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Official Thread - World Championships: Elite Men's Road Race 262.2km, Mendrisio

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i dont think the spanish will rely on having one rider up there with three italians to contend with.. and i dont think the brits will rely purely on geraint thomas...

brits hanging around the back... dunno if millar is struggling, or if hes just biding his time and resting..
 
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i dont think the spanish will rely on having one rider up there with three italians to contend with.. and i dont think the brits will rely purely on geraint thomas...

brits hanging around the back... dunno if millar is struggling, or if hes just biding his time and resting..

There are 3 spaniards i think, Rodriguez, Barredo and Cobo. Belgians have four.

But they're not gaining a lot of time, even though the bunch isn't working.

EDIT: The group has just under two minutes over the bunch. Could be very dangerous if that creeps up to, say, five in the next lap or two.
 
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im assuming there is about 80k to go..

on screen it was showing 179, so i guess thats gone... i wish they would stick the rules and display km remaining..

either the brits, swiss etc are playing this cool, and doing a perfect race, or they have got it very very wrong..

oh hello.. british boys, lloydie, hammond and millar back to the front..

damn.. we are working with the aussies.. i knew team sky would have some impact on this race... :D
 
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Aussies are starting to work the peleton, Belgians are sandbagging.

Has anyone spotted an American yet, there are supposed to be 8 of them?

the americans raced yesterday
 
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me thinks the italians may have junped the gun a bit..

We'll see. Italy still has a couple cards left to play. Strategically, it may be brilliant. Italy is playing by its plan, and farked every nation that thought this would be a typical "let the break go out to 8-10 minutes, catch them and then the real racing will start with 2-3 laps to go" type of race. For example, if the Italian chasers stay out, Millar's plan is toast. The Swiss can't be happy, either.

Chapeau to Italy.
 
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Is Cancellara showing his climbing legs today? :D (Heard he was eating rice cakes this AM: high calories / weight ratio).

NB: heard he was doing some anaerobic yodelling exercises too (breath holding, etc.)
 
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dimspace said:
im assuming there is about 80k to go..

on screen it was showing 179, so i guess thats gone... i wish they would stick the rules and display km remaining..

either the brits, swiss etc are playing this cool, and doing a perfect race, or they have got it very very wrong..

oh hello.. british boys, lloydie, hammond and millar back to the front..

damn.. we are working with the aussies.. i knew team sky would have some impact on this race... :D

aussies and brits unite. lol:D
 
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We'll see. Italy still has a couple cards left to play. Strategically, it may be brilliant. Italy is playing by its plan, and farked every nation that thought this would be a typical "let the break go out to 8-10 minutes, catch them and then the real racing will start with 2-3 laps to go" type of race. For example, if the Italian chasers stay out, Millar's plan is toast. The Swiss can't be happy, either.

Chapeau to Italy.

If nothing else, they've made the race interesting. Worlds often ends up being a bit boring.

Too bad these other guys (Belgians, ahem), aren't pulling.
 
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They've also made the race harder at the cost of absolutely no energy to Ballan. It's to their benefit in every way. Tactically Ballerini has always been extremely good and today is no exception
 
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aussies should of had someone in the ballan group. everyone is looking at them to chase and that plays into everyones hands especially Spain.

i thought the aussies where going to win a bucketload of medals.. :D
the girls performance gets better every day.. ;)

definatety one of the more interesting worlds.. i just wish we had k to go, and more regular timechecks.. you realise what a great job the ASO do with the tour de france when you watch other races...
 
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Hope Cunego takes it. Humble guy (gets shattered in GTs, but still keeps plugging away and deserves these big one day wins). Focus on GT's corrupts cycling, IMHO.

Anyone know if Italians are favouring Ballan or Cunego? (Does it have to be former as defending champion, or play it out on road as needed?).
 
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If nothing else, they've made the race interesting. Worlds often ends up being a bit boring.

Too bad these other guys (Belgians, ahem), aren't pulling.

Well, I can hardly blame them. Even if all their men combined forces and created a 'super-Belgian' Francis van de Boonen, it would still get beat by Ballan or Rogdriguez.
 
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Well, I can hardly blame them. Even if all their men combined forces and created a 'super-Belgian' Francis van de Boonen, it would still get beat by Ballan or Rogdriguez.

Is the last one a Rogers-Rodríguez fusion? :D

I'd love to see that
 
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i thought the aussies where going to win a bucketload of medals.. :D
the girls performance gets better every day.. ;)

definatety one of the more interesting worlds.. i just wish we had k to go, and more regular timechecks.. you realise what a great job the ASO do with the tour de france when you watch other races...

we still be better than the girls! ausiies will be right but have wasted energy. great to see the green and gold on the front!
 
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Timmy-loves-Rabo said:
would the f1 just finish already :p
Interesting setup atm. I still like cunego. I like valv. a lot, but him winning can't benefit the sport.

i'm swaping between the computer and tv! dutch have been quiet timmy, where's gesink?