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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)

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.