Steele Von Hoff's 2014 Pro Thread

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fwiw I saw it all.

Ed - picture Nibali pulling away up the Cipressa, opening up a gap of about 45 seconds on the chasing peloton while getting closer and closer to the leading two. The Eurosport commentary team (now some Irish bloke partnering Sean Kelly, instead of the excellent David Harmon) say that he's gone so far out, he must be hoping he can catch those two by the end of the descent so that he'll have someone to share the work on the flat section before the Poggio. However, not long after that he goes flying straight past both of them and leaves them for dead on the soaking descent. But the gap is narrowing, slowly but surely, and he only has about 15 seconds when they reach the Poggio. He gets reeled in and instantly dropped. No attacks stick, the lead group, with Cavendish still in it, begin the terrifying descent into San Remo...

Hunter - they enter the final straight, Cavendish opens up his sprint early on the left (as we look at it), he goes into the lead, then suddenly seems to lose all energy and sits back down again, Kristoff storms clear and Cancellara is left banging his handlebars in frustrated cartoon villain style.

he is looking only the ball (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 24 March 2014 22:39 (six years ago) link

Interestingly I think it was david harmon on the SBS feed

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 24 March 2014 22:49 (six years ago) link

kelly on mine, but with whom i can't say.

a nation filled with lead (Hunt3r), Monday, 24 March 2014 22:54 (six years ago) link

wait we didn't talk about contador and his breakaway trailer paperboying the final climb in that tirreno stage, did we? because im pretty sure when pistolero paperboys it's steep. amazing.

a nation filled with lead (Hunt3r), Tuesday, 25 March 2014 02:53 (six years ago) link

that looked fucking. awful.

30% are you even

gbx, Wednesday, 26 March 2014 00:40 (six years ago) link

Flanders was really good today, I thought

he is looking only the ball (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 6 April 2014 21:05 (six years ago) link

I thought terpstra was going to get across at the end while the front four were freewheeling along looking at each other in the last km!

BARGEARSE (haitch), Sunday, 6 April 2014 23:15 (six years ago) link

Damn, pity SBS only had the last 36km but at least the DVR kept up with it.

OPQS is looking like too many chiefs not enough indians, especially with boonen not firing on all cylinders. Also would have been interesting to see where gearing thomas may have ended up if he hadn't spent so much time on the deck.

Can't argue with Cancellara's tactical nouse, even if he can't TT off the front like he used to he can still out think the you guys in a small bunch. I have to ask the question, has he really lost the ability to dump people like he used to or has the change in course joined with a desire to win differently? It certainly makes for better TV.

Track standing in the velodrome next sunday?

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 6 April 2014 23:29 (six years ago) link

omg that crash roll at steephill esp jvs :(

ale burphard iii (Hunt3r), Monday, 7 April 2014 00:03 (six years ago) link

Gearing Thomas

he is looking only the ball (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 7 April 2014 08:16 (six years ago) link

basque country looks like it'd be nice to visit

BARGEARSE (haitch), Monday, 7 April 2014 14:13 (six years ago) link

In other news, the wheels appear to have come off the sky GT bus. Froome is MIA with an injured back, Porte has been pulled from the giro and Contador looks very very strong.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 7 April 2014 20:09 (six years ago) link

it's no "steele von hoff" but the name "stig broeckx" sounds and looks legit for cobble action.

ale burphard iii (Hunt3r), Monday, 7 April 2014 20:16 (six years ago) link

^^agree w/ this, born for it

BARGEARSE (haitch), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 01:53 (six years ago) link

haitch, total rush is doing a Paris Roubaix screening on sunday, if you are interested

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 05:49 (six years ago) link

I can't! doing dinner with the fam, probably won't get back in time unforch. there's a few places screening it by the looks - TR, fitzroy revolution, a bloc...

Get A BREAKER! MORANTS (haitch), Friday, 11 April 2014 01:17 (six years ago) link

I know him more from MotoGP, but figured this was a good place to ask the Brits:

What is Carlton Kirby's accent exactly? I figure it's Northern, but is it Manchester? Sheffield?

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:54 (six years ago) link

Kind of nondescript, really couldn't say where he's from.

Great race.

he is looking only the ball (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 13 April 2014 15:20 (six years ago) link

i like the winner, but i thought it was pretty boring. it would get to the edge of exciting and then fizzle regroup.

ale burphard iii (Hunt3r), Sunday, 13 April 2014 15:23 (six years ago) link

I enjoyed that,

Slightly marred by the fact that on my ride home someone in a white ford falcon estate to the trouble to lead out of their window and hit me. No lights on so not even the slightest inkling of their number plate.

Not sure it was boring, I had my money on degenkolb when it all came together. I was truly impressed to see sky ride a decent classics race even if I didn't think they had much of a chance from that final bunch. In the end though Boonen's super domestique work secured the win.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 13 April 2014 15:35 (six years ago) link

was bummed to see gva go down and have to chase back in, i was hoping he'd get a shot out of that group.

hope youre ok ed, that's super scary.

ale burphard iii (Hunt3r), Sunday, 13 April 2014 15:53 (six years ago) link

I'm fine, it could have been a lot worse.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Sunday, 13 April 2014 15:57 (six years ago) link


I was on the back just trying to catch my breath. I was hoping that Brad would go but when he didn’t, the [Giant-] Shimano guy started coming and I rode with him. I was hoping that Brad would hit them in the end, but I guess he didn’t felt confident in doing so. Maybe he was waiting for Fabian to try something, I don’t know. I committed myself for him and that was it.


There’s a tinge of disappointment. I really had legs, even in the final, I felt strong. I was pinching myself a little bit, I don’t mind admitting that. I attacked, and then after that, I don’t know really, I just felt out-numbered. And the run-in was quite fast in the last five kilometres. Terpstra played it perfectly with Stybar and Boonen. It was a real honour to be in the final, going past Boonen on the Carrefour was special. And then to come on the velodrome with a group like Cancellara. To be there was great. It gave me confidence that I can do it now and match those guys.

ppl r riding 4 u stop pinching urself

ale burphard iii (Hunt3r), Sunday, 13 April 2014 18:08 (six years ago) link

I did wonder what they were up to - I thought maybe everyone was waiting for the inevitable surge from Cancellara that didn't come. I was hoping Wiggins was waiting for them to get over the final proper section of cobbles and then just try to break clear and time trial his way home.

he is looking only the ball (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 13 April 2014 18:28 (six years ago) link

It seems to be the eternal sky problem, waiting for the DS to shout go in their ears. I thought when Wiggins and Thomas were chatting about 5km from the end they were formulating a plan, something along the lines of Wiggins chases down any break attempts and Thomas saves it for a sprint. Sky is really not the place to develop a racing brain.

So it appears I was victim of 'Hoon' behaviour last night.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 14 April 2014 06:11 (six years ago) link

Yeah, I thought they were making a plan at that point as well. Kind of amazed Terpstra got away so easily in the end.

Madchen, Monday, 14 April 2014 06:40 (six years ago) link


Get A BREAKER! MORANTS (haitch), Thursday, 17 April 2014 00:03 (six years ago) link

'jill bear' deploying big ring stylez on the cauberg, yet again - never gets old

Get A BREAKER! MORANTS (haitch), Sunday, 20 April 2014 14:51 (six years ago) link

nice job by bmc all around.

political correctness reins (Hunt3r), Sunday, 20 April 2014 14:55 (six years ago) link

A+ beer mat skirt on the podium girl

Get A BREAKER! MORANTS (haitch), Sunday, 20 April 2014 15:00 (six years ago) link

my feed cut off before podium alas

political correctness reins (Hunt3r), Sunday, 20 April 2014 15:07 (six years ago) link

Best teamwork I've seen from BMC in a one day race since Jil-Bear joined, I think.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 21 April 2014 07:17 (six years ago) link

i know, there's the ronde for the roleurs, p-r for the hardmen, amstel for... well, for dudes with insane one time vo2max, but is there anything better than lbl? (no).

Hunt3r, Friday, 25 April 2014 21:59 (six years ago) link

btw, slagter.

Hunt3r, Friday, 25 April 2014 22:06 (six years ago) link

Ugh. Sickener for Dan Martin.

Turtleneck Work Solutions (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 27 April 2014 14:55 (six years ago) link

Poor old Dan, that really was a bummer.

Madchen, Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:04 (six years ago) link

at least epo gave us exploits, this race, it sucked.

Hunt3r, Sunday, 27 April 2014 15:18 (six years ago) link

need some sort of terrible panda-referencing tabloid headline for the martin crash imo, just a shocker

agree hunt3r that LBL is best race and that it suuuuucked. one kilometre of real action!

dong draper (haitch), Monday, 28 April 2014 00:08 (six years ago) link

martin handled it as well as he could. still, i would be shocked had he podiumed, if he'd stayed upright. too many fresher legs bearing down there, imo.

Hunt3r, Monday, 28 April 2014 01:59 (six years ago) link

You're probably right, but he wouldn't have known that, and the feeling as he skidded down must have been horrendous

Turtleneck Work Solutions (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Monday, 28 April 2014 23:17 (six years ago) link

Doing his best podge and rodge impression.

DVR failed again but from the reports I might have given up watching as well.

Seems like an opportunist win when everyone else had marked themselves out of contention. Perfectly legit way to win but seems to have been the dullest of the classics this year.

American Fear of Pranksterism (Ed), Monday, 28 April 2014 23:39 (six years ago) link

Whoever made the animated gif of the skid is a right meanie.

Madchen, Tuesday, 29 April 2014 06:05 (six years ago) link

welp so long and thanks for playing mr. martin. :(

Hunt3r, Friday, 9 May 2014 18:30 (six years ago) link

Seriously, this poor guy has a hex on him.

Madchen, Friday, 9 May 2014 21:01 (six years ago) link

Watching a bit of the Tour of California - those roads look great

Turtleneck Work Solutions (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 11 May 2014 21:39 (six years ago) link

Wind! Chaos! This is already more interesting than the Giro d'Irlanda

Turtleneck Work Solutions (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 11 May 2014 21:45 (six years ago) link

Blimey, Rolland. Has he got this?

Madchen, Saturday, 17 May 2014 15:00 (six years ago) link

He can't hang on for 1.4k, shurely.

Madchen, Saturday, 17 May 2014 15:04 (six years ago) link

This is like watching a lion chasing a baby wildebeest.

Madchen, Saturday, 17 May 2014 15:06 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Not sure I like the idea of the top cyclists competing in all three grand tours. I mean, I love the idea of seeing the big fish go head to head more often, but comparing the cycling calendar to sports like tennis seems a bit wrongheaded given the energy expense over such long periods of time. Am I missing something?

Madchen, Thursday, 9 October 2014 09:44 (five years ago) link

Ooh hello, a finish *and* a start in Rodez next year? That is highly convenient for my parents' place.

Madchen, Wednesday, 22 October 2014 22:16 (five years ago) link

one TT at the start! froome unimpressed according to reports.

the "all the big names at all grand tours" thing would help strengthen the position of the giro and vuelta, which would be good. I'm sceptical to say the least at the level of form each contender would bring to each race, though - which is probably the main issue that counts against it.

DigitalNativeDunce (haitch), Wednesday, 22 October 2014 22:34 (five years ago) link

four years pass...

RIP Paul Sherwen.

Jersey Al (Albert R. Broccoli), Monday, 3 December 2018 02:26 (one year ago) link

six months pass...

seems a bit too early for a dedicated TdF thread but: froome out, broken femur

gbx, Wednesday, 12 June 2019 17:22 (one year ago) link

one month passes...


gbx, Sunday, 4 August 2019 15:45 (one year ago) link

Pro tour bout to be dominated by low country cyclocrossers and colombian climbers for the next half decade

gbx, Sunday, 4 August 2019 15:47 (one year ago) link

one group has vo2max and handling that will break you, the other has watt's/kg ftp that will...also break you. they must fite each other now.

mvdp just did another last lap CRUSH on shurter and now fluckiger. it's...his world man.

Hunt3r, Sunday, 4 August 2019 18:12 (one year ago) link

bike racing
it's good man

gbx, Sunday, 4 August 2019 22:13 (one year ago) link

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