The Jelle Vanendert is epic thread!

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It's very strange, because we knew years ago Vanendert was a supertalent (clinic related posts in this topic are highly laughable for people who know Vanenderts past). But then he fell back a few years with a lot of injuries. When he resurfaced as Gilbert's sidekick, i thought he probably would never live up to the old expectations but did very well as a superdomestique nevertheless. Never expected he would push through after all. Very nice. Seems to be a more "natural" climber than JVDB as well.
 
Aug 18, 2009
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Sort of a big deal when you can just ride away from Samu Sanchez, Andy Schleck and everyone else. He could be a key signing for this new Lotto team 'developing Belgian talent', if that's the direction that team's taking.
 
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It was a good win but he didn't kick everyone as some as suggesting - yes he followed the best in the group of 12-15, but when he attacked no-one reacted, as he was down on GC. And he had a nice headstart before Sanchez attacked. Kudos though :)
 
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will10 said:
It was a good win but he didn't kick everyone as some as suggesting - yes he followed the best in the group of 12-15, but when he attacked no-one reacted, as he was down on GC. And he had a nice headstart before Sanchez attacked. Kudos though :)
True if he was a GC threat he would have been chased down, but he wasn't swept up by any of the subsequent accelerations, so he did ride away. He was the quickest up the climb.
 
Started to notice in Pais Vasco, that he got himself a top 10 or two, and made me wonder, whether it was a sign of things to come, and indeed, a great ride today after a 10th in Amstel. Top 10 iin Liege is looking likely, isn't it? I hope that he can continue to hold this form. Last time I remember him being this good was Tour 2011, even though he had a good spring in 2014.
 
Yeah, but drafting on the Mur de Huy really can't gain you much. I think it's unlikely he would have gotten first or second if he and Wellens had switched roles. He even didn't have to think about the fight for position at all on the climb.
 
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I didn't even know I made this thread lol. Definitely didn't deliver on my expectations in the end. He's a true Ardennes classic specialist these days as he's pretty invisible everywhere else.
 
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Epic effort indeed... looks like he was channeling his inner VdB on St. Nicholas. In the post-race interviews he said the Ans finish doesn't suit him, he was betting all or nothing and wasn't particularly interested in 2nd place. Not sure next year's finish will suit him better, but it will be interesting to find out, assuming he can regain his current form and precision-peak again.
 

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