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18 Mar 2017 16:27

Good job getting back to Sagan on the Poggio. Kwiat couldn't have done that by himself I think
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18 Mar 2017 16:32

Red Rick wrote:Good job getting back to Sagan on the Poggio. Kwiat couldn't have done that by himself I think

He couldn't, Kwito dug extremely deep to hang on there, I was sure he was toast.
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18 Mar 2017 16:38

Podium on the very first try, bodes well for the future :)
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18 Mar 2017 17:19

He'll win Liège. Right?
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18 Mar 2017 18:06

This is the year to take over the throne from Bala at the Ardennes classics.
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18 Mar 2017 18:10

Alexandre B. wrote:He'll win Liège. Right?

Long way to Liege. Hard to keep top shape
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18 Mar 2017 18:14

Arredondo wrote:This is the year to take over the throne from Bala at the Ardennes classics.

Bala will stay on the throne one more year, Bala Jr. can wait until 2018.
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18 Mar 2017 18:23

To me it looked like he was having cramps on the descent and on the final kms, if you consider that his sprint was actually pretty good.
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18 Mar 2017 20:02

Mayomaniac wrote:To me it looked like he was having craps on the descent and on the final kms, if you consider that his sprint was actually pretty good.


I'm hoping you mean cramps :D
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18 Mar 2017 20:08

Arredondo wrote:This is the year to take over the throne from Bala at the Ardennes classics.


Well he hit the form maybe too early, it's hard to maintain this kind of shape 5 weeks more, especially for a young rider who doesn't know his limits very well. Not to mention that the "old king" is going to decide when it's time to abdicate from the throne ;)

As far as today's race, huge result from him, he's already a top rider
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18 Mar 2017 20:37

armchairclimber wrote:
Mayomaniac wrote:To me it looked like he was having craps on the descent and on the final kms, if you consider that his sprint was actually pretty good.


I'm hoping you mean cramps :D

Yeah, talk about a stupid typo. :o
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18 Mar 2017 21:10

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Arredondo wrote:This is the year to take over the throne from Bala at the Ardennes classics.

Bala will stay on the throne one more year, Bala Jr. can wait until 2018.


Just watch. I feel we will get some epic racing in the Ardennes, with some crazy winners. If Bala Jr. is not going to dominate it.

A breakaway to stay away on the Mur.
Zakarin to pull of a 50 km solo in Liege

Called it :D :p
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18 Mar 2017 21:20

Arredondo wrote:
Valv.Piti wrote:
Arredondo wrote:This is the year to take over the throne from Bala at the Ardennes classics.

Bala will stay on the throne one more year, Bala Jr. can wait until 2018.


Just watch. I feel we will get some epic racing in the Ardennes, with some crazy winners. If Bala Jr. is not going to dominate it.

A breakaway to stay away on the Mur.
Zakarin to pull of a 50 km solo in Liege

Called it :D :p

I smell a bet inc. Are you substituting your love from J-Rod to Junior? :p
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18 Mar 2017 22:35

What a huge one day racing talent the guy is.
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19 Mar 2017 00:19

I don't know about the cra(m)ps :p , but there's one sure thing: Alaphilippe's a heck of a rider, and I wish him to pop one or two big ones in '17. FW and LBL come to mind, CSS also. GDL? He can do it. Yes, he's a breath of fresh air.
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19 Mar 2017 04:27

I hope he specializes only in the hilly Classics. As far as GTs are concerned, his recovery is real bad as seen in PN, but has got a good chance to win the one day and 1 week races with single mountain stages. LBL and GDL with TDF in between is probably a bad idea. LBL Vuelta GDL WC makes more sense.
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19 Mar 2017 09:32

Tonton wrote:I don't know about the cra(m)ps :p , but there's one sure thing: Alaphilippe's a heck of a rider, and I wish him to pop one or two big ones in '17. FW and LBL come to mind, CSS also. GDL? He can do it. Yes, he's a breath of fresh air.


Lombardia I think will have the 2015 route I think, which was too hard for Wellens and is more suited to climbers. He could still win, but everyone else needs to make mistakes.
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19 Mar 2017 09:37

Brullnux wrote:
Tonton wrote:I don't know about the cra(m)ps :p , but there's one sure thing: Alaphilippe's a heck of a rider, and I wish him to pop one or two big ones in '17. FW and LBL come to mind, CSS also. GDL? He can do it. Yes, he's a breath of fresh air.


Lombardia I think will have the 2015 route I think, which was too hard for Wellens and is more suited to climbers. He could still win, but everyone else needs to make mistakes.

Was that the Muro di Sormano edition? If so, that would surely be too hard if some of the top climbers are there in reasonable shape.
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19 Mar 2017 09:52

French are lucky to have such a gifted rider - He's in the right team to develop his skill set - Many big wins to come.
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19 Mar 2017 10:21

DFA123 wrote:
Brullnux wrote:
Tonton wrote:I don't know about the cra(m)ps :p , but there's one sure thing: Alaphilippe's a heck of a rider, and I wish him to pop one or two big ones in '17. FW and LBL come to mind, CSS also. GDL? He can do it. Yes, he's a breath of fresh air.


Lombardia I think will have the 2015 route I think, which was too hard for Wellens and is more suited to climbers. He could still win, but everyone else needs to make mistakes.

Was that the Muro di Sormano edition? If so, that would surely be too hard if some of the top climbers are there in reasonable shape.

That's what I think, but you never know. He still has a chance but much smaller than if it were last year's course.
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