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Title: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on January 03, 2017, 08:25
https://twitter.com/BayCyclingClass/status/816151925074763776

Gibson, also from JLT-Condor, was second in the GC too.
 
:-x

Stage wins went to Bibby, Hepburn and Ewan.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on February 02, 2017, 20:41
Les Challenges de la Marche Verte

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3pYBeCWQAEa7aI.jpg)

Three one-day races over the next few days.

• GP Sakia El Hamr
• GP Oued Eddahab
• GP Al Massira

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C3pYC_sWAAANX0e.jpg)

Galdoune to pick up a win or two.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on February 03, 2017, 18:18
http://www.tuttobiciweb.it/index.php?page=news&tp=n&cod=97748

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on February 05, 2017, 17:12
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C36oMqAWcAAe2_x.jpg)

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on February 05, 2017, 18:00
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C36oMqAWcAAe2_x.jpg)
An Italian-born Russian winning a race in Morocco for a Turkish team ... :D
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on February 06, 2017, 18:20
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on February 09, 2017, 14:19
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on February 11, 2017, 20:14


https://twitter.com/NiceCyclingTeam/status/830427149509259264

9 degrees sounds quite warm to be honest. Including windchill it must have been minus figures when I cycled into work this morning.

:=B
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on February 13, 2017, 20:53
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on February 26, 2017, 15:49
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on March 10, 2017, 16:40
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Post by: just some guy on March 26, 2017, 07:26
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on March 27, 2017, 08:40
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on March 27, 2017, 10:32
That's some start to the season for JLT.

2016

3 wins
~38 top tens (including GCs)

2017 (not even at the end of March)

6 wins
~43 top 10s (including GCs)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on March 28, 2017, 10:37
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on March 28, 2017, 18:53
They should have more races that finish at 5:25am. That or after 20:00

Bit of a strange finale anyway. MTF finish with some descent at the end?

https://youtu.be/Tk0K4fTdtaU

3h02m50s for the finish. It didn't look the safest last turn in the world for a high speed sprint and the inevitable crash happened. Pujol going down hard with Mirsamad (?) to blame.

https://twitter.com/oscarpujol/status/846717069995388928

No injuries he says, but because of the so called MTF finish he lost a lot of time and splits were given amongst the other riders.



Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on March 29, 2017, 07:14
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Post by: just some guy on March 30, 2017, 08:39


Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on April 05, 2017, 17:39


huge crash 4 km to go

Kittel wins
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 06, 2017, 10:40
Circuit des Ardennes International 7th - 9th April

(http://img.over-blog-kiwi.com/1/49/24/77/20170304/ob_b1ee9a_affiche-circuit-des-ardennes-2017.jpg)

Stage 1  »  ACY-ROMANCE / ACY-ROMANCE (184.5km)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/30kzk07.png)

Stage 2  »  ROCHEHAUT / ROCHEHAUT (181.1km)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/2h3pm2v.png)

Stage 3  »  NOUVION-SUR-MEUSE / FLOING (76.1km)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/osqufa.png)

Stage 4  »  CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES / CHARLEVILLE-MEZIERES (103km)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2rg2rlz.png)


List of competing teams:

WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY-PROTECT

ADRIA MOBIL
AGO AQUASERVICE
ARMEE DE TERRE
AXEON HAGENS BERMAN
HP BTP AUBER 93
LEOPARD PRO CYCLING
ROTH AKROS
ROUBAIX LILLE METROPOLE
SEG RACING ACADEMY
TEAM FELBERMAYR SIMPLON WELS
TEAM JOKER ICOPAL
TEAM VELOCONCEPT
TEAM WIGGINS
WIBATECH 7R FUJI

CC ETUPES
CC NOGENT SUR OISE
CC VILLENEUVE-SAINT-GERMAIN
VC ROUEN 76

EQUIPE NATIONALE U23 ALLEMAGNE

CAJA RURAL SEGUROS RGA
ISRAËL CYCLING ACADEMY DEVELOPMENT
LOTTO SOUDAL
TEAM COLPACK

Start list:

(http://i65.tinypic.com/sy7drd.png)(http://i68.tinypic.com/j7t55k.png)

Lots of up and coming riders plus a few older heads. Direct Velo will have a ticker.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 07, 2017, 12:49
Break: Fabien CANAL (Armée de Terre), Domenic WEINSTEIN (Allemagne), Jon BOZIC (Adria Mobil) et Quentin SIMON (CC Etupes)

Peloton : à 3'10''

WB Veranclassic unsurprisingly doing much of the work in the peloton.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 07, 2017, 13:47
Quick question.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/10hn6tk.png)

I though WT riders couldn't ride .2 races even as part of a National squad. However after a quick perusal of the UCI regulations I couldn't see anything. Have they changed the rule?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on April 07, 2017, 14:33
Quick question.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/10hn6tk.png)

I though WT riders couldn't ride .2 races even as part of a National squad. However after a quick perusal of the UCI regulations I couldn't see anything. Have they changed the rule?

not recently, no. The 2014 version of the "National calendars" rules say "[...] in national events. Only national teams may include riders from a UCI ProTeam or a UCI professional continental team.", with only the "Pro Tour" replaced by "World Tour" in the current rules: "[...] in national events. Only national teams may include riders from a UCI WorldTeam or a UCI professional continental team".

Before 2014... no idea.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 07, 2017, 16:08


Won from an attack in the last couple of km.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on April 07, 2017, 20:16
Quick question.

(http://i65.tinypic.com/10hn6tk.png)

I though WT riders couldn't ride .2 races even as part of a National squad. However after a quick perusal of the UCI regulations I couldn't see anything. Have they changed the rule?
National teams can pick more or less whoever they like, also for .2 races.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 07, 2017, 20:29
Won from an attack in the last couple of km.

...but only with some help.

https://twitter.com/roliveira57/status/850388752778375172

Can't be entirely the moto's fault though Rui, you should have checked the road book too!

https://twitter.com/AuAvigliano/status/850359300291796992

Small gap, but all given the same time.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 07, 2017, 20:31
National teams can pick more or less whoever they like, also for .2 races.

Doesn't seem very fair or good for competition. Next time I'm UCI president that'll be on my list of things to change.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on April 07, 2017, 20:46
...but only with some help.

https://twitter.com/roliveira57/status/850388752778375172

Can't be entirely the moto's fault though Rui, you should have checked the road book too!

on the official website it says the first 3/4th of the field was sent in the wrong direction though, so don't be too harsh with young Oliveira ;)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on April 07, 2017, 20:50
Doesn't seem very fair or good for competition. Next time I'm UCI president that'll be on my list of things to change.
Well ... no.
But it's not as if a French national team rocked up to the Circuit des Ardennes with Démare, Alaphilippe and Gallopin. ;)

This is the Tour du Maroc startlist, yes?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: t-72 on April 07, 2017, 21:45
...but only with some help.

https://twitter.com/roliveira57/status/850388752778375172

Can't be entirely the moto's fault though Rui, you should have checked the road book too!

https://twitter.com/AuAvigliano/status/850359300291796992

Small gap, but all given the same time.

Right...I need to post one more skiing related video then, because the skills lacking in the peloton (finding your way through a critical sequence of turns) is one of the core aspects of alpine skiing.

Learn to visualize and memorize the course from the best :) In this video, Kjetil Jansrud tells you how to race the Kvitfjell downhill. (at about 1 min) As the world cup winner in Super G several years he is probably the best in the world to visualize and memorize how to race a course. In the Super G there are no training runs, but you get to take a look at the course before you start.
https://youtu.be/vYTb-hejiI4

Not only can he recall the sequence, he gets the timing too (2 secs of his own finish time, ~2mins). This is a skill is transferable to cycling and especially sprinters would do well to practice some alpine skiing.  I don't know if #joker Hoelgaard has (I do know that the third Hoelgaard brother, Stian,  is a skier at national level, but he does cross country.

Chapeu #joker!

(note somewhere there is a better video focusing only on this but I cannot find it on the web)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 08, 2017, 18:33
Anyway I bet everybody had a close inspection of the road book today (including the moto drivers!).

I guess one extra thing in Rui's defence is that unless you're really at the absolute front of the peloton it's going to nigh on impossible (and probably exceedingly dangerous) to go right when the rest of the riders want to go left.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on April 08, 2017, 21:31

https://twitter.com/AuAvigliano/status/850359300291796992

Small gap, but all given the same time.

That must be about 5 seconds between 1st and 2nd: how on earth did they give that as same time
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: t-72 on April 08, 2017, 21:36
That's likely a compensation for everybody but #joker Hoelgaard not memorizing the course...
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on April 08, 2017, 23:18
yep, jury decision, everyone in the peloton got the same time as it wasn't (mainly) the riders' fault
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 11, 2017, 08:21
Doesn't seem very fair or good for competition.

After four stages he's now 6m04 ahead of the second placed rider.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 11, 2017, 08:37




55km solo from Zoidl to win the stage.



Narvaez had one worrying moment on the final stage when he and Costa got caught up in a crash, but the team played it cool even though they were a fair bit behind the peloton.

Should be fun to see how the Ecuadorian gets on at the Baby Giro later in the year.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on April 19, 2017, 07:33


Young Lucas Hype train is picking up spreed
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 23, 2017, 20:55
https://twitter.com/CiCLEClassic/status/856157484360376320

https://twitter.com/Scottie_Brown/status/856158419811807232

https://twitter.com/dean0downing/status/856168873195962369

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on April 23, 2017, 21:27
well...  :D

not exactly a first class move by Fleeman, but maybe also a bit naive by young Hayden to believe that anyone wouldn't contest the sprint for the win in a one day race
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on April 23, 2017, 21:37
Yes more than a bit naive.

Vino is probably thinking "Why the hell did I pay those (alleged) thousands to Kolobnev and Uran, when I could have just told them this?!"
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on April 24, 2017, 00:41
Apparently McCormick asked "are you going to sprint?" (which is a silly question, of course he will sprint!), and Fleeman heard "can you sprint?":
http://www.granfondoguide.com/Contents/Index/2656/one-finger-salute-from-one-pro-cycling (http://www.granfondoguide.com/Contents/Index/2656/one-finger-salute-from-one-pro-cycling)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: t-72 on April 28, 2017, 11:45
GP Himmerland Rundt (Danish 1.2 race) is actually livestreamed on Norwegian TV2 "sumo" internet service. Did not know it featured long gravel sections! Bunch splitting quite early, racing is hard :cool

(http://i.imgur.com/zS8u0Lu.png)
#fixit Ken-Levi Eikeland and some 4 others in the break!
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on April 29, 2017, 06:46


Race started with a TTT which *au won by 25 sec with my man Lucas get on the hype train now Hamilton reported as crossing the line 1st in the TTT, but race info is slow to come in
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on April 29, 2017, 06:47
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Post by: just some guy on April 29, 2017, 19:20


Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on April 29, 2017, 19:21
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Post by: just some guy on April 29, 2017, 19:21
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 03, 2017, 10:51
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on May 04, 2017, 07:57
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on May 04, 2017, 10:05
5 ProConti teams in a European 2.2 race! :o
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 04, 2017, 10:48
I did think Caja fielding Roson was taking the pee a bit, but he seems to be either working for others or tired after his exertions in Croatia.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 04, 2017, 11:45
https://twitter.com/tourdaz/status/860080794173362176

Stage two finish approaching fast. Kolss have four in this group, Cycling Academy have two, our Kirill is present along with Nakane, Pernsteiner plus a couple of others. Raining very heavily.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on May 04, 2017, 11:59
https://twitter.com/tourdaz/status/860080794173362176

Stage two finish approaching fast. Kolss have four in this group, Cycling Academy have two, our Kirill is present along with Nakane, Pernsteiner plus a couple of others. Raining very heavily.

Not anymore Our Kirill is on the run

https://twitter.com/BakuCycling/status/860085922351779843
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on May 04, 2017, 12:27
:win

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: just some guy on May 04, 2017, 18:28
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Post by: just some guy on May 05, 2017, 12:22
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Post by: just some guy on May 05, 2017, 17:11


wow U23 *au riding very well at the moment
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Post by: just some guy on May 07, 2017, 08:15
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Post by: just some guy on May 07, 2017, 12:07


Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 18, 2017, 11:22
Ronde de l'Isard 18th - 21st May

(http://www.ronde-isard.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/copy-copy-header_3_logo_date_2017.png)

(http://www.ronde-isard.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Ronde-de-lIsard-2017-Stage-1-profile-1024x448.png)

(http://www.ronde-isard.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Ronde-de-lIsard-2017-Stage-2-profile-1024x448.png)

(http://www.ronde-isard.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Ronde-de-lIsard-2017-Stage-3-profile-1024x448.png)

(http://www.ronde-isard.fr/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Ronde-de-lIsard-2017-Stage-4-profile-1024x448.png)

Start List:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAGi60OV0AAry2I.jpg)

Got a trio of big climbing races for youngsters coming up over the next couple of months. Ronde de l'Isard starts today, the Baby Giro returns in June and then we have Valle d'Aosta in July.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 18, 2017, 11:33
http://www.directvelo.com/actualite/58138/ronde-de-l-isard-les-grimpeurs-pieges-d-entree

Direct Velo think this first stage could be a danger for the climbers - 146km of broken terrain with potential for echelons.

Quote
it will be necessary to be careful that a group does not make the trunk with outsiders or other surprises, which would take seven or eight minutes ahead of the favorites. Among the winners of the day, some could then prove very difficult to let go in the mountains ...

"The weather will play a role, " he notes. " If it's cold as advertised , it's better for the big ones! " The forecasts actually announce a cool weather, little wind (so a priori No monster borders) and the risk of rain or even thunderstorms.

Six is my pick for the win today.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 18, 2017, 13:03
Break: Roman KOHL (GSC Blagnac Vélo Sport 31), Corentin DUBOIS (UC Nantes Atlantique), Thomas OUSTRY (VC Rouen 76), David RIVIÈRE (Vendée U), Pascal EENKHOORN, Pavel SIVAKOV (BMC Development Team) et Cyril BARTHE (Fundacion Euskadi-EDP).

A crash in the peloton has led to a brief neutralization.

Quote
After the fall, the safety of the riders could no longer be guaranteed 100%, and the Commissioners decided to neutralize the race until safety conditions returned to normal.

They had to wait for the doctor's car to return it's position.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 18, 2017, 13:08
They had to wait for the doctor's car to return it's position.

Here's one for Fus.

What are the rules about how many doctors (and their cars) a UCI race has to have? How many does Sibiu go with for example? Surely Isard has more than one doctor here.

Quote
Some riders refuse to resume the start. Chilled by the fall and climatic conditions, the riders consider complicated to resume the race at this level of the stage.

Now some don't want to ride at all.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 18, 2017, 14:39
Stage cancelled. :S

Conditions don't look that bad.

https://twitter.com/LaBandeCycliste/status/865179445799383040

No doubt some interesting Direct Velo reports up later.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 18, 2017, 19:19
http://www.fpciclismo.pt/index_noticia_ver.php?id_noticia_new=4845&pag=1

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The first stage of the Ronde de l'Isard, French international event in which Team Portugal sub-23 participates, was canceled today, after a long period of neutralization, motivated by two falls in the squad.

The stage started fast, with about 44 kilometers traveled in the first hour, but had to be interrupted with pertp of 50 kilometers disputed. Two falls in the squad, one of which held the test doctor for a long time, forced the race to stop.

The test still started, with a neutralized gait, but it was interrupted again. Due to the cold, the rain and the wind, many cyclists demanded from the organization the cancellation of the race. Others even ended up being taken to the test ambulances, showing signs of hypothermia. In view of the obvious difficulties, The college of commissioners decided to cancel the stage.

I wonder if the break being 20 minutes (!) up the road also played a part.

https://www.facebook.com/colpack.dilettanti/posts/1843560165911726

The Italian view. Some paragraphs would be nice.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 19, 2017, 18:44
https://twitter.com/BadulaqueDptvo/status/865602459045163009

http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/int-en/experience/the-feedzone/sivakov_wins_ronde_de_lisard_stage_2_after_impressive_final_climb/

Revenge after yesterday's farce, and it wasn't as if they were given too much rope today. The gap didn't get bigger than 2m20, so using some basic maths you can see his climb time can't have been that much slower than the quickest from the peloton (and if Direct Velo is to be believed he might have been quicker!).



Plateau de Beille tomorrow.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on May 19, 2017, 22:29
Here's one for Fus.

What are the rules about how many doctors (and their cars) a UCI race has to have? How many does Sibiu go with for example? Surely Isard has more than one doctor here.
You're vastly overestimating the number of doctors willing to ride around in a car for whole days with little pay and stressful working conditions. ;)

It's not something I know by heart, but a cursory glance at the rulebook only gives me references to "the doctor's car". So I have no reason to believe there is more than one in a 2.2 race. I certainly can't remember seeing more than one in Sibiu.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 20, 2017, 18:53
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DASNy4pXgAECad6.jpg)

Despite his exertions over the past two days, Sivakov responded easily enough to Lambrecht's attacks and even had the Lotto rider under pressure at points on the final climb. Big gaps further down the field.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 21, 2017, 20:39
https://twitter.com/RondeIsard/status/866328979074056193

http://www.bmc-switzerland.com/int-en/experience/the-feedzone/solo_stage_win_seals_overall_victory_for_sivakov_in_france/

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"I knew the final, and I knew that there was a super tricky downhill so, I took it really fast and already had a twenty-second advantage at the bottom of the climb. I couldn't see the group behind me, and at that moment, I knew I needed to go full gas and try and make it to the finish because I had good legs today. I knew that it would be hard to organize a chase behind me. It was a really long valley; it was probably the longest valley of my life today.

Another impressive performance. A 50km solo!



Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 22, 2017, 11:18
Bennett isn't the only ex-Axeon rider picking up victories.



Cam Meyer is taking part.
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Post by: Leadbelly on May 22, 2017, 19:25
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 23, 2017, 18:11
https://twitter.com/derrymcv/status/867050534724939776

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 24, 2017, 17:43
https://twitter.com/UCD_Cycling/status/867370779394093058

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 25, 2017, 19:19
https://twitter.com/Inphosports/status/867771911383666689



Sounds like it was blowing a hoolie in Donegal today.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 26, 2017, 17:18
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DAwfCqtWsAICeOX.jpg)



Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 27, 2017, 18:46
https://twitter.com/D_Egan_Flatline/status/868468036084408321

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on May 28, 2017, 20:30
https://twitter.com/KasperkiewiczP/status/868878649608605701



(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DA7IZHWXsAACV1y.jpg)

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Echoes on May 30, 2017, 21:44
As usual with VR I need a second attempt to post...

Edit: Sorry for the frustration it's my PC that has problems  ;)


Yves Lampaert wins the Gullegem Koerse. Gullegem is the most prestigious kermess race in Belgium. When I talk about it I'mridiculed but those races are true competition in theory, no criterium and consistently longer too. There used to be a lot of them in the seventies, ost of the top guns were present and it was usually the chance for second-tier riders to beat the stars. In the nineties, the UCI made a lot of effort to destroy them. Verbruggen pragmatically had to acknowledge they were a huge tradition in Belgium though. Gullegem is the only one left with an international pro field on a consistent basis. Defending champion Greg Van Avermaet was present but anonymous.  So was 2011 winner Philippe Gilbert, that was in his dream year, part of a long winning streak in single-day races, the moment I discover the race. He took over frm the late Wouter Weylandt, dual winner. Fabian Cancellara was present last year for his last season.

1.   Yves Lampaert   in 3u42'42"
2.   Julien Vermote   z.t.
3.   Tim Declercq   op 53"
4.   Benjamin Verraes   1'37"
5.   Lawrence Naesen   z.t.
6.   Yiber Sefa (Alb)   1'40"
7.   Loïc Vliegen   1'46"
8.   Kenny Dehaes   1'50"
9.   Jens Debusschere   1'59"
10.   Mark McNally (Gbr)   z.t.
11 Louis Verhelst
12 Florian Sénéchal
13 Miles Scotson
14 Jens Keukeleire
15 Jelle Wallays
16 Dieter Bouvry
17 Jelle Cant (Sanne's brother)
18 David Boucher
19 Michiel Stockman
20 Jürgen Roelandts
21 Kris Boeckmans


32 Rémi Cavagna
37 Bert De Backer
45 Dieter Vanthourenhout
46 Jonathan Breyne
48 Michael Vanthourenhout
67 Roy Jans
70 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck
79 Eli Yserbyt
92 Greg Van Avermaet
95 Kevin Pauwels
99 Raymond Kreder
102 Kenny De Ketele
105 Klaas Vantornout
106 Diether Sweeck
108 Jordi Talen
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on May 31, 2017, 10:42
the reintroduced "Maglia Nera" for the U23 Giro was presented today:

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Pinarello will be the sponsor of the Blackjack at Giro d'Italia Under 23 Enel starting next June 9th from Imola.
"Friendship with Fausto Pinarello is important to me and the Federation," explains CT of the Italian Davide Cassani Cycling Team, "and I find it wonderful to bring the Black Jerseys back to the streets. Who is not in the top of the standings. History teaches us that there are those who, like Nani, have worn the Black Sweater in the street and the Pink Knight in life and business by founding one of the most important bicycle brands in the world. Cycling is a life school and even the last in the ranking will honor the race and the jersey that he wears. "
 
Fausto Pinarello tells the company today: "My dad always spoke with pride of that beautiful black anecdote, wearing it was not a hassle: in Cycling there is never the last runner but simply who comes after the winner, Ours is a unique sport for humanity and sharing. I am therefore very happy to be able to reintroduce it, this is a jersey that brings with it great sporting values ​​and I'm sure those who wear it will never feel the last. "

The Giro d'Italia Under 23 Enel misses the road since 2012. It will start on June 9th from Imola to finish at Campo Imperatore on the 15th of the same month after seven stages and 956 kilometers. At 30 teams and 180 runners in what is anticipated as one of the most important races of the year for youth cycling internationally.

Press Office Giro d'Italia Under 23 Enel
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on June 07, 2017, 16:31
http://www.okoloslovenska.com/en/live

Slovaquie prologue is under way. Brozyna with the best time so far.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2017, 08:38
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2017, 13:18
https://twitter.com/TourofSlovakia/status/872785087271751680

Also part of the break are Viel, Vorobyev, Pruus and Leopold.

~4 minute gap.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2017, 14:42
https://twitter.com/CCCProTeam/status/872809055340908544
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on June 08, 2017, 16:41
(http://i64.tinypic.com/2j4xdtf.png)



He could end up with a good GC position looking at the remaining stages.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on June 09, 2017, 13:54
https://twitter.com/TeamManzana/status/873161330995417088

Tratnik picked up another bonus second too.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on June 09, 2017, 15:26
https://twitter.com/CCCProTeam/status/873183178240012288

Zamparella and Halilaj bridged to Bernal and Vilela, but the gap is still coming down.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Not My Circus on June 11, 2017, 12:04
Fyen Rundt [1.2] 220.2km

First of a Danish double header of UCI races and the Norwegians take two steps of the podium :o



 #unox UNO X Hydrogen devo team put two riders in the 20 man lead group and placed both on the podium. On the finish laps in Odense Audun Brekke Fløtten drove a gap in the last 5kms and soloed to victory. Teammate Syver Wærsted outkicking a phalanx of Danes for third.  #roskilde Giant Castelli's Casper Pedersen kept Danish flags waving with a drive for second place. #trek Trek's Mads Pedersen also lined up at the start as part of a Danish National team packed with MTB talent - Simon Andreassen finished 30th.

Great win for Fløtten who seems to like the Danish races. He was 2nd at Himmerland Rundt in April, and of course second last year at this race. Especially so since this is his first race back after being hit by a car.  Full Norwegian write up here (http://www.procycling.no/uno-x-dominans-fyen-rundt/) 

https://twitter.com/VegarKulset/status/873528790353408000

https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/873535640167645184


We'll see if the Danes can get their act toether at GP Horsens today
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: ciranda on June 11, 2017, 13:20
(https://scontent-arn2-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/19059900_1351134161644649_3586805439664751031_n.jpg?oh=ab004d2a45991660a5ca55b70f35eb3b&oe=59E57057)

One of my favorite people in the world won stage three of Ronde de l'Oise yesterday.

On the hill on the final circuit with 50km to go Rasmus Quaade attacked with seven others. Five km from the line the lead was 22 seconds to a group of around twenty who had escaped on the last hill. A number of good teams in the race like Fortuneo, Armee de terre, Burgos so not bad. His next target will be the national time trial championships.

- I wanted to go fast to make the others tired. With 2.5 km to go I take a hard turn and the rider behind has to sit over his turn. I notice a small gap so I start to go harder. I was not sure it was a good decision and one other guy came up. He takes one pull and then I gave everything and he lost contact. I continued superhard and it was uphill to the finish but I crossed the line solo. It was really nice to just ride the others down especially with headwind in the end, Quaade said in a statement from the Giant Castelli team.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Not My Circus on June 12, 2017, 10:17
GP Horsens Posten [1.2] 191.4km

Danes reclaim the podium  :P



Casper Pedersen improved on his second place on Saturday by claiming the top step of the podium today. 6 riders (#veloconcept Guldhammer, #bornholm Christiansen, #riwal Brøchner,  #roskilde Casper Pedersen,  #colocult Veyhe and  #unox Brekke Fløtten) attacked with 40km to go. As the race hit the final 5km lap Guldhammer. He was brought back with 2km to go and Pedersen outsprinted Guldhammer and Veyhe

Olympic medalist Pedersen is chasing the dream of a pro-contact (http://www.feltet.dk/nyheder/casper_p_droemmer_om_pro-kontrakt_efter_stor_weekend/)
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For Casper Pedersen's years of outstanding achievements on the field has really been transferred to the road this season. The young Dane won earlier in the season a stage in the Flèche du Sud and took bronze for U23 DM, and this weekend has he shown that he really be counted as one of Danish continental of cycling strongest riders.
 
Yesterday he was just four seconds from victory in the Fyen Rundt, and today, he took revenge when he won after a great spurt in a five-man group.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Echoes on June 12, 2017, 20:06
I don't like considering it a "smaller race" but no time for a thread of its own which will only interest I, me and myself anyway but Wout Van Aert brilliantly won the Tour of Limburg (1.1).

The route seemed unchanged since last year. Back then I shared with you a recognition by local rider Amaury Capiot (http://velorooms.com/index.php?topic=8018.0) for Het Belang van Limburg and as you can see it was quite cobbled/dirtroaded (I wish I could find the time to translate that article).

 http://www.gva.be/cnt/dmf20170611_02920433/wout-van-aert-bezorgt-verandas-willems-crelan-eerste-zege-van-het-seizoen

Wout Van Aert Gave Verandas Willems its First Victory of the Season [On the Road]: "Hopefully It's the Start of Something Nice

The zero is gone for Vérandas-Willems Crelan. The Belgian ProContinental team has its first victory thanks to its cyclocrosser Wout Van Aert.

After hardly 20km of racing Kenneth Vanbilsen, Diether Sweeck, Corné van Kessel and Rob Ruijgh opted for the attack. A bit further they were joined by Guillaume Bonnafond, Brian van Goethem & Steven Tronet. After 60km of racing the 7 riders had a 1'30" lead on the peloton wherein mainly the Wanty Groupe Gobert riders defined the tempo. All of a sudden it went too quick for [cyclocrosser] Diether Sweeck [Laurens' twin brother] and he had to let his companions go. The rest were also caught with 40km to go and that's how a compact peloton approached the 3 local laps of 11k each.

That was the signal for Wout Van Aert, Dorian Godon, Gianni Vermeersch, Jim Aernouts, Wim Reynaerts, Kevyn Ista, Benjamin Thomas en Etienne van Empel to accelerate. For Van Aert it even still was too slow and he made a brutal attack with 13km to go but before the start of the final lap Van Aert was also caught. However the group was reduced to Van Aert, Godon, Vermeersch, Thomas and Van Empel. [Having seen the finale live I can say that Etienne Van Empel attacked twice but twice was caught as well and Van Aert's sprint (slightly uphill) was impressive. Also I've always wondered whether Etienne Van Empel was related to Micki??]. Wout Van Aert is Timothy Dupont's successor

(https://gvacdn.akamaized.net/Assets/Images_Upload/2017/06/11/3a1a401e-4ecf-11e7-9ec3-795e327500bf_web_scale_0.0947996_0.0947996__.jpg?maxheight=460&maxwidth=629)(https://gvacdn.akamaized.net/Assets/Images_Upload/2017/06/11/4161d2c4-4ecf-11e7-9ec3-795e327500bf_web_scale_0.0385802_0.0385802__.jpg?maxheight=513&maxwidth=767&scale=both)

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The series of cobbles and small climbs is in my favour. Everything went as wished. There was a breakaway group but Wanty Groupe Gobert perfectly kept everything under controle. Also the 200km distance was in my favour. At the start of the local laps I felt I still had a good margin. In the heat of the finale we managed to attack with the 7 of us. From the start of this escape onwards the collaboration within this group was perfect. Everybody raced for the win. The finish zone which is slightly uphill was also a bonus. It's a real relief because it's the first win for myself and for the team this season in a UCI race after a spring with a lot of injuries.



I didn't realise Lars Van der Haar was 7th. Go Jackie Russell!!!  :) :cool

I don't know what happened to Mathieu Van der Poel though.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 10, 2017, 20:08
https://twitter.com/FirstCycling/status/895712188421218304

 :S
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on August 10, 2017, 21:31
https://twitter.com/FirstCycling/status/895712188421218304

 :S
Why the :S?
It's their absolute season highlight.
They probably trained specifically for this TTT, may even have done a training camp where they practiced on the exact same roads.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2017, 07:42
Elkov did strengthen over the winter (and had a couple of riders busted) and Bora were carrying a rider or two, but come on, it's still a bit of a surprise that a CT team beats a WT one in a TTT.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 22, 2017, 13:14
Baltic Chain Tour 24th - 27st August

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*lt Stage 1 » Vilnius – Panevezys (160km)

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*lv Stage 2 » Jelgava – Sigulda (170km)

(https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/20934013_1588105787875437_6613105303778086572_o.jpg?oh=14a763e37b03abcddc240a0d4cd5b686&oe=5A38C43D)

(https://s3.postimg.org/lkqzsg6v7/2finish.png)

*ee Stage 3 » Tartu  –  Tallinn (220km)

(http://balticchaintour.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/BCT-2017-stage-3-EST.jpg)

*fi Stage 4 » Helsinki – Porvoo – Helsinki (165km)

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Competing teams:

(https://s3.postimg.org/qi4kdk8ub/baltic.png)

Names to conjure with include (provisionally): Maoma, Joeaar, Hentalla, Manninen (riding for the Finnish National Team and Fixit!!), Lowndes (racing in Belgium today though), Neilands, Siskevicius, Kaupas, Vangstad, Bogdanovics and Jonas Orset (who I read turned down a ride at the Vuelta a Colombia).
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 22, 2017, 13:20
http://balticchaintour.com/baltic-chain-story/

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Three Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – demonstrated their solidarity in their quest for independence by forming a human chain on August 23, 1989. Approximately 2 million people joined their hands that day. The extraordinary event drew global attention and finally led to the Baltic States regaining their independence. The human chain spanning over 600 kilometers was registered in The Guinness Book of Records.

The joint Baltic cycling tour has a long history. The tradition began in the 1955 and was broken in 1987. On November 4, 2010 in Riga, the presidents of three national cycling unions signed a cooperation agreement to restore the tradition of the Baltic cycling tour.

From August 2011, Baltic Chain Tour marks the anniversary of the Baltic Chain. It is also one of the longest annual cycling tours in the Northern Europe.

https://youtu.be/UKtdBAJGK9I
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 23, 2017, 18:10
https://twitter.com/fincycling/status/900398869556678657

Jaakko Hanninen is in good form. Been picking up some results in France with AC Bisontine.

https://twitter.com/teamspbanksor/status/900283886164484096
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 24, 2017, 18:29
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DIAkB7vXsAATXCG.jpg)



http://balticchaintour.com/2017/08/24/maris-bogdanovics-wins-the-first-stage-of-baltic-chain-tour-in-panevezys/

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The race started in rainy weather with only ten degrees celsius and there was quite a lot of wind. Later on the rain stopped and the temperature rose, but the rough morning weather suited the team tactics of Rietumu Banka – Riga.

We knew that the race was going to be very windy, and decided to tear the group apart. This happened after 33 kilometers of riding, and I was in the front the whole day, Bogdanovics reports.

My team did a great job controlling the race. I had great legs for the sprint, and two of my team mates gave me a lead out. Tomorrow it will probably be a similar wind, but the finish will be harder because it is on a hill. If I have good legs I think I can still win.

Vangstad, Joeaar and Lowndes all missed the front group.

There could be live coverage tomorrow here (http://balticchaintour.com/live/live-2017/), but their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/balticchaintour) looks good for updates too.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 25, 2017, 20:46
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http://balticchaintour.com/2017/08/25/press-release-benjamin-perry-strongest-on-the-last-hill-of-the-second-stage-of-baltic-chain-tour/

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Perry broke away from the peloton 34 kilometres before the finish with five other riders.

During the last kilometres the peloton picked up more speed and the breakaway group got smaller and smaller. In the last kilometres there was a steep downhill followed by a narrow bridge right before the final uphill (900m at 9%). Meanwhile the peloton was already right behind what was left of the break away.

"In the hill I didn’t attack, but maintained a strong pace, but nobody followed" Perry says. He claims the race was tactically tough for his team. The rain and 6 kilometre gravel road also caused some stress.

"Other teams were looking at us and attacking. I got a flat tyre on the gravel, but was able to ride through it with a little pressure left. Later I was able to get in the right break, and in the group we worked well together."

Finally a result for Perry. He's almost regressed this year, so this is a big fillip. However it will be very difficult to challenge Boggy for the overall.

Nice to see Hanninen up there today. Yesterday's result (24m+ down) had me wondering if he was much cop at all.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 26, 2017, 18:55
https://twitter.com/wcstats/status/901443097753767936



http://balticchaintour.com/2017/08/26/ahl-wins-sprint-in-tallinn-and-takes-yellow-jersey-on-baltic-chain-tour/

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After an evenful and windy day with several showers the victory was decided in a mass sprint by the Pirita velodrome in Tallinn. The Norwegian Herman Dahl from Team Sparebanken Sør was first. "I got a perfect lead out from my team mates for the sprint. There were three guys helping me there, and we were the best team" Dahl says.

"It was a long day. We tried to speed up in the crosswind, but it didn’t last long enough to work. At the end part of the race my team and the Israel Cycling Academy were taking action, when Rietumu Banka – Riga with the yellow jersey wasn’t riding in a sensible way."
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 27, 2017, 08:53
https://twitter.com/mkpaa/status/901689751211823104

Today's final stage finishes at the Olympic Velodrome.

https://www.facebook.com/velopeak/videos/vb.619695624771388/1621948624546078/?type=3&theater

Stream is up and running. No sound yet.

Edit - or try this

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjv1HLuC2R4

Showing the Helsinki Velotour, but they say it will have the Baltic Chain too.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 27, 2017, 10:50
Break consists of Vosekalns, Kanepejs, Kanerva and Joeaar.

~80km to go with a gap of just over 5 minutes.

Vosekalns (Rietumu Banka - Riga) is only twenty seconds down in the GC and has picked up some bonifications already, so Sparebanken and Bike Geeeeeeks are working in the peloton to bring it back.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 27, 2017, 17:30


http://balticchaintour.com/2017/08/27/dahl-wins-the-final-stage-and-general-classification-on-baltic-chain-tour/

Rietumu Banka - Riga played it correctly by putting Vosekalns in the break, but at the end of the stage that extra energy the rest of the team had conserved still wasn't enough to deliver Boggy to the result he needed to reclaim the top spot in the GC. He was banging his handlebars in frustration.



Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on August 27, 2017, 18:09
what kind of race comes up with a parcours consisting of a TTT and a sprint stage?! :D

obviously TTT winner #onepro bossed it, for the 2nd time in a row

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on August 27, 2017, 18:28
what kind of race comes up with a parcours consisting of a TTT and a sprint stage?! :D

A Dutch race. :P

I remember that from last year. Seems rather pointless unless the weather intervenes on the road stage.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on September 10, 2017, 20:09


Rally get their Autumnal European adventure off to a winning start.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on September 10, 2017, 20:25
To misquote search slightly, what kind of race comes up with a parcours consisting of a TT and seven sprint stages?!



The last two stages were at least a little bit selective. If they had been the sprint stages and not the GC days then we might have been cooking with gas, but they weren't. I just don't know what the thinking was ....... and with every stage broadcast in full. Bring back the 2012 and 2014 style courses please.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on October 04, 2017, 11:19
pretty close race there in Münster yesterday... ;)

(https://i.imgur.com/AFYRmpC.png) (https://i.imgur.com/Wq8GzAL.png)

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 04, 2017, 12:16
pretty close race there in Münster yesterday... ;)
And a nice 10th place for #0711 Nicola Toffali - best-placed Conti rider! :win
Here's our race report:
Nicola Toffali 10th against strong competition in Münster (https://www.0711-cycling.com/en/2017/10/04/nicola-toffali-10th-against-strong-competition-in-munster/)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on October 04, 2017, 12:57
for whatever reason there really seems to be a 1.1 race in Hong Kong this weekend...

https://twitter.com/HongKongTourism/status/905928674322505728

20 laps on a 5k crit circuit, as far as I can see. No idea who is going to participate
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on October 04, 2017, 13:07
it seems to be the 3rd edition of the Hong Kong Cyclothon already, but for the first time as a UCI race now. Last year already Lampre and Orica participated in the event though, and #lampre Matej Mohoric won the criterium

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAFsUi9IL3I
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 04, 2017, 13:09
for whatever reason there really seems to be a 1.1 race in Hong Kong this weekend...

20 laps on a 5k crit circuit, as far as I can see. No idea who is going to participate

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/pirazzi-handed-four-year-ban-for-doping-news-shorts/

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The race organizers of the Hong Kong Cyclothon have announced 18-teams for the inaugural edition of the 1.1 race. WorldTour teams Orica-Scott and UAE Team Emirates headline the start list while Bahrain-Merida's Yukiya Arashiro will race with the Japanese National Team

Also on the start list is French Pro-Continental team Delko Marseille Provence KTM, and several Continental and national teams
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 07, 2017, 19:24
Tour of Iran 8th - 13th October

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DKw9-DXWAAEXApW.jpg)

Stage 1 » Tabriz  ›  Urmia   (144.1km)

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

Stage 2 » Urmia  ›  Aras Free Zone   (209.4km)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/34zj87q.png)

Stage 3 » Aras Free Zone  ›  Tabriz   (155.1km)

(http://i66.tinypic.com/vdh5wk.png)

Stage 4 » Tabriz  ›  Sarein   (196.2km)

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

Stage 5 » Sarein  ›  Tabriz   (191.7km)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/34hymhu.png)

Stage 6 » Tabriz  ›  Tabriz   (114km)

(http://i65.tinypic.com/6ykuu1.png)

Not the most challenging of gradients on any of the climbs.

Competing teams:
#shahrdary Tabriz Shahrdary Team (Mizbani and Mirsamad)
#kuwait Kuwait - Cartucho.es (Rebellin and Mraouni)
#tarteletto Tarteletto - Isorex (Ruijgh and Mannaerts)
#pishgaman Pishgaman Cycling Team (Moazemi, Rajablou and Kolahdozhagh)
#kinan Kinan Cycling Team (Crawford and Lebas)
#vino Vino - Astana Motors
#babydump Baby-Dump Cyclingteam
#0711 0711|Cycling (Toffali and Ballet)
#sepahan Sepahan Cycling Team
#vib VIB Bikes (Sahbaoui along with a Libyan and an Iraqi!)
#drapac Drapac Pat's Veg Holistic Development Team (Yates)
#teamir Iran
#bridgestone Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team (Monier)
#cismiran Iran National Cism Team
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 07, 2017, 20:22
Not the most challenging of gradients on any of the climbs.
True, but don't forget most of the race is at ~1500 m or higher. Granted, it's not the same as 2000+ metres, but it could have some influence.

I expect the Iranian teams, especially #shahrdary & #pishgaman, to be in stellar form compared to (most of) the foreigners.
We'll see what kind of competition this turns out to be. :shh
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on October 07, 2017, 22:36
Having done Stage 4, riders should surely do this for stage 5:
(http://i68.tinypic.com/29d3ld.jpg)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on October 07, 2017, 22:46
for whatever reason there really seems to be a 1.1 race in Hong Kong this weekend...

20 laps on a 5k crit circuit, as far as I can see. No idea who is going to participate

startlist (http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Sun_Hung_Kai_Properties_Hong_Kong_Challenge_2017_Startlist)

Mezgec vs Guardini
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on October 07, 2017, 23:46
startlist (http://www.procyclingstats.com/race/Sun_Hung_Kai_Properties_Hong_Kong_Challenge_2017_Startlist)

Mezgec vs Guardini

#teamro Grosu is around as well though :cool

#ukyo Aberasturi to win
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on October 08, 2017, 10:04
#isowhey is offering live updates on their Twitter account https://twitter.com/IsoWheySwissWel

with two laps to go, #uae Mohoric and #isowhey Hucker are in the lead
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on October 08, 2017, 10:16
#uae Mohoric attacked on the final lap to repeat his solo win from last year

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 08, 2017, 19:52
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DLnJEfQX4AADYHE.jpg)



Interesting. Nobody from Pishgaman or Tabriz made the front group, in fact only one Iranian did.

Any 0711 reports on what happened in the stage Fus?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on October 08, 2017, 21:24
So that winning team: Baby-Dump.

Does 'dump' have a meaning in Dutch, or is it just an incredibly inappropriate choice of English word?

(I'm assuming the business is sale of equipment for babies, not means of disposing of them: if the latter is the case, then I guess the name is appropriate after all)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 08, 2017, 22:18
Any 0711 reports on what happened in the stage Fus?
Sorry, not much info coming out of Iran for now. :-x

So that winning team: Baby-Dump.

Does 'dump' have a meaning in Dutch, or is it just an incredibly inappropriate choice of English word?

(I'm assuming the business is sale of equipment for babies, not means of disposing of them: if the latter is the case, then I guess the name is appropriate after all)
The sponsor is a chain of baby equipment stores that sell at very cheap, even dumping prices. And "dumping prices" are in Dutch called "dumpprijzen"[1] ... hence the name of the store chain.

Their unique selling point is "Bij Baby-Dump vind je alles voor je baby tegen dumpprijzen"; in English "At Baby-Dump you find everything for your baby at dumping prices". Unfortunately (and I can't imagine that the company management is oblivious to this), in many other languages (and maybe even in Dutch), "baby dump" has very different connotations. :fp

Honestly, why the company hasn't changed its name yet, I don't know. :fp
 1. though apparently "dumpingprijzen" is also known and used; but I guess "dumpprijzen" is shorter
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 09, 2017, 17:39
Here (https://www.facebook.com/0711CYCLING/posts/1839485853047676)'s what I got from the #0711 guys in Iran about today's stage 2:
Stage 2 of the Tour of Iran was 209.4 km from Urmia to the Aras Free Zone: Jonas Engel and four others formed a breakaway; but at the cat. 1 climb after 50 km the Iranians pushed the pace, pulled the break back and tore the field apart. 20 riders went away, Nicola Toffali made the 15-rider chase group that finally closed the gap to the front around km 150. On the final climb of the day with 22 km to go, four riders took off and ended up deciding the win amonst themselves. Nicola finished 12th on the stage; Jonas, Alexandre Ballet & Jan Hugger finished in the distanced peloton.



You see, the locals don't need steep climbs to completely demolish any semblance of a peloton ... :D
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 10, 2017, 05:40
https://twitter.com/mihkelraim/status/917602577759506432

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 10, 2017, 18:37
Today's totally unbiased[1] #0711 report (https://www.facebook.com/0711CYCLING/posts/1839924549670473):
At the Tour of Iran, 0711|CYCLING came close to the stage win today! Jan Hugger tells the story of stage 3, 155 km from Aras to Tabriz:
"Except for a short downhill, the road climbed continually from the start, from 712 m to the mountain pass at 1769 m after 73 km. We positioned ourselves in the front so that we'd be safe if the Iranians were to try to split the field in the crosswinds.
A break of four got away early, and after 100 km they still had a four-minute advantage; so we took up the reins and, together with two other teams, reduced the gap to under one minute before the last climb and caught the break there. In the final, Nicola Toffali, Alexandre Ballet and I were at the front all the time. An Iranian rider could sneak away unnoticed - we still thought everything was together.
Alex and I attacked time and again on the last five kilometres to split the group, but eventually it was Nicola who got away with 2 km to go and rode towards the finish alone. The peloton caught him practically on the line, he still finished in sixth place. I was at the front trying to slow down the field, had a perfect position for the sprint and came in on a 10th place."

 1.  ;)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: t-72 on October 10, 2017, 22:30
Is that yet another Yates on 2nd?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 10, 2017, 22:34
Is that yet another Yates on 2nd?
Well, it is a Yates. :P
There's no relation (that I know of) to Adam and Simon Yates who, despite racing for an Aussie team, are very much British. ;)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 11, 2017, 09:17


Boivin still in the lead, but he crashed at some point in the stage and left sprinting duties to Raim.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 11, 2017, 10:45
https://twitter.com/arashnahandian/status/918043249276805120
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 11, 2017, 16:12
The winds and the climbs split the peloton apart today, and the finishing climb did the rest. #pishgaman Amir Kolahdozagh wins the stage, #tarteletto Rob Ruijgh takes the overall lead.
Same route tomorrow, only backwards. The climb with ~36 km to go could become decisive - though the downhill to Tabriz is only ~2%, that could still be enough to let a small group stay ahead.



Also, have some photos from the first 4 days, courtesy of #0711:
(https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/22382493_1839070169755911_7104692056691814425_o.jpg?oh=84227a6b24d5a8cbda0f3a00520fab9c&oe=5A438D4C) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22279925_1839475859715342_7223341667819626058_n.jpg?oh=cb419a9c08c45d690a60a676ff26e182&oe=5A772A63) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22308626_1840141252982136_8685405470793253015_n.jpg?oh=b0f136d21f3bb88475c657aecf337874&oe=5A751E34) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22309033_1840283549634573_3265430408935572108_n.jpg?oh=c678b88be11f4078cac5fc0a1847beff&oe=5A86E836) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22308755_1840283582967903_7308141964283320001_n.jpg?oh=456ee0760d6379985db0bb0a5b22b33b&oe=5A716866) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22448167_1840283686301226_4906869330171283659_n.jpg?oh=0514d0311f79d3d7f8827df9140e6d9e&oe=5A780F87)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 11, 2017, 17:17
I smell a Toffali stage win incoming. :cool
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on October 11, 2017, 17:35
for a non #0711-view on the race, #drapac Theo Yates is writing stage reports on his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheoYatescyclist/) as well, by the way :P

Spoiler (hover to show)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 11, 2017, 17:43
for a non #0711-view on the race
And for a very #0711 view, Toffali was held back by a mechanical in the final, "otherwise he might have ended up on the podium" (DS' words, not mine).
;)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 12, 2017, 14:41


Marini closing in with some more bonuses. Boivin and Smith must have picked up some of their own during the stage.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 12, 2017, 15:08
#0711 Nicola Toffali was the best U45 rider today. Unfortunately, Rebellin is still around. ;)

Team report: (https://www.facebook.com/0711CYCLING/posts/1840698002926461)
Stage 5 of the Tour of Iran started in the rain in Sarein and finished in Tabriz after 191.7 km. There was a lot of wind, and the team around Nicola Toffali performed great again. The Italian reports:
"I started the stage feeling really bad. Maybe I was tired from yesterday, maybe I didn't sleep so well. There were many parts with crosswinds, and everytime the peloton stretched in echelons from one gutter to the other. On the last climb, with 46 km to go, Alexandre Ballet did a great job keeping me at the front of the race. 18 km from the line I tried an attack, and Davide Rebellin was the only to follow me - then we worked together until the finish."

Nicola narrowly lost the sprint for the stage win and finished in second place. Due to the time gap to the peloton and bonus seconds, he is now third overall, only four seconds behind the leader. On tomorrow's final stage on a circuit in Tabriz Nicola will wear the white jersey of the best U25 rider. The overall win is within reach, and the team will support Nicola: "Tomorrow, we will try everything possible to win the race. There is an intermediate sprint and the stage finish with bonus seconds; we'll see what will happen - but of course, we will go for it!"



(https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22366267_1840685082927753_7571326585938976887_n.jpg?oh=4ad98091cba3c4e32cf55d2c13c2f4a0&oe=5A43668C) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22406026_1840685476261047_9180414613545366602_n.jpg?oh=44e3b204a4b9986e8b206c3af42dd807&oe=5A3D032A)
(https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22450139_1840686722927589_4947853949911844498_n.jpg?oh=888c2e98e334a3df058e13279b83e57b&oe=5A816A57) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22406537_1840688442927417_7346918062940831351_n.jpg?oh=a064fe6628b5a604738c52b917368cfb&oe=5A843833)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 13, 2017, 18:49
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 14, 2017, 11:11
Wrap-up from Iran; the final stage yesterday didn't change anything. #0711 report (https://www.facebook.com/0711CYCLING/posts/1841119826217612):
Nicola Toffali finishes the Tour of Iran as third overall!
The final stage consisted of ten laps on a 11.4 km circuit with an intermediate sprint after five laps. The 0711|CYCLING riders tried everything to get Nicola some bonus seconds, but the teams of the GC leader (Tarteletto-Isorex), the points leader (Baby-Dump) and Drapac-Pat's Veg, who all joined forces to control the peloton, had strength in numbers. At the intermediate sprint, Nicola was narrowly beaten; in the final he didn't follow the right wheel to reach one of the top places, but still sprinted to a good 8th-place finish.
There were no changes in the general classification, and Nicola & the team could celebrate the third place in style at the closing dinner.





(https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22366341_1841107389552189_1937903813801869561_n.jpg?oh=d07bedc40c34b37e51a51c1f4f4c98f4&oe=5A751AA3) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22448211_1841107516218843_174144293441490990_n.jpg?oh=e0cc4c89b18246756b297b55363da644&oe=5A86AAB7) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22405433_1841107992885462_4816168413640204001_n.jpg?oh=52e83aa414001a56aa638cbe015f6261&oe=5A73B42F)
(https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22406086_1841109449551983_7310972846977991477_n.jpg?oh=6ab8abfaef1d34bf3399ef807520e96c&oe=5A3C890D) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22448505_1841108372885424_8001379195778159133_n.jpg?oh=896805a7608b4ab2e828ae1b1f7c977f&oe=5A873E27) (https://scontent-frx5-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/22449969_1841108116218783_5679569744726592654_n.jpg?oh=c4fe3e79467316b96b4b2258e1cc6e4e&oe=5A6B776E)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: search on October 14, 2017, 18:36
I only watched the final couple of Kilometer, but that looked like a decent race there. Not the most honorable way to take a win indeed though :D

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



can Taco become the next big thing?! :win
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 14, 2017, 19:24
I only watched the final couple of Kilometer, but that looked like a decent race there. Not the most honorable way to take a win indeed though :D
All is fair in love, war - and bike racing! ;)

He sat on as a spoiler, never even did some alibi work, and then jumped his two companions when it seemed clear that they wouldn't be caught after all, to make sure the team would win.
Groenewegen may well have caught them all if Roosen hadn't jumped, though - how does the team's sprinter feel about being 'robbed' a win? :shh
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 14, 2017, 20:46
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 15, 2017, 13:53
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 15, 2017, 15:22
To misquote search slightly, what kind of race comes up with a parcours consisting of a TT and seven sprint stages?!
The Tour of Taihu doesn't even have a TT. Mareczko to win a stage race GC? :dizzy
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 15, 2017, 16:35
There actually was a prologue, but it looks as if the final stage could produce some small gaps. It's the same profile as the one they used last year (and in 2015) when Duque ended his career with the stage and GC win.



Boivin did pick up some bonuses today which could be important if it's a reduced group sprint without Mareczko and Marini on Tuesday.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: LukasCPH on October 15, 2017, 16:52
There actually was a prologue, but it looks as if the final stage could produce some small gaps.
There was? The more you know.
Let's hope that final stage produces some sort of time gaps.

At least the GC is (probably) not going to be decided on stage placing countbacks like the Volta a Catalunya some years ago when the mountain stage was cancelled ... :lol
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 16, 2017, 07:40


Big effort from Shelden as the last last man from the break to try and hold on, but to no avail (he made it into the last km). Mareczko extends his lead, but it's all about whether he can hold on tomorrow or not.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 17, 2017, 19:11


Bike Geeeeeeeks gave it a go and dropped a couple of the other GC guys, but not the one that mattered.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
Post by: Leadbelly on October 20, 2017, 05:25
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DMjC_C0WAAAQB1r.jpg)