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Strade Bianche 2024, March 2, one-day classic (men's)

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yeah it would've been nice to have Vingegaard and Van der Poel here too
No, not Vingegaard, who puts Pogiclown in his place in July, Wout. He might not have taken it today, but he would have been able to force Pogiclown to make the race at a later km.

EDIT: and Mathieu wouldn't have won either, but Pogiclown might have only had to go solo for the last 30K.
 
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Not for me...terrible race. It would have been nice to have the other two riders, who are likely the only other two in the world who have the legs to have gone with him at 80K to go, in the race...then maybe a great race. As it happened, it was awful to watch, competition wise.
Agreed. I was pumped to watch it and it was a total letdown. That is not to take anything away from Pog and UAE, who were smart and strong.
 
Agreed. I was pumped to watch it and it was a total letdown. That is not to take anything away from Pog and UAE, who were smart and strong.

Those incredibly long solo's, doesn't matter from who, are just getting pretty boring. Even Remco himself, who does them all the time, said it during the final today in an interview. Not that great for the neutral viewer. But hey what can you do about it, it's obviously fun for the riders and teams doing it.

The new parcours doesn't help tho. It was already hard enough and now it's just possible to do a longer solo. All explosiveness is also gone in the end. If they want a 200km race just add some flat kms at the beginning.
 
I have no idea what Sepp Kuss was doing in this race, especially as Paris-Nice starts tomorrow & Vingegaard is riding Tirreno.

It would have made more sense to split their GT winners between the one week WT stage races & leave Strade to the one day specialists.
Kuss rides Catalunya and Itzulia. Wouldn't make sense to add Paris-Nice, and Catalunya is the spring stage race that suits him best.
 
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Kuss rides Catalunya and Itzulia. Wouldn't make sense to add Paris-Nice, and Catalunya is the spring stage race that suits him best.

Okay then. I hope he had fun getting blown off Pog's wheel & left behind in the mud today.

Seriously though, Strade is a very atypical race & not exactly useful for anything in terms of season planning. A lot was said after the TdF route presentation about Strade being a good prep for the gravel stage in July but IMO it's apples & oranges.

It seems like it was a massive waste of time for Kuss.
 
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Okay then. I hope he had fun getting blown off Pog's wheel & left behind in the mud today.

Seriously though, Strade is a very atypical race & not exactly useful for anything in terms of season planning. A lot was said after the TdF route presentation about Strade being a good prep for the gravel stage in July but IMO it's apples & oranges.

It seems like it was a massive waste of time for Kuss.
Kuss knows his place. First Remco and now Teddy.
 
Okay then. I hope he had fun getting blown off Pog's wheel & left behind in the mud today.

Seriously though, Strade is a very atypical race & not exactly useful for anything in terms of season planning. A lot was said after the TdF route presentation about Strade being a good prep for the gravel stage in July but IMO it's apples & oranges.

It seems like it was a massive waste of time for Kuss.
Maybe he just wanted to give it a try? It’s not something that set back his training, and since Visma made him a GT winner maybe he gets more leeway to choose some of his schedule?
 
This was probably the most impressive solo in a classic since Bernard Hinault in Liège 1980. The Frenchman did a 77 km solo through the snow. Hennie Kuiper finished second at 9'24". :openmouth:

Bettini in Zürich 2005 won by 2'57", which is thirteen seconds more than Pogacar today, but I don't know how long Bettini's solo was.

Pogacar did 81 km solo. Does anyone know of a longer successful solo in a classic?
 
Strong opening to the 2024 season from Pogacar. I'm sure he and his team are happy with this dominant victory.

But from an entertainment point of view as far as Strade Bianche is concerned, this years rendition was subpar. Very bold from Pogacar to attack with 80 km remaining so kudos to him but with the way the other riders reacted I'm sure he attacks from 100 km next time.

I do not understand why they didn't even try to make a cohesive effort to bring him back. Spineless.

Lastly I'm surprised teams have yet to cooperate when it comes to dealing with the likes of Poga, Remco or MvP.
 
This was probably the most impressive solo in a classic since Bernard Hinault in Liège 1980. The Frenchman did a 77 km solo through the snow. Hennie Kuiper finished second at 9'24". :openmouth:

Bettini in Zürich 2005 won by 2'57", which is thirteen seconds more than Pogacar today, but I don't know how long Bettini's solo was.

Pogacar did 81 km solo. Does anyone know of a longer successful solo in a classic?

Valverde(!?) apparently did a 70km solo to win in Murica in 2017, putting 2 minutes into the group, can't seem to find footage of the race though.

Lutsenko 80km in Coppa Sabatini
 
This was probably the most impressive solo in a classic since Bernard Hinault in Liège 1980. The Frenchman did a 77 km solo through the snow. Hennie Kuiper finished second at 9'24". :openmouth:

Bettini in Zürich 2005 won by 2'57", which is thirteen seconds more than Pogacar today, but I don't know how long Bettini's solo was.

Pogacar did 81 km solo. Does anyone know of a longer successful solo in a classic?
2021 Paris-Roubaix was close.
 
Strong opening to the 2024 season from Pogacar. I'm sure he and his team are happy with this dominant victory.

But from an entertainment point of view as far as Strade Bianche is concerned, this years rendition was subpar. Very bold from Pogacar to attack with 80 km remaining so kudos to him but with the way the other riders reacted I'm sure he attacks from 100 km next time.

I do not understand why they didn't even try to make a cohesive effort to bring him back. Spineless.

Lastly I'm surprised teams have yet to cooperate when it comes to dealing with the likes of Poga, Remco or MvP.
He gave everyone the heads up where he was gonna attack.

Bad-ass and pure entertainment.
 

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