Apr 17, 2015

Friday File: Puncheur Sunday; Have a Amstel Gold, Hard Worker(s) & Legend, Paris-Roubaix: Just a few more

The Cannibal won twice - 1973 & 1975.





The Ardennes Classics start Sunday with the 50th Amstel Gold Race (think beer) the biggest race in the Netherlands. The Dutch want a home win (and need one), and haven't had a win since Erik Dekker in way back in 2001. So, I'm going for two Dutchmen: in form TT winner in Pais Vasco, Tom Dumoulin and second overall in Tirreno, Bauke Mollema. Dark horse is puncheur, Tony Gallopin. And, the man to beat is King Cauberg, who can make it number four...



Habit forming...
Phil Gil enjoys his third Amstel in 2014.







Hell of the North: just a few more...

























“I have to search now for a place to put the cobblestone in my apartment, and this is not going to be easy! “It’s big and heavy, I need to find a stable bench for it.”
- John Degenkolb









I always liken a good day when a hard worker wins...


Chapeau to Ben Hermans.
De Brabantse Pijl...

Last year's winner, Philippe Gilbert (3rd) makes it known who number 1 is...

"He is always working for the team. When you have someone like this and they win, it is always nice."





Another team advantage...


Service Course
via Castelli Cycling


Apr 14, 2015

The Final Flemish Flury: De Brabantse Pijl






The Flemish Classics have one more race remaining- tomorrow's De Brabantse Pijl. Defending champ, Philippe Gilbert is back and afterwards will attempt his assault on the Ardennes Classics - Sunday with Amstel Gold. Before that, a final Flemish flury: 205.4kms, 26 climbs... it'll be a kicker.





Apr 13, 2015

A very exciting Paris-Roubaix


John Degenkolb: the elevated new cobbled star.






What a helluva Paris-Roubaix ride it was for John Degenkolb winning his second Monument of the season. No one could match him in the final sprint...










Or, this well timed tweet from Jason...








Train vs riders; a close call...

"By neutralizing the race for a few moments to not penalize those who stopped, we respected the spirit of the rule. In theory, those who pass when the barrier is down are thrown out of the race. This time, that would have been unjust in respect of those riders who weren't identified."

- Commissaire Guy Dobbelaere.


Train gate.




Bradley Wiggins rode to a worthy 18th place to close his illustrious road racing career. Now he goes on to the build up towards a world hour record and the 2016 Rio Olympics.


photo Bernard Papon





"It was nice, guys you've been banging heads with for years and never spoken to, coming up in the race and congratulating you on your career. It's hard not to get emotional. I'm pretty happy."
- Bradley Wiggins







253.5km, 27 cobbled sections: A true test for rider and bike.







Jens Keukeleire rode to a fantastic 6th place, follow the chaos in this Backstage Pass...












With the cobbled classics over, attention switches to the Ardennes classics: Amstel Gold (Apr.19), La Flèche Wallonne (Apr.22) and Liege-Bastogne-Liege (Apr.26)...



Apr 11, 2015

A Sunday in Hell (1976) & Images by Pauline Ballet.

All photos: Pauline Ballet.





I'll be up early Sunday morning to watch Paris-Roubaix. Before that happens, here's a tantalizing glimpse of Paris-Roubaix through the lens of photographer, Pauline Ballet. And, of course, the iconic A Sunday in Hell is the finest cycling documentary made. After watching this video, I noticed some undeleted scenes not on the original cut. See if you can spot them, there are many that make this cut more complete.

















Apr 10, 2015

Friday File: Monsieur Paris Roubaix, La Reine Des Classiques, Daniel Oss; One way or another, de Kasseien of Paris-Roubaix

Hope this part dries up before Sunday.





Here's a fine hellish collection on my favorite race. Sit back and enjoy this fun visual rough ride over les paves.




The one and only, Monsieur Paris-Roubaix...

























In Dutch only, with extraordinary imagery and candids from champions; Servais Knaven (2001), Fabian Cancellara (2006, 2010, 2013), Roger De Vlaeminck (1972, 1974, 1975, 1977) and the heroic; Kurt Asle Arvesen (the man riding 20kms, in 2011, without a seat)...







And my favorite...








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