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115th Paris-Roubaix 2017 - April 9, 257k

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Red Rick said:
Alexandre B. said:
Red Rick said:
I'm starting to wonder what will come sooner. A wet Roubaix, or an Elfstedentocht.
Which means? Dust edition?
No, it's an ice skating marathon race across the Northern Province of Frysland in the Netherlands. Imagine an ice skating Ronde van Vlaanderen in the Netherlands, only held in harsh winters. It's like the holy grail of ice skating, and it hasn't been held in 20 years. And yet every year, when the temperature gets close to 0 degrees Celcius, a fair amount of people go crazy cause 'this might be the year'. It's slowly become more myth than reality, hence the comparison to a wet Roubaix.

tbf a wet roubaix is pretty much ice skating at times
 
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*** Boonen, Kristoff
** Degenkolb, Stybar, van Avermaet
* Boasson Hagen, Gilbert, Lampaert, Naesen, Sagan, Stannard, Rowe, Terpstra (or any other Quick stepping in Devolder-style)
 
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loge1884 said:
heart says Sagan

head says

*** Boonen, Kristoff
** Degenkolb, Stybar, van Avermaet
* Boasson Hagen, Gilbert, Lampaert, Naesen, Sagan, Stannard, Rowe, Terpstra (or any other Quick stepping in Devolder-style)


I was gonna say Boonen *****

Kristoff, GVA, Sagan. **

* The rest.

I wasnt planning to go to Roubaix this year, but i think i will.. Kristoff needs it :D. And Kristoff has 15% more watt s now in tests than he had in 2015 when he won everything :


I still want Boonen to win, just makes my generation of cycling better..
 
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Tony Martin and Durbridge are my dark horses for this race.

A shame Pippo is not riding this. I guess we have to asterisk this one.


Tony Martin will work for Kristoff.. Luke Durbridge have no chance in top 20 here.

Top 5 will be GVA, Sagan, Kristoff, Degenkolb and Gilbert.



Gilbert have no chance when its not going up , but he is a diamond!
 
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Valv.Piti said:
Anyways, what do the people prefer, Flanders or Roubaix?!


After last year's Roubaix my preference was Roubaix... until yesterday. I don't remember being riveted to my TV for 95Kms before soooooo I'm going with Flanders.

Until Sunday, then it will be Roubaix for sure.
 
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Monte said:
Ricco' said:
Tony Martin and Durbridge are my dark horses for this race.

A shame Pippo is not riding this. I guess we have to asterisk this one.


Tony Martin will work for Kristoff.. Luke Durbridge have no chance in top 20 here.

Top 5 will be GVA, Sagan, Kristoff, Degenkolb and Gilbert.



Gilbert have no chance when its not going up , but he is a diamond!

Durbridge was 18th last year and he is much stronger this year...

One thing is sure, if there's a race where you don't have things 100% certain, it's Roubaix.

Also, I think that Gilbert isn't riding this. Quick-Step said that RvV was the last race where Gilbert and Boonen were together. Only if they changed their mind after sunday.
 
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Ricco' said:
Monte said:
Ricco' said:
Tony Martin and Durbridge are my dark horses for this race.

A shame Pippo is not riding this. I guess we have to asterisk this one.


Tony Martin will work for Kristoff.. Luke Durbridge have no chance in top 20 here.

Top 5 will be GVA, Sagan, Kristoff, Degenkolb and Gilbert.

Durbridge also had 2 punctures trying to bridge across to the lead group.

Gilbert have no chance when its not going up , but he is a diamond!

Durbridge was 18th last year and he is much stronger this year...

One thing is sure, if there's a race where you don't have things 100% certain, it's Roubaix.

Also, I think that Gilbert isn't riding this. Quick-Step said that RvV was the last race where Gilbert and Boonen were together. Only if they changed their mind after sunday.
 
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Jagartrott said:
Alexandre B. said:
Naesen believes he will be one of the four strongest.

Let's see if his legs are at the level of his words.
He was very good yesterday, and he should be better on cobbles than on climbs, so I'm curious if he can deliver. Certainly would/should be among the contenders for a top-5.

As former world cyclocross champion, yes. But, he rides for QS. The team is overloaded with podium contenders. A guy like Stybar can easily see his chances go away to keep someone else fresh.