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Time to catch up with a few results.

U23 Ronde Van Vlaanderen (NCup)

The Nations Cup continued with the U23 Ronde van Vlaanderen, won by a relative neophyte in cycling, the 21-year old Aussie James Whelan. He beat perennial favourites Max Kanter and countryman Robert Stannard but until a few weeks ago it wasn't even certain he would be there.



The full story on that is at CyclingTips:

https://cyclingtips.com/2018/04/faces-of-the-future-u23-tour-of-flanders-winner-james-whelan/

ZLM Toer (NCup)

Then over the last weekend, the fourth round of the Nations Cup, the ZLM Toer, brought the early Spring campaign to a conclusion with a big bunch sprint.

1. Moschetti, Matteo *it 3:51:23
2. Weemaes, Sasha *be z.t.
3. Kanter, Max *de z.t.
4. Barbier, Pierre *fr z.t.
5. Jerman, Ziga *si z.t.
6. Rostovtsev, Sergei *ru z.t.
7. Oliveira, Rui *pt z.t.
8. Marchetti, Moreno *it z.t.
9. Lonardi, Giovanni *it z.t.
10. Grosser, Aaron *de z.t.

The Aussie heroes of Flanders were, according to a BTL comment in the earlier article, less successful here, with crashes and injuries for both Whelan and Stannard.

U23 Liège-Bastogne-Liège

Not an NCup race, and therefore disputed by "club" teams, the youth LBL is nonetheless a world class event and there was an upset in the result as TT specialist Almeida beat out the climbers with a solo ride to the line.

"Based on what he's been showing in the last few weeks, it's a surprise to see Joao at this level," said DS Koos Moerenhout, who had marked out Philipsen, Barta and Oliveira as #axeon 's leaders for the race. The Belgian was cooked, the American had a bad day and the Portuguese finished 20th behind his compatriot.

And let us not forget that Almeida, folks, is just 19 years old.



https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/65448/joao-almeida-a-surpris-son-directeur-sportif (FR)
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    It's that time of the year when, although the Nations Cup is on hold while we transition from Spring to Summer, some of the U23 banner events are held.

    In recent weeks we had the Circuit des Ardennes stage race and the Flèche Ardennaise classic which, although open to CT-level teams and therefore much older, more experienced riders, are important proving grounds for youngsters.

    Runner up in the former and winner of the latter was 22-year old Dutchman Cees Bol of #seg, a rider agency-backed team that rivals #axeon in depth and quality of future greats.

    We also had the Gran Premio della Liberazione in Rome with a solo win for Alessandro Fedeli ahead of that man Ziga Jerman and former SEG now #wiggins fastman Gabriel Cullaigh. Fedeli had also picked up the hefty accolade of the Trofeo Edil C back in early April.

    Right now we are in the middle of the Ronde de l'Isard, one of the great U23 climbers' races which takes place in the Pyrenéean foothills and SEG is at it again. The first two stages were both won by Brit Stephen Williams, who is in his second season with the Dutch team. Also featuring strongly so far are Belgium's Julian Mertens and soon-to-be #ag2r neo pro Aurélien Paret-Peintre.
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    Stage 3 of the Ronde de l'Isard ended in a bunch sprint and Stage 4 in a long and ultimately successful solo. Williams dropped a couple of seconds to Paret-Peintre in a slight split at the line but he still had 20 seconds in hand over the Frenchman in the GC, whose consolation was to hop over Julian Mertens for second overall.

    Williams rode the Baby Giro last season in a support role. Leader for the same or Avenir in 2018?

    If he didn't already have some callers, Williams may expect a bit of interest from pro teams after this result. As mentioned above, Paret-Peintre has already signed with #ag2r and Mertens may do another season at #lotto U23.

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    DJW tipped him already upthread but perhaps Remco Evenepoel shouldn't even qualify for mention on this thread. :D

    OK, so he is under 23, but the lad has only just turned 18. The kid is so talented, #axeon has bagged him already for 2019.

    Last weekend we had the junior Nats here in Belgium at the Lac de l'Heure and he added the RR to his TT title from the beginning of the month, soloing to the line over four and a half minutes ahead of second place.

    What makes Evenepoel remarkable is that he was as recently as April 2017 a youth footballer for RSC Anderlecht having come over from PSV Eindhoven's kids team. His father Patrick was briefly a pro cyclist in the 90s.

    Evenepoel also finds himself in a very unique situation: he has a choice of stagiaire options. Does he go early to #axeon for a foretaste of next season or does he make a near-unprecedented jump straight to #quickstep for the late season? The latter will require Merckx Jr's help anyway, since UCI rules require a rider to be at the U23 level to do a stage.

    Anyway the young Belgian told DirectVelo that he would have to accept one of the offers because "I reckon there isn't much to learn for me at the national and international Junior level. Given my weight and watts, I should be able to stick with the U23s on the climbs. It would be nice to be a World Champion but it wouldn't do much for my career progression."

    Indeed.

    https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/66530/remco-evenepoel-plus-grand-chose-a-prouver-chez-les-juniors (FR)
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    The Circuit de Wallonie (UCI 1.2) is a jaunt around the lesser known roads of southern Wallonia with a finishing circuit and uphill sprint to the line. It suits a rouleur and often features promising youngsters. Past winners include Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (2012 - Tim Wellens was fourth) and Maurits Lammertink (2014).



    I mention this result here because it features several names tipped by VR members at the beginning of the season.
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    Killer result for promising #lotto U23 rouleur Stan Dewulf at last weekend's Paris-Roubaix Espoirs, beating off some serious talent and, in the finale, the numeric advantage of #seg.

    Fortunately for Dewulf, the Dutch riders got nervous about the approach of chasers including pre-race favourite Jasper Philipsen of #axeon and Arensman sacrificed himself for van den Berg, who then lost the sprint to Dewulf in the vélodrome.

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    Evenepoel also finds himself in a very unique situation: he has a choice of stagiaire options. Does he go early to #axeon for a foretaste of next season or does he make a near-unprecedented jump straight to #quickstep for the late season? The latter will require Merckx Jr's help anyway, since UCI rules require a rider to be at the U23 level to do a stage.

    Anyway the young Belgian told DirectVelo that he would have to accept one of the offers because "I reckon there isn't much to learn for me at the national and international Junior level. Given my weight and watts, I should be able to stick with the U23s on the climbs. It would be nice to be a World Champion but it wouldn't do much for my career progression."
    Is it possible at all for a junior rider to become stagiaire with a pro team?
    I would have thought that the barrier between juniors (who race against other juniors) and U23 (who race against other U23, but also against elite) is pretty strict.

    I certainly can't remember any previous case of a junior doing a stint as stagiaire, no matter how talented they were.
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    Is it possible at all for a junior rider to become stagiaire with a pro team?
    I would have thought that the barrier between juniors (who race against other juniors) and U23 (who race against other U23, but also against elite) is pretty strict.

    I certainly can't remember any previous case of a junior doing a stint as stagiaire, no matter how talented they were.

    I didn't think they could. I thought to be a stagiaire you had to be either U23 or Elite riding for a Conti team and never ridden for a Pro Conti or WT team.
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    Is it possible at all for a junior rider to become stagiaire with a pro team?
    I would have thought that the barrier between juniors (who race against other juniors) and U23 (who race against other U23, but also against elite) is pretty strict.

    I certainly can't remember any previous case of a junior doing a stint as stagiaire, no matter how talented they were.

    I didn't think they could. I thought to be a stagiaire you had to be either U23 or Elite riding for a Conti team and never ridden for a Pro Conti or WT team.

    Hard to say whether a junior is allowed at 18 to do a stage or whether joining #axeon early on paper would enable him to step up to #quickstep because, as you say, Axeon is PCT now. I don't know these rules. Perhaps he hadn't thought it through when asked or he just doesn't know himself. But he is meeting Lefevere this week so he will know then. :D
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    I didn't think they could. I thought to be a stagiaire you had to be either U23 or Elite riding for a Conti team and never ridden for a Pro Conti or WT team.
    You don't have to be on a Conti team; you can come from a national-level (vulgo amateur) team. You just mustn't have raced for a pro team before (on a full-year basis; previous stagiaire stints are OK).

    Hard to say whether a junior is allowed at 18 to do a stage or whether joining #axeon early on paper would enable him to step up to #quickstep because, as you say, Axeon is PCT now. I don't know these rules. Perhaps he hadn't thought it through when asked or he just doesn't know himself. But he is meeting Lefevere this week so he will know then. :D
    I think that if he joins #axeon for 2019 that would indeed preclude any stagiaire stays with #quickstep in 2019 or later as he would already be a pro. A future contract for 2019 wouldn't stop him from a 2018 stagiaire contract ... but his junior status probably would.

    Here's the relevant paragraph from the rulebook:
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    In addition, in the period between 1 August* and 31 December, each UCI WorldTeam may admit into the team three elite or under 23 trainees on the following conditions:
    1. In the case of an elite rider, he shall not previously have belonged to any UCI WorldTeam or professional continental team;
    2. The UCI WorldTeam must notify the UCI of these riders’ identity before 1 August;
    3. The UCI WorldTeam shall obtain the authorisation of the national federation of the rider’s nationality and if applicable, the authorisation of the national federation of the continental team in which he is registered;
    4. During that period, these riders may join only a single UCI WorldTeam;
    5. These riders may only participate in races of the UCI continental circuits.
    6. The riders in question may continue to take part in events in their club team or, if appropriate, in their UCI continental team.

    * Upon justification of the participation in a stage race starting in July and ending in August, the registration of these riders may occur in July no earlier than the day before the first race day of the aforesaid race.

    In all other respects, the relationship between these riders and the UCI WorldTeam shall be mutually agreed between the parties.
    Condition 1 is interesting - I understand it to mean that U23 riders can go stagiaire at another team even though they're already on a pro contract.
    So what I said above (#axeon contract for 2019 precludes #quickstep stagiaire stint in 2019 & later) is incorrect.

    However, the rule pretty clearly states "elite or U23".

    For the UCI, a rider's age for a year is defined as the age he has on 31 December of that year:
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    Juniors (MJ: Men Juniors)
    This category shall comprise riders aged 17 and 18.

    Under 23 (MU: Men Under 23)
    This category shall comprise riders aged 19 to 22.
    So Evenepoel is a junior in 2017 & 2018, and becomes an U23 rider on 1 January 2019.
    There is a provision that allows second-year women juniors to participate in women elite races (outside the WWT, and racing for a national team, club team, or regional selection) - but the same provision does not exist for men juniors. And even if it did: #quickstep is a WT team. The teams who can enter WJ riders must not be registered with the UCI.

    To sum up: I don't see any provision under which Evenepoel would be able to race as stagiaire with an elite team before 2019.
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    Seems like yesterday when last I thought, oh good, I can breathe a bit before the Nations Cup gets going again.

    I have this sort of manic interest in putting together a consistent season of U23 notes just to see what it will look like at the end, but it's not easy when you know so few of the personalities involved.

    And I thought wrongly because the GP Priessnitz Spa, aka the Course de la Paix or Peace Race, is underway.

    What can you do in only two minutes of racing against the clock? You can get out of the start house, turn a corner or two and just sprint for the line.



    Rasmus Tiller is the current *no élite RR champion. The 21-year old has had a steady, perhaps rather modest season so far, here beating one half of the #axeon Oliveira twins Ivo and last year's Paris-Roubaix U23 winner Nils Eekhoff, himself something of a specialist in short prologues.

    Looking ahead, we have a rolling stage today and then two MTFs this weekend, so the GC should go to a decent climber.
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    Stage 1 of the GP Priessnitz Spa saw *be wunderkind Kobe Goossens, who finished dead last in the prologue, claw back a chunk of time as he finished fourth behind Italian Samuele Battistella in a successful breakaway.

    Battistella, who had taken over the leader's jersey with that win, hung on in Stage 2 while the fabulous Swiss and Sunweb Dev rider Marc Hirschi took the stage.

    Lying sixth overall going into the final stage, young Slovene Tadej Pogacar decided to gamble his GC consistency on a solo move which ended in a stage win and the overall title. Pogacar, who will be joining #uae next season, has had a solid Spring and is, in common with Battistella and Hirschi who completed the podium, still only 19 years old.



    Next up in the Nations Cup is the big one, folks: the Tour de l'Avenir (17-26 August)!  :cool
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    DJW tipped him already upthread but perhaps Remco Evenepoel shouldn't even qualify for mention on this thread. :D

    OK, so he is under 23, but the lad has only just turned 18. The kid is so talented, #axeon has bagged him already for 2019.

    Well, no more flying under the radar for Remco: he was interviewed on the national news this evening. Says he wants to be a stage racer.

    Having met with Lefevere this week, Evenepoel has not signed a contract with #quickstep but he has made a gentlemen's agreement. He will probably do two seasons at #axeon in the meantime and Lefevere commented that his experience bringing over Narvaez from chez Merckx Jr was a positive one.
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    Having met with Lefevere this week, Evenepoel has not signed a contract with #quickstep but he has made a gentlemen's agreement. He will probably do two seasons at #axeon in the meantime and Lefevere commented that his experience bringing over Narvaez from chez Merckx Jr was a positive one.
    Since there's talk of #quickstep being in dire straits financially practically every year:
    What is the word on the Belgian cycling grapevine on Lefevere's team still being around in 2021 (when they would pick up Remco after two years with Merckx jr.)?
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    Since there's talk of #quickstep being in dire straits financially practically every year:
    What is the word on the Belgian cycling grapevine on Lefevere's team still being around in 2021 (when they would pick up Remco after two years with Merckx jr.)?

    Honestly, I think most of it is hubris. Not just because Lefevere has the winningest team in the WT, but moreso because you have to look at who he is. In the media he is cautious, critical and frequently pessimistic. This Spring was the only time I ever saw him genuinely gleeful and even then he didn't like to make a big show of it.

    Something is getting lost in translation though, because however unpleasant he comes across, particularly in the foreign media, few insiders will have anything bad to say about him. He is a shrewd businessman, the likes of whom are quite rare in cycling. I think only Spekenbrink stands out as a similar, younger example. Lefevere can talk to sponsors in their language as an equal and he is a well-known figure along the E17 corridor, where many of Belgium's successful homegrown businesses are based and where most of the money men come from his generation.

    All of which is to suggest that it is better to look at his behaviour. Short-termism for Lefevere represents a certain reality in the sport and also a powerful bargaining tool but he is not someone who operates as if his team is about to fold.
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    The U23 "Baby" Giro d'Italia got started today with a prologue in Forlì, one of those towns that sounds like the home of some exotic pasta dish.





    And we have a stacked field for this ten-stage spectacle: remember that this is mostly a "trade" team event rather than one exclusively for national teams that we see in the Nations Cup.

    So we have #axeon, #seg, #polartec, #wiggins#astanacity, #mitchelton, #didata and the cream of club teams. Sadly no #dsu though.

    ASD CICLISTICA MALMANTILE – Toscana
    BIESSE CARRERA GAVARDO – Lombardia
    CYCLING TEAM FRIULI – Friuli Venezia Giulia
    DELIO GALLINA COLOSIO EUROFEED – Lombardia
    DIMENSION DATA FOR QHUBEKA – Toscana
    EQUIPO LIZARTE – Spain
    GENERAL STORE BOTTOLI – Veneto/Lombardia
    GS MALTINTI LAMPADARI – Toscana
    HAGENS BERMAN AXEON CYCLING TEAM – USA
    IAM CYCLING SA – Switzerland
    ISEO SERRATURE RIME CARNOVALI – Lombardia/Trento
    LOTTO SOUDAL U23 – Belgium
    MASTROMARCO SENSI NIBALI – Toscana
    MITCHELTON BIKE EXCHANGE – China
    NAZIONALE COLOMBIA – Colombia
    NAZIONALE RUSSA – Russia
    PETROLI FIRENZE MASERATI HOPPLA’ – Toscana/Emilia-Romagna
    POLARTEC – KOMETA CYCLING TEAM – Spain
    SEG RACING ACADEMY – Netherlands
    TEAM ASTANA CITY – Kazakhstan
    TEAM COLPACK – Lombardia/Veneto
    TEAM PALAZZAGO SOLIGO AMARU’ – Lombardia
    TEAM WIGGINS – Great Britain
    TIROL CYCLING TEAM – Austria
    UC MONACO – Principato Di Monaco
    UC PORTO SANT’ELPIDIO – Marche
    VENDÉE U Pays De La Loire – France
    VIRIS L&L SISAL MATCHPOINT VIGEVANO – Lombardia/Piemonte
    ZALF EUROMOBIL DESIREE FIOR – Veneto
    ZAPPI RACING TEAM – Great Britain

    So without further ado, let's take a look at today's Prologue results:



    Strong starts for some of the fastmen like Philipsen and Moschetti, although they will be expected to fall away when things go uphill in a few days' time.
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    There was a note of surprise at the finish of yesterday's Baby Giro Prologue after the day's best time was recorded by Aussie Drew Morey who is, for the moment at least, rather an unknown quantity in Europe but racing here with #mitchelton U23.

    Turns out Morey turned up and started 30 seconds earlier than his allotted start time, taking the place of #seg's Gabriel Cullaigh.

    Officials at the start allowed this but not informed the officials at the finish. So, a few minutes and 4.4km later, Cullaigh posted a very underwhelming time and Morey looked to have comfortably secured a big victory.

    Eventually the correction was made before the printing of the first pink jersey.

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    Not much to worry the sprinters today and Lonardi is one of the fastest among the current crop. Philipsen takes the overall lead although he would've probably preferred a win.



    Tough ride with a long drag across the Apennines tomorrow with a hilltop finish.
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    Fat gaps, people, fat gaps.

    The first uphill finish of this year's edition of the Bambino Giro ended with an impressive solo victory for 20-year old Markus Wildauer. This was the profile:

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1005351289423876096

    The BOTD consisted mainly of rouleurs including maglia rosa wearer Philipsen #axeon but the last of them were caught inside the last 10km.

    Wildauer rides for #tirol, a team which bravely decided to cut back all of its' senior riders and go exclusively U23 in order to continue in 2018.

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1005436645443821569

    After a consistent if fairly unremarkable run at junior level, including a national TT title, Wildauer endured a very difficult 2017, riding mostly with the bigs and finishing relatively few races throughout the year. It's fair to say that he's still got a bit of a problem getting over that line but his results have improved after recalibrating to U23.

    GC hopeful Robert Stannard #mitchelton stole a couple of seconds on his nearest rivals at the finish but no big conclusions to draw yet among the overall contenders. Back to the flat roads tomorrow.

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    Moschetti #polartec in 10th, quite impressive, from the profile it looks like the finale was quite tough and he normally struggles when the road goes uphill
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    Philipsen gets his stage win.

    https://twitter.com/JasperPhilipsen/status/1005875159033696257



    And then this:



    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1006162654996713472



    Suss or not? It's the Pavlov response to a duolo win and this is the Giro Bio, after all. But really, had I actually seen the stage, I would have known that this handsome couple only got together within the last 2km of the final climb and everyone else was all over the road by the finish.

    Seventh-placed Zoccarato was in the BOTD and really wanted this but he was swept away by a late charge from Muñoz, who was joined by Osorio. On the line there was a tyre's width in favour of Greg Lemond Osorio, who took over the maglia rosa with the same time as a distraught Wildauer.

    But there's much more to come: tomorrow's stage features two Cat 1s and another MTF.
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    3rd placed Mäder was in the break as well, FWIW :)
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    Hard to pick the queen stage of the Baby Giro this year but this was probably it.

    A BOTD full of talent rode off in search of glory but every rider was eventually brought back.

    The final climb was 13km long and predictably scattered the field. Two *co national team riders Rubio and the "other" Muñoz found themselves in a group of four and made the effort to keep the maglia rosa in the team.

    The gradient began to bite hard as Rubio jumped with just over a kilometre to go. Muñoz slipped back and was eventually overtaken by #seg climber Stevie Williams, who gained enough time on his nearest GC rivals to snatch the jersey.

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1006532130774675457

    The winner of last month's Ronde de l'Isard now leads on GC from Osorio after the Colombian finished thirty seconds down while third on the stage Natarov also now sits in third overall. Anything can still happen, especially with such a strong *co team but Williams also has a solid team behind him, so he's got to be confident.

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    Well it all went a bit pear-shaped for Williams on what should have been an easier day, albeit with a Cat 1 climb in the middle of it.

    I don't have all the details but that or around there was where a group of four got away including GC danger Osorio *co and it looks like #seg had only Maas left to assist Williams in a chase group that also included third overall Natarov and eventually finished over two minutes down.

    Bennett of #axeon took the stage from Stannard #mitchelton but as an active participant in that lead group, Osorio grabbed the maglia rosa with a comfortable margin over third place on the day Donovan #wiggins.



    Such a big shake-up means that Osorio has 39 seconds over Donovan (who had been languishing in 10th overall after the big mountain stage) with Williams a now fairly distant third at 2:39 and Natarov pushed off the last podium step.

    Another big MTF showdown today but with the way the *co contingent has been riding, is it game over already?

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1007163228642738179
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    Looking good boys :)
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    Here was today's sawtooth profile:

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1007163228642738179

    Nineteen riders went away in the day's big move, many of them big names including Flo's favourite Moschetti, Philipsen, Bjerg and Burgaudeau.

    And this was the final climb to the MTF:

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1007243873377292288

    It was the platform for Stevie Williams, who lost the maglia rosa yesterday, to exact a revenge of sorts over his powerful *co rivals and he took a solo victory atop the Pian delle Fugazze, closely followed by Vlasov of #gazprom, who has been strong all week without troubling the podium.

    Fifth over the line was 19-year old Mark Donovan of #wiggins who had leapt to second overall yesterday. The unassuming Brit had distanced pink jersey holder Osorio by almost a minute and now takes over the lead with three stages to go.

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1007294886838718464

    One more big one tomorrow and then we might see things settling in ... although I've been wrong after every other stage so far.  :lol
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    This is a great edition of the Baby Giro:
    Lots of different tactics & stage winners, #rosa changing almost every day, and with two days left, the race is still open.

    :cool
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    *co came back with crushing performance today with another 1-2 in Asiago. This time it was turn of the "other" Muñoz and right behind him came Stage 5 winner Rubio. Although beaten in the final run-in, Vlasov crossed the line in third and got a podium result at last.

    Here was the profile of the day:

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1007525616218976256

    By the mid-stage HC climb of the Monte Grappa, maglia rosa Donovan was riding tempo in the peloton as solo breakaway Marlon Gaillard tried to salvage something from a bruising week for Vendée U.

    Early race leader Wildauer attacked from a chasing group which included Rubio, Muñoz and Vlasov but which had only been allowed about 30 seconds of rope by the bunch.

    The Austrian soon fell away as the chase group was whittled down to the trio mentioned and the peloton increased the pressure behind. Gaillard was finally caught and also dropped with about 25km to go.

    At that point, the race exploded. By the finish, the trio had about a minute on U23 LBL winner Almeida #axeon, about 1'30"-2' on a couple of chasing groups of chasers and >2' on the peloton.

    Due to a lack of specific information (one or two tweets an hour from the organisers), it's hard to figure out the exact circumstances, but it would seem that previous maglia rosa holder Osorio *co was in one of the chasing groups in between the trio and the bunch, so he finds himself once again in pink tonight.

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    Now where were we? OK, so I was guessing every day what might happen and getting it wrong, largely because how the senior pros do it does not apply at this level.

    OK, so we had a pretty short flat stage in the morning before the key ITT that would decide the GC. That was a bunch sprint won by sprinter Dainese but even here there were unexpected surprises. Maglia rosa Osorio crashed and lost 1:26 and that all but completely extinguished the hopes of a *co victory after such a strong week.

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1007904989145124865



    Come the afternoon, a final 22km all-out effort against the clock was all that stood between 135 riders and a well-deserved rest. There was just the small matter of the overall race to decide and it would be decided on a parcours that was far from easy, with three ramps including the final 1km maxing out at 18%. Added to that, the top six on GC was all within two minutes.

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1007948401940369408

    Vlasov of #gazprom had slipped into pink after the Colombian disaster. He had not been a stage winner but his performance throughout the week was marked by shrewdness and consistency rather than opportunism. Following that template of reliability for the last time, he put in a respectable performance that would seal him the overall title, while the superb rides of stage winner Stannard #mitchelton and TT specialist Almeida #axeon secured for them the other steps of the podium. U23 World TT champion Bjerg was third.



    So there we are, folks. 22-year old Aleksandr Vlasov is your 2018 Baby Giro winner. Runners up Almeida and Stannard, who are both 19, also look like becoming stage racers in the future. Stannard is an obvious all-rounder but Almeida, who won the U23 LBL earlier this year, seems to be one of those talents who effectively hangs on in the mountains and then grabs time in the TTs.

    https://twitter.com/giroditaliau23/status/1008027327790534657

    A nice edition that kept us guessing every day and a surprisingly downbeat ending for the *co contingent because much of the unpredictability of the race was thanks to the escarabajos.
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    Time waits for no man (or woman), a fact of which riders at the U23 level, like most of their contemporaries in life, tend to be blissfully unaware, so let's crack on with some National RR results.

    *no Torjus Sleen - a full #unox podium, with last year's surprise winner at élite senior level Tiller in third here.

    *ch Lukas Ruegg - a season helping the bigs is beneficial back at this level; favourite Hirschi was third.

    *de Max Kanter - bunch sprint won by bunch sprinter: quelle surprise ;)

    *lu Pit Leyder - another winner who's been serving time with the bigs.
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