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Very nice course, watching womens race!!!Hats off to Brasil!!!! Rooting for Sagan, why wouldn't he win? I see him kill the hard classics, like DeVlaemink, Nibali, Lance Armstrong, he knows how to handle a bike!!! Go Peter, and hats off to women cyclists!!
 
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Brullnux said:
The course is even easier than I thought, Sagan could do better than I predicted.

Neff ftw in the women's race, Langvad disappointing so far.
My thoghts as well about the course and sagan. Just hoping he does not win.

Rissved looks quite good too..
 
This Charming Man said:
2 hour race seems like no prob for a rider of Sagans power, endurance, bike handling skills.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwzj8sCAQJY This roadie too
Sagan, as he said himself, is used to a 5,6 or 7 hour face with only an hour maximum at high intensity. This is more at higher intensity. It's a different skill set physiologically, and he could struggle being on the anaerobic threshold the whole time.
 
Brullnux said:
This Charming Man said:
2 hour race seems like no prob for a rider of Sagans power, endurance, bike handling skills.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iwzj8sCAQJY This roadie too
Sagan, as he said himself, is used to a 5,6 or 7 hour face with only an hour maximum at high intensity. This is more at higher intensity. It's a different skill set physiologically, and he could struggle being on the anaerobic threshold the whole time.
It will be interesting. Watching the womens race, I could see women resting at times. In cyclo cross, it seems 110% effort at all times, cyclocross has been described to me to be similar to criterium racing. I have seen MTB WC, along with Swiss National champion racing side by side, at a summit, able to converse with one another and fans, racing MTB at sea otter in Monterey. Olympic race, I am sure at another level, the women, outside of the Swedish Gold medalist, and Polish silver medalists seemed to have ridden out of their skins. Since Sagan is starting in last place he will need to pass many non contenders, on a narrow technical course. Riders of a different caliber and skill level. As far as road riding, I would place Merckx at the top, he broke many records during his hour record. Sagan, in the Tour of California hung on to win against a superior climber Alliphillipe. Sagan, Merckx, DeVlaemink,(multiple World cyclocross champion) has the versatility to win gold Sunday. That is not a put down on all the Olympic MTB, contenders, I think that great champions such as Peter can rise to the occasion.
 
Just watched the women's race in full on the NBC Sports app on AppleTV, and really enjoyed it. The winner Rissveds at 22, wow, what a talent. Rode within herself and then just took over on the last lap. Close competition for third. Ugly course, but well covered on tv. Beautiful riders. I'm a fan.
 
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meat puppet said:
Well, that's that for sagan then. Interesting to see if he will push nevertheless or just say fookit.

Nino seems very eager to go.
How far back is he? And how is he rinding? Bib?
 
Dunno how much the flat, riding on it for five-ish minutes plus the mechanic changing the wheel cost, exactly. But I think three min initially. No idea how the gap has developed since.
 

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