What Made The Difference For Peter Sagan In Paris-Roubaix? | The GCN Show Ep. 274

What Made The Difference For Peter Sagan In Paris-Roubaix? | The GCN Show Ep. 274


– For all ages outside of
Riboux, welcome to the GCN show. – Welcome to the GCN show,
brought to you by Wiggle. – This week it’s Paris-Roubaix special. How did Peter Sagan finally win? – It’s another big week
in the world of tech with a new sprocket
introduced by Campagnolo. – Yep, that is twelve now,
people, twelve sprockets. We also have new shades from Oakley. – [Daniel] And a new crank set from 3T. (celebratory energetic music) Unfortunately, though, we
have to start this week’s GCN show with some extremely sad news. A tragedy struck the
cycling world on Sunday as Belgian rider Michael
Goolaerts with Veranda’s Willems passed away in hospital, having reportedly suffered a heart attack whilst riding Paris-Roubaix. – Yeah, he crashed at
around 100 kilometre mark and was air lifted to hospital in Lille, where unfortunately, he
could not be revived. He was just 23 years of age. All of us here at GCN
would like to pass on our heartfelt condolences to
his family, his friends, and his teammates. – I think it is worth mentioning, Si, that professional cyclists,
that world tour level, but also, the pro-continental level, do undergo regular medical screening, which includes specific
checks of the heart. In fact, some pro-riders
have been forced to retire prematurely because of what
the tests have shown up. But, obviously, these tests
don’t foresee everything. – Yeah, very true. Now, fortunately, there
was also much to celebrate in the world of cycling this week like the fact that the
seemingly whole generation of young people in London
who were turning their backs on gang culture, and actually
replacing it with bike riding. – Yep, “bikes up knives
down” is the hashtag, and in fact thousands took
to the streets at the weekend to protest against the
escalating levels of knife crime in England’s capitols. Side-by-side and
shoulder-to-shoulder, in fact, with policemen and women
on their bikes as well. – [Simon] Yeah, that
footage is taken from the Bikes Up Knives Down
documentary, by the way, which is well worth a watch. A link is in the description. – [Voice Over] There’s no hierarchy. There’s no one better than someone else. It’s done a lot for me as well, it’s like helped me go on a different path and it’s a path that I
chose, that I’ve chosen to progress with bikes and use my time, my anger, my happiness, my stress and put all my emotions into bettering my talent on the bike. – Some amazing skills on show as well. Now we also learned this week, that what we all think we
know about cycling technique may well be about to go out the window because smooth is out, and the Ikebe Shuffle
may well be coming in. – [Daniel] Yep, this is Sota Ikebe who’s been causing quite a
stir over on Zwift racing. This is him, in fact, over
at the recent CVR world cup. And he attributes his quite
impressive ride in part down to this unique style on the bike because he says it
optimises his body position. – [Simon] Hmm. Now also this week, we were privileged to watch a true master at work. Peter Sagan absolutely dominated
Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, taking his first win at the race. – I think it’s fair to say
that the entire cycling world has been waiting, quite
expectantly, for this win at Paris-Roubaix for Pete Sagan. I mean, his results prior this
year haven’t been anything special by his standards, and he’s been quite inconsistent too; so what was the difference
this time around? How did he win it? – Can I say the obvious, first of all? He was flippin’ strong, wasn’t he? I mean Niki too.
– Well, obviously. – Well, yeah, Niki Terpstra
said as much in fact, post race, he said that his team,
Quick-Step, couldn’t do anymore. And that actually the
strongest man won on the day. Well, then I was thinking,
he did look an awful lot stronger this week,
compared to Tour Flanders. Do you think he was
actually in better shape? – [Daniel] Well, he did drop
the group of main favourites over the last climb of the Paris-Roubaix. – [Simon] True. – But then didn’t make much in roads into Terpstra’s lead after that, but then Sagan is always strong, and that’s half the problem for him. – Yeah, I guess so. So what has made the difference then? – Luck. (crowd gasping) – I’m not sure you can say that. – No, don’t worry, I’m not
saying that he had good luck. What I’m saying is that
he avoided bad luck. And that’s half the battle,
as we know, in this race. So he didn’t have any punctures, he didn’t have any mechanical problems, and he avoided the multitude
of crashes around him. – I’m pretty sure that
we’ve said in the past that actually you kind
of make your own luck, to a certain extent in bike racing. Like, in the past, Peter
Sagan has bunny-hopped his way out of crashes, like
over Fabian Cancellara. – [Daniel] Well that is true. – [Simon] That’s quite impressive. – So there must be more
to it, even than that. What about his team? – Well, so here’s a point, I
wonder that whether actually he’s starting to get his
head around Paris-Roubaix. He was always in the
right place, wasn’t he? And he’s got his team to
thank, largely, for that. They seem particularly well-drilled, and actually, I think, we gotta say, that they ignored our advice. Seemingly that they were
riding 100% for Peter Sagan, as opposed to giving
Daniel Oss a free reign, which was what we suggested. – There were a couple of fleeting moments where Oss looked like he
was given a bit of freedom, and I thought we might come
back into the set here, record the show, and actually look like we knew
what we were talking about. – Oh, yeah. – But it wasn’t to be.
– No. – So he did have a
fantastic team on the day. It would take nothing away
from his own performance because that attack did look
perfectly timed, didn’t it? – Oh, absolutely. It was one of those
fleeting moments where, it just seemed like, whereas
normally, all eyes are on him, no one was looking his way. Were they?
– No. So, no one on his wheel when he went, and then, when he did go, everyone seemingly looked at each other to try and pass responsibility. So by the time someone did
get round to chasing him, the horse had already bolted. – Yeah, very true. – And he was going that well, it was going to be pretty
tough to bring him back. – Well, it was; they couldn’t, could they? Now, the breakaway riders, in
the early break in the day, also had a factor in the
ultimate outcome of the race, didn’t they? Because somewhat remarkably,
Sagan seemed to manage to persuade all three of them
to start working with him almost as soon as he bridged across. – It’s just that little,
that’s what does it in the end. As soon as you get that
– Yeah. I wish he hadn’t done that, otherwise, it wouldn’t have worked. But Silvan Dillier in
particular was immensely strong, wasn’t he? He was giving equal terms to Sagan, all the way to the Roubaix velodrome. – Yeah, now, many of you
were probably wondering just why he was giving Sagan
equal terms, given that, the fact that they did arrive
at the velodrome together. It was gonna be a foregone conclusion, or you would have thought. But, I think it’s worth remembering, that second place at Paris-Roubaix
is a phenomenal result, particularly for someone like Dillier who has yet to land a big one. And, indeed, his team, AG2R La Mondiale, would be pretty thankful for
second place, I always thought, at Paris-Roubaix.
– Yeah, French Team. – Yeah, so he did work with Sagan. Sagan didn’t drop him, and he
managed to claim second place. Although I do have a sneaking
suspicion that maybe Sagan did try to drop him at
Carrefour de l’Arbre, and couldn’t. And Dillier wasn’t a
formality in the sprint. – No, I think the the same. But they both ended up getting
what they wanted it seems. – They did indeed. – There was also a tale, we may be clutching at
straws slightly here, but, there was a point where
under the impetus of Terpstra the gap did start to come
down inside the last 10 K. But when you’ve got a tail wind, you just roll along a
lot easier, don’t you? – Yep. Oh, I think Sagan was tired by the end. But he timed that attack
perfectly, didn’t he? So he got the gap. Anyway, there we go. It all adds up to Sagan’s
second monument win after the first at Flanders in 2016. So I guess it comes back to that, that question again, Dan. Where does Sagan feature
now in the all-time list of cycling greats? – Oh my word. Well, we did come in for
a bit of flak, didn’t we, in the comment section
beneath the Paris-Roubaix preview show, because we had quoted a
tweet from Richard Moore, where he listed a current crop
of riders who have won more monuments that Pete Sagan. But his fans are pointing out
to us that he’s still a 28, and significantly younger
than some of those listed. – That’s a valid point, but, don’t forget that Tom
Boonen had won five monuments by the time he was 29, hadn’t he? Although, admittedly, only
one world championship. But I suppose what separates
Sagan, at least in my eyes, is the sheer scope of
the races that he’s won. I mean, Tour California over-all, Boonen never won anything
quite like that, did he? So maybe, Paris-Roubaix is a is a sign that he’s reaching maturity, and the floodgates are gonna open. – And we might get an indication
of where the floodgates have opened this coming Sunday because I think he’s down to
ride the Amstel Gold Race. Not a monument, but one of
the biggest one-day races outside of it. – Imagine the Roubaix Amstel double. Has that been done before? – The famous Roubaix Amstel double. I’ve not, I don’t think so. Let us know in the comments
below if somebody has. – Yeah, you know what? To a certain extent, it’s kind
of irrelevant whether or not he gets the Roubaix Amstel double or however many monuments that
he does win in his career. Because we spent all day
talking about Pete Sagan, and we regularly do, and I think a lot of people
out there talk about Pete Sagan all the time. And I think that’s why he is so great. So great for cycling, because, no matter what he
does, he’s just interesting. – Well this is rather awkward. – What’s that? – I’m in complete agreement. What a terrible way to finish a segment, just by agreeing. – Well, wait a minute, let’s
not leave it there, mate. Let’s talk about our race predictions. – Mads Pedersen. (buzzer sounding) Well, there was a point where
I thought John Degenkolb and Trek were working for
Degenkolb at Champaign, and then I realised he was
riding on the front for Jasper Stuyven and then he got dropped. – Yeah. – Wout Van Aert. (buzzer sounding) He might have won, but he
punched his crucial sector. But, perhaps, the embarrassing thing, Dan, was actually that I got his
number of world championship cybercross victories wrong. And then worse still, was that when I read that in the comments it took me a bloomin’ long
time to work out which of his world titles I’d missed. And then even more embarrassingly, I realised that the one
I missed was actually one that I’d gone and watched, and been there, seeing him
cross the line in Zolder. – That’s a bit strange, why would you not remember that one? (celebratory music) – I don’t know. Really strange, isn’t it? Bizarre. – Anyways, better give a quick
shout out to Jon Cannings who managed to predict
the race winner correctly. Well done, Jon. – Yeah, very quick shout out. – Peter Sagan. (trumpeting sounds) – Ahem, beginner’s luck. (dynamic electronic sounds) – The GCN Club launched yesterday, and unfortunately it did not go smoothly. We’ve had Bottlegate, and now
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might not know about. You ready, Dan? (cap clinking) He’s coming; oy, don’t drink it. (trumpeting fanfare) – It’s now time for Cycling Shorts. – We’re gonna start Cycling
Shorts with a few tidbits from Paris-Roubaix, like the fact that the
youngest finisher in 50 years crossed the line at the
hallowed velodrome on Sunday. – Yes, at just 19 years
of age, Tanguy Turgis, a rider for Vital Concept,
crossed the line in 42nd place. What I particularly liked about this story was the fact that he cross the
line with his older brother Jimmy, who rides for rival team Cofidis. – Yeah, that’s cool, isn’t it? And now in finishing
42nd, Turgis also became the second place French
finisher in this year’s event. – Does that mean he rolled
his brother Jimmy on the line? – [Simon] He did roll Jimmy, yeah. Making it a great result for Tanguy, but not a great result
for the host nation. Two in the top 42. – [Daniel] No, not great. – [Simon] No. – Meanwhile somebody who’s
most definitely missed at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday
is the living legend that is Tom Boonen who, of course, retired straight after
the event last year. However, he has still
managed to hit the headlines on the run up to the race this year. – That’s right, so in an
interview on Belgian TV, Boonen doesn’t dismiss the allegations that Fabian Cancellara had used a bike with a hidden motor in during
the 2010 classic season. Now, we are not experts at Flemish. In fact, you know this, because
we can’t even pronounce it. However, we have it on good
authority, that perhaps something may have gotten
lost in translation, that Boonen doesn’t
suggest this after all. – Flemish-speaking people,
what did he really say? – Let us know.
– Yeah. – Somewhat ironically, Tom Boonen does now race
with a motor, doesn’t he? – Yeah, he does. – Although the one that he raced with did blow up before the
end of the race on Sunday. – That’s right, Boonen
is into motorsport now, and it was engine failure
in his Porsche apparently. But, he did say there was a silver lining, and that he got to watch
the last 50 kilometres of Paris-Roubaix. – Wow.
– Yeah. – Right, well, Hell of the
North is quite famous for the number of crashes that take place, and Sunday was no different. And one of the worst
ones looked to be that of Tony Martin and Luke Rowe
and Alexander Kristoff when they hit the deck. It wasn’t actually on one
of the cobbled sectors, but Kristoff lost a hell of a lot of skin as this Instagram post goes to show. – [Simon] Ooh. – That has got to be seriously sore. – Yeah, does it just. Right, now finally from Cycling Shorts, another reason why Peter
Sagan may have wanted to have kept Silvan Dillier with
him in the run into Roubaix, was if he’d seen the research
that just been published in the International
Journal of Sports Physiology and Performance. – He probably did see that. It’s certainly one of my favourites. – Well, and mine too,
as well, actually yeah. – Eh? – And the research has shown
that a cyclist will perform better when racing an
opponent, even a virtual one. So, in the case of Sagan, he
will have obviously gone faster from sharing the pace, but as he will have tried harder as well; thereby almost guaranteeing
that he wouldn’t get caught by the chase crew. – And there was us thinking
that the incentive of winning Paris-Roubaix would be enough on its own. – [Simon] Well yeah. – It just goes to show you though, that software like Zwift will
indeed help you to go faster. – Yeah, and finding a
training partner as well. There you go. – I’ve got a sneaky suspicion
that people that ride with me go fast when they ride with me. I don’t think they would drop
me if they were on their own. (dynamic electronic noises) It is time now for the
GCN Wiggle of Fortune. No doubt you all know the score by now, but to remind you, there
are five prizes on offer, and four of them are vouchers. Prize number four is 25 pounds, prize three is 50, prize two is 75, and then the big one is 150
pounds of Wiggle vouchers. – Oh yeah, and this week’s contestant is Duncan Crouch, from Australia. Although, Duncan tells
us, he is actually a Brit. He’s been living in Australia
for eight years now, and he loves riding in
Adelaide Hills year round. And he also says he’s got a
penchant for Belgian beer, but Duncan, step away from our fridge. That is property of Dan, although Dan can only
get his hands on it if the wheel stops on that little icon there, the beer icon. That’s right, prize number
five is Dan gets a beer, yeah. – Right, are we ready? – Pretty sure, Duncan,
even though you’re a Brit in Australia, I gotta say
that the wheel spins perfectly without tampering, that’s right. – Oh, my goodness. – That’ll come up in the
comment section, sorry guys. – Right, three, two, one. (electronic clicking tones) – Spin the wheel, spin the wheel! – Come on. Alright, where’s it gonna
stop, where’s it gonna stop? – You gonna have a beer, Dan? – Yes. – Ooh, this looks good. This looks good for your beer, mate. Ooooh! Come on, Dan’s gonna get,
ooooh, is Dan gonna get beer? Daniel gonna get a beer? Oooh, no!
– Oh no. (electronic bells ringing) – I thought it was gonna stop on the beer. – I thought it was gonna
stop on the beer, ah well. – Prize four then, 25 pounds
on its way straight to you. – Yeah, now we’ve gotta
have a bit of recap of previous weeks as well. So we had Linda Findley,
who won in week one. She bought herself a nice
new pair of road cleats. – Meanwhile, was it Sean? – Bolger. – Bolger, that’s right, well
he crashed his bike recently, scrapped his jersey. So he’s gonna buy a new jersey, but he’s also sharing his
voucher with his younger brother which is very nice. – Ahh. – Awful, isn’t it? When you get into an ambulance, and even though you’ve
already got a scuffed jersey, and then they get the
scissors out and cut it off. Do you know how much those things cost? – Yeah, that is bad. Now, right now if you want
to take part in next week’s GCN Wiggle of Fortune, then, in the description
beneath this video, there is a link. And you stick your name down, once you’ve clicked through to that, and then we will select someone at random to be next week’s Duncan Crouch. (dynamic electronic drum beats) Some big news in the tech world this week. We’ve got ourselves another sprocket. A 12th. And that’s curtesy of serial
sprocket adders, Campagnolo. – Yes, they always seem to be
the first to add that extra sprocket, aren’t they?
– They do. – I remember it for nine
speed, 10 speed and 11 speed, possibly eight speed before that, I don’t really remember, but they have now added 12 too. Well, however you spell, you got two 12, with their flag ship group
which is Super Record, and also the one below,
their Record group set. – Yeah, why don’t they just add two, and that would just
– Blitz the opposition. – Like oh my god, they’ve got 13. Anyway, there we go. Now, many of you obviously
will be thinking, “Well, SRAM have already done it, with their Eagle mounts by groupset,” but Campagnolo are the
first to do it on the road. – I’m not too sure, though,
whether it’s going to add particularly much to
your conventional bike with two chain rings on front. I can see why this would
be extremely beneficial if you’re running one bike, because you could have a
nice range of gears and it would reduce the ratio gap
between each one of those. But, don’t know about you, I
don’t tend to run out of gears with two by 11. However, if you do want those extra gears, the new cassettes will be
available as an option to buy as 11 to 29 or 11 to 32. – We will, of course, have
all the details on the new Campagnolo groupset right up here in fact, on the GCN Tech Show, coming up this week. But for now, I wanted to draw
your attention to something. Once we’re kinda vaguely
thinking about One-by, because this is the new One-by specific 3T Torno Limited Crankset, and it’s an absolute work of art. You can tell it’s One-by, because it’s only got one chain ring, but also, because of that,
they’ve managed to narrow and clean up the whole ensemble. Now, the chain ring itself
is actually custom made by Wolf Tooth Components. It’s got that distinctive
narrow-wide profile, and it’s custom made. As you can see, it’s got a
unique bolt pattern there, which again, helps to
neaten the whole thing up. And in use, 3T say, that
it makes it the thinnest and most aero crankset, ever. Now, as you can tell, it
is a full carbon crankset. It weighs just 445 grammes. That’s with a 40 tooth chain ring. Weight weenies will probably recognise the quite distinctive look. It is indeed made from the THM factory, which is now owned, of course, by 3T. Now, as you can probably tell from the look of this 3T Explorer, it has already been exploring. And in use, probably the
most distinctive thing, aside from the look, is actually the fact that the Q factor is significantly narrow. It’s down to just 142 millimetres wide. Meaning that when you get used to it, theoretically, your feet
will also be in a more aerodynamic position as well. Aero feet. It’s a thing. – Oakley have released
two new models of shades just recently. The first of those, which you can see now, are the Flight Jackets. The novelty here being a small button located on the nose bridge
which Oakley are calling The Advancer. Now will you use this to push the glasses slightly further away from your face, which apparently prevents
them from fogging up. Although, conversely, if you’re
starting to get a bit hot, you press that button
because the extra gap means there’s more air flow behind the glasses. – That sounds great, Dan,
but it’s probably of no relevance to me, whatsoever. – No, no you need two Advancer
buttons on your armpits here on your jersey. – There is no technology
under the sun, mate, that can help me, in that department. Now, the second pair of glasses are these. The Field Jackets, which as you can see, have a dual lens design. And I hope you see that
both these new ones have what called a Prism technology which enhances both colour and contrast. So it sounds a bit like
your own Instagram filter everywhere you go. That’s pretty cool, isn’t it, yeah? – [Daniel] I just use HDR
full 100% and whack it up. – You need to acclimatise to
life in HDR, I think that, otherwise you’ll probably be
like a jibbering wreck by, by lunch time. (dynamic electronic drum beats) – Last week the Tour of
California announced the 18 teams who will be participating
in this year’s event. And along with the teams, some of the star riders
who will be there as well. And it looks like we’re going
to get a real sprint fest on the fast stages, because
Marcel Kittel is confirmed as is Mark Cavendish. Kehle Beur, and of course Pete Sagan, who absolutely loves that race. – Oh yeah, it’s gonna be great, isn’t it? One surprise omission though,
was Team Aqua Blue Sport. So you would have thought that they would have been a shoe in, given that they’ve got the
current US national champion, Larry Warbasse, on the team. Poor guys just can’t seem
to catch a break this year, can they? – No, they really need to
step it up a gear I think. – Is that a joke about One-by? – Yeah, it was. Very poor, very sorry. Moving straight on. The incredible tough week that is the Tour of the Basque
Country concluded on Saturday. And it was the first ever
over-all world tour race win for former ski jumper Primož
Roglič of LottoNL Jumbo. He laid the foundations for
that win by finishing runner-up to Julian Alaphilippe who
was flying on both the first and the second stages. He then won the time trial which gave him really
comfortable gap over everyone, including eventual second
place finisher Mikel Landa. – Yeah, holding off the
Movistar team on that final day was no mean feat, was it? – No.
– Very impressive. You know, he just continues to impress, but such is his rate of progression, that it’s actually hard to
know exactly what type of rider he’s eventually gonna become, isn’t it? I mean, his Tour de France
could be an opportunity to take it up a notch. – [Daniel] I’d quite like
to see how he’d get on at the Ardennes classics
we’ll be discussing next week. – But, unfortunately, it doesn’t look like he’s down to ride any of them. – Oh. – One rider though, who is riding them, and looks very much ready for them, is Lotto Soudal’s Tomasz Marczynski. This is the current state of his legs. – Whoa! That’s impressive. I’ve not seen legs like
that since riding behind you last summer. – You really think they look like mine? – (laughing) They’re nothing like yours. Alright, sorry mate, they are mighty impressive
legs, aren’t they? As are yours, to be fair.
– Thanks. – You’ve got great legs. (dynamic electronic drum beats) – It’s giveaway time now. We’ve got three prizes on
offer for three lucky potential winners this week. – That’s right. So, we have three bike
computer bundles here, courtesy of friends over at Wahoo. So we’ve got the Wahoo Elemnt over there. And with that you will
win additional cadence, heart rate, and speed sensors. Then we got the Elemnt Bolt, which, if you hadn’t noticed, Pete
Sagan was using when he won the Paris-Roubaix, just the other day. So that too comes with a candence, speed, and heart rate sensor. And then, third prize
is the Wahoo Elemnt Mini which comes with an
additional speed sensor. – Wow, some top prizes to be had. – Oh yeah. – All the details on how
to enter can be found if you follow the link
which is in the description below this video. We also have a winner to announce. – Oh, we do. One very lucky winner. – It’s a big one. It is the Orbea Orca M20 Team-D with the option of the
Myo custom paint job. And we have a winner
– Oooh. – This one definitely deserves a drumroll. (desk thumping) Careful, so’s not to knock
these off or something. See? – Right, that winner is Mark Thomas of Montclair, New Jersey, in the USA. – (clapping) Congratulations, Mark. – There’s more than one
Mark Thomas out there, we will be in contact, and
so you’ll know it was you. And apologies if there is another one. If you don’t hear from us, it wasn’t you. – Oh, that’s cruel. That’s so cruel. Though there’s only gonna be
one in Montclair, New Jersey, isn’t there? Make sure you let us have a
look at your Myo design as well. We really want to see
what you come up with. Oh, and make sure you get
involved by entering this one. Link’s in the description, remember. (drilling sounds) – Hack forwardslash
Bodge of the Week time. Now don’t forget to use
the hashtag “GCNhack” on social media if you
would like to show us any of your hacks and bodges. Love the first one this week. Sent in on Facebook by Patrick Topem. – [Simon] Whoa! – [Daniel] Is this hack or bodge? That is amazing piece of
kit right there, isn’t it? – [Simon] Oh yeah, I mean,
that’s gonna make your car quite unwieldy, I’d’ve thought, but it certainly looks like
quite a piece of engineering. A homemade bike rack. – [Daniel] It says “bodge” on
the back of the car though. – [Simon] Yeah, that’s cruel though, I think it’s more of a hack. – [Daniel] Yeah, I really like that. I think it’s a lovely piece of kit. – Yeah, absolutely, hack. This one, if you got rattly valve stems, then Marius Tirle has got an idea for you. That’s not the prettiest. – [Daniel] That’s got to be a bodge. I’m sure it works and stops
your valve stems from rattling, but there’s got to be
neater solutions than that. – [Simon] What was wrong with
a bit of insulating tape? Yeah, that’s a bodge, you know, sorry, but that’s a total bodge. – [Daniel] I think this is
gonna be a bodge, isn’t it? – [Simon] Whoa! – [Daniel] From Bo-Yun Liu. When you forget your shoe covers, it’s 20 degrees out. Presume he means Fahrenheit. – [Simon] As opposed to Celsius. – [Daniel] I mean, I presume
it would keep your feet at little bit warmer than
if you didn’t wear them, but it looks weird. – [Simon] Yeah, a glove
that’s going under your shoe as opposed to over your
shoe, but nevertheless, yeah. Ingenious, I suppose. Yeah, still a bodge. – [Daniel] Still a bodge.
– Well, there we go. Right, what about these? Sticking with the feet
theme, verruca overshoes. Right, so Adian Rider, who
is apparently eight today, from Edinburgh Road Club,
couldn’t find small enough waterproof overshoes so he
made a pair from verruca socks. There we go, aero and waterproof. Now is that a hack, Dan? – [Daniel] I’d say so. – [Simon] I think that is. – They’re very snug, aren’t they? That was actually a tweet
from a little while ago, so happy birthday for
some, some time ago, Adian. – (laughing) He’s now 12. – [Daniel] Here’s one from Wilian Amaral with an epic road bike. Lack of bar tape, suspension
forks on a mountain bike with some bare drop bars
and some mounted STI lids. Bodge. – The reach on that would be epic. That’s like a Graeme Obree type position. Alright, now this one is interesting. – I’ve never seen
anything like that before. – [Simon] No, I just, I can’t quite understand
how that’s a thing. But there we go. Want to hang you bike from
the wing of your plane when you’re going flying. – [Daniel] Yes, sent in
by Pauline Janet Symonds. – [Simon] Is that with a gun as well? Like a touring bike and
a, and a machine gun? – [Daniel] Not a solution many
people need to find in life, is it?
– No. – How to transport your bike
on your own private plane? – Just buy a bike bag
and stick it in the hold. That’s what works for me. – Right, this one’s definitely a bodge. I’m calling it, right away. – Whoa, from Dan Butler, a rutting bike. – [Daniel] Now we’ve seen
similar experiments before, haven’t we here,
– Yeah. – on Hack and Bodge? But I’ve never seen so
many different bar edge and hand positions on one single bike. – [Simon] Nor in the wild, either. Often that sort of like
artificially engineered in a laboratory setting, but that generally looks
like a bike with antlers in the wild. – There’s just too many options there. You wouldn’t even know where
to start putting your hands, would you? – Well, imagine having a crash. Imagine how many things there
are to impale yourself on. People think disc brakes are dangerous. Look at the antler bike. Terrifying, anyway. – Don’t forget to keep sending
your hacks and bodges in using the hashtag “GCNhack”. We check Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. (dynamic electronic drum beats) Caption Competition. Last week’s photo was this
one from the podium of the Tour of Flanders. – [Simon] Oh, it was
an easy one, that one. – First up, not the winner, hasten to add, but we had this sent in from Tim Williams. Have a read of that. – ♪ Oh Niki you’re so
fine, you’re so fine ♪ ♪ You blow my wine, hey Niki, ♪ ♪ Hey Niki. ♪ – See, he’ll go straight for that. All Tim wanted to see you
do was sing on the show, so. – Okay, he wanted to
win a bottle, didn’t he? Sorry Tim, Dan’s in a funny mood today. – Well that’s a better prize,
seeing you sing, isn’t it? Alright the person who will
be receiving a GCN Camelback water bottle through the post is Max Freeman who put caption, “Drink Lidl and often, otherwise
you’re a Quickstep away from bonking!” Well now, Max, get in
touch with us on Facebook with a message and we’ll
get this off to you. – That was a good one, to be fair, – It was.
– from Max, yeah. No, Tim, sorry, that was
deserving of a victory. – This week’s photo comes
from the final cup of classic Paris-Roubaix and it’s Peter Sagan, and Si is gonna get started. – (laughing) Well, I’m
not sure about that Dan. People think I’ve got
a chip on my shoulder, but it’s actually a cobble. – That was your worst Sagan impression. He’s been practising this
before we started recording. – Oh you can’t do an
impression of Peter Sagan. No, no. – I think he was afraid of
getting Sagan fans irate in the comments. – I think I got everyone
irate with that effort, mate. – Leave your captions in
the comments section below and we’ll chose a winner of said bottle this time next week. (dynamic electronic drum beats) – Now before we get on
to what is coming up on the channel this week, as always, we would like
to have a quick recap of some of the amazing and funny comments you’ve been leaving
under last week’s videos. Such as this one from Humberto Leandro, and “Matt said, When on
cobbles, stay on the saddle and do not hold the hoods
and the end of the video, he grabs on to the hoods and
sprints out of the saddle uphill on cobbles.” There you go, typical Matt for you. – I need to have a talk
with myself for that, when I watched my own video back. Michael McDermot put underneath
the Paris-Roubaix preview “Si’s beer reminds me of
when my Grandad was put in a care home and three months later we found a full chamber
pot under his bed.” Ugh. – It was a bloomin’ good beer, that one. – Yeah, it went straight to his head. – Heh heh, yeah it did, actually. Right then, this last one from J Mise. “55 PSI, that’s all it needs, yeah, that’s what I would
say after struggling to manage one puncture per kilometre through the Annenberg Forest.” And another comment about Matt there. – Yeah, he just doesn’t learn. – No. – Does he, from his own mistakes? – No. – Right then, coming up
on the channel this week. On Wednesday, we are showing
you how to corner safely. Thursday, we show you top
ten reviews from a road bike. Friday is ask GCN anything. – Yeah, and then, this weekend,
we’ve got another ride to do before you die. That’s right. Matt and Emma this time
have got to go to a European destination, which
we will find out on Saturday. You will get a nice bit
of behind the scenes look, and then on Sunday, you
get the ride itself. Should be absolutely brilliant. Pretty jealous that I’m
missing out on that one. And then, on Monday, is of
course, the GCN racing news show where Dan will no doubt be
recapping the Amstel Gold. – I will indeed. And then on Tuesday, we are
back right here on the set. (electric guitar strumming) – Right, we are unfortunately
getting towards the end of the GCN show now, but don’t worry, there’s still time for Extreme Corner, and this week, it’s an
absolute belter from Rin Nakamura, a BMX rider from Japan. (high energy punk rock music) Whoa! That kid’s got some
serious talent, doesn’t he? – Yeah. I like that, but I think I
could’ve done that last trick. – Let’s skit. – Yes, right, that is pretty
much the end of this week’s GCN show. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. If you have you can click
on the thumbs up button located just below this video. Make sure you head over
to the shop as well, which you’ll find a link to on the screen, if you’d like to get your
hands on GCN merchandise. – Yep, and if you want to
watch another video now, why not check out that
mid-range bike versus super bike video that went up just last weekend. Plenty of comments under that one. Make sure you get involved.

100 thoughts on “What Made The Difference For Peter Sagan In Paris-Roubaix? | The GCN Show Ep. 274

  1. Caption contest: Hey Hansgrohe, maybe you should expand to kitchen counters. You can use this as a sample.

  2. Congratulations to Tom's sister Annie for Commonwealth Gold – amazing! (Pretty sure it is Tom's sister, awkward if not)

  3. Caption: If you enter the Roubaix velodrome with Sagan you're always going to be stuck between a rock and a hard place…

  4. Peter is without a doubt climbing the ladder of.. All Time Greats! His 3 WC's in a row are simply amazing. Most of us must remember 2 things, when he won his 1st. He had 2 others riders from his country. His 2nd, they bumped that to 3. And this year he had 5. So, not only has he never had max team mates, let's face it, not one of them would be chosen for say, Britain's team, Germanys team. Italy, etc. etc. And of course, in years time he will own the most Green jerseys in the TDF. And when he wins the green, he doesn't just win, he pounds the crap out of everyone. He's a phenom to watch.

  5. Peter Sagan it's a Cycling Monument and his legend keeps getter better with each race. Can wait to see his come back to Le Tour.

  6. I definitely ride harder with competition. One time on Zwift it failed to load properly so I was alone in Watopia for around 10 minutes and getting very bored. I nearly quit before everyone else was then populated and so I was no longer alone (in my garage, where I was alone…) and carried on for another hour. That’s the power of psychology!

  7. Question, how does aero work with a tail wind? I have the feeling they concentrate to much on head winds! What if there's a timetrail with a tail wind?

  8. CAPTION: "Alright, I know Ardennes' roads are in terrible condition, but there's got to be a better way than disassembling it cobble by cobble!"

  9. That wonderful yellow bike at the end of hacks and Bodges is in Basingstoke, I think the rider is an older gent who prefers a more upright position as In sure I've passed him a couple of times.

  10. The interview with Boonen was conducted in French by RTBF, not Flemmish. Boonen mainly said two things: he was asked if there are motors in bikes. His answer was "Nowadays? No. Before, it's possible". He was also asked if he felt robbed from his Tour of Flanders (win) in 2013 when Cancellara pulled away from him on Mur de Grammont. "Do you have doubts?" was the question. His answer needs to be nuanced due to what comes after he said "yes": "Yes, but it's not for me to say." Then he went on to say that the person finishing second is not the right person to say these things. He also said: "It's something very difficult, because it's not possible…" (he did not complete his thought) "the bike was gone… and it's not…" The rest came from the interviewer who then finished the sentence for Boonen, which is of course not Boonen's words and irrelevant.

  11. Riding on cobbles with road bikes…. Why?????? It's like racing an F1 on a WR off road course. Who gets this ideas?

  12. you got that expression backwards yet again, mate. you keep saying "which is no mean feat" when you mean the opposite. You mean "no small feat", which means that it IS a mean feat. Far be it from me to stop your pedaling incorrect English.

  13. Caption – So three world championships, this year my first Paris-Roubaix, so my prediction is next year I will have a cobble of Paris-Roubaix's under my hat

  14. When you discuss Sagan you have to talk about 3 WCs and 5 TdF Green Jersey wins… those alone mark him among the all time greats. Think about 3 WCs IN A ROW!!!

  15. Just like to say this guy is getting the best interviews. Nothing in it for me just spreading the news. Cycling Journos on the Road.

  16. Sagan is in the Pantheon of the greats, and let's remember, there's a better than even chance he's doing it clean, unlike most that have gone before, or are currently racing and have, on paper, an equally impressive palmares.

  17. CAPTION: I didn't just cobble this win together you know, along with my 3 rainbow jerseys, I had to avoid much unluck!

  18. He was not giving Sagan equal turns… I'd say 65/35 to Sagan. Dillier definitely took turns and didn't sit on the wheel, but it was Sagan who dictated the pace and lead over all the cobble sections.

  19. Peter Sagan wins Roubaix and makes it a "Cobble" work out. Is he headed to the dark side(tri)? Watch to see if he is sockless in his next race!

  20. Caption: One cobbled to rule them all, one cobbled to find them, One cobbled to bring them all and in the final sprint bind them.

  21. Merckx (who else) 1973 Giro d'Italia, Vuelta a Espana, Gent-Welvegem, Oomlaut Het Volk, Paris Brussels, and the coveted double of Amstel Gold and Paris-Roubaix. Plus , Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

  22. 23 year olds do not die from heart attacks unless diagnosed with congenital heart disease … and could never achieve the VOmax required for elite competition … or drug induced. Concern that doping still exits … and another very sad story of a promising young star.

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