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  • zosim

    Surprise win? As well as winning once, he’s finished in the top 10 every year since 2010 (excluding 2011 when he had an uncharacteristically bad year) and was second at Brabantse Pijl (ahead of Alaphilippe, Matthews etc).

  • MattHurst

    Thanks for the review. Good write up, after Flanders and roubaix could not bring myself to stay up for this one.

    • Laurens

      Good decision. SBS 5 minute ad break with 10 K to go!

      • Dave

        That’s worth a complaint to the Australian Communications and Media Authority. SBS is limited to five minutes of advertising per hour.

        Cycling on SBS would be great if they had the race shown picture in picture during the ad breaks. Advertisers would love it, they’d get more eyeballs.

  • Mark Blackwell

    Perhaps a statement of the obvious, but Matthews 5th, Gerrans 11th, race win by a late break that wasn’t quite caught… shades of the 2015 Worlds perhaps? Matt White seemed critical afterwards when he said that his main men lost the race when they didn’t have the legs follow on the break on the Cauberg… sounded to me like there’s still a big problem with the two leader strategy.

    • De Mac

      Absolutely agree. Why have two blokes sitting protected in the front bunch, ie numerically supreme situation, to not have one work for the other in the final??? The other OGE riders absolutely buried themselves (Albasini / Durbridge, etc), so it came down to the two team leaders and it seemed that neither actually popped their head up when it mattered….

      • Winky

        Awful, negative tactics from OGE. Better to fail heroically than that nonsense.

      • Mark Kelly

        Doubly disappointed. Firstly with Gerrans. At least Matthews got to the front when they were trying to bring back Wellens and looked interested in honouring the huge amount of work done by Albasini, Hayman & Durbridge. Gerro, unsighted. Time for him to ride in support of Matthews or retire!

        Secondly, who at SBS decided to reward those of us that stayed up so late by blacking-out 30% of the last 10km with an ad-break, missing Wellens’ move?

    • claude cat

      Why didn’t Gerro follow the last break? That was the obvious tactical move to take.
      If Matthew’s follows that lead, they all stop and he’s wasted a bullet.

      • Nick Clark

        Didn’t have the legs maybe? But yeah, frustrating to watch the bunch watch each other as the other two rode away for the win, when OGE had the numbers to cover the break and still go for the sprint with the fastest finisher in the pack :/

    • pedr09

      The problem with this particular two leader strategy is that it doesn’t bloody work and never has. FFS Gerrans, bust your flipp’n nut towing Matthews up the Cauberg and watch him fly solo across the line.

  • VerticallyCompliant

    Great win in a year that didn’t follow the standard pattern of waiting to hang on to Gilbert’s attack. Loving watching this classic season seeing some panache or attrition win rather then straightforward bunch sprint gallops.
    Interested to see Coquard just off the podium. For a young guy who has made his name following the big four home at the tour it looks like he could be changing his style this year and going for some harder finishes. Could be fruitful come the tour in a year where Degenkolb is sidelined.

  • Daniel

    The race coverage was appalling, I know SBS are getting somebody else’s feed but how many times they flip from the leaders to the back of the peleton and one of the big chances is gone off the back and they didnt even know why. Was there a cutback on moto’s?


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