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07 Apr 2009 21:17

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I'll just leave this here.



Also, my pick:

Boonen ftw
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07 Apr 2009 21:21

I'd love to see Chavanel build on his good form and do well here but think he's better suited to the Ardennes Classics.

Don't actually care who wins, just love the hell that is a (hopefully) classic P-R. The Flanders Classics are surely the greatest week of racing in the cycling calendar - the history and the parcours are truly HC
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07 Apr 2009 22:08

Aaaaaaaaaaah.....That brings back memories.

I'd put my odds on a Quick Step rider. Hard to deny a Lefevere managed team this time of year, ya know. They might even go for top three in a deja vu thingy like how they used to with Mapei. They sure do have the talent to do it.
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08 Apr 2009 01:23

Hard to go against QS at this point... But I wouldn't be surprised if Flecha did something ;)
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08 Apr 2009 07:28

mr. tibbs wrote:Image

I'll just leave this here.



Also, my pick:

Boonen ftw


Cool pic!

Gone cold on Boonen, reckon we might see something from Cancarella.
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08 Apr 2009 09:54

I do now know SBS are showing the race in Australia! lol Finally....better late than never!!!! If Stuey was racing I would give him a chance....:(
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08 Apr 2009 09:57

About two years to late!!! :p watching stuey win was the best moment of all my time as a cycling fan
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08 Apr 2009 10:14

I thought Stueys win was one of the best, a classic of classics. I'm not even Australian and I was truly moved. Just pure heart an soul and him crying at the end showed that it was not just another race. I hope he gets another chance to win it.


Ballan is my choice, he has just been too quite all season. I also will be hoping to see Hincapie win but not sure if he still has it or not but another guy that deserves it for sure.
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08 Apr 2009 10:32

Ballan won't ride Paris-Roubaix, as he is still recovering from the consequences of the cytomegalovirus. ;)


My bet's on Boonen. He's got the same form as last year - if not even better - and there's considerably less competition with the absence of Ballan, Cancellara, O'Grady and Hushovd's wrist injury. And seeing he has by far the strongest team around him, only bad luck can keep him from his third win imo. I think the biggest contenders will be Devolder, Flecha, Hincapie, Hoste and perhaps Pozzato if he really puts his mind to it.
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08 Apr 2009 12:26

Dang I thought I had heard that Ballan was 50/50 for the PR, the curse continues I guess.


I agree Boonen is the fav but what fun is it picking him? Heinrich Haussler is my next pick I guess.
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08 Apr 2009 12:33

msjett wrote:I do now know SBS are showing the race in Australia! lol Finally....better late than never!!!! If Stuey was racing I would give him a chance....:(


Last year in the US (on Versus) the coverage was delayed for a week. So when I turned on the TV expecting Roubaix, I got...

...amateur women's kick-boxing.

They showed a rerun of the race a week later.

:confused:
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08 Apr 2009 15:23

heart says big george, but hes not looked in top form in flanders, or gent, unless he was sandbagging with a view to sunday...

head... Boonen or Devolder

some very strange odds around though... :/
http://i44.tinypic.com/2rmt5iq.jpg
cavvy at 16-1... who dreams up these things...
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08 Apr 2009 17:58

Paris Roubaix 2003 - 2008, the free book on the last six years the queen of the classics. Free download from cyclingforall.net
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08 Apr 2009 18:18

dimspace wrote:heart says big george, but hes not looked in top form in flanders, or gent, unless he was sandbagging with a view to sunday...

head... Boonen or Devolder

some very strange odds around though... :/
http://i44.tinypic.com/2rmt5iq.jpg
cavvy at 16-1... who dreams up these things...


I actually thought that George looked in good form at Gent. He was in the front group and constantly covered moves for EBH after he went away. Not that I think he'll win Sunday...
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08 Apr 2009 19:07

jaylew wrote:I actually thought that George looked in good form at Gent. He was in the front group and constantly covered moves for EBH after he went away. Not that I think he'll win Sunday...


fair do'es.. was watching it on a very dodgy belgian stream that you could barely make out (and rain didnt help)...

praying for rain on sunday.. anyone know the weather forecast yet?
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08 Apr 2009 19:23

dimspace wrote:fair do'es.. was watching it on a very dodgy belgian stream that you could barely make out (and rain didnt help)...

praying for rain on sunday.. anyone know the weather forecast yet?


I found 19 degrees w/ 10% chance of rain on a bikeradar thread.
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08 Apr 2009 20:11

Compiegne -
Saturday Hi: 18°Lo: 12°30% Chance Rain Shower
Sunday Hi: 17°Lo: 12°Mostly Cloudy

Roubaix -
Saturday Hi: 18°Lo: 12°30% Chance of Storms
Sunday Hi: 18°Lo: 12°Partly Cloudy

Winds along the course coming from the ENE at 15km.
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08 Apr 2009 23:04

Is Cancellara a confirmed starter, with Ballan and O'Grady looking out my 3 favourites are out.
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09 Apr 2009 01:03

msjett wrote:I do now know SBS are showing the race in Australia! lol Finally....better late than never!!!! If Stuey was racing I would give him a chance....:(


Didn't you have a TV for last years live coverage by SBS?

Should be a cracker of a race again, good chance for another one of quicksteps boys to slip away as the main guys all watch over Boonen and Devolder, who knows? it happened last night at GW.
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09 Apr 2009 06:40

Argon Man wrote:Didn't you have a TV for last years live coverage by SBS?

Should be a cracker of a race again, good chance for another one of quicksteps boys to slip away as the main guys all watch over Boonen and Devolder, who knows? it happened last night at GW.


I don't buy that. QS will race PR with a very different attitude that they did in GW.
The main favourites: the guys that didn't race GW or did it low profile: Boonen, Devolder, Chavanel, Pozzato, Flecha, Maaskant, Hoste, Leukemans and hopefully Van Avermaet.

As for the Cervelo boys: they start to run out of gas.
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