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Misc. American Tour Races 2017
« on: November 30, 2016, 11:14 »
Welcome to America!

I figure we'll have separate threads for the higher ranked races:

San Juan
Winston Salem
Utah
Colorado
Alberta

...and leave this thread for the many .2 events. Any help/contributions will be much appreciated and if you have a burning desire to do a preview for any of the races then feel free.
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    Vuelta al Tachira 13th - 22nd January



    Stage 1  »  Circuito San Cristobal - Tariba (102.9km)



    Stage 2  »  San Rafael - Borota (134.1km)



    Stage 3  »  Circuito San Cristobal (115.2km)



    Stage 4  »  Santa Ana del Táchira - Santa Barbara de Barinas (165.2km)



    Stage 5  »  Socopo - Santo Domingo (141.7km)



    Stage 6  »  Mérida - Tovar (134km)



    Stage 7  »  Santa Cruz de Mora - La Grita (171.6km)



    Stage 8  »   La Fria - Casa del Padre (129.7km)



    Stage 9  »   Ureña - Cerro Cristo Rey (103.5km)



    Stage 10  »  Circuito Rubio - San Cristobal (94.2km)



    Start list:



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    The route is not set in stone yet I think, there was talk of wanting to get the finish at Casa del Padre in as well, but there has been problems there in the past with drunk and violent fans. However the general consensus seems to be that this could one of the toughest Vueltas in a while.

    Last year for example the climbing days were interspersed with flatter days for the sprinters/break and thus gave a chance for the GC men to recover. Going by the profiles you can see that won't happening this year. Stages seven through to nine will be crucial. In theory stage six is an MTF too, but it's a very easy one, so unfortunately you can't really say that there are five tough days in a row.
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    again?! :D
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    Could it be Rujano's last race?
    Nah. We've thought that for what feels like half a dozen years now.
    Rujanito will soldier on! :)
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    https://twitter.com/el_carabobeno/status/804734391406604288

    He'll be skipping the build up races (Bramon etc) to be in the best possible shape for the Vuelta.
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    https://twitter.com/FVCiclismo/status/804805274871730176

    Looks like they found room for Casa del Padre. Stage two is different as well.
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    http://ve.ciclismototal.net/noticias/item/3569-record-de-participantes-en-la-vuelta-al-tachira-2017

    No doubt this list will change before January, but these are the current competing teams:

    *ve

    Gobernación de Mérida
    Gobernación de Lara
    Gobierno del Zulia
    Gobernación de Barinas
    Gobierno de Carabobo
    FundaCarabobo
    Nueva Esparta Alcaldía de Mariño
    Gobierno de Nueva Esparta
    Café Flor de Patria
    Policía de Trujillo
    Gobierno de Yaracuy
    Cavebici Yaracuy
    JHS Aves
    Grupo JHS
    Fundación Misael Silva
    Lotería del Táchira
    Kino Táchira
    La Viña
    Fundata
    IDT Fona, Ona

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    Aroma y Tanga
    JB Ropa Deportiva
    Fundación Hernán Buenahora
    HyF Colombia

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    Regional de Chile

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    Arenas Tlax – Mex

    *it

    Androni Giocattoli Sidermec

    *do

    Aero Cicling Team

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    Team Spoirs Fachklink Dr. Herzog (a cancer hospital if you want to know)

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    Selección de Suiza
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    Lotería del Táchira
    Kino Táchira


    http://ve.ciclismototal.net/noticias/item/3566-loteria-del-tachira-un-equipo-que-pedalea-por-subsistir

    You may remember that both of these teams were reported as being in serious financial trouble a few months back. Their presence here would suggest that those have been somewhat alleviated, but as the article says, some of their riders may not be in the best shape after what they have been through.
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    Team Spoirs Fachklink Dr. Herzog (a cancer hospital if you want to know)
    They're an U23 Bundesliga team (non-UCI) from Hessen. One of the best German teams below Conti level, I would say.
    Great to see them make a trip to Táchira. :cool
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    https://twitter.com/FVCiclismo/status/809482494370283520

    Look who's back to winning ways.

    His ban actually ended nearly a year ago, but he didn't race Tachira in 2016. It will be interesting to see if he is selected this time round.
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    https://twitter.com/zciclismo/status/810594211296854016

    .....and he held on to take the overall. Stage wins went to Briceno, Salinas, Flores and Rodriguez. Overall a very strong performance from the JHS Aves team - all six of their riders in the top-14 of GC.

    Bramon is the next build-up race and starts on the 27th.
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    JHS Aves upped their game even more at Bramon, but are they peaking too early?



    Two stage wins for the team from Monsalve and Rodriguez, three of the top four in GC, best team classement (obviously) and U23 winner for Mendoza.

    The other stage wins went to Roniel Campos and Eduin Becerra.
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    Team Spoirs Fachklink Dr. Herzog (a cancer hospital if you want to know)

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    Selección de Suiza

    https://twitter.com/LnDeportes/status/816117036837457920

    Both have withdrawn at the last minute. The Swiss for financial reasons and the Germans "claiming the lack of a good physical condition". Hmmmmmmmmm.
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    Both have withdrawn at the last minute. The Swiss for financial reasons and the Germans "claiming the lack of a good physical condition". Hmmmmmmmmm.
    :fp

    Why would a team enter a race in Venezuela if they don't have the funds to get there?! :fp
    And why would a rider who's supposed to do a UCI race in early January celebrate Christmas?! :P
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    https://twitter.com/zciclismo/status/816262728105033728

    Chavarria won't be back to defend his title after all. Health reasons.
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    http://ovaciondeportes.com/opinion/fgonzalez/quienes-son-los-llamados-a-pelear-por-la-vuelta-al-tachira/

    The favourites according to Ovacion Deportes (obviously written before the news about Chavarria).

    Hopefully we'll get a provisional start list soon.
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    http://crciclismo.com/2017/01/04/el-equipo-del-nestle-giant-ausente-en-la-vuelta-tachira-2017/

    The real reason Nestle aren't back to defend their title? Tit for tat pettiness of course.

    A Venezuelan team wasn't invited to Costa Rica, so initially the Venezuelans said they wouldn't pay air fares for the defending champ's team and then when Nestle made noises about buying their own tickets, they just withdrew the previous invitation completely.

    So this is why Chavarria was trying to get the gig with the Colombia team. I just wonder if his "flu" was Nestle trying to have the final word.
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    http://lanaciondeportes.com/noticias/extranjeros-a-la-vista/

    #androni

    Iván Sosa
    Kevin Rivera
    Mattia Frapporti
    Rafaello Bonusi
    Andrea Palini
    Marco Benfatto

    The addition of an extra day to San Juan won't hurt Androni after all, as they're taking different riders to each race.

    #teammx

    Víctor Pérez
    Bernardo Colex
    Jesús Ortiz
    Daniel Balsero
    Kristian Yustre
    Álvaro Saiz
    José Pérez
    Valentín Arenas

    Six from these eight I guess.

    H&F

    Edwin Parra
    Luis Largo
    Pedro Torres
    Diego Ruiz
    Jader Betancurt
    Jhoan Robayo
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    http://lacalle.com.ve/jhs-con-grandes-ambiciones-en-la-vuelta-al-tachira-2017/

    JHS Aves: Yonathan Monsalve (Todo Terreno), Manuel Medina (Escalador), Jhorman Flores (Escalador), Jackson Rodríguez (Media Montaña), José Mendoza (Sub.23, Escalador), Maky Román (Escalador).

    Fundación Misael Silva Roa: Brandon Leira (Gregario), Héctor Valderrama (Sub. 23, Gregario), Omar Moreno (Sub. 23, Gregario), José Moreno (Gregario), Isaac Yaguaro (Velocista) Yorman Fuentes (Velocista).

    Grupo JHS: Jimmy Briceño (Escalador), Nelson Camargo (Escalador), Luis Díaz (Escalador), Carlos Torres (Media Montaña), Wilmen Bravo (Velocista), José Marquéz (Escalador)

    Briceno gets the nod to ride for Grupo JHS.

    One other thing I take from that article is that the three teams mentioned (JHS Aves, Fundación Misael Silva Roa and Grupo JHS) all seem to ride under the JHS umbrella. Now aren't there meant to be UCI rules about that? Of course we've had in previous years two teams riding in support of Rujano (Gobernación de Mérida and Fundacion Rujano)....

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    http://www.correodelorinoco.gob.ve/ciclismo/invertidos-mas-bs-16-millones-equipos-aurinegros-para-vuelta-al-tachira-2017/

    Kino Táchira

    Jhonatan Salinas
    Jhon Navas
    Jesús Pérez
    Edwin Becerra
    Pedro Gutiérrez
    Juan Ruiz

    Lotería del Táchira

    Ronald González
    Juan Murillo
    Carlos Molina
    José Alarcón
    Miguel Ubeto
    Henry Meneses

    Ubeto just keeps on going like the Duracell bunny.
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    One other thing I take from that article is that the three teams mentioned (JHS Aves, Fundación Misael Silva Roa and Grupo JHS) all seem to ride under the JHS umbrella. Now aren't there meant to be UCI rules about that? Of course we've had in previous years two teams riding in support of Rujano (Gobernación de Mérida and Fundacion Rujano)....

    http://ve.ciclismototal.net/item/3598-la-vuelta-al-tachira-o-el-anti-ciclismo

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    The foreign teams that come to Venezuela always complain about the same thing. It is not possible to compete well, 6, 7 or 8 cyclists against 12, 14, 16 or more. It is to play a soccer game of 5 against 11, the numerical difference distorts the competition, overvalues ​​the Venezuelan cyclists and accustoms them to run on a false basis and when they have to run real cycling come the disappointments.
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    https://twitter.com/GOLESITOO/status/819476273487609856

    Provisional start list (just about readable).
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    It looks to be a great race this year. Does anyone know it will be streamed anywhere?
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    It looks to be a great race this year. Does anyone know it will be streamed anywhere?

    It's usually just a finish line cam, but I have a memory of very bad heli shots in the past, so we can but hope.
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    That should be a bit more readable. :)
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    He's dyed his hair again.

    Stage starts in ~10 minutes.
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    Androni won the sprint from the peloton too, so they had all bases covered.



    http://vueltaaltachira.com/ganando-la-etapa-circuito/

    Today's finish in Borota is a new one for the race I believe. Small group finish after a short descent from the MTF? I'll go with Monsalve.

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