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The 10 Most Memorable Racing Moments Of 2019 So Far…

October 24, 2019

– We’re only at the end of April but we’ve already had a whole
load of fantastic racing. So coming up are the
most memorable moments of the 2019 season so far. – But first, it’s got to be Amstel Gold. – [Commentator] Alaphilippe who
takes off on the right side. Look at van der Poel
going from behind, though! Look at van der Poel
on the left hand side! Mathieu van der Poel’s going to do it! Mathieu van der Poel! This is incredible! I have never, ever, seen
anything like this in my life! – [Host 2] I think what made
that finish so remarkable was the fact that van
der Poel looked to have no chance of going for the victory until 400 meters to go? – Almost, and seemingly did
all of the work by himself and he became the first Dutchman
since 2001 to win the race and 29 years after his
father, Adri, took a victory. – And to make the day even more memorable earlier on, we had an
equally enthralling race with the women’s event. – Well, if you think back to last year one of the most remarkable and thrilling finishes of 2018 was La Course with Annemiek Van Vleuten hunting down Anna Van Der Breggen,
catching her on the line, and that almost happened again here. – It did, but Niewiadoma was not going to let that happen this time around. She took what was her first
victory of the season so far and a memorable win in the classic. – Now, we all love footage
of an epic descent, so when Niccolo Bonifazio
of Direct Energie went on the attack in Milan-San Remo it really was something to watch and he put himself up
there as one of the greats. – He did. I was watching it with
a big group of people and everybody gasped when they saw him descending the Cipressa. He used his local knowledge
and reached speeds of up to 86 kilometers per hour. And afterwards, he revealed that he didn’t touch his break once. – What we’ve got to point out and remember is that Bonifazio’s racing on closed roads so don’t try that at home kids. – Or down the Cipressa. – Last year, Annemiek van Vleuten revealed after the World Road Race Championships that she fractured her tibia in a crash– – And she finished
seventh, let’s not forget, in the race. – Yeah, unbelievable. So most people would be forgiven for easing themselves back into racing after the winter without putting too much expectation on themselves. – Not so Annemiek, who
took fourth at her return to competition at the
Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, then rode everybody off her wheel to take the win at Strade Bianche. Stage four Tirreno-Adriatico will stick in our
memories for a long time. There we saw an in-form Alexey Lutsenko go on the attack with
a long way still to go. Then he crashed, lost some of his lead. Then he crashed again on the final descent towards the finish, got caught by another group of three, and then, somehow, still managed to out-sprint them to take the stage victory. – He did indeed, and Alexey then went on, he had another nasty little slide out a few weeks later the the
Tour of the Basque Country, although, he didn’t manage to win the stage on that occasion. – No. Crashing, not a part of
the recipe for success. – Not so much. Next up is Wout van Aert’s
performance at Paris-Roubaix. It really was phenomenal,
and it shows that the level of expectation heaped on him on the road this season
is certainly justified. – [Host 2] Yeah. What a race he had. He had a mechanical in the Arenberg. He has a crash. He had a bike change. He had a puncture. He had two agonizingly long chases back onto the main group of favorites, and yet, somehow, he still managed to make the ultimate selection at the end. – He did indeed, and he also recorded his teammate’s best power out, part on his wheels, which has gotta hurt. Unfortunately for while,
the fuel gage warning was beeping really loudly and he finally ran out of gas when the big attacks went. – He’ll be back. Who doesn’t love Thomas De Gendt? – I certainly do. We couldn’t have a
memorable moments of 2019 without including the current king of the breakaways, now the first stage of La Bolta Catalunya is quite often ear-marked as one for
the few fast men that are sent to Spain, normally
as a bit of a punishment. – [Host 2] Yeah, but De Gendt had different ideas, didn’t he? And not only did he
get into the breakaway, and manage to hold off the bunch, he did so by almost three minutes, it’s quite a remarkable performance and he valiantly defended his lead through to the end of stage three, which is Mountain Top
finish, only relinquishing that leader’s jersey the following day. – The stage one time trial at the tour of the Basque country gives us our next memorable moment of the year. – Yeah, so on a very slick and very steep climb on that opening time trial, – Which, by the way, is
only a category three which shows just how tough this race is. – Yeah, anyway, George
Bennet of Jumbo Visma who’s a very, very talented climber was struggling to keep any kind of forward momentum at all towards
the top of that climb, wasn’t he, in fact,
the metaphorical wheels kinda fell off towards
the top and so did he. – [Host 1] He certainly did. But what makes his ride even more impressive is that he still only finished 58 seconds off the stage winner. – Wow. – Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
kicked off the Belgian classics season with typical Belgian flare at the Gen Six Velodrome, I even saw a DJ with his decks in a shopping trolly but unfortunately as the race rolled out, it became a bit of a scheduling nightmare. – [Host 2] It did, to be fair to the race organizer, I think they
were doing their upmost to give the maximum exposure to both the men’s and the women’s
race, but in doing so, they’ve set them off not too far apart. The men rode really slowly after the break without the road and the women rode really fast and caught the rear end of the men’s perd-son,
and what did they do? They stopped the women’s race. – [Host 1] They did indeed. Now unfortunately, Nicole Hansen was out in the lead, she was given her lead but she was caught soon after, and after the race Coryn Rivera put
this little tweet out. (slow electronic music) – Next up, we’re heading
over to the boards of Aguas Calientes for
a new world hour record. – The hour record is
the pinnacle of cycling records and probably
one of the most painful as any rider that’s ever attempted it will tell you, it’s all about equipment, preparation, pacing
and the ability to lift that pace as you’re going. – Yeah, so not too hard on this one and that one hour can probably feel like a week I would imagine, Campanaert’s had Wiggin’s mark of 54.526 kilometers to beat, that was set in 2015, since then there’s been ten failed attempts but the Belgian had not
only done his training, he had also done his homework and he set a new benchmark of 55.089 kilometers. – [Host 1] So with every new record, it normally ignites a flurry of interest and a whole host of new record attempts. I for one, am really interested to see who’s gonna go for it next. – De Muller? – Maybe. – We’re going to finish with a moment where you just have to say ouch. (car horns) So, those were our most memorable moments of the season so far, but as a lot of you will know, we have a history of missing some key ones out, so if we have done so this time, please feel free to let us know in the comments section just down below. – And also if you haven’t yet checked out GCN’s live race coverage, head over to our Facebook page, we have
loads of really great racing coming up this year. – As well as loads of
highlights, worldwide too. In the meantime, we
also do a weekly racing news show, so if you
haven’t caught the latest one, you can find that
down just down here.

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  1. So this is the first collaboration with Matt since he left? That cackle on MDVP's sprint is unmistakably Matt's

  2. Personally, I would like for climbs to have calculations behind their ranking, so it isn't down to the race organisers and peoples judgement.
    Using the formula: Average Gradient x Climb Length + (2x Steepest Gradient)
    HC: 120 points or more
    1: 80-119 points
    2: 48-79 points
    3: 35-47 points
    4: 15-34 points

    Some refinement may need doing to this, but I think it is pretty good. The only issue is short, steep climbs such as the Mur De Huy, which would be a Cat 2 despite probably not receiving that currently if it was categorised. However, I would be perfectly fine with increasing its level.

  3. Don't get why they complain about the fact that they stopped women's races. I mean if they stopped the men's race instead, at some point they would pick up the pace and would catch women's race so the race had to stop again. Women's should have started later but that's all.

  4. Not even a mention of Julian Alaphilipe… WOW… and, if I was a little bias, not a mention of the Colombia crowd or Bernal and Lopez dominance in the climbs (so far)?

  5. I've been watching Cérvelo TestTeam's Beyond The Peloton (I know, not a GCN product, sorry), and I want to know why our very own Dan Lloyd didn't appear in their Tour de France squad in 2009 (he was there in 2010). I searched online but didn't find an answer. He appears in many of the other videos and races. Ta!

  6. I was ready to add Alberto Bettiol winning his FIRST pro race in Flanders…but then there was no mention of Julian Alaphilippe, so …

  7. What about Max. Schachmann, who was able to win that time trial stage where that muppet called Bennett wasn’t able to turn the pedals?

  8. So… nothing of what Julian Alaphilipe did in 2019 has been out of the ordinary so far? im very surprised and dissappointed. Not that you care you but unsubbed.

  9. What about Annika Langvad?
    She is just dipping her toes into road racing and she has been on the podium on the two world tour races she started..
    She might be a mountainbiker, but she sure does kick ass of a lot of the others and wont take long before she wins a big race..

  10. Great video but the OUCH ugly crash at the end really isn't necessary. Keep it up 👍 Sharp presenting guys

  11. Deserving shoutout to the amazing teamwork of Fabio Jakobsen & Max Richeze working from the back of the bunch to win the sprint in stage 3 of Tour of Turkey

  12. Adding up to all the comments, I was really impressed with Patrick Bevin's chase back to the pelaton after a big crash at the end of stage 5 TDU

  13. Re MvdP's victory @AmstelGold – i think Simon Clarke's pat on the back after the line showed real class. You could almost see/feel the admiration in what he had just witnessed….

  14. stopping the womans race is a travesty. equality is the only way forward, if the men are messing about and women are racing, get the men off.

  15. Women races should be separated events, never the same day, not use all the infraestructure put in pkace for men's so they are put into the real place they deserve

  16. This is becoming the SJW version of the 10 most memorable highlights!!! Laughable. No JA. No TDU

    Plenty of virtue signalling!!

  17. Roglic Winnig by 1 second at tirreno, bettiol Winnig his first race at rvv and Fuglsangs bike save at leige

  18. So many fascinating finishes this season, my favorite is Flanders, so cool that a rider got his first-ever pro win at a Monument. And he rode the big boys off his wheel. See ya later, alligator.

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