46.841kph. Holy hell.
It’s insane! Deserved a look at historical records…
Imagine in a few years on bikes as light as air with perfected fueling strategies. That has to be close.
Stewards inquiry for van der Poel and Philipsen doubling up on Degenkolb …
Yip yip. If I’m going that fast, I’ve got a very VERY strong headwind or I’m descending and in both cases, it would only be for a few minutes. And that’s on reasonably decent tarmac with 0 cobbles.
Also, yay Canada! Alison Jackson ROCKS! Pun intended.
Right? Don’t want to neglect credit for a great Femmes race as well this year. Finally getting enough distance on the route pre-cobbles to make it a proper event. A great ride and she was VERY happy!
Yeah, nearly 30mph? I could sprint that, for about 10 seconds. On flat. And also 0 cobbles.
Or is this a “divided by the same language” thing … ?
I’m a Sufferlandrian so, headwind was correct. My error was saying descending, I obviously meant to say ascending.
My “eyeball” of the regression is that the trendline is much flatter until about 2011 when the average really starts trending up. Interestingly, the biggest aero change happened in 2010 which is an outlier “slow year” (headwind). Cancellara became the first person to win Roubaix on deep carbon rims, and every winner since has been on carbon wheels. I don’t think anybody even starts on alloy rims now.
Thanks to @LVDD for spotting the original. I couldn’t help doing a modification.
I still like the Matt Hayman look of utter shock (hat tip: Butter)