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Omloop Het Nieuwsblad 2013, 23 Feb, (198 km) 1.HC

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23 Feb 2013 18:54

Vandenbergh strongest man of the day, but paolini the faster rider of the 2.
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23 Feb 2013 19:49

Had to work till 18.30. Just watched the entire race.

Nice race, but I have the feeling the weather influenced the will of some of the bigger names. The strongest two of the day finished on top though, simple as that. Rather had Vandenbergh as winner, but Paolini is nice too.

Dissappointed in Boom and Terpstra, both invisible.
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23 Feb 2013 19:53

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Had to work till 18.30. Just watched the entire race.

Nice race, but I have the feeling the weather influenced the will of some of the bigger names. The strongest two of the day finished on top though, simple as that. Rather had Vandenbergh as winner, but Paolini is nice too.

Dissappointed in Boom and Terpstra, both invisible.


I also had high hopes for both, but after the final break got clear, they was locked since they both had a teammate up front (although Wynants really never was a threat)
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23 Feb 2013 20:03

Netserk wrote:I also had high hopes for both, but after the final break got clear, they was locked since they both had a teammate up front (although Wynants really never was a threat)


everyone knows the race is decided at that time, and neither of them was visible at all (unlike guys like Langeveld, Ciolek, Haussler or Vanmarcke, who just missed the right move), same for Flecha, so I don't think having a teammate in front can be an excuse for their poor result today
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23 Feb 2013 20:09

I both read they in their personal reactions they didn't have a good day. Still dissappointing though.

As for the race itself, like I said it was a nice race but it didn't feel like watching Omloop het Volk.. sounds weird but feels like I was watching a random 1.1 belgian race, not as much action from the big names as usual. Probably due to the weather
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23 Feb 2013 20:11

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:I both read they in their personal reactions they didn't have a good day. Still dissappointing though.

As for the race itself, like I said it was a nice race but it didn't feel like watching Omloop het Volk.. sounds weird but feels like I was watching a random 1.1 belgian race, not as much action from the big names as usual. Probably due to the weather


I think that's a reasonable assessment. Chavanel the exception I suppose.
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23 Feb 2013 20:17

will10 wrote:I think that's a reasonable assessment. Chavanel the exception I suppose.

for a first race back since south America, Chavanel has to show some face. He did well to spark some life into the break and then it was all about his teammate. They did not win but they collect those devil UCI points.. beh!
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23 Feb 2013 21:54

Knaven is confident that Thomas can win Flanders:

He can, I'm sure. We're all sure about it," Knaven said


http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/thomas-tests-flanders-mettle-at-omloop-het-nieuwsblad

Personally I don't think he's good enough on the hills to win Flanders but he definitely has the engine for the big cobbled classics unlike EBH for example.
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23 Feb 2013 22:04

Yes, there is alot of talk about thomas geraint doing very good this year so i am really looking forward to see how he goes.
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23 Feb 2013 23:32

Waterloo Sunrise wrote:Geraint Thomas had a heavy crash 70km in, leaving him dizzy and splatting all his gels, leaving him running on low later



Did his head not clear enough to ask the team car for more?


Really? and he still placed 4th! Wow, that is impressive. Thomas will have a good classics season I think. I actually think he's Sky's best bet for a good classics result.
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24 Feb 2013 03:10

Nice win by Paolini. Thomas did well in the beaten brigade.
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24 Feb 2013 07:15

Miburo wrote:The thing is: was he enough?

Wynants was their third man behind Boom and Vanmarcke. Certainly seemed the strongest today.

It was a weird race, very much affected by the cold. Chavanel looked like he was gonna ride away with it, and then just couldn't stay in front anymore.
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24 Feb 2013 10:34

Congrats to Paolini- i like him. The race seemed good but it was not as fun to watch a little on youtube compared to last year on TV.
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