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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)

(http://www.colombiaoroypaz.com.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ALTIMETRIA-04.jpg)

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Stage 5 Pereira › Salento (163.7km)

(http://www.colombiaoroypaz.com.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ALTIMETRIA-05.jpg)

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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?

(http://www.colombiaoroypaz.com.co/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/RECORRIDO_4Montana1.jpg)

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)