2010 Paris-Roubaix

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  1. steve

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    First run in 1896, Paris–Roubaix is one of cycling's oldest races. It is well known for the many 'cobbled sectors' over which it runs, being considered, along with the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Gent-Wevelgem to be one of the cobbled classics.

    Since 1977, the winner of Paris–Roubaix has received a sett (cobble stone) as part of his prize. In recent years, the terrain over which Paris–Roubaix runs has led to specialized bikes, with unique frames and wheels, being used. Punctures and other mechanical problems are extremely common because of this terrain, and often play a part in who is able to ultimately make it to Roubaix with momentum.

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    2010 Paris-Roubaix News

    Photo Special: Paris-Roubaix 2010: Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) underlined his peerless form on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix, launching a lone attack and rapidly opening up a chasm of time between his frantically chasing rivals. Cycling photographer Graham Watson was there to record the occasion, and we present a selection of his best shots from the day as it unfurled.
    Link: Photo Special: Paris-Roubaix 2010 | Latest News | Cycling Weekly

    Cervélo surprises with stars missing: Despite an inauspicious Classics campaign thus far, Cervélo TestTeam surprised in yesterday's Paris-Roubaix, with Thor Hushovd and Roger Hammond taking second and fourth respectively.
    Link: Cervélo Surprises With Stars Missing | Cyclingnews.com

    Devolder's unlucky run continues at Roubaix: While Quick Step's Tom Boonen missed out on a much hoped for fourth victory at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, his team-mate Stijn Devolder was forced to contend with yet another day of bad luck at the 2010 Classics.
    Link: Devolder's Unlucky Run Continues At Roubaix | Cyclingnews.com

    Hoste's love-hate relationship with Roubaix continues: Leif Hoste (Omega Pharma-Lotto) continued his love-hate relationship with Paris-Roubaix in France on Sunday. The Belgian tends to get the best out of himself during 'the Queen of the Classics', but often bad luck has kept him from a podium spot or even victory.
    link: Hoste's Love-hate Relationship With Roubaix Continues | Cyclingnews.com

    Fab doubles up title wins: Fabian Cancellara won the Paris-Roubaix for a second time - his second one-day classic victory in eight days.

    He won by two minutes, dominating a field including three-time winner Tom Boonen of Belgium. The Swiss rider also won the Tour of Flanders last week.
    link: Fab doubles up title wins - mirror.co.uk

    Cancellara conquers the cobblestones - again! : Repeating his incredible show of strength from Flanders last week, the colossus that is Fabian Cancellara (Team Saxo Bank) attacked 48 km out, riding everyone off his wheel, to add another cobblestone to his ever-growing collection.
    Link:Cycling: Cancellara conquers the cobblestones - again! | OTHER SPORTS News

    Top 10 finish for Roulston in France: Hayden Roulston performed strongly to finish 10th in the gruelling Paris-Roubaix road race in France today to highlight a mixed day for New Zealand cyclists.

    The Olympic track silver medallist led the Team HTC-Columbia challenge to finish almost seven minutes behind the winner, Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara, who was in a class of his own in the 259km race.
    link: Top 10 finish for Roulston in France | Stuff.co.nz

    Garmin-Transitions' Roubaix wrecked by crashes: Tyler Farrar's Garmin-Transitions team was one of the first teams to depart Roubaix on Sunday and head back to the hotel in Belgium that they call home during the cobbled Classics.
    Link: Garmin-Transitions' Roubaix Wrecked By Crashes | Cyclingnews.com

    Knaven rides into the record books at Roubaix: Servais Knaven (Milram) created history on Sunday at Paris-Roubaix as he equalled the record set by Belgian Raymond Impanis by completing his sixteenth edition of the famous cobbled Classic.
    link: Knaven Rides Into The Record Books At Roubaix | Cyclingnews.com

    Cancellara powers to Paris Roubaix glory: Swiss star Fabian Cancellara rode clear of the leading group to win the Paris Roubaix cycling classic on Sunday and complete a rare double having claimed the Tour of Flanders earlier this spring.
    The 'Hell of the North' is traditionally an event for the strongmen of the sport who have to negotiate 27 sections of cobblestones and the reigning Olympic time trial champion perfectly fits the bill.
    Link: Cancellara powers to Paris Roubaix glory - CNN.com

    Flecha secures Sky's spot on the Roubaix podium: Everyone from Team Sky, including special guest James Murdoch, cheered Juan Antonio Flecha as he entered the velodrome with Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) to fight for the places on the podium. For a few moments they hoped he could perhaps take second behind Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank), but in the final metres of the final lap of the circuit Hushovd dived down the banking and snatched it from him in the sprint.
    link: Flecha Secures Sky's Spot On The Roubaix Podium | Cyclingnews.com

    Cancellara Wins Second Paris-Roubaix: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland won the Paris-Roubaix race in France, capturing the event for a second time and claiming his second victory in a one-day classic in eight days. He won by two minutes a week after his victory in the Tour of Flanders.
    link: Sports Briefing - Cycling - Cancellara Wins Second Paris-Roubaix - NYTimes.com

    Paris-Roubaix 2010: Fabian Cancellara blows away rivals to win second successive Classic: Cancellara, who won last week's Tour of Flanders after dropping Tom Boonen on the penultimate climb, once again, turned to his brilliant time-trialling skills as the world champion destroyed an impressive field that were simply unable to challenge the 29 year-old.
    Link: Paris-Roubaix 2010: Fabian Cancellara blows away rivals to win second successive Classic - Telegraph

    Fabian Cancellara cruises to Paris-Roubaix victory: The 29-year-old Swiss backed up his Tour of Flanders victory with a solo success in the cobbled classic known as "The Hell of the North".

    In a performance reminiscent of his win seven days ago, Cancellara, of Team Saxo Bank, burst away with little more than 40 of the 259-km race remaining and no one could compete with him as he won the race for a second time, finishing with a lap of honour in the Roubaix velodrome.
    Link: Fabian Cancellara cruises to Paris-Roubaix victory | Sport | guardian.co.uk

    Hushovd satisfied with second place at Paris-Roubaix: After a Classics campaign hampered by illness, Thor Hushovd (Cervélo TestTeam) was pleased with his runner-up spot in Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. It capped a good day for Cervélo, which has struggled to emulate its success in the Classics 12 months ago.
    Link: Hushovd Satisfied With Second Place At Paris-Roubaix | Cyclingnews.com

    Boonen rues lapse in concentration at Roubaix: The 108th edition of Paris-Roubaix had been presented as a duel between Fabian Cancellara (Saxo Bank) and Tom Boonen (Quick Step). Cancellara was in a position to crack the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix double, while a fourth win in Roubaix for Boonen would have put him level with record holder Roger De Vlaeminck.
    link: Boonen Rues Lapse In Concentration At Roubaix | Cyclingnews.com

    Cancellara cracks his rivals on the road to Roubaix: When Fabian Cancellara attacks and opens a gap, he has the physical ability to leave the best of the peloton behind, but after winning the second Paris-Roubaix title of his career on Sunday the 29-year-old now also knows he can defeat them on a psychological level too.
    Link: Cancellara Cracks His Rivals On The Road To Roubaix | Cyclingnews.com

    Paris- Roubaix - Liquigas-Doimo: Liquigas-Doimo has chosen seven riders to face Paris-Roubaix, planned on Sunday 11th April. Directeur sportif Stefano Zanatta, in charge to lead the team will have at his disposal a young and tough line-up lead by two experience riders, Manuel Quinziato and Frederik Willems.

    "We believe in the abilities of our talented young riders," explained Zanatta, "and we want give them the opportunity to compete in an important race such as Paris-Roubaix".
    Link: Daily Peloton - Pro Cycling News

    Team BMC Racing Tackles 2010 Paris-Roubaix on BMC SLR01 Bikes: It is not by chance that George Hincapie, Marcus Burghardt and their teammates rely on the properties and qualities of the SLR01 to tackle the 27 cobblestone sections of the Paris-Roubaix 2010. Thanks to the Tuned Compliance Concept (TCC) the teammachine is the perfect weapon for the BMC Racing Teams to challenge the Hell of the North.
    Link: Team BMC Racing Tackles 2010 Paris-Roubaix on BMC SLR01 Bikes - Cycling Product Reviews and Tech - Roadcycling.com

    Boom and Posthuma lead Rabobank: Last year Rabobank had Juan Antonio Flecha but with his departure to Sky the team doesn't have a true, single leader. However in Joost Posthuma and Lars Boom, Rabobank has two dangerous cards to play in Paris-Roubaix. Time trial specialist Posthuma usually has a go in the long breakaway but former cyclo-cross world champion Lars Boom could go well after making a strong impression during last week's Tour of Flanders.
    Link: Boom And Posthuma Lead Rabobank | Cyclingnews.com

    All eyes on Fabian Cancellara as riders gear up for Paris-Roubaix: The sporting world at large might always acclaim the annual Tour de France winner as the world's best cyclist, but those within the sport, viewing the entire spectrum of achievement across a 10 month season, are more discerning and most commentators would currently afford that accolade to Switzerland's Fabian Cancellara.
    Link: All eyes on Fabian Cancellara as riders gear up for Paris-Roubaix - Telegraph

    Paris-Roubaix: Boonen readies for Sunday's battle: Yesterday the Quick Step team completed their traditional reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route. The riders who are taking part in the race rode 85 kilometres of the parcours starting with the 17th sector of cobbles, the Troueé d’Arenberg, and finishing at the 6th sector, the Cysoing à Bourghelles.
    Link: Paris-Roubaix: Boonen readies for Sunday's battle | VeloNation Cycling News and Reference

    Stuart O'Grady geared for tough ride from Paris to Roubaix: STUART O'Grady says there is nowhere for a rider to hide on the cobblestone roads to Roubaix.
    Seasoned professionals will tell you to be first across the finish line in the race they call, among other things, the Hell of the North takes character, guts and determination -- qualities O'Grady, 36, has in truckloads.
    Link: Stuart O'Grady geared for tough ride from Paris to Roubaix | The Australian

    Paris-Roubaix toughness is not cobblers: If you thought the Tour of Flanders was tough on the peloton, think again. They don’t call Paris-Roubaix the “Hell of the North’’ without good reason. The 260km one day classic is tough on both rider and machine with no less than 28 different sections run over the famed French cobblestones. And there’s no shortage of Australians in the field led by 2007 winner Stuart O’Grady from Saxo Bank.
    Link: Paris-Roubaix toughness is not cobblers | The Australian

    O'Grady does it again - succumbs, recovers, stars: STUART O'GRADY was savouring his best performance in a bike race for months when his teammates suddenly reminded him that his best victories came every three years and just after a career - or sometimes life-threatening injury or illness.
    Link: Rupert Guinness

    McEwen to make rare Roubaix appearance: Australian cycling star Robbie McEwen will have a rare start at Sunday's famed Paris-Roubaix classic to help his team. McEwen is steadily regaining form after his injury problems last year and on Wednesday night finished second at the Scheldeprijs one-day race in Belgium. He revealed on Twitter that his upcoming schedule will feature Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Romandie ahead of the May Giro d'Italia.
    Link: ABC Sport - McEwen to make rare Roubaix appearance

    Millar hopes to continue with Classics breakthrough: For David Millar last Sunday’s Tour of Flanders represented a breakthrough. The Garmin-Transitions rider was a late attacker, and at one stage a challenger for the podium, but, six days on and on the eve of Paris-Roubaix, he finds himself looking back rather wistfully, with a mixture of satisfaction and regret.
    Link: Millar Hopes To Continue With Classics Breakthrough | Cyclingnews.com

    Farrar Prepares for Paris-Roubaix: Though some are mentioning American Tyler Farrar, who rides for Garmin-Transitions, as a podium threat for Paris-Roubaix, in an interview two days before the race he said the team goal is not about him but instead to concentrating on putting one of four racers on the podium. And, says Farrar, despite the strong form that saw him finish fifth in the Tour of Flanders, he anticipates playing supporter instead of star.
    Link: Tyler Farrar Prepares for Paris-Roubaix 2010 - bicycling.com

    Winless Boonen in one of his best Classics campaigns: Tom Boonen was relaxed after reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix course on Friday, despite the threat posed to a record equaling fourth victory at French spring Classic by the Saxo Bank squad. Victory on Sunday would put the Quick Step rider on par with fellow Belgian Roger De Vlaeminck, but the 29-year-old seems satisfied to focus on individual wins rather than records.
    Link: Winless Boonen In One Of His Best Classics Campaigns | Cyclingnews.com

    Fans favour Cancellara for Roubaix victory: Saxo Bank’s Fabian Cancellara is favoured to win tomorrow’s Paris-Roubaix spring classic, with Cyclingnews fans voting heavily in favour of the Swiss rider’s squad in its first Facebook poll. A victory by Cancellara’s team got more than 70 percent of the fans votes, while just 29 percent believe another team can get over the top of Bjarne Riis’ squad.
    Link: Fans Favour Cancellara For Roubaix Victory | Cyclingnews.com

    Boasson Hagen misses Paris-Roubaix through injury: Young Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen has withdrawn from Team Sky's squad for Sunday's Paris-Roubaix race with an Achilles injury.
    The 22-year-old will now work with team medics, aiming to be fully fit for the Tour de France in July.
    Link: BBC Sport - Boasson Hagen misses Paris-Roubaix through injury

    Devolder hopeful of dry day in northern hell: Quick Step’s Stijn Devolder is looking for dry conditions at Sunday’s Paris-Roubaix, having never contested the event in wet conditions previously. Devolder joined his team on a reconnaissance of the Paris-Roubaix route on Friday in preparation for team-mate Tom Boonen’s bid for a third consecutive title.
    Link: Devolder Hopeful Of Dry Day In Northern Hell | Cyclingnews.com

    Cancellara looking for Flanders and Roubaix double: Fabian Cancellara is the favourite for Paris-Roubaix but he insists the pressure is on his rivals' shoulders and believes that could help him take a rare Flanders and Roubaix double.
    Link: Cancellara Looking For Flanders And Roubaix Double | Cyclingnews.com

    Brailsford returns to Sky at Paris-Roubaix after track worlds focus: avid Brailsford joined the Team Sky camp on the eve of Paris-Roubaix, in Belgium today. The team manager had spent the last few months focussing on the Track World Championships in Denmark with Team GB but ahead of Roubaix called on his team to perform to their best ability in the squad's first ever 'Hell of the North'.
    Link: Brailsford Returns To Sky At Paris-Roubaix After Track Worlds Focus | Cyclingnews.com

    Millar on form for Paris-Roubaix: For David Millar last Sunday's Tour of Flanders represented a breakthrough. The Garmin-Transitions rider was a late attacker, and at one stage a challenger for the podium, but, five days on and on the eve of Paris Roubaix, he finds himself looking back rather wistfully, with a mixture of satisfaction and regret.
    Link: Millar On Form For Paris-Roubaix | Cyclingnews.com

    2010 Paris-Roubaix Start List

    Acqua e Sapone
    Luca Paolini (Ita)
    Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita)
    Andrea Masciarelli (Ita)
    Reiner Honig (Ned)
    Alessandro Fantini (Ita)
    Alessandro Donati (Ita)
    Francesco Di Paolo (Ita)
    Dario Andriotto (Ita)

    AG2R La Mondiale
    Gatis Smukulis (Lat)
    Nicolas Rousseau (Fra)
    Anthony Ravard (Fra)
    Lloyd Mondory (Fra)
    Sébastien Hinault (Fra)
    Kristof Goddaert (Bel)
    Ben Gastauer (Lux)
    Julien Berard (Fra)

    Androni Giocattoli
    Cameron Wurf (Aus)
    Fabio Taborre (Ita)
    Luca Solari (Ita)
    Fabrice Piemontesi (Ita)
    Damiano Margutti (Ita)
    Alberto Loddo (Ita)
    Thomas Bertolini (Ita)
    Rubens Bertogliati (Swi)

    BBox Bouygues Telecom
    Sébastien Turgot (Fra)
    Alexandre Pichot (Fra)
    Saïd Haddou (Fra)
    Yohann Gene (Fra)
    Damien Gaudin (Fra)
    Mathieu Claude (Fra)
    Steve Chainel (Fra)
    William Bonnet (Fra)

    BMC Racing Team
    Danilo Wyss (Swi)
    Jackson Stewart (USA)
    Michael Schär (Swi)
    John Murphy (USA)
    Martin Kohler (Swi)
    George Hincapie (USA)
    Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
    Alessandro Ballan (Ita)

    Caisse d'Epargne
    Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa)
    Luis Pasamontes (Spa)
    Vasil Kiryienka (Blr)
    José Ivan Gutierrez (Spa)
    Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por)
    Imanol Erviti (Spa)
    Mathieu Drujon (Fra)
    Arnaud Coyot (Fra)

    Cervélo TestTeam
    Dominique Rollin (Can)
    Gabriel Rasch (Nor)
    Brett Daniel Lancaster (Aus)
    Andreas Klier (Ger)
    Thor Hushovd (Nor)
    Jérémy Hunt (GBr)
    Roger Hammond (GBr)
    Théo Bos (Ned)

    Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
    Romain Zingle (Bel)
    Tristan Valentin (Fra)
    Nico Sijmens (Bel)
    Sébastien Minard (Fra)
    Jens Keukeleire (Bel)
    Kevin Ista (Bel)
    Julien Fouchard (Fra)
    Guillaume Blot (Fra)

    Euskaltel - Euskadi
    Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa)
    Romain Sicard (Fra)
    Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa)
    Inaki Isasi (Spa)
    Aitor Galdos Alonso (Spa)
    Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa)
    Sergio De Lis (Spa)
    Javier Aramendia (Spa)

    Française Des Jeux
    Arthur Vichot (Fra)
    Yoann Offredo (Fra)
    Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)
    Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr)
    Frédéric Guesdon (Fra)
    Mickael Cherel (Fra)
    Sébastien Chavanel (Fra)
    Olivier Bonnaire (Fra)

    Garmin - Transitions
    Mat Wilson (GBr)
    Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
    Svein Tuft (Can)
    David Millar (GBr)
    Martijn Maaskant (Ned)
    Robert Hunter (RSA)
    Tyler Farrar (USA)
    Steven Cozza (USA)

    Team Katusha
    Styn Vandenbergh (Bel)
    Nicolaï Trussov (Rus)
    Filippo Pozzato (Ita)
    Mikhaylo Khalilov (Ukr)
    Serguei Ivanov (Rus)
    Denis Galimzyanov (Rus)
    Laszlo Bodrogi (Fra)
    Marco Bandiera (Ita)

    Lampre-Farnese Vini
    Marcin Sapa (Pol)
    Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita)
    Danilo Hondo (Ger)
    Andrea Gremdeme (Ita)
    Mauro Da Dalto (Ita)
    Vitaliy Buts (Ukr)
    Lorenzo Bernucci (Ita)
    Alfredo Balloni (Ita)

    Frederik Willems (Bel)
    Peter Sagan (Svk)
    Fabio Sabatini (Ita)
    Manuel Quinziato (Ita)
    Daniel Oss (Ita)
    Aleksandr Kuchynski (Blr)
    Kristjan Koren (Slo)
    Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita)

    Omega Pharma-Lotto
    Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)
    Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel)
    Jürgen Roelandts (Bel)
    Sebastian Lang (Ger)
    Leif Hoste (Bel)
    Michiel Elijzen (Ned)
    Glenn D'Hollander (Bel)
    Wilfried Cretskens (Bel)

    Quick Step
    Wouter Weylandt (Bel)
    Kévin Van Impe (Bel)
    Matteo Tosatto (Ita)
    Nikolas Maes (Bel)
    Kevin Hulsmans (Bel)
    Stijn Devolder (Bel)
    Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
    Tom Boonen (Bel)

    Jos Van Emden (Ned)
    Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)
    Tom Stamsnijder (Ned)
    Joost Posthuma (Ned)
    Tom Leezer (Ned)
    Sebastian Langeveld (Ned)
    Rick Flens (Ned)
    Lars Boom (Ned)

    Saur - Sojasun
    Stéphane Poulhies (Fra)
    Romain Matheou (Fra)
    Rony Martias (Fra)
    Cyril Lemoine (Fra)
    Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra)
    Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra)
    Cédric Coutouly (Fra)
    Jimmy Casper (Fra)

    Skil - Shimano
    Robert Wagner (Ger)
    Tom Veelers (Ned)
    Steve Houanard (Fra)
    Floris Goesinnen (Ned)
    Mitchell Docker (Aus)
    Koen De Kort (Ned)
    Roy Curvers (Ned)
    Robin Chaigneau (Ned)

    Team Saxo Bank
    Alex Rasmussen (Den)
    Stuart O'Grady (Aus)
    Gustav Larsson (Swe)
    Kasper Klostergaard (Den)
    Frank Hoj (Den)
    Baden Cooke (Aus)
    Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
    Matti Breschel (Den)

    Team HTC - Columbia
    Martin Velits (Svk)
    Marcel Sieberg (Ger)
    Hayden Roulston (NZl)
    Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa)
    Adam Hansen (Aus)
    Matthew Harley Goss (Aus)
    Bernhard Eisel (Aut)
    Lars Bak (Den)

    Team Milram
    Peter Wrolich (Aut)
    Paul Voss (Ger)
    Niki Terpstra (Ned)
    Roy Sentjens (Bel)
    Servais Knaven (Ned)
    Roger Kluge (Ger)
    Markus Eichler (Ger)
    Wim De Vocht (Bel)

    Team Radioshack
    Tomas Vaitkus (Ltu)
    Sébastien Rosseler (Bel)
    Gregory Rast (Swi)
    Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr)
    Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra)
    Markel Irizar (Spa)
    Daryl Impey (RSA)
    Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn)

    Sky Professional Cycling Team
    Geraint Thomas (GBr)
    Christopher Sutton (Aus)
    Ian Stannard (GBr)
    Mathew Hayman (Aus)
    Juan Antonio Flecha (Spa)
    Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor)
    Michaël Barry (Can)
    Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor)

    Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team
    Lieuwe Westra (Ned)
    Bobbie Traksel (Ned)
    Matthé Pronk (Ned)
    Jens Mouris (Ned)
    Martin Mortensen (Den)
    Wouter Mol (Ned)
    Bjorn Leukemans (Bel)
    Gorik Gardeyn (Bel)

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    Cobblestone in northern France

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    Trouee d'Arenberg

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    Secteur pavé de Warlaing à Brillon

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    Finish on vélodrome in Roubaix

    Invited Teams 2010 Paris-Roubaix

    Belgium: Omega Pharma-Lotto, Quick Step
    Denmark: Saxo Bank
    France : AG2R, Bbox Bouygues Telecom, Cofidis, FDJ, Saur-Sojasun
    Germany: Milram
    Great Britain: Team Sky
    Italy: Acqua e Sapone, Androni, Lampre-Farnese Vini, Liquigas-Doimo
    Netherlands: Rabobank, Skil-Shimano, Vacansoleil
    Russia: Katusha
    Spain : Caisse d'Epargne, Euskaltel-Euskadi
    Switzerland: Cervélo TestTeam
    USA: BMC Racing, Garmin-Transitions, HTC-Columbia, RadioShack

  2. slovakguy

    slovakguy Active Member

    Mar 17, 2006
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    so very hard not to love this race. although the rough types lining some sections of the course leaves a sour taste, i will be keeping an eye on this one.

    strange that astana does not get an invitation and radioshack does. motivated because contador won't race this one, but vino might have?
  3. jamie72

    jamie72 New Member

    Nov 19, 2009
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  4. Andrija

    Andrija Member

    Feb 16, 2005
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    Now Cancellara has big opportunity to become second Swiss to win Flanders - Roubaix double.
    He has form. Maybe even the form of his life. He knows how to do it. And I'm not questioning his motivation.
  5. Maxiton

    Maxiton New Member

    Jan 10, 2010
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    I'm interested in hearing about the "rough types lining some sections of the course," since I've never been there. Can you elaborate?
  6. Andrija

    Andrija Member

    Feb 16, 2005
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    Now, after Cancellara convincingly won De Ronde, Boonen said that he knows what he has to do... Just to sit on Cancellara's wheel.
    Breschel didn't hide his ambitions for Roubaix too. So, Saxo could do something similar to what they did in Dwars door Vlaanderen.
    I wonder if Breschel will be given freedom, concerning everything related to De Ronde.
  7. slovakguy

    slovakguy Active Member

    Mar 17, 2006
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    last year saw some spitting at non-french riders, some abusive language and so on. some riders commented on it after the race. mostly attributed to excessive drinking on spectators' parts.
  8. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

    Jan 5, 2004
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    This is Boonen's home race and he wants to get his third successive win at P-R.
  9. Andrija

    Andrija Member

    Feb 16, 2005
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    So, you'd say he'll have better support from the team? Because it's possible he'll be against two Saxo's.
    That brings Devolder and Chavanel in the mix.
    Frenchmen would love to see domestic winner and Devolder could try to save his spring.
  10. tafi

    tafi Member

    Jul 31, 2003
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    They were some Belgian fans who spat on Pozatto who was in pursuit of Boonen (the winner). They probably spat on the other pursuers as well (like Hushovd and Flecha) and certainly did leave a smaller path through the crowd for them. The Belgies virtually invade the latter parts of the course (the border isn't far away and the region is considered part of Flanders by many).

    The French didn't have a reason to spit; Chavanel was already out of the hunt well before then.

    Either way it is unsavoury and unsporting behaviour. One of the beautiful things about cycling is that the fans can get close to the action for free. This isn't something which should be taken for granted (it is extremely rare in professional sport) and some need to learn to retain respect for all the competitors.
  11. Maxiton

    Maxiton New Member

    Jan 10, 2010
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    Thanks for that. I wonder if this behavior is something new, or if it's been happening for generations and we're only noticing/talking about it because of the internet? It's disgusting either way and could result in fans having to watch races from behind a barrier. You'd think they'd think, or just know better.
  12. jamie72

    jamie72 New Member

    Nov 19, 2009
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    Really looking forward to this..:)
  13. Eldrack

    Eldrack New Member

    Jan 10, 2005
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    Whatever happens it's going to be epic. Good few contenders but I can't see anyone out motoring Cancellara. If he gets a gap he'll keep it, no one will be able to catch him.
  14. Eldron

    Eldron New Member

    Jan 24, 2002
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    Best race of the year and we're getting the last few hours live here in South Africa!

    My money is on Boonen - it takes a special kind of hardness to win PR and I think Boonen is that man.

    I shall be glued to the TV with beer in hand (gotta get into the Belgian mood and all).

    Bring it!
  15. oldbobcat

    oldbobcat Well-Known Member

    Aug 31, 2003
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    George Hincapie, read my lips. This is your last chance to win La Doyenne. Box-section aluminum rims, 32 spokes. 26 mm tires. OK, maybe 25.

    Oh hell, I'm rooting for Alessandro Ballan anyway. If he finds a way to outsmart both Boonen and Cancellara, it will be the ride of the year.
  16. Eldron

    Eldron New Member

    Jan 24, 2002
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    I'd love to see Big George conquer the pave before he retires. He's not my favourite rider but that kind of dedication needs to be rewarded!

    I still remember his face when he sat on the side of the road with bike on one side and fork/front wheel on the other...
  17. jamie72

    jamie72 New Member

    Nov 19, 2009
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    Liege-Bastogne-Liege is known as La Doyenne (The Old Lady). Paris-Roubaix is nicknamed The Queen of Classics. ;)

    *Edit* Looks like Ballan won't be riding...

  18. steve

    steve Administrator
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    Aug 12, 2001
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    This is a shame, the sport really needs another good clean out IMO.
  19. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

    Jan 5, 2004
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    Predictions for Paris Roubaix?

    Big Tom to make it four wins, tomorrow?

    or will can make it a P-R and Ronde van Vlaanderen double?

    or maybe Dovelder?



    I think Cancellara will try to do the double by winning P-R tomorrow.
    I hope so.
  20. steve

    steve Administrator
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    Aug 12, 2001
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    I'm tipping Cancellara :)