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Title: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 16, 2018, 11:15
Vuelta a San Juan 21st - 28th January

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San Juan  - Pocito, 148,9 km

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Peri Lago Punta Negra - Peri Lago Punta Negra, 149,9 km

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San Juan - San Juan, CRI 14,4 km

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San José Jachal - Valle Fértil/Villa San Martín, 182,8 km

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San Martín - Alto Colorado, 169,5 km

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San Juan/Cantoni - Difunta Correa - San Juan/Cantoni, 152,6 km

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San Juan - San Juan (Circuito de cirunvalación), 141,3 km

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List of competing teams:

Bahrain Merida - Nibali
Quick-Step - Gaviria and Richeze
Trek Segafredo - Pantano
UAE Team Emirates - Atapuma
Movistar - Sepulveda
Lotto Soudal - Benoot
Bora Hansgrohe - Majka

Israel Cycling Academy - Sbaragli and Avila
UnitedHealthcare - McCabe
Androni Sidermec Bottechia - Torres
Willier Triestina
Caja Rural Seguros

SEP San Juan - Diaz, Dotti and Rodriguez
Municipalidad de Pocito
Asociación Civil Mardán
Asociación Civil Agrupación Virgen de Fátima - Richeze, Escuela and Naranjo
Municipalidad de Rawson Somos Todos
Trevigiani Phonix-Hemus - Tivani and Montoya
Medellin Inder - Sevilla
Canel's Specialized - Villalobos
Coldeportes Zenus Sello Rojo - Cano

Italy
Argentina
Uruguay
Chile
Cuba
Brazil - Andriato

Last two hours of each stage will be broadcast on ESPN, so streams should be available.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on January 16, 2018, 14:10
Ah yes, the annual crashfest. Always gets the big Italian names out of bed early in the year though.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on January 16, 2018, 20:00
Hope nobody put down Delko-Marseille as their Not So Winners... nominee. Ozzer recruit Brenton Jones won the second stage of La Tropicale today. Wonder how he'll get on in Europe.

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Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2018, 20:55
Hope nobody put down Delko-Marseille as their Not So Winners... nominee.

However there's been no win for Direct Energie yet down in Gabon. They've ruled the roost the past few years there, so noting other than Gaudin's GC podium is a bit of a surprise.

A presage for their 2018?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2018, 07:53
Start list for San Juan:

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The ESPN schedule has the coverage between 6pm and 8pm local time.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Ram on January 21, 2018, 18:09
La tropicale in the smaller race thread?? :O

But Areruya!!!! It's a miracle!
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2018, 19:20


Stannard was leading up until today. Going by the stage results, he and his (relatively) weak local team got mugged by JLT and the NZ national team.

Bennelong can't be too pleased with their week's results. Maybe if they had sent who they wanted to the TDU, then they would have had a different and more competitive team here, but a few stage top tens and an 7th in the GC for Harper is a bit of a comedown for the team who have won the past three editions.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2018, 19:55
Areruya!!!! It's a miracle!

 :cool



The main action was on stage 4 when the eventual top-4 of GC won by a huge margin.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 22, 2018, 05:39
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Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 23, 2018, 05:29
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Losing to the Rojas Bros. last month is a distant memory.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: zinoviev letter on January 23, 2018, 23:50
Good win for Ryan Mullen #trek in the San Juan ITT, 25 seconds ahead of Ganna  #uae. Of course, he really should be winning TTs like this with a field of limited quality.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 24, 2018, 08:35
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 24, 2018, 20:27
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Some live non-TT action! Crashes, splashes and er dashes!



Gaviria and Escuela the crashers and DNFers. Sepulveda and Anacona the losers.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on January 25, 2018, 10:53
Meanwhile the race is on at everyone's third favourite UAE-based race the Sharjah Tour.

This has enabled Vital Concept to take its first win with Direct Energie cast-off Julien Morice in the opening TT. However Jakub Mareczko beat out Vital's Bryan Coquard in both men's first sprint of the season.

After Stage 2 Morice holds a slender two-second GC lead over Gaetan Bille (this year in the colours of Sovac-Natura4Ever with evergreen Davide Rebellin, who is also racing here) and Vital teammate and Coquard leadout Kris Boeckmans, formerly of Lotto-Soudal.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: zinoviev letter on January 25, 2018, 16:58
Sam Bennett #bora wins the Race Melbourne warm up for the Cadel race. Viviani  #quickstep a distant second. Steele Von Hoff #teamau third. Arndt #sunweb fourth. Caleb Ewan #mitchelton went too early and ended up fifth.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on January 25, 2018, 20:22
The Mallorca series of one day races is underway. With almost all early-season stage races being taken more seriously, the Mallorca series is perhaps the most pure warm-up event that remains on the European calendar.  Anyway, we have the

[1]

Results are already in from the first event, and there is a little bit of an expected surprise there. After all he has been through it is great to see #trek John Degenkolb racing well again. He is not my favorite rider, but still deserves better than a left-lane driver head on, and last year wasn't really a great consolation. Hopefully, this year will be better for him - but that will not be a surprise.
The expected surprise is #academy Sonde Holst Enger on 2nd place. If last year wasn't too good for Degenkolb, it was downright forgettable for Sondre. He is "the cube-shaped bouncing ball" that will go very far,  but in god-knows-which direction - according to former *no coach Stig Kristiansen.  Last year, he was bouncing fast downwards (sounds impossible, but he can do it) from some quite repsectable results including a 3rd-place finish behind SAgan and Kristoff on the TdF stage to Bern. With #ag2r he was getting nowhere, but this year he is a bit of an internal wildcard on the #academy team.   
Judging by his first race result (way too early  :P and not the most serious race) this year looks like the best of his career (he usually starts racing decently around mid-May).


 1. (LukasCPH please note which year this is  :angel)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Mellow Velo on January 25, 2018, 21:10
 The usual Mallorca highlights from TDP, but they do seem to be shorter this year.
TV timings are here:-

http://www.movistarplus.es/programacion-tv/buscador?q=Challenge+Ciclista+de+Mallorca+

These should all become available some time later.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 25, 2018, 21:21
https://twitter.com/psicolaula/status/956594337810452485

SHE gave it a bit of a bike throw, but I don't think it was that close. Maybe half a bike length in it.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on January 26, 2018, 09:36
I was looking forward to reading a race report this morning but nothing was found. A rest day in San Juan?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on January 26, 2018, 18:39
apparently today's stage was brilliant though :D

meanwhile Wellens repeated his win in the rain in the Trofeo Whatever



the top 3 were still together on the final climb but Valverde got dropped on the descent:

Quote
“Today's result and feelings have been good, really great I'd say. I felt really strong today. The training had gone well, but today's race was the real test to check if my knee was recovered. It was the best place to give it a good try: a cold race, under the rain, on dangerous roads... It all went really smooth, the best I could dream of. Especially on the climbs. I really felt strong on the uphill parts. On the descents, though, it was more difficult for me. I was a bit worried and didn't want to take any risks, because the roads were on a very dangerous state. To see my team-mates falling down really made me see that staying on the bike was already a victory today. I knew that the breakaway would split in the finale if they took more risks than I wanted, and that's how it happened. Hats off to Wellens and Moscon, a well deserved first and second, but for me, taking 3rd is like a victory. Keeping the pace of those guys uphill after everything that happened is something to be really happy about. I knew I was doing well, but not so much.”
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 26, 2018, 20:19
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Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Mellow Velo on January 26, 2018, 20:23
 I caught the highlights.
The race was marred by a number of crashes in the damp conditions.
Valverde attacked off the front all day, Brambilla yo yo'd off the lead quartet.
Muhlberger dropped out of contention on the final descent. Probably a crash but maybe a mechanical.
Come the sprint in Deia, Wellens squeezed Moscon out on the final corner.
 Moscon had the option to push Wellens out the way, but chose to sit up...... :D

Re San Juan: I noticed that the race thread over on CN for today reads like a Clinic thread.

A roughly translated quote from over there.

"I don't know that rider's name but we tried to catch him and , well.....he just put more time into us"

Errrr, Oscar Sevilla. :lol
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: killswitch on January 26, 2018, 21:52

A roughly translated quote from over there.

"I don't know that rider's name but we tried to catch him and , well.....he just put more time into us"

Errrr, Oscar Sevilla. :lol

https://twitter.com/Bielalibre/status/956986412120846337
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on January 26, 2018, 22:05
[1]
 1. (LukasCPH please note which year this is  :angel)
I am nonplussed. :slow
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Mellow Velo on January 27, 2018, 08:24
 Finally found it on etb.
Trofeo Sierra de Tramuntana's 15 minutes of highlights.

http://www.eitb.eus/es/deportes/ciclismo/videos/detalle/5361365/video-resumen-seguda-etapa-challenge-mallorca-2018-gana-wellens/

4 minutes of the first trofeo.

http://www.eitb.eus/es/deportes/ciclismo/detalle/5358733/challenge-mallorca-2018-john-degenkolb-primer-vencedor-mallorca/


Now, for those wishing to see something really special, the last 35kms of San Juan, yesterday. :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=691mRnYkouw
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Joelsim on January 27, 2018, 12:22
He should come over to Europe.

He’d win the Giro, Tour and Vuelta, plus the worlds and every classic.

At a canter.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on January 27, 2018, 15:24
I am nonplussed. :slow

 :lol I had read your corrections with regards to my calendar skills in an earlier post.  :lol

You obviously forgot how poor they are  :angel
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 27, 2018, 20:47


Moreno wins (just had enough of a buffer to avoid a major embarrassment on the last stage), but Kipkemboi was the real star.

Coquard beaten twice by Mareczko, so for the moment the lack of a TdF wildcard doesn't look too silly.

Didn't see the sprint stages, but the Queen stage was pretty good. One improvement would be a slightly shorter TT.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on January 28, 2018, 01:05
Didn't see the sprint stages, but the Queen stage was pretty good. One improvement would be a slightly shorter TT.
I saw the ITT and the final stage on #baku duty.
It played out exactly as you'd expect - break goes, gets 2:30 minutes, escapees attack each other on penultimate lap, everyone is caught on final lap, sprint.
The ITT ... was an ITT. I agree that it was too long for a stage race with this lack of difficulties, becoming too decisive for what was otherwise two mass sprints and a small group arriving together.

Now to my criticism of the race:
Other than the crossings of the finish line, there was no indication whatever of how far along in the stage they were at any given point (except for a running clock that showed the time raced, which is nice, I guess, but doesn't say anything about distance covered or left). I'm dedicated, but not even I am prepared to memorise the route map of a 2.5-hour crit stage including local landmarks etc. just to be able to tell if they're at 5 or at 3 km to go.
Contrary to the road stages, there was no live timing in the ITT - where it would have been very useful indeed! All we had there was one quick look at the intermediate standings halfway through (which later rose to infamous prominence as the 'provisional stage result').
Maybe the Arabic commentator(s) said something about riders' ITT times or the distance to go ... but I don't understand Arabic.

If you want your race to be taken seriously and develop it into something more than a gadget that you can brag about to your sheikh peers, this is simply not good enough.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Mellow Velo on January 28, 2018, 11:07
 Ignore the obvious link mistake.
Trofeo Andratx's 15 minutes of highlights from rtve.

http://www.rtve.es/alacarta/videos/ciclismo/ciclismo-challenge-ciclista-mallorca-3-jornada-trofeo-serra-tramuntana/4441540/
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 28, 2018, 20:41


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I wasn't totally crackers having Alex in my CQ team last year. Very weak field for a 2.1 and the parcour wasn't as tough as I had it in my head, but he deserved the win for sure. He was part of the break for three days in a row with the middle of those being the only unsuccessful day as he and Vogt got caught with 500m to go.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 29, 2018, 05:28


Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 29, 2018, 18:57
I saw the ITT and the final stage on #baku duty.
It played out exactly as you'd expect - break goes, gets 2:30 minutes, escapees attack each other on penultimate lap, everyone is caught on final lap, sprint.
The ITT ... was an ITT. I agree that it was too long for a stage race with this lack of difficulties, becoming too decisive for what was otherwise two mass sprints and a small group arriving together.

Now to my criticism of the race:
Other than the crossings of the finish line, there was no indication whatever of how far along in the stage they were at any given point (except for a running clock that showed the time raced, which is nice, I guess, but doesn't say anything about distance covered or left). I'm dedicated, but not even I am prepared to memorise the route map of a 2.5-hour crit stage including local landmarks etc. just to be able to tell if they're at 5 or at 3 km to go.
Contrary to the road stages, there was no live timing in the ITT - where it would have been very useful indeed! All we had there was one quick look at the intermediate standings halfway through (which later rose to infamous prominence as the 'provisional stage result').
Maybe the Arabic commentator(s) said something about riders' ITT times or the distance to go ... but I don't understand Arabic.

If you want your race to be taken seriously and develop it into something more than a gadget that you can brag about to your sheikh peers, this is simply not good enough.

I dunno. I think you're being a bit harsh.

If it was just a plaything or some sort of status symbol, wouldn't they have splashed the cash and invited some bigger teams and names? The fact that it has evolved up from a 2.2 to a 2.1 and they haven't gone overboard on upgrading the field gives it a more organic feel and suggests to me that the budget isn't unlimited.

I would be congratulating them on offering free coverage of the entire race from start to finish (a certain WT race offered zero live coverage). The lack of times and splits is always annoying, but as you said, maybe the comms were giving some info and we couldn't understand the lingo.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on January 29, 2018, 19:01


Didn't the Algerians used to not invite the Moroccans to races and vice versa? Zibans mustn't have got the memo.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on January 29, 2018, 20:01
Ah yes, the annual crashfest. Always gets the big Italian names out of bed early in the year though.

Nibali didn't get out of bed but it was a crashfest. Ouch. :o
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on January 30, 2018, 09:49
If it was just a plaything or some sort of status symbol, wouldn't they have splashed the cash and invited some bigger teams and names? The fact that it has evolved up from a 2.2 to a 2.1 and they haven't gone overboard on upgrading the field gives it a more organic feel and suggests to me that the budget isn't unlimited.
I'd counter this by saying that they care so little about the race apart from it being a status symbol that they simply didn't want to invite bigger teams. Also because the budget isn't limitless, but mostly because that inter-emirate rivalry is so intense.

UAE Team Emirates & Bahrain Merida would be obvious choices for top teams, you'd think ... but then, those are teams from Abu Dhabi and Bahrain[1]. And more than having a stellar field, a billionaire sheikh cares about not being upstaged by his rival sheikh's team in his own race. #uae & #bahrain would have wiped the floor with the #sharjah Sharjah Team - that is unacceptable. Rather lose out to "Giro and Tour stage winners" (or however you'd spin #delko #wilier #vital) that nobody in Sharjah recognises than to be upstaged by 'the other emirate'.

I would be congratulating them on offering free coverage of the entire race from start to finish (a certain WT race offered zero live coverage). The lack of times and splits is always annoying, but as you said, maybe the comms were giving some info and we couldn't understand the lingo.
Other than stage 3 (which I didn't see), the race was an utter bore. Free coverage of watching paint dry still only lets you watch paint dry.
I'm not opposed to watching dull sprint stages per se, but even I draw the line somewhere.
 1. they're actually Italian and Italo-Slovenian, but the sheikhs don't know that
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on February 03, 2018, 09:33
Colombia Oro y Paz 6th - 11th February

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Stage 1 Circuito Palmira (99.9km)

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9 laps

Stage 2 Palmira › Palmira (183.4km)

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Stage 3 Palmira › Buga (163.2km)

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Stage 4 Buga › Alto Boquerón (El Tambo) (149.5km)

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Stage 5 Pereira › Salento (163.7km)

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Stage 6 Armenia › Manizales (Torre de Chipre) (187.7km)

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List of competing teams:

Movistar - Quintana
Quick-Step Floors - Gaviria and Alaphilippe
EF Drapac - Uran
Sky - Bernal and Henao

Manazana Postobon - Molano and Reyes
Burgos BH
Holowesko Citadel - Eisenhart and Murphy
Israel Cycling Academy - Avila and Raim
Androni Sidermec - Sosa and Malucelli
Euskadi Murias
CCC Sprandi
UnitedHealthcare - Tvetcov and Acevedo
Bardiani CSF - Ciccone and Guardini
 
Coldeportes Zenu - Cano and Rubiano
Medellin Inder - Sevilla and Mendoza
Bicicletas Strongman - Cala
GW Shimano - Serpa and Parra
EPM
Illuminate - Laas
Trevigiani Phonix - Penalver and Montoya
Orgullo Paisa - Montiel
Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima - Richeze and Escuela

Colombia - Pantano and Atapuma
Russia
Italy - Vigano
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on February 03, 2018, 09:35
https://twitter.com/BiciGoga/status/959603781393698822
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on February 03, 2018, 09:42
I was surprised to see Vigano on that list... but it seems like it's the Italian National Track team competing there

http://www.cicloweb.it/2018/02/01/colombia-oro-y-paz-al-via-nazionale-azzurra-pistard/
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on February 03, 2018, 13:17
I was surprised to see that it is softer than the average Tour of Norway on the stage profiles. I thought these columbians only practiced on 90 degree slopes!

#quickstep Gaviria (if recovered) wins everything!
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on February 06, 2018, 18:22
https://twitter.com/CiclismoInter/status/960933244676997120

Big gap left by the Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima(?) rider. Molano did well to stay in Gaviria's wheel, but you feel the Quick-Step rider didn't even have to get out of third gear.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on February 06, 2018, 19:14
https://twitter.com/CiclismoInter/status/960933244676997120

Big gap left by the Agrupacion Virgen De Fatima(?) rider. Molano did well to stay in Gaviria's wheel, but you feel the Quick-Step rider didn't even have to get out of third gear.

Yeah, not much competition there. I saw a bit of it earlier on, seems not to be geo-restricted.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on February 07, 2018, 20:19
https://twitter.com/Noticiclismo1/status/961331758397640705

Deja vu all over again.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on February 08, 2018, 19:16
https://twitter.com/CiclismoInter/status/961669916427505664



The only interesting thing from today's finish was that I found out the correct way of saying Hodeg. Not Hod-egg or Hoe-deg, but what sounded like Hotch or even Hodge, which got me thinking, is he a descendant of a Brit (a miner?) who went over to Colombia in the 19th century? Fast forward a few generations and Hodge has been misspelt at some point over the years, but retains the original pronunciation.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on February 08, 2018, 20:18
The only interesting thing from today's finish was that I found out the correct way of saying Hodeg. Not Hod-egg or Hoe-deg, but what sounded like Hotch or even Hodge
:o
When you look at the way(s) Colombians (and other Latin Americans) spell Brian, Stephen, Jonathan etc., nothing would surprise me.

Also: We need (more) teams to make recordings of their riders pronouncing their own names!
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on February 08, 2018, 22:02
#quickstep Gaviria (if recovered) wins everything!
So far true  :D

tomorrow as well?

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Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Joelsim on February 08, 2018, 22:43
:o
When you look at the way(s) Colombians (and other Latin Americans) spell Brian, Stephen, Jonathan etc., nothing would surprise me.

Also: We need (more) teams to make recordings of their riders pronouncing their own names!

We have Rob Hatch for that.

And Ben Airman.

But I don’t know why he doesn’t say Moykle Maaathews gobber.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: M Gee on February 09, 2018, 01:53
GA-VIR-IA, GA-VIR-IA!

Yup. Should be an interesting season this year. Is Gaviria penciled in for the Giro, or TdF?

I was surprised to see that it is softer than the average Tour of Norway on the stage profiles. I thought these columbians only practiced on 90 degree slopes!

#quickstep Gaviria (if recovered) wins everything!

Yeah! I was a bit surprised at the myself. It's a Columbian stage race! so WTF is up with the profile! Well, maybe that final climb on the last day is more than it looks like on the profile.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Joelsim on February 09, 2018, 08:27
GA-VIR-IA, GA-VIR-IA!

Yup. Should be an interesting season this year. Is Gaviria penciled in for the Giro, or TdF?

Yeah! I was a bit surprised at the myself. It's a Columbian stage race! so WTF is up with the profile! Well, maybe that final climb on the last day is more than it looks like on the profile.

Gaviria is riding the Tour as well as all the Classics including PR and RVV.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on February 09, 2018, 18:26
https://twitter.com/BrainOnWheels/status/962028154520031232

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on February 10, 2018, 20:13
https://twitter.com/CiclismoaTope12/status/962409610853437441

The organizers couldn't have scripted it better if they tried.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on February 12, 2018, 18:53
https://twitter.com/BrainOnWheels/status/962763798644953090



A rather chaotic finale, but entertaining nonetheless. The sudden appearance of the, till then invisible, remainder of the break had me scratching my head for a bit. The teams weren't too sure what was happening either as some riders reported radios not working.

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DVycz3DX0AMkbgd.jpg)

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on March 02, 2018, 16:12
couldn't find an Innsbruck 2018 thread...

Quote
George Bennett calls for support ahead of 2018 Road World Championships

[...]

because the course is unlikely to suit any of the country's other leading World Tour professionals, who may not even finish, Cycling New Zealand is weighing up whether to send Bennett on his own.

[...]

 "I really hope that's not the case because if that's the attitude these guys don't really understand the role of domestiques in cycling. I need team-mates, it doesn't matter if they finish or not. You need guys who can do the first 150km and keep me out of trouble, otherwise we have the same situation as Rio where you just can't do anything," Bennett said.

"If they actually believe in me slightly then they need to support me. It's all well and good to jump on the bandwagon when I do well but they need to show some support and send a team and it needs to our strongest team and not with an eye on worrying whether they are going to get around the course or not because that's irrelevant.

"At the end of the day it's just the result of the best rider and these guys will go there to help, and it's the same on a different course where I'd go to help if it suited their strengths better."


http://www.stuff.co.nz/nz-newspapers/central-north-island/sport/sport-region-6459/101723485/George-Bennett-calls-for-support-ahead-of-2018-Road-World-Championships
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Flo on March 05, 2018, 11:20
Another win for #polartec's Matteo Moschetti yesterday, in GP Rhodes *gr , 3 wins in little over a week :cool

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on March 11, 2018, 18:58
Uno-x development team #unox have upped their game for this season, and it seems to work already  :cool
Win for Syver Wærsted in final stage of Tour of Rhodes.



Edit: the above results was to show the stage.... but procyclingstats shows the GC winner instead.  :angry

Edit LukasCPH: PCS have really fliped up their embedding-of-last-stage-of-a-stage-race somehow, God knows how (or why). Here is the stage 3 result:
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on March 11, 2018, 19:18
Team Coop #coop takes home Istrian Spring Trophy - winner:  Krister Hagen - could this finally be his year? He has been one of the stronger Norwegian conti riders for years, but maybe not quite getting the competition results to prove it. Now he's on a different track, can he keep going?

(https://i.imgur.com/smDOUoB.png)

I actually think these results leaves #joker Team joker as the only *no conti team without a victory so far this season. How times have changed.  :o
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on March 31, 2018, 17:35


Saw the winning move before the feed died. Verona hitched himself to the pocket rocket but he had no hope beyond just hanging out. Valverde is on his own planet right now. Calmejane tried to chase but ran out of gas. Good result for the young Aussie Schultz.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on April 03, 2018, 11:59
A couple of French races from last weekend:





Yes, folks, the Swiss champ is back and looking strong already here (1st and 10th). At #bmc Dillier had fewer opportunities to do the typical, mouvementé style of French racing which totally suits him, so it's no surprise that he will have enjoyed these races.

And another result for fastman Marc Sarreau, who is now responsible for three of the five wins at #fdj in 2018. At 24, he still has plenty of room to improve his performance on the bike and, hopefully, in interviews:

"I've had a good start to the season, I'm happy with it. But since the E3 I've struggled to get sharper again. I'm almost done for now. I rode a lot early on this year, so I'm starting to get tired now ... Later this season, I'll be riding for Arnaud Démare. [And] the objective is to deliver these results at a higher level."

https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/65132/marc-sarreau-juste-a-terminer-le-travail (FR)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on April 11, 2018, 11:28
It's the Brabantse Pijl today and for me it brings back those golden days when I was on sabbatical, living nearby and riding on some part of the parcours most days.  :cool

This is a 201km jaunt across Brabant, from Leuven in the east down to the Walloon half of the old seat and back again, finishing with the tough circuit around the Druivenstreek, the grape growing district of Overijse. And in case you were wondering, it's greenhouses only, folks, no vineyards. For those you have to go over to the Hageland, where the women were racing at the end of Feb. :-x

But I digress. The field is decent (7 WT teams represented), with a sort of transitional mix of Classics all-rounders winding down together with Ardennes specialists looking to get an early start line up in Leuven.

In recent years there has been a reduced sprint, won last year by Colbrelli of #bahrain (who returns) and in 2016 by Matthews (who doesn't) but guys like #lotto duo Benoot and Wellens will prefer to break it up. They will perhaps find allies in Teuns #bmc, Jungels #quickstep and the probably underraced Barguil #fortuneo, while Coquard #vital, Impey #mitchelton and Boasson Hagen #didata may want to keep things together.

Also look out for Taaramae taking on leadership of #direct, recent Volta Limburg winner Tratnik of #ccc, the Odd Viking #wanty if he's still strong and the French fastment Jules #wallonie and Boudat if it comes to a sprint.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on April 12, 2018, 10:13
It's the Brabantse Pijl today and for me it brings back those golden days when I was on sabbatical, living nearby and riding on some part of the parcours most days.  :cool

This is a 201km jaunt across Brabant, from Leuven in the east down to the Walloon half of the old seat and back again, finishing with the tough circuit around the Druivenstreek, the grape growing district of Overijse. And in case you were wondering, it's greenhouses only, folks, no vineyards. For those you have to go over to the Hageland, where the women were racing at the end of Feb. :-x

But I digress. The field is decent (7 WT teams represented), with a sort of transitional mix of Classics all-rounders winding down together with Ardennes specialists looking to get an early start line up in Leuven.

In recent years there has been a reduced sprint, won last year by Colbrelli of #bahrain (who returns) and in 2016 by Matthews (who doesn't) but guys like #lotto duo Benoot and Wellens will prefer to break it up. They will perhaps find allies in Teuns #bmc, Jungels #quickstep and the probably underraced Barguil #fortuneo, while Coquard #vital, Impey #mitchelton and Boasson Hagen #didata may want to keep things together.

Also look out for Taaramae taking on leadership of #direct, recent Volta Limburg winner Tratnik of #ccc, the Odd Viking #wanty if he's still strong and the French fastment Jules #wallonie and Boudat if it comes to a sprint.

A scattergun approach to picking favourites (6 out of the eventual top 10) often yields a good outcome but few will offer much kudos if one of the names takes the prize, especially in the case of Tim Wellens, whose irresistible late attack had "solo win" written all over it from the moment he got out of the saddle.

And yet, apart from #lotto, the other team dominating the race was #bahrain, which had just as many if not more reasons to expect a win in Overijse. Gasparotto's hesitation in chasing was critical to Wellens' success because, as in last year's edition, the heavier Colbrelli had suffered on the climbs but so far managed to get back on every time.

You cannot fault the least elegant of Italians for trying and Colbrelli's second place was nothing if not deserved. He is a real battler and should feature again on Sunday, where he will probably endure the same death by hills all over again as a backup solution for Nibali, Gasparotto and the Izagirre brothers.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Mellow Velo on April 13, 2018, 14:43
Tro-Bro Léon 2018 (1.1)

Lannilis  ›  Lannilis   (203.2k)

Yes, once again it's time for the other Sunday in Hell race.
The one that seems happy to sit sleepily in the shadow of it's bigger brothers and sisters.
A kind of rouler's rural retreat, with it's eccentric parcour and prizes to match.
Hardly surprising since Tro-Bro (Breton for Tour of Leon) sprung from the mad mind of Jean Paul Mellouet, a cartoonist and amateur cyclist, who dreamed................................small.
Sometimes referred to as “Le Petit Paris-Roubaix” and “The Hell of the West,” the Tro Bro's "unusual" parcour still gets the odd tweak from Mellouet, who is constantly on the look out for new ribinou section to add to the mix.

(https://cdn-cyclingtips.pressidium.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/80A_1266-2.jpg)
(http://www.clichesbenedicte.com/uploads/1/2/5/7/12578982/7975780_orig.jpg)
(https://www.iam.ch/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/IAMcycling_TroBroLeon_11.jpg)
(https://media.gettyimages.com/photos/illustration-16042006-tro-bro-leon-2006-lannilis-picture-id820066536)

Mellouet is also responsible for the incredible poster artwork, that promote the race; all of which can be viewed here:

https://www.trobroleon.com/historique

Each year now refers to the previous winner. Hence, this year, we have:

(https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/mtut2ptd68SeQ7shcWKFrMdYYiY=/0x0:878x1200/1320x0/filters:focal(0x0:878x1200)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/10641993/DRe9T71WkAAV8Gz.jpg)

 Unfortunately, maps and wotnot are less prominent, but here is what we have:

(https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/TLec3sdVKp4Yq-iP0cfD9Qr7oyc=/0x0:1214x207/1320x0/filters:focal(0x0:1214x207)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/10640591/LllqR2o.jpg)

(https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/ksLB3U-_ciDywwVU65nwS4HiI_k=/0x0:725x490/1320x0/filters:focal(0x0:725x490)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/10640599/GNhUooB.jpg)

 Like Paris-Roubaix, the race is often anarchic. In 2014, there were 56 finishers. In 2015, there were 32. In 2016 and 2017 there were 64.  Last year, Damien Gaudin and Frederik Backaert escaped with about 40 km to go and held off the pack, mainly by the work of the eventual winner, Gaudin.



 
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on April 15, 2018, 22:33
Rasmus Tiller   #champno #joker almost made my day!



Awsome race, like Strade Bianche is just a copy!  :cool
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on April 16, 2018, 12:03
Laporte again, right before he takes a break. The young sprinter said:

"There were 15 of us out front and there was no way we could have gone to the finish as a group. So you had to go first. The best means of defence is attack. I also had Hugo Hofstetter in that group, so I told myself 'I'll go full gas and if it doesn't work out, we've still got Hugo'. It paid off.

I had to make a big effort to catch up with Damien Gaudin [who counterattacked from the leading bunch to reach the breakaway] ... I really paid for that but I could hide at the back then wait for the last circuit to go again. That's what I did.

If I hadn't won today, I would have said [my Spring campaign was] only decent, even with three wins in hand. My favourite race is Paris-Roubaix. I got sick in that week and I wasn't 100% on the start line. Today, I was all-in. I had the anger. I wanted to give it all before going on holiday. So that's a good end to my first part of the season. I'm really happy. It's a nice race with a big reputation."

https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/65480/christophe-laporte-j-avais-la-rage (FR)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 16, 2018, 17:12
Tour of the Gila 18th - 22nd April

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/985636969144238080/7vQ7R6HN_400x400.jpg)

Stage 1 MOGOLLON ROAD RACE (148km)



The proper finish returns after last year's flood damage. "Pronunciation hint: Most longtime locals say Mogollon as mug-ee-own".

Stage 2 INNER LOOP ROAD RACE (120.7km)



Stage 3 TYRONE TT (26km)



Stage 4 DOWNTOWN SILVER CITY CRITERIUM (69.5km)



40 laps.

Stage 5 GILA MONSTER ROAD RACE (161.9km)



(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DaeLABPU0AAO4sj.jpg)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 16, 2018, 17:15
christophe-laporte-j-avais-la-rage

"I had rabies".
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on April 17, 2018, 08:16
"I had rabies".

Brilliant and true. :D That is very hard to translate. "Fire in the belly" is too parochial and possibly hyperbolic, while "anger" and literal "rage" are both probably misplaced. He was not "angry" as such, it was just that he didn't get to ride PR in his best shape and he wanted to go all-in before his holiday. Perhaps it has to do with the traditional view of anger as a negative emotion but it isn't easy to find the right tone with that.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on April 17, 2018, 14:45
Tour of Croatia

Not quite the field of last year (no Nibs) but decent TV coverage and a rare opportunity to see an all-Colombian team, Dark Sider Matteo Rabottini and young talent Ziga Jerman among the bigs. And two MTFs.

(http://www.tourofcroatia.com/images/cache/stage/2838a0035d08f5d8c4ab783a211d0a5b.jpg)

(http://www.tourofcroatia.com/images/cache/stage/ead73b301d7b0a16386443d4e4ba8dbe.jpg)

(http://www.tourofcroatia.com/images/cache/stage/c4be57262c879b43e8b1fcc4981527ab.jpg)

(http://www.tourofcroatia.com/images/cache/stage/1804154cb6f8d91fdb7672b0c7cfdbc5.jpg)

(http://www.tourofcroatia.com/images/cache/stage/0a0ad439d785c75abfd53fd5738f6f93.jpg)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on April 17, 2018, 15:10
Tour of the Gila 18th - 22nd April

Almost completely unaware of this race back in 2014, I happened to be roadtripping through the region and found myself behind the race convoy on the final "Gila Monster" stage. I think I must have driven 50km like that and it was a very tough finale. One guy was right at the back but held on to the finish and I don't think he was even OTL'd.

EDIT: Nope, he was OTL'd.

(http://i68.tinypic.com/16m9c1i.jpg)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on April 17, 2018, 16:43
Tour of Croatia

Not quite the field of last year (no Nibs) but decent TV coverage and a rare opportunity to see an all-Colombian team, Dark Sider Matteo Rabottini and young talent Ziga Jerman among the bigs. And two MTFs.

yeah, not quite what you would expect from a race just upgraded to 2.HC

The sprint field is okay'ish at least. Bonifazio took stage 1 after elbowing Guardini out of the way

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on April 17, 2018, 19:03
yeah, not quite what you would expect from a race just upgraded to 2.HC
Huh.
Last I checked[1], a 2.HC race may only invite two foreign Conti teams. This race has four:
*si Ljubljana Gusto Xaurum, *ro MsTina-Focus, *si Adria Mobil, and *co Bicicletas Strongman Colombia Coldeportes (plus *hr Meridiana Kamen who are from Croatia).

I guess some[2] UCI rules aren't even worth the paper they're written on. :shh
 1. and I just checked again to make sure
 2. only some?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on April 17, 2018, 19:55
I asked Tony Moan. Two foreign conti teams, and three from Yugoslavia. No problemo
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 17, 2018, 20:17
https://twitter.com/velonews/status/986286710005776384

I thought it was Horner who helped out a bit financially the last year or so. I could be wrong.

https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/986309530962325504

Haven't checked it out due to CN's new ad blocker measures.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 18, 2018, 16:34
https://twitter.com/TouroftheGila/status/986623696730112000

I'm unable to find a start list that I trust, but one late team entrant is Costa Rica.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 18, 2018, 17:22
https://twitter.com/mobiusBridgeLn/status/986637465883574272

Leader: Prado #canels

Chasers: Hernandez #aevolo Brenes #teamcr
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 18, 2018, 19:49
https://twitter.com/TouroftheGila/status/986677702638821377
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on April 18, 2018, 20:09
VR favourite gets a win and takes over the lead after an eventful day in which high winds caused a temporary neutralisation:



Is the lad worth a shot on a bigger team?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 18, 2018, 20:21
https://twitter.com/TouroftheGila/status/986683742994415616

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on April 18, 2018, 21:30
Is the lad worth a shot on a bigger team?

I like Edu, but I can't really see it tbh. Maybe UAE, if they still need a sprinter for the smaller races
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 19, 2018, 09:12
https://youtu.be/PQURmD-Cv9s

I liked it when someone threw a bottle at Astrid. :lol

Anyway a big gap for the front two. Mannion, Villalobos and Murphy(?) lost a fair bit of time in the last few km.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on April 19, 2018, 09:22
in Croatia today we will (for the first time) get to see the beautiful Sveti Jure climb

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DbILc6RW4AAA0pk.jpg:large)

Should be fun to watch. No idea who'll win though. On the CN forum there seems to be a lot of hype for Pogacar
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 19, 2018, 16:43
https://twitter.com/TouroftheGila/status/986991853571530753

Corte the best placed in the GC I think.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 19, 2018, 18:01
That was too big to succeed.

https://twitter.com/TouroftheGila/status/987011173781356544

New smaller group is Janier Acevedo, Daniel Jaramillo, Christopher Blevins, Cormac Mcgeough and Cullen Easter.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Mellow Velo on April 19, 2018, 18:44
Wow!
Crazy Croatia and that eternal climb on roads from the turn of the Century? (that's 19th to 20th)
This year, we get the full Monty. It took so long I had to go back and check: one hour and fifteen minutes for the winner, Konstantin Siutsou.
Last man home took exactly two hours!
Ended on little more than a goat track, atop a knife edge of rock, with sheer drops to match.
Best of all we had Siutsou and Weening doing track stands, a la Contador and Schleck, inside the final 1.5kms. :D
MotM: Nik Eg.Pulled the whole train for close to an hour and still finished 5th.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on April 19, 2018, 18:46
yeah, this was great to watch indeed. Too bad they got rid of the ~100k TTT :D
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 19, 2018, 18:59
https://twitter.com/TouroftheGila/status/987027512680001536
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on April 19, 2018, 19:00
I like Edu, but I can't really see it tbh. Maybe UAE, if they still need a sprinter for the smaller races
I'm inclined to agree.
He's very good for those 2.1 races, sometimes even 2.HC, but has a hard times finding success in a WT race. And it doesn't help that he's from Romania; an Italian or Belgian sprinter of the same level may find it easier to get a WT contract.

All in all, I think he's better off winning the odd race on this level than placing somewhere between 8th and 21st in WT sprints. Maybe not financially (no idea what #nippo pay him, and how that would compare to a WT team), but overall, in terms of work-life balance etc.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on April 19, 2018, 20:03
https://twitter.com/TouroftheGila/status/987040739958784000

They held on, but not with enough of a gap to take the lead.



TT tomorrow.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: rote_laterne on April 22, 2018, 10:05
I'm inclined to agree.
He's very good for those 2.1 races, sometimes even 2.HC, but has a hard times finding success in a WT race. And it doesn't help that he's from Romania; an Italian or Belgian sprinter of the same level may find it easier to get a WT contract.

All in all, I think he's better off winning the odd race on this level than placing somewhere between 8th and 21st in WT sprints. Maybe not financially (no idea what #nippo pay him, and how that would compare to a WT team), but overall, in terms of work-life balance etc.

Yes, he seemed talented but didn't really improve the last 2 or 3 years. Of course you'll never know if a WT team could better further his talents but he seems to gell well with Nippo.

Great racing from Pogacar, Pearson and especially Eg in Croatia.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on April 22, 2018, 20:39
Can I continue my yearly bashing of #fortuneo now?  :angel
It is not so much about Fortuneo....but the fact that #joker is racing at a lower level, develops ridersbetter  and beats #fortuneo regulary in races.
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to #joker CF Hagen for winning the Tour du Jura.
(the irony and the tragedy is, now the best climber from Joker in recent years, Sindre Lunke,  is racing for..... #fortuneo  :TT ...how many more riders will they destroy?)

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on April 28, 2018, 12:59
well, almost :D

(https://i.imgur.com/p1AWZvT.png)



short highlights are available here (http://www.rtpa.es/deportes:Strakhov-gana-en-la-meta-a-Caicedo-en-la-primera-etapa-de-la-Vuelta-a-Asturias_111524848368.html)

All stages are also covert live on the same channel. Mountain top finish today:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Db2dKGtX0AAm2dX.jpg:large)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on May 06, 2018, 18:35
meanwhile, in Norway, there has been 2 excellent smaller UCI races, unfortunately these still don't get TV coverage:
GP Sundvolden and Ringerike GP.

Saturday, in GP Sundvolden, the one that ends with a 4 kilometer climb, it was usually won by some guy from the flat pancakeland to the south of Norway.

Vi bøyer oss i hatten for #virtu ALexander Kamp.



Today, finally - Team Uno-X Hydrogen development team get their first(?) UCI victory on home soil:

 #unox Syver Wærsted!



There's quite a few steep climbs in this race too (most famous Knestang and Riperbakken), but they are shorter, steeper and more punchy than Kleiva which is the final 4 km limb in GP Sundvolden.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on May 06, 2018, 19:35
https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/993169879174991875

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Joelsim on May 11, 2018, 20:32
OMFG.

Coquard has won a race.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on May 18, 2018, 19:20
OMFG.

Coquard has won a race.

And so has Hofstetter. First pro win after more top 10s this year than I care to count. At flippin' last!



"I always told myself it would happen one day," he told DirectVelo. "Just by trying and trying I knew I'd get a win, so I never put pressure on myself. I didn't go off the rails and that's surely why I've finally won one."

https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/66278/hugo-hofstetter-c-est-une-liberation (FR)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on May 18, 2018, 23:44
love the double silent H. Ügo Ofstetter :win :win
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on May 19, 2018, 09:19
love the double silent H. Ügo Ofstetter :win :win

Big talent wasted at #cofidis, just like Sénéchal was.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on May 19, 2018, 20:30
another win for Cofidis today.

(http://www.cyclismactu.net/photo/news/74425_edet.jpg)

for a moment at least...

https://twitter.com/BrainOnWheels/status/997880935625494528

looks like a clever move to me, not worthy a relegation. And it happened with 5k to go or so. But well...

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on May 20, 2018, 20:00
another win for Cofidis today.

for a moment at least...

https://twitter.com/BrainOnWheels/status/997880935625494528

looks like a clever move to me, not worthy a relegation. And it happened with 5k to go or so. But well...

Spookily enough the day before this happened, something very similar occurred on stage 1 of the Vuelta Alicante.

http://vueltaprovinciaalicante.es/2018/05/18/el-israeli-itamar-einhoren-fue-el-mas-premiado-de-la-primera-etapa/

Two riders out front being chased by eight others. The eight go the shorter way round a roundabout (no marshals or anything to tell them not to go this way according to reports) and catch the two out front with Einhorn (one of the eight) winning the sprint. They fudged the result even more than l'Ain however by giving the stage win to the first finisher of the two that were out front initially and the GC lead to Einhorn.
Title: Baloise Belgium Tour 2018
Post by: L'arri on May 24, 2018, 19:23
Someone had to write about the Baloise Belgium Tour, so I guess it might as well be me.

Yesterday's opening stage was really a bit of a mess. Crashes everywhere and some of the responsibility laid at the door of the organisers, who this year have invited several teams with an eye-watering lack of familiarity with Flemish racing (cobbles, gutters, cars on the road, lots of corners): Bardiani-CSF, Euskadi-Murias, Burgos-BH, Sovac-Natura4Ever.  :o :o :o

So much for that but it was indeed a crashfest and not just for the local trucks ...

(http://i68.tinypic.com/104n2vp.jpg)

Not that it looked that way on paper: it was business as usual for the resurgent Andre Greipel.



Same today, really. Greipel didn't win by a lot - his leadout was perfectly executed but began rather too early - but the Gorilla is very much present and correct these days:



The rest of the race isn't particularly hard. Friday's TT is short and flat (11km) and twice each up the Côte d'Ereffe and the Mur de Huy on Saturday isn't going to be too hard with only three WT teams in the field.

Title: Tour des Fjords
Post by: L'arri on May 24, 2018, 19:29
A fabulous neo pro season continues for Jakobsen.



After failing to win a stage at Romandie and otherwise slightly underperforming elsewhere, Old Man Albasini seemed to be winding up a crap Spring ... or so we thought.



This was a nice first pro win for "Bjorn" Bjorg Lambrecht, the runner up in last year's Tour de l'Avenir. Big things to come from this lad. Haven't seen the video but he won on ST with faster guys and I didn't think he could sprint ...

Title: Re: Tour des Fjords
Post by: LukasCPH on May 24, 2018, 20:54
This was a nice first pro win for "Bjorn" Bjorg Lambrecht, the runner up in last year's Tour de l'Avenir. Big things to come from this lad. Haven't seen the video but he won on ST with faster guys and I didn't think he could sprint ...
Stage 3 finished up a ~500 metre, 8% climb. ;)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on May 24, 2018, 21:02
...after local laps in Egersund so technical/dangerous that both #jumbo Amund Grøndal Jansen and #didata Edvald Boasson Hagen were quite angry afterwards, for like 2 minutes on national news right now... 
Hushovd told them to calm down, but the stage could definetly have been a crashfest if not for Norway's customary sunny and warm cycling weather. Jansen Valverde and Boazo are not hotheaded like Lars Boom, quite the opposite: it is very unusual to see them complain like this.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on May 30, 2018, 10:33
Tour of Bihor 1st - 3rd June

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/968549039863222273/FQOvhHpT_400x400.jpg)

Stage 1 Oradea – Bratca – Oradea (180km)

(https://tourofbihor.ro/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Altitudinea-ET-1-2018.jpg)

Stage 2A Oradea – Stana de Vale (86km)

(https://tourofbihor.ro/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Altitudinea-ET-2A-2018.jpg)

12.3km at 6.9%

Stage 2B Avram Iancu – Unirii Square TT (1.9km)

(https://tourofbihor.ro/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Altitudinea-ET-2B-2018.jpg)

Stage 3 Oradea – Marghita – Oradea (171km)

(https://tourofbihor.ro/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/Altitudinea-ET-3-2018.jpg)

Exact same course as last year when Torres won the overall (Chirico second and Sosa third).

Competing teams:

ANDRONI – SIDERMEC – BOTTECHIA

PROJECT NICE COTE D’AZUR
0711 | CYCLING
AC SPARTA PRAHA
WSA PUSHBIKERS
TREVIGIANI PHONIX-HEMUS 1896
CK PRIBRAM FANY GASTRO
TEAM SAPURA
TORKU SEKERSPOR
TEAM NOVAK
KOBANYA CYCLING TEAM
MSTINA  FOCUS PRO CYCLING TEAM

NATIONALA SERBIEI
NATIONALA MOLDOVEI

CYCLING TEAM FRIULI
NOVO NORDISK DEVELOPMENT TEAM
BIG HUNTER BELTRAMI TSA SEANESE
CSA STEAUA BUCURESTI
TEAM KTM
TEAM CERVELO
WOHNBEFINDEN GRAZ ARBO
UVT DEVRON-WEST CYCLING TEAM

A couple of other teams (Tirol and Dukla Banska Bystrica) were announced via twitter a while back, but they aren't on the website at the mo, so I guess they have changed their plans.

@tourofbihor (https://twitter.com/tourofbihor/with_replies)
@faustocoppi60 (https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/with_replies)
#tourofbihor (https://twitter.com/hashtag/tourofbihor?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on May 30, 2018, 10:46
let's see who'll be around for Androni to make it three in a row... #torku Raileanu is probably the only one who may be able to challenge them?!
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on May 30, 2018, 15:02
The rest of the race isn't particularly hard. Friday's TT is short and flat (11km) and twice each up the Côte d'Ereffe and the Mur de Huy on Saturday isn't going to be too hard with only three WT teams in the field.

Here's the wrap-up on a fairly dreary edition of the Baloise Belgium Tour.

Well as it turned out, massive-headed Jelle Vanendert partied like it was 2011 and gave us a nice solo win on the queen stage around Wanze. Teammate Keukeleire, who I had been thinking might have made a mistake going to #lotto, somehow managed to hang tough behind and rolled into the overall lead. He kept that easily the following day on a completely featureless run-in to Tongeren, the symbolic home of that mythical guy whose name I forget.



Note that Le Coq Fautif was finally restored to Le Coq Sportif again in the last sprint there. Terrible inaugural year for #vital but things can only get better.

Ambiorix.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on May 31, 2018, 06:48
Competing teams:
0711 | CYCLING
They cancelled their participation, I learned from @faustocoppi60 (https://twitter.com/faustocoppi60/with_replies).

The team doesn't have a Conti license this year, and nobody is quite sure which riders are on the team and which aren't.
As far as I know, they haven't done any race at all so far as a team. :fp
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on May 31, 2018, 22:47
let's see who'll be around for Androni to make it three in a row... #torku Raileanu is probably the only one who may be able to challenge them?!

just checked the pictures from the team presentation (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=ms.c.eJxFU1mSxUAIutGUu3L~%3Bi01pWt~_vQWiBMLIIqeSulmJ~%3BjCymLBchUo0dAFURqJoBwdJEiMNyBxRVUVr8BgqbAXQRhVlReaRR5q6aSQ~%3BhTo3w5Icwyn5Hsj1EWjYp2a1EzYrrW~%3BHUXnHblzr3V4MtwiQaEfAlDR5SiV35~%3BICcbEqrqOEN0FZEFq9K1gyAWseY5jhbjmIdDlqEUPtB4PVDpP0w0TuupB8m5HscqFUY6zowD2PBchiGg~%3BY4R4xBshwSI1u~_sqTZK8ZLWjrZSu0g~_MuFN5fgnHe85Ji~_4~_h3XOqYrLWyNbcE7paSTo4El0t6k~_r5QT6DvMKU23DoVqpi~%3BIBcC78GxTWIubPNyG2ys3YusO1paHeMrbb8bDErthxKNI7Jrfg4li8GbsGJ0i~%3BsGoNAa5D7kIrew3IQwYsI835Y0UbJGFnoyoKrZf3~_ShXpAZ9B6Y3QwDY5vn~%3BOHoKQPIWxU1GfoDK2MHCfOuAQ9SF0k4v40hf6B2GS3ZE~-.bps.a.1978093438868444.1073741841.1084491448228652&type=1)... Raileanu is not around, but Androni bringt Sosa, Rivera and Bisolti for the climbs and Malucelli for the sprints. This will be tough for anyone else to get a stage win I guess... best chance is probably the ITT

edit: in the end, #torku Railenau seems to be there. No idea why he didn't attend the team presentation

https://twitter.com/tourofbihor/status/1002451837965004801

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 01, 2018, 18:23
(http://i68.tinypic.com/k0shw8.png)

Some other names are back again if you believe the on-screen graphics. ;)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 01, 2018, 18:34
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 02, 2018, 20:34


2B doesn't want to show it's face, but Salzmann took the win for WSA Pushbikers.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on June 03, 2018, 06:52
Here's 2b, a very short ITT. Only slightly longer than the prologue in Sibiu next month:
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 03, 2018, 17:06
Meanwhile in France, CX don and 2020 full-time roadie to-be MVDP repeats his GC win the Boucles de la Mayenne.



Perhaps the bigger story here though is the resurgent Bouhanni (albeit at UCI-2 level) and the conclusion of a five-win banner week for #cofidis.

Until May came around, the cheap loaners had chalked a mere four wins on the board and all of them from Laporte. Now we are in the first week of June and Vasseur's boys have a tally of fifteen! :cool They need just one more win to make this their best season since 2015.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 03, 2018, 17:15
Another team whose fortunes finally seem to be looking up is #wanty although, unlike #cofidis lately, this is largely thanks to one rider. Van Der Schueren's riders are rarely prolific anyway but, apart from two wins from Guillaume Martin in April, the trophy cupboard for 2018 was completely empty.

So it's all thanks to third-tier sprinter Andrea Pasqualon, who's been at Wanty since last year but has obviously taken a while to settle in. The Italian has delivered four wins in just over a week, the most impressive of which is a GC hang-on at the Tour de Luxembourg against an admittedly weak field.



Note another Cofidis win on the last day there for the hard working Anthony Pérez.

Nice podium spots too for Slovene Jan Tratnik of #ccc, who is turning out to be quite a solid leader for the Polish team, and U23 local boy Pit Leyder, who also took the youth jersey this week.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 04, 2018, 05:26
https://twitter.com/wcstats/status/1003341619523915778

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 07, 2018, 19:45
Kristoff #uae #champeu won traditional Suisse warm-up race the GP Canton d'Argovie-Gippingen in an uphill sprint. The Norwegian has had a very patchy year so far: a handful of wins but only one at WT level. He needs to have a strong week in Switzerland to calm both him and his team before July.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on June 08, 2018, 10:08
in case anyone was wondering...

https://twitter.com/Illuminatebike/status/1003411476273512448
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 08, 2018, 20:47
It's the one and only Ronde de l'Oise, a short stage race jaunt around the rolling and often foggy roads northeast of Paris.

Norwegian #joker, the team that brought us (or rather #sky) Kristoffer Halvorssen, is on a raiding party south and took the first win of the race.



I remember when Fonseca  #fortuneo was a hot tip. Now he is all of 29 years old and has spent eight long seasons on one of the least performing PCT teams there has ever been. Quo vadis #vitalconcept?

Meanwhile Touze is only 21, folks, and already in his second full season at senior level. He helps #stmichel dig itself out of a deep Spring hole with the team's third win of the season on Stage 2. These races are bread and butter biscuits for a French CT team like this. Did you? Well, did you? I mean, did you see what I did there? Did you?



And look at the Castrated Sociology Textbook in second spot there, riding for #java, a team you see so often in this neck of the woods that Lukas has overlooked the emoji for it. Java is a Singaporean bike brand with a catalogue of imaginatively named models including "Carbon Feroce", "Mito" (should I tell 'em or will you?) and the very original "Bolide".
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on June 09, 2018, 10:25
I remember when Fonseca  #fortuneo was a hot tip. Now he is all of 29 years old and has spent eight long seasons on one of the least performing PCT teams there has ever been. Quo vadis #vitalconcept?

Meanwhile Touze is only 21, folks, and already in his second full season at senior level. He helps #stmichel dig itself out of a deep Spring hole with the team's third win of the season on Stage 2. These races are bread and butter biscuits for a French CT team like this. Did you? Well, did you? I mean, did you see what I did there? Did you?
Yup, I did. We'll return to this eight years from now. :lol

And look at the Castrated Sociology Textbook in second spot there, riding for #java, a team you see so often in this neck of the woods that Lukas has overlooked the emoji for it. Java is a Singaporean bike brand with a catalogue of imaginatively named models including "Carbon Feroce", "Mito" (should I tell 'em or will you?) and the very original "Bolide".
They're on the list!
They're all on the list. But as you say, this Serbo-Greek-Singaporean team does so few races we mention that it wasn't all that urgent until now.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 09, 2018, 19:23
Today's stage of the Ronde de l'Oise was won by Alfred Wright, a mere stripling at 18 years old.



It seems to have been the fashion in the old country around the late 90s and early 2000s to reintroduce all these old forenames.

We're seeing a similar sort of trend here in Belgium where a certain generation of Flemish boys has been landed with florid Italian names (e.g. Massimo Vanderaerden) and the equivalent girls have horrible Aussie/US soap opera knock-offs (e.g. Shari Bossuyt). But I will never understand what inspired the Bekaerts to call their son Yentl.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on June 09, 2018, 19:51
But I will never understand what inspired the Bekaerts to call their son Yentl.
Sounds Yiddish to me. Are they from Antwerpen? ;)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 10, 2018, 15:11
After a bonkers 2017 season for #w52, some foreign team had to take a chance on one of their chancers. After all, a 26-year old from the comic book *pt scene with no palmarès who suddenly challenges WT GC guys deserves a shot in greener pastures right?

Amaro Antunes wrote his claim in bold type last year and in February he donned one of the boldest jerseys in the peloton as #ccc's only rider from south of the Dunaj. To be fair, it's taken him a few months to adjust but he's building up steam now and, at the very least, CCC will surely be getting an invitation to the Volta.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 10, 2018, 15:20
Double coup for Henrik Evensen of #joker. He was the overnight leader in the Ronde de l'Oise but clearly fancied another stage win. Best result in a very patchy career so far for this 23-year old.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 10, 2018, 16:08
2017 - Wout Van Aert beats Dorian Godon. Top CXer beats #cofidis

2018 - MVDP beats Boubou. Top CXer beats #cofidis.



Amuseballs.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on June 10, 2018, 18:14
2017 - Wout Van Aert beats Dorian Godon. Top CXer beats #cofidis

2018 - MVDP beats Boubou. Top CXer beats #cofidis.
:lol

I checked to see if this race finishes on one of the Limburg climbs. It doesn't.
Yes, there is a bit of an uphill kick at the end, but it's only 25 altitude metres from the flamme rouge to the finish.

Is Bouhanni past his zenith if he can't win a sprint against CXers who are at the same point in their seasons as a roadie is in February? :shh
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on June 10, 2018, 21:26
Double coup for Henrik Evensen of #joker. He was the overnight leader in the Ronde de l'Oise but clearly fancied another stage win. Best result in a very patchy career so far for this 23-year old.

It is unusual that he wins races, he is more the kind of rider to be on the winning team. He's a very tall guy and the windshadow behind him helped Kristoffer Halvorsen to win the U-23 worlds in Doha.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: zinoviev letter on June 10, 2018, 22:40
Sam Bennett  #bora wins the Rund Um Köln. Excellent 2nd for Mikhel Raim #academy. Marcel Kittel  #katusha finished down in fifth, which isn’t a particularly brilliant indication of Tour de France form. Apparently Bora went nuts on the small climbs, breaking up the race and dropping Kittel. He got back, but it took something out of him because when Bennett accelerated off his wheel and overtook him, he sat up as soon he knew he wasn’t winning.

Highlights
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2YIMSSpB9_4
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on June 11, 2018, 06:58
And the result of that sprint:
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 18, 2018, 15:09
Le Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc 21st - 24th June

(https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/984375464637681664/Tig5LZkx_400x400.jpg)

Stage 1 SAINT-MICHEL-DE-MAURIENNE > BONNEVAL-SUR-ARC (153KM)

(http://www.toursavoiemontblanc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TSMB2018-Profil-E1-V6-avec-num%C3%A9ro-d%C3%A9tape.png)

Stage 2 MODANE VALFRÉJUS > VALLOIRE GALIBIER (82.5KM)

(http://www.toursavoiemontblanc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TSMB2018-Profil-E2-V6-avec-num%C3%A9ro-d%C3%A9tape.png)

Stage 3 ORELLE > ORELLE TT (7.4KM)

(http://www.toursavoiemontblanc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/TSMB2018-Profil-E3-V3-avec-num%C3%A9ro-d%C3%A9tape.png)

Stage 4 CHAMBÉRY > LES BELLEVILLE (189.1KM)

(http://www.toursavoiemontblanc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TSMB2018-Profil-E4-V5-avec-num%C3%A9ro-d%C3%A9tape.png)

Stage 5 BONNEVILLE > CLUSES (137.9KM)

(http://www.toursavoiemontblanc.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/TSMB2018-Profil-E5-V6-avec-num%C3%A9ro-d%C3%A9tape.png)


Competing teams:

ANDRONI GIOCATTOLI – SIDERMEC (Torres and Rivera)
FORTUNEO – SAMSIC (Bouet and Lunke)
DIRECT ENERGIE (Hivert)
VITAL CONCEPT (Bagot)
MANZANA POSTOBON (Vilela, Duarte and Garcia)

BENNELONG SWISSWELLNESS (Harper and Crome)
FELBERMAYR SIMPLON WELS (Rabitsch and Zoidl)
VORARLBERG SANTIC (Schelling)
DEVELOPMENT TEAM SUNWEB (Hirschi)
AMORE & VITA – PRODIR (Ficara and Stussi)
BIKE AID (Holler and Kipkemboi)
DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA (De Bod)

SWISS CYCLING (Frankiny)

LOTTO SOUDAL U23 (Vereecken and Goossens)
CHAMBERY CYCLISME FORMATION (Geniets and APP)
BOURG EN BRESSE AIN CYCLISME (Lafay)
AVC AIX EN PROVENCE
GSC BLAGNAC VELO SPORT 31 (Campistrous)
CR BOURGOGNE / FRANCHE COMTE

@TourSavoieMB (https://twitter.com/TourSavoieMB/with_replies)
#tsmb2018 (https://twitter.com/hashtag/tsmb2018?f=tweets&vertical=default&src=hash)

Direct Velo (https://www.directvelo.com/)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 20, 2018, 10:17
I was thinking the other day, what is this Route d'Occitanie? And of course it is the Route du Sud, rebadged probably to acknowledge some governmental source of funding.

And it's a pretty neat stage race, a romp around Cathar country with something for everyone except TT lovers and who cares about them?

On Stage 1, we had a bunch gallop won by Bouhanni #cofidis which was remarkable only for the fact that he sprinted separately from teammate - and dare we say rival? - Laporte, who finished second ahead of Le Coq Fautif.

Another lumpy day on Stage 2 ended with another sprint, this time won by pint-sized CXer Venturini of #ag2r. Boubou came second but in placing higher than Laporte (4th) he probably thought he had won on points, without really achieving a technical knockout.

Stage 3 was a solid MTF and Valverde #movistar had clearly pencilled it in as the stage where he would remind us that he was back racing for the first time since his rather disappointing LBL, which left Navarro wondering just what it would take for him to finally get a win.

As if Valverde hadn't done enough already, he decided to ride off on the final Stage 4 with frequent training buddy Sanchez #astana and rack up another memorable performance. Thankfully the peloton didn't give up and caught the pair within sight of the finish. Valverde still managed to finish second behind Roux of #fdj, who hadn't won anything since 2015.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 20, 2018, 20:16
Start list:

https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/67071/tour-de-savoie-mont-blanc-les-partants

A few changes from the provisional one. No Torres for Androni or Holler for Bike Aid from the names I highlighted above.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 21, 2018, 18:12
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgOaNytW4AAV5Ae.jpg)

Finally a win for Fortuneo.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 23, 2018, 08:49
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgS15TMXUAA5ena.jpg)

Lafay and Courteille had been part of the day's break. Zoidl caught them on the Telegraphe and they just about hung onto his coat tails for the rest of the climb, but the Austrian didn't like the sketchy descent afterwards and so was unable to contest for the stage win.



He missed out the stage win as well in the day's second stage, but did enough to take over the leader's jersey from Bouet.



Another tough stage today. It goes over very similar territory to stage 11 at this year's TdF.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 24, 2018, 07:35
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgYpwJGXcAA2ryM.jpg)



Schelling had a bad first stage and hence why, despite his two stage wins, he's still only in 8th in the GC.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on June 25, 2018, 08:19
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DgdaK0xWAAAWb0K.jpg)



(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dgd9HOIWsAU5bRV.jpg)

Zoidl in Direct Velo says he still has hopes of a return to the WT.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on June 25, 2018, 12:30
Zoidl in Direct Velo says he still has hopes of a return to the WT.

He's done well at his current level but ... it's a bit the same with Fortin as the sprinter on that team. They're at their peak now and pulling off some good results but meanwhile there's so much young talent coming through ...
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on June 25, 2018, 12:33
He's done well at his current level but ... it's a bit the same with Fortin as the sprinter on that team. They're at their peak now and pulling off some good results but meanwhile there's so much young talent coming through ...

yeah... Schelling is another example. Winner of two stages in this race, but probably with next to zero chances of ever returning to WT
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on July 29, 2018, 11:54
Volta a Portugal 1st - 12th August

(https://scontent-lhr3-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-1/p200x200/34392929_1670337706347902_2029091508686159872_n.png?_nc_cat=0&oh=3568fdc00e6908316925c5bc3d4f0f2b&oe=5BC8D5AF)

Prologue  »  Setúbal  ›  Setúbal   (1.8km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1536/prologo2.png)

Stage 1  »  Alcácer do Sal  ›  Albufeira   (191.8km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1378/1-etapa-altimetria-site.png)

Stage 2  »  Beja  ›  Portalegre   (203.6km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1513/2-etapa-altimetria.png)

Stage 3  »  Sertã  ›  Oliveira do Hospital   (177.8km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1514/3-etapa-altimetria.png)

Stage 4  »  Guarda  ›  Covilha   (146km)

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DjwyOz3XsAAlTaj.jpg)

Stage 5  »  Sabugal  ›  Viseu   (191.7km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1382/5-etapa-altimetria-site.png)

Stage 6  »  Sernancelhe  ›  Boticas   (165.4km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1383/6-etapa-altimetria-site.png)

Stage 7  »  Montalegre  ›  Viana do Castelo   (165.5km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1384/7-etapa-altimetria-site.png)

Stage 8  »  Barcelos  ›  Braga   (147.6km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1385/8-etapa-altimetria-site.png)

Stage 9  »  Felgueiras  ›  Mondim de Basto   (155.2km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1386/9-etapa-altimetria-site.png)

Stage 10  »  Fafe  ›  Fafe TT   (17.3km)

(https://www.volta-portugal.pt/media/1387/10-etapa-altimetria-site.png)


Competing teams:

Burgos BH (Esp)
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA (Esp)
Euskadi-Murias (Esp)
Israel Cycling Academy (Isr)
WB Aqua Protect Veranclassic (Bel).

Amore & Vita Prodir (Bul)
Aviludo-Louletano-Uli (Por)
Coop (Nor)
Differdange-Losch (Lux)
Efapel (Por)
LA Alumínios (Por)
Liberty Seguros-Carglass (Por)
Miranda-Mortágua (Por)
Mstina Focus (Rom)
Movistar Ecuador (Ecu)
RP-Boavista (Por)
Sporting-Tavira (Por)
St George (Aus)
Tarteletto Isorex (Bel)
Vito-Feirense-Blackjack (Por)
W52-FC Porto (Por)
Team Sapura
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on July 29, 2018, 16:15
Volta a Portugal 1st - 12th August

Competing teams:
Amore & Vita Prodir (Bul)
Still registered in Albania, not Bulgaria. ;)
Where do people get this misconception from? :S
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on July 29, 2018, 18:01
Competing teams:

A few changes with Burgos, St George and Tarteletto now not competing. Sapura is the only replacement.

Start list available here (https://www.volta-portugal.com/equipas/).
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on July 30, 2018, 15:57
Burgos not competing.
I say.
Is there more to L'arri's story about Ibai Salas' ABP violation-that-isn't, or did they withdraw for more profane reasons?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on July 30, 2018, 19:51
I say.
Is there more to L'arri's story about Ibai Salas' ABP violation-that-isn't, or did they withdraw for more profane reasons?

I dunno. The list of teams I initially posted was just a copy and paste of the "invited" teams from the Rumours/Wildcards thread. Maybe they just never accepted or it could be money related or who knows what.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on July 31, 2018, 11:50
I dunno. The list of teams I initially posted was just a copy and paste of the "invited" teams from the Rumours/Wildcards thread. Maybe they just never accepted or it could be money related or who knows what.
Those are possible explanations - but it's hard to understand why an Iberian ProConti team would not jump at the chance to do a 10-day stage race shortly before the Vuelta, their season highlight.
 :shh
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 01, 2018, 18:23
Coverage is of course on RTP.

https://www.rtp.pt/play/

-----------------------------------------

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Djh7Io5XsAA5yb0.jpg)

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 02, 2018, 18:32
https://twitter.com/benjefperry/status/1024726190274240512

 :S
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 02, 2018, 18:35
https://twitter.com/FeirenseCycling/status/1025068576108146690

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 03, 2018, 18:43
https://twitter.com/helenadias_/status/1025431745628385280



It's the heat that is making the news however.

https://twitter.com/LouisBendixen/status/1025407658575183879

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: M Gee on August 04, 2018, 16:14
When I first started racing, I was living in Arizona. We would ride in temps over 100 F. But with plenty of water - and we'd be crusted with salt when we were done. And we weren't racing, per se. Those were rides - not races. I don't know what the humidity is right now in Portugal - that has a huge impact on what is doable, and what is not. I'm thinking it might be more humane to cancel the entire race.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 04, 2018, 16:52
https://twitter.com/LasterketaBurua/status/1025750581372235776

Well they have listened a bit and have changed tomorrow's stage at least. However some of the comments on social media have been saying the changes needed to be on these sprint days on the roasting plains of Alentejo and not on the Queen stage.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 04, 2018, 20:05
https://twitter.com/Alpe__dHuez/status/1025785468250730497

The other four just let Alarcon roll off the front of the group on a descent and then looked at each other. Not the smartest.



I had a bit of fun last year seeing who was the best of the rest if we excluded the Latin-Europeans. The pasty white jersey if you will. Although we've only been over a few hills the field of potential winners is much reduced.

Realistically we're left with:

*no Hagen
*se Gebremedhin
*au Earle
*au Ewart

If it was just a one-off bad day then Stussi might still be in with a chance, but it's unlikely.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 06, 2018, 07:50
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dj3hJq1W0Awk6eG.jpg)

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 06, 2018, 12:41
I had a bit of fun last year seeing who was the best of the rest if we excluded the Latin-Europeans. The pasty white jersey if you will. Although we've only been over a few hills the field of potential winners is much reduced.

Realistically we're left with:

*no Hagen
*se Gebremedhin
*au Earle
*au Ewart

Yesterday's results, as they are currently shown, would have you thinking the competition is already over, but Earle had a bike change in the last few km after a crash and finished with roughly the same time as Hagen.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 06, 2018, 20:44
https://twitter.com/FeirenseCycling/status/1026511459436703746



Win #2 for the ex-Nippo man.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 08, 2018, 18:36
https://twitter.com/Alpe__dHuez/status/1027227437321674755

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 09, 2018, 19:09


Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2018, 05:40
https://twitter.com/PlataformaRC/status/1028002156056596481

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 11, 2018, 20:05
https://twitter.com/wcstats/status/1028315541201661952



Hagen stumbled at the last mountainous hurdle to hand the pasty white jersey to Earle. Nevertheless it's been a good showing from the big man.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on August 13, 2018, 19:01
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DkbcYcUWwAAI1sS.jpg)



https://twitter.com/w52fcporto/status/1028709814870913030
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on August 13, 2018, 19:07
#rainbow
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on August 27, 2018, 11:17
GP Ouest France at Plouay yesterday and deluge conditions brought the best out of the one-day specialists with a podium that sums up the quality of this generation.



Naesen has won before, of course, in 2016 and he's the first repeat winner here since 1977. Wellens didn't seriously contest the sprint and knew he couldn't win but agreed to keep working anyway, which showed character for him, while I thought Valgren might have tested Naesen a bit more than he did. Perhaps it was because the Belgian went from a long, long way out.

Fab race by all accounts. Sad I missed the coverage.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on August 29, 2018, 22:34
Coming up: the Uno-X development weekend in the Lillehammer/Hamar area of Norway. Not one, not two but three new UCI 1.2 races brought to us on the wings of Uno-x, sponsoring almost everything in Norway this year...

The concept is a race weekend with one-day races rather than a stage race, a bit similar to the danish races in the spring and maybe (at a higher level) the Mallorca races for the pros.

Three races: time schedule (website for updates)
Friday, August 31st, Hafjell Grand Prix, UCI 1.2 ITT
Saturday, September 1st, Lillhammer Gran Prix, UCI 1.2 Road race
Saturday, September 2nd, Gylne Gutuer, UCI 1.2 Road race

There aren't many ITT standalone races on the calendar, so the Hafjell GP is probably a welcome addition for those that want to improve against the clock.
The Lillehammer grand prix is a typical norwegian hilly race (the Tour of Norway and the National Championships have been frequent guests in the same are before...)
Gylne Gutuer is a road race with gravel sectors, the most famous known as Truls Korsæths (now #astana) corner!
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on August 30, 2018, 09:46
Coming up: the Uno-X development weekend in the Lillehammer/Hamar area of Norway. Not one, not two but three new UCI 1.2 races brought to us on the wings of Uno-x, sponsoring almost everything in Norway this year...
Very good website, too: udw.no (http://udw.no)


My very unbiased winner predictions: *dk :win
Friday, August 31st, Hafjell Grand Prix, UCI 1.2 ITT
#bornholm Martin Toft Madsen (or #axeon Mikkel Bjerg)

Saturday, September 1st, Lillhammer Gran Prix, UCI 1.2 Road race
#waoo Alexander Kamp (or #joker Andreas Vangstad)

Saturday, September 2nd, Gylne Gutuer, UCI 1.2 Road race
#coloquick Julius Johansen (or #bornholm Rasmus Quaade)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on August 30, 2018, 21:05
My very unbiased winner predictions: *dk :win#bornholm Martin Toft Madsen (or #axeon Mikkel Bjerg)
#waoo Alexander Kamp (or #joker Andreas Vangstad)
#coloquick Julius Johansen (or #bornholm Rasmus Quaade)

 :angry how dare you!

For the time trial on Friday (Hafjell GP) there are some obscure norwegians I will be watching:
35 #joker Iver Knotten
151 Eirik Øverland Vevatne - was good for #fixit last year, raced for obscure east european outfit this year, no idea what shape he is in.
 :slow
184 Anders Oddli - he is the only Norwegian decent on the track so could do well on a flat ITT as well?

and the less obscure ones
91 #unox ANDERSEN, Idar
92 #unox FOSS, Tobias S

(pS: What happened to #virtu Virtu, is it just renaming? )

... and what is #coop up to this weekend? not invited?




Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on August 30, 2018, 22:07
:angry how dare you!
It wouldn't be a Scandinavian race without some friendly, good-natured rivalry. :D

35 #joker Iver Knotten
92 #unox FOSS, Tobias S
These two are on my list as well. But there's no way they will even be close to #rainbow Bjerg & #champdk Toft. :P

(pS: What happened to #virtu Virtu, is it just renaming? )
Pretty much. Got a new title sponsor just before the Tour of Denmark, re-named the team, got new kit ...
... actually, they didn't get new kit. They just got stickers to put on the old kit! :o

(https://www.feltet.dk/octo_cms/files/Feltet.dk/Billeder/2018/Lob/Post_Nord_Danmark_Rundt_2018/5_etape/PNDR2018_5_etape_presentation_Team_Waoo.jpg)

I've never seen that in cycling before, and I've seen quite a bit. :lol

The official explanation would probably be that the deal was agreed with so little time to go to the race that it was simply impossible to get new kit in time.
I disagree: Sportful produce in Italy, I think. Send the new design via e-mail, they produce it the next day while someone drives down there, picks it up, and is back in Denmark three days at most after the agreement was reached. Etxe Ondo did a same-day delivery for Dumoulin (but that was just down the road, and they already had the design).
I think it was simply bad management - where there's a will, there's a way. But nobody felt responsible for making this happen. :fp

This, along with the short-term nature of the sponsorship deal (only until the end of the year), makes me think that Riis's project is not exactly headed for future greatness.

... and what is #coop up to this weekend? not invited?
That is weird. And today Fredrik Ludvigsson announced that he wouldn't continue with the team as they aren't compatible personally ...
Strange. And a bit worrying - Stavanger needs its UCI team!
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on September 01, 2018, 12:29
Well.uhm.yes  :S  I guess that was a bad case of danish domination  :o


and + 10 points to Lukas for his predictions, spot on so far! 
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on September 01, 2018, 13:36

GP Lillehammer
I watched the final 10 km on a netcast and it was very nervous, tactical small-group racing.

The commentary actually announced Rasmus Guldhammer as the winner, and if you know just a little bit about Nordic languages, you can glimpse from the name of the town, the name of the race and the cyclists name that he was born for this. I was going to write that the theme of Carl Fredrik Hagen loosing to Guldhammer was getting boring in these parts as they have contested every uphill finish in the regional races at this level before.

However, looking at the results list it seems he was confused with teammate Alexander Kamp, smashing my well-prepared little pun.   :angry The game was to guess how many attacks #riwal CA Sørensen would reel in, and when he was out of power, #joker CF Hagen attacked on narrow/steep part of final climb, just to be easily outgunned by the stronger #waaoooo Waooo rider who was on his tail.


Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: t-72 on September 03, 2018, 21:56
Final race.. Gylne Gutuer "gold streets", the Norse equivalent of the Strade Bianche - racing through some of Norway's best farmland where unusually large and prosperous farms were established long before the Vikings. Note that of the total length of 165.1 km, roughly 50 km is on gravel. I think that is more than the Italian source of inspiration for this race?



must make a gravel race list....new thread!  :cool

By the way, it was a great race watching, much better than the vuelta stage and Jasper Philipsen should graduate to WT ( #quickstep or #lotto?)  someday soon...great classics riding with smooth tactics where the norwegians and danes were shooting each other down for 50 km , Philpsen just waited for the decisive moves and followed.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: L'arri on September 04, 2018, 12:57
By the way, it was a great race watching, much better than the vuelta stage and Jasper Philipsen should graduate to WT ( #quickstep or #lotto?)  someday soon...

Interesting point. He was headed direct to #bmc before the meltdown.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: search on September 04, 2018, 14:47
all three are very interested. He will decide this week if he'll leave Axeon or not
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on September 30, 2018, 08:30
Tour of Iran (Azarbaijan) 30th September - 5th October

(http://tourofiran.ir/Files/Website/En/Logo/Logo.png)

Stage 1 : Tabriz - Urmia

(http://tourofiran.ir/Files/Event/33/Profile/Stage_1/S1_Page_5.jpg)

Stage 2 : Urmia - Aras Free Zone

(http://tourofiran.ir/Files/Event/33/Profile/Stage_2/S2_Page_6.jpg)

Stage 3 : Aras Free Zone - Tabriz

(http://tourofiran.ir/Files/Event/33/Profile/Stage_3/S3_Page_5.jpg)

Stage 4 : Tabriz - Serin

(http://tourofiran.ir/Files/Event/33/Profile/Stage_4/S4_Page_6.jpg)

Stage 5 : Serin - Tabriz

(http://tourofiran.ir/Files/Event/33/Profile/Stage_5/S5_Page_6.jpg)

Stage 6 : Tabriz - Tabriz

(http://tourofiran.ir/Files/Event/33/Profile/Stage_6/S6_Page_6.jpg)


Competing teams:

Tarteletto - Isorex
Tabriz Shahrdary
Pishgaman Cycling Team
Russia
AC Sparta Praha
Vino - Astana Motors
Staki - Technorama
Alecto Cycling Team
Bike Aid
Azerbaijan
Iran
DFT cycling team
Gun Ay Tabriz Team
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on September 30, 2018, 08:41
The only difference that I can see from last year's stages is the addition of a kicker (3.2km at 8%) at the end of stage 5. GC should be decided there.

Start list is available here (https://www.procyclingstats.com/race/international-azerbaijan-tour/2018/startlist). No sign of Mirsamad.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: LukasCPH on September 30, 2018, 09:03
Tour of Iran (Azarbaijan) 30th September - 5th October
Interesting that they overlap with the Tour of Almaty. Didn't do that last year.

Is it deliberate, or just nobody caring to check for stuff like this?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on September 30, 2018, 18:13
They probably just don't care.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on October 01, 2018, 16:44
Who needs to wait for stage 5. GC over already?

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on October 02, 2018, 17:34
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DogsyffWwAA7ZoI.jpg)

Kippers obviously likes it in the Middle East, but would have preferred a more uphill finish. That could be tomorrow.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on October 03, 2018, 20:25
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on October 05, 2018, 08:34
Sokolov lost a little bit of time, but still has plenty in hand over second place Abraham.

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2018
Post by: Leadbelly on October 06, 2018, 07:31


Three stage wins for the home riders, but the best that they could do in the final GC was 7th. It was a similar story last year.