Forum Report: Paris-Roubaix, the Peter Sagan grab, and Alternative On-Bike Food

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The world’s toughest one-day race, the infamous Peter Sagan podium grab, and alternative on-bike food were among the most talked about topics in the Forum during the last seven days.

In the Paris-Roubaix thread, most of the chatter focused on who would emerge victorious at the end of the Hell of the North. The most popular pick was recent Tour of Flanders winner Fabian Cancellara, though many people also cited the possibility of negative race tactics producing a surprise winner akin to Garmin’s Johan Vansummeran in 2011. Another popular name was American Taylor Phinney, who has several victories in the under-23 version of Paris-Roubaix.

Wrote one forum poster: “Excluding time trials, Phinney is probably better suited for Paris-Roubaix than any other race he does on the calendar. He finished 15th last year in his pro debut and he’s in better form this spring (Did you see Milan-San Remo this year?).”

We can’t bet against Cancellara, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if a lesser-known winner does emerge.

One rider missing from the startline in Compiègne will be Cannondale’s Peter Sagan. The Slovak is skipping the final cobbled classic to focus his attention on the hilly Ardennes classics later in the month. Though you cant help but wonder if his team simply wanted to sit the young rider down in order to let the storm pass that was caused by Sagan’s now infamous butt grab on the Tour of Flanders podium.

That incident was certainly a hot topic in the RoadBikeReview forum, which included a lengthy debate on how it should be viewed. Some brushed it off, with one poster writing, “Podium girls, umbrella girls. Not disrespectful to women. Jokingly grabbing ass disrespectful to women? Stupid hypocritical dumb asses abound in this world.”

Others took umbrage, writing,” It was sexist all the way around. Like the guy’s racing but that was an ******* move.” And another posting, “I don’t give him a pass. He is a professional athlete and should realize that the standard for his public conduct is a lot higher than that. Very foolish.”

Whatever the case, Sagan issued a video apology a day later, clearly wishing the whole thing had never happened.

Finally, there was a lively culinary thread dubbed, “Wholesome alternatives to goos, gels” where the posted asked,” Are there any healthy/natural equivalents to gels. Not looking for anything exotic, just something that looks less like it came out of a test tube.”

The answer is of course yes, with suggestions including homemade granola bars, dates, raisins, PB&J sandwiches, bananas, fig newtons, and some less mainstream offering such as almond butter balls. You can see all the suggestions here.

That’s it for this week. But check back next week when we’ll have another round-up of what’s hot in the Forum.

About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the / staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.

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