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Old April 8th, 2015, 02:15 PM
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Servais Knaven's Eddy Merckx:


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Moments after crossing the line victorious in the 2001 Paris-Roubaix, a euphoric Knaven passed off his bike to Domo-Farm Frites mechanics, and was swept up in a media hurricane.

Hours later, back at the team hotel for a post-victory celebration, a mechanic pulled Knaven aside, pointed to the Eddy Merckx frame propped up against the wall. The mechanic, veteran wrench Chris van Roosbroeck, didn’t wash it, and nearly 15 years later, the same mud and grime from Knaven’s greatest professional moment remains caked onto the frame.

“It was the mechanics who chose not to wash it. After the podium, the bikes are always washed, but I am thankful they didn’t clean it,” Knaven told VeloNews. “I didn’t even think about the bike. Moments after winning Roubaix, my mind was elsewhere.”

2001 was the last wet Roubaix:


That's not the prettiest Eddy Merckx bike of all time, but Knaven had a very beautiful position on the bike:


Love his aero position.
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Old April 9th, 2015, 10:06 AM
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Old April 9th, 2015, 12:48 PM
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Old April 9th, 2015, 01:29 PM
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Old April 9th, 2015, 01:30 PM
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Old April 9th, 2015, 01:32 PM
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Old April 10th, 2015, 11:03 AM
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Old April 10th, 2015, 01:16 PM
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Old April 11th, 2015, 10:49 AM
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Love the French play-by-play.
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Old April 13th, 2015, 03:58 PM
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First Sanremo and now Roubaix? Degenkolb is booming.
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Old April 13th, 2015, 04:13 PM
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Cycling world sounds off on Roubaix train controversy:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/...roversy_366430

I didn't think this was that big of a deal, but I guess it is.

My favorite comment:

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@fmk_RoI we can go round and round on this, but my point stands: adjusting schedules for trains on route is reasonable.

Your point stands? Sorry, moron, but the train schedules are already adjusted and have been for quite a while:


Try as the organizers might, it's pretty much inevitable that these things are going to happen. This year, the cause was probably the tailwinds. In other years, there will be delays that cause trains to interrupt the race. Deal with it. Even in France, you can't shut down the entire country because Paris-Roubaix is going on.

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Dear cyclocross, please teach world tour road racing how to build an effing flyover so we can stop tweeting about trains. Thank you!

No, oh God no. Don't make Paris-Roubaix into Dennis the Menace Park.
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Old May 11th, 2015, 03:57 PM
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Is anyone here going to watch a stage of the Amgen Tour of California?

http://tourtracker.amgentourofcalifornia.com/

Stage 7 this Saturday looks like it would be fun to catch:

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Old June 1st, 2015, 09:06 AM
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Stage 20 of this year's Giro:

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The pack was whittled down on the steep dirt road. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com


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Ryder Hesjedal and Rigoberto Urán made their way up the Finestre together. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com


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Fabio Aru, winner of stage 19, was clearly feeling strong again, leaving Alberto Contador behind on the climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com


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The pink jersey was forced to climb the final few kilometers alone, without any teammates around to help. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com


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The dirt road cut a path through the rocks and the snow near the top of the high-altitude climb. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
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Old June 1st, 2015, 11:36 AM
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Eddy Merckx in Giro d'Italia 1973 with Battaglin. Probably on a COLNAGO

Yellow Colnago decal on seat tube, Columbus tubing

Both riders went on to make bicycles after they retired from racing. Eddy Merckx:


Giovanni Battaglin:

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Old June 6th, 2015, 11:44 AM
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Old June 9th, 2015, 11:57 AM
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Yay for early morning rides and the smell of wet dirt...

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Old June 9th, 2015, 12:45 PM
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Nice. At least one of us is riding. And that beater Salsa is my favorite of all of your bikes. What a sweet ride.

Did one of the brake levers slip or take a hit? It could be just the photo, but it looks as though the right lever is pointed down more than the left.
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Old June 9th, 2015, 12:58 PM
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Yeah, this Salsa is one of my favorite bikes as well. It has many, many miles on it.

I will have to go double check... I believe it to be the camera angle.
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Old June 30th, 2015, 10:14 AM
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The Tour starts this weekend.
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Old June 30th, 2015, 12:20 PM
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1919 TDF The First Yellow Jersey

Saturday, 19 July 1919 - Stage 11 Grenoble-Genčve

EUGENE CHRISTOPHE, on the right side, just changed his grey jersey of "La Sportive" for a yellow jersey. A jersey in yellow colours makes the leader in the general classification more recognizable. From left to right LEON SCIEUR, JEAN ALAVOINE and FIRMIN LAMBOT (the later winner) witness this historic moment.

Between 1903 and 1913 THE TOUR DE FRANCE became a big international race, but it was only in the first TDF after "The Great War" that LE MAILLOT JAUNE aka the YELLOW JERSEY for the first time was awarded. The first cyclist who would wear the yellow jersey was a Frenchman, and not one of the least. His name: EUGENE CHRISTOPHE, a good and brave rider with some history in the Tour However, Christophe wouldn't win the Tour that year. He never won a Tour, but he was the first man to wear YELLOW.
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Old July 6th, 2015, 01:30 PM
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Today's stage in Belgium was a baby Fleche Wallonne:


The ASO's guest of honor was none other than Eddy Merckx:




Merckx won Fleche Wallonne three times:


Tomorrow's stage will be a baby Paris-Roubaix. We'll see what happens.
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Old July 6th, 2015, 03:59 PM
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This video is from last year's Hell of the North stage, but it gives a good idea of the kind of machines that will be ridden in tomorrow's stage:

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Old July 7th, 2015, 01:17 PM
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The Hell of the North went well for the Quick Steps:


They captured both the stage and the yellow jersey. Bravi. That almost makes up for losing Paris-Roubaix this year.

Big losers on the day were Francaise des Jeux:


What a disaster.
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Old July 7th, 2015, 03:06 PM
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Victory:

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The whole Etixx-Quick-Step squad celebrated a successful day on stage 4 of the Tour de France. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Classics specialist and teammate Tom Boonen, was at the finish to greet and congratulate Martin on his stage win, and his move into the yellow jersey. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Defeat:

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Two men built for the cobbles, Degenkolb and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo), finished in second and third place on stage 4, respectively. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

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Tony Martin finally got the yellow jersey he had been chasing. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com
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Old July 8th, 2015, 11:51 AM
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Great article comparing Tony Martin and Thibaut Pinot on the cobbles:

http://velonews.competitor.com/2015/...estones_377063

Comparo:

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Instead, he suffered a mechanical on the penultimate section of cobblestones with 22km to go, when he was no longer able to shift his rear derailleur. A long wait for a spare bike saw the 25-year-old Frenchman lose his temper, yelling first at teammate Mathieu Ladagnous and then aggressively dressing down an FDJ team mechanic.

A few kilometers later Pinot was off the bike again, waiting for a new bike, kicking the ground while on the verge of exploding at his team caravan vehicle during the second bike swap. Altogether, it was very public meltdown from a French rider during a key stage of France’s biggest race.

FDJ team manager Marc Madiot told the media that Pinot’s issues were related to a failure of his Di2 battery, though it’s more likely the connection between the battery and the rear derailleur rattled loose on the cobblestones.

”I had a mechanical, and then it went full gas,” Pinot said. “It’s a shame. I could have received assistance, but who from? Mathieu [Ladagnous], who is much taller than me? It’s sure that when you have car number 13, you must expect to wait for your car a long time.”

The FDJ team web site lists Ladagnous as 1.81 meters tall (5-foot-11) and Pinot as 1.8 meters (5-foot-10), although team bios are often inaccurate.

Unlike Pinot, Martin didn’t wait around for a team car. When he punctured — at the same time that Pinot was struggling with his bike — the German quickly swapped bikes with teammate Matteo Trentin, who is three inches shorter than Martin, but, according to Martin, runs a higher saddle position.

In addition to what must have been an awkward fit, Martin also had to contend with Trentin’s brake setup, which is the complete opposite of how Martin runs his brakes. Despite all of this, Martin rejoined the lead group with 13km to go, paced by teammates Julien Vermote and Michal Golas. As soon as they made contact, Golas went all out to bring Martin up to the front of the bunch, where he rejoined teammates Zdenek Stybar, Rigoberto Uran, and Mark Cavendish.

“Before the last cobbled section I had a flat tire,” Martin said. “The car was not there because he was stuck in traffic. Matteo was next to me, and he said straight to me, I should take his bike. I took it, but the only problem was that his seat position is a few centimeters higher, and his brakes are opposite to mine, so I had to remember to brake the other way around. So I was not just focused on my legs, I was also focused on the brakes. It was super difficult, I started riding just to finish the stage, to stay with the best, and to not lose time, because I know there are still a few stages for me.”

What a contrast. Pinot's meltdown also affected his squad greatly. You can see the long faces and feel the bummed out mood in the air:

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