08:36

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13 Jul 2019 15:47

One of the most awesome breakaway wins I can remember seeing. To have the strength to drop De Marchi like a bad habit after winning all the mountain sprints and then stay away against a peloton that was going hard... Just incredible. Very few riders in the peloton have the kind of power required to pull off something like that.

Surprised to see that this is only his second stage win in the Tour. I feel like he goes on marauding rides like this several times a year, albeit in slightly less epic fashion than today.
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13 Jul 2019 15:51

Thomas De Gendt would win the Tour if it were an individual race.
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13 Jul 2019 15:53

Bardamu wrote:Thomas De Gendt would win the Tour if it were an individual race.

This.
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13 Jul 2019 16:03

Saint Unix wrote:One of the most awesome breakaway wins I can remember seeing. To have the strength to drop De Marchi like a bad habit after winning all the mountain sprints and then stay away against a peloton that was going hard... Just incredible. Very few riders in the peloton have the kind of power required to pull off something like that.

Surprised to see that this is only his second stage win in the Tour. I feel like he goes on marauding rides like this several times a year, albeit in slightly less epic fashion than today.


He does raids like this often, but he doesn't always have superlegs like today. The amazing thing is that today, he was able to hold on to a merely 1m16s lead from the moment he dropped De Marchi with something like 18km to go. At this time, i really didn't think he'd make it, with 3 climbs to go and hard racing in the peloton/chase. Yet he pulled it off. Insane. Especially after doing most of the work since the early break as well as taking all the points.

Hammer time.
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13 Jul 2019 17:06

Stronger than normal today - And this is taking into account he spent part of three days riding on the front in sprint stages.
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13 Jul 2019 18:39

Trademark victory today. Chapeau!
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13 Jul 2019 18:52

Great ride! I love attackers!
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13 Jul 2019 19:08

I hope he wins the Super Comativity. He's an anachronism in an era when the Tour has for a large part become dull and predictable. Riders like him make it worth watching again. Breakaway specialists are often underappreciated - think of his non-selections for the world championships. It's weird that he doesn't care about the classics, but he's great at what he's doing. He's the most eccentric personality in today's pro cycling, especially with that dirty beard.

EDIT: I meant Combativity. :razz:
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13 Jul 2019 21:29

In that form he would be perfect tactically for Belgium to make it a hard race all day by forming a morning breakaway so strong that the other big nations have to commit riders to the front from a very early stage allowing the Belgian protected riders to surf wheels and hide in the peloton.

To hold the gap to a highly motivated peak form Alaphilippe who has been arguably the best in the world this year was a freakishly strong ride and one that deserves all the plaudits in the world.

You wonder if he could actually have got further grand tour podiums but I think he simply isn’t psychologically suited to trying to hold back and conserve energy until the last few days plus the fact he is practically allergic to riding within the peloton.
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13 Jul 2019 21:55

This man is a **** boss
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