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Rig of Jarkness

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Spartacus takes off
« on: March 27, 2010, 04:51:48 pm »
Just reading the reports of todays E3 whatever race.  A 'break royale' of Cancellara, Boonen and Flecha.    Cancellara left them for dead with 1k to go.  That takes some doing !
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2010, 05:14:29 pm »
I watched it on sporza.be (with Ballerup on a different session).

When Cancellara went with perfect timing, Boonen couldn't catch his wheel (and it didn't help that there was a sharp turn at a roundabout), and Flecha wouldn't chase because  Boonen is a better sprinter, so the chase just petered out.
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2010, 10:35:51 pm »
Final few kilometres

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/-JqHXuUbUUc&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/-JqHXuUbUUc&rel=1</a>
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2010, 10:43:37 pm »
Cancellara is full flight is a sight to behold  :thumbsup:

He must count as one of my favourite riders at present and over the past few years.  You never know when he's going to 'perform' outside of the TT but when he does it's a sight to behold!!

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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2010, 11:19:01 pm »
I think he's a one-trick pony. Solo break with 1km to go. Doesn't work every time.

Rig of Jarkness

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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #5 on: March 28, 2010, 10:40:05 am »
I think he's a one-trick pony. Solo break with 1km to go. Doesn't work every time.
If I had my choice of any one trick then that would do it for me  :thumbsup:
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2010, 11:15:04 am »
Final few kilometres

E3-Prijs Harelbeke 2010 - Final kilometers
   


Love the commentary as he starts to sprint - flemish-flemish-flemish-risky-business-flemish-flemish-oy-oy-oy-oy-oy-oy!

Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2010, 11:41:48 am »
I think he's a one-trick pony. Solo break with 1km to go. Doesn't work every time.

No, but he is very good at it!  and knows just when to jump to make it stick.  Getting enough air and being able to keep enough speed that even Boonen cant get back up sprinting is impressive to watch

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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2010, 09:52:08 am »
There's not many that can go around corners at speed like Spartacus can either, hence it stuck on Saturday.

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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2010, 10:50:38 am »
Final few kilometres

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/-JqHXuUbUUc&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/-JqHXuUbUUc&rel=1</a>

Thanks for posting that  :thumbsup:
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #10 on: March 29, 2010, 01:28:36 pm »
There's not many that can go around corners at speed like Spartacus can either, hence it stuck on Saturday.

how the hell does he do it?  I've just watched the vid, and that corner at the roundabout, the other two couldn't corner on his line at all, I thought they were going to clip the curb.
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #11 on: March 29, 2010, 03:36:32 pm »
Never mind the kerb, I thought Boonen was going to hit the island before the roundabout!
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #12 on: April 01, 2010, 08:31:47 pm »
Final few kilometres

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/-JqHXuUbUUc&rel=1" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/-JqHXuUbUUc&rel=1</a>

Love the commentary as he starts to sprint - flemish-flemish-flemish-risky-business-flemish-flemish-oy-oy-oy-oy-oy-oy!

The same commentator when DM's intermediate time flashed up during today's time trial at De Panne:

"David-Millar-oy-oy!"

Only 2 oys but enough to win the TT and the overall.
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #13 on: April 01, 2010, 08:58:55 pm »
I think he's a one-trick pony. Solo break with 1km to go. Doesn't work every time.

Let's see, TdF stage wins/Maillot Jeune, Milan-San Remo,Paris-Roubaix, Olympic Gold. Whatever trick he has it seems to work.

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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2010, 03:29:03 pm »
I think he's a one-trick pony. Solo break with 1km to go. Doesn't work every time.

Let's see, TdF stage wins/Maillot Jeune, Milan-San Remo,Paris-Roubaix, Olympic Gold. Whatever trick he has it seems to work.
The point is, the conditions need to be right. Hence Cavendish wins more Tour stages, several riders finished higher on GC ...etc

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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2010, 11:18:35 pm »
I think he's a one-trick pony. Solo break with 1km to go. Doesn't work every time.

Let's see, TdF stage wins/Maillot Jeune, Milan-San Remo,Paris-Roubaix, Olympic Gold. Whatever trick he has it seems to work.

This "Maillot Jeune" - is that the young riders award  ;)
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #16 on: April 04, 2010, 03:46:29 pm »
And again!   Classy win

Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #17 on: April 04, 2010, 03:48:06 pm »
Did you see him gobble a gel about 5 minutes before that very steep cobbled climb where he attacked?  He knew exactly where to go, as Boonen was out of the saddle whereas he looked so smooth.

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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #18 on: April 04, 2010, 04:00:49 pm »
It looked to me as if Boonen was stuck in too high a gear when Cancellara went away.
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #19 on: April 04, 2010, 04:02:56 pm »
It looked to me as if Boonen was stuck in too high a gear when Cancellara went away.

Or Boonen was on traditional gearing and Cancellara was using a compact?

Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #20 on: April 04, 2010, 04:09:21 pm »
Wouldn't have been a compact.  At a guess I'd say they'd have had a 11-25 cassette.

It was a predictable attack.  Cancellara had no choice about it, as Boonen would have easily outsprinted him if it had come to that.  Don't forget Boonen is the heavier rider and so was disadvantaged on the Muur.  Boonen knew it was coming.  Did you notice Cancellara backing off a little just before he attacked?

Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #21 on: April 04, 2010, 05:56:58 pm »
Wouldn't have been a compact.  At a guess I'd say they'd have had a 11-25 cassette.

It was a predictable attack.  Cancellara had no choice about it, as Boonen would have easily outsprinted him if it had come to that.  Don't forget Boonen is the heavier rider and so was disadvantaged on the Muur.  Boonen knew it was coming.  Did you notice Cancellara backing off a little just before he attacked?


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looks like he did have a bit of a dinner plate on the back ;D

Might have been predictable, but it was certainly impressive and not alot anyone could do about it

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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #22 on: April 04, 2010, 06:08:47 pm »
I'd die of happiness if I looked as good as he does on a bike for 100 metres, never mind 262 kilometres.

Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #23 on: April 04, 2010, 06:26:59 pm »
I'd die of happiness if I looked as good as he does on a bike for 100 metres, never mind 262 kilometres.
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Re: Spartacus takes off
« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2010, 06:32:31 pm »
Might have been predictable, but it was certainly impressive and not alot anyone could do about it

Agreed!  I'm not criticising him for it.  It was stunning.... but we all knew it was in the post  ;)