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The professional version of the "Eroica" is tomorrow.

It follows a similar course over the hills of Tuscany as the amateur version that uses vintage bikes, kits, and food stops featuring wine and artisanal smoked meats, but is contested on modern bikes.

The organisers (RCS (publishers of the Gazzetta) and the Monte dei Paschi bank) are trying to sell it as a cross between the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix, which strikes me as more than a bit over the top.

Ballan is the favourite and would seem to be the logical choice. The weather might be a bit dicey, however.

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Tomorrow? It was at the end of the season last year.

Fantastic event, universally acclaimed as the best thing to happen to the sport last year.

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They moved it up, perhaps because of the Olympics screwing with this year's calendar.

I prefer the other timing. This is too early; Tuscany doesn't "feel" like Tuscany now; the weather is dicey (I flew over Firenze last night and had bad turbulence); and Milan-San Remo should be the first big event.

Don't know if the move is permanent.

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quote:
I flew over Firenze last night and had bad turbulence
That'll be the waves of panic coming off the Everton players...
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"Dicey" weather? If it rains, everyone'll pull out because it's too dangerous. It doesn't yet ahve the caché of a "proper" classic, where the riders will risk injury.
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That's what I'm worried about. It will surely be colder than last year, but rain could be a killer.

Then again, I think that they may be paying some of the more prominent entrants appearance money.

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I think they offered a sinkload of cash to Bettini last year. He agreed initially, then took a look at the percorso, and offered to sign autographs and pose for photos at the start for a quarter of the fee.
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Ha! I hadn't heard that, but did note that he presented the winner with the trophy last year.
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So, following his highly impressive victory in the Eroica, Cancellara goes one better.

What a rider! Isn't he supposed to be too big for the Poggio, and too slow for the sprints?

Edit: Oh yeah, and he won Tirreno-Adriatico too.

The man is literally on fire.

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Very impressive indeed. Everyone here thought it would be either Petacchi or Freire, but there was no question after the Poggio.
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