- Jan 5, 2004
doctorSpoc said:well deserved victory by Evans... he was decisive and brave and smart... put his head down and got to work... all the things that we criticize him for not doing usually.
sanchez, and cancellara (must be kicking himself) were so strong but tried to be WAY too cute about it and needed some of the qualities that Evans displayed today. basically, the race is up the road and it's time to go, god damned who's on my wheel.. i can't win from back here. i more so blame Cancellara since Sanchez had rodriguez up the road... so the ball was more so in Cancellara's court... Evans showed them how it's done today though.
the coverage i watched never showed how the last ~1min to the break got bridged... i saw the spanish pulling up the hill but some one must have put in one hell of an attack to bridge all that time in such a short distance... saw Cancellara working the descent but it must have started before that. actually i was watching EuroSport audio with god knows which video (north america sucked this year for coverage) and they were not quite in sync..
What happened was that CE broke away from Kolobnev and Rodriguez with 4kms to go.
Kolobnev and Rodriguez were either marking each other - or were too tired to try to go with CE.
It was hard to tell to be honest.
I reckon they were both tired.
Cancellara/Valverde group were making each other and any time Canc made a break for it, he was marked.
he did get away in the last three kms but it was too late to chase down CE, Kolobnev and Rodriguez.
Actually Canc was on his hands and knees after he crossed the line.
He was totally bolloxed.