Actually Eenkhoorn was doing it the right way by just sitting on and trying to get away before Evenepoel went.Congrats to Remco, shows that being brave can get you big victories and not just looking at the other guy, waiting for him to bring you the win.
OTOH though, I almost haven't slept whole night to watch that shitshow? Can someone explain me how can you be happy with the situation in which you have your domestiques in a group with one of the biggest favorites and strongest riders in the world? Who has half of his teammates with him too btw... And nobody pulls and they let the gap to 2min-2.30, WTF? You go to the other side of the world, prepare for weeks for this race and then you put the brakes on your best riders because you don't wanna be the one who pulls? And you have a effing Eenkhorn ahead with Remco... EENKHORN! Why bringing gregarios at all if they're not gonna do their job, which is pulling for your strongest riders/leaders when needed? What is Tratnik's job (in which he's so good)? Getting the rainbow jersey? France going crazy like they've pulled the heist of the century even though not one of their 4 strongest riders made it into that move... And I'm sitting there, watching the group of favorites on a training ride, with disbelief on my face, while people coordinating this ccrap get payed real life money for it. With 70km to go I'm thinking it's over, Remco has it in the bag, secretly hoping that it's just my impatience and that I don't see the long game these peloton poker stars are playing... And then Brian Smith says that he thinks that the winner will still come form the peloton... then you know it's 100% over.
I'm just baffled by the idiotism, stupidity, more idiotism with most of the big nations except Belgium...
I get that some people enjoyed the confused nature of the race and that Remco fan(boy)s had the time of their life, and I can respect that... it would be fine for me if it's some smaller race but it's the WCRR! I hoped to see the best guys going at each other, giving their max, with of course some tactics involved... And this was just soo underwhelming... Just looking at each other while Remco is butchering their bottle carriers up the road, and everyone just being content with that. What did they think would happen while 50km from the finish? After so many great races we've seen this year, for me this was just bad image for the sport, not how you get more viewers imo... Knuckleheads is an understatement
Sorry for the long post but I'm tired and pissed off, and had to get this disappointment off my chest as I was really excited for this race. I mean really, Eenkhorn?
P.S.: I see same names that spent most of the July in Wout's clinic thread already laughing at him and belittling him and his result... I'll just say that him being there in the same team with Remco and having many other favorites focused on him, gives Remco more leash which helps him at least a little. So try to be more graceful in the times of success instead of acting pathetic like that. Kiss
Its obvious that many of them are lost without radio communicatio. It was looking good for Belgium a long way from the finish.That was a horrific race. Just idiots all around. Belgium were the only team who looked like they were in a race and everyone else was on a training ride.
I definitely don't think the weather will be better in September. And July might cause some scheduling issues...The question to precede doubt about whether they want good eather should surely be "Why is the next worlds in Scotland? "
It's even weirder as it forces the major cycling championships to change drastically their calendar. Road is usually held in the end of september, MTB XCO, DH and XCM in the beginning/middle of september and although Track was usually held between February and April, it's been in October for the past two years. Only BMX will be nearer the normal slot.
Which of the best riders did he not beat? The rest could have come across when he did, many were trying but couldn’t.Evenepoel didn't even have to work hard for this one imo. Ofcourse he had to work hard, but he didn't have to beat the best riders.
The coverage I saw was more highlights, then the last 10km. What I did see was Remco taking an opportunity and only a few guys wanting to strike out with that distance to go. Looking at the finishing places from 2nd on it was clear the sprinters felt it was their day. I'm really happy a strong aggressor that deserved to win took initiative and buried them. Enjoy it Remco, enjoy!Which of the best riders did he not beat? The rest could have come across when he did, many were trying but couldn’t.
I feel pretty sure he beat everyone, no?
Going by the strava segments, Remco did a pretty fine job in making that breakaway on Mount Pleasant. Many of the so-called favourites didn't ride harder on any of the climbs up Mount Pleasant.Sounds like this is a big race in name only seeing 97% of the riders decided to use it as a Sunday morning roll around the area. Half a dozen riders took it seriously allowing one of the favourites to not believe his luck being let off the front so easily. Such a shame. Nice win by Remco though, he now has the jersey to show off.
Certainly some were. Anyone not trying was also beaten. Why were those who “were not trying” not trying? Just let that group go? Not a threat? They either lost because they weren’t strong enough or smart enough.Uh, no. The other star riders were not trying to get into the break when he did...
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