The 2011 V Moment of the Year: Paris Roubaix

The 2011 V Moment of the Year: Paris Roubaix

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The V Moment of the Year isn’t an award so much as acknowledgment of the moment during the season when the sport demonstrated the most pure example of spirit of The V. This is more than pushing hard en route to glory; the V Moment is the one point in time at which, despite a rider’s body and mind screaming to sit up in acquiescence, they instead fight on in the face of almost certain defeat.

In the first season in recent memory during which, despite some solid efforts, the story of The Needle and Blood Bank took a backseat to the story of Good Bike Racing, I am glad to report that fists were slammed on the Velominati boardroom table in defence of the many moments deserving this honor. The season saw both the domestique and the star take highest honors in the big races: a Dutchman returned to his machine after being torn to shreds on a barbed-wire fence; an Australian took the first Tour de France for the Antipodes; a Walloon took an astonishing quantity of quality races using the same tactic time and again from the season’s start to end; two riders stood out as the only big names willing to gamble on (and lose) a Merckxian long-distance charge rather than on a last-minute dash. In a season such as this, a unanimous vote was impossible and even as some V-Pints clinked in agreement, ale spilled from others at they were shaken in dissention. Bretto was last seen staggering off to the loo muttering, “Cadel [indecipherable] Galibier [censored]…” That was two weeks ago. I do hope he’s alright.

It’s a classic racing tactic; send a teammate up the road and force the other teams to work to bring back the break while you sit on, sip tea, and nibble on biscuits. In Professional Cycling, nine times out of ten, the break is brought back at the decisive moment of the race and the favorites are let off the leash to play out the finale while the lambs who have sacrificed their day toiling for another’s glory are left to limp to the finish largely forgotten.

Johan Van Summeren is one such rider, usually racing in the service of his team captains. Off to the front with you, Johan – time to bring the break back. Johan, the break has two minutes – you’d better bridge up there solo and get the other teams to chase. Hey, Johan – you don’t climb anywhere near well enough for your weight, why don’t you make sure the break that gets away before the mountains doesn’t get too much time – then beat the time limit over the cols.

Despite his role as loyal domestique, he showed promise on the brutal Pav̩ du Nord; in the service of Leif Hoste, he finished 10th in 2008 and in 2009 he placed 5th even after stopping and waiting for his fallen captain. And so it was to be again in 2011, though this time for a new captain РWorld Champion, Thor Hushovd.

The Sector of Pavé known as the Carrefour de L’Arbre is perhaps the most decisive of the race. Though it starts flat, it ends on a slight uphill stretch which makes the particularly brutal stones feel even more antagonizing. As they approached, Van Summeren was told by his team leadership that should the break not yet be caught when they enter the sector, he would be given free reign to ride for himself. They came within 11 seconds of being brought back before they began to pull away again. Sensing his chance, Van Summeren hit the Carrefour sector on the front of his group, put it in the big ring, and rode away from his companions.

His gap never seemed big enough, but he continued to fight even as he felt the favorites’ breath on his back as they overtook the remnants of his group. The story might end there, speaking of a domestique leaving the favorites at the Trouée d’Arenberg to stay away until the finish, and a good story it would be. The underdog had taken his chance and  looked to have gotten away with it when the unthinkable happened. My bike feels slower than it did a minute ago – is my brake rubbing? Aren’t the last sectors of cobbles easier than the previous ones? Then why are they so rough? Indeed, the air was popping out of his back tire for a rest; yet he still managed to hold off a late-race charge from pre-race favorite and reigning World Time Trial Champion, Fabian Cancellara. Into the finish and over the line, he sought not the reporters of the press, but his girlfriend to whom he promptly proposed. (“Most people give a ring, I give a rock.”)

For taking a chance almost 100 kilometers from the line in the hardest race on the calendar, and for holding off the fastest rider in the world while rattling over the roughest road in Europe on a flat tire, Johan van Summeren gave us the V Moment of the Year at Paris-Roubaix. Goed gedaan, meneer.

The final kilometers:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0_XHQpVavWU[/youtube]

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  1. @Ron

    Played lots of teams sports growing up & loved the competition and physical battles. Now I’ve really grown to love the fact that I can head out on a ride & push myself to my limit, whether it’s a short, hard effort or a long ride, one where you wonder at certain points if you’ll be able to make it back home. I return home each time with a renewed spirit. While we can’t be PROS, it is certainly one awesome aspect of cycling that we each can test our mettle on every ride, if we desire. And each time you willingly enter into a challenging day in the saddle, you find a bit more about yourself.

    Each of us can have our own personal ride of the year & nobody might even hear about it, aside from the dog as they try to lick the embrocation off our legs as we take off our shoes or the VMH who wonders why they hell we were gone so long.

    Spot on. And I love the fact that there is no-one tougher to compete against than yourself.

  2. @James

    Van Summeran was spectacular – the award is just. On a very minor point concerning the long distance charge referred to in para two, isn’t “Merckxonian” the correct phrase, visa vis “Merckxian”? A “Priestly” distance would also be appropriate I suppose…

    Merckxonian…where are the pedants when you need them? Which is it? I think they both sound great!

    @Ron
    You’re not the first one to have that happen! G’rilla and I have been doing hill repeats on a local climb and every time the false flat at the top has us checking our brakes and wondering about flats. Brutal!

    @marcus

    @frank
    quite unsurprisingly, i agree with Bretto. Van Summeren’s victory was a great win for the common man, but c’mon, can you really compare it to Cadel’s entire Tour, with the higlight being his ride up the Galibier?
    Can’t help but think you went with JVS because of his Dutch-sounding name.

    It was an absolutely spectacular moment and the highlight of the Tour, at least where the favorites were concerned. For me, though, the moment is muddied by the fact that his ride up the Galibier was very last-minute…I think my theme for 2012 is to be Anti-Last-MInute-Effort. Brilliant tactic, of course, and it won him the Tour – but not a very bold move. On the other hand, compare it to the Grimplette’s 60 k hail-mary. Sure, he lost the Tour, but that was an inspired move and the only one from a favorite that wasn’t just the same-old, same-old. Also Merckxian. We could do this all day.

  3. @marcus

    @Minion
    On behalf of your country, please explain this.
    I always thought Kiwis weren’t very fast at shearing sheep because they never want to share a sheep with anyone?

    Wow. Just…Wow.

  4. @Ron

    On another note, I got to wondering about Ballan & Flecha. Very strong riders, one with a checkered past, always there in the Classics, but hmm, they don’t win too much. Are they the type who just aren’t top tier? Or, is there more to come from them? (I guess anything can happen in a one-day cobble-fest.)

    Meh. Hard to say. I’m with @Buck Rogers in that they’ve got decent results behind them…but Flecha to me is a tier below and so is Ballan. His win in RVV was great, though – as he kept a guy I can’t stand in the least (not even Roast Beast) from winning.

    I think they’re below the others but good enough to win if it all works out in their favor…

  5. @rhys

    The whole Hoogerland thing made me physically sick when I saw it.
    @Spearfish

    the strength of character he showed in the interviews afterwards. Refusing to blame anyone or to complain even a little

    This really got under my skin. How do you not come out all guns blazing and angry after something like this? I won’t ever forget it.

    I was torn on this, too. He was a class act for sure, but at the same time, he do wonder how he could keep himself together like that. Maybe he knew the car driver just made him famous and his career was made!

    I really liked the video, especially the footage after the win. Good to see Rabo happy with 3rd place, I often wonder if pro’s get beaten once they get into the bus for coming second or third. Third place in the P-R is still a fine achievement.

    Seriously! What of it? You got THIRD? YOU FUCKING GIT.

  6. @frank
    The Grimplette’s Hail Mary was no less last minute than Cadel’s chase, there would be no more Tour winning opportunities after it. Some might even argue that he’d already left it too late by that point.

  7. @frank

    Merckxonian…where are the pedants when you need them? Which is it? I think they both sound great!

    Oh, I thought The Merckxonian would be an institution founded for the increase and diffusion of cycling knowledge

  8. @Chris

    @frankThe Grimplette’s Hail Mary was no less last minute than Cadel’s chase, there would be no more Tour winning opportunities after it. Some might even argue that he’d already left it too late by that point.

    but mighty entertaining to see if he could pull off the longest range Madison performance in history…..shame it was just a hairpin too far – made up for his whining about the descents being too tough

    Come to think about it – let us not forget Toomy V’s spectacular bunny hop park-in-someone’s driveway manouevre on that descent – not a prize winner, but worth a little retro-chuckle

  9. @frank

    Merckxonian…where are the pedants when you need them? Which is it? I think they both sound great!

    You ranggggg…

    Don’t have a lot to go on here but I’d plumpt for Merckxian.

    The -onian suffix is actually just the -ian suffix on words already ending ‘on”. So the Smithsonian for example was founded by a man called Smithson, not Smith. Having said that, the adjectival suffix for ‘-on’ words is often -ic as in Byronic, moronic.

    But without a hard and fast rule I’m thinking that good practice is not to add anything unnecessary.

    Merckxian does the same job as Merckxonian but with fewer letters, one fewer syllable and less chance for confusing the name and thinking it could be related to someone called Merckxon.

  10. agreed, epic victory! Johan Vansummeren is one of the best lieutenants one could wish for. though, he did not obeyed Rule #11, because he asked his wife to marry him immediately after the race, even before he went to the ceremony…

  11. @Chris

    @frank
    The Grimplette’s Hail Mary was no less last minute than Cadel’s chase, there would be no more Tour winning opportunities after it. Some might even argue that he’d already left it too late by that point.

    Of course it was, particularly if you consider it in terms of the stage itself (as I was) and not the Tour. But even for the Tour, it was on the Queen Stage with another uphill finish coming the next day. To say it was the last chance to win isn’t true; in fact, in terms of true mountaintop finishes, he attacked with half of them still remaining…

  12. @ChrisO
    Wow, that is really interesting…I had no idea. Must try to get an education one of these days…

    @Dr C

    made up for his whining about the descents being too tough

    And there we have a candidate for the Anti-V moment, yeah? Seriously…the VMH and I were watching A Sunday in Hell where the protesters have the road blocked…what would les Freres Grimpeur have said about that?

    @JC Belgium
    Good catch!!


  13. @frank
    JVS / Belgian Toothpaste – that picture ought to make the Lexicon, unless you have one of her licking his tonsils through the gunk

    slightly unnecessary pun by BRR

  14. @frank
    why not ‘Merckxiaans’ like in Dutch? After all, he is still a Belgian (and bilingual Dutch-French) (I’m sorry, but I don’t know the French word for sure, I think it’s Merckxian). actually, Belgians refuse to use the word, because no rider will ever achieve what Eddy Merckx did… they doubted to use it for some incredible performances of Sven Nys or Philippe Gilbert. however, mostly journalists say (and now I translate): ‘we could call it Merckxiaans, this is almost Merckiaans, à la Merckx’. I think we should respect this and call Johan’s performance ‘almost Merckxiaans’…

  15. Did any of you guys see this?
    “A Gift From Jens”

  16. @Cyclops

    Did any of you guys see this?“A Gift From Jens”

    Yeah, I think someone posted the link here a few weeks ago.

    Such an awesome story and makes me respect him even more, which is kind of like turning the turntable up to 11.

  17. @Cyclops
    Great story. I can just imagine the crowd’s puzzlement. WTF becoming WTG (way to go).

  18. @Buck Rogers

    @Cyclops

    Did any of you guys see this?“A Gift From Jens”

    Yeah, I think someone posted the link here a few weeks ago.
    Such an awesome story and makes me respect him even more, which is kind of like turning the turntable up to 11.

    Haha. That made me think of that scene from Spinal Tap.

  19. I’ve been wracking my brains to disagree with Frank’s choice, but can’t Great ride by JvS. If it was for best season, I’d nominate Phillipe Gilbert, but for a one-day race, you can’t beat the lanky Belgian. Another nice note was what I perceived to be the genuine warmth and sincerity of Faboo’s congratulations at the end. Classy, despite what had to be massive frustration and disappointment on his end.

  20. Spinal Tap 11

  21. @wiscot

    I’ve been wracking my brains to disagree with Frank’s choice, but can’t Great ride by JvS. If it was for best season, I’d nominate Phillipe Gilbert, but for a one-day race, you can’t beat the lanky Belgian. Another nice note was what I perceived to be the genuine warmth and sincerity of Faboo’s congratulations at the end. Classy, despite what had to be massive frustration and disappointment on his end.

    Faboo seems a good guy, though he really struggled with the pressure and negative tactics of being the overwhealming favorite. One of the best things about this last season is that it means all the tables are turned on their heads for 2012. Who knows what will happen!

    @936adl

    JVS is a worthy winner to my mind.
    I was lucky enough to make it out to the race last year, and after watching the race through the 5 star Aulnoy-lez-Valencienne a Famars section we retreated to a bar to watch the finish.
    We all watched in awe as the JVS held off the late surge of Sparticus. All the more impressive given his puncture!
    We then got involved with some Belgian guys in the bar and all did our best to celebrate the win.
    Even crashing into a bush on the way back to our Hotel didn’t spoil a special day!
    Roll on Easter Sunday…….

    AWESOME STORY.

    @RedRanger

    Spinal Tap 11

    Best cult movie EVER. And best scene.

  22. @frank
    its a classic for sure. and yes that seen has me cracking up every time.

  23. @frank
    Yup, it’ll be interesting to see how Faboo deals with it this year. He’ll be expecting it and team tactics may be deployed accordingly. Unless Thor wants to become the new Pozzato (in the wheel sucker sense) he’d better show his face at the front a bit more.

  24. Spinal Tap 11

    Best cult movie EVER. And best scene.

    There are too many awesome scenes from that movie. When he tells the guy that the beautiful song he is playing on the piano is called “Lick my Love Pump” it kills me everytime. And the line about cancelling the Boston stop of their tour but it’s not a big deal as it is “not much of a college town anyways.” So many more. Just love that film. Thinking about it, I am way overdue for a rescreening of that one.

  25. @frank

    @marcus

    @MinionOn behalf of your country, please explain this.I always thought Kiwis weren’t very fast at shearing sheep because they never want to share a sheep with anyone?

    Wow. Just…Wow.

    Lets get back on topic please Frank, back to cycling. The Mods will get you for off topic chit chat.

  26. @JC Belgium

    @frank
    why not ‘Merckxiaans’ like in Dutch? After all, he is still a Belgian (and bilingual Dutch-French) (I’m sorry, but I don’t know the French word for sure, I think it’s Merckxian). actually, Belgians refuse to use the word, because no rider will ever achieve what Eddy Merckx did… they doubted to use it for some incredible performances of Sven Nys or Philippe Gilbert. however, mostly journalists say (and now I translate): ‘we could call it Merckxiaans, this is almost Merckiaans, à la Merckx’. I think we should respect this and call Johan’s performance ‘almost Merckxiaans’…

    I love it! Settled, then.

    @Buck Rogers

    It’s written in Dm, which I find to be the saddest of all keys. It has people weeping, instantly.

    Its very pretty.

    Its just simple lines, intertwining.

    What’s it called?

    This piece is called, “Lick My Lovepump.”

  27. @wiscot

    @frank
    Yup, it’ll be interesting to see how Faboo deals with it this year. He’ll be expecting it and team tactics may be deployed accordingly. Unless Thor wants to become the new Pozzato (in the wheel sucker sense) he’d better show his face at the front a bit more.

    And Hushovd, moving to a new team, will have the service of Hincapie. Here’s hoping Hincapie pulls a Van Summeren.

    Note: I am seeing conflicting information on Johan’s name, it being written both as Van Summeren and Vansummeren. Seems to me that Van Summeren is the more “correct” way, but as a guy who’s name is Frank but pronounced Frank, I’m not going to make a call like that. Anyway, if someone knows something firm on that, I’d love to hear it. The Flemish don’t always do things the Dutch way when it comes to language. Or anything else, for that matter.

  28. @minion

    @frank

    @marcus

    @MinionOn behalf of your country, please explain this.I always thought Kiwis weren’t very fast at shearing sheep because they never want to share a sheep with anyone?

    Wow. Just…Wow.

    Lets get back on topic please Frank, back to cycling. The Mods will get you for off topic chit chat.

    You’re just trying to dodge something that I don’t blame you trying to dodge. But I’ll have none of it. We need an explanation. And if you ever visit, stay away from my dogs and chickens.

  29. @frank

    @Buck Rogers
    Same here. It’s been a while since I saw it. Believe it or not the first time I did see it was in high school senior year in my English lit class.

  30. JVS is a great choice. No Hoogerland mentions here? Or did I miss them?

  31. @RedRanger

    @frank
    @Buck Rogers
    Same here. It’s been a while since I saw it. Believe it or not the first time I did see it was in high school senior year in my English lit class.

    Ha, my first viewing was in college, about the same time I saw A Clockwork Orange and Buckaroo Bonzai. Got to love those weekends at college, eh?

  32. @frank

    Vansummeren-Van Summeren, wow, I never doubted about that, and I found both too.
    On his official website, out of ancient times though, it is written Vansummeren, one word. (http://www.johanvansummeren.tk/) On the UCI site 2 words, on the Garmin site 1 word. But on Belgian state television and sports channels, they write Vansummeren. so I dare say one word…

    The Flemish don’t always do things the Dutch way when it comes to language. Or anything else, for that matter. –> haha, so true! Although we both put mayonnaise on fries, Belgian fries of course…

  33. @frank
    Exactly. Like Vegas, what goes on behind locked farm gates, stays behind locked farm gates.

  34. @Anjin-san

    JVS is a great choice. No Hoogerland mentions here? Or did I miss them?

    He got my vote (see quote #14) and there was a lot of love for him in a few of the responses.
    Vansummeren’s ride made me want to be a better rider.
    Hoogerland’s made me want to be a harder rider.

  35. @Buckrogers.

    “errr coins, keys, tuning fork, got to stay in tune you know…”

    pulls out aluminium foil wrapped cucumber from underpants.

    Love that movie.

    Tough to debate the result. It was a delightful win for JVS but if ever a year deserved to be a draw, this is it. Cuddles dogged chase up the Galibier OR the insane kerb jumping TT he followed it up with were equally worthy winners IMO.

    @Dr C – didn’t that driveway claim a few other victims? Most amusing, probably less so for Tommy at the time.

  36. @Spearfish

    @Anjin-san

    JVS is a great choice. No Hoogerland mentions here? Or did I miss them?

    He got my vote (see quote #14) and there was a lot of love for him in a few of the responses.
    Vansummeren’s ride made me want to be a better rider.
    Hoogerland’s made me want to be a harder rider.

    So true, so true.

    @JC Belgium

    The Flemish don’t always do things the Dutch way when it comes to language. Or anything else, for that matter. -> haha, so true! Although we both put mayonnaise on fries, Belgian fries of course…

    Beer and Frite…two things the Belgians do better than the Dutch! But you can’t touch our kroketten!

  37. @frank

    I think i’m starting to win you round on this one, is it too late to appeal the decision? Probably so.
    I would have been captain of my college debate team, but I was out riding at the time.

  38. @marcus

    @frank quite unsurprisingly, i agree with Bretto. Van Summeren’s victory was a great win for the common man, but c’mon, can you really compare it to Cadel’s entire Tour, with the higlight being his ride up the Galibier?


    C’mon! Cadel’s entire tour was pure radio racing. Taken by itself, he rode an unexciting race and stayed on the wheels of his competitors. They (Shleck, Cuntador) lost the race on their own or due to circumstances (a la Vladmir Karpets). I would have liked to see Cadel lay down some serious attacks and not just wait for the TT to gain his time.

  39. @BrianG
    Cadel’s diesel climbing is very frustrating…no acceleration, just slowly claw back and – because there’s no acceleration, drag everyone else with him. True enough, classic radio riding, but his ride up the Galibier was impressive nonetheless.

    @marcus

    @frank
    quite unsurprisingly, i agree with Bretto. Van Summeren’s victory was a great win for the common man, but c’mon, can you really compare it to Cadel’s entire Tour, with the higlight being his ride up the Galibier?
    Can’t help but think you went with JVS because of his Dutch-sounding name.

    The problem with Cadel’s ride up the Galibier is no more impressive than Andy’s 60km ride on the same stage. Deciding which is the better ride is comes down purely to which rider you like more. And in both our cases, I think we know who it is.

  40. @BrianG

    @marcus

    @frank quite unsurprisingly, i agree with Bretto. Van Summeren’s victory was a great win for the common man, but c’mon, can you really compare it to Cadel’s entire Tour, with the higlight being his ride up the Galibier?

    C’mon! Cadel’s entire tour was pure radio racing. Taken by itself, he rode an unexciting race and stayed on the wheels of his competitors. They (Shleck, Cuntador) lost the race on their own or due to circumstances (a la Vladmir Karpets). I would have liked to see Cadel lay down some serious attacks and not just wait for the TT to gain his time.

    With all due respect, Fuck off!

    Remember any of the early stages? 2nd only to Gilbert on Stage 1, victorious over Cothodor & all others on Stage 4, taking time on the Swivel Bros when they decided that going down hill fast shouldn’t be part of a Grand Tour…any of these ring a bell?

    What do you want him to do? Try a hail mary from 70k’s out? It’s a sure way for him to lose the race & when he tried that a few years back he was derided by all & sundry.

  41. @Mikael Liddy

    @BrianG

    @marcus

    @frank quite unsurprisingly, i agree with Bretto. Van Summeren’s victory was a great win for the common man, but c’mon, can you really compare it to Cadel’s entire Tour, with the higlight being his ride up the Galibier?

    C’mon! Cadel’s entire tour was pure radio racing. Taken by itself, he rode an unexciting race and stayed on the wheels of his competitors. They (Shleck, Cuntador) lost the race on their own or due to circumstances (a la Vladmir Karpets). I would have liked to see Cadel lay down some serious attacks and not just wait for the TT to gain his time.

    With all due respect, Fuck off!
    Remember any of the early stages? 2nd only to Gilbert on Stage 1, victorious over Cothodor & all others on Stage 4, taking time on the Swivel Bros when they decided that going down hill fast shouldn’t be part of a Grand Tour…any of these ring a bell?
    What do you want him to do? Try a hail mary from 70k’s out? It’s a sure way for him to lose the race & when he tried that a few years back he was derided by all & sundry.

    +1

  42. @frank
    Granted he’s never going to explode up a hill a la Contador or Andy, but did you complain when Jan climbed like that?

  43. I’m rewatching stage 18 up the Galibier.

    One hundred years ago the roads were quite rough and it was mostly goats and donkeys. Monks would offer bottles of beer to fortify the riders on their way up.

    Verified by Phil. Beer in the bidon 100 years ago.

  44. @Mikael Liddy

    @frank
    Granted he’s never going to explode up a hill a la Contador or Andy, but did you complain when Jan climbed like that?

    I did, actually. It didn’t cloud my love for him, but it most certainly infuriated me! Year after year, Pharmy would ride away from him using the same tactic, and year after year, Ulli would sit there with his butt on the saddle and not be able to accelerate.

    Like the Schlecks in the TT, I always felt Ulli should work on his acceleration because it was clearly his weak point – Armstrong would get up the road a ways, and then they’d be going the same speed for the rest of the climb.

  45. @Mikael Liddy

    Meh. His TT won the tour, period. It’s quite frustrating to see some incredible racing in the mountains be neutralized by a TT on the penultimate stage. His strategy of doing enough to be with his competitors each stage and then TT his way to victory is not the way I personally like to see grand tours play out, but it did work so I can’t take it away from him.

  46. @BrianG
    What rubbish. @Mikael Liddy is completely correct. If it was just down to the TT those other losers should have done much more much earlier to take him out of contention. Oh, that’s right – they couldn’t because they weren’t good enough.

  47. @BrianG
    I don’t understand why the ITT gets so little respect in certain quarters. They’re the best way to really sort the wheat from the chaff. It simply defies logic to suggest that Cadel can only follow wheels and then TT to victory. Whose wheel is he following on TT day? The reality is that the GC guys mark each other super closely all tour. They’ve only got a limited number of ‘max’ efforts to call on in the three weeks. Whether they use up a max effort on a mountain stage or an ITT is totally their choice.
    And the ITT is great to watch IMHO. The coverage is usually close enough that you can see so much in detail. From bike set up and riding position to changing form, sweat, suffering and the mask of pain. The recent world champs were top viewing. Tony Martin turning some massive ring like a steam train, Faboo getting ragged under the presssure….

  48. @harminator
    Not to mention that all the greats of cycling have won Grand Tours at some point by relying on their TT performances – LeMond, Anquetil, Coppi and, yes, even Eddy Merckx – so does that make it a shit tactic that renders trivial all the mountains that preceded the TT redundant? If all you got out of the 2011 Tour GC result was that Evans won it in the final time trial I think you missed a great race.

  49. @Oli
    Agreed – I think all this talk of panache and style can cloud the minds of fans. We are discussing professional bike riders who are paid to win. Nothing more.

    That being said I think Cadel’s riding was very exciting all tour.

    If people like subjective measures there are always sports like gymnastics figure skating and diving!

    I bet a lot of cycling fans who value panache are also the ones who talk about their own. “brave” bike racing performances where they led the crit field around for the first half of a race.

    Anyway Gerro will win the TDU today without winning a stage. It will be terrible

  50. Haha! The redundant was redundant!

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