4 Jours de Dunkerque

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  1. Ilan Vardi

    Ilan Vardi Guest

    A really strange race, the coverage itself being the most interesting part. On the penultimate day,
    the final breakaway of four riders, or which at least three were on the 1998 Festina team, and the
    fourth was of that same era. The only missing element was Virenque, who was in the final break until
    the last 10K. One wonders about the future of cycling, whether the old guys are still doping just as
    much, whether the young guys are, or whether the old guys have been doping for so long that it has
    changed their system permanently. Interestingly, not one comment about the make-up of this final
    four on TV or in l'Equipe.

    Christophe Moreau won the stage anyway, even after doing about 75% of all the attacking and
    chasing for the last 60K at least. Then he won the ITT the next day by 30 seconds for 19K. No
    doubt good form.

    The most amazing part of the race was the last 2 K's of the last stage, a circuit race in and around
    Dunkerque. Moreau had been on O'Grady's wheel all day, in order to be protected by the most skilled
    rider on the team. Then, with about 3K to go, Moreau went nuts and started doing weird stuff,
    possibly trying to set O'Grady up for a sprint win. Apparently not used to riding at the front of a
    race in the final kilometers, Moreau got into some deep trouble. First, he had to jump over a curb,
    since he had ridden into the parking lane. Then, he almost crashed into a rider coming back from his
    pull at the front. At this point, O'Grady realised he had to take things firmly in hand, and stuck
    his left arm out right in front of Moreau, and rode this way for about 500m, letting his leader
    safely drift towards the back.

    Amusingly, after the race, French TV asked Jalabert and Thevenet what advice they had for Moreau,
    in view of the Tour de France. They didn't give what seemed to be obvious from the coverage: Learn
    how to ride your bike! Clearly, his "bad luck" with crashes last year didn't have anything to do
    with luck.

    -ilan
     
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  2. Robert Chung

    Robert Chung Guest

    "Ilan Vardi" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > A really strange race,

    One of the stranger things is that it isn't a four day race. What's up with that?

    > Christophe Moreau won the stage anyway, even after doing about 75% of all the attacking and
    > chasing for the last 60K at least. Then he won the ITT the next day by 30 seconds for 19K. No
    > doubt good form.

    His winning time was 23:05, and he won by 25 seconds. That's almost 2%. The gaps were 25, 26, 33,
    38, 40, 47, 48, 52, and 55 seconds to the 2nd through 10th places.
     
  3. Jtn

    Jtn Guest

    "i watched his older brother go on the attack in the same race back in 1994 only to find out he went
    down the frontage road. he had about 100 meters on the field then had to dismount his bike and jump
    over to the roadway and remount. he then had about 100 meters on the field again. in the
    rears.....he must have trained his little bro on attacking and riding tactics.....
     
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