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Title: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Joe Martin Stage Race)
Post by: Leadbelly on November 30, 2016, 11:14
Welcome to America!

I figure we'll have separate threads for the higher ranked races:

San Juan
Costa Rica (the new one)
Winston Salem
Utah
Colorado
Alberta

...and leave this thread for the many .2 events. Any help/contributions will be much appreciated and if you have a burning desire to do a preview for any of the races then feel free.

ps. No California as it's WT move means it is no longer part of the American Tour.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on November 30, 2016, 12:14
Vuelta al Tachira 13th - 22nd January

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Stage 1  »  Circuito San Cristobal - Tariba (102.9km)

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Stage 2  »  San Rafael - Borota (134.1km)

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Stage 3  »  Circuito San Cristobal (115.2km)

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Stage 4  »  Santa Ana del Táchira - Santa Barbara de Barinas (165.2km)

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Stage 5  »  Socopo - Santo Domingo (141.7km)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cy2h7gRW8AA3YUc.jpg)

Stage 6  »  Mérida - Tovar (134km)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cy2nTFgWIAAm_Zq.jpg)

Stage 7  »  Santa Cruz de Mora - La Grita (171.6km)

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Stage 8  »   La Fria - Casa del Padre (129.7km)

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Stage 9  »   Ureña - Cerro Cristo Rey (103.5km)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Cy23Rz2WIAAKDl6.jpg)

Stage 10  »  Circuito Rubio - San Cristobal (94.2km)

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Start list:

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Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on November 30, 2016, 13:25
The route is not set in stone yet I think, there was talk of wanting to get the finish at Casa del Padre in as well, but there has been problems there in the past with drunk and violent fans. However the general consensus seems to be that this could one of the toughest Vueltas in a while.

Last year for example the climbing days were interspersed with flatter days for the sprinters/break and thus gave a chance for the GC men to recover. Going by the profiles you can see that won't happening this year. Stages seven through to nine will be crucial. In theory stage six is an MTF too, but it's a very easy one, so unfortunately you can't really say that there are five tough days in a row.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on November 30, 2016, 13:29
https://twitter.com/luisfverde/status/801076326446886912

Could it be Rujano's last race?
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: search on November 30, 2016, 13:43
again?! :D
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: LukasCPH on November 30, 2016, 14:12
Could it be Rujano's last race?
Nah. We've thought that for what feels like half a dozen years now.
Rujanito will soldier on! :)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on December 02, 2016, 18:09
https://twitter.com/el_carabobeno/status/804734391406604288

He'll be skipping the build up races (Bramon etc) to be in the best possible shape for the Vuelta.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on December 03, 2016, 05:31
https://twitter.com/FVCiclismo/status/804805274871730176

Looks like they found room for Casa del Padre. Stage two is different as well.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on December 09, 2016, 08:59
http://ve.ciclismototal.net/noticias/item/3569-record-de-participantes-en-la-vuelta-al-tachira-2017

No doubt this list will change before January, but these are the current competing teams:

*ve

Gobernación de Mérida
Gobernación de Lara
Gobierno del Zulia
Gobernación de Barinas
Gobierno de Carabobo
FundaCarabobo
Nueva Esparta Alcaldía de Mariño
Gobierno de Nueva Esparta
Café Flor de Patria
Policía de Trujillo
Gobierno de Yaracuy
Cavebici Yaracuy
JHS Aves
Grupo JHS
Fundación Misael Silva
Lotería del Táchira
Kino Táchira
La Viña
Fundata
IDT Fona, Ona

*co

Aroma y Tanga
JB Ropa Deportiva
Fundación Hernán Buenahora
HyF Colombia

*cl

Regional de Chile

*mx

Arenas Tlax – Mex

*it

Androni Giocattoli Sidermec

*do

Aero Cicling Team

*de

Team Spoirs Fachklink Dr. Herzog (a cancer hospital if you want to know)

*ch

Selección de Suiza
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on December 09, 2016, 09:17
*ve

Lotería del Táchira
Kino Táchira


http://ve.ciclismototal.net/noticias/item/3566-loteria-del-tachira-un-equipo-que-pedalea-por-subsistir

You may remember that both of these teams were reported as being in serious financial trouble a few months back. Their presence here would suggest that those have been somewhat alleviated, but as the article says, some of their riders may not be in the best shape after what they have been through.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: LukasCPH on December 09, 2016, 10:26
*de

Team Spoirs Fachklink Dr. Herzog (a cancer hospital if you want to know)
They're an U23 Bundesliga team (non-UCI) from Hessen. One of the best German teams below Conti level, I would say.
Great to see them make a trip to Táchira. :cool
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on December 15, 2016, 19:54
https://twitter.com/FVCiclismo/status/809482494370283520

Look who's back to winning ways.

His ban actually ended nearly a year ago, but he didn't race Tachira in 2016. It will be interesting to see if he is selected this time round.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on December 19, 2016, 09:01
https://twitter.com/zciclismo/status/810594211296854016

.....and he held on to take the overall. Stage wins went to Briceno, Salinas, Flores and Rodriguez. Overall a very strong performance from the JHS Aves team - all six of their riders in the top-14 of GC.

Bramon is the next build-up race and starts on the 27th.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on December 30, 2016, 18:44
JHS Aves upped their game even more at Bramon, but are they peaking too early?

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C04n-73XAAAwYRe.jpg)

Two stage wins for the team from Monsalve and Rodriguez, three of the top four in GC, best team classement (obviously) and U23 winner for Mendoza.

The other stage wins went to Roniel Campos and Eduin Becerra.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 03, 2017, 09:38
*de

Team Spoirs Fachklink Dr. Herzog (a cancer hospital if you want to know)

*ch

Selección de Suiza

https://twitter.com/LnDeportes/status/816117036837457920

Both have withdrawn at the last minute. The Swiss for financial reasons and the Germans "claiming the lack of a good physical condition". Hmmmmmmmmm.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: LukasCPH on January 03, 2017, 12:50
Both have withdrawn at the last minute. The Swiss for financial reasons and the Germans "claiming the lack of a good physical condition". Hmmmmmmmmm.
:fp

Why would a team enter a race in Venezuela if they don't have the funds to get there?! :fp
And why would a rider who's supposed to do a UCI race in early January celebrate Christmas?! :P
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 03, 2017, 14:36
https://twitter.com/zciclismo/status/816262728105033728

Chavarria won't be back to defend his title after all. Health reasons.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 03, 2017, 14:41
http://ovaciondeportes.com/opinion/fgonzalez/quienes-son-los-llamados-a-pelear-por-la-vuelta-al-tachira/

The favourites according to Ovacion Deportes (obviously written before the news about Chavarria).

Hopefully we'll get a provisional start list soon.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 05, 2017, 19:15
http://crciclismo.com/2017/01/04/el-equipo-del-nestle-giant-ausente-en-la-vuelta-tachira-2017/

The real reason Nestle aren't back to defend their title? Tit for tat pettiness of course.

A Venezuelan team wasn't invited to Costa Rica, so initially the Venezuelans said they wouldn't pay air fares for the defending champ's team and then when Nestle made noises about buying their own tickets, they just withdrew the previous invitation completely.

So this is why Chavarria was trying to get the gig with the Colombia team. I just wonder if his "flu" was Nestle trying to have the final word.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 05, 2017, 19:27
http://lanaciondeportes.com/noticias/extranjeros-a-la-vista/

#androni

Iván Sosa
Kevin Rivera
Mattia Frapporti
Rafaello Bonusi
Andrea Palini
Marco Benfatto

The addition of an extra day to San Juan won't hurt Androni after all, as they're taking different riders to each race.

#teammx

Víctor Pérez
Bernardo Colex
Jesús Ortiz
Daniel Balsero
Kristian Yustre
Álvaro Saiz
José Pérez
Valentín Arenas

Six from these eight I guess.

H&F

Edwin Parra
Luis Largo
Pedro Torres
Diego Ruiz
Jader Betancurt
Jhoan Robayo
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 06, 2017, 22:04
http://lacalle.com.ve/jhs-con-grandes-ambiciones-en-la-vuelta-al-tachira-2017/

JHS Aves: Yonathan Monsalve (Todo Terreno), Manuel Medina (Escalador), Jhorman Flores (Escalador), Jackson Rodríguez (Media Montaña), José Mendoza (Sub.23, Escalador), Maky Román (Escalador).

Fundación Misael Silva Roa: Brandon Leira (Gregario), Héctor Valderrama (Sub. 23, Gregario), Omar Moreno (Sub. 23, Gregario), José Moreno (Gregario), Isaac Yaguaro (Velocista) Yorman Fuentes (Velocista).

Grupo JHS: Jimmy Briceño (Escalador), Nelson Camargo (Escalador), Luis Díaz (Escalador), Carlos Torres (Media Montaña), Wilmen Bravo (Velocista), José Marquéz (Escalador)

Briceno gets the nod to ride for Grupo JHS.

One other thing I take from that article is that the three teams mentioned (JHS Aves, Fundación Misael Silva Roa and Grupo JHS) all seem to ride under the JHS umbrella. Now aren't there meant to be UCI rules about that? Of course we've had in previous years two teams riding in support of Rujano (Gobernación de Mérida and Fundacion Rujano)....

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 06, 2017, 22:13
http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/ciclismo/invertidos-mas-bs-16-millones-equipos-aurinegros-para-vuelta-al-tachira-2017/

Kino Táchira

Jhonatan Salinas
Jhon Navas
Jesús Pérez
Edwin Becerra
Pedro Gutiérrez
Juan Ruiz

Lotería del Táchira

Ronald González
Juan Murillo
Carlos Molina
José Alarcón
Miguel Ubeto
Henry Meneses

Ubeto just keeps on going like the Duracell bunny.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 10, 2017, 16:30
One other thing I take from that article is that the three teams mentioned (JHS Aves, Fundación Misael Silva Roa and Grupo JHS) all seem to ride under the JHS umbrella. Now aren't there meant to be UCI rules about that? Of course we've had in previous years two teams riding in support of Rujano (Gobernación de Mérida and Fundacion Rujano)....

http://ve.ciclismototal.net/item/3598-la-vuelta-al-tachira-o-el-anti-ciclismo

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The foreign teams that come to Venezuela always complain about the same thing. It is not possible to compete well, 6, 7 or 8 cyclists against 12, 14, 16 or more. It is to play a soccer game of 5 against 11, the numerical difference distorts the competition, overvalues ​​the Venezuelan cyclists and accustoms them to run on a false basis and when they have to run real cycling come the disappointments.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 12, 2017, 10:11
https://twitter.com/GOLESITOO/status/819476273487609856

Provisional start list (just about readable).
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: FieryAssassin on January 12, 2017, 23:18
It looks to be a great race this year. Does anyone know it will be streamed anywhere?
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2017, 05:19
It looks to be a great race this year. Does anyone know it will be streamed anywhere?

It's usually just a finish line cam, but I have a memory of very bad heli shots in the past, so we can but hope.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2017, 05:26
(http://i65.tinypic.com/iyd194.png)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/xky5g4.png)

That should be a bit more readable. :)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2017, 18:21
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2EdrqcWIAEoEFB.jpg)

He's dyed his hair again.

Stage starts in ~10 minutes.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 13, 2017, 20:54
https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/820009489315352579

Can't be that far to go.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2017, 09:15
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2He4jWUkAACQfK.jpg)

Androni won the sprint from the peloton too, so they had all bases covered.



http://vueltaaltachira.com/ganando-la-etapa-circuito/

Today's finish in Borota is a new one for the race I believe. Small group finish after a short descent from the MTF? I'll go with Monsalve.

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2017, 09:17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwIXfd8iVfo

Talking heads till 5m30. Finish at 8m17.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2017, 14:17
https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/820272581177655296

Earlier start today. Racing has been underway for ~45 minutes.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2017, 16:45
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2JOp-MVQAAuSCY.jpg)

Under 10km to this.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2017, 16:52
https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/820312211788890116

Rodriguez and Diaz aren't on the same JHS team, but let's see if they help each other.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2017, 17:16
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2JdYmYXUAElD0p.jpg)

https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/820315792571035649

Rodriguez was first over the KoM too. There was a tweet that said the gap back to the peloton was ~3 minutes, but it could have shrunk by the time they got to the line.

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 14, 2017, 21:18
I think we can wave win #5 goodbye (or at least until the hype train builds up steam again for 2018).

39   Jose RUJANO      Gob Merida FundaRujano   +00:03:32

Sosa and Aular both showing good legs to finish in the select group of nine riders at 2m41.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 15, 2017, 07:17
So this is why Chavarria was trying to get the gig with the Colombia team. I just wonder if his "flu" was Nestle trying to have the final word.

http://crciclismo.com/2017/01/14/joseph-chavarria-hace-tiempo-que-queria-ganar-y-hoy-se-me-dio/

He can't be that sick if he's out winning MTB races.  :lll
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 15, 2017, 07:21
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbfjvtjbzoc
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 15, 2017, 20:19
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2PLHVHWIAAUeAG.jpg)

http://vueltaaltachira.com/nava-defendio-la-camiseta-lider-frente-los-ataques-del-grupo-jhs/

Allegedly there were 150k spectators for this circuit around San Cristobal.  :o



Monsalve has to be good enough for a move back to Europe, but does he want to?
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 16, 2017, 09:04
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxRzAqzgf7M
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 16, 2017, 16:33
https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/821029736956760065

Nava's team (Kino Tachira) are working to bring it back.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 16, 2017, 20:41
https://twitter.com/ciclismoenlinea/status/821088083730984961

They fell 9 seconds short of catching them. Benfatto winning the sprint from the peloton.

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 17, 2017, 09:26
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo8Zy7tjovk

Action starts at 4m10. Finish at 11m35

Small crash in the sprint from the break ripples down to a much bigger crash in the peloton.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 17, 2017, 17:33
https://twitter.com/ECOSDELTORBES/status/821409838399967233

Some tweets are saying Medina is out in front with Rujano chasing.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 17, 2017, 17:54
https://twitter.com/contacto937/status/821414733874155520

Flores second and then some confusion with either Sosa or Monsalve third. Roughly ten riders coming in together.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 18, 2017, 05:26
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=He3xnjylLTA



http://vueltaaltachira.com/john-nava-mostro-casta-lider-salinas/

A good effort from Nava to actually extend his lead. It should be a relatively easy stage today before they really head back into the mountains for the three days after that.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 18, 2017, 18:23
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2eBtBLW8AAL7Up.jpg)

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 19, 2017, 18:36
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2jYjRYXgAAkYyj.jpg)



A 1-2 for Kino Tachira in the GC now. Not sure who can challenge them, but with no time for recovery before Casa del Padre tomorrow and Cerro Cristo Rey the day after, it probably isn't fully decided just yet.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 11:11
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69QACfeGZbM

Highlights are falling a bit behind, this is for stage 6.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 14:37
https://twitter.com/ECOSDELTORBES/status/822452169706209282
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 15:59
https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/822471243307880448

The four sprints are out of the way, so onto some serious climbing. Only nine left from the initial break.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 16:10
https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/822475808660983809

Rujano dropped already.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 16:18
https://twitter.com/vzlamultisport/status/822477469974401027

Those three are 1m20 clear of the peloton going over the GPM. Certainly Abreu and Briceno were part of the break, not sure if Diaz bridged or not.

JHS have been attacking from the peloton, but no luck so far.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 16:52
They were caught. Now Mendoza is nearly a minute off the front, but more importantly...

https://twitter.com/vzlamultisport/status/822486110622384128

Campos in trouble too.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 17:04
All change again. :D

https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/822488979064950786

5km to go. Monsalve was 1m13 down on Salinas.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 17:12
This is ridiculous. Another change out front.

https://twitter.com/MatamorosEdwin/status/822491337228435457

30-40 seconds ahead of Salinas. COMO UNA MOTO!!! :lol
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2017, 17:41
The moto ran out of gas. According to one tweet Salinas, Monsalve, Flores and Briceno pretty much came in together with Sosa 30 seconds adrift.

https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/822493915777560579



Salinas takes over the leadership.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2017, 08:42
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i92eEwRD9iY

Stage 7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21eoiIRCoLc

Stage 8. At 2m02 they get up to their yearly antics.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2017, 14:21
The penultimate stage is underway, but first of all more drama from yesterday.

http://ve.ciclismototal.net/noticias/item/3663-fabian-uquillas-saboteo-la-carrera

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The president of the Sports Institute of Táchira and Sport Táchira, responsible bodies of four teams (including the leader's team - Kino Tachira) in competition of the Vuelta al Táchira, again enters the controversy, this time for obstructing the action of the cyclist Roniel Campos in the eighth stage (his white-colored vehicle hindered the mechanical assistance to the rider Roniel Campos so that he could not change the wheel of his bicycle) and also having four Runners expelled from the competition for being "towed" on the ascent to Casa del Padre

The four expelled riders were Pedro Gutiérrez, Jesús Pérez, Juan Ruiz y Carlos Molina (three from Kino), but what difference will it make when you have four teams riding for you?

Also hit with 20 second time penalties were Yonathan Monsalve, Jhorman Flores, Jimmy Briceño, Luis Díaz, Jackson Rodríguez and Roniel Campos. Reasons unknown - possibly just for being rivals of Salinas.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2017, 14:23
https://twitter.com/Ciclismototal/status/822798660358512642

No Rujano today. The last we'll see of him? ;)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2017, 16:01
https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/822833596679487488

They've just gone over the third KoM, so under 10km to go.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2017, 16:12
https://twitter.com/vzlamultisport/status/822838568448040962

3 from the combined JHS teams vs Salinas
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2017, 16:21
https://twitter.com/lavueltadeoro/status/822839958511747072



Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 22, 2017, 10:52
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=os53K1fKQsM

Salvatore Poochio coming from nowhere to finish sixth. Note Monsalve celebrating Briceno's win.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 22, 2017, 16:51
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2ydjz0XAAk580A.jpg)



(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C2ycWJdWgAA8vuH.jpg)



Sosa fell down the GC a bit after his stage 9 performance, but you're allowed that when you are still just 19. Looks to have a good future.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta al Tachira)
Post by: Leadbelly on January 23, 2017, 14:47
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B0pPf1jwCFc

Next up for the thread is the Vuelta Independencia which starts at the end of February.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 14, 2017, 15:17
Vuelta Independencia 26th February - 5th March

(http://i64.tinypic.com/35i116q.png)

Stage 1  »  Mirador Sur TTT (20km)

Stage 2  »  Circuito Villa Altagracia (138km)

Stage 3  »  San Cristóbal – San Juan de la Maguana  (163km)

Stage 4  »  Santo Domingo – El Seibo (173km)

Stage 5  »  Santo Domingo – Samaná (191km)

Stage 6  »  Samaná - San Francisco de Macorís (135.8km)

Stage 7  »  Moca - Constanza (136km)

Stage 8  »   Circuito Santiago (104km)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 14, 2017, 15:23
Competing teams (subject to change):

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C4XbMCxWcAQR6c4.jpg)

You can't accuse Independencia of not inviting enough foreign teams.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 14, 2017, 18:28
JB ROPA DEPORTIVA

http://jbropadeportiva.com/web/jb-ropa-deportiva-presente-en-la-vuelta-independencia-en-republica-dominicana/

Kevin Sepulveda
Maikol Henao
Jhonatan Sarmiento
Cristian Torres
Sebastien Caicedo
Cristian Gutierrez
Anderson Paredes
Fernando Briceño

Torres was ninth last year when riding for Foundation, Sepulveda could be good for a stage or two and Paredes (12th in Tachira) is a youngster to watch out for. He's off to join Cartucho.es-Magro in Spain after the race - the fourth(?) Venezuelan riding there.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 15, 2017, 20:50
https://twitter.com/MatamorosEdwin/status/831905177930235904

These guys had a disappointing Tachira. Delgado was the best finisher for them in 16th place, but they're a lot better than that suggests. If we look further back, just the one extra year, we find Jorge Abreu in 2nd, Rojas in 3rd, Delgado in 4th and both Molina and Daniel Abreu in the top twenty.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 17, 2017, 16:07
https://twitter.com/ScottAmbrose2/status/832590935951290370

It must be the devo team riding then and not the PCT outfit (unless Ambrose has transferred).
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 26, 2017, 07:44
Last year the race had a great website, but it's not been updated for 2017.....

So no profiles and not even a start list yet. TTT later on today, I assume it will follow the same format as last year and just give set GC gaps (5 seconds) between the teams.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 26, 2017, 20:12
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C5m20LuUoAA3YeA.jpg)

ACT won half the stages in last year's event and who knows, that vein of form could continue in 2017.



Since PCS doesn't like TTTs, the result is:

1st Aero
2nd Inteja
3rd JB Ropa
4th Global Cycling Team
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 27, 2017, 09:56
(http://i68.tinypic.com/1dzf3n.png)

Well, rightly or wrongly they have decided to go with the GC gaps being the same as the stage gaps. So advantage Sanchez from the gun.

Start List (http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Vuelta_Independencia_Nacional_Republica_Dominicana_2017_Stage_1_Startlist)

No Beltran for Inteja, but they do have Brenes. Elsewhere Turpin shows up for Velo Passion Caraibe, Ubeto and Chacon for Ccd Carene Cycling and Brand is riding for Novo Nordisk Devo.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 27, 2017, 10:08
https://twitter.com/h24cycling/status/836040801834631169

Herbalife race report, though there is more moaning than anything else.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: LukasCPH on February 27, 2017, 12:27
Herbalife race report, though there is more moaning than anything else.
If they hate it so much, why do they go? :S
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 27, 2017, 19:47
If they hate it so much, why do they go? :S

That's what I was wondering, but maybe they'll have a Damascene conversion on the road to errr El Seibo.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BZpbXq456Jg

TTT highlights.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 27, 2017, 19:58
https://twitter.com/zikloland/status/836291028239929344

Inteja off the mark! Video of the sprint with an excited crowd in the link. I did wonder why Torres is riding here and not in LA, but the team won't be worried about that.



Torres, Taveras and Milan amongst others were part of a break and the bonuses they picked up are partly the reason why there are a few changes in the GC. The other reason is some gaps in the sprint - Isamel Sanchez, Cruz and a few others lost a little bit of time.

Capellan the previous leader was a DNF.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: LukasCPH on February 27, 2017, 20:05
I did wonder why Torres is riding here and not in LA, but the team won't be worried about that.
What's in LA?
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 27, 2017, 20:15
What's in LA?

http://trackworldcupla.com/
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: LukasCPH on February 27, 2017, 21:12
http://trackworldcupla.com/
Pshaw. Who puts on a track World Cup in late February?! :S
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 28, 2017, 08:48
The other reason is some gaps in the sprint - Isamel Sanchez, Cruz and a few others lost a little bit of time.

Now amended. Must have been a crash.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 28, 2017, 08:59
https://youtu.be/zP8l0NKBOqE

Stage two highlights.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 28, 2017, 16:09
https://www.instagram.com/p/BRD6Nymgmkm/

A stage profile and an update!

(http://i63.tinypic.com/15pk8w0.png)

Augusto Sanchez (2nd in GC) with a minutes gap on the peloton.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 28, 2017, 17:28
https://twitter.com/ciclismord1/status/836624126987108352

Under 20km to go.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on February 28, 2017, 18:31


https://www.facebook.com/aroypedal/videos/10155047278507389/

We just about catch Rolly crossing the line in the clip with a reduced peloton not far behind - I'd say ~35 riders there.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 01, 2017, 05:46
Sam Brand the only Novo Nordisk Devo rider to make the front group. :cool

Stage result and GC aren't 100% correct above (yet). A few names missing. Gregory is still up there.

https://youtu.be/m8Jkt3YBk-w
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 02, 2017, 05:38
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C53e9moVUAEKFtR.jpg)

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 02, 2017, 05:46
https://youtu.be/Ytm9DmAa57o

Today's stage profile:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C54MhXHVAAAOihl.jpg)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 02, 2017, 18:54
https://www.facebook.com/ciclismo.rdjavier/posts/433764726967789

25km to go. Sanchez in the virtual lead. Tagging along with him for the moment are riders from Team Ecuador and JB Ropa (?).
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 02, 2017, 21:01
https://www.facebook.com/ciclismo.rdjavier/posts/433792200298375



Paredes looks strong, but he's still got the deficit from the TTT to make back.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: search on March 02, 2017, 21:14
ah, Turpin is still around, even doing (and winning in) other races but Guadeloupe again. Good to see :)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 03, 2017, 07:48
https://youtu.be/2XVAzathlRI

and for later on today:

(http://i64.tinypic.com/ibdjzs.png)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 04, 2017, 08:53
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6B_B6GWAAEONz9.jpg)

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 04, 2017, 09:08
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijlbqlGQ8hs

If you watch the finish at 17m00 you'll see it was just a guy with a chequered flag and no crowds about to cheer the riders on. The reason for this is that the finish took place at the 3km mark. The people to blame? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (AMET).

http://www.diariolibre.com/deportes/ciclismo/ismael-sanchez-mantiene-la-defensa-de-su-liderato-de-la-vuelta-independencia-LD6467782

Quote
The president of the Dominican Federation of Cycling, Jorge Blas Diaz, expressed his concern about the lack of attention of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (AMET), headed by General Frener Bello Arias. Laetapa had to finish in front of the Park Duarte in San Francisco, but the poor collaboration of the place Amet led to him to finish 3 km before, reason why it was in 132.8

La Vuelta is at risk in terms of its international evaluation, as this circuit is supervised by a commissioner sent by the International Cycling Union. "If we do not find this provision of the Ministry of Public Works

Three units of the Military Commission of the Ministry of Public Works and the Minister of Sports, Danilo Diaz, have the Vuelta saved, according to Blas. It is not possible that "this event has so many problems with security," he said. "We will be a disgrace to Russia, Germany, Holland, France, Switzerland, who are here. Every representation of the international countries that see all this disorder, that the authorities (of Amet) do not help us. For us it's a shame. "

Trust that for the remaining two days of the tour, safety, a key element of a Tour, does not result in a problem. Never before had the Vuelta had this difficulty and even the director of Amet appointed a colonel as security manager. La Vuelta, currently, does not have a team of franchisors, which has not existed at any stage, except the local staff only for the departures and some of the arrival.

The Vuelta is "excellent," Blas said, it's just the safety aspect, but "can we do nothing?"

He regretted what happened at the arrival, because the stage was very well prepared, not so the order of the vehicles, some of which were withdrawn, but still with half an hour left three cars in the goal area.

Ironically Amet's agent called him later to tell him that everything was ready, but it had been minutes since the riders had reached the goal.

In days past, he said, he visited the San Francisco carnival, where he is from, and the "February 27 was clean, not a single vehicle, since closed in the morning, because there was carnival in the afternoon."

On the work of the Military Commission of Public Works, he defined it as: "these people have saved the Vuelta, if we do not find those people with the disposition and the delivery that they are doing, we would be ugly, ugly, ugly. Those people throw themselves and do not give anyone a chance ", other than the tour to penetrate the caravan)

Today is the queen stage.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/33w73eu.png)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: LukasCPH on March 04, 2017, 12:01
If you watch the finish at 17m00 you'll see it was just a guy with a chequered flag and no crowds about to cheer the riders on. The reason for this is that the finish took place at the 3km mark. The people to blame? The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (AMET).
:fp :angry :fp :angry

This is a nice race in theory. But stuff like that isn't going to make the teams they need to get traction even consider coming here.
And it's not even the organisers' fault. :fp
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 04, 2017, 16:44
(http://i68.tinypic.com/9u41ma.png)

Today's break. Torres and Brenes are there for Inteja, but the presence of two riders for JB Ropa could be more interesting from a GC point of view as the team will surely try something with Paredes.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 04, 2017, 18:16
https://twitter.com/bicicentrofans/status/838088074622025728

Sanchez goes solo. The last update had him two minutes ahead of Cruz with a group of five further behind him.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 05, 2017, 09:21
https://twitter.com/Diario_Libre/status/838174467637592066

Quote
Ismael Sánchez established himself as "Master and Lord of the Mountains"

A large number of engine supporters accompanied him on the road

Up to their old tricks again.


Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 05, 2017, 09:24
https://youtu.be/5iVf57m5hIg
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 06, 2017, 05:31
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C6Mw1hcWgAAEJhr.jpg)



Torres twice missing out on more stage wins due to a solo rider.

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 06, 2017, 05:32
https://youtu.be/K4V1OXWT5Fc
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Vuelta Independencia)
Post by: LukasCPH on March 06, 2017, 10:12
Up to their old tricks again.
Wouldn't be the same without them!
Now the question is if they interfered with his effort in any way, giving him slipstream speeding ahead of him excitedly and/or pushing him trying to touch their hero.
I guess we'll never know. :dizzy
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Joe Martin Stage Race)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 19, 2017, 09:38
Joe Martin Stage Race 30th March - 2nd April

(http://i66.tinypic.com/n3u52a.png)

Stage 1  »  Devil's Den TT (4.82km)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/ekfexe.png)

http://www.mapmyride.com/routes/view/1038270107

Stage 2  »  Fayetteville - Fayetteville (176.8km)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/1z1bjex.png)

https://www.strava.com/routes/7740602

https://www.strava.com/routes/7732413

NEW FINISH in 2017. The finishing straight has a 8% uphill grade over the last 400 meters.

Stage 3  »  Fayetteville - Fayetteville  (181.4km)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/b65zsn.png)

https://www.strava.com/routes/7732121

Same loop as in previous years, but different start/finish. The men do four loops.

Stage 4  »  Fayetteville Criterium (85 minutes)

(http://i64.tinypic.com/10r73hj.png)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Joe Martin Stage Race)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 19, 2017, 10:11
https://www.bikereg.com/Confirmed/33057

Competing teams:

UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling (Acevedo and Haedo)

Aevolo Cycling (Burke and Villalobos)
Axeon Hagens Berman (Curran and Oliveira)
Cylance Cycling (Murphy and Marcotte)
Elevate-KHS Pro Cycling
H&R Block Pro Cycling Team (Disera)
Holowesko|Citadel|Hincapie (Carpenter, Magner and Murphy)
Rally Cycling (Huffman and Joyce)   
Silber Pro Cycling (Roth and Ellsay)

303 Project
Above and Beyond Cancer PB Scheels
Arapahoe Resources (Padilla)
CRCA/Foundation (Weaver)
ELBOWZ Racing p/b Synergy.O
Gateway Harley-Davidson Trek U25 Development Team
Project Echelon Racing
Support Clean Sport / SeaSucker / Guttenplan Coaching (Hartrich and Miller)
Team ERRACE
Team Novo Nordisk Development
TORONTO HUSTLE (Murphy and Varabei)
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Joe Martin Stage Race)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 20, 2017, 19:21
Silber and UHC were facing off at the weekend in the Tuscon Bicycle Classic. From the other Joe Martin starters only Toronto Hustle sent a full team, but there were a few appearances from others (Dal-Cin for example) just riding on their own.

There were only three stages: TT, road stage and a circuit.

Roth won the 5.1km TT and Silber dominated the standings with three riders in the top-5. Piccoli (Tour of Tobago winner) was second at 12s, but the nearest big danger was McCabe back at 26s.

UHC hit back on stage 2.

http://clippedin.bike/tbc-day-2-uhc-launches-to-catch-break-in-final-lap-rally-secures-yellow-jersey/

Quote
Daniel Eaton and I and [Lucas Sebastian] Haedo went to the front and just slammed it and sent it right there in a split, and all of a sudden it was just the five of us – me, Eaton, Chad [Beyer] and two Silber guys,” McCabe said.

McCabe said he and his team knew Silber Pro Cycling Team was working hard and that Silber hit the panic button to catch a break of about nine riders. Once UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling knew the break was down to two and a half minutes, McCabe said they went for it after crossing the railroad tracks with less than 20 miles to go.

“Everyone was just kind of working really well, and we ended up catching the guys who had been out there all day long, and we were still fresh,” McCabe said. “Rode hard, caught them and then it was still racing from there on out to the finish.”

Ellsay took over the lead, but he didn't have the large advantage over McCabe that Roth had had and it proved on the final day not to be enough as the Blue Train delivered McCabe to a second win (with bonuses).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eY6N9HB7kkk

https://twitter.com/GordFraser/status/843548554702422016

Gord was disappointed, but McCabe seems in really good form so far this year and crucially he won't be at Joe Martin (according to the start list). So I think he should still be fairly happy with the performance especially by some of the new guys on the team.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Joe Martin Stage Race)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 23, 2017, 10:30
The San Dimas Stage Race this weekend is the final build up event before Joe Martin.

In fact I shouldn't really call it a build up event as it is a proper race in it's own right, but just not a UCI one. However it's parcour almost mirrors Joe Martin so it is ideal prep and should give us an idea (from the teams that are competing) who we might see towards the pointy end next week.

http://sdsr.bike/

Quote
The race consists of three exciting stages in three great venues:

• A challenging Time Trial up Glendora Mountain Road (GMR) on Friday, March 24th
• A grueling classic Road Race around Bonelli Park on Saturday, March 25th
• A fast and furious Criterium around downtown San Dimas on Sunday, March 26th

One less stage than Joe Martin, but you can see the similarities.

Competing teams include amongst others:

Cylance
Axeon
Jelly Belly
Elevate

and like Tuscon a few guys riding solo or just with a couple of team mates.

Some names to watch out for include Piccoli, Morton, Oliveira, Carpenter, Curran and Stinky Carl.
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Joe Martin Stage Race)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 25, 2017, 05:29
https://twitter.com/cyclingpaige/status/845393777334272000

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7txUZIVYAAjznt.jpg)

Cylance won the women's TT too.

Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Joe Martin Stage Race)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 26, 2017, 07:37
https://twitter.com/cyclingnutz/status/845808202591612929

....and that was after being in a break too.

https://youtu.be/1wrqozhINOo

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7zwhBnVAAAoeXg.jpg)

Carpenter rises to fourth in the GC and despite the fact that it is a crit today, the overall might still be up for grabs as Cylance are down to three riders (lost three today).
Title: Re: Misc. American Tour Races 2017 (Joe Martin Stage Race)
Post by: Leadbelly on March 27, 2017, 09:51
The overall might still be up for grabs as Cylance are down to three riders (lost three today).

https://twitter.com/axeonhb/status/846192193631129600

....and Stinky Carl got mugged! Axeon, Jelly Belly and Carpenter the main aggressors in the winning break, but it was Brown from Elevate who was the main beneficiary as he also snuck into the group that got away.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C74iOKlVsAEMQl9.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C74klcVVwAAo_rJ.jpg)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C74ku7HU8AAp-YO.jpg)

Five man podiums = overkill.