And so, the RKP cycloscenti have spoken and what they most want in 2010 is for 1988′s US U17 Road Race Champion to become 2010′s Paris-Roubaix winner. At 36, one might guess that the cobbles are a ride too far for Big George, but Gilbert Duclos-Lasalle won in the velodrome at Roubaix for the first time at 37 (1992). He also won the following year, at 38. So, RKP readers, light your candles. Say your prayers. Anything is possible.
We also heard a number of spoke folk (Oh, I’ve got a million of ‘em.) express an interest in seeing Tyler Farrar take some sprints off Mr. Untouchable 2009 Mark Cavendish. After a string of seconds that even made Raymond Poulidor feel sorry for him, Farrar finally seemed to break through at the end of 2009.
I could be wrong, but no one seems to have mentioned wanting to see the Lance win another Tour.
By and large though, the Americans got a lot of love. van de Velde, Horner and Phinney, oh my! Not a lot of love for Leipheimer, surprisingly.
Of the Euro favorites, Boonen and Cancellara seem to be well-loved, the former despite his dalliances of the white powdery variety, the latter despite being Swiss. I myself am maintaining neutrality as regards the future endeavors of Mr. Cancellara. I liked whoever’s suggestion it was that he take a shot at the hour record, though.
The Tour Down Under starts in 27 days.
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