Friday Group Ride #1 Summary

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.

Image: John Pierce, Photosport International


  1. Champs

    There was a lot of talk about Chris Horner lacking the killer instinct, but I think you have to put Levi up there, too. Winning the ToC on home turf is one thing, but slipping up the GC as an unmarked rider staying strong through the last week of a grand tour is the work of a scavenger, not a raptor.

    Personally, I’d rather see Cavendish take them all. He was amazing before Columbia-HTC gave him a proper train this year.

    Euro-side, you can’t forget to mention Voigt, everyone’s favorite hard man.

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    Da Robot

    @Champs I can’t believe I forgot to mention Voigt. He’s my favorite rider, and I just glossed right over everyone’s best hopes for him. What’s wrong with me?

    As amends, I offer this Voigt quote, “I get paid to hurt people, to make them suffer on my wheel. How cool is that?”

  3. Chris

    I mentioned the hour record. What more could Saxo Bank and Specialized want? They would have the TdF winner, several classics winners, World TT champ, and the hour record holder on Specialized bikes. Fabian has the skill to do it. The only thing that could be a problem is the putting those skills onto the track.

  4. Rich

    George winning Roubaix is as likely to happen as Polidor was to win the Tour. Always the Bridesmaid.

    Tyler F to win Gent-Wevelgem, he’ll miss out on San Remo but G-W is practically his home race.

    Anyone but Boonen to win Roubaix, Flecha is my tip.

    Voigt to win Paris-Nice. If there was ever a short stage race where Jens can lay down a suffer fest this has to be it.

    And a big shout out to Mike Barry, just because he is a ‘Teddy tough Guy’ and defines the word ‘Super Domestique’

  5. i have a lot to learn

    He may not ever win it, but it is doubtful that anyone wants it more than George Hincapie. And you know what race I am talking about. I will say a prayer in the spring for George. He is a legend, winner or or not. Hincapie is cycling professionalism defined.

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