Sep 26, 2016

Classic style racing

The final stage of The Eneco Tour finished in dramatic classic style. The riders faced plenty of bergs, cobbles and rain that can re-written this stage as a bona fide classic race. At least in my classic loving opinion. The last 25km was a finishing circuit the riders would roll up four times starring the Bosberg, Denderoordberg and the Muur. Leader Rohan Dennis crashed out with 50km remaining. On the final climb Niki Terpstra, Oliver Naesen and Eddy Boasson Hagen were on the loose as the Norwegian had the legs to grind it out to win the demanding stage. Niki Terpstra wins the overall, Oliver Naesen (2nd) & Peter Sagan (3rd). Makes me wish for classic season to begin.

The Boss is back!

Sep 23, 2016

Friday File: Cannibal, Light up one last time & get out and climb

The Cannibal killing it in cyclocross!

"I don't know how to lose. It's not that I fear losing, I'm just a bad loser."
- Eddy Merckx

Purito Rodriguez will compete four more races this season before he hangs up his bike for good. The thirty seven year old said goodbye after the Rio Olympics but had a change of heart and will compete in; Milan Turin, Piamonte, Il Lombardia and Abu Dhabi. I hope he lights up one last win!

Get out... and climb?

Sep 21, 2016

'After the TTT we'll see.'

World champion, points leader and sprinter extraordinare... Peter Sagan wins into Ardooie. An amazing display of slalom riding beating some of the world's best sprinters. He now moves up to second overall, 3 seconds behind leader Rohan Dennis. Friday's TTT will be crucial...

"Peter Sagan is one of our biggest rivals, but we're not too worried. We have the team trail to come."
- Rohan Dennis

"My chances in the GC? After the TTT we'll see."
- Peter Sagan

Sep 18, 2016

Peter Sagan: European road race champion

Bettini Photo

Peter Sagan continues to win. He's the new European Road Race Champion in Plumelec, France. Next stop is Monday's Eneco Tour and the way he's been riding he will mostly likely scoop up more  important WorldTour points. 

With today's win he jumps back up as the leader of the UCI world rankings. 

Rankings here.

"The European champion jersey is an insurance for next year. If I don't retain the rainbow jersey, I'll be happy to wear this one."
- Peter Sagan


Sep 16, 2016

Friday File: Monsieur Paris-Roubaix's secret

When I think of Paris-Roubaix, so many champions have won this great race but there is only one Monsieur Paris-Roubaix... Roger De Vlaeminck. His record of four victories is equaled by Tom Boonen. RdV's magical time was 1969 to 1982. The Flandrien won four times ('72, '74, '75, '77) second four times only to DNF in 1980, never placed worse than 7th. He was a champion cyclocross rider and perfected the art of riding ala TTT over the cobbles his way. He oozed style; with his sideburns, Brooklyn chewing gum jersey and beautiful blue Gios.

What was his secret?

"When you're really fit, you rarely get a flat tyre because you're more lucid. I had a puncture once, in 1970, and then never again in 10 years. The other secret is confidence. I often started with the idea that I was going to win. I missed my chance once or twice but no more than that.

I used to get up a 5am. When it was good weather I went out behind a Derny with my lights on. I used to meet Walter Godefroot to go training and I'd already ridden 120 kilometers. I used to pretend that I was tired because I'd just gotten out of bed and try to persuade him we should have a shorter ride together. I don't know if I fooled him but I needed to bluff the others to raise my own morale.

I knew how to get ready for PR. I used to ride three days of 350 kilometers a day in the week before. I used to ride Gent-Wevelgem and then ride another 130 kilometers having just changed my jersey. One year I rode 430 kilometers in a day. I needed that, that sort of training, to start the race in a good frame of mind."

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