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I don't agree. We've seen the past two seasons that Van Aert is vulnerable and can't keep his shape for months. During the coronaseason in summer/autumn 2020 he was incredible in august/september (Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, Dauphiné, Tour). He showed still form at the end of the season, but was not at his top level then (Worlds, Flanders). In 2021 he was top from Tirreno till Gent-Wevelgem, but not at "Flanders". Then he had another flare-up (Amstel Gold Race). In the second part of the season, Van Aert was at his best halfway through the Tour, the olympic road race (but not the timetrial), to Tour of Britain. Weakened somewhat towards world championship and totally faded in Roubaix. I hope he learned lessons from this for the upcoming road season.
We’ll see. I believe something has changed. Wout just looks unstoppable.

I bet they/he will want the CX title
 
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These guys could Spice Up the CX commentary… :D

Try to imagine them on VdP’s epic Amstel Gold win too!!

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6KZV7zfMGTg
Possibly not the most professional commentary in world, but by far the best!

I really enjoyed the commentary yesterday. I don't think they've commentated together before, but Rob Hatch, Ian Field and Ellen Noble seemed to work well together and can describe whats going on well and add deeper insight. I feel Marty Macdonald is quite boring and just seems to regurgitate the same facts week in week out. Although I like Jeremy Powers from his Behind the Barriers days, he doesn't give much insight and just seems to be very excitable all the time.
 
I'm very much agnostic about Rob Hatch as a road commentator, but don't rate him on CX. Confusing Lechner with Riberole is quite hard to do, and describing this as a 'breakthough' performance by Anrooij? Granted, he is good at bringing in his co-commentators. I like Ian field, but Ellen Noble needs to gain a lot more confidence, and also an adverb other than 'super'. I prefer Marty Macdonald, but agree that his partnership with Jeremy Powers has become a little stale. Really enjoyed listening to him with Bethany Crumpton earlier in the season.

Anyway, back to the racing. Evie Richards was supposed to have returned already this week, but had a reaction to the vaccine taken just before Christmas. Could be back this weekend.
 
She's not the only one; I had it the day before Christmas Eve, and left me lethargic for a few days......finally managed an hour ride this afternoon.
Would be good to see her back racing, first race since Snowshoe in September - though she was training with Trek-Segafredo before Christmas.
 
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Rob Hatch should do more crosses, it was a good group of commentators today, he knows how to give enthusiasm to the narration and to bring more diverse themes of conversation.

With Marty and Jeremy the commentary goes always to the same places: "bending the tape", "he went over the track's speed limit", "look at rider putting that road power", etc.

Just a shame that the audio and mixing problems in Eurosport continue day after day. It seems like an amateur production, not something coming from an international channel with decades of experience.
Having paid for subscription to GCN+ this year, it is rather galling to hear a couple of minutes of commentary silence followed by the information that those watching on TV have just had the benefit of an interview, that those of us who have paid for the service are deprived of.
Way to respect your customers.
 
The 80% rule needs to be revised, especially on courses like this one with narrow finishes.

80% in a fast course may be enough, but on a heavy day with long laps it's not, it should be 70% or around when the predicted lap times are slower than on ideal conditions.
 
A good race, but there was almost a sense of inevitability of Wout catching, and winning, despite his crash and pit stop. When you've got that much power in a course with deep mud sections, you're almost bound to challenge.

Tom rode a good race, and was good in the technical parts, but he hasn't got mega watts to hold Wout off. As I keep saying, he's an excellent CX racer, but the longer climbs/descents, and technical courses of MTB suit him far better
 
How many in a row will he win?
All of them barring injury, to be blunt.
As a Vdp fanboy, I’m a bit gutted Mathiue hasn’t been able to hit this CX season in similar shape to the last few years so we could’ve got some spectacular racing.

You‘re our only hope now Pidcock (third best CX rider in the world according to some anglosaxon dudes).
 
All of them barring injury, to be blunt.
As a Vdp fanboy, I’m a bit gutted Mathiue hasn’t been able to hit this CX season in similar shape to the last few years so we could’ve got some spectacular racing.

You‘re our only hope now Pidcock (third best CX rider in the world according to some anglosaxon dudes).
Wout>Pidcock>the rest of the bunch...unless on a really heavy course.

MvdP will have to get his back strong again before we can consider in close to Wout again. Wout is just a physical beast of a man...so much power (watts).
 
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