Parrulo wrote:could any that knows the ways of the low countries make a profile on tracks for bikers or something with this new last part of the race?
Panda Claws wrote:I do not know about Sagan. Right now he still seems a level beneath Gilbert and perhaps even Rodriguez on these hills.
Yes, I understand he has potential.
theyoungest wrote:Here Leo van Vliet says that it's not just the finish line that changes, they'll do an 18 k lap with Geulhemmerberg-Bemelerberg-Cauberg after it. I wonder why the media didn't pick up on that, that's a far more important change.
So the entire final of the race has been altered.
Leendert82 wrote:The news did not came out yet because this change is not made official to the puclic yet.
Iteresting to see how this change will effect the way that the favorites make the race before the Cauberg climb. In the last couple of years almost everybody waits until a final attack on the Cauberg. Now we can maybe see earlier attacks with a more select group to go to the finish line.
burning wrote:I already miss Freire
CobbleStoner wrote:Worlds proved that the last 2k were meaningless. a pretty big group hit the base of the Cauberg and the 3 riders that went over the top were the same 3 at the finish, and on that day (and a good percentage of days every year) the wind was coming from Germany so once over the top it is a pretty fast 2k with a bit of downhill and excellent road surface.
also there is much more room for the whole finish line village up there.
...[Walsh] thinks we're ahead of the curve. But think about it for a sec. We're building long-lasting, trusting relationships with people who are spending a lot of money - Coke, Nike, Subaru. If we're f***ing lying, we can kiss it all goodbye. And if we were lying we'd do some stupid stuff to try to cover it up, wouldn't we? Does anybody think for a second that a secret that big wouldn't come out? Bill Stapleton
Cult Classics wrote: I can't even think of the last rider in with a good shot at both.
rghysens wrote:Johan Museeuw.