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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

17 Apr 2019 15:32

Reckon MVP is as talented as Sagan - He'll have every WT team seeking his services in 2021.
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17 Apr 2019 15:34

yaco wrote:Reckon MVP is as talented as Sagan - He'll have every WT team seeking his services in 2021.


Apparently LTS was pretty close to signing him 2 years ago, I'm salty now :lol:
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17 Apr 2019 15:34

Samamba wrote:The organizers are gonna be really happy with this top-10. That top 4 is amazing, 5th is a guy who will win this race in the future and 6th is the winner of the RVV.

7th has 2
Amstels
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17 Apr 2019 15:35

What's MvdP salary? I imagine a big road team might convince him to focus on the road by throwing sacks of money in his direction
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17 Apr 2019 15:36

Sky was also interested 2 years ago btw, so....
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17 Apr 2019 15:39

Red Rick wrote:What's MvdP salary? I imagine a big road team might convince him to focus on the road by throwing sacks of money in his direction


A million a year
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17 Apr 2019 15:41

Alexandre B. wrote:I wonder how he could lose Amstel Gold Race to be honest.

Well, his results in one-day races this year are:

GP de Denain: 1st
Gent-Wevelgem: 4th
Dwars door Vlaanderen: 1st
RVV: 4th
Brabantse Pijl: 1st

Therefore, he will obviously finish 4th in Amstel. Math doesn't lie.
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17 Apr 2019 15:41

So Mathieu is exactly as good as I thought he might be.

Really get a Sagan vibe but different. Less of a mass sprinter, but far more endurance and in-race recuperation then Sagan had as young rider. Sagan in his younger years often lacked a bit in the finals of big races.
MvdP doesn't seem to have that. And he is so freakishly confident. You're going to the line with Alaphilippe and Matthews and trust in your sprint?

And then not only did he win he absolutely schooled them. After his initial acceleration the rest was already gone. Even if Matthews wasn't boxed he clearly stood no chance at all. It's incredible.

And then to think he already attacked hard with 60+km to go when the rest was still taking it easy. For **** sake. Unstoppable
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17 Apr 2019 15:43

Scarponi wrote:Matthews nooooooooooo why did you get blocked, would have loved to seen him sprint

When the sprint started Mathieu got a gap immediately, before Matthews was blocked. I'm 100% sure Matthews would have finished 2nd at best. A bike length behind.
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17 Apr 2019 15:53

Wow, the guy is on a different level.
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17 Apr 2019 15:58

I am looking forward to the battle between Sagan and MVP in Amstel. This should be fun.
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17 Apr 2019 15:58

I think Sagan is one of the few who can actually beat him in the sprint after a hard race. (along with Kristoff and Trentin earlier)
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17 Apr 2019 16:04

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:I think Sagan is one of the few who can actually beat him in the sprint after a hard race. (along with Kristoff and Trentin earlier)

I don't know, Sagan often tends to lose sprints to riders he should not to after a hard race.
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17 Apr 2019 16:09

Anderis wrote:
Dekker_Tifosi wrote:I think Sagan is one of the few who can actually beat him in the sprint after a hard race. (along with Kristoff and Trentin earlier)

I don't know, Sagan often tends to lose sprints to riders he should not to after a hard race.


Not so often if we talk about peaked Sagan who did not do too much extra work in the finale.
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17 Apr 2019 16:09

Well when he is fresh enough ofcourse. That's always debatable with Sagan.

MvdP seems to have boundless energy. Unless he's on a bad day, then he has no energy (Koppenbergcross)
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17 Apr 2019 16:12

double ost. please delete :P
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17 Apr 2019 16:16

Good to see Gasparotto is coming perfectly up to his traditional Amstel Gold peak
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17 Apr 2019 16:25

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:
Scarponi wrote:Matthews nooooooooooo why did you get blocked, would have loved to seen him sprint

When the sprint started Mathieu got a gap immediately, before Matthews was blocked. I'm 100% sure Matthews would have finished 2nd at best. A bike length behind.

100% agree, just hurt to see him fight so hard to stay with the group to not have a chance to sprint
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17 Apr 2019 17:04

Dekker_Tifosi wrote:I think Sagan is one of the few who can actually beat him in the sprint after a hard race. (along with Kristoff and Trentin earlier)

Trentin is so inconsistent after a hard race, i have a hard time rating his sprint after a hard race.
I can see why MVP likes riding for that team, he gets to ride all the races that he likes, xc, cx or road racing and is on a seven figure contract. It's very hard to match such a great combination of freedom and good money.
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17 Apr 2019 17:15

Pretty sure no one in the world could beat Mathieu today. That sprint was pretty unstoppable. He is definitely the favourite for Amstel at this point ahead of Julian, Valverde, Sagan and Matthews. Incredible rider.
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