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21 Nov 2018 21:06

How is it obvious? Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix - who, you know, have expressed their concerns too - have so far been doing a pretty good job of fixing the roads by making sure they remain as bad as always. That's literally what they do; ensure safety while maintaining difficulty.
It's quite possibly going to be no more than a few centimeters of mortar, right at the base of the stones. There will still be plenty of possibility for mud/dirt to get over the stones from the - plowed up - paths along the side.
I mean, come on. Is safety really that bad?
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21 Nov 2018 22:07

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Guess the best part about Colombia next season will be the field and not the parcours
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21 Nov 2018 23:08

RedheadDane wrote:How is it obvious? Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix - who, you know, have expressed their concerns too - have so far been doing a pretty good job of fixing the roads by making sure they remain as bad as always. That's literally what they do; ensure safety while maintaining difficulty.
It's quite possibly going to be no more than a few centimeters of mortar, right at the base of the stones. There will still be plenty of possibility for mud/dirt to get over the stones from the - plowed up - paths along the side.
I mean, come on. Is safety really that bad?

Safety is good, what is bad is the degeneration toward a continuos non sense research of it even when not needed, Roubaix is not the only evidence of this but I think is the one most affected, we have already seen that in the last two edition when they did extensive cleaning of some sectors on Friday and Saturday because otherwise they would have cut them out, and in both cases there was only some rain at the beginning of the week. I consider something like that ridiculous, the mud has always been a symbolic part of the race.

Anyway regarding sectors maintenance, the sectors are always easier after it because the position of the stones is corrected during maintenance and they reduce the gaps between the stones. But ASO wants to go even beyond that, their intention is to avoid mud deposit and therefore grass growth between the stones with mortar, maybe the assaciation is concerned but if ASO asks for that they are forced to do what they want. I can easily see ASO saying something like "without this work we won't use Aremberg anymore because is too dangerous".
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21 Nov 2018 23:21

Today I found a good news, according to what they wrote on the Italian forum Tirreno next year could return to his classic design without the MTF that Vegni added in recent editions and local media reports suggest there will be two stages in the hilly part of Marche so we could expect at least a stage with multiple muritos.
The official presentation should be in December.
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22 Nov 2018 06:36

roundabout wrote:https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DsjnovGXoAIG3vK.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DsjnovDXQAEXrxx.jpg

Guess the best part about Colombia next season will be the field and not the parcours


They want Froome to win this race.
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22 Nov 2018 11:30

Nirvana wrote:
RedheadDane wrote:How is it obvious? Les Amis de Paris-Roubaix - who, you know, have expressed their concerns too - have so far been doing a pretty good job of fixing the roads by making sure they remain as bad as always. That's literally what they do; ensure safety while maintaining difficulty.
It's quite possibly going to be no more than a few centimeters of mortar, right at the base of the stones. There will still be plenty of possibility for mud/dirt to get over the stones from the - plowed up - paths along the side.
I mean, come on. Is safety really that bad?

Safety is good, what is bad is the degeneration toward a continuos non sense research of it even when not needed, Roubaix is not the only evidence of this but I think is the one most affected, we have already seen that in the last two edition when they did extensive cleaning of some sectors on Friday and Saturday because otherwise they would have cut them out, and in both cases there was only some rain at the beginning of the week. I consider something like that ridiculous, the mud has always been a symbolic part of the race.

Anyway regarding sectors maintenance, the sectors are always easier after it because the position of the stones is corrected during maintenance and they reduce the gaps between the stones. But ASO wants to go even beyond that, their intention is to avoid mud deposit and therefore grass growth between the stones with mortar, maybe the assaciation is concerned but if ASO asks for that they are forced to do what they want. I can easily see ASO saying something like "without this work we won't use Aremberg anymore because is too dangerous".


Just relax! You're acting as if they'd announced their intention to pave over the entire route, that would be in absolutely no one's interest.
I mean, come on! Do you really want a repeat of the situation with Mitch Docker, who had to grow a stupid-looking mustache because of a crash?
However, another important safety feature would be to make the Arenberg (and possibly other sectors as well) completely off-limit to TV-motors.
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24 Nov 2018 21:02

I'm sure the organizers of the races and the fans gathered in various associations know very well what's the best for the routes and races. They're, practically, living on those roads and the most of us only have an idea how it looks like and what the effects are.
Take the Koppenberg for example... Has the race lost or gained anything since it's restoration? And it was much more extensive work than in the case of the Arenberg (well, it was much worse too, to be fair).
And there we are in Flanders... Next year's Omloop will have Elverenberg, which looks like an interesting addition (or substitution), and the rest of the course is pretty much the same as it was this year.
Flanders Classics is opening the season with the old De Ronde experience, climaxing five weeks later in Oudenaarde. I'm not questioning organizers' intention to round up their events, offer the old, iconic, De Ronde experience to new fans and remind older fans about it (organizers and locals know the best, as I've mentioned earlier), just to point out that it will take some time to get used to new outlook of the race just like it was the case with De Ronde.
And right when we get used to it, I guess Flanders Classics will find a fitting place for Lange Munte somewhere inside the five weeks, as they've done with Muur-Kapelmuur and Bosberg.
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25 Nov 2018 03:17

The Mallorcan races that were missing from next year calendar have been presented some days ago so we don't have to extend the list of disappeared races.

Anyway there is a big change, from the usual two to zero flat races with a MTF in the first one and Puig Major not only in Trofeo Serra de Tramuntana but also the previous day.

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25 Nov 2018 22:40

The last day will be a sprint stage. It's the same Palma classic as usually, the profile overestimates the difficulty of the climb.
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02 Dec 2018 17:01

Mont Faron returns next year at Tour du Haut Var. <3

Etape 1 : Vence-Mandelieu
Etape 2 : Vidauban-Mons
Etape 3 : La Londe- Toulon mont Faron
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02 Dec 2018 20:11

Paul Sherwen has passed, according to the BBC

He was only 62
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02 Dec 2018 20:53

GuyIncognito wrote:Paul Sherwen has passed, according to the BBC

He was only 62


Very sad. RIP Paul
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03 Dec 2018 21:34

Mark Renshaw had an accident with a car. Will be out for 3 or more months with a fractured pelvis.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.cyclingweekly.com/news/racing/mark-renshaw-suffers-fracture-hit-car-training-ride-401650/amp
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04 Dec 2018 02:25

I do not know if this has been reported in any language other than Spanish.
Omar Friar and his girlfriend were involved in a traffic accident on Sunday when they returned from the memorial Isabel Clavero of Las Rozas (Madrid). The Basque of Astana Pro Team has a fractured rib, and his girlfriend suffered 6 fractured ribs and a fractured vertebra and will be operated on.
https://www.ciclismoafondo.es/competicion/noticias-resultados-ciclismo/articulo/omar-fraile-y-su-novia-sufren-un-accidente-de-coche
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04 Dec 2018 14:06

Koronin wrote:I do not know if this has been reported in any language other than Spanish.
Omar Friar and his girlfriend were involved in a traffic accident on Sunday when they returned from the memorial Isabel Clavero of Las Rozas (Madrid). The Basque of Astana Pro Team has a fractured rib, and his girlfriend suffered 6 fractured ribs and a fractured vertebra and will be operated on.
https://www.ciclismoafondo.es/competicion/noticias-resultados-ciclismo/articulo/omar-fraile-y-su-novia-sufren-un-accidente-de-coche

Astana posted about it in their twitter account:
https://twitter.com/AstanaTeam/status/1069652094590877697
https://twitter.com/AstanaTeam/status/1069652197238075400
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05 Dec 2018 18:51

It sounds like the Tour of California is going back to Mt Baldy this year.
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10 Dec 2018 20:52

Samuele Manfredi, from the FDJ continue team, is in an induced coma after a serious training accident.
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10 Dec 2018 23:03

by the seriousness of the accidents cycling has to be the most dangerous sport on earth.
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11 Dec 2018 02:33

RedheadDane wrote:Samuele Manfredi, from the FDJ continue team, is in an induced coma after a serious training accident.

To be clear, he was (or that's the info i read) hit in a traffic accident, during training.
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11 Dec 2018 07:14

Is he in any way related to the late Andrea Manfredi? Not a good time for being a Manfredi. :sad: Hope he recovers well.
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