They probably wanted to give the German pros (and 1 mountain biker apparently) from the teams that weren't riding a chance.hrotha said:Degenkolb's not going to have hair for long.
Anyway, was the national German team in any way connected to the team at the WC? I mean, was there any reason why they would work for Hondo?
No, what I mean is, why would any of those guys work for someone who is not actually a teammate?roundabout said:They probably wanted to give the German pros (and 1 mountain biker apparently) from the teams that weren't riding a chance.
Hondo was on paper the fastest out of Nerz, Burghardt and himself (didn't see anyone else in the group).
It looks like Cav thinks so tooJamsque said:Degenkolb just passed his audition to be Cav's 3rd string lead-out man.
The reason I like this race (other than nostalgia of course) is that the route makes it uncertain what kind of race will unfold. You could get a solo or small group (Wegmann's first win was in a two-up sprint, for example), or a sprint from a reduced group. Surprised at the size of the péloton today, but if the sprinters can make it over the obstacles to the finish they deserve the chance to duke it out.Waterloo Sunrise said:Hopefully this finishes before Liberty gets back and tells us all we should be ashamed of ourselves for watching a sprint.
It's probably Germany's best event at the moment. Well run, good startlist, tradition and the support of the city, good route (could do with only the one loop of the finishing circuit to bring the Mammolshain a bit closer to the finish imo though), and that the coverage gives us the entire race is a definite plus - very professional and well-organised.Bala Verde said:Clean sprint, good win, great stream. All in all, nicely organized, good event.
Last year their two-pronged attack was Martin and Greipel. Martin wasn't on form, and was drawn out of the péloton early by Milram, which forced him to do far more work early on than he would have liked. Greipel got dropped on Feldberg and dragged back, then dropped on Mammolshain for good. The whole HTC team tried to pace him back but gave up and ended up being pulled off the course on the closing circuit as they were being lapped.will10 said:My suspicion is Cav came on the off-chance he remembered how to climb again, but Degankolb was the card they expected to play in the final.