Writing De Recaap
Been sitting here watching the replay, snapping shots, and trying to decide how I was going to start this. At first I was all, WOOOOO!! TOMMEKE!!. Then, Monday, it all went south as the typical hemoglobin slinging started in earnest. Normally I wouldn’t have a problem with that, adding to the “festa di insinuation” myself. But in this case, I’ve been silently pulling for Meester Tom as he’s been going through some emasculating seasons. It’s been a pleasure to watch his resurgence. So, part of me took exception to this. Plus, seeing as I’ve reverted to an “awesome until busted” mode of interacting with cycling, it pains me to watch others wipe their ass on the sport they love. Yet, I’m also on the anti-doping side, so this back and forth in my head look very similar to Vader deciding between Luke or The Emperor.
But in a continuous GIF.
Apparently there was a Race
Like I tweeted during the race, Boonen’s attack is gonna make this recaap soooo easy.
So, there was a break.
La Trouée d’Epicberg
Definitely not as selective as it’s been in the past, but as NetApp rider Grischa Janorschke demonstrates, the Arenberg trench still ain’t nothing to **** with.
Ahhh, the Epicberg Forest. Simply conceiving the epicnicity of this secteur is epic. On the scale of epicness, from 1-10, this rates as an epic. How epic is that? I trashed three keyboards trying to write this epic caption.
How the Race was Won™
What, you need moar?
How the Race was Won™ – Moar Edition
Studying our 1000fps slow motion footage reveals the secrets of Tommeke’s nail-biting win.
The amount of questioning, second-guessing, and frantic wondering was staggering—and that was just from the Twitterati. Pozzato and Ballan both feared this move was from too far out, not wanting to relive the events of just a week before. Their decision to hesitate was strengthened by the collective force that was just behind them. Boonen himself looked unsure as the initial moments of “The Move” played out. But, seeing both Pozzato and Ballan marking themselves out of the race he decided to force the pace and take a chance.
The chasing SKY train was powerful, but were derailed by several key factors. 1) Flecha kept sending himself off the front to disrupt their rhythm. 2) Their socks were perilously short. 3) Flecha kept se…
Fast Forward to the Actual Overwinnings
Moar stuff happened, but this post is already too friggin’ large. I will, however, leave you with this interesting parallel:
Linx of Interest
OPQS Team Site: Episode 7: Paris-Roubaix Victory
Cyclingtips: 2012 Paris-Roubaix
Kristof Ramon: Paris-Roubaix 2012 Flickr Set
Jered Gruber: Paris-Roubaix 2012 Flickr Set