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  • Andy B

    this is great :)

  • jules

    given that Arndt probably doesn’t GAS and Bauer can’t really be punished, sounds like a good outcome :)

    • If the prize money hadn’t already been paid, it would have been an even better outcome for Bauer! Any way you look at it, he has a victory salute photo that most will never get.

  • bit boring and contrived for spectators when the winners are decided before the race – good on the kid! hope more do the same. I think it’s good the pros turn up (albeit payed) but why not have some competition otherwise what’s the point?

    • ebbe

      Oh, there are several reasons to “fix” these criteriums. Some quite good reasons even.

      Having said that, it’s also quite refreshing that this happened for once!

  • jimmy

    Good on him. I’d do the same. Take one for the team for the spectators and to be able to say that you beat the best in the world when it was rigged.

  • ebbe

    Nice!

  • Mb747

    Is this similar to people sprint finishing in a charity race?

    • I’d argue that this is much more acceptable ;-)

    • NC

      No, a race is a race. If I raise money for a cause great, but I’m still going to race, nothing wrong with that, else I might as well just mail them a cheque.

    • Andy B

      sounds you someone stole your “win” ?

    • Andy B

      sounds you someone stole your “win” ?

    • winkybiker

      People sprint finish even when it doesn’t matter for the simple reason that it’s great fun. If you don’t want to sprint finish in your local disease ride, you don’t have to.

  • Vincent Courcy

    I never understand why those criterium exists. They already make their money on the Tour, just leave this to others, they desserve it.

    • Dave

      To bring the sport to the people and get the exposure which pays their salary, of course!

      Notice that they are never held in the major cities which regularly get stages of the Tour de France or the passage of other big races, they are held in the smaller regional centres.

      Cycling is a sport which already has a problem with being poorly monetised, the big names can’t afford to stop reinvesting in it.

    • Dave

      To bring the sport to the people and get the exposure which pays their salary, of course!

      Notice that they are never held in the major cities which regularly get stages of the Tour de France or the passage of other big races, they are held in the smaller regional centres.

      Cycling is a sport which already has a problem with being poorly monetised, the big names can’t afford to stop reinvesting in it.

  • Roeland

    It’s a public secret that these are fixed, why would you write an article about it? Everyone knows but no one cares. These event are all about seeing your favourite riders sprint and stand on the podium after watching them race the Tour on TV for 3 weeks. Kids like Bauer get given the opportunity to be part of the event, not to have a crack at taking the win.

  • NC

    If they didn’t want him to race, they should have paid him too. You pay to play.

  • Lee Rodgers

    I raced a few of these, back in 2011, I was terrified of crashing some top pro and almost did. Before some of these ‘races’ they give all the riders a bunch of flowers which the crowd call out for as you do the warm up lap, Sammy Sanchez was on my left near the barriers and had given his away, when someone leant over and grabbed mine from my hand, causing me to almost clothes line Sanchez. He was not happy… Sanchez at that time was the TdF KOM winner and came into the changing room with his polka dots on, it was something to see some of these hard local Dutch pros asking him for an autograph.

    These crits are not easy though, they go pretty darn hard and there’s a lot of technical stuff to deal with so, though it is fixed it’s still not exactly easy – wasn’t for me anyway!

    In the first one we did my teammate and I decided to go for 10th place after the decided top 9 had already crossed the line, we came in 10th and 11th and I remember someone yelling at me in Dutch afterwards. I turned around and it was Lars Boom. I said ‘Sorry I don’t speak Dutch, so he started yelling at me in English! All I was thinking at the time was ‘Wow, Lars Boom is shouting at me, I won’t forget this’!

    The main local guy comes into the changing room before the start and pins a piece of paper with the top placings on the wall or to a tabletop, and if you do try to mix it up there in the race, it can get ugly cos the top guys want an easy ride, and people have been crashed out deliberately. Your name is dirt too, for a good while after. Good on this guy though, great tale! I’d have loved to have been in that changing room afterwards…

    • Holistic Cycling Team

      From what I saw and heard, he changed in the car…

    • Holistic Cycling Team

      From what I saw and heard, he changed in the car…

  • Lee Rodgers

    I raced a few of these, back in 2011, I was terrified of crashing some top pro and almost did. Before some of these ‘races’ they give all the riders a bunch of flowers which the crowd call out for as you do the warm up lap, Sammy Sanchez was on my left near the barriers and had given his away, when someone leant over and grabbed mine from my hand, causing me to almost clothes line Sanchez. He was not happy… Sanchez at that time was the TdF KOM winner and came into the changing room with his polka dots on, it was something to see some of these hard local Dutch pros asking him for an autograph.

    These crits are not easy though, they go pretty darn hard and there’s a lot of technical stuff to deal with so, though it is fixed it’s still not exactly easy – wasn’t for me anyway!

    In the first one we did my teammate and I decided to go for 10th place after the decided top 9 had already crossed the line, we came in 10th and 11th and I remember someone yelling at me in Dutch afterwards. I turned around and it was Lars Boom. I said ‘Sorry I don’t speak Dutch, so he started yelling at me in English! All I was thinking at the time was ‘Wow, Lars Boom is shouting at me, I won’t forget this’!

    The main local guy comes into the changing room before the start and pins a piece of paper with the top placings on the wall or to a tabletop, and if you do try to mix it up there in the race, it can get ugly cos the top guys want an easy ride, and people have been crashed out deliberately. Your name is dirt too, for a good while after. Good on this guy though, great tale! I’d have loved to have been in that changing room afterwards…

  • Bob Dobbins

    I hope the spectators didn’t pay as much as I did to see that Champions League friendly in the United States.

    • winkybiker

      I’ve never understood the appeal of the “friendly”. Why play at all if no-one cares about the outcome?

  • winkybiker

    This crit has now generated far more publicity than any other in the series. Perhaps it’s all part of the plan…..make it look like there’s a rebel winner.

    • Holistic Cycling Team

      Note: the winner is not wearing his usual team jersey but a jersey with the logo of the bike sponsor on the front.

    • Holistic Cycling Team

      Note: the winner is not wearing his usual team jersey but a jersey with the logo of the bike sponsor on the front.

  • Violaine

    I think it’s Bernard Hinault who said, once, that when he was an amateur he did the same. He refused to let the pro take the win too easily, and he went for it… So let’s hope the kid won’t get into trouble for that win, and who knows, maybe a great career is awaiting him too!

  • Violaine

    I think it’s Bernard Hinault who said, once, that when he was an amateur he did the same. He refused to let the pro take the win too easily, and he went for it… So let’s hope the kid won’t get into trouble for that win, and who knows, maybe a great career is awaiting him too!

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