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Antonio Andolini | Il Lombardia
Ian Butler

aka How Paris - Tours is too easy for a superhuman

We live in interesting times. The talent has always been there, we've known that from the start. He got results early on, too. Surely he was a top - or at least subtop -
rider in most people's book by the time his second season was over. But after a third season, we can only accept the impossible. We have found a new Eddy Merckx.

Allow me to come forward with evidence. Forget that since the 21st stage of the Giro, he's only not-won 2 races: the national road race and the world championships time trial, where he took bronze. For the sake of being fair, let's also include Tre Valli Varesine, although that hardly counts. We'll leave all that behind. Forget that he's won a very mountainous edition of Lombardia on pure gusto and strength. Forget all that. Let's just focus on the last WT race of the season.


Paris - Tours is one for sprinters but it doesn't always turn out that way. For example, last year we had some late attackers, with Sénéchal winning it and Antonio Andolini in second position. Both were at the start today, too. Though we'd favor one over the other today, obviously.

The start of the race was quite hectic and there was a constant, high pace.


25 km from the finish, Offredo opened the race with a brave attempt. But no one joined him and his attempt failed.


Still, it succeeded in inspiring others to follow his example. Lutsenko and Dillier tried to break away from the peloton. And as seen from the helicopter camera, we saw a white dot jump rather quickly from the peloton to the attackers. The World Champion decided to risk his chances on this attack, still 18 km from the finish!


The peloton refused to let the trio go, for obvious reasons.


The peloton refused, but Ando refused to be caught. Now who would have to compromise?


The pace was so high, his breakaway companions dropped off, completely dead.


Hey, let this be a warning: don't go with the Ando.


At one point, we saw the peloton cracking. They were out of workers and the sprinters themselves wouldn't do the work. Ando had won.


And so Tours welcomed a master, a champion, one of a kind. For this humble Captain Bike Racer, it has been the moment I was convinced: this is no ordinary albeit talented bike rider. No, a fellow like this only comes along a very few times in history. And I firmly believe now, that Ando is the finest rider we've had since the Badget, Bernard Hinault.


Peter Sagan is once again diminished to second-rate cyclist, winning the peloton sprint, but way behind Ando.


Paris - Tours :: Result
1Antonio AndoliniCattelan ItaliaWinner
2Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo+01:02
3Michael LoveRoubaix Lille Métropoles.t.
4Romain CardisCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
5Tim WellensLotto Soudals.t.
6Tiesj BenootEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
7Jens KeukeleireEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
8Jürgen RoelandtsLotto Soudals.t.
9Edvald Boasson HagenAstana Pro Teams.t.
10John DegenkolbTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
11Caleb EwanUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Teams.t.
12Lars BoomTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
13Geraint ThomasTeam Skys.t.
14Mathew HaymanTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
15Andrey AmadorCattelan Italias.t.
16Ramunas NavardauskasCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
17Diego UlissiMovistar Teams.t.
18Vincent JérômeAg2r La Mondiales.t.
19Gianni MosconCattelan Italias.t.
20Mark CavendishTeam Skys.t.
21Fabio FellineTrek Factory Racings.t.
22Anthony RouxCattelan Italias.t.
23Alexis GougeardBMC Racing Teams.t.
24Alexey LutsenkoAstana Pro Teams.t.
25Simon GeschkeTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
26Jan BakelantsTrek Factory Racings.t.
27Yves LampaertEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
28Oliver NaesenTinkoff-Saxos.t.
29Sylvain ChavanelTeam Europcars.t.
30Jelle WallaysBMC Racing Teams.t.
31Sep VanmarckeEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
32Daniel OssBMC Racing Teams.t.
33Tobias LudvigssonTeam Katushas.t.
34Andrea PasqualonLampre-Merida+02:53
35Ralf MatzkaCattelan Italias.t.
36Marcel KittelFDJs.t.
37Gerald CiolekTinkoff-Saxos.t.
38Alejo OubiñaMovistar Teams.t.
39Haritz OrbeTeam Katushas.t.
40Andrea GuardiniAstana Pro Teams.t.
41Erwann CorbelCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
42Lance McAuleyTrek Factory Racings.t.
43Taylor PhinneyBMC Racing Teams.t.
44Roger KlugeTeam Europcars.t.
45Jasper StuyvenLotto Soudals.t.
46Jasha SütterlinMovistar Teams.t.
47Florian SénéchalTeam Skys.t.
48Cédric PineauEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
49Eros CapecchiAstana Pro Teams.t.
50Niki TerpstraEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
51Bruno MaltarCattelan Italias.t.
52Matteo MontagutiAstana Pro Teams.t.
53Blel KadriCaja Rural - Seguros RGAs.t.
54Ian StannardTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
55Andrew FennTeam Skys.t.
56Yoann OffredoAg2r La Mondiales.t.
57Davide MalacarneAstana Pro Teams.t.
58Jérémy RoyBretagne - Séché Environnements.t.
59Phil BauhausBora - Argon 18s.t.
60Luke RoweTeam Skys.t.
61André GreipelTeam Katushas.t.
62Davide CimolaiMovistar Teams.t.
63Zico WaeytensLotto Soudals.t.
64Gregory DanielTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
65Lukas SpenglerIAM Cyclings.t.
66Silvan DillierBMC Racing Teams.t.
67Alex DowsettMovistar Teams.t.
68Rohan DennisBMC Racing Teams.t.
69Marc SarreauAg2r La Mondiales.t.
70Stig BroeckxLotto Soudals.t.
71Guillaume Van KeirsbulckEtixx - Quick-steps.t.
72Marco MarcatoTeam Skys.t.
73Jan MaasTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
74Damien GaudinFDJs.t.
75Jan GhyselinckLotto Soudals.t.
76Nelson OliveiraLampre-Meridas.t.
77Rory De TrochTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
78Gert JoeaarAg2r La Mondiales.t.
79Joey RosskopfTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
80Timo RoosenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
81Onder Van LaereCofidis, Solutions Créditss.t.
82Sebastian LangeveldTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.

So, what does this mean? Hard to tell. He's 25 now, so he should be coming into his finest years slowly. What can be expect for the next decade? An Antonio Andolini show? I, for one, am looking forward to what else this giant of the sport can do.

I'm already writing him down for next season for at least two monuments and another world title. And that's playing it safe.

Captain Bike Racer approves.
Ando is just winning when and where he wants, very impressive! Also, very nice piece of writing!
What a win! Again! Surely he will have some great ambitions for the future seasons!
He does what he wants, he does what he wants, Antonio "The Hobbit" Badger, he does what he wants!:lol:
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Move aside Peter. Ando is now coming for your "PCM.Daily Favourite Cyclist" awards as well. :lol:
Ian Butler
... thank you Photofucked for ruining five years worth of stories
Ya that is just so shitty !
Not another story ruined by photobucket Frown
I hope you can fix this Sad I don't want Antonio to go yet
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There's just so much winning everywhere for Antonio! Hopefully you can find a way to make the show go on Sad
Ian Butler
Because of this Photobucket thing, this thread is done. Antonio's saga continues here. I have re-uploaded the pictures of the first two posts on another site, though, so you can still get the basic introduction here and the palmares for now.
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