Pentacycle wrote:Gilbert could have won RvV in 2011, if the finish would've been a few kms after the Bosberg. The Ronde doesn't necessarily reward the strongest rider,
the AGR does that more often with the Cauberg-finish. Gilbert is often the strongest (cobbled) hilly rider, without getting the win.
And AGR having a better field is a simple fact, most of the riders who did the Ronde are there, plus a lot of climbers who never ride the cobbles.
Uhm, only a fact to the Dutch it seems.
Ballan, Boonen, Cancellara, Pozzato and Devolder have almost never ridden the AGR in their prime years. Cancellara/Chavanel were the strongest in the Ronde in 2011. Gilbert has never been the strongest in the Ronde van Vlaanderen in his life. What a post of nonsense.
Guess what, the finish isn't right after the Bosberg or the Paterberg and that's why the Ronde van Vlaanderen is actually decent to watch unlike the AGR.
Cyclists like Joquim Rodriguez or Nibali would never stand a chance in the Ronde van Vlaanderen. I've never even heard of a cyclist trying to peak for the AGR. Once the cobbled guys have done the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Roubaix their peak is over.
Here's the top ten of the WC in Valkenburg:1. Philippe Gilbert Belgium 6h 10' 41"2. Edvald Boasson Hagen Norway + 4"
3. Alejandro Valverde Spain + 5"4. John Degenkolb Germany + 5"5. Lars Boom Netherlands + 5"
6. Allan Davis Australia + 5"7. Thomas Voeckler France + 5"
8. Ramūnas Navardauskas Lithuania + 5"
9. Sergio Henao Colombia + 5"10. Óscar Freire Spain + 5"
Bolded have ridden the Ronde van Vlaanderen this year. Allan Davis and Navardauskas didn't ride the Ronde or AGR. And I don't think anyone missed Henao at the Ronde van Vlaanderen.