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Title: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on October 22, 2020, 11:04
https://twitter.com/CiclismoXXI/status/1317089688591749120

The Vuelta a San Juan is on the calendar ....... for now. However what UCI categorization it is given and what teams will be there is not clear.

At the very minimum it should be .2 with just the local CTs and some clubs. The organizers are trying however to remain at the .Pro level and in addition to the locals to have national teams from Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Spain etc. Italy do usually go there with their track team, but it doesn't seem realistic to expect Ineos, Movistar etc to allow their stars to go ride there.

Other than the TT and the climb to Alto Colorado all stages would begin and end at the Villicum racetrack which doesn't sound too thrilling.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on October 22, 2020, 11:08
https://twitter.com/HeraldSunTour/status/1296706521351561217

Old news, but might as well put it here in case anyone didn't know.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on November 18, 2020, 19:16
The Vuelta a San Juan is on the calendar ....... for now.

https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1329124756709380100

Looks like it's going ahead. :cool

Just three WT at the moment Bora, Deceuninck and one other (surely I-SUN).
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on November 25, 2020, 21:32
https://twitter.com/lavueltachira/status/1326880640583798784

Fifteen foreign teams are interested in riding.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Drummer Boy on November 25, 2020, 21:54
Looks like it's going ahead. :

And this year, I know where it actually is!  :P
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on November 26, 2020, 12:45
https://twitter.com/tour_du_Rwanda/status/1331505499511074819

Furahi Day had me scratching my head for a bit. Is it just a phonetic Friday? Kinda

https://funlugha.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/its-furahi-day-2/

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It’s Furahi Day!!!

Happy new weekend everybody!

And just in case the joke flew right past you, Furahi Day is what young folks in E.Afrika call Friday, notice they sound kinda similar. And of course I’d jump into any opportunity to give a wee Swahili lesson so here goes:

‘Furahi‘ comes from the noun ‘furaha‘ which means happiness, so basically ‘furahi‘ means be happy! Needless to say, Furahi Day for us is the day that we are all happy (like seriously who dares be grumpy on a Friday?!)

So have fun everybody and if you do drink, do the smart thing and get yourself a taxi (or a sub driver)!
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on November 27, 2020, 18:03
It's Furahi Day! :D

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/En1jrGyXUAIgK--?format=jpg)

Nice mix of teams from all corners of the globe.

The stages don't look bad either. Not much there for the sprinters.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on November 29, 2020, 10:47
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A new old race to kick off the European season.

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Next season 2021 will see a prestigious test that should never have disappeared. The Valencia Grand Prix was a professional cyclist race that was celebrated annually in the Valencian Community at the beginning of the cyclist season. Each year it was the exit gun to the men's professional competition in Europe. The one day test was held between 1969 and 2005, when it ceased to take place.
Now, next January 24, the fans of cycling will enjoy again with the number 52 edition of a classic Valencian that once awoke passions. ′′ It consisted of a flat race, very much given to massive arrivals solved at the sprint. That's why the international platoon's great sprinters entered their name in the Palmares of the Valencian competition ", former Alicantino professional cyclist Antonio Molina recalls. Names like Sunday Perurena, Noël Dejonckheere, Mathieu Hermans, Sean Kelly, Laurent Jalabert, Mario Cipollini, Erik Zabel, Alesandro Petacchi and Oscar Freire"
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on November 29, 2020, 13:10
(https://scontent.flhr4-1.fna.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/s960x960/127778960_146164963911045_1169768399460056859_o.jpg?_nc_cat=108&ccb=2&_nc_sid=e3f864&_nc_ohc=co84blbwUXkAX_1zvcq&_nc_ht=scontent.flhr4-1.fna&tp=7&oh=be5d1eda9f283f519de890ca9565c651&oe=5FE82185)

A new old race to kick off the European season.

Just checked CQ and this will be the first .2 race of any kind in Spain since 2013 (Vuelta a Leon and Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid which were respectively won by Jordi and Vakoc), and the first .2 one-day race since 2007 (Klasika Txuma won by Shpilevsky)!
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: LukasCPH on November 29, 2020, 18:22
Just checked CQ and this will be the first .2 race of any kind in Spain since 2013 (Vuelta a Leon and Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid which were respectively won by Jordi and Vakoc), and the first .2 one-day race since 2007 (Klasika Txuma won by Shpilevsky)!
I guess it starts at 1.2 because it has to - after such a long hiatus, you can't just jump in at a higher level anymore. The target must be 1.1 at least, to attract more than just a few pro teams.

As 1.2, the race is limited to *es ProTeams + up to 2 foreign ProTeams, and of course Continental and non-UCI teams.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on December 19, 2020, 21:10
https://twitter.com/zikloland/status/1340392825184276480

Colombia 2.1 cancelled.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on January 06, 2021, 12:01
https://twitter.com/ParisNice/status/1346767234346180608

Extra teams: #alpecin #bbhotels #arkea #total
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on January 06, 2021, 14:52
http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/record-number-of-worldteams-in-algarve/

Teams for Algarve:

Astana-Premier Tech
BORA-hansgrohe
Cofidis
Deceuninck-Quick-Step
Groupama-FDJ
INEOS Grenadiers
Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
Israel Start-Up Nation
Jumbo-Visma
Lotto Soudal
Movistar
Team DSM
Trek-Segafredo
UAE Emirates

Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
Rally Cycling

Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel
Efapel
Feirense
Kelly-Simoldes-UDO
L.A. Aluminios-L.A. Sport
Louletano-Loulé Concelho
Radio Popular Boavista
Tavfer-Measindot-Mortágua
W52-FC Porto
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: search on January 19, 2021, 10:33
Catalunya wildcards

https://twitter.com/VoltaCatalunya/status/1351473540843843585/

no #cajarural (again, same as in 2019) and #burgos.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: search on January 20, 2021, 15:02
https://twitter.com/laflammerouge16/status/1351905891545710592

this would get a :cool from me
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on January 20, 2021, 17:58
An extra wildcard would be good, but for me it wouldn't matter where the team was from. In fact looking at the Fundacion and Burgos squads (with a couple of exceptions), not inviting the locals would be the best option.

I'm all for Delko (Vuelta) or Gazprom (Giro) being given a shot at a GT. Maybe Rally and Uno-X could muscle in on things in future years.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: search on January 21, 2021, 07:50
It's probably easier to convince the UCI playing that national card, instead of saying, "hey, let's please through your reduced-peloton rider safety rules out of the window again" ;). And in the end it won't make much of a difference, as they are always likely to invite (at least) one domestic team anyway

Personally I wouldn't mind it being linked to success though, like the former one for the Coppa Italia winner.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Mellow Velo on January 21, 2021, 12:30
Volta ao Algarve postponed until May. :(

http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/volta-ao-algarve-postponed/
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on February 09, 2021, 16:30
https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1359138206210482182

5-8th August

Etappe 1: Tromsø – Tromsø (166 km)

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In the final of that stage, the Mackbratta climb of 1.1 kilometers is at 7.4% three times. After the top of the last hill it is still more than two kilometers down towards the finish line.

Etappe 2: Nordkjosbotn – Kilpisjärvi *fi (172 km)

Since it's finishing in Finland, I'm presuming a sprint finale.

Etappe 3: Finnsnes – Målselv (184,5 km)

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The finish is in ski village Målselv after a climb of 3.7 kilometers at an average gradient of 7.8%

Etappe 4: Gratangen – Harstad (161 km)

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On the local circuit lies the Novkollen, a climb of 1.4 kilometers at 6%, which has to be conquered three times.

Maybe with the Finnish stage we could see Ampler get an invite.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: LukasCPH on February 10, 2021, 07:04
5-8th August
Same route as planned for 2020 that had to be cancelled. :cool
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on February 11, 2021, 09:47
https://twitter.com/OmloopHNB/status/1359534602675773445

https://twitter.com/StradeBianche/status/1359496110692323329

https://twitter.com/TirrenAdriatico/status/1359496110365151234

https://twitter.com/Milano_Sanremo/status/1359496110587469828
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Echoes on March 23, 2021, 10:42
They could cancel/postpone Paris-Roubaix for the 2nd time in a row.  :(

https://www.msn.com/fr-fr/sport/other/paris-roubaix-quand-les-fran%C3%A7ais-pensent-annuler-les-belges-ne-se-posent-m%C3%AAme-pas-la-question-pour-le-tour-des-flandres/ar-BB1eQupZ?ocid=uxbndlbing

Belgian Flemish races are going on problem-free. Thomas Van den Spiegel of Flanders Classic does not understand why the French consider dropping Paris-Roubaix. He claims that cycling is a sport that could be organised if the right measures are taken and in collaboration with the autorities. No crowd at start and finish and at the key points of the route. Good communication, mandatory mouth masks. It works very well. The audience accept it. Says the organiser !
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Echoes on March 24, 2021, 12:48
OK so Paris-Roubaix is called off for the second year in a row. I hope that ASO and the UCI will realise that a race such as this one cannot be cancelled two years in a row and will only be postponed.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/paris-roubaix-called-off-due-to-covid-19-situation-in-northern-france/

During World War II Paris-Roubaix was cancelled for only 3 years but then organisers found an alternative : Paris-Reims. Last year, there was no alternative.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 24, 2021, 18:48
OK so Paris-Roubaix is called off for the second year in a row. I hope that ASO and the UCI will realise that a race such as this one cannot be cancelled two years in a row and will only be postponed.

https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/paris-roubaix-called-off-due-to-covid-19-situation-in-northern-france/

During World War II Paris-Roubaix was cancelled for only 3 years but then organisers found an alternative : Paris-Reims. Last year, there was no alternative.

I see that Cyclingnews is still reporting this fake news as fact, even though L'Equipe has since reported that nothing will be decided until next week.
It appeared in an article in Le Parisien and everybody jumped on board without checking.


https://twitter.com/willfoth/status/1374724114481623040
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: t-72 on March 24, 2021, 20:36
I see that Cyclingnews is still reporting this fake news as fact, even though L'Equipe has since reported that nothing will be decided until next week.

I checked the P-R website today and neither in English nor French version are there any notice of cancellation. If that isn't a primary source, what is?
 
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Echoes on March 24, 2021, 22:47
Sorry for propagating fake news. Quite frankly I didn't really have time to check the source. Hopefully it will be held on 11 april
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Leadbelly on March 25, 2021, 08:20
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1374877709965332488

Unfortunately there is no doubt about this.

Quote from: Steve Miller
Due to the challenges from the Covid-19 pandemic, the Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah and the Tour of Utah Ultimate Challenge are postponed in 2021. We continue to plan for resuming these events in 2022
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: AG on March 25, 2021, 10:12
lets hope PR still goes ahead.

Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Mellow Velo on March 25, 2021, 12:44
https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1374877709965332488

Unfortunately there is no doubt about this.


Yeah, I read about this: the UCI cutting the race to 3 days was probably as big a factor as Covid.
What a way to promote the sport by marginalising the only ranked stage race in the US.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Drummer Boy on March 25, 2021, 13:16
Terrible.

Who would've ever imagined such an impact this far on from the arrival of Covid-19?
 :(
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: LukasCPH on April 02, 2021, 12:42
Paris-Roubaix postponed to October:
https://twitter.com/Paris_Roubaix/status/1377627431020982282

Will now be a week after Worlds (in Flanders), so we get a kind of Holy Week after all.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Echoes on April 03, 2021, 10:36
2 October, that might be the 4th lockdown, so eventually also cancelled ! It had to be held in August, even if that meant in hot summer, not really the way we like watching Paris-Roubaix but at least it offered more guarantee.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: search on April 03, 2021, 10:49
maybe, yeah, but (from my understanding) with the new variants of the virus we can also expect less of a Summer effect, as good weather alone looks unliky to push the R number below 1 anymore. Hoping for the vaccination could actually also turn out be the better choice. Hopefully.

Overall, still sad to see it cancelled of course, but (as Leadbelly pointed out in the shoutbox), better to have it postponed than the castrated version Prudhomme suggested instead. I don't really mind the Amstel Gold Race doing some crit race around the Cauberg, but it's not worthy for a monument.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Drummer Boy on April 05, 2021, 22:30
Will now be a week after Worlds (in Flanders), so we get a kind of Holy Week after all.

I'm only just catching up on this latest news. I hadn't even realized that Worlds was being held in Flanders. The combination of that with Roubaix might make for some very interesting scenarios. Sad to see P-R postponed though.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: LukasCPH on April 06, 2021, 11:11
I'm only just catching up on this latest news. I hadn't even realized that Worlds was being held in Flanders. The combination of that with Roubaix might make for some very interesting scenarios.
Note that what they really mean when they say Flanders is Vlaams-Brabant (for the RRs; the ITTs will be from Knokke-Heist to Brugge, so in 'proper' Flanders, albeit wind-swept flat West-Vlaanderen than the hilly Vlaamse Ardennen).

The RR finish is in Leuven, and before the finishing circuit in the city itself they do the "Flandrien circuit" around Overijse (the venue of the Brabantse Pijl).

Finishing circuit in Leuven:
(https://www.flanders2021.com/_media/races/image_map/1617216289/fit/1650/0/23/men-junior-road-race.webp)

Full route for the men's elite RR (Flandrien circuit in yellow):
(https://www.flanders2021.com/_media/races/image_map/1617216307/fit/1650/0/25/men-elite-road-race.webp)

On the finishing circuit, the Keizersberg, Decouxlaan, and Wijnpers are all asphalted two-lane roads. The Sint-Antoniusberg is normally a "fietsstraat" with cars only allowed to go downhill and bikes having priority at all times - and it is narrow (only one lane) as well as partially cobbled, though with concrete plates on the sides, meaning there will probably be two lines of riders forming, making positioning going into the very short climb vital:
Google Street View of Sint-Antoniusberg (https://www.google.com/maps/@50.8760582,4.6981246,3a,75y,75.64h,83.08t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1s7xC-daj5RgcFujWVd88tTQ!2e0!6shttps:%2F%2Fstreetviewpixels-pa.googleapis.com%2Fv1%2Fthumbnail%3Fpanoid%3D7xC-daj5RgcFujWVd88tTQ%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D70.1446%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i16384!8i8192)

On the Flandrien circuit, Smeysberg and Veeweidestraat are asphalted two-lane climbs. The S-Bocht/Taymansstraat combination starts on a wide, two-lane asphalt road around a church in an S pattern (hence the name) and narrows when it turns onto the Taymansstraat where the first ~80 m are on cobblestones before the surface becomes asphalt again. The Bekestraat, although asphalted, is a very narrow one-lane road with a rough surface through a forest.
Only the Moskesstraat (where WvA and MvdP attacked in the Brabantse Pijl last year) is cobbled ... but they have just re-laid it in anticipation of the Worlds, making the surface significantly more regular and removing that last steepest bit at the top in favour of a more gradual climb, effectively removing much of what made the climb what it is.
It went from a Molenberg to a Nokereberg, so to speak. :fp

Before:
(https://m.psecn.photoshelter.com/img-get/I0000XEMzl6h3CfY/s/650/650/Kramon-BP2020-00473.jpg)
After:
(https://i.imgur.com/YWCGAVW.jpg)


All of this goes to say that while the race will definitely have the characteristics of a spring classic, it will feel more like an Amstel Gold Race than a Ronde van Vlaanderen.
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: Drummer Boy on April 06, 2021, 17:16
Only the Moskesstraat (where WvA and MvdP attacked in the Brabantse Pijl last year) is cobbled ... but they have just re-laid it in anticipation of the Worlds, making the surface significantly more regular and removing that last steepest bit at the top in favour of a more gradual climb, effectively removing much of what made the climb what it is.
It went from a Molenberg to a Nokereberg, so to speak. :fp

The "before" and "after" version looks like a Disney rendition of a cobbled road.   :-x

Fwiw, those first two pics don't render for me. I just get the box with "?" in the middle. :slow
Title: Re: Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
Post by: LukasCPH on April 08, 2021, 13:29
The "before" and "after" version looks like a Disney rendition of a cobbled road.   :-x
Yeah, pretty much. :fp

Fwiw, those first two pics don't render for me. I just get the box with "?" in the middle. :slow
Probably because they're in the WEBP format.[1]
Here are the direct links:
Finishing circuit (https://www.flanders2021.com/_media/races/image_map/1617216289/fit/1650/0/23/men-junior-road-race.webp)
Full men's elite route (https://www.flanders2021.com/_media/races/image_map/1617216307/fit/1650/0/25/men-elite-road-race.webp)
 1. which should be killed with fire; what is the purpose of it?!