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Yves Lampaert will be looking for his third straight win here

Who’ll take “momentum” into the weekend? The dumbest concept in all of sports is that of momentum. The way that sportscasters talk about a team or individual having momentum or the tremendous unstoppable force of momentum shifting or momentum-changing plays, etc., is basically just the bullshit narrative element that humans apply to the observable swings of fortunes in sports performance. There is not some cosmic ether that dictates how lucky bounces go or how the tumblers fall, but merely the writers of history and sports just tend to notice these critical links and try to attribute them to some phenomenological force, and more often than not it is attributed to “momentum.” And of course this is mostly fake. In professional bike racing, things are maybe a little bit different. There are indeed true and sometimes even measurable physiological correlates that can present themselves outwardly as having momentum across races. When ...

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