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As everybody already knows, Fabian Cancellara won the 2010 edition of the Ronde va Vlaanderen.  If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, Cancellara simply put on a clinic.  Powering away from Boonen on the steepest part of the Kapelmuur while remaining seated was amazing to watch.  Over the top of the Kapelmuur he went in to time trial mode and  put over a minute into Boonen, making it look easy in the process.  He was so smooth, it didn’t look like he was even trying.

Of course my guy Hincapie finished 6th, again missing the critical move.  To his credit, he looked comfortable on the climbs.  He just failed to make the move when he needed to.  Will he make it through Roubaix this week without a mechanical?  Will he have the “killer” instinct and confidence to make a move?  Will he ride carbon wheels in a classic AGAIN? Who knows?  Certainly not me.  I do look forward to watching it though.

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Here is my one sided view of the 2008 version of Paris-Roubaix:

Hincapie and his teammate Roger Hammond position themselves in the lead group

Things look, good Hincapie and Hammond appear to be driving the pace and seem to be as comfortable as possible

Hincapie flats @ 56k to go

The lead group senses this misfortune and drills it

36k to go gap is 1:35 (turn out the lights)

Cancellara and Ballan let Boonen into the velodrome with them, bad idea (turn out the lights)

Boonen wins, Hincapie finishes 5+ minutes back in 9th

Am I crazy, or would it make sense to use some sealant like the kind available from Tufo and others  for a race like Roubaix?  I know about extra weight and so forth, but I think it is obvious that a flat at the wrong time makes weight and the other issues irrelevant.  

12 months and counting………

 

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Paris-Roubaix is my favorite single day race by far, it is truly the Queen of the Classics.  If you know anything at all about Roubaix, you understand my excitement.  The temperature on Sunday should be in the 40s with a 60% chance of rain, which should make for some exciting racing.  The odds of George Hincapie winning according to Unibet.com are 11-1.  I have realized that being a Hincapie fan is kind of like being a Notre Dame fan lately.  You keep hoping for the big result, but it doesn’t seem to pan out (with some notable exceptions).  Considering that I am a fan of both Hincapie and the Irish, it has not been easy (poor me).  I will keep my expectations low and just hope that George finishes, and does not suffer any serious injuries.  Anything more will be a bonus.  With that being said, I think Boonen wants to make a statement on Sunday so it is going to be a long day on the saddle.  I personally don’t think he was happy with Devolder at Flanders, although I could be wrong.  No matter what happens, Sunday will provide some great racing.  Go Hincapie!

Here are some images from Graham Watson to bring the beauty and pain of Paris-Roubaix to you:   

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Hincapie Roubaix

For anyone that knows me, or that has read this blog at one time or another, it is no secret that I am a Hincapie homer.  For him to win Flanders or Roubaix would be a high point for me as a cycling fan, yes I know that I am a loser.  With that being said, I really think that George Hincapie has a chance this Sunday at the Ronde van Vlaanderen.  I have been surprised so far to see that I am pretty much the only one that feels this way.  With the exception of Cycling News, the articles that I have read so far do not even include Hincapie in the list of possible winners.  What is up with that?  He had good form in California and just finished 9th at De Panne.  Not to mention the fact that he has a solid team backing him up including Roger Hammond and Bernard Eisel, either one of which could get a good result as well.  I guess we’ll see on Sunday.  I’ll keep my fingers crossed.

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