Mixed time trial relay was good to watch, a novel format but not just a novelty.
Did the sportive from Harrogate today. Great atmosphere on course, loads of people out cheering us on. If it's like that for the amateurs, the pros should get a brilliant reception
Women's road race, u23 women's road race, u23 men's road and women's time trial. Some great racing, very exciting. Really enjoyed it. Almost over
van Vleuten was on another planet today. 100k off the front!
> van Vleuten was on another planet today. 100k off the front!
Pity the Dutch guy got dq'd yesterday but great racing.
Well, that was a bit weird. Pleased for Mads. I could swear I saw Trentin curse in English just after he crossed the line, but maybe there's a similar word in Italian.
> Well, that was a bit weird. Pleased for Mads. I could swear I saw Trentin curse in English just after he crossed the line, but maybe there's a similar word in Italian.
Great result to see somebody I had never heard* of take on the famous guys.
*I may just be ignorant.
I'm pretty sure Trentin said exactly what you thought he said. It did look very Anglo-Saxon.
I wanted Philippe Gilbert to win, but he didn't look great after that crash. I ff'd my recording in places, so not sure what happened to him but I heard he quit at some stage.
Would have been great if the pursuing bunch had made more of an effort with maybe three or four laps to go, but easy to say in the warmth of the home. That said, the roads in N Devon have been like rivers recently too, massive mid-road puddles, sheets of water flowing down the hills.
He did, yes. I noticed it too.
I was amazed to see MVDP blow so spectacularly, then Trentin have nothing in the sprint. It was one of the most brutal races I’ve seen I think
> I was amazed to see MVDP blow so spectacularly,
Boardman described it as a 'double leg puncture'!
I was on the very wet streets of Harrogate about 300m before the line on the last short hill, MVDP came past us for the penultimate time and my mate said "he looks really comfortable" about a minute later we heard the commentary on the street tanoy saying he had blown up, and said he appeared to have cramp. Haven't seen it on a screen yet.
> said he appeared to have cramp. Haven't seen it on a screen yet.
It didn't look like cramp and I didn't hear them mention cramp on the TV coverage. He just sat up.
I don’t think he had cramp; the lights just went out.
You could well be right, I haven't seen the footage, but seems strange that he looked fine on the hill about 1 minute earlier and he sat up on a flat section, the commentator sounded very surprised how he had just dropped off so suddenly.
How can you tell whether someone has cramp?
He peeled off rather than merely lose touch so cramp sounds plausible to me. Not that it matters much.
He just completely blew up, he talks of feeling dizzy and empty in a post race interview. It’s not that an uncommon event in cycling “ bonking “
> He just completely blew up, he talks of feeling dizzy and empty in a post race interview. It’s not that an uncommon event in cycling “ bonking “
Yes, must have been really difficult to get fuel intake right yesterday - the conditions would have exacerbated calorie loss in quite unpredictable ways and on a very long day. I'm sure most of them were just hanging on at the end, hence no big surge out of the pack to catch the leaders.
> How can you tell whether someone has cramp?
It's usually pretty obvious, pained expression, awkward movement, clutching various body parts, attempting to stretch it out.
I was there yesterday and watched from various points on the course, including by the team areas / fuel pickup on Otley Road. It looked pretty frantic and chaotic, I can well believe that riders missed fuelling opportunities that where part of their plan. Later on we were further up Otley Road and saw quite a few riders pulling out within a mile of so of the team areas and heading back. Dan Martin was the only one I could put a name to.
> Great result to see somebody I had never heard* of take on the famous guys.
Yet another youngster, innit ? They'll all have to be thinking of retiring by 25 if the 2019 trend continues !
Well, the women's winner was 36, which makes her a youngster in my eyes but not in world championship terms.
Young compared with Kristin Armstrong.
What he said afterwards. That aside, if he’d been trying to stretch or massage during the race (difficult I know when you’re in a 4/5 man break and the race is on) or after he'd blown I’d have taken that as a clue.