The Spring Classics 2013 - how many days to go???

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Pross » Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:46 am

Jez mon wrote:Is Sagan going to target any monuments or will he target the green jersey a bit more?



He's going to win them all in one season ;)

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Turfle » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:14 pm

I'm going to wheel out my "Sagan hasn't won a one-day race, apart from Slovak championship, since the GP Kooperativa in 2009" fact again.

I do expect him to win something big next year though. Maybe Amstel.

Most excited to see Geraint Thomas back on the cobbles.
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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:30 pm

Every race next season with any lumps is going to be prefaced by a chorus of 'Sagan's going to smash this', isnt it?

Sigh...

Yeah, Turfle, bring on G! Very much looking forward to seeing him back in action.

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby ThomThom » Wed Oct 31, 2012 13:58 pm

Mooro wrote:Which are the best classics to go and see then? I am bit hooked after the world champs last year and fancy a bit of one day action across in belgium somewhere. Amstel / Flanders / Paris Roubaix?


Flanders. Spectators are mental. Great options of pubs and events with big screens close to parts of the route where the riders will ride.

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby FJS » Sun Nov 04, 2012 20:58 pm

Sagan's aims for next year: Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, LBL, Fleche Wallonne and green jersey at TdF
http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-divers_ ... 28636.html

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby RichN95 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 21:02 pm

Turfle wrote:Most excited to see Geraint Thomas back on the cobbles.

That's what I'm most excited about for 2013. (But then I'm biased).
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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Pross » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:24 pm

FJS wrote:Sagan's aims for next year: Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, LBL, Fleche Wallonne and green jersey at TdF
http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-divers_ ... 28636.html


I wish riders would show more ambition! ;)

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Turfle » Mon Nov 05, 2012 15:27 pm

Pross wrote:
FJS wrote:Sagan's aims for next year: Ronde van Vlaanderen, Paris-Roubaix, LBL, Fleche Wallonne and green jersey at TdF
http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-divers_ ... 28636.html


I wish riders would show more ambition! ;)


He named every race apart from the one I predicted him to win!

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby wilo13 » Mon Nov 05, 2012 17:33 pm

PR 2013, can't wait! I will stick my neck out and say Taylor Phinney could be an outside chance. The problem with predicting PR is its such a gamble as only a 1/3 of the field finish every year.

I hope FroomeDog can bring home the tour as well.
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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby deejay » Mon Nov 05, 2012 19:57 pm

greasedscotsman wrote:Actually, the best thing to do is go for a week. So either do Flanders, Pino Cerami and Roubaix or Amstel, Fleche and Liege. Take your bike over and ride when there isn't any racing to see. :D

Until this year for previous 16 years a 5day (cheaper) trip by car (& bike) on the 7am Wednesday boat (for a big breakfast) and the drive to the Fleche Wallonne.
Then 2 days Tourist before 2 nights in Liege for Saturdays presentation & Sundays Race followed by the dash to Calais for the 2100 ferry.
Tourist could be Bastogne (Nuts City) and the German 1944 winter breakout, (the film was Battle of the Bulge) or nip into Luxembourg, Holland or Germany.

I've done R.V.V. and also Roubaix but the crowds are so large now and I hate Gridlock traffic so I watch TV. (well I know the roads)
There are so many races over the Flanders roads to pop over with less traffic for a midweek race and join the locals in the bars. (with TV of course)

I am expecting something from the SKY team next Spring. :roll:

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby BigMat » Tue Nov 06, 2012 16:39 pm

It would be great to see G and Stannard at the front at the business end of Flanders / Roubaix. Stannard looked like a monster on several occasions last year - British nationals, Vuelta lead outs, worlds and in particular Olympic road race. Big gap to close to Boonen based on last year, but he must be one of the most likely challengers.

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Richmond Racer » Tue Nov 06, 2012 16:44 pm

deejay wrote:
greasedscotsman wrote:Actually, the best thing to do is go for a week. So either do Flanders, Pino Cerami and Roubaix or Amstel, Fleche and Liege. Take your bike over and ride when there isn't any racing to see. :D

Until this year for previous 16 years a 5day (cheaper) trip by car (& bike) on the 7am Wednesday boat (for a big breakfast) and the drive to the Fleche Wallonne.
Then 2 days Tourist before 2 nights in Liege for Saturdays presentation & Sundays Race followed by the dash to Calais for the 2100 ferry.
Tourist could be Bastogne (Nuts City) and the German 1944 winter breakout, (the film was Battle of the Bulge) or nip into Luxembourg, Holland or Germany.

I've done R.V.V. and also Roubaix but the crowds are so large now and I hate Gridlock traffic so I watch TV. (well I know the roads)
There are so many races over the Flanders roads to pop over with less traffic for a midweek race and join the locals in the bars. (with TV of course)

I am expecting something from the SKY team next Spring. :roll:



Bear in mind that at this rate we'll all be taking it in turns to DS for them...

However, I'm going to hold out hope that between Yogi, G and EBH, we get to see some Sky action which doesnt result in them being turned over like a kipper

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby greasedscotsman » Tue Nov 06, 2012 17:03 pm

deejay wrote:I've done R.V.V. and also Roubaix but the crowds are so large now and I hate Gridlock traffic so I watch TV. (well I know the roads)


Never really had a problem with traffic at Roubaix. Sure, Everyone goes to Arenberg. But then just go somewhere else, there is plenty to chose from. And of course, Flanders has changed a bit. You just go to the finish circuit now, no problems with traffic there.

deejay wrote:There are so many races over the Flanders roads to pop over with less traffic for a midweek race and join the locals in the bars. (with TV of course)


We don't all live in Kent! :wink:

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Milton50 » Wed Nov 07, 2012 13:33 pm

I hope this is the year that Stannard puts in a really good showing in the cobbled races. He seemed to get better and better as the season went on last year and he seems to be built perfectly for GW and P-R.

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby greasedscotsman » Wed Nov 07, 2012 15:03 pm

Milton50 wrote:I hope this is the year that Stannard puts in a really good showing in the cobbled races. He seemed to get better and better as the season went on last year and he seems to be built perfectly for GW and P-R.


And Flanders. He did pretty well in 2011.

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Richmond Racer » Wed Nov 07, 2012 15:40 pm

The cobblestones are groaning at the thought of Yogi pounding them again

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Turfle » Wed Nov 07, 2012 15:45 pm

Stannard, G, Fenn, Blythe. Four Brits who could well be there next year when it's down to the final 20 or so in the big cobblers.

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Cal_Stewart » Wed Nov 07, 2012 15:54 pm

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby Mooro » Sat Nov 10, 2012 19:05 pm

Pross wrote:
Mooro wrote:
greasedscotsman wrote:Actually, the best thing to do is go for a week. So either do Flanders, Pino Cerami and Roubaix or Amstel, Fleche and Liege. Take your bike over and ride when there isn't any racing to see. :D


i like this option. The problem is the kids are in school, so i have to pull them out for a week (risking their total failure in life due to missing a weeks colouring and brawling (or so the teachers tell me)). [joke - any teachers!]


Do Flanders and Roubaix. Flanders is on Easter Sunday and Roubaix the week after so should tie in with school holidays.



cheers for this now just need to decide which of the two weeks to take off - half term is 30th March to 16th April so need to choose which race:
31 Mar 2013 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Bel)
7 Apr 2013 Paris - Roubaix (Fra)
14 Apr 2013 Amstel Gold Race (Ned)
17 Apr 2013 La Flèche Wallonne (Bel)
21 Apr 2013 Liège - Bastogne - Liège (Bel)

my original preference was 14th - 21st to see three races but this wont happen.

We were in valkenberg for the worlds and I would love to repeat that but it would be great to hear which anybody else would choose and why?

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Re: The Spring Classics 2013 - only 138 days to go!!!

Postby greasedscotsman » Sat Nov 10, 2012 19:39 pm

Mooro wrote:cheers for this now just need to decide which of the two weeks to take off - half term is 30th March to 16th April so need to choose which race:
31 Mar 2013 Ronde van Vlaanderen / Tour des Flandres (Bel)
7 Apr 2013 Paris - Roubaix (Fra)
14 Apr 2013 Amstel Gold Race (Ned)
17 Apr 2013 La Flèche Wallonne (Bel)
21 Apr 2013 Liège - Bastogne - Liège (Bel)

my original preference was 14th - 21st to see three races but this wont happen.

We were in valkenberg for the worlds and I would love to repeat that but it would be great to hear which anybody else would choose and why?


Don't forget GP Pino Cerami on the 4th April. Start is in Saint-Ghislain and it finishes in Frameries, although I would head to this climb...

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Which I think they do 3 times. It's not the biggest race compared to the others your looking at seeing, but if you choose to do Flanders and Roubaix, it's something to go to on the Thursday. And if your staying in Valenciennes for Roubaix, it's not very far away.

I don't think you'll go wrong with any of the races your looking to see, they are all pretty good. Don't think Liege is quite as good as the others from the roadside though, so I'd go for the first week.

Actually, I will probably be going to Flanders, GP Pino Cerami and Roubaix next year! :D


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