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E3 Saxo Classic 2023, one day classic, March 24

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Pog in front of his Belgian fan club "Pogiboys"

Fr_IdhtWYAAE-vu
 
Because I do it by checking each team's roster and comparing it to the start list.

And no, you're right about the other thing. I did consider Remco and Roglic but they are yet to perform in a race like this, so I left them out.
I think De Brabantse Pijl and the Leuven WCRR are close enough, and it did seem like you were scraping the bottom of the barrel a bit, so their absence stood out ;)
 
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These races have become ridiculous. Literally a bunch sprint towards every single little hill. And not just 3 or 4 teams that are battling for it, no 15 teams who all try the same thing.

And in the end it will be Jumbo in front on the Taaienberg.
 
These races have become ridiculous. Literally a bunch sprint towards every single little hill. And not just 3 or 4 teams that are battling for it, no 15 teams who all try the same thing.

And in the end it will be Jumbo in front on the Taaienberg.

You can mostly thank race radios for that. Every single rider getting the same information into their headset to be in the front. And leads to a lot more crashes too.
 
You can mostly thank race radios for that. Every single rider getting the same information into their headset to be in the front. And leads to a lot more crashes too.

Meeh, teams are just better prepared. They all know what to do, how to race these races. In the past it was 4 teams that wanted the front and then 20 riders from other teams that were happy to be behind those teams. Same with bunch sprints, every team knows how to do a leadout now. Every sprinter gets 3 guys in front of them and they all want to be in the top 5 with 300m to go. In the past they were just battling to get the wheels of 3 or 4 topsprinters.

But yes, racing has become way more stressful because of it. Even watching it more stressful.
 
Toby, where is the negative start list? I hear you ask.

No worries, it's coming here (reminder: all riders who could potentially have featured in the pointy end of the race but who are absent):

Jan Tratnik
Mick Van Dijke
Tim Van Dijke
Tim Merlier
Casper Pedersen
Mauro Schmid
Bert Van Lerberghe
Jonas Rickaert
Gianni Vermeersch
Taco van der Hoorn
Heinrich Haussler
Jonathan Milan
Andrea Pasqualon
Danny van Poppel
Magnus Cort
Mikkel Honoré
Hugo Hofstetter
Michael Matthews
Edward Theuns
Alexey Lutsenko
Gianni Moscon
Tom Pidcock
Magnus Sheffield
Geraint Thomas (well, he is a previous winner)
Marc Hirschi
Victor Campenaerts
Arnaud De Lie
Andreas Kron
Edvald Boasson Hagen
Dylan Teuns
Mads Würtz Schmidt
Stian Fredheim
Considering some on your list, i'd add Vansevenant, Van Wilder, Evenepoel, Tulett, and i have a sneaky suspicion Skjelmose and Hermans could do this as well.
 
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