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Reus is planning to attack the hour record.

Campenaerts isn't exactly getting nervous yet. He said there is still room for improvement, and if he were to do it again, he could still go farther. If Reus manages to beat it (which he doesn't rule out, since he has all the time to prepare for it) with a small margin, he'll try to beat it again. If Reus manages to go 56km, he would simply congratulate him (implying he wouldn't try to beat it since he doesn't think 56km is in the cards for him).
 
I'm not going to question his innate talent, or what could have been had fate smiled upon him some more throughout his career, but you have to wonder what he's trying to do exactly. He wants to attack the world hour record... and then a month after that statement he enters an ITT of roughly an hour, and he finishes more than 9 minutes behind van Emden, and last of a not exactly stellar field (imagine Dumoulin, Evenepoel, Dennis, van Aert, Campenaerts riding... he could have been down 12 minutes). I didn't see the race, and don't know if he punctured 12 times or crashed 3 times and broke his collarbone, but if this his "what he's worth" right now, i'm afraid he's just going to be making a fool of himself. I assume he's been training for longer than the last month, because he also rode the Dutch nationals ITT back in june (where he finished 35th out of 49 finishers and 6m19s behind van Emden).
 
I'm not going to question his innate talent, or what could have been had fate smiled upon him some more throughout his career, but you have to wonder what he's trying to do exactly. He wants to attack the world hour record... and then a month after that statement he enters an ITT of roughly an hour, and he finishes more than 9 minutes behind van Emden, and last of a not exactly stellar field (imagine Dumoulin, Evenepoel, Dennis, van Aert, Campenaerts riding... he could have been down 12 minutes). I didn't see the race, and don't know if he punctured 12 times or crashed 3 times and broke his collarbone, but if this his "what he's worth" right now, i'm afraid he's just going to be making a fool of himself. I assume he's been training for longer than the last month, because he also rode the Dutch nationals ITT back in june.
I think it was only 11 punctures.
 
In the Dutch national ITT he actually finished closer to Van Emden, 6 minutes as opposed to 9. But the Dutch NC was flat and this course was pretty hilly.

So you can say he has not progressed since june. I don't know either what he's trying to do. Apart from having to catch up 3 years of not racing professionally and never having been top since junior period. Seems like a desperate PR stunt to me
 
I saw the picture on the thread stating the giant had returned and was like “oh no, don’t tell me that guy is posting again.”
This would actually be one of the greatest things, if Ryo was to return, and mark his own return by setting up a thread to hallmark his own greatness. It would be more transparent than the time DAOTEC posted the message about his being banned from one of his sockpuppet accounts.

Anyway, much as I like Kai, and have been a staunch defender of him for years, I really hope he isn't going out there and embarrassing himself. The big problem is, because it's Kai, you actually don't know if he had a Michael Rasmussen 2005 type time trial out there - because that would just be typical of the kind of thing that happens to Kai.
 
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Wow, the user names in the first two pages of this thread (from 2011) sure bring back memories . . . most of the Dutch mafia represented. I think I started following (lurking on) this forum just the year before.
 
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