We have to get this started early, so I’m going to keep it brief. Paris-Roubaix is this Sunday. For many of us, this is the Super Bowl, the World Cup, the Westminster Dog Show of pro cycling. So we’re going to run predictions again this week.
First, did you see the Tour of Flanders? Did you expect Gilbert to win with a 50k+ solo attack? Could there have been a better result really? Gilbert is throwback rouleur, all-rounder. He’s an older rider, a former world champ. To see him upset the new guard was heartening. To see the favorites struggle (for one reason and another) makes the racing more interesting and reminds you that in these, the Classics, anything is possible, any little mishap or miscalculation can end your day.
I could cut and paste my favorites for this race from last week’s Group Ride, so I’ll just list some of them here: Peter Sagan, Greg van Avermaet, Tom Boonen, Ian Stannard, John Degenkolb. This race doesn’t favor dynamic climbers, like Gilbert, so much, but anything is possible. Johan Vansummeren anyone?
This week’s Group Ride asks, win, show and place? Name that podium.