- Jun 23, 2018
Tour of Romandie starts Tuesday. Anyone watching?
This was my first year to watch the Spring Classics properly and they were great. As you said, the timing for these European races isn't so bad for Japan (tho they sometimes overlap with the football).Watching nearly every races via internet and really enjoy it. With the jet lag, it is pretty convenient to follow from Japan, isn’t it !
The spring classics have just ended last weekend with Liège-Bastonne-Liège, and I did not miss one. I had a pictures with Robert Gesink, team Jumbo-Visma. taken last year at the Japan Cup and follows him but unfortunately he crashed badly at LBL and will miss the Giro.
New talents are emerging this year. and with the cyclo cross stars not sucking the wheels like Van Der Poel and Van Hart joining the classics. the spring has been really exciting
I think the Tour of Romandie is the latest warming up race for the Giro. Roglic has been really strong and should do well, I hope
Sky will go with its new name Ineos. The jersey looks like the same.
Many teams have change their name/jersey this year and I had difficulties to identify the riders
Sorry, I could write a book about watching pro races, being like an otaku
Haven't watched it yet but Alex Dowsett described it as "mad".I guess the biggest news of the TT was Campenaerts' crash. Definitely a shame considering the traction he'd been getting for breaking the hour record. That was a horrible section of the course, including a cobbled climb, and his early start time didn't help. I'm surprised the organizers didn't start him toward the end to build up a bit of drama. Here are the results for the opening day.
Today they go straight into a mountain stage for Stage 1. Maybe five Cat 2 climbs and a total elevation of 2,700m. Max elevation of 1,286m. Should be fun.
A good analysis of Cavendish's form and state of mind here.I watched the last hour or two of Romandie last night but it was pretty boring compared to the Stage 2 (result here if interested). I still haven't learned to love the bunch sprints at the end.
Nasty rain to start the Tour de Yorkshire (not unsurprising given the time of year). I'd like Cavendish to get a stage win this week but I guess he didn't fancy it today. It did look kind of sketchy at the end as there were pools of standing water everywhere. It's frightening the risks they take in those sprints.
Another great vid, Andy! I’ve got about half way through but I’ll watch the rest after tea. Really makes me wander to go for a ride.A good analysis of Cavendish's form and state of mind here.
Sprinting is a daredevil's game that can be hard to get your head into. MC's comments at the end reflect that.
If you are interested in the writer formerly known as Robert Millar, this is a great documentary.