Olympic Road Race

Discussion in 'Professional Cycling' started by classic1, Jul 30, 2008.

  1. Runitout

    Runitout New Member

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    I wonder if that tendonitis wasn't worse than suspected - or worsened by the "fall on the dancefloor". I also wonder if our favourite lion cuddler will make it Beijing at all.

    I think Luxembourg has a better chance than Australia does in Beijing.

    Funny thing about Australian riders - we're served okay on the GC front, and have some good, but not spectacular sprinters (save McEwen, who is exceptional), but no-one who has looked like winning the lumpy-ish one day races.

    We either have riders who can't handle the hills, or riders with no kick.

    Evans often places well in them, but lacks the kick to get on the top step. His riding this spring was aggressive and punchy, but he's lost that since the start of the Dauphine. Cooke seems lost between being a classics man and a sprinter, and so is neither. Davis lost his team and his form when Saiz went under - he's the closest thing we have to a Bettini, but can't climb as well. Rogers has surprising top end speed, but can't seem to position himself in the finale.

    Lloyd is developing, and might be a show in a few years. Can't really see an Australian winning this year, though.
     


  2. JAPANic

    JAPANic New Member

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    Did you see O'Grady win the Paris Roubaix 2007?
     
  3. Runitout

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    Don't recall any hills in Paris Roubaix. Which one did you watch?
     
  4. JAPANic

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  5. Bro Deal

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    With all the Bejing pollution, I will have pick a non-Euro, non-American, non-Australian rider since pretty much all of those riders have asthma. :)

    The Iranians to kick butt.
     
  6. El Loto

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    Is wee Tom Danielson riding?
     
  7. Bro Deal

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    Are you kidding? With all that Bejing air pollution and Tommy D.'s weak constitution, he would keel over dead after a couple of nights in the Olympic village.
     
  8. Hitchy

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    ROFL...you might be right...what are the odds that a 'local' will get up....maybe the only one that can find his way through the haze!....what's Chinese for 'Allez Allez"? :D
     
  9. lucybears

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  10. limerickman

    limerickman Moderator

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    Curious how the Olympic Road Race title resonates.
    Even in this era of professionalism, the ORR title is something which every rider wants to win.
    That much became apparent, in Atlanta when the ORR title went open to professional for the first time.
    All the top professionals of that era made sure that they were in Atlanta - even though it was on three weeks after a very tough TDF.
    The only absentee was Jan Ullrich at 1996 Games.

    Granted Samarach himself had to persuade Miguel Indurain to attend the Games, after a disappointing (for Indurain) 1996 TDF - Samaranch himself presented BigMig with ITT Olympic Gold medal at Atlanta.

    Remember Merckx beating the hour record at Mexico?
    Merckx could not ride at the Olympics after 1965 - but when he attempted and broke the hour record in 1973 at Mexico's Olympic velodrome, the Olympics and the press wanted to get the historic image of Merckx blasting round the track with the Olympic emblem in the foreground.
    Can't find the photo of Merckx blasting by the image of the Olympic emblem but here he is on the start line with the emblem in full view.

    http://images.google.ie/imgres?imgu...?q=merckx+hour+record&ndsp=20&um=1&hl=en&sa=N

    2008 ORR title winner???

    I think it may well be an Italian - that's if the Italian team can ride as a team.
    (which is not always the case).

    My other bets would be Hushovd, Valverde as possible contenders.
     
  11. Tech72

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    If that ORR start list is accurate, how the hell did a country like IRAN qualify 3 riders? The same as say, Denmark? The Iranians have more top notch, world class riders than Switzerland and Ireland?
     
  12. Crankyfeet

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    The Iranians are arguably Asia's best cyclists (credit thunder for info). They feasibly could win it.

    Tour of Qinghai Lake

    Final General classification

    1 Tyler Hamilton (USA) Rock Racing 30.50.38
    2 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) Poland 0.10
    3 Hossein Askari (Irn) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 1.08
    4 David McCann (Irl) Giant Asia Racing Team 1.17
    5 Oscar Sevilla Ribera (Spa) Rock Racing 1.22
    6 Matej Stare (Slo) Perutnina Ptuj 1.26
    7 Ghader Mizbani Iranagh (Irn) Tabriz Petrochemical Team 1.36
     
  13. El Loto

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    I heard he was going to try and make it 66km into the race before breaking a collarbone.
     
  14. classic1

    classic1 Well-Known Member

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    Of course they can. A bus could get on the course and knock the rest of the field off their bikes. The field in the Tour of dim sim race was shit. Better than a club race field is as bout as good a rap as you could give it IMO. The Irates qualified 3 because of the stupid continental ranking system the UCI have
     
  15. tommyadrian5

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    Having raced over there I can easily say as well that the iranians are doped to the gills when they are racing in asia/middle east. Look for them to make it about 3 laps without their juice at the olympics, or go positive for every product known to man...
     
  16. Cobblestones

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    Hushovd won't start.
     
  17. JAPANic

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    The Iranians always do well in the Tour De Langkawi... and they are probably doping like the Kahzaks...
     
  18. Crockett

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    Jeffrey Lebowski lives there, I believe.
     
  19. Cobblestones

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    Bela in Russian/Slavic languages means white. So, Belarus='White Russia".

    The list is probably some translator fuck up.
     
  20. nns1400

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    Hey man, you're spillin my beverage...
     
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