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47th Amstel Gold Race (The maze) - Sunday April 15, 2012

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15 Apr 2012 08:04

Showing the signing on, at the moment, in the rain:
http://www.l1.nl/epg_nowon/popup/tv
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15 Apr 2012 08:10

omg, whom are they showing?!) Where is an interview with the Legend?? :D
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15 Apr 2012 08:21

At least the commercials are not as bad as the Basque ones.
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15 Apr 2012 08:31

Trofinios wrote:You think Samu can follow an attack by Purito on the steep section in the final? Not so sure about that, it's 11-12% steep and Purito's punch in this situation might just be too much for Samu, thereby not saying that he can be close and maybe then catch Purito on the flatter section. Anyhow, I give a clear advantage to J-Rod.


We saw that Valverde lacks his punch to obliterate everyone on steep sections ( Mende, he was expected to attack non-stop to gap Wiggins ) so Samu logically steps into the main dude who can challenge JROD in the steepest part.

However he will not win it on that section but on the flatter part.
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

The Grand Boucle wasn't just Europe's for the taking.

Quote:VAE
"Has Porte ever dropped Nibali in any mountain?"
D&C "He will soon..."
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15 Apr 2012 08:31

The weather looks grim :(

I agree about EBH, don't think he looked good in the end during P-R
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15 Apr 2012 08:37

Moose McKnuckles wrote:If people wait until the final climb and fancy their chances against Purito, they are truly idiots. Only a few have a chance in an uphill sprint vs. Purito. Valverde and perhaps Sagan. Maybe Evans. Gilbert hasn't "recharged" his batteries.

That said, I'm hoping Sammy Sanchez wins tomorrow.


Gilbert will attack on the Keutenberg ( if he does not feel he can go well on the Cauberg ) mark my words!!!:D
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

The Grand Boucle wasn't just Europe's for the taking.

Quote:VAE
"Has Porte ever dropped Nibali in any mountain?"
D&C "He will soon..."
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15 Apr 2012 08:39

Panda Claws wrote:I wonder if Rodriguez will be able to do the same as Gilbert (pulling back Schleck) if everyone races against him.


He has a strong team (Friere as well- could win). Moreno and Paolini would do any chasing for him/ attack off the front if the race is not hard enough.
I'd agree with you but then we'd both be wrong

The Grand Boucle wasn't just Europe's for the taking.

Quote:VAE
"Has Porte ever dropped Nibali in any mountain?"
D&C "He will soon..."
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15 Apr 2012 08:42

In about 30/40 minutes... Ryo Hazuki will be here to pick me up to go to the gold race.

Wish me luck hearing crap about colombians all day :o
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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15 Apr 2012 08:44

greenedge wrote:We saw that Valverde lacks his punch to obliterate everyone on steep sections ( Mende, he was expected to attack non-stop to gap Wiggins ) so Samu logically steps into the main dude who can challenge JROD in the steepest part.

However he will not win it on that section but on the flatter part.


Beside Samu, there is of course Gilbert who with ease followed Purito last year. But Gilbert's form is of course a big question. Then we have Sagan who never ceases to amazes, it wouldn't surprise me if he could follow a Purito attack.
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15 Apr 2012 08:46

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:In about 30/40 minutes... Ryo Hazuki will be here to pick me up to go to the gold race.

Wish me luck hearing crap about colombians all day :o


I would love to go to a race with Ryo. Think it would be fun :)
Anyway, have a nice day!
Ryo Hazuki wrote:contador is such a coward :o
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15 Apr 2012 08:51

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:In about 30/40 minutes... Ryo Hazuki will be here to pick me up to go to the gold race.

Wish me luck hearing crap about colombians all day :o


Have a good one. Are you going to the Cauberg again? What should we be looking out for to spot you? :)
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15 Apr 2012 08:58

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:In about 30/40 minutes... Ryo Hazuki will be here to pick me up to go to the gold race.

Wish me luck hearing crap about colombians all day :o


wow thats great forum users knowing each other. How did you guys know each other?

You guys meet every year to watch AGR?
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15 Apr 2012 09:01

dlwssonic wrote:wow thats great forum users knowing each other. How did you guys know each other?

You guys meet every year to watch AGR?

yes from cycling manager forums 10 years ago already

since 2005 there's almost always a yearly meeting on the cauberg. Usually it's just 5/6 guys. But this year there will be about 15/16 :cool:
we'll be standing somewhere at 200m before the finish. Usually just out of sight of the static camera's though
BYOP88 wrote:Great to see that Porte has rediscovered his 2010/11 climbing form. Hope he can keep it for the rest of the Tour and year.
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15 Apr 2012 09:07

Trofinios wrote:From article on front page:

What do you say maltiv? Any hope for EBH today? It was a hard blow to see EBH last weekend i P-R, totally exhausted after 220k. Different type of course but AGR is also damn tough. Only light I can see is that EBH looked decent in RVV and AGR is a bit like RVV without the cobbles. Still, with RVV and P-R in his legs I think AGR will be too much for him at this point and I don't expect anything from him today.

I'm 99% sure EBH will ride surprisingly well until he cracks with about 10 km to go. He seems to have a 250 km limit, unfortunately. Else than that, the course is pretty decent for him. In my opinion he's much more suited to AGR than P-R.

He said in an interview that he's looking forward to helping Nordhaug, so EBH is mostly a domestique today.
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15 Apr 2012 09:27

maltiv wrote:He said in an interview that he's looking forward to helping Nordhaug, so EBH is mostly a domestique today.


I wonder about that. Here is EBH in an interview two days ago:

– Hvor godt VM-løypa passer meg får vi et svar på under søndagens Amstel Gold Race. Da er målgang på toppen av Cauberg, så vi får se om jeg henger med opp den siste bakken da.


Ambition seems to be that he will try to be in the front group when they hit Cauberg.
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15 Apr 2012 09:35

We have a break:

Romain Bardet (AG2R), Pello Bilbao (Euskaltel), Kreder (Garmin), Alex Howes (Garmin), Steven Caethoven (Accent Jobs) have 2.40 on the bunch.


Two Garmin riders?!
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15 Apr 2012 09:37

Garmin aren't exactly on a good run, maybe they've adapted their tactics accordingly ;) Howes should go pretty far, his form seems to be okay.
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15 Apr 2012 09:40

C.Pineau (FDJ), Stortoni (Lampre), Lietaer (Topsport Vlaanderen) and Delfosse (Landbouwkrediet) also in the break.
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15 Apr 2012 09:40

everything seems to be done in favour of turbo diesel.unfortunately keutenberg will be ridden very fast
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15 Apr 2012 09:58

which kreder is it?
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