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Paris-Roubaix & Itzulia Basque Country | The Cycling Race News Show

Paris-Roubaix & Itzulia Basque Country | The Cycling Race News Show

Welcome back, this week the cobbled classics
conclude on Northern France with Paris Roubaix, we have the sprinters classic, Scheldeprijs,
stage racing in the Basque Country and the Netherlands, plus records tumble in the velodrome
at the Commonwealth Games. It is with great sadness though that I have
to start this week’s show by telling you of the passing of Michael Goolaerts. The 23 year old suffered a cardiac arrest
during yesterday’s Paris Roubaix, and despite the best efforts of the medical team in the
race, and later at Lille Hospital, he wasn’t able to pull through. Messages of condolence have since been flooding
in from all quarters of the cycling world, and it goes without saying that I’d also
like to add mine, and those of us all at GCN. Our thoughts are with Michael’s friends
and family, and also his team Verandas Willems Crelan. It took around sixty kilometres for the early
break to form at Paris Roubaix on Sunday. Six men went up the road and reached a maximum
gap of around nine minutes to the main peloton. One of the six was a certain Marc Soler – we’d
speculated that he probably wouldn’t have wanted to race over the cobbles but it turns
out that he did, it was his choice, and he certainly made the most of it, too, only being
caught by the favourites with seventy kilometres to go. The main action behind kicked off on the very
first pavé sector. Quickstep, full of confidence, already hitting
the front hard. A crash behind split the bunch, leaving last
year’s winner Van Avermaet trailing, along with Oliver Naesen, and although it did eventually
come back together, the attrition had started. By the time we got to the Arenberg Forest
with ninety five kilometres remaining, the group was already much reduced, and it was
toward the end of that sector where we saw Philippe Gilbert head up the road with Mike
Teunissen. It must have sent alarm bells ringing amongst
Quickstep’s main rivals,with Trek riding to shut things down, only to see Zdenek Stybar
immediately go on the counter attack. This time, though, the moves proved to be
a little premature, and the decisive move came with fifty three kilometres to go. Peter Sagan seemed to catch everyone unawares,
and with a good deal of hesitation from the rest of the group behind, he soon took a lot
of time. It wasn’t long before he caught the remnants
of the early breakaway. Behind, despite the best efforts of Terpstra,
Vanmarcke, Van Avermaet and a surprise performance from Taylor Phinney, they weren’t able to
make any real inroads into Sagan’s lead. The world champ continued to press on with
his companion Silvan Dillier, who, somehow, was able to not only keep up, but give Sagan
almost equal turns on the run into Roubaix, despite having been up the road for close
to two hundred k’s. Coming into the velodrome, the result was
pretty much a foregone conclusion, Sagan easily out-sprinting Dillier to take his 2nd monument
win, and become the first rider to win the race in the rainbow bands since Bernard Hinault,
37 years ago. We said in our preview that it was a bit of
a surprise that he would start the race as the bookies favourite, as he’s never previously
finished in the top five, but we also said it wouldn’t be a surprise if he did win
– and it wasn’t, it was a well deserved, well crafted win from Sagan. We also said in our preview that it was a
race where being in the early break could get you a long way, and so it proved to be
– that was some ride by Dillier to get second, especially when you consider that he broke
a finger at Strade Bianche just a few weeks ago, and so wasn’t even certain of making
the AG2R line-up for the race. I bet they’re pretty glad they took him! And it’s Silvan who is our rider of the
week. Before we finish with Roubaix, we’ve got
a really cool insight into the power demands of the race, courtesy of TrainingPeaks – online
and mobile training software for athletes. In particular, we’re going to look at Taylor
Phinney’s stats for the day, and they’re pretty bloomin’ impressive. His overall average power was two hundred
and eighty seven watts for the six hour race, with a normalised power of three hundred and
fifty one watts. His peak one minute of seven hundred and sixty
seven watts came in the first part of the race, presumably either chasing down a break
or trying to get in one himself. What is very interesting, though, is the Arenberg
Forest. In order to get himself and his team leader
well placed, Phinney averaged five hundred and seventy two watts for the final kilometre
run in, averaging 55 kilometres per hour and then hitting the cobbles at exactly sixty
fiive kilometres an hour, which is, quite frankly, crazy. And then, on the sector itself which took
just under four minutes, he averaged three hundred and thirty nine watts, and whilst
that’s still pretty good going, that does highlight to me that the fight to get to the
sectors can often be harder than the sectors themselves. Later in the race, though, on the next 5 star
sector Mons en Pevele, Phinney averaged four hundred and nineteen watts for just under
five minutes. We also got a slightly different insight from
Team Dimension Data of how brutal this race is, and not just on your legs. This is the particularly sore looking hand
of Jay Robert Thomson. Ouch. Just before we finish with this race, a quick
message of congratulations to Tanguy Turgis, who, at just 19, became the youngest finisher
or Paris Roubaix for over half a century, coming in with his older brother in 42nd place. Meanwhile at the Scheldeprijs last Wednesday,
we saw a much reduced sprint finish. A quick list at the winners of previous editions
is all you need to see that this is very much a sprinters classic, but not only were the
weather conditions particularly attritional, but a whole group got disqualified, and combined
that meant we only had a group of fourty contesting the win. Why were they disqualified? Riding through a train crossing on red. Some riders apologised, some said they didn’t
have time to react, and others claimed the first group should have been disqualified
too. Amongst those DQ’d were Arnaud Demare and
Dylan Groenewegen. The race was over for Marcel Kittel, on the
other hand, due to three punctures. In the end it was yet another win for Quickstep
– neo pro Fabio Jakobsen taking his second win in the space of three weeks, ahead of
Pascal Ackermann and Chris Lawless – average age of the podium? Twenty two. THAT makes me feel old. Quickstep continued their run of quite amazing
form over the first two days of the Itzulia Basque Country – Julian Alaphilippe won the
opening two stages, both times getting the better of Primoz Roglic. A sprint finish on stage 3 saw Jay McCarthy
take a well deserved win, his 2nd of the season, but it was the time trial on stage 4 that
saw Roglic come into his own. The former ski jumper won the stage and launched
himself into a commanding lead in the overall classification. And such was the Lotto Jumbo rider’s form
that, despite a lot of pressure being put on by Mikel Landa and Movistar, he held steady
over the last two stages to take what is his biggest stage race win to date. Last week I mentioned that it’s one of the
hardest one week races on the Calendar – and to underline that here’s some more trainingpeaks
data, this time from Team Dimension Data’s Ben King – for the first hour and a half of
stage 2, he had an average power of three hundred and forty six, and a normalised power
of three hundred and eighty six – and he’s a 68kg climber. Bonkers. It was another impeccable performance for
Boels Dolmans at the Healthy Aging Tour in the Netherlands – winner of the prologue?….well
you can probably guess, it was Anna Van Der Breggen. However she passed the baton the following
day to teammate Amy Pieters, who won stage two in a 2-up sprint from twenty two year
old Alice Barnes of Canyon SRAM. World Champion Chantal Blaak took a win on
stage four, and the team also won the team time trial in such dominant fashion that they
finished with the first four places in the overall classification, with Pieters on the
top step. The only blemishes in their race were stages
3a and 5, won by Kirsten Wild and Aafke Soet respectively. Every single stage was won by a Dutch woman,
plus the top two steps of the podium, further underlining their current domination in women’s
cycling. That was, incidentally, Pieters first overall
stage race win as a pro, and thoroughly well deserved, she’s been one of the most consistent
riders so far in 2018. The Commonwealth Games are taking place at
the moment on the Gold Coast in Australia. For those not familiar, it’s like a mini
Olympics for nations in the Commonwealth, a total of 71 teams are taking part across
all sports. Anyway, the big news there in cycling circles
is that Australia broke the team pursuit world record, the first team ever to go sub three
minutes fifty, with a time of three minutes forty nine point eight zero four. It’s the first time that the World Record
has been broken outside of the Olympics since 2003, and the Australian’s were clearly
prepped specifically for it, they skipped this year’s world cups and world champs,
and it clearly worked. That’s a time that was unimaginable a decade
ago, so congratulations to Leigh Howard, Sam Welsford, Kelland O’Brien, Alex Porter,
and also Jordan Kerby who helped the team qualify. To give you an idea of just how fast they
went – they averaged 64.5kph, that’s over 40mph, for the final 3km’s. Nuts. Charlie Tanfield was just one second off the
individual pursuit world record in qualifying, en route to his gold medal in that event,
whilst Michael Glaetzer set a new sea level record for the one kilometre sprint, fifty
nine point three four zero seconds, but the most impressive overall performance had to
be Stephanie Morton, who won three golds in total, in the sprint, team sprint and kierin. And that’s a wrap for this week’s show,
next week we’ll be back reporting on the men’s and women’s Amstel Gold Race, the
warm up for that race which is the Brabantse Pijl, the commonwealth games road race, plus
a number of one day races in France including the hipster’s favourite, Tro Bro Leon. See you then. In the meantime, make sure you check out this

72 comments on “Paris-Roubaix & Itzulia Basque Country | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. My thoughts are with the family of the rider who unfortunately passed away at the pari rubu sorry if I spelt that wrong but at least he died doing what he loves like if you think gcn should do a video on him

  2. I am loving the trainingpeaks data in these segments, I hope that becomes common in all the racing news shows because it gives a good insight into the race.

  3. Well deserved 'Rider of the week'. Could have sat on and been caught, but worked with the slim hope of winning. Many riders wouldn't have been as committed. A lesson for others. RIP Goolaerts.

  4. Rest In peace, Michael. A great loss. I wish his family and friends lots of strength in these difficult times.

  5. Nobody saw Sagan break away. He was wearing ski goggles, a false nose and an invisibility cloak — and riding a stealth camouflaged bike.

  6. Just curious, now that Peter is amongst the biggest headlines at this moment after winning. It takes me back and reminded me, has Mr. Cavendish publicly apologized to said Sagan? For what you ask? For being.. Wrong about what happened at last year's at TDF! After he stated, that it was great the panel, did the right thing by ejecting Mr. Sagan. It has been known for a long time that their admittance to being wrong, in said situation. Time to… Man Up Cavendish! And give Peter his… Overdue Apology.

  7. First of all RIP Michael.
    Dillier showed amazing performance, but it was obvious Sagan didn't go to his limit with him, because he wanted to keep working with Dillier, if Sagan wanted he would have broken away from Dillier. But still really superb performance from the Swiss, and 2nd place on P-R is awesome and also he presented himself in a really good light.

  8. Dillier made what I think was a slight mistake agreeing to enter the Roubaix stadium first. It probably wouldn't have made a difference. The only thing that would have made it more exciting would have been Terpstra entering the velodrome to see Sagan and Dillier playing a track stand game of chicken for the sprint. Sad about Goolaerts, condolences to his family and team.

  9. I don't even feel like watching the video, when something so sad and tragic has happened to such a young rider. It is incredibly sad, and my thoughts is with his family<3 Even though he did what he loved, he was too young to die. Today, and probably also tomorrow, he will be in my thoughts.

    The cycling world have lost a great talent. The family has lost a brother. And the friends has lost a mate.
    We have lost a fellow cyclist. We have lost him.

    To every person that dies young, lonely or who has a tragic death.
    I will send you, and your family, a thought every day.

    This goes out to the family, who is a lot of pain right now. I think of you.

  10. Rip Michael c. Sad. 🚴🚵🚴. Sagan man 👏 nobody likes the race strange van Aert,and stuyven did try 19 sec.than came van avermaet,van marke, Terpstra……….. And they stopped racing after Peter Sagan??? I think if you want to win pry RB. You have to race !!!! Pat from Belgium

  11. Damn, he died so young. A reminder that any of us can go at any time regardless of good health. Make the most of every day, bros.

  12. Always great to catch up with the latest race news, but why are these shows filmed in an asbestos shed?

  13. Check out watts of Lionel Sanders with chaps from GTN… and he has some more work to do pre- and -off the bike. I'd love to see proper benchmark!

  14. My apologies. I love the douche, Cavenduche that is! But, he does need to apologize to the World Champion.

  15. Thank you all guys for what you do at GCN, there is nothing like it out there and I look forward to watching Tuesdays show..from a bloke who brought a Reynolds frame bike in 1989 fir 450 quid but later left it u TIL 6 years ago Micheal’s passing is Truely sad…

    A NEWMAN look on life…those who normally look at my observations please read on…

    I have been riding seriously for 6 years although I have followed all the major races since the 80s, Tour de France, the spring classics and others…

    Yesterday was nothing new, a good ride in the morning to clear the head and prepare to watch Warriors go full gas on the Paris Roubaix on the telly. Those who are unaware, it is known as “hell of the north” . It is approx 280k of pain and suffering with over 50k of cobble stones to negotiate ending with a finish in a stadium.

    It has been going since 1920 and is known as a monument and is the jewel in the crown for many pro cyclists…it is the highest and most prestigious of the one day events…

    It is a day of attrition and tend only to watch the last 120k as the first part is a wearing down of less strong riders. Yesterday whilst sitting comfortably in my arm chair i saw a crash and it didn’t look good. The cameras panned away from the Warriors very still and lifeless body.

    We were later to learn that Micheal goolaerts, a Belgium cyclist and only 23 years old had crashed heavily and suffered a heart attack. Airlifted to hospital in the afternoon and kept alive until family could be with him. He passed away at 2140 hrs after the sad farewells.

    We enjoy sport and it gives us great entertainment. Just spare a thought for the family and friends of young Micheal who died pursuing his dream and riding in a cycle race. I won’t draw comparisons with other sports whose athletes feign injury when cyclists simply jump back on with broken collar bones, shoulders or even backs get on with it.

    I tonight have toasted the life of young Micheal who I have never met or even heard of him until his passing yesterday. RIP WARRIOR. The cycling community mourns your lost. 7 blessings…

  16. Has anyone notice, that Sagan has a mechanical dura ace on his s-works roubaix? Any explanations for that?

  17. The team pursuit is becoming a discipline almost of its own. It used to be a endurance event but these days it's a cross between endurance and sprinting, each rider needs to have the extremely good endurance but they also need to be able to sprint really well to. Each rider these days has to be able to do a series of short sprints split with sort of rests, while they hang on to the wheel in front of them. Kate Archibald is the perfect example, she riders what are classed as endurance events but is nearly as fast at sprinting as the ladies who specialise at it. To me they are the ultimate track cyclists because they have to be able to sustain the huge effort the whole event takes, basically on the edge of what's possible, while they are in the periods that are seen as the resting parts of the ride, then every 40 odd seconds put out a flat out sprint for say 12 seconds, then back to the apparent rest part. No wonder we are now seeing riders that used to do the sprint events getting drafted in to the pursuit.

  18. The watts those guys sustain are nothing short of mind boggling. Very interesting feature of the video. I continue to learn a lot from you guys.

  19. No one picked Sagan to win even announcers like Sean Kelly saying he didn't have enough power. If you noticed he lead Silvan Diller through all of the cobble sections. He also pulled Diller up some of the hills as you could see Diller was struggling and shacking his head. He is another thing I'd like to add, Sagan played it smart throughout the entire ride and it was his positioning within the peloton that was what made it special. You see he played back, you could even see him talking with other riders and smiling during the road section, but as soon as the cobble sections come he moves to the front. He avoids the crashes and falls until he makes his move which takes him to the end. It was truly spectacular.

  20. Michael Goolaerts' death strikes a little too close to home. It's sounding more and more like he had a sudden cardiac death – the same thing that ended the life of basketball star Hank Gathers and almost took down soccer star Fabrice Muamba. There's a multitude of conditions that can cause SCD. Unfortunately, it's many times the case when the first symptom of the disease is also the last. It's times like this that makes me feel fortunate that I got a diagnosis of an SCD causing condition, was given a chance to manage it and not immediately die from it. My heavy heart goes out to Michael's family and friends.

  21. Nice show Dan but you've been outshone by the Stages gang. I hope they aren't presenter doping. How about coming up with your own take on post race analysis in a little more depth?

  22. Is it OK to post a #tourqueback comment here? Is it me or has the trend for drinking on the move changed from backhand to forehand? #tourqueback

  23. I often hear abuse of cycling and cyclists from people stating that we are participating in a sport that kids can do! One argument I have heard is that almost every sport has a clear specialist skill that isn´t transferable (for example, you couldn´t take a professional football player and teach him to play cricket and he be one of the best in the world within a few months) and that cycling doesn´t have a true ¨skill¨ and ¨only¨ requires the kind of strength and endurance that a lot of top athletes have.

    In light of Primoz Roglic winning Vuelta Ciclista al País Vasco and Hamish Bond just taking Bronze in the Commonwealth Games TT, do you think these statements have any merit and do you think it is good or bad for the sport of cycling that it IS so accessible?


  24. Really enjoy these videos. Suggestion, when you are showing photos from a particular race would it be possible to add a small graphic in the corner showing the race name (and stage if applicable). Enjoy learning about races I have not heard about.

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