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March 27-29: 36th KBC Driedaagse van De Panne - Koksijde (2.HC)

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26 Mar 2012 13:10

another great race coming our way, I think it will come down to Kwiatkowski and Westra in the TT for the overall win
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26 Mar 2012 14:15

I always like De Panne, a pretty unpredictable stage race that is always affected, but not defined by, the time trial.

I know far too little about the U23 scene to know how Durbridge might do on the cobbles (or if he's even had any relevant experience), but I certainly can't look past him in the TT, and if he can stay within shouting distance on the overall, he may do quite well.
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26 Mar 2012 14:42

skidmark wrote:I always like De Panne, a pretty unpredictable stage race that is always affected, but not defined by, the time trial.

I know far too little about the U23 scene to know how Durbridge might do on the cobbles (or if he's even had any relevant experience), but I certainly can't look past him in the TT, and if he can stay within shouting distance on the overall, he may do quite well.


Durbridge has never ridden on cobblestones before, he may be a contender for the TT, but not for the race overall. And to win the TT he has to survive the 2,5 stages before - hard enough, as this is his first road race since Down Under.
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26 Mar 2012 15:43

Chavanel, Kwiatkowski, Westra for the CG

Greipel, Chicci and Sagan will win a stage
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26 Mar 2012 19:44

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Lol i just assumed he was young because i had never heard of him. Thx.
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26 Mar 2012 20:47

No idea if Langeveld has any ambitions in this race (I don't think he's done it before) or whether he's saving it for the weekend but I think he's capable of going close to winning. GreenEdge look the 2nd strongest team in the race

This is the same parcours as when Millar won. The first stage was quite selective so hopefully there won't be 60 riders in contention on Day 3
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26 Mar 2012 20:58

Langeveld only wants to ride the first 2 stages then he wants to quit. He's here for the last bit of 'training'
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26 Mar 2012 21:21

westra has every chance and is interesting, chav and kwia both interesting from omega. Also radioshack will not have posthuma so irizar is the real one i think has an outside chance to do well.
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26 Mar 2012 23:56

Bye Bye Bicycle wrote:Durbridge has never ridden on cobblestones before, he may be a contender for the TT, but not for the race overall. And to win the TT he has to survive the 2,5 stages before - hard enough, as this is his first road race since Down Under.


That makes sense, I'd imagine adjusting to cobbles is quite the curve. I am interested to see him start competing in TTs against a pro field (not that the Aussie TT champs weren't, but I just mean in general races).
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27 Mar 2012 00:21

Another race ES showed last year that they seem to have dropped for this year, sad face.
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This is a Cancellara in the making. Mark my words.


Please don't jinx Kwiatkowski too Pisti. We need some good cyclist.
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27 Mar 2012 07:09

Chavanel was ill until few weeks ago so he might come a bit short, otherwise he would be my pick as well.
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27 Mar 2012 07:51

The Hitch wrote:Another race ES showed last year that they seem to have dropped for this year, sad face.

Please don't jinx Kwiatkowski too Pisti. We need some good cyclist.


I think if he would get jinxed by the hype, he would already have felt it :)

He's very good though, and I agree that he's a great talent. He and Westra should battle it out here in Panne. Watch out for Van Keirsbulck who'll finish top 5 overall.
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27 Mar 2012 07:55

Are you sure Van Keirsbulck is good enough in the 15k TT? Isn't it a bit too long for him?
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27 Mar 2012 07:58

Nyssinator wrote:Are you sure Van Keirsbulck is good enough in the 15k TT? Isn't it a bit too long for him?


It probably is, I just want to be one of the first doing the hyping this time around. I think perhaps Ryo has influenced me ;)
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27 Mar 2012 08:45

It will be an interesting stage today with the showdown on Kruisberg / Kortekeer. The same route as two years ago:

15.4km to go: Kruisberg 1000m; 6.5%; max 9% (500m cobbled)
8.6km to go: Kortekeer 1000m; 6.4%; max 17.1%

This should make good selection.
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27 Mar 2012 08:56

kwiatkowski is out due to gastroenteritis.
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27 Mar 2012 09:17

rghysens wrote:kwiatkowski is out due to gastroenteritis.


Pisti jinxed him
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27 Mar 2012 10:06

Jens Mouris & Robert Wagner DNS as well
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27 Mar 2012 10:46

Complete peloton, they passed the fist "rush" aka intermediate sprint

1. Maciej Bodnar
2. Kenny Van Hummel
3. Stefan Van Dijk

35 km have been done in about 40 minutes...(official start was 12.06)
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27 Mar 2012 10:58

google translate for the win

DinZ: according to google translate bodnar just entered van hummel. different 3 days of pain
Today at 11:55


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