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Kurt Decker

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Avid Tour de France fan. I cycle for fun and fitness and don't take myself too seriously. Tweets as @Tete_delacourse on race days. Writer of www.lewrap.blogspot.com.au

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Sad to see Spartacus not up front at the end but Hayman’s win over Paris-Roubaix legend Tom Boonen is, dare I say, epic.

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

I don’t believe it, Mathew Hayman goes home with a stone!!!

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

Haussler looked gone but clawing his way back.

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

Haussler has popped but Hayman still up there!

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

Hammer time.

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

Hayman and Haussler up front? Am I dreaming?

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

Spartacus out of contention with that chute.

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

Just got really messy on the cobbles back there.

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

Ohhh, to deliver Spartacus to the finish?

Paris-Roubaix 2016: Spring Classics results, blog

I’d love to Spartacus win Paris-Roubaix one more time.

All the best for the live blogging tonight!

Paris-Roubaix 2016 preview: Sagan aims for the double

It’s a pity you won’t be watching and I’d have to say it’s one of my favourite races too.
I’m not sure Kristoff can make it back to back but anything can happen and with such a quality field I’m hesitant to pick a winner.
Ok, maybe Spartacus for the record of most Flanders wins!

Tour of Flanders 2016 preview

It’ll be interesting to see how it plays out in real life. The game developers must think Nibali is invincible on the cobbles. Try Lars Boom and see how he goes!

The other 'Big Four': Four key stages at the Tour de France

You’ve pretty much nailed it with your explanation of an echelon. I’ll remember it in future – it’ll save me trying to explain it via a demonstration with an assortment of chess pieces, action figures and any other objects at hand. 😉

The other 'Big Four': Four key stages at the Tour de France

Terrific article. Look forward to reading more of your contributions in future. In cycling terms chapeau!

The idiot's guide to booing Adam Goodes

Thanks for your comment. I’m not knocking the commercial involvement of Momentum Energy, in fact I find it commendable. I don’t object to signage etc on the course, they can put up as much as they wish but I do draw the line at the branding of individual riders. The irony of the advertising on this page hasn’t escaped me but this is not my site, it belongs to The Roar. Also it cost me nothing to contribute this article and no one’s making me wear an ad on a shirt.

It's the People's Ride, so why go forth and advertise?

Thanks for your comment. I had a look at the Sydney to Gong website and agree it’s pricey compared to the People’s Ride. But I also see it’s a ride to raise funds for MS. At least the jersey is optional and doesn’t have large corporate logos on it. I’m figuring some of the proceeds of the entry fee and jersey go back to MS? By the way, the course looks great. I might do that ride one year!

It's the People's Ride, so why go forth and advertise?

Thanks for your comment. I’d save my money on the jersey and buy a hat or a scarf instead. Besides, I’d be ruining a perfectly good jersey!

It's the People's Ride, so why go forth and advertise?

Without Froome at next year’s Tour Oleg Tinkov just saved himself a whole bunch of Euros!

2015 Tour de France route: Cobblestones and mountains galore

I’d take a stage win over green any day. The thrill and prestige of a Tour stage win must be one of the best feelings in the world. I’m not denying the prestige of the green but the points competition in this Tour became too one-sided and the look on Peter Sagan’s face at the jersey pressos said it all – he looked bored. It seemed like he was playing a dead rubber day after day and it wasn’t from a lack of trying. As you point out 9 top 5 stage finishes is nothing to sneeze at but the likes of Marcel Kittel and Alexander Kristoff had the fire power when it counted on the line. If we’re going to have a more exciting contest I’m all in favour of going back to more intermediate sprints with fewer points up for grabs so the sprinters really have to work for the green.

Winning stages better than winning the green jersey