Archive for March, 2010

Milan-Sanremo summary.

Here is the leading group, just 25 riders. There were other guys who had a go in the finale, such as Pozatto and Nibali who then sat up and lost a few seconds.

1    Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    6:57:28
2    Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
3    Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini
4    Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago – CSF Inox
5    Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
6    Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
7    Francesco Ginanni (Ita) Androni Giocattoli
8    Maxim Iglinsky (Kaz) Astana
9    Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
10    Luca Paolini (Ita) Acqua & Sapone
11    Matti Breschel (Den) Team Saxo Bank
12    Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française Des Jeux
13    Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana
14    Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Team Radioshack
15    Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank
16    Yoann Offredo (Fra) Française Des Jeux
17    Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
18    Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky Professional Cycling Team
19    Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram
20    Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne
21    Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step
22    Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
23    Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo
24    Xavier Florencio Cabre (Spa) Cervelo Test Team
25    Michael Rogers (Aus) Team HTC – Columbia

What I don’t understand is that after 300km all those sprinters are still hanging in there. I timed the final 45km that included the Capo Berta, Cipressa and Poggio and it took exactly one hour. Surely that is fast enough to see off the spurters?

I was pleased to see Dimitro Grabovskyy having a go as I have been convinced he is a good un since seeing him win the U23 Worlds at Madrid. I had never heard of Sacha Modolo, perhaps unsurprisingly as he is just 22 years but I was more impressed by Francesco Vinanni who I recall won the Three Valleys Varesine in 2008 as a first year pro. He did a fair bit of grafting for his leader Scarponi but was still able to contest the sprint.  He also looked like a super descender which is a nice skill to have.

Finally what can you say about Oscar? He cannot always win as showed last year time and time again when he just didn’t have the legs but he is never beaten by bad positioning.

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OSCARITO !! 2004,2007,2010, 2013?

Oscar’s son thinks his Dad has better legs than the podium girls.

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Pic of the Day No.15

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Pic of the Day No.14 (Mark Cavendish)

This crash happened about seven km from the finish of the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. The boy will need to be fully recovered if he is to beat Boonen at San Remo.

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Pic of the Day No.13

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Kermesse crisis overstated?

Rhys photo

Belgian Cycling Federation (KBWB) has tightened the eligibility rules for entry to “pro” kermesse races causing fears that fields would be too small leading to loss of interest by both the public and sponsors. Only riders on a ProTour team, professional continental team, continental team or Top Competitie U27 (whatever that is!) will have the right to start.

Not surprisingly lots of Elite amateurs fancied the chance to give Tom Boonen a good kicking and fields of more than 250 riders were not unknown. Why the KBWB banned certain categories rather than placing a limit on field numbers is unclear and some organisers believed that the Federation wanted kermesse races to “die a quiet death”.

If that is true the Wielerbond will be disappointed as at the first kermesse of the year yesterday at Wanzele in East Flanders there was 146 starters.

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Pic of the Day No.12

That looks like frost on the house roof.

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