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Museeuw is amazing!!!(17 posts)

Museeuw is amazing!!!Djudd
Apr 14, 2002 6:32 AM
Though I root for Hincapie, I marvel at Johan. He is a real legend.
Yeah he just rode everyone off his wheel.Sintesi at home
Apr 14, 2002 7:21 AM
This guy is a superstar. From what I read he really hurt himself to open up the gap. The pain was clearly on his face. Georgie is going to have to learn to take huge risks like that if he wants win in the classics. Right now (hate to say it) he looks like a never-was. The talent is there but George doesn't have the guts to put it all on the line. Not too mention he lost his own teammate's wheel (and wrecked) in the final 5 kilometers. George is running out of excuses. Poor George, I'll still root for him though. : (
Yeah he just rode everyone off his wheel.Djudd
Apr 14, 2002 7:33 AM
I hate to be a Monday-morning-QB but why didn't George go with Johan. Museeuw was the obvious man to watch in that final group...he had to go sometime and when he did no one went with him. ....George loses a podium place...maybe sixth or seventh
Maybe George just doesn't have "it"Largo
Apr 14, 2002 7:44 AM
Don't think he could have gone with Museeuw.
Man, he's had some great chances this spring, but hasn't been able to get it together.
Maybe last years Ghent wevelgem was a fluke.
I was ranting earlier that he needs to bail on USPS (and maybe that would help) but Boonen was there for him, and GH couldn't stay with him.
Perhaps he had a bad day, who knows?
I put my money on GH for this race, so i'm bummin'.
No Brain - No Nuts - No Chancelnin0
Apr 14, 2002 8:09 AM
He is a strong rider but does not seem very bright. He is constantly missing the right moves and watching them ride away. Perhaps he could make up for this seemingly lack of tactics if he had some balls but he seems content to let everything unfold in front of him and then hope he is in the right spot.
Maybe George just doesn't have "it"Wannabe
Apr 15, 2002 6:12 AM
Maybe GH rode a little too hard in G-W? GH was clearly one of the strongest for about 3/4 of the race, then it seemed he just ran out of gas. He must have told his team this since Boonen didn't wait... GH is only 28 and these classics seem to favor riders in their 30s. Then again, Boonen is 21! That kid is already incredible!

Andy
Museeuw is amazing!!! (George isn't)CT1 Guy
Apr 13, 2002 11:17 AM
Having watched Flanders, Ghent Wevelgem and today's Paris Roubaix it's quite clear that poor old George doen't have it in him to win one of these races. He gets a tow all the way in Flanders and watches Tafi ride off the front. He lets Cipolinni bridge the gap in Ghent Wevelgem and tows him to the finish amd finally today, he lets a neo pro tow him him and along and still watches Museeuw ride off down the road...am I noticing a trend here?...aggression is not his strong point and that's what it takes to win these races.
Have to agree.look271
Apr 14, 2002 3:36 PM
Johan was simply amazing. George was doing OK with Boonan when he did a stupid-ass move and got his front wheel into the mud. What was he thinking? (Or maybe he wasn't...) Boonan looks like a keeper, though. 1st year in PR and he finishes 3rd after dragging George around and then being stuck by himself. A pretty impressive showing.
Museeuw is amazing!!! (George isn't)Tanks
Apr 14, 2002 3:59 PM
OUCH! Were being kind of tough on George. A top ten finish at P-R aint too bad.
Museeuw is amazing!!! (George isn't)merckx56
Apr 14, 2002 4:55 PM
no shit! his lowest placing at P-R is 66th. he's been in the top ten for 4 straight years. he's never quit and gotten in the team car! he's finished for eight years in a row! finished his first one at twenty! george is a hardman and will win it one day! museeuw didn't win until he was 30 fer chrissakes!
Aren't you all being too hard on George?I Love Shimano
Apr 14, 2002 5:36 PM
Top ten isn't bad, and I don't think it was his fault that he fell into the ditch. Those roads look mighty slippery!
I think we all wanted him to do better.Sintesi at home
Apr 14, 2002 5:42 PM
It was disappointing to see (actually I read the webcast)what happened to him in the final 20km. He's a very good rider but I'm probably going to lower my expections for the guy for awhile.
Hincapie wasn't all that strong yesterdayRay Sachs
Apr 15, 2002 3:57 AM
He did get a lot of help today, but didn't have much left when he and Boonen were together chasing Museeuw - then again Boonen had been sitting on that front group for a lot of the later miles of the race while George had been chasing hard and trying to burn off Rodriguez and Knaven. So we have to cut him some slack. He rode a good race, but didn't have it for the win. Last year, I thought he rode a phenominal race, but never had a chance with the three Domo guys in the five man break. He may or may not ever win it (I suspect he will, but who knows), but he's ridden well for the last several years and doesn't have anything to be ashamed of.

Museeuw is just an animal.

-Ray
Great point.Len J
Apr 15, 2002 4:28 AM
Also, I think he was back in the group when M made his break. I would think, that passing all of those riders on cobbles to try to follow was next to impossible. What amazed me was that M kept pulling away even when george & Boonan were working together. I think they thought that he would blow up and the would reel him in. The way he (M) rode the last 40 K, I don't think anyone was going to beat him. It was hard to watch, I was rooting for George.

Len
Mental Toughnesskey
Apr 15, 2002 7:47 AM
George really has every piece but one and thats the mental toughness. Strength, Skill, Drive, he just needs that fire to attack! George is an amazing rider but he needs that killer instinct, and he just hasn't shown to this point in his career. I agree with the above posts that he also didn't look as good as last year when he really was the strongest.

Postal was great and this Boonen kid is a Diesel!!
Great point.Ray Sachs
Apr 15, 2002 8:53 AM
It was hard to watch, but wickedly impressive. After Museeuw was away for a couple of minutes and the two Postals were chasing him two on one with everyone else having fallen off, I was feeling pretty optimistic. I figured they had the numbers and would eventually catch him and then they'd have the strategic advantage and be able to take turn launching attacks until one stuck. But then when he kept gaining time on them George must have been discouraged as all get out - he (along with the rest of the viewing public) KNEW how strong Johan was at that point and knew he was riding only for a podium spot. That must have hurt.

-Ray
GH needs to be willing to lose miserably...aet
Apr 15, 2002 8:32 AM
from what i have seen of GH, he does not like to make attacks that will put him off the back if they fail. sometimes, that's what it takes. willingness to place horribly in an attempt to win.