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How Did Quick-Step Really Win The Tour Of Flanders? | The GCN Show Ep. 273

How Did Quick-Step Really Win The Tour Of Flanders? | The GCN Show Ep. 273


– From the middle of absolutely nowhere, welcome to the GCN Show. – Welcome to the GCN Show,
brought to you by Wiggle. – This week, the big story
was the Tour of Flanders, so we talk you through
just how it was won, and lift the lid on Team
Quick-step’s secrets. – There’s some huge news in the tech world as Shimano released a brand-new groupset. We’ve got all the details. – Absolutely, and we also have
all of our regulars as well. (upbeat music) – This week in the world of cycling, we learnt that buying a bike
can actually make you money. Not through racing it or
through delivering post or somebody’s dinner,
but just by buying it and then reselling it. For example, this Colnago
FUTURA edition frame-set originally sold for 12,000 dollars. – [Simon] Bargain. – [Dan] Kind of, yeah. It is now listed on
eBay at 110,000 dollars. – [Simon] Whoa. Now, we also learned this
week that Lance Armstrong appears to have an AK-47 in his kitchen. Which does seem a bit odd, but then so too is having five sitting rooms. But nevertheless, it’s gonna
be someone’s cup of tea, and if it’s yours, why
not put an offer in? Because his mansion is up for sale, for seven and a half million dollars. – [Dan] I think I might
be out bid, just there. – (mumbles) actually. – Yeah, this week, we also
learnt that Quick-step are the kings of the Classics. (record scratches) – Hang on a minute, did
we learn that this week? Got to have been some
clues, haven’t there? Over the years. – Yeah, that is true, they’ve
won a lot over the years, but it reaffirmed it with Niki
Terpstra’s win, on Sunday, at the Tour of Flanders. – Which makes it back to
back wins for this team at this particular race. Not only that, they also had
two riders on the podium, with Gilbert finishing in third spot, and three riders inside the top 10. So how did they do it, how
do they keep on doing it? – Well I wonder, in order to
see how they won Flanders, we need to look at the
bigger picture here. ‘Cause that was not exactly an anomaly. This year alone, they’ve
won Le Samyn, Nokere Koerse. They’ve won the Handzame Classic,
they’ve won E3 Harelbeke, and they’ve won Dwars door Vlaanderen, and now, of course, De
Ronde van Vlaanderen I can imagine there’s a whole
load of people in Belgium applauding, at that
pronunciation right there. – And the one at De Panne, we missed one. – Oh, and the one day of De Panne, yeah. So that’s eight wins, isn’t it, this year with six different riders. In fact, the only Belgian
Ronde race of note that they haven’t won this year was Gent Wevelgem. – Yes, and I think that
explains why Elia Viviani was distraught and crying his eyes out after the finish line. It wasn’t because he was
disappointed with his own result, he was just embarrassed
not to finish it off after the teamwork. – Yeah, it maybe only partly explains why he cried his eyes
out at the finish line, but I know what you mean, yeah. – What makes this run of
form though, from the team, even more impressive in my point of view, is the fact that this year, of course, there’s only seven manned
teams at the one-day Classic, versus the eight of previous years. – Well yeah, not only that,
but we’ve also got to take note of the riders that left
Quick-Step at the end of 2017. Tom Boonen, Classics
legend, notably retired, but also, Matteo Trentin,
always dangerous, ever present, and even Julien Vermote, perhaps,
never a threat at the end of races, but a big, big
engine that they’ll no doubt have missed at the beginning of races. – Very true, but also, lost
somebody this year, didn’t they? Fernando Gaviria.
– True! – He crashed out and got
injured, so he’s missed the Spring Classics, but I
don’t really have appeared to have missed him much. So how, given all of
that, are they still able to control these races, and
basically, dominate them? – Well, we think it is
down to three things: tactics, numerical
superiority in the finale, and also, the lack of a team leader. That’s right, the lack of a team leader, and you heard it here first. Maybe not. – The tactics are
following similar patterns, the big one day races, aren’t they? So they’re generally using
three out of their seven riders to control the early part, generally Declercq, Keisse, and Sénéchal. And then, they’ve got four riders for the last part of the race, who’ve got kind of a free roll. Two of whom have already won
monuments in their career, Niki Terpstra and Philippe Gilbert. And two that haven’t, but
are on the cusp of it, particularly Zdeněk Štybar, who’s been second twice at Roubaix. But also, Yves Lampaert,
who’s won a couple of smaller one-days,
and looks like he could threaten a monument fairly shortly. – Yeah, and it’s a tactic
they appear to pull off with astonishing regularities,
even though everyone kind of knows what they’re gonna do. Once you’ve got those four
riders in that (mumbles) group of 20 or so, which to be fair,
in doing so, is no mean feat. But then, you know, it’s
all to play for, isn’t it? They’ve got the upper hand. – They have, especially when
you consider that at that point in the race, in a group of 20 riders, most of the other team
leaders are either isolated, or at best, they might
have one teammate left. So then, it’s essentially four against a load of ones, isn’t it? – Yeah, it is. You know, I’m also wondering
whether or not, actually, the fact that Boonen has retired
this year, is an advantage? – Yeah, quite possibly could be. In the past, we we generally looking at just Boonen and Cancellara,
the big guns, weren’t we? Now with BMC, you’re only really looking at Greg Van Avermaet, with BORA, it’s obviously Peter Sagan, if EF Education first, it’s Sep Vanmarcke. – Drapac presented by Cannondale. – That’s the one, this
kind of goes on from that point of view, doesn’t it? But with Quick-step, you
really don’t know who to watch. – Yeah, although, actually,
you do know who to watch. It’s just, you watch them
all dismount down a road, ’cause you can’t mark ’em all, can you? Although, on the other
hand, actually, Boonen, to be fair to him, his
presence enabled other riders from Quick-step to win, you
gotta say that Stijn Devolder two wins at Flanders, are in
large part, down to the fact that a lot of people were just
watching Boonen at the time. And even Terpstra, Parua
Bay as well, you know, very strong riders, both
of them, there is no doubt, but they weren’t so strong
that everyone was then marking them out of the race. – No. Although we should
also point out now as well, that we’re not taking anything
away from Niki Terpstra’s amazing win from Sunday, he’s
more than proven his class, and his form this year,
with solo wins at Le Samyn and also an incredible showing
of strength at E3 Harelbeke. You have to have some
serious form and endurance to pull these feats off, and
when he dropped (mumbles) and went away from that
elite group of riders, he really highlighted
his form at the moment, but Quick-step always seem
to play their cards perfectly and better than anyone else. – Yeah, as well as not wanting
to diminish responsibility of Terpstra himself, we
also don’t wanna diminish the difficulty with which
Quick-step management have to manage a roster stacked with four potential race winners. Like, managing egos is a difficult thing, we’re told that on a regular basis. And so actually, the fact
that they manage that so well, is very impressive too. – It is, I mean their
morale is high all the time at Quick-Step, isn’t it? It’s almost so high, they should come up with some kind of cheesy nickname
for their team as a whole. – Aw yeah, like, “The Wolfpack.” – [Dan] Yes, yes, exactly! – Now, I guess as well, Dan,
there is something to be said for Quick-step putting all
their eggs in one basket, aren’t they? Because guys like Gilbert and Terpstra, they’re not gonna come cheap, are they? But Quick-step haven’t
ever really invested that heavily into trying
to win Grand Tours, which I would imagine would
suck huge volumes of budget out, paying for team leaders
and all the domestiques, that winning a Grand Tour would require. – Now that is very true,
and I guess that is a tactic in itself, albeit away from the race. Their strategy is to employ the best guys for the one-day races, and maybe that’s why
they’re coming out best. Right then, does all this mean
that they’re odds-on favourite to now win Parua Bay this coming Sunday? And if so, what do the other teams need to do in order to beat them? – You know what, they other
teams, just need to pay us, to say that Quick-step
are odds-on favourites to win Parua Bay. (laughs) Then they haven’t got a chance. – [Dan] We’ll predict
a win for Quick-step. – No, jokes aside though, I do
wonder whether Bora-Hansgrohe should maybe give Oss and
Burghardt a little bit more of a free roam, and they’re
both super strong riders, Oss in particular, always
there, always dependable, and actually last year’s Parua Bay, when he was riding for BMC of course, he proved to be pretty
pivotal for Greg Van Avermaet, when he was solo off the
front, taking pressure off Van Avermaet behind. – Yeah, I really would
agree with you actually, Oss seems like somebody who
could kind of do a Terpstra, clip off the front
whilst everyone’s looking at the rainbow bands of Peter
Sagan, and never look back. – Yeah, whilst that would
therefore take the pressure off of Peter Sagan, wouldn’t it? He wouldn’t have to attack himself, he could just follow the right moves. BMC could play the same
cards, couldn’t they? They’ve got Stefan Kung,
they’ve got Jean-Pierre Drucker, and they’ve got Jurgen Roelandts as well. All of whom could prove
to be really good foils for Greg Van Avermaet. – Well there we go, sorted it, I wonder if any sports
directors directors out there, watching this and suddenly realising where they’ve been going
wrong over the start of 2018. And Quick-step aren’t going
to be very happy either, ’cause we’ve given all their secrets away. – No, good point, yeah. It’s always nice to speculate, isn’t it? I’m sure many of you back at home as well will also have your own thoughts and ideas about how you could beat team Quick-step. What would you do, if you were
in charge of Bora-Hansgrohe, BMC, or EF Education First-Drapac,
presented by Cannondale? – You’d start by shortening
your team name, wouldn’t you, with the latter. – Probably would, yeah. – Just go full gas, try and hang on. – Yeah, well that’s one idea, but if you’ve got some better ones, then make sure you get involved in the comments section down below. Just how are they gonna beat Quick-step? – It’s good reason why we’re
sat here and not in a team car. – Yeah. It’s not a very good reason why we’re sat here at all, is it? – No. (laughs) (trumpet noises) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – Cycling Shorts now, and we’ll
begin by asking the question should Peter Sagan be allowed to use this? – This bike, which formed part of a complete Sagan collection, launched by Specialise
on the eve of Flanders, and that bike used by
Sagan himself at the race. But should he be allowed to use it? Surely that must contravene some kind of unwritten rule in cycling? – Well it’s a good question, Dan, unfortunately we’ll never know the answer, because no one’s actually
written the rules down, yet. But we can theorise, actually,
Sagan has not won an Olympic gold medal, therefore, surely he doesn’t deserve
gold accents on his bike. I mean, imagine how poor
Greg Van Avermaet feels on his grey and slightly gold bike? – Probably the same way Sagan would feel if Van Avermaet was riding around
on a rainbow coloured bike, I would imagine. That said, along with your
rainbow jersey as well, you do receive a gold medal, don’t you? So perhaps he should be
allowed to ride around on that. – Well maybe he should,
or maybe this comes back to last week’s discussion about vanity, and actually, we should stop worrying about this stuff all together. – Good point, shall we move on? – Oh yeah. – To this, from the Centre
of Transportation Studies, at the University of Minnesota, which has been
investigating the phenomenon of safety in numbers for
cyclists and pedestrians, specifically in the city of Minneapolis. – It is an incredibly detailed
and comprehensive study, which we would suggest
that you look at yourself, but if you’re a bit pushed for time, in conclusion, it is showed
that if there was a 1% increase in the number of motor
vehicles, then you would see an increase in probability
of the risk of crashing, by 0.14%, which would yield an increase in the number of crashes by 0.8%. Stay with us. If there is an increase
of 1% of bicycle traffic, meanwhile, that would increase
the probability of crashes by just 0.09%, yielding
an increase of just 0.5%. – Hence the safety in
numbers part of the title, in this study, the more
cyclists there are on the road, the less chance you have of
crashing in a particular area. Thanks to Cycling Science on Twitter for bringing that to light for us. We’ve got another study
for you now though, this time coming from
the National Institute of Transportation and Communities, who recently surveyed
1,800 North Americans about their use of e-bikes. – Yep, and the good news
come out of this one, is that e-bikes may well save the planet. That’s right, so the main
reason that people said they bought an e-bike, was
actually as car replacement, so one extra e-bike means one less car, so hopefully we’ll be
breathing in fewer fumes, but also, factoring in
that previous study, we’ve got less chance of crashes as well. So, bonus, win/wins all around there. – Once again, there’s a
whole lot more to that study, than the conclusions we have drawn, so again, go ahead and
take a look at that, ’cause there’s a load more reasons that are really interesting as to why people are buying e-bikes. – Less stats in that one, and
less mentions of parabolas. (laughs) – Right, to conclude
Cycling Shorts this week, we’re kinda dipping back
into last week’s GCN show, about vanity in cycling. – Much more comfortable now. – There are loads of uses for
old inner tubes and tyres, but I’ve personally, I’ve never seen one fashioned into a skirt before. – Neither have I, but
apparently, it’s now a thing. A lady called Laura Zabo has launched a sustainable fashion brand, where, among other
things, apart from skirts, you can also buy dog collars, dog leads. – [Dan] Guitar straps. – [Simon] Guitar straps,
belts, and even flip-flops! – [Dan] Yeah, which is thongs, for those of you in Australia. – That’s right, yeah. To be fair, it’s a really cool idea, because apparently, there
are one billion tyres sent to rubbish dumps
around the world every year. – Billion tyres! – One billion, yeah, bonkers, isn’t it? Put a patch on that old
inner tube. Do your bit. Or then make it into a skirt. – Hello and welcome to
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so now there are two beers in the fridge. Actually, there’s more of them. – I’m not sure it works like that, mate, you just went to Belgium
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excited for a long time, my excited waned after
it went past the beer. – Yeah, imagine how many beers
are gonna be in that fridge next week, then! – Yes, there is that. (synth music) – Tech of the week, now. And you’ll want to start getting excited, this is a big one, the reason? There’s a new Shimano 105 Groupset. – Oh yes, now last year, remember, Shimano launched a new Ultegra edition, which actually, as we heard, just the other day in Dan’s video, is almost on a par with its
more expensive Dura Ace cousin, in terms of performance, so it is gonna be really interesting to see just how this new
105 Groupset shapes up, and first impressions are
pretty good, aren’t they? For a start, there’s a
new 105 level disc brake, and shifters which, very
importantly, apparently, share the same design,
in terms of ergonomics, as the Ultegra ones. – Well that’ll be very
good news, wouldn’t it? – It would be super good news. – They certainly look
the part, the shifters, as do the crank sets as well, which also share some
fairly similar visual cues to their more expensive counterparts. The shifters themselves have had a complete internal redesign. So, firstly, there is a shorter throw, which in turn means that the
gear changes are quicker, and there’s also a specific lever option for people with smaller hands. – Well that’s cool, isn’t
it? Welcome edition. Now unfortunately, no
word on the weights yet, of the components, but
in terms of weights, you only gotta hold out until June. Which is great news. Personally, I think, I would
go for the black option, as opposed to the silver option. I think it looks absolutely mega, and I literally can’t wait to get my hands on those new shifters for a start. – I’m gonna hold fire on my preference until I get more details
than the pictures, I think. I’m sure we’ll be able to find some on GCN Tech soon, won’t we? – I think we probably will. – Right, moving on, no doubt you have seen last week, Matt and I took
a first look at a new range of Bontrager Aeolus XXX wheels. There are a total of 12 in the new range. We’ve got XXX2, XXX4, and XXX6s, and all of those are
available in both disc brake and rim brake options. As well as clincher or tubular. – They’ve been busy,
Bontrager, haven’t they? – The rim brake versions have
a new lasered on brake track, supposedly improves your
breaking performance, but perhaps the two
biggest headline grabbers, for me, firstly, are the weights. No, I’m not gonna do that joke again. And also, Bontrager
makes a pretty impressive aerodynamics claims as well. – No wait for the weights this time, ’cause we got them coming
up for you right now. So the XXX6s, which is the
deepest at 60 millimetres, they come in at 1530 grammes
in the clincher version. The 47 millimetre deep XXX4,
they come in at 1400 grammes, and then the shallowest, which
are XXX2s, at 28 millimetres, they come in at a very
feathery 1305 grammes. And you can actually shave a
fair chunk off those weights, if you opt for the tubular
version of the rims. – Yeah, 150 grammes, isn’t it? Which is incredibly light, really. And now in terms of the aerodynamics, as well as posting some
impressively low drag numbers in a straight line,
Bontrager are also saying, that the new rim profile design
actually improves stability in cross-winds, meaning
therefore that you can actually run a deeper wheel more of the time. – They do look slightly
different, don’t they, to the current crop of aerowheels. Slightly sharper rim profile. – Yeah, that too, I’m surprised actually, when I first saw those. – Yeah, and now the
claims that they’ve got from the wind tunnel, it’s
almost impossible to feel when you’re out on the open road, but no doubt, Bontrager would
have been very, very, pleased with Team Trek-Segafredo’s Mads Pedersen, which I understand is
how you pronounce it, who road a mightily
impressive second place in his debut Tour of Flanders on Sunday. – [Simon] You hope that’s
how you pronounce it. – [Dan] They might have been fooling me. – [Simon] We’ll tell
him it’s Mads Pedersen. Now it turns out there
was more new tech on show at the Tour of Flanders this year, not just the Bontrager XXX wheels, but despite being there Dan,
you didn’t manage to spot this one, did you? – No, I don’t think there
was anything else out there. I just think I wasn’t in the
right place at the right time. – No, okay, well, fortunately,
Shimano kindly let us know that they had a new Ultegra
rear derailleur option, as seen also on the Team
Trek bikes at Flanders. So this has a new clutch
system on there, okay, which has come directly over from their mountain bike technology, where it’s called Shadow RD Plus. – Shadow technology. This is basically a switch
that makes the spring in the rear derailleur much stronger, which means that your chain
doesn’t bounce around as much, and it also increases
chain retention as well. And it’s available, with
both a mechanical option and also a DI2 option as well. – Yeah, you know what,
with Shimano positioning their Ultegra Groupset as
their ultimate do-it-all, road racing slash gravel riding thing, this is a really logical step, isn’t it, to add in to that more
off-road, end-of-the-spectrum, it’s gonna be interesting, I
think, to see whether or not they’re gonna offer a one
buy option like they do on their mountain bike presets. – Gotta be on the cards, isn’t it? – Well, I dunno. For all of the racing news,
do make sure you check out our dedicated race news show,
which is released on a Monday, but if you haven’t seen
that yet, let us fill you in on the big headlines. Most significantly, perhaps,
the Women’s Tour of Flanders, where Anna van der Breggen
absolutely smashed it. She soloed from 27 kilometres out, to win by over a minute, of
a very select chase group. The sprint for second was taken
by her teammates, actually, Amy Peters, with Annemiek
van Vleuten in third. – Does feel like Boels-Dolmans
are kind of following the model of Quick-step,
that we talked about earlier, a stacked roster of talent,
with multiple options to use. Although, that said, van der
Breggen seems like the Boonen of the team, doesn’t she? She’s incredible. – The Boonen plus the
Cancellara, rolled in together, with a bit of Marianne Vos. Yeah, fantastic to see. – Right, another big and exciting
announcement for you now, this time coming from Velon. There will be another new
Hammer Event this year, on the 14th of October, in Hong Kong. – Oh yeah, now this one differs
from the other Hammer events because this is gonna be a one day, as opposed to a three day, excuse me, and the exact format of the
race is still to be announced, ’cause you remember, the
Hammer Series kind of differs from conventional racing, in
that, it’s done on the points based structure, but they
say that the exact details will be released soon. – Right, we should also mention the Tour of the Basque Country, which kicked off just after we released this week’s racing new show. Do you want to guess
who won the first data? – Valverde. – No, he’s not, he’s not in it. – Yeah, I know that. Nibali. – No, he is in it, but he
finished Tour of Flanders the previous day, so might
have been slightly fatigued. – Yeah, that was worth a shout-out though, ’cause Nibali’s definitely
one of my favourite riders at the moment. No, anyway, I think it was
someone from Quick-step. – Spot on. Julian Alaphilippe, went
with an acceleration from Primoz Roglic on the last
climb of 8 kilometres to go, they dropped Nairo Quintana, no less, and came in to the finish together, where Alaphilippe out sprinted
his companion on the day. And that made it 22 wins for Quick-step, from 10 different riders so far in 2018. – Absolute bonkers, we really
do need your crowd-sourcing ideas in the comment section
about how other teams can match Quick-step, because that is just quite
a strike rate, isn’t it? – Right, we should also
mention that we’ve got an exciting giveaway for you. – Oh, that’s right, so,
sticking with the Basque Country for a moment, one of our
partners here at GCN, Orbea, that’s their home race,
and so, to celebrate, they are giving away a bike! A whole bike. – Not just a bike as well,
it’s a really top-end one, so it’s an Orbea Orca M20 Team-D, with the option of a MYO custom paint job. For all the details on how
you enter to win this bike, you can look at the link
in the description below, but don’t hold on too long,
because we will be announcing the winner this time next week. – Oh yeah, and if you
can, I’d strongly suggest you watch some of that Tour of
the Basque County this week, not only is it a great race, but also really gives you
a flavour of why that Orbea rides the way it does. It’s an incredibly beautiful
area, great cycling roads, and it’s also very hilly, isn’t it? (drill whirring) – Hack slash bodge of the week. Now, don’t forget if you’ve
got any hacks or bodges that you would like to share with us, just use social media, and
use the hashtag GCNHack. – Yeah, this first one, to get us started, is an absolute belter,
sent in by George Duffy, he said, “When your floor
pump can’t quite get enough “air into your tubeless tyres, “fast enough to get them
reseated, time to get creative, “check it out!” I would never have thought
that, but effectively, gaffer taping- – [Dan] And zip-tying, it looks like. – [Simon] And zip-tying
the seal between the rim and the tyre, and he
said it worked a treat! So there we go, that’s a genuine, grade-A hack to get us started. If you’ve got tubeless tyres, sometimes you will know the pain of trying to get them seated,
and you just can’t do it. So there we go, try
George’s gaffer tape trick. – Even though that looks like
it took quite a lot of time, it probably still saved
him time, didn’t it? – Yeah, probably quicker than a trip down to your local garage,
use the air compressor. – Right, first bodge of the week now, from Jon Schiach. Suspension shock fits to
a hard tail, flat tyre, and serious amount of springs
underneath the Brooks saddle. – [Simon] Yeah, I genuinely
was looking at this, going, I don’t know why
there’s a shock there, ’cause there’s not a
single pivot on that frame. – [Dan] No. – [Simon] It’s just for show. – [Dan] It is, literally,
isn’t it, when you look at the pivot at the top there,
it’s not pivoting anything. – [Simon] No, as there’s
nothing at the chainstay. So, genius. – [Dan] Well let’s hope
there’s lots of suspension underneath that Brooks saddle. – [Simon] Yeah, what a
grade-A bodge, fantastic. Anyway, this, from Steve Manning, he said that the child
seat he ordered online didn’t arrive in time for his holiday, so he made his own child seat. There we go, out of a
Fizik Arione Donna, there. So, comfortable saddle for the child. And some nice pegs down there as well. I hope that the zip-ties are on firmly, ’cause you know, it’s obviously
carrying a child there. You really don’t want to
bodge that too much, but- – [Dan] How many kids that age
get a Fizik saddle, though? Lucky boy or girl. – [Simon] Oh yeah, good
point, actually, very good. – Next up, Yuri Sa has
been training his upstroke in training, but finds that
the sole is coming away from the upper parts of his shoes, and so he’s bolted it together. (laughs) I used to have the same thing, actually, when I was a mountain biker,
I used to bunny hop a lot, doing tricks around
the car park and stuff, but I didn’t do it properly, I used the clip as part of my pedals, and just pulled up, and eventually, the uppers would start
coming away from the sole. – [Simon] Well, there you go then. I’m not entirely sure why
he’s training the upstroke, or rather, he’s saying,
because it’s handy when you get cramped or fatigued, but
it’s not necessarily gonna be improving performance, I guess, but anyway, nevertheless, at
least you fixed your shoes. – Solved the problem. – Sole… Soled the problem. Now, anyway, this next one,
we got to give a shoutout to Tout Terrain, on Instagram. I have a feeling this might
be an April Fool’s joke, but nevertheless, it looks
like it’s fully functional. So they’ve combined a Pinion
gearbox with a Rohloff hub, giving, they say, 168 gear combinations, and 3,000% gear range, so you can pedal from 4.9 kilometres an hour,
to 124.1 kilometres per hour, all at 90 RPM, so there you go. I don’t know quite why you’d need that, but fantastic nevertheless! – [Dan] And you think that’s real? – Well, it is real, but I did notice they released
it on April the first. But anyway, there we go. – Next up, this is from Andy. “Old cycling shoes, now painted, “and it’s me new cycling shoes!” – [Simon] They look good, don’t it? – [Dan] They do look
good, they look far better than they did, and that’s a
pretty good job you’ve done with the blue there, hack! – [Dan] Yeah, and there we go, lastly, we got this from Galen Kehler, he said, UCI have banned his position,
so he’s moved his shifter back onto an accessory bracket. That looks quite funny, doesn’t it? – Well, I thought that the
UCI, in their measurements only measured to just before the shifter, and that was why, for many years, even when DI2 was available, the riders use the old
mechanical shifters at the end ’cause it gave them
slightly more of a reach. – I think you’re right mate, to be fair, but uh, yeah, there we go,
there’s something odd looking about that set-up, but
anyway, nevertheless, I’m glad you’ve got around
your problem with UCI. – Thanks to all of you once
again for sending them in over the last week, and
don’t forget #GCNHack on social media. – Right, it is time now for
our caption competition. Now, point of the show,
where we give you a photo, and then you tell us your best caption, and leave it in the
comment section down below, where we can find it
and pick the very best, the very best of which will
win GCN camelback water bottle. Okay, so this was the photo for last week, the subject of the show was vanity, so thought we’d give you
one of Mario Cipollini. – Right, the winner of the
caption competition this week is RazorDub77, who put
caption, “Cip ‘n’ dale.” (rimshot) A play on Cipollini and the
fact that he regularly used Cannondale bikes in his career, albeit not in that particular photo. Yeah, but still very clever. – We overlooked the fact
that he’s on a Specialised, be we thought it was good value. Anyway- – Make sure to get in
touch with us on Facebook, and with your address, so
we can get this out to you. – Good point. Now this week’s
caption photo is this one. A very timely one, from
the Tour of Flanders. Dan, do you want to get into it? – Yes, a little champagne won’t
hurt my form, or (mumbles). Just thought of an extra
bit there at the end. Leave your captions in the
comment section just down below, and see if you can do better than that. – Right, before we get onto
what is coming up on the channel over the next week, we
thought we would, as always, take a look back at some
of the amazing comments you’ve been leaving
under last week’s videos. Now, particularly actually,
under the GCN show, we pose the question, “Are cyclists vain?” Are we too vain for our own good? And there were some brilliant comments. This one, from beigemaster86
I particularly liked, can you sing that one, Dan, or shall I? – No, you always love the
opportunity to sing, don’t you? ♪ We’re so vain, we probably
think this video is about us ♪ – Thanks mate. – If you want a comment read out in GCN, just put it in the form of lyrics, and Simon will sing it out to you. – Yeah, pretty much. And this one, from Russell, “Road cyclists are vain.
It is part of the sport.” Which is quite a good
point, actually, I must say, I put an awful lot more
thought into what I wear when riding my bike, than
what I wear normally, which I don’t know,
you’ve been able to tell that over the years, but there we go. – I think they probably have, Si. Meanwhile, under our comparison between Ultegra and Dura Ace, we had this comment come
in from Robb Chastain. “I’m not believing for a
second, Dan, that a triathlete “like Mark really rides a bike like that. “Where are the wings and fins?
I don’t see a top-tube bag. “Well, it is April the 1st, “so somebody is bound to be fooled.” Actually wasn’t a joke at all, was it, we just had to kind of, clean
up Mark’s bike a little bit, before we put it on a GCN video. – To be fair, yeah, Mark
is no ordinary triathlete, he also wears socks, and good
length ones at that as well. So Mark’s a top lad, definitely. Not that you have to wear
socks to be a top lad, but you know what I mean. – Yes, I think so, Si. Right, what’s on the
channel this week, then? Well the Cobbled theme continues, and it’s probably a good
chance to remind you that our Cobbled theme
T-shirts are still on sale at shop.globalcyclingnetwork.com. Anyway, all kicks off again on Wednesday, where we show you how to ride the Cobble. Worth watching, not least,
because there’s another chance to see Matt hit the deck. – Hey! Brilliant. – Then, on Thursday,
we’re going to have a look at tyre pressures over the cobbles, using the brutal set that
is the Carrefour de l’Arbre, amazing what a difference that makes. And on Friday, we’ve got
ask GCN anything for you. – Yeah, don’t forget as
well, that previous one about tyre pressures, there is
a geek edition as well, where we look a little bit
more closely into results over on the tech channel. Now, on Saturday, Dan and
Matt suffered for this video. They road the last 90 kilometres- – 100 mate, 100. – You did 100 kilometres? Did you really? Wow, they road 100
kilometres, of Parua Bay, and talk us through
it, it’s a great little in depth preview there. Then, on Sunday, we have a new edition of our super-bike series. So, last time, we pitched a
cheap bike versus super-bike, a lot of you called, in
the comments section, to see what would happen
at different price points. So this is a mid-range bike,
a 1,000 pound, slash euro, slash dollar bike, against our super-bike. How does it fare? – On Monday, you can catch
up on everything happening in Parua Bay with the race in new show, Tuesday we’re back in the set. And on top of all of that, we’re also going to have a
Parua Bay preview show for you at some point over the
next couple of days. – We are getting towards
the end of the show now, but there is still time, of
course, for Extreme Corner. And this week, we’ve got a
video by Jeff Kendall-Weed who is riding his new Ibis
Ritmo in the mountains above LA, and I absolutely love this. (laid-back synth music) – Well that was just just sort of, extremely cool, wasn’t it? – Yeah, I could watch
that guy ride all day, brilliant stuff, love it. – Right, well that is the
end of this week’s GCN show, if you have enjoyed it, please click on the thumbs up button below the video. If you haven’t subscribed yet,
you can click on the globe, which you should also see, and there’s also a link
to our shop there too. – And if you want to
watch another video now, we talked about it very briefly, Dan’s comparison of Ultegra with Dura Ace, make sure you check that
out if you haven’t already. Just down there. – See you next week.

100 comments on “How Did Quick-Step Really Win The Tour Of Flanders? | The GCN Show Ep. 273

  1. There are reasons why Sagan doesn't get a free tow to the finale. His post race interviews show his selfishness.

  2. I remember how you guys had a live show of the hammer series and that was amazing. You guys should keep doing that for people who don’t have any way to watch pro cycling.

  3. Cyclists are exemplary in terms of health and fitness, so some vanity is reasonable. It takes a lot to get and maintain racing form, and it takes a lot to get and maintain racing bikes and gear. Just be grateful, too, and encourage everyone to get out there and find their own roads or trails or gravel or wherever.

  4. With Sagan using a gold bike, I had an issue with Viviani rolling in road races with a gold bike despite his gold medal being a track gold.

  5. On the caption…I can’t come up with a way to say it, but there is definitely some material here with giant bottles of champagne, QS Floors, and “mopping up” the competition.

  6. Love the show!
    I would love to see a Bikepacking presenter challenge! Everyone gets a limited budget to find a bike and set it up for bikepacking. Then a two-night bikepacking adventure with some challenges! Rewatched the cool episode with Sean Conway yday and the idea of Dan setting up a tent just got to me!

  7. On how to beat Quick Step, how about man for man marking. Each one of your team marks one of theirs. you get to travel behind them all day and drought and then at the last minute pounce on them. For those teams with Divas simply offer fat cash incentive to do it. Boom (drops mic).

  8. For a bike v bike comparison at the same price point: budget carbon with lower end components versus aluminium frame with higher end components. Where is it better to spend your budget, frame or components?

  9. Perhaps the caption should be :'It's like looking in the mirror!'  or  Well, I was going to toast Sagan! 😛

  10. Caption "Oi Quick Step over here Gilbert I need a Lidl bit more of that non brand fizzy wine!"
    Also what happened with the Wiggle Wheel of Fortune? I went to enter and its already closed…. wow I think that I really need to get a wiggle on next time!
    Loving the show chaps and loving the Cobbled Classics season on GCN.
    Oh how to stop the wolfpack? Just make Zach Galifianakis ride for them!

  11. Will you folks be coming up to Yorkshire next month for the first big UK race of the year? Tour de Yorkshire 🐑🐑🐑

  12. Tried to enter the Wiggle Competition with the link above, however it says 'This competition is now closed' even though its April 5th, 2 days after you posted the video ????????????

  13. Lance had a PAINTING of an AK-47 in the kitchen… Not the actual gun. Come on mates, I know you euros like to make fun of us Americans as gun toting cowboys, but try to be a bit more accurate!!!

  14. As much as I love the GCN show, more and more, the part where academic studies are shared is increasingly becoming my favorite (sorry wattage bazooka).

  15. CAPTION: I just saw the GCN show this week and well, I think it's about time we adopt a handicap to give the rest of the teams a slight chance of winning one of these spring classic races, don't you think?

  16. #askgcn What mapping program do pro cycling teams use to determine elevation profiles and grade of the climbs?

  17. Sorry guys. I simply cannot take the advertising and paid promotions anymore. I am truly glad to see your success, and I wish you all the best for the future, but — unsubscribing.

  18. How to beat the Wolfpack? Attack before they do. And then I mean the big names not some guy from the second row, and then hope there is only one quickstep man in the break.

  19. Caption: And remember, get down to Lidl. They sell everything for the champion for £1, even things with champ in the name like champagne and champignon.

  20. So it is the Bontrager XXX series, but @ 17:55 Dan & Si short them one X. Maybe they aren't as "nasty" as claimed🤔

  21. Can only one person enter the wiggle contest ? Because again this week it tells me It's closed ?????

  22. Caption: hey I thought this was meant to be beer this time?……Yea lloydy’s was here earlier!….. oh………….

  23. Ok, so i've been binge watching GCN all day and I have one burning question: Where do you guys store your bike locks???

  24. Champagne on the espresso machine and beer in the fridge… "Let's cook the Champagne and chill the cheap stuff."

  25. I always assume that Brits are more literate than us Yanks, so on the oft chance that any members of the GCN crew enjoy the occasional novel, I'd like to recommend "My Life as a Fake" by Peter Carey. It's my favorite book by Carey, (an Aussie), and the protagonist makes his living patching bicycle tubes.

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