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The jury is still out on the course. You got to remember that Rabo CT completely dominates the U23 race and have most (but not all) of the best riders. Constantly attacking untill the other strong men in the race can't close the gaps anymore. The pro race will be much closer with two other strong teams, especially Skill could decide to ride tempo and set up van Hummel for the sprint.

THere are lots of other favorites depending on the race. Bos would probably be Rabo's man for a sprint (van Hummel for Skill Traksel for Vacansoleil). Dekker, Kroon or Terpstra could run away with it by riding a smart race and letting the big teams do all the work (not really Terpstra's style but it can happen). Riders like Clement, Weening and Moerenhout can profit if Boom and Gesink are heavily marked and I'm a fan of Lieuwe Westra (vacansoleil) who is a very attacking and strong rider.
 
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Amsterhammer said:
It should be a good race between Gesink and Boom. I think anyone else would be a surprise.
Imagine both Boom and Albert becoming national champion. That would be awesome, all the road pros getting their butts kicked by two young cyclocross dudes that have only recently picked up road racing :D
 
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ak-zaaf said:
he did an ok ster elektrotour and will be doing austria next month. Domestique for tomorrow i guess.
Thanks, he had been flying under the radar, so I was wondering what his chances were for tomorrow

just have to endure maarten ducrot for one afternoon :(
I wish I COULD listen to Maarten. Unfortunately, US broadcasters decided not to air the NK :rolleyes:, and on top of that most commentary is very painful. Uitleggen wat een waaier is...

I have frantically been checking the NOS site, but I can't find any section that mentions a live report of the NK 2009.

eric_vv said:
The jury is still out on the course. You got to remember that Rabo CT completely dominates the U23 race and have most (but not all) of the best riders. Constantly attacking untill the other strong men in the race can't close the gaps anymore. The pro race will be much closer with two other strong teams, especially Skill could decide to ride tempo and set up van Hummel for the sprint.

THere are lots of other favorites depending on the race. Bos would probably be Rabo's man for a sprint (van Hummel for Skill Traksel for Vacansoleil). Dekker, Kroon or Terpstra could run away with it by riding a smart race and letting the big teams do all the work (not really Terpstra's style but it can happen). Riders like Clement, Weening and Moerenhout can profit if Boom and Gesink are heavily marked and I'm a fan of Lieuwe Westra (vacansoleil) who is a very attacking and strong rider.
I like the analysis, and I think you have summed it up pretty nicely!

Jasper said:
Imagine both Boom and Albert becoming national champion. That would be awesome, all the road pros getting their butts kicked by two young cyclocross dudes that have only recently picked up road racing :D
What would that say about the status of cycling ;)
 
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Bala Verde said:
I wish I COULD listen to Maarten. Unfortunately, US broadcasters decided not to air the NK :rolleyes:, and on top of that most commentary is very painful. Uitleggen wat een waaier is...

I have frantically been checking the NOS site, but I can't find any section that mentions a live report of the NK 2009.
I don't know if you're Dutch, or how good your Dutch is - you spelled the sentence above perfectly! - but you should at least be able to get regular reports on Radio 1 live from 3 pm CET (9 am Eastern) by clicking on the button on the right hand side here - http://www.nos.nl/nos/voorpagina/

There may even be a live stream, if you're lucky. ;)
 
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KazakhNeRider said:
Kazakhstan, Road race
1. Dmitriy Fofonov (Elite)
2. Maxim Gourov (Carmioro-A-Style)
3. Dmitriy Gruzdev (Elite)

isn't fofonov suspended?

/edit: nm
Rider Comment


Dmitriy FOFONOV tested positive for heptaminol in the 18th stage of the Tour de France 2008. He was suspended for 3 months by the Kazakh federation, until April 1, 2009.
 
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He was suspended but not by the Kazakh federation, he has got license of the French Federation.
I can't remember exactly but his ban finished a bit earlier than 1st April, because start of 3 months ban was moved after his appeal. Now he rides with Kazakh national team and hopes to sign with some team for next season
 
Kurt Asle Arvesen wins that Norwegian Road Race Championships. He attacked with 9 kms to go and managed to stay away with just 3 seconds ahead of a chasing group it seems.

1 Kurt Asle Arvesen
2 Alexander Kristoff
3 Thor Hushovd

6 Edvald Boasson Hagen
10 Gabriel Rasch
 
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Outsprinted said:
Well the National Championships are coming up, and many riders are using these as a preparation for the Tour.
Who do you think will take the jerseys?
Who uses them just for preparation?

Discuss...
August 29th for the US. Is the US the only country that allows non US pros into the race? Think so..silly but it IS in the US.
 
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That is not correct...the US Pro championship is open only to US professional riders.
 
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If anyone at all still has any doubt that race radios make the racing mind-bendingly dull, I point you toward the french championships that are being run without radios.

What a race so far!
 
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issoisso said:
If anyone at all still has any doubt that race radios make the racing mind-bendingly dull, I point you toward the french championships that are being run without radios.

What a race so far!
So is the belgian, with radios
 
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I just tuned in. Am I seeing this right? Just Boonen and Devolder (?) together in front? :eek:


EDIT: It's Devenyns and De Weert apparentely. Guess I saw what I wanted to see :D
 
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Amsterhammer said:
I don't know if you're Dutch, or how good your Dutch is - you spelled the sentence above perfectly! - but you should at least be able to get regular reports on Radio 1 live from 3 pm CET (9 am Eastern) by clicking on the button on the right hand side here - http://www.nos.nl/nos/voorpagina/

There may even be a live stream, if you're lucky. ;)
I am dutch, so I am supposed to know the language a little ;) I WAS lucky, because studio sport had a live stream. I just saw Koos cross the finish first...
 
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Buffalo Soldier said:
It would prove, once again, that quality of cylco-cross is as high as that of road racing.
Thijs Al made an attempt (and failed) in the dutch Championship... Love to see that guy do well coming winter.
 
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Rabobank really lost control over the race and were lucky to still win it. Great race incredible attacking riding all over the place. It's not the radio's it's the occassion.
 
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eric_vv said:
Rabobank really lost control over the race and were lucky to still win it. Great race incredible attacking riding all over the place. It's not the radio's it's the occassion.
Ha did you see them trying to safe the race, putting the whole team (what, 18 man?) at the front of the peloton, to get back to an 'amateur', Tjalingii, a dead Curvers and van Hummel... That was golden!:)
 

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