Author Topic: Liege Bastogne Liege  (Read 1163 times)

Liege Bastogne Liege
« on: April 24, 2011, 03:51:20 pm »
Was it just me or did anyone else think that Gilbert's win was settled in advance?

Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2011, 03:55:49 pm »
It was once the Schlecks decided to have a sprint for it

David Martin

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2011, 05:07:57 pm »
The Schlecks certainly know how to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory..

It needed constant attacks - a real doing, or had they just settled for a sprint for second?
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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2011, 05:17:20 pm »
Choice - keep riding and settle for 2nd and 3rd

OR

stop riding and risk getting caught and end up off the podium.

Not too difficult in my view.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #4 on: April 24, 2011, 05:42:33 pm »
Crap tactics, two on one and nothing worthwhile even vaguely attempted. Frankly I'd be annoyed at half-decent amateurs throwing away their advantage like that. I hope the payoff was worth it.
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Rhys W

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #5 on: April 24, 2011, 07:35:55 pm »
It wasn't that they didn't attempt anything - one of the Schlecks got dropped on the penultimate climb, he clearly didn't have the legs to do a one-two. Gilbert is unbeatable in an uphill sprint finish.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #6 on: April 24, 2011, 07:41:42 pm »
So why drag that person along to exactly that situation?
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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #7 on: April 24, 2011, 08:11:51 pm »
Todays standings earned me 83 points in the Road.CC Fantasy Cycling. Thanks guys!
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Rhys W

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #8 on: April 24, 2011, 09:47:42 pm »
So why drag that person along to exactly that situation?

They weren't strong enough to drop him. There were two Schlecks/Leopards there, but one could barely keep up.

LittleWheelsandBig

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #9 on: April 24, 2011, 10:15:59 pm »
Who towed him up to the front? The weaker Schleck, stupid is stupid.
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Rhys W

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #10 on: April 24, 2011, 11:16:47 pm »
Well, yeah, they lost that in the same way Cancellara and Boonen lost Paris-Roubaix.

Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #11 on: April 25, 2011, 09:10:16 am »
Crap tactics, two on one and nothing worthwhile even vaguely attempted. Frankly I'd be annoyed at half-decent amateurs throwing away their advantage like that. I hope the payoff was worth it.

Why would you get a payoff for that?

You'd only talk money if there was one of your riders in the break who could realistically beat your rider - Sclecks  (and their manager) knew they were riding for 2nd and 3rd - still podium places.

There is more chance of a payout for Gilbert for not dropping them and leaving them to be swept up by the peloton.

there could, maybe, be a useful future alliance; Lotto don't feature strongly this year for the big tours, but will be riding.

David Martin

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #12 on: April 25, 2011, 10:17:19 am »
there could, maybe, be a useful future alliance; Lotto don't feature strongly this year for the big tours, but will be riding.

An interesting perspective - the battle for the Tour starts in the classics with the alliances and favours, slights and feuds.
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David Martin

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Re: Liege Bastogne Liege
« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2011, 11:51:15 am »
Wonderful quote from the comic's analysis..

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You have to wonder what the instructions from the Leopard team car were but in the final analysis you are left with the conclusion that even if the Schlecks shared one tactical brain between them they’d be dangerous.
"By creating we think. By living we learn" - Patrick Geddes