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First of all I'm just curious if there are any other posters to whom cycling means more than Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France.
If there are, we can talk about the springtime classics which are currently going on. Anybody seen Boonen win the Tour of Flanders, that kid is going to be the real thing for quite some time!
If there aren't any cycling fans out here, this thread will die a slow, yet peaceful death.
So, come on out, cycling fans! Wherever you are!

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I am a cycling fan! Boonen is on his way to be one of the greatest! But he'll be having some serious competition by Thomas Dekker in the coming years!
Also, did you see yesterday's stage in the Tour of Pays Basque? Too bad Pieter Weening was not strong enough to keep it up all race... Great victory for David 'The Dreamer' Moncoutié though!

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yep major cycling fan here as well

fav is the big german jan ulrich, but the sooner he stays off the german chocolates the better his chances are to fufill his talents
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I am a cycling fan! Boonen is on his way to be one of the greatest! But he'll be having some serious competition by Thomas Dekker in the coming years!
Also, did you see yesterday's stage in the Tour of Pays Basque? Too bad Pieter Weening was not strong enough to keep it up all race... Great victory for David 'The Dreamer' Moncoutié though!
Yeah, I saw the finish of that stage yesterday. Too bad the last couple of meters were too steep for Weening, he was very close to victory!
Anyway, I am currently passively watching Gent-Wevelgem. Andreas Klier crahed when he was hit by a motorcycle, poor guy. Hopefully he will recover in time for Paris-Roubaix on sunday!

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also take an interest in an up and coming aussie called cadel evans - he will give a bit of cheek in the mountain stages in the both the giro and tour de france this year
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Anyway, I am currently passively watching Gent-Wevelgem. Andreas Klier crahed when he was hit by a motorcycle, poor guy. Hopefully he will recover in time for Paris-Roubaix on sunday!
OMG! He was one of the guys to watch for Gent-Wevelgem... It remainds me a bit of the Kessler-crash in last years Tour de France... But maybe just because they're both German...

Any other news on Gent-Wevelgem so far? Or should I check cyclingnews.com? BTW, I'm hoping Steven de Jongh can show us what he's made of today!

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ahh... I see Flecha is in the first group as well... I like that guy. He rides totally un-Spanish, he attacks! Vamos Flecha!

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also take an interest in an up and coming aussie called cadel evans - he will give a bit of cheek in the mountain stages in the both the giro and tour de france this year
Yeah, I know the guy, yet I always though he was more of a sprinter. Maybe that is just because it is a rule of thumb that every Aussi cyclist is a sprinter?

And as for Ullrich, I don't think he has got what it takes to reach the absolute top. He has had many chances but hasn't been able to impress in the Tour, the only race that matters for him, in ages.

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ahh... I see Flecha is in the first group as well... I like that guy. He rides totally un-Spanish, he attacks! Vamos Flecha!
Once again, you are right Patrice! Flecha made a jump 40km from the finish. He's leading the race alone now. Karsten Kroon is pretty strong too, and has been all week!

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Once again, you are right Patrice! Flecha made a jump 40km from the finish. He's leading the race alone now. Karsten Kroon is pretty strong too, and has been all week!
I guess I'm gifted when it comes to predicting...
As a Dutchwoman I'd of course like to see Kroon win, but on the other hand, Flecha is such an attractive rider to watch... Same type as Erik Dekker, Durand, Voigt, Piil... etc. Attack, you guys!

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Nico Mattan just won Gent-Wevelgem. He beat Juan Antonio Flecha in the closing meters. Flecha was the man who made the race, attacking mutiple times. Mattan's victory will be a bit disputed as he seemed to race in the slipstream of the team cars, and motorcycles in the last kilometer. This gave him just the edge to beat Flecha.
Anyway, it was a very thrilling race.

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i wish we got more cycling coverage over here...i love watching it!!
boonen is class, i like ivan basso too and wee thomas voeckler

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First of all I'm just curious if there are any other posters to whom cycling means more than Lance Armstrong and the Tour de France.
If there are, we can talk about the springtime classics which are currently going on. Anybody seen Boonen win the Tour of Flanders, that kid is going to be the real thing for quite some time!
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Well, the main thing they focused on here was how Lance was going to support George Hincapie's attempt to capture Flanders. Since they talked it up so much, I kept waiting for the team to make its move, of course they never did. ...

The classics are okay, but I prefer the longer races Tour/Giro/Veulta. I'm big on Thor this year.
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Well, the main thing they focused on here was how Lance was going to support George Hincapie's attempt to capture Flanders. Since they talked it up so much, I kept waiting for the team to make its move, of course they never did. ...

The classics are okay, but I prefer the longer races Tour/Giro/Veulta. I'm big on Thor this year.
Monday I was at cnnsi.com, looking for Wertheims mailbag, when I saw a heading for the result of the Tour of Flanders. It read: "Armstrong finishes 26th in Flanders."
I was like, wtf? Not a word on the winner, I mean who cares about the #26 on a cycling race? Anyway, the obsession with Armstrong startled me a little.

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