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Ronde van Vlaanderen 2017- How good was it?

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How good was Ronde Van Vlaanderen 2017

  • 1

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • 2

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • 3

    Votes: 2 1.8%
  • 4

    Votes: 1 0.9%
  • 5

    Votes: 3 2.6%
  • 6

    Votes: 3 2.6%
  • 7

    Votes: 16 14.0%
  • 8

    Votes: 26 22.8%
  • 9

    Votes: 32 28.1%
  • 10

    Votes: 27 23.7%

  • Total voters
    114
This was a mixed race. Was a solid 8 until it became clear that the specially ridiculous move by gilbert will stick. Then the crashes turned the tragedy into a farce. Good action from a long way out, the muur featured, but an absolute mockery of an ending.

So a 4.
 
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This was a mixed race. Was a solid 8 until it became clear that the specially ridiculous move by gilbert will stick. Then the crashes turned the tragedy into a farce. Good action from a long way out, the muur featured, but an absolute mockery of an ending.

So a 4.

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This was a mixed race. Was a solid 8 until it became clear that the specially ridiculous move by gilbert will stick. Then the crashes turned the tragedy into a farce. Good action from a long way out, the muur featured, but an absolute mockery of an ending.

So a 4.
:confused: :confused: :confused: ... sure Sagan's crash (he doesn't crash often) was good luck for Gilbert and maybe (who knows and in the end, who cares?) he might have got caught (personally I think there is some likelihood he would have), but then again: (at least to me) the fact that the "specially ridiculous move" (and that is exactly what I thought when Gilbert drove away on the 2nd Kwaremont) did pay out in the end is better than any Hollywood-ending to me ....

Edit: so much more fun to see a "specially ridiculous move" paying out than seeing another "smart-win" like Kwiatkowski in MSR or even worse, a sneaky Gerrans-type win
 
8. Good to see the long move work, but that's about it. The suspense at the end wasn't really great, and I think that the Felline move killed the race as he and van Baarle were never going anywhere and prevented Trek from helping with the chase.
 
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9. Almost as good as 2011. But it was the best classic race, I've seen since that race.
Of course it depends on how much one prefers solos to tense finishes, but I preferred this one.

Regarding your last sentence, I don't get why Roubaix last year isn't ahead of Ronde '11 for you.

Yes. Great race but Roubaix last year was an all-timer.
 
The race that could not possibly be more exciting (a 10/10) never has, and never will, happen. It is a shame that we never got to see what would have happened had Sagan, Van Avermaet and Naesen chased unhindered by railings, so a bit less than the best we can ever expect. An 8.5, therefore, but it was thoroughly entertaining, so I'm happy to round it up to 9 for the purposes of the poll.

FWIW, I don't think they would have got there: people said they would close the gap in the 10km from Taaienberg to Kruisberg, or in the 10km from Kruisberg to Kwaremont, but the gap hardly diminished in those stretches, and the chsers gave little evidence that they had much more left than Philbert did.
 
7 was all i could give it.great ride by gilbert and quickstep team but stupid crash stopped it being an epic classic.so many unknowns right now.but gilbert was really impressive..Also feel sorry for naessen,what could have been
 
3.

I'm clearly heterodox here as well. My reasoning:

Van Marcke, Boonen, Sagan, GVA & Rowe all taken out at critical junctures by crashes or mechanicals.

I expect that kind of thing at Roubaix, but not Flanders.

When Sagan et al crashed the whole race just totally deflated.....just at the point of a potentially interesting finale.
 
I don't like to rate something on stuff that could've happened. With that logic I might say that Boonen would have won it, cause he could sit behind Sagan and GVA and just overtake them in the final. But that did not happen. Sagan crashed, Boonen had mechanicals and Gilbert rode a fantastic race who was a deserving winner. This was one of, if not the most incredible solo rides I have ever seen. And for that it should be rated. Not on things that maybe could be different if other things happened or not.
 
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DFA123 said:
This. Initiating a break from 90km and then going solo for the best part of 60km. And holding the advantage pretty much the whole way. That just doesn't happen in this era. It never works. Especially not from a guy who has limited experience on the cobbles.
Welcome to cycling. From your last sentence, I guess you are new here?
 

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