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FLECHE WALLONE

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posted Apr 21, 2009

According to cycling Weekly website:
HE BRITISH
A five-strong list of British riders will take to the start line in Charleroi on Wednesday:

Steven Cummings, Barloworld
Chris Froome, Barloworld
Ben Swift, Katusha
Daniel Lloyd, Cervelo
Daniel Fleeman, Cervelo

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posted Apr 21, 2009

Frank Schleck won't by the way. He's still too injured after sunday. No surprise there.

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posted Apr 21, 2009

Ben Swift might spring a surprise or 2 tomorrow. Looking good and could be a good all rounder that could do well in the Classics.

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posted Apr 21, 2009

Ben Swift is the new Cav and will therefore win (or so I'm reliably informed). Not sure if Cav realises there's a new Cav yet??

Seriously though, wouldn't surprise me if he did well if he can get himself in a smallish breakaway group. I'm thinking Scarponi win though.

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posted Apr 22, 2009

After his good showing at the weekend I've a sneaking feeling Nicolas Roche might be up there again today. Like to see Agritubel do something this year to sign off in style too.

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Predictions:
5 stars Damiano Cunego
4 stars Alejandro Valverde
3 stars Cadel Evans
2 stars Samuel Sanchez
1 star Davide Rebellin, Philippe Gilbert

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Kirchin again?

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Will you look at that, we've got a Japanese guy at the front of the race.
Beppu (Skil) and Moreau (Agritubel) are currently cruising 2 minutes ahead of the peloton.

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Marianne Vos has won the women's Fleche Wallonne by the way. With three victories she now equals the record of Fabiana Luperini and Nicole Cooke.
Top 9 (weird number, I know)
1. Vos
2. Johansson
3. Häusler
4. Neben
5. Cantele
6. Blaak
7. Abbott
8. Söder
9. Gunnewijk

Don't know what happened to Cooke.

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Good old Davide Rebellin takes it, out sprinting (really uphill sprinting) Andy Schleck and Cadel Evans.

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Sorry, apparently Cunego and Sanchez went past Evans in the final 100 metres.

Top 10
1. Davide Rebellin
2. Andy Schleck
3. Damiano Cunego
4. Samuel Sanchez
5. Cadel Evans
6. Thomas Lövkvist
7. Simon Gerrans
8. Alejandro Valverde
9. Michael Albasini
10. Rinaldo Nocentini

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Evans looked pretty strong but just lacked that extra gear at the top to beat the fast guys like Rebellin.

Disappointing from Valverde, was in a great position but couldn't stay with it when the road kicked up.

Lelay looks like he could do something in the future, pretty good for a guy who was riding for the Bretagne-Lux team this time last year.

By the way, cyclingnews has Cooke in 6th instead of Blaak. Hare was 18th 0.48 back and Armistead 22nd 1.05 back.

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Maybe I know about this cycling lark than I thought. I had Andy Schleck to win the LBL, and Rebellin to win Amstel so getting the right riders for the wrong races smiley

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posted Apr 22, 2009

If Andy wins on Sunday then we'll dub you a bona fide expert smiley

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posted Apr 22, 2009

With my current record a wise gambler would put money on scarponi as he was my bet for the Fleche!

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posted Apr 22, 2009

Amazing Rebellin! I thought he'd retired aeons ago... Well done that man!

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posted Apr 22, 2009

I don't think Rebellin is ever going to retire. He's going to be riding with a cane in his back pocket in 40 years time.

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posted Apr 23, 2009

I thought Nicole came 6th ?

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posted Apr 23, 2009

Yeah, that's the top 10 they gave during the race, but apparently it was Nicole Cooke who came in sixth.

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comment by Ian B (U3864728)

posted Apr 24, 2009

What a supremely crazy race - I love it (have seen the TV coverage a few times in recent years).

Rebellin just seems to understand the timing of when to attack on the final climb.

Evans was the same as last year - went too early and tried to churn away from the pack but just isn't explosive enough to do it on such an absurdly steep climb

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posted Apr 29, 2009

Ah the difference a week makes...

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