Pentacycle wrote:Look at it this way: AGR has some of the top riders on cobbles(Nuyens, Terpstra, Chavanel) puncheurs/sprinters(Gilbert, Gerrans, Gasparotto, Sagan, Freire) climbers(Schlecks, Sanchez, Valverde, Vanendert) and all-rounders(Voeckler, Iglinskiy, Van Avermaet), most of them in good form and able to get a top 10. There aren't many classics on the calendar that have such a variety of participants. It's comparable to MSR, but then there's a chance someone from Down Under wins who's already in top shape.
The problem is AGR doesn't have a big history, because of the place on the calendar about until 15 years ago. That's the reason Boonen and Cancellara tend not to care about it too much.
Cancellara has shown interest in AGR. Boonen hasn't, but it should be obvious that he can't win that race when it finishes on top of the Cauberg. Though every year Boonen says he'll start AGR, but every time he ends up not doing it. It's kind of funny actually. Maybe Boonen could win it if it was still on the same course as when Museeuw won. Although Museeuw was better on the longer hills than Boonen, so I don't know for sure...
Boonen's weight was 78kg for the WC this year by the way.
I think Cancellara was going to ride it again this year, but you know what happened.