RSLT about Cancellara's victory

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"It was an impressive display of power.  One vicious attack on the Paterberg after using the team to perfection put Fabian Cancellara in the winning position as he time trialed to Oudenaarde to claim the win in the Ronde Van Vlaanderen on Sunday.
Fabian: “This was an amazing team job.  Everyone was against us and we just stayed focused.  We came on the Oude Kwaremont for the last time and Gregy Rast said everyone looked tired, so I tried to do the first selection there.  Peter (Sagan) and I came up to Roelandts then and I knew I had to go again to get away from Peter.  It happened like we’ve been planning for months.  Hard work from me and the team and sacrificing time with our families.  I can count on two hands the number of days I’ve been home this winter.  It hasn’t been easy for my wife and kids but these are the hard choices we make.  My career won’t last forever so it’s important to pick moments to enjoy.  This victory is for my family and team.  They gave me so much support.  And for the fans – it was a perfect day.  My second win in Flanders has been exceptional.  I will relax now and recover from this effort and see what happens next week,” he concluded, referring to Paris-Roubaix next Sunday.
Asked if she will be at Paris-Roubaix next Sunday, wife Stefanie said, “He deserves this so much after last year’s misery.  Oh, yes, I will stay until Roubaix now.”
Cancellara attacked on the Oude Kwaremont to soften up the competition, with Peter Sagan on the wheel.  Not wanting to take the sprinter to the line, Cancellara patiently waited for the Paterburg to put the final nail in the coffin, attacking from a seated position on the climb and immediately creating a gap.  From then on it was time trial mode for the four-time world TT champion.   Sagan (Cannondale) and Roelandts (Lotto-Belisol) rounded out the podium at well over a minute behind the Swiss champion.
Team director Dirk Demol was in the car, directing Cancellara throughout the day:  “We could see in the previous races he was good.  He was working on his condition and always improving.  Everyone was riding hard today and waiting for his attack.   There were comments before the race that RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK would not be one of the strongest teams in the race today but I was laughing at that.  I knew better.  I knew we had the team here to support Fabian and they were ready to die for him.  Between 10km and 5km to go, there was no race information so I pulled up beside him and told him he was going to win the 100th Tour of Flanders.  He’s full of confidence now – he is the one to beat next week in Roubaix.” 
Teamwork was the key ingredient in today’s win with every team rider playing a part in positioning Cancellara for the finale.  One member of the armada was New Zealand's Hayden Roulston.
Hayden:  “This was a super win.  Fabian was able to confirm what everyone thought before the race and that isn’t easy to do when you’re a big favorite.  The team did our maximum and it was great to see Fabian win in that way.  Early in the race we went to the front with our plan to keep everyone together and stay in the front.  We knew we could react better from that place.  It’s such a nice feeling to work so hard and then deliver the win.  It’s good for the riders, the staff, the sponsors and our families.  It’s pretty special.  It’s easy to buy in to the plan when you have a leader like Fabian who can deliver.”
Cancellara won the 2010 Tour of Flanders and wanted to repeat the effort after last year’s race-ending crash in the feed zone took him out of the classics.  Cancellara and RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK have targeted this race since then.
Fabian:  “One year ago I was on the ground and now I’m back and I’ve won Flanders on the new course.  It isn’t easy winning as the big favorite but I’m really happy.   In the end it was a strange race, but strange good because I won!  It was so fast in the beginning and we had to take over early but I think that was the key.  There were not so many riders left at the end.  The team did a fantastic job and I did what I had to do:  bring the Ronde Van Vlaanderen home.”
Stijn Devolder, winner in 2008 and 2009, was part of the winning team too, giving his all for leader Cancellara:   “I’m happy to be able to do this today after some bad years.  In the beginning of the race I didn’t feel so good but I’m happy I was able to go on and help the team.  The entire team did a super job.”
Team manager Luca Guercilena was bursting with pride at the race’s end:  “This is one of the best days of my life.  We led the race for 160km with no fear and used all of our talents to put our star in the perfect position to use his power.  Then Fabian went to work.  I’m really, really happy.  We look now to Roubaix.  We can be at the start with some pressure but confidence too because of our performance today.  This victory is special to us.  We get many comments in the press about our team and we can only answer them with the pedals.  Our new sponsor BPURE came in at just the right moment.  We hope it will be a good sign for the future.”

Ronde: Fabian Cancellara. Solo.

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An easy story. A splendid win. Nothing happened till the last passage on the Oude Kwaremont where the attack were expected and Fabian Cancellara attacked. Sagan and Kwiatosky followed. They quickly joined the last rest of the last break-away,  Jurgen Roelandts. Kwiatosky got quickly dropped. Sagan was on Cancellara's wheel but quickly looked suffering. On the last cobbled climb Cancellara speeded up and Sagan got immediately dropped. End of the story. Less then 20 km to go: a short ITT. 
A big slap to the young Sagan: don't provoke the bear! He was already lucky or good enough to be not reach again by the peloton. Away with Roelandts he won the (no)sprint for the second place while Cancellara - 1km ahead - was already celebrating holding his wife and then one by one all the team staff. 
A great team victory, this time it's true: they kept the race closed and it isn't easy to control a Ronde, the most nervous and thrilling race in cycling. To make complete the job a Cancellara was needed, a man able to pull so hard, to gain so much in so few. He's unique. "Last year I was on the ground, this year I'm here and have won Flanders". That's life. That's a cycling champion.
On the podium he went to shake hands with Sagan and Sagan was smiling pointing him for the ritual pictures, all together on the higher step. "He's the winner". Yes, he is. But I think today Sagan learnt a lesson and also made a friend.
Bravo Roelandts and bravo his team, that made the break-away and got a well deserved podium. Bravo Kristoff who won the peloton sprint. Bravo Oscar Gatto who had two flats but managed to finish 15th. What about my pick Terpstra? he got a mechnic trouble and - I think - retired. What a disaster for OPQS! Chavanel 13th isn't the expected result!
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Source  http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/1167801-Tour-de-Flanders-2013
1 CANCELLARA Fabian RadioShack - Leopard100275 6:05:58
2 SAGAN Peter Cannondale Pro Cycling Team80200 1:26
3 ROELANDTS Jurgen Lotto Belisol Team70150 1:28
4 KRISTOFF Alexander Katusha Team60120 1:38
5 LADAGNOUS Matthieu Equipe Cycliste FDJ 50100 1:40
6 HAUSSLER Heinrich IAM Cycling4090 ,,
7 VAN AVERMAET Greg BMC Racing Team3080 ,,
8 TURGOT Sébastien Europcar2070 ,,
9 DEGENKOLB John Team Argos - Shimano1060 ,,
10 LANGEVELD Sebastian Orica GreenEDGE450 ,,
11 BOOM Lars Blanco Pro Cycling Team
46 ,,
12 OSS Daniel BMC Racing Team
42 ,,
13 CHAVANEL Sylvain Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
38 ,,
14 RASCH Gabriel Sky Procycling
34 ,,
15 GATTO Oscar Vini Fantini
30 ,,

Not a happy Ronde for Tom Boonen

Pic by Tim de Waele
The race started in the incredible crowd of Brugge. There was a break -  Klier, Dowsett, Dempster - but after 48 km (on almost 300) it was already over. And it's over for Tom Boonen: crashed, retired, off to the hospital. There he "received stitches on his knee." according with quoting Spotza Andre Meganck and " X-ray's are currently being made of hip and back". His team says he will not race Roubaix probably.
Official team release says: "Boonen has a contusion at his left hip, as well as a wound on his left elbow. He also has a contusion and a wound on his right knee that required a few stitches, according to Tegner. Boonen is now undergoing X-rays to exclude any fractures."
Sometimes riders have a off-day, sometimes they have a off-year. They are not machines. And the Ronde is open, waiting for a winner to go and grab it. Lets see!
And "X-Rays fortunately showed NO fractures"

Good Ronde, Happy Easter

No matter wich one you are: we need all colors to paint a cool world! :D


Volta Limburg: YES WE LIKE!

Two Yes we like... on the podium! what a day! Colbrelli isn't happy and says "My revange will be in La Sarthe", Selig looks satisfied on the higher step. Read here their interviews:
Yes we like... Selig: 
Yes we like... Colbrelli: 
I'm so proud!!
Source http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/1182251-Volta-Limburg-Classic-2013

1 SELIG Rüdiger
2 COLBRELLI Sonny Bardiani Valvole - CSF Inox ,,
3 MARTENS Paul Blanco Pro Cycling Team ,,
4 REBELLIN Davide CCC Polsat Polkowice ,,
5 LIGTHART Pim Vacansoleil - DCM ,,
6 ARMEE Sander Topsport Vlaanderen – Baloise 0:04
7 TERPSTRA Mike Team 3M ,,
8 DE MAAR Marc UnitedHealthcare Presented by Maxxis ,,
10 DELFOSSE Sebastien Crelan-Euphony ,,
11 KEIZER Martijn Vacansoleil - DCM ,,
12 KRUIJSWIJK Steven Blanco Pro Cycling Team ,,
13 WYTINCK Niels An Post - Chainreaction ,,
14 BARTA Jan Team NetApp – Endura ,,
15 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Team Argos - Shimano ,,
16 SCHULTING Peter Netherlands ,,
17 TANKINK Bram Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:08
18 LAMMERTINK Maurits Vacansoleil - DCM 0:16
19 KELDERMAN Wilco Blanco Pro Cycling Team 0:21
20 KRITSKIY Timofey Katusha Team 0:47

Vuelta al Pais Vasco: RSLT's line-up

Tour of the Basque Country (Spain) – April 1-6 – UCI WorldTour
Riders: Matthew Busche, Laurent Didier, Ben Hermans, Andreas Klöden, Maxime Monfort, Andy Schleck, Jens Voigt & Haimar Zubeldia
Directors: Kim Andersen & Josu Larrazabal
2010 Tour of the Basque Country winner Chris Horner, suffering from an iliotibial band friction syndrome since the end of Tirreno-Adriatico, is recovering in Bend, Oregon, and will not take the start. The medical staff of the team expects Chris to be able to start training next week. Last week Horner was treated in Basel (Switzerland) for the pain at the outside of his left knee.


BPURE RSLT's new sponsor

Press release: "On the eve of the Tour of Flanders RADIOSHACK LEOPARD TREK is happy to announce BPURE as a new partner, effective immediately.
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Tour of Flanders start list and more

No Phinney, no Gilbert. Boonen still looking for his shape probably focused on Roubaix, Fabian Cancellara still hungry after E3H win and the new rival Peter Sagan. Chavanel won La Panne and I guess that in OPQS Niki Terpstra targets the Ronde more than his mates. Boasson Hagen: leader for a day. Paolini maybe. 
My pick is Terpstra, just to bet on something different. Of course I'd be happy to see Fabian Cancellara win but am afraid that Sagan/Cancellara saga blocks a bit the show. 
I want and I expect a very open Ronde: the muers race, one of the crazy things in cycling, less brutal than Roubaix, suitable for a larger range of riders but damned demanding.
Look here for an 'objective' preview:
and here for a 'reasoned' one:
Vini Fantini251. ANDRIATO Rafael
252. CHICCHI Francesco
253. DE NEGRI Pier Paolo
254. FAILLI Francesco
255. FINETTO Mauro
256. GATTO Oscar
257. HULSMANS Kevin
258. POZZO Mattia
R. BORCHI Stefano
R. GIORDANI Leonardo
R. PRONI Alessandro