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Title: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on January 21, 2019, 20:57


The profiles for the rest of the race don't look very promising. Today in theory was the hardest finish, but everyone (pretty much) except Pelucchi made it.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: LukasCPH on January 21, 2019, 21:27
The profiles for the rest of the race don't look very promising. Today in theory was the hardest finish, but everyone (pretty much) except Pelucchi made it.
Stage 6 has a finishing circuit in Oyem where a short climb could provide a springboard for an attack. Last year Nocentini won solo there. The Libreville circuit on stage 7 has also seen attacking racing in the past.

But it is slim pickings, that's true. It could well end up with seven mass sprints and the GC being decided by bonus seconds ... or there's a breakaway one day that gets to the finish several minutes ahead of the peloton when we least expect it. ;)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Flo on January 21, 2019, 22:19
Bonny :win
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Servais Knavendish on January 21, 2019, 22:21




Crumbs what a transition for someone like Greipel, from WT to the tour of Gabon...

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on January 22, 2019, 18:57


Pretty comfortable on both days going by the pics, though I think Greipel did get blocked in a bit yesterday.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on January 23, 2019, 18:24
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: search on January 23, 2019, 18:48
that was not a (normal) sprint, I guess?!
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: LukasCPH on January 23, 2019, 21:39
that was not a (normal) sprint, I guess?!
As far as I can tell, it was:
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DxmAVUQWsAAbYGc.jpg)
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dxl6594XgAAGjw9.jpg)
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: search on January 24, 2019, 11:02
yeah, it was indeed. A reduced one and a bit uphill, but still, super strong performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ty9bY9ll4xs
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: LukasCPH on January 24, 2019, 13:44
All board the Biniyam Ghirmay hype train! :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wJyuI4AbF8w
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on January 24, 2019, 21:19


Ghirmay was relegated from second for something or other.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on January 26, 2019, 18:45




One stage to go and it's difficult to see Bonifazio losing the leader's jersey.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on January 27, 2019, 11:58
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Dx5OYOmVAAAgMXb.jpg)



Not a classic.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on January 27, 2019, 20:19
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Armchair Cyclist on January 27, 2019, 20:52
New Irish team EvoPro have won both of their first two races (and have a stage win as well) in New Zealand, with 2 New Zealanders: Luke Mudgway in Gravel and Tar, and Aaron Gates with a stage and the overall win in the NZ Cycle Classic.

Not a bad start.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: search on January 31, 2019, 08:24
not bad indeed, and Wippert wasn't too far off yesterday either. Why did they get rid of the super short prologue though?!



The 2nd stage had a graveled climb then
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DyNCDB4U0AAH9Jw.jpg:large)

were Woods and Porte dropped everyone else. And Woods easily had the upper hand in that two men sprint in the end

https://twitter.com/HeraldSunTour/status/1090792411771490304

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: t-72 on February 03, 2019, 21:44
OK it is not a full stage but I am very glad our  x-U23 #rainbow,  #sky Kristoffer Halvorsen,  finally got himself a pro win and that it happened in Austrailia, after crashing last year in the People's choice classic and missing out on all the races. As this also happened in a criterium, I consider the curse as lifted from his shoulders  :D .Time to get on with the rest, Doffen  :cool


This also gave me the chance of using the FirstCycling results embed feature here for the first time for real. 
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on February 04, 2019, 18:21
Antalya is a couple of weeks or so still away, but we've got a couple of Turkish one-day races coming up this weekend - GP Gazipasa and GP Alanya.

Just had a quick look at the start list and Grivko is down to ride for the Ukrainian National Team. So no retirement just yet and maybe a result can swing him a contract.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: t-72 on February 04, 2019, 20:42
and Grivko.... and maybe a result can swing him a contract.

You mean maybe a swing from him can result in a contract?

With this guy? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vitali_Klitschko)

 :D

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: L'arri on February 07, 2019, 19:26


Spring is (almost) here and Le Coq is strutting his stuff. Desperate for an invitation to the Tour in 2019 after last year's snub, #vital needs to impress and fast. As does the man himself after a forgettable season.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on February 08, 2019, 18:24
Grand Prix Gazipasa 9th February

(http://i68.tinypic.com/23w2kio.png)

15+km of flat once they have descended from the climb on the final lap, so a reduced bunch sprint of some sort is the most likely outcome.



No Grivko after all....

Possible winners: Bazhkou, one of the many ex-Kolss riders, Holler, Astafyev, Malecki, Davidenok, Orken, Balkan, Ozgur etc etc
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on February 08, 2019, 18:38
Grand Prix Alanya 10th February

(http://i63.tinypic.com/30rs8rt.png)

Pozdnyakov won last year, but the course is different this time round.



The race website has the start list with the same teams as Gazipasa (obviously) and just a few rider changes here and there from the previous day's race.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: L'arri on February 08, 2019, 19:09
#cofidis on fire this pre-Spring. By their standards, anyway. Just need Lukas to update the jersey icon... :P

Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Joelsim on February 08, 2019, 19:28
Good result for Wouters. Was poor last year hence a single year contract.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on February 10, 2019, 09:17
https://twitter.com/minskcycling/status/1094262816033439744



https://cccsport.eu/dobry-poczatek-sezonu-w-wykonaniu-ccc-development-team-jutro-kolejny-wyscig/
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on February 10, 2019, 12:00
https://twitter.com/CCCDevoTeam/status/1094539181580304384

The route for GP Alanya has had to be changed. Flat coastal route now.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on February 11, 2019, 09:11
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DzDK1aDXgAAZGzy.jpg)



Yeah the route was changed due to flooded and impassable roads in the hilly loop they were initially going to do. Antalya was a bit wet last year as well I remember. Not the weather they want to show the area off as a possible training location for teams.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: t-72 on February 11, 2019, 21:59
(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DzDK1aDXgAAZGzy.jpg)



Yeah the route was changed due to flooded and impassable roads in the hilly loop they were initially going to do. Antalya was a bit wet last year as well I remember. Not the weather they want to show the area off as a possible training location for teams.

Spring weather in this part of the world is rainy, and it can rain a lot in a short time. It is not like the pictures you see in  tourist brochures. The "tour of Rhodes", another early-season-warmup race,  is also affected by the occasional torrential rainfall. Rule of thumb is to wait till after easter for the better weather, but it is give or take a week or two. I think once these races get a few years running, northern europe conti- and pro-conti team will see the western mediterranean as a better area for early season races and training.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on February 17, 2019, 19:09
Tour of Antalya 21st - 24th February

Stage 1: Koprulu Canyon - Antalya (141km)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2aj6d4y.png)

Stage 2: Antalya - Antalya (111km)

(http://i63.tinypic.com/35anbj6.png)

Stage 3: Perge - Termessos (91.8km)

(http://i68.tinypic.com/2e1t7b9.png)

Stage 4: Side - Antalya (157km)

(http://i67.tinypic.com/4g5540.png)

Overall it's much less mountainous than last year's course.

Competing teams:

Corendon - Circus
Israel Cycling Academy
Nippo - Vini Fantini

Adria Mobil
Akros - Thomus
Astana City
Bike Aid
CCC Devo
Kometa Cycling Team
Leopard Pro Cycling
Lviv Cycling Team
Minsk Cycling Club
Monkey Town - A Block
Salcano Sakarya BB
Tarteletto - Isorex
Felbermayr Simplon Wels
Wiggins LeCol
Tirol KTM
Vino - Astana Motors

Danish National Team
Estonian National Team
Latvian National Team
Russian National Team

Konya Bisiklet Spor Kulubu
Club De La Defense
Fiberli Antalyaspor
Team Named Rocket (no really)
Torku Sekerspor

A full compliment of 28 teams.
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: Leadbelly on February 17, 2019, 19:14


PCS has been going on about this being the strongest ever field for a .2 race. Any other takers for that title?
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: LukasCPH on February 17, 2019, 20:08
Team Named Rocket (no really)
One of the team sponsors is Named - the sports nutrition wing of which is a fairly well-known sponsor.
It's short for Natural Medicine.

So the team isn't actually named Rocket ... it's NaMed-Rocket.
Much less fun, I know. :P
Title: Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
Post by: search on February 17, 2019, 21:08
PCS has been going on about this being the strongest ever field for a .2 race. Any other takers for that title?

Going by last year's start lists, Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, probably.