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Tommeke, The Greatest Cobblestone Rider of All Time?

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This is so disappointing.Although others like Vanmarcke and Sagan would have been there,the duel between Tommeke and Cancellara would have been the main draw at RVV/PR.Gutted for him.
 
Dekker_Tifosi said:
No broken bones, but no classics either. He has to rest 3 to 6 weeks and no competition for sure.

Too bad really, one of the few classics rider who really want to race from far out gone

So 2 weeks on rollers/hometrainer, 1 week with some bike rides, some competition and he'll be ready for Roubaix, no? :)
 
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Volderke said:
So 2 weeks on rollers/hometrainer, 1 week with some bike rides, some competition and he'll be ready for Roubaix, no? :)

Riding the cobbles with a dislocated shoulder is impossible.

Very bad news, dammit :(
 
Quite frankly- is a pity that Boonen suffered this injury right before the classics....... Having said that, I believe he wasn't going to be a decisive factor in the classics at all, since he seems to be fading while Terpstra appears to be in much better shape & ready to lead the team properly.
 
hfer07 said:
Quite frankly- is a pity that Boonen suffered this injury right before the classics....... Having said that, I believe he wasn't going to be a decisive factor in the classics at all, since he seems to be fading while Terpstra appears to be in much better shape & ready to lead the team properly.
Yeah I agree but it will be totally different for Terpstra to lead Ettix without Boonen taking the heat of the pressure. Let's see how he handles it
 
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trevim said:
Yeah I agree but it will be totally different for Terpstra to lead Ettix without Boonen taking the heat of the pressure. Let's see how he handles it

I think you're right, but between ?tybar, Terpstra and Vandenbergh there's enough talent for them to be able to make sure that a talented rider can benefit from someone else's being marked. Of course, converting that benefit into a win is a different matter entirely.
 
I just hope Terpstra attacks before Kwaremont in Ronde. No way he can follow Canc and Vanmarcke (and Sagan if in top form) there. It's nice to have many cards to play, but if you keep them in your hand they won't be worth much. Stybar is perfect in the role of following the others.
 
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Netserk said:
I just hope Terpstra attacks before Kwaremont in Ronde. No way he can follow Canc and Vanmarcke (and Sagan if in top form) there. It's nice to have many cards to play, but if you keep them in your hand they won't be worth much. Stybar is perfect in the role of following the others.

Yes, particularly to the last bit, as he showed in PR 2013. Then again, I'd be interested to see what Terpstra could do if Vandenbergh went up the road before the Kwaremont and ?tybar latched onto Cancellara/Vanmarcke etc. It could mix things up interestingly.

With Tommeke out I wonder if they'll consider bringing Kwiatkowski in for the Ronde. I mean, I'm sure they won't, but we can dream, right? I'd love to see what he can do two years on from being the closest to being able to follow Cancellara and Sagan from the break (and after Chavanel was dropped so easily).
 
scholar said:
Yes, particularly to the last bit, as he showed in PR 2013. Then again, I'd be interested to see what Terpstra could do if Vandenbergh went up the road before the Kwaremont and ?tybar latched onto Cancellara/Vanmarcke etc. It could mix things up interestingly.

With Tommeke out I wonder if they'll consider bringing Kwiatkowski in for the Ronde. I mean, I'm sure they won't, but we can dream, right? I'd love to see what he can do two years on from being the closest to being able to follow Cancellara and Sagan from the break (and after Chavanel was dropped so easily).
Vandenbergh up ahead = no go.

Absolutely only if it's relatively early so another from the team can bridge up to him before Kwaremont. The dude can't win. He can pull and that's it. Sure, he is strong, but he isn't explosive nor smart. A move from him on the penultimate Kwaremont or using him to chase/pull hard in final is the best they can do with him.
 
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Netserk said:
Vandenbergh up ahead = no go.

Absolutely only if it's relatively early so another from the team can bridge up to him before Kwaremont. The dude can't win. He can pull and that's it. Sure, he is strong, but he isn't explosive nor smart. A move from him on the penultimate Kwaremont or using him to chase/pull hard in final is the best they can do with him.

Agreed, as far as his chances are concerned. But having him up-front from early on would be useful in ensuring that neither ?tybar nor Terpstra had to pull, wherever it is that they bridge. And he could be useful for either (or both) of them.