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    In the track world champs GB won gold with Victoria Pendleton and Shanaze Reade in the Woman's Team Sprint, and Bradley Wiggins winning the Men's individual pursuit and thrashing former World Champion Robert Bartko by catching him.

    Meanwhile tonight Roger Hammond leads T-Mobile in E3 Prijs Vlaanderen, and he will have good support in 2001 Paris-Roubaix winner Servais Knaven (also a stage winner in the 2003 TdF).
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    Unless it was a cunning April Fools Day prank, ASO have said the TdF will start in Dubai with an uphill time trial. The only difference is that it will be indoors held in the Mall of Emirates and finishing at their uphill ski hill While Sir Richard Branson is considering sponsoring a Pro Tour team, most likely the new sponsor for Discovery Channel.

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    Saw that and didn't really care much about it tbh. The guy's retired so not much will happen.
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    Craigos. Need to up my average speed, any advice/tips etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    Craigos. Need to up my average speed, any advice/tips etc?
    Try doing intervals, pick a spot for about 400-500m and just ride that little bit quicker (anything from up to 5-10km/h), and have about three of them at least and keep doing that (maybe once or twice a week) and gradually things will get quicker.

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    Any thoughts on tomorrows Ronde van Vlaanderen?

    Looks like they'll have good weather, so Boonen should win; he's the strongest of the lot. Sort of rate Nuyens, but he's probably not good enough to win with a such a starting field.
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    Usually go with Boonen, good bet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes View Post
    Any thoughts on tomorrows Ronde van Vlaanderen?

    Looks like they'll have good weather, so Boonen should win; he's the strongest of the lot. Sort of rate Nuyens, but he's probably not good enough to win with a such a starting field.
    Fabian Cancellara for mine.

    Has a good team behind him and is proven on the cobbles, and is the world time trial champion so if he can break off on his own, if anybody can stay away on their own to the line, it will be him (like in Roubaix last year). Also he has said this a goal for him.

    On the other hand I think Boonen will miss Nick Nuyens and Filippo Pozzato and how will Bettini and van Petegem react if Boonen asks them to chase down an attack from say Pozzato or Cancellara or by Leif Hoste? van Petegem is a two time former winner of the RVV and Bettini has made no secret this is one of his races he wants to win. There could be chaos which is why I think it could fall in CSC's way.

    I also expect good rides from those riders plus from Alessandro Ballan, Juan Antonio Flecha (one of the few Spanish riders who likes the cobblestones, unlike Mayo ), and Roger Hammond. Quite a few British riders on the start lists.

    Oh and if any Euskatel-Euskadi rider actually finishes the race it shall be considered a bonus

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    Nicole Cooke wins the women's RVV.

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    Eurosport sends live (and legal) at mms://event-1-com.eurosport.com/reflector:36105 or http://www.eurosport.com/cycling/mcp...vid37601.shtml if anyone wants to watch top-class cobble cycling.

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    Alessandro Ballan wins, with Leif Hoste second once again (his 3rd time) and Tom Boonen coming a dire 12th spot (tbf he did have a an accident in the race). Stuart O'Grady was the best among the Australian riders and for CSC and christ we had an Euskatel rider finish in the top 40.

    But FFS Roger Hammond, didn't finish again for whatever reason. Hope he isn't injured again.

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    Roger Hammond second at Ghent-Wevelgem behind team-mate Marcus Burghardt who took his first pro win (not a bad way to break the duck) in his career, while Oscar Friere was 3rd. Saw some of the highlights and poor Jimmy Casper (Stage 1 winner in the 2006 TdF and now with Unibet/Canyon/? team):



    Meanwhile Bradley Wiggins finished second (by only two seconds) to Andreas Klöden in the TT in the Circuit de la Sarthe race in France.
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    Brutal cobbles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matteh View Post
    Brutal cobbles.
    We can blame the Romans for that!

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