Don't ride triples, win triples.

Velominati Super Prestige: Men’s World Championship Road Race 2017

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Peter Sagan has undergone quite the transformation over the years; starting as a brash and disrespectful neo-pro, he’s blossomed into one of the most exciting and charismatic racers in the bunch. A sort of modern-day Mario Cipollini.

And, as much as I dislike seeing riders dominate and take the excitement out of the sport, I love watching Peter race and I expect that if he manages to pull off his third straight worlds title, it was be a spectacular feat. Besides, he looks great in his black bibs with the bands, and I’ve gotten quite used to seeing him in those colors, so I don’t want to have to adjust to seeing another rider in them.

And, everybody knows you don’t ride triples; win triples.

Check the start list and good luck!

// Velominati Super Prestige

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Kristoff
    3. Boasen Hagen
    4. Matthews
    5. Van Avermaet



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  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. kwiatkowski
    2. van Avermaet
    3. Peter Sagan
    4. Gaviria
    5. Michael Matthews



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  3. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. van Avermaet
    3. Boasson Hagen
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Gilbert



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  4. VSP PICKS:

    1. Sagan
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Matthews
    5. Boasson Hagen



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  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Peter Sagan
    2. Michael Kwiatkowski
    3. Edvald Boasson Hagen
    4. Michael Matthews
    5. Greg van Avermaet



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  6. VSP PICKS:

    1. Fernando Gaviria
    2. Peter Sagan
    3. Michael Matthews
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Greg Van Avermaet



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  7. VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Sagan
    3. Van Avermaet
    4. Alaphillippe
    5. Matthews



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  8. VSP PICKS:

    1. van Avermaet
    2. Kwiatowski
    3. Sagan
    4. Matthews
    5. Kristoff



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  9. I think Gilbert may slip off like Chantal B. but don’t have the guts.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Sagan
    3. GVa
    4. EBH
    5. Matthews



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  10. Shit, I’m so glad picks are still open! I totally forgot Eddy Boss. Shame on me!

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Sagan
    3. Boassen Hagen
    4. Van Avermaet
    5. Kwiatkowski



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  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. GVA
    2. Bling
    3. Boss Hogg
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Wellens T



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  12. History was made. Our country is in the celebration mode now…




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  13. @Pali65

    History was made. Our country is in the celebration mode now…

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    Congrats and enjoy!




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  14. Does anyone know what happened to the TV feed in the last few kilometers? I watched for hours only to miss the last 3K. The French announcers were going nuts after Aliphillipe attacked then I watched the final corner, sans riders, for several minutes.




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  15. COMPLETELY AMAZING!!! HOW DID HE MANAGE THAT??




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  16. @Rick

    A tweet said there was a power outage.

    And yes, hearing the French announcers nearly scream as Alaphilippe, only for the feed to go out and them still convinced he would enter into view with the lead at the flamme rouge fixed camera was a good bit of side theatre.




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  17. @xyxax

    @Rick

    A tweet said there was a power outage.

    And yes, hearing the French announcers nearly scream as Alaphilippe, only for the feed to go out and them still convinced he would enter into view with the lead at the flamme rouge fixed camera was a good bit of side theatre.

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    Thanks, figured it had to be something technical. The coverage was great all day until the end.




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  18. Missing part of race taken from helicopter:

    https://youtu.be/yaJGAboivHk




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  19. @Cary

    COMPLETELY AMAZING!!! HOW DID HE MANAGE THAT??

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    What he said. Invisible all day then pops up in 3rd wheel, 800m to go.

    What a racer.




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  20. @Pali65

    Missing part of race taken from helicopter:

    https://youtu.be/yaJGAboivHk

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    Thanks for posting. That was a heckuva race we missed live.




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  21. @JohnB

    It would be awesome if the VSP points for the second half of the season could be updated?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Edvald Boasson Hagen
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Peter Sagan
    4. Greg Van Avermaet
    5. Alexander Kristoff
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    Nothwithstanding Lombardia, think this result might have it sewn up for me.

    I could have missed someone scoring highly and beating us both, of course.




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  22. @RobSandy

    Well, that “someone” certainly isn’t me! Good luck and I hope you come out on top!




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  23. i don’t think there will be a four-peat for Sagan next year in Innsbruck




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  24. @Pali65

    Missing part of race taken from helicopter:

    https://youtu.be/yaJGAboivHk

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    i watched this when you first posted it again, and i REALLY liked it for some reason. now, after watching it again, i know why. there’s no announcer yammering away in my ear, telling me shit i don’t need or want to know. bike racing is even more beautiful this way. years ago, Douglas Maicon scored a GORGEOUS goal against Juventus, and the first footage on the ‘net had no play by play. i must have watched that goal a thousand times, no exaggeration at all. still one of the most beautiful things i’ve seen in my life.




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  25. @Cary

    @Pali65

    Missing part of race taken from helicopter:

    https://youtu.be/yaJGAboivHk

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    i watched this when you first posted it again, and i REALLY liked it for some reason. now, after watching it again, i know why. there’s no announcer yammering away in my ear, telling me shit i don’t need or want to know. bike racing is even more beautiful this way. years ago, Douglas Maicon scored a GORGEOUS goal against Juventus, and the first footage on the ‘net had no play by play. i must have watched that goal a thousand times, no exaggeration at all. still one of the most beautiful things i’ve seen in my life.

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    i actually found the YouTube link. imagine if all sport was this pure and beautiful to watch:

    https://youtu.be/cwPoqd3t2wE




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  26. @Cary

    @Cary

    @Pali65

    Missing part of race taken from helicopter:

    https://youtu.be/yaJGAboivHk

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    i watched this when you first posted it again, and i REALLY liked it for some reason. now, after watching it again, i know why. there’s no announcer yammering away in my ear, telling me shit i don’t need or want to know. bike racing is even more beautiful this way. years ago, Douglas Maicon scored a GORGEOUS goal against Juventus, and the first footage on the ‘net had no play by play. i must have watched that goal a thousand times, no exaggeration at all. still one of the most beautiful things i’ve seen in my life.

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    i actually found the YouTube link. imagine if all sport was this pure and beautiful to watch:

    https://youtu.be/cwPoqd3t2wE

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    I have often wished for an SAP option of only crowd noise. I don’t need announcers telling me what is going on when I know as well, or better than they do. The crowd noise would enhance the experience and be a better option than simply muting all sound.




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  27. @Cary

    i don’t think there will be a four-peat for Sagan next year in Innsbruck

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    I remember reading some talk of the GC riders thinking this could be a WC for them. Froome, for example.




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  28. @RobSandy

    @Cary

    COMPLETELY AMAZING!!! HOW DID HE MANAGE THAT??

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    What he said. Invisible all day then pops up in 3rd wheel, 800m to go.

    What a racer.

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    he’s the stongest cyclist of this generation. as Eddy Merckx famously said regarding MSR, “it is only the very strongest riders that will be able to contest the longer races.” Sagan has more gas in the tank at the end of these types of contests.




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  29. @Rick

    A lot of the time steephill.tv will have a highlight video that is sans commentary. Always worth a look IMHO.




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  30. @wiscot

    @Rick

    A lot of the time steephill.tv will have a highlight video that is sans commentary. Always worth a look IMHO.

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    That is great to know, thanks!




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  31. @Rick

    @wiscot

    @Rick

    A lot of the time steephill.tv will have a highlight video that is sans commentary. Always worth a look IMHO.

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    That is great to know, thanks!

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    They are usually listed as “Ambient”.




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  32. If I had made a VSP entry, it would’ve been for Sagan to win. After that, I didn’t really care. After the stupid UCI/TdF decision to eject him from the Tour deBacle, he gets the last laugh by winning the Worlds and putting himself in the record books as the only three-peat winner. For him, the curse of the rainbow jersey is that he can’t get it off his back.




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  33. @chuckp

    If I had made a VSP entry, it would’ve been for Sagan to win. After that, I didn’t really care. After the stupid UCI/TdF decision to eject him from the Tour deBacle, he gets the last laugh by winning the Worlds and putting himself in the record books as the only three-peat winner. For him, the curse of the rainbow jersey is that he can’t get it off his back.

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    totally on point! he’s really a special rider. good that he’s achieved preeminence now that Cancellara and Boonen have retired.




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  34. THIS is the way to approach life! Birmingham UK, Birmingham AL.. what’s the difference!?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-41393230?SThisFB




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  35. @Cary

    THIS is the way to approach life! Birmingham UK, Birmingham AL.. what’s the difference!?

    http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-41393230?SThisFB

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    I agree, I’d have done the same …………………………….. if I’d have had the money so to do, that is!




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  36. Me to Mrs T: I need to go to Hawaii

    Mrs T: How come?

    Me: Well I booked on the Mnt Haleakala road climb but I thought it was just up the Rhonda just past Ystrad by Nant-ddu but apparently it’s not. So I need to go to Hawaii it seems.

    Mrs T: ……….




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  37. @Teocalli

    Me to Mrs T: I need to go to Hawaii

    Mrs T: How come?

    Me: Well I booked on the Mnt Haleakala road climb but I thought it was just up the Rhonda just past Ystrad by Nant-ddu but apparently it’s not. So I need to go to Hawaii it seems.

    Mrs T: ……….

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    Want to come cycling with me up the Rhondda tomorrow?

    http://www.aukweb.net/events/detail/15-675/

    Have you seen the weather forecast?




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  38. @RobSandy

    Well the forecast for here is not too bad……..




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  39. @RobSandy

    Ah what a shame entries are closed………




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  40. @Teocalli

    @RobSandy

    Ah what a shame entries are closed………

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    Bernard says you can enter on the day! 7am at Coryton if you’re keen to be soaking wet for 8 or 9 hours straight…you get free sandwiches at the end.




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  41. @RobSandy

    Many thanks for your message. I am now off line but will be returning on Monday. I will pick up your messages on return.




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  42. Late to this party, but what a win!

    I’ll never forget these three wins. Was there in Richmond with wife who was just a few weeks pregnant, now our son is around 18 months and if I’m working on my bike, demands to hold the wrench. He also LOVES riding around in his trailer behind the bike. He’s at a really fun stage.

    Sagan is such an amazing racer. Hard to believe we get to see him doing this!




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  43. a good read on Davide Rebellin, as noted, most of these points apply to Valverde, too:

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/il-lombardia/#.WdRZ97ZOmaN




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  44. @Cary

    Think you posted the wrong link

    http://www.pezcyclingnews.com/features/eds-rant-davide-rebellin-good-doper-or-bad-doper/

    Not that the article on Lombardia wasn’t nice!




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  45. a great Lombardia today. Alaphillipe is really going to be something in these next few years. he and Gaviria have to be the most exciting young riders in the peloton.

    Nibali really put it on ‘em today. i think he’s got, at least, a couple classics wins in him, yet.




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  46. @Cary

    a great Lombardia today. Alaphillipe is really going to be something in these next few years. he and Gaviria have to be the most exciting young riders in the peloton.

    Nibali really put it on ‘em today. i think he’s got, at least, a couple classics wins in him, yet.

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    Was out and about and missed it. Shame no VSP.

    Did you see De Plus’s crash? Ouch!




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  47. @RobSandy

    @Cary

    a great Lombardia today. Alaphillipe is really going to be something in these next few years. he and Gaviria have to be the most exciting young riders in the peloton.

    Nibali really put it on ‘em today. i think he’s got, at least, a couple classics wins in him, yet.

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    Was out and about and missed it. Shame no VSP.

    Did you see De Plus’s crash? Ouch!

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    has to be the crash of the year, even outdoing the Mont du Chat descent yatd sale at the Tour. word is, De Plus escaped serious injury, too. THAT’S good stuff to show the grandkids!




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  48. I’ve heard that J. Bakelants crashed at the very same spot with 7 broken ribs and 2 vertebrae as a result.




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  49. this afternoon, i watched nbcsn’s 2017 Fleche and Liege coverage. two observations:

    1) Bob Roll’s insights are good, but he’s not a good broadcaster.

    2) Valverde is a real badass, but it’s too bad Philippe Gilbert was damaged this year at Amstel. given his super form it would have been awesome to see him challenge for the win throughout the Ardennes classics.




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  50. @Cary

    this afternoon, i watched nbcsn’s 2017 Fleche and Liege coverage. two observations:

    1) Bob Roll’s insights are good, but he’s not a good broadcaster.

    2) Valverde is a real badass, but it’s too bad Philippe Gilbert was damaged this year at Amstel. given his super form it would have been awesome to see him challenge for the win throughout the Ardennes classics.

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    Bob is sort of a human version of Parkinson’s Law. When he has to make a point quickly he does so very well. When he has time to ramble he will do so. I used to watch his YouTube channel but had to stop because he took several minutes to make a statement that should have taken seconds.




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