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2017 Giro d'Italia, Stage 1: Alghero - Olbia 206 km

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Zinoviev Letter said:
Gigs_98 said:
Pantani_lives said:
Great win by Lukas Pöstlberger, an entry through the front door. The control of the sprinter teams was disrupted by the crash and by the many bends. He accidentally got alone in front while leading out. The funniest moment was when he looked behind and seemed to think, "Would I bother to try to stay away?" Concluding: "Hell, yeah!" and staying away. What a feeling it must have been to cross the line while slowing down with a sprinting bunch right behind him!

Isn't he the first Austrian to wear pink?
Not only that, he also is the first Austrian to win a Giro stage and the first Austrian GT stage winner since Totschnig in 2005

It could be a very interesting race for the Austrian prospects. Poestlberger pulling this win off is a huge step forward for him - between this and his E3 ride it seems he has quickly established himself. Konrad is I think going for GC, which will provide a good marker for his development. And Muhlberger is also there.
Großschartner is also there for CCC. He seems to be going well at the moment. Could grab a medium mountain stage with some luck. Preidler will probably be a bit constrained.
 
Here's an example of what I meant about Postlberger getting his chance at this level the hard way. One of the .2 races he won as a Conti rider was the Ras, a very tough, wildly raced, eight stage long, lower level stage race. Pretty much every winner is capable of being a good pro rouleur. The year he won it, it was windy, wet and generally unpleasant but the tougher things got, the more comfortable he seemed. He had a pretty heavy crash and even had to deal with his bike getting nicked the night before the last stage.

http://www.stickybottle.com/latest-news/i-felt-i-could-have-won-every-stage-but-i-had-to-save-energy/
 
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Irondan said:
Breh said:
Vroome.exe said:
Escarabajo said:
What happened to Gaviria? where was Quick Step?
As i said, quickstep doesnt have good leadout train here. They were not even bothering to help Gaviria.
Well, it was a terrible, typical Giro finish.
You don't have to watch it if it's so awful for you... :rolleyes:
Why do you think it's awful for me? It's terrible for teams and their trains. I like the chaos, teams don't.
 
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MotorRouleur said:
Quote: Yes Edmondson could not close the gap, Postlberger even waited because I think he was supposed to lead out one of their sprinters.

No, I think it was Orica's Juul-Jensen who was trying to lead Ewan. It was so weird, then became hilarious. Posty just drifted off the front in slow-mo, often looking back and waiting, and the Orica guy just let the gap grow inch-by-inch over a km. I only see that on low-level amatuer races. What a waste after Orica's Svein Tuft did one of those huge, long-distance pulls on the front.

Several news agencies are reporting that it was Luka Mezgec (Slovenia), the Orica rider who allowed Pöstlberger to soft-pedal off the front. I'm quite sure it was Juul Jensen, who finished same time as the first 70 guys. Edmondson was at 18 secs. Most of the Oricas rolled in at 1:09, except for Tuft & Mezgec, who coasted in 2:49 behind. Pöstlberger started his slo-mo solo ride at 2000m to go.
 
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deValtos said:
Just FYI Eurosport player doesn't have commercials for pretty much every WT race since they also provide a no edited stream (without commentary.) You just need to switch to it when the adverts come on, or you can watch it for the entire race overlayed with foreign commentary. Also all the stages are recorded and you can find them in the video section. Not to be an advert for them or anything ... :lol:

In the US, EUROSPORTCYCLING is about Spam, virus. I guess they feel we deserve it, and are not worthy of eurocycling. Their loss, if eurosport doesn't want to support cycling, or grow the sport.
 
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MotorRouleur said:
MotorRouleur said:
Quote: Yes Edmondson could not close the gap, Postlberger even waited because I think he was supposed to lead out one of their sprinters.

No, I think it was Orica's Juul-Jensen who was trying to lead Ewan. It was so weird, then became hilarious. Posty just drifted off the front in slow-mo, often looking back and waiting, and the Orica guy just let the gap grow inch-by-inch over a km. I only see that on low-level amatuer races. What a waste after Orica's Svein Tuft did one of those huge, long-distance pulls on the front.

Several news agencies are reporting that it was Luka Mezgec (Slovenia), the Orica rider who allowed Pöstlberger to soft-pedal off the front. I'm quite sure it was Juul Jensen, who finished same time as the first 70 guys. Edmondson was at 18 secs. Most of the Oricas rolled in at 1:09, except for Tuft & Mezgec, who coasted in 2:49 behind. Pöstlberger started his slo-mo solo ride at 2000m to go.

Whoever that Orica guy was, he was obviously wasted and just couldn't do more than he did.
 
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MotorRouleur said:
MotorRouleur said:
Quote: Yes Edmondson could not close the gap, Postlberger even waited because I think he was supposed to lead out one of their sprinters.

No, I think it was Orica's Juul-Jensen who was trying to lead Ewan. It was so weird, then became hilarious. Posty just drifted off the front in slow-mo, often looking back and waiting, and the Orica guy just let the gap grow inch-by-inch over a km. I only see that on low-level amatuer races. What a waste after Orica's Svein Tuft did one of those huge, long-distance pulls on the front.

Several news agencies are reporting that it was Luka Mezgec (Slovenia), the Orica rider who allowed Pöstlberger to soft-pedal off the front. I'm quite sure it was Juul Jensen, who finished same time as the first 70 guys. Edmondson was at 18 secs. Most of the Oricas rolled in at 1:09, except for Tuft & Mezgec, who coasted in 2:49 behind. Pöstlberger started his slo-mo solo ride at 2000m to go.

Give the guy a break :rolleyes: Pöstlberger got motorpaced, blatantly, and that's why the gap opened up as it did. If anyone could go significantly faster than the Orica guy, they should have gone to the front (UAE had 2 guys left for Modolo at that point), but nobody did until it was too late. That means something. Pöstlberger got lucky with the motor but it was an impressive ride from there on.
 
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Flamin said:
Give the guy a break :rolleyes: Pöstlberger got motorpaced, blatantly, and that's why the gap opened up as it did. If anyone could go significantly faster than the Orica guy, they should have gone to the front (UAE had 2 guys left for Modolo at that point), but nobody did until it was too late. That means something. Pöstlberger got lucky with the motor but it was an impressive ride from there on.

Can you point out exact moments when he was blatantly motorpaced? Other than two cornors when he got closer two motorbike for one second, before motorbike accelerated, more than 1.5 km from finish when he was still "soft-pedaling". After that it is impossible to judge.
 
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PunchingRouleur said:
Flamin said:
Give the guy a break :rolleyes: Pöstlberger got motorpaced, blatantly, and that's why the gap opened up as it did. If anyone could go significantly faster than the Orica guy, they should have gone to the front (UAE had 2 guys left for Modolo at that point), but nobody did until it was too late. That means something. Pöstlberger got lucky with the motor but it was an impressive ride from there on.

Can you point out exact moments when he was blatantly motorpaced? Other than two cornors when he got closer two motorbike for one second, before motorbike accelerated, more than 1.5 km from finish when he was still "soft-pedaling". After that it is impossible to judge.

What do you mean, "other than that"? Those two moments indeed, especially the first corner. That's more than enough I reckon.