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Who will win the Brabantse Pijl 2019?

Poll ended at 17 Apr 2019 14:29

Alberto Bettiol
4
9%
Ben Hermans
No votes
Daryl Impey
No votes
Julian Alaphilippe
13
28%
Mathieu van der Poel
18
39%
Michael Matthews
7
15%
Petr Vakoč
No votes
Sonny Colbrelli
2
4%
Tim Wellens
1
2%
Other
1
2%
 
Total votes : 46

Brabantse Pijl: April 17th, 2019

15 Apr 2019 14:29

After the cobblestones come the hilly classics. A different kind of rider can shine here, although some all-rounders can handle both. The race was held for the first time in 1961. Edwig Van Hooydonck holds the record with four wins. The race ends with four local laps of 23.4 km, containing five short climbs. The top of the Schavei lies 200 m before the finish.

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Climbs in the four local laps:
1. Hagaard (21 km)
2. Hertstraat (17 km)
3. Holstheide (10 km)
4. IJskelderlaan (4 km)
5. Schavei (0.2 km)

Recent winners:
2009 Anthony Gheslin
2010 Sébastien Rosseler
2011 Philippe Gilbert
2012 Thomas Voeckler
2013 Peter Sagan
2014 Philippe Gilbert
2015 Ben Hermans
2016 Petr Vakoč
2017 Sonny Colbrelli
2018 Tim Wellens
La fatica in montagna per me è poesia (Fatigue in the mountains is poetry to me) - Marco Pantani
Van een ezel kunt ge geen koerspaard maken (You can't turn a donkey into a race horse) - Patrick Lefevere
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15 Apr 2019 14:38

Sonny hasn't looked himself the whole spring (what Bahrein rider has?), but this is his race. I'm confident.
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Re: Brabantse Pijl: April 17th, 2019

15 Apr 2019 14:40

MvdP vs. Ala vs. Bettiol. Great stuff. :cool:
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15 Apr 2019 15:16

Race where Sagan schooled Gva and Gilbert in 2013. Sweet memories. He was unreal that day :)
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15 Apr 2019 15:26

Keram wrote:Race where Sagan schooled Gva and Gilbert in 2013. Sweet memories. He was unreal that day :)


One of his best performances ever.
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15 Apr 2019 16:44

One of the finest semi-classics, with a strong line-up. VDP and Alaf have their uphill punch, but Matthews will be hard to get rid of. Wellens had a great win last year, but will face tougher competition.
La fatica in montagna per me è poesia (Fatigue in the mountains is poetry to me) - Marco Pantani
Van een ezel kunt ge geen koerspaard maken (You can't turn a donkey into a race horse) - Patrick Lefevere
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15 Apr 2019 17:28

Really curious to see if Bettiol will be as competitive on hills as he was on cobbles.
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15 Apr 2019 18:14

I can't remember the last time the field was stacked like this year. Alaphilippe, Wellens, van der Poel, Colbrelli, Bettiol, Matthews, Oomen, Vanendert, Teuns, Mohoric, Valgren, Lampaert...
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15 Apr 2019 18:16

Yeah a weirdly stacked field for the Brabantse Pijl. Before I knew the exact field I thought this was the one for MvdP, but now not so sure.
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15 Apr 2019 18:27

Gonna be MvdP.
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15 Apr 2019 18:59

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:Yeah a weirdly stacked field for the Brabantse Pijl. Before I knew the exact field I thought this was the one for MvdP, but now not so sure.


Yup. Same here. Last week i thought it would be a battle Wellens-Mathieu, which would obviously be in favor of Mathieu. But with Alaphilippe, Valgren, Bettiol... it won't be easy as i thought.
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15 Apr 2019 19:06

I know one rider who must be pretty bummed out over the amazing field.

I was listening to a podcast today with an interview with former Danish champion, Alexander Kamp. He is currently riding for Riwal but he really wants to go to the WorldTour. He has really sacrificed everything he possibly could this spring, even breaking up with his girlfriend to keep full focus on his cycling. And his biggest spring goal was the Brabantse Pijl which is the finest invitation they team has got. And he is suited to the race, but now it will be very difficult to go top 5, if not impossible.
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15 Apr 2019 23:21

tobydawq wrote:I know one rider who must be pretty bummed out over the amazing field.

I was listening to a podcast today with an interview with former Danish champion, Alexander Kamp. He is currently riding for Riwal but he really wants to go to the WorldTour. He has really sacrificed everything he possibly could this spring, even breaking up with his girlfriend to keep full focus on his cycling. And his biggest spring goal was the Brabantse Pijl which is the finest invitation they team has got. And he is suited to the race, but now it will be very difficult to go top 5, if not impossible.

The right people will be watching the race. They’ll know to distinguish between a top 10 in this field, vs a podium against the field from last year or the year before.
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16 Apr 2019 00:16

This race should tell us how Alaphilippe has recovered from his abandoning Tour of Basque Country.
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16 Apr 2019 00:47

I don't know about this one, so many contenders. It won't be easy for any of the (many) favorites to win imo. Mathieu is getting a lot of votes, which is understandable, but with Ala, Wellens, Bling, Bettiol it's gonna be a tall order. There isn't a clear-cut favorite as far as I'm concerned. I just hope for an exciting race :exclaim:
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16 Apr 2019 01:10

Mavic wrote:I don't know about this one, so many contenders. It won't be easy for any of the (many) favorites to win imo. Mathieu is getting a lot of votes, which is understandable, but with Ala, Wellens, Bling, Bettiol it's gonna be a tall order. There isn't a clear-cut favorite as far as I'm concerned. I just hope for an exciting race :exclaim:


IMO:

van der Poel - Alaphilippe
Wellens - Bettiol - Colbrelli - Teuns
Matthews - Vanendert - Mohoric - Valgren - Lampaert

And after that, there are plenty of guys that are capable of taking the win as well.
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16 Apr 2019 01:23

Logic-is-your-friend wrote:
Mavic wrote:I don't know about this one, so many contenders. It won't be easy for any of the (many) favorites to win imo. Mathieu is getting a lot of votes, which is understandable, but with Ala, Wellens, Bling, Bettiol it's gonna be a tall order. There isn't a clear-cut favorite as far as I'm concerned. I just hope for an exciting race :exclaim:


IMO:

van der Poel - Alaphilippe
Wellens - Bettiol - Colbrelli - Teuns
Matthews - Vanendert - Mohoric - Valgren - Lampaert

And after that, there are plenty of guys that are capable of taking the win as well.


I pretty much agree with that list tbh, though I think Wellens might deserve a spot next to Ala and Mathieu. We all know what Ala and Wellens can do in these types of races, we'll see if Mathieu can live up to the big expectations, though I'd never bet against him in any race. I can't wait for Wednesday.
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16 Apr 2019 06:09

I don't think Valgren, Lampaert & Oomen are riding.

I think Alaphilippe vs Vd Poel.
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16 Apr 2019 06:54

Oliver wrote:I don't think Valgren, Lampaert & Oomen are riding.

or Mohoric
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16 Apr 2019 07:48

Velasco to make an impressive long range attack.
Visconti is having some health issues, so he should be allowed to ride for himself.
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