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Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
« Reply #91 on: August 10, 2017, 21:31 »
https://twitter.com/FirstCycling/status/895712188421218304

 :S
Why the :S?
It's their absolute season highlight.
They probably trained specifically for this TTT, may even have done a training camp where they practiced on the exact same roads.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #92 on: August 11, 2017, 07:42 »
    Elkov did strengthen over the winter (and had a couple of riders busted) and Bora were carrying a rider or two, but come on, it's still a bit of a surprise that a CT team beats a WT one in a TTT.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #93 on: August 22, 2017, 13:14 »
    Baltic Chain Tour 24th - 27st August



    *lt Stage 1 » Vilnius – Panevezys (160km)



    *lv Stage 2 » Jelgava – Sigulda (170km)





    *ee Stage 3 » Tartu  –  Tallinn (220km)



    *fi Stage 4 » Helsinki – Porvoo – Helsinki (165km)



    Competing teams:



    Names to conjure with include (provisionally): Maoma, Joeaar, Hentalla, Manninen (riding for the Finnish National Team and Fixit!!), Lowndes (racing in Belgium today though), Neilands, Siskevicius, Kaupas, Vangstad, Bogdanovics and Jonas Orset (who I read turned down a ride at the Vuelta a Colombia).
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #94 on: August 22, 2017, 13:20 »
    http://balticchaintour.com/baltic-chain-story/

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    Three Baltic countries – Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – demonstrated their solidarity in their quest for independence by forming a human chain on August 23, 1989. Approximately 2 million people joined their hands that day. The extraordinary event drew global attention and finally led to the Baltic States regaining their independence. The human chain spanning over 600 kilometers was registered in The Guinness Book of Records.

    The joint Baltic cycling tour has a long history. The tradition began in the 1955 and was broken in 1987. On November 4, 2010 in Riga, the presidents of three national cycling unions signed a cooperation agreement to restore the tradition of the Baltic cycling tour.

    From August 2011, Baltic Chain Tour marks the anniversary of the Baltic Chain. It is also one of the longest annual cycling tours in the Northern Europe.

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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #95 on: August 23, 2017, 18:10 »
    https://twitter.com/fincycling/status/900398869556678657

    Jaakko Hanninen is in good form. Been picking up some results in France with AC Bisontine.

    https://twitter.com/teamspbanksor/status/900283886164484096
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #96 on: August 24, 2017, 18:29 »




    http://balticchaintour.com/2017/08/24/maris-bogdanovics-wins-the-first-stage-of-baltic-chain-tour-in-panevezys/

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    The race started in rainy weather with only ten degrees celsius and there was quite a lot of wind. Later on the rain stopped and the temperature rose, but the rough morning weather suited the team tactics of Rietumu Banka – Riga.

    We knew that the race was going to be very windy, and decided to tear the group apart. This happened after 33 kilometers of riding, and I was in the front the whole day, Bogdanovics reports.

    My team did a great job controlling the race. I had great legs for the sprint, and two of my team mates gave me a lead out. Tomorrow it will probably be a similar wind, but the finish will be harder because it is on a hill. If I have good legs I think I can still win.

    Vangstad, Joeaar and Lowndes all missed the front group.

    There could be live coverage tomorrow here, but their Facebook looks good for updates too.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #97 on: August 25, 2017, 20:46 »




    http://balticchaintour.com/2017/08/25/press-release-benjamin-perry-strongest-on-the-last-hill-of-the-second-stage-of-baltic-chain-tour/

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    Perry broke away from the peloton 34 kilometres before the finish with five other riders.

    During the last kilometres the peloton picked up more speed and the breakaway group got smaller and smaller. In the last kilometres there was a steep downhill followed by a narrow bridge right before the final uphill (900m at 9%). Meanwhile the peloton was already right behind what was left of the break away.

    "In the hill I didn’t attack, but maintained a strong pace, but nobody followed" Perry says. He claims the race was tactically tough for his team. The rain and 6 kilometre gravel road also caused some stress.

    "Other teams were looking at us and attacking. I got a flat tyre on the gravel, but was able to ride through it with a little pressure left. Later I was able to get in the right break, and in the group we worked well together."

    Finally a result for Perry. He's almost regressed this year, so this is a big fillip. However it will be very difficult to challenge Boggy for the overall.

    Nice to see Hanninen up there today. Yesterday's result (24m+ down) had me wondering if he was much cop at all.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #98 on: August 26, 2017, 18:55 »
    https://twitter.com/wcstats/status/901443097753767936



    http://balticchaintour.com/2017/08/26/ahl-wins-sprint-in-tallinn-and-takes-yellow-jersey-on-baltic-chain-tour/

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    After an evenful and windy day with several showers the victory was decided in a mass sprint by the Pirita velodrome in Tallinn. The Norwegian Herman Dahl from Team Sparebanken Sør was first. "I got a perfect lead out from my team mates for the sprint. There were three guys helping me there, and we were the best team" Dahl says.

    "It was a long day. We tried to speed up in the crosswind, but it didn’t last long enough to work. At the end part of the race my team and the Israel Cycling Academy were taking action, when Rietumu Banka – Riga with the yellow jersey wasn’t riding in a sensible way."
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #99 on: August 27, 2017, 08:53 »
    https://twitter.com/mkpaa/status/901689751211823104

    Today's final stage finishes at the Olympic Velodrome.

    https://www.facebook.com/velopeak/videos/vb.619695624771388/1621948624546078/?type=3&theater

    Stream is up and running. No sound yet.

    Edit - or try this



    Showing the Helsinki Velotour, but they say it will have the Baltic Chain too.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #100 on: August 27, 2017, 10:50 »
    Break consists of Vosekalns, Kanepejs, Kanerva and Joeaar.

    ~80km to go with a gap of just over 5 minutes.

    Vosekalns (Rietumu Banka - Riga) is only twenty seconds down in the GC and has picked up some bonifications already, so Sparebanken and Bike Geeeeeeks are working in the peloton to bring it back.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #101 on: August 27, 2017, 17:30 »


    http://balticchaintour.com/2017/08/27/dahl-wins-the-final-stage-and-general-classification-on-baltic-chain-tour/

    Rietumu Banka - Riga played it correctly by putting Vosekalns in the break, but at the end of the stage that extra energy the rest of the team had conserved still wasn't enough to deliver Boggy to the result he needed to reclaim the top spot in the GC. He was banging his handlebars in frustration.



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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #102 on: August 27, 2017, 18:09 »
    what kind of race comes up with a parcours consisting of a TTT and a sprint stage?! :D

    obviously TTT winner #onepro bossed it, for the 2nd time in a row

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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #103 on: August 27, 2017, 18:28 »
    what kind of race comes up with a parcours consisting of a TTT and a sprint stage?! :D

    A Dutch race. :P

    I remember that from last year. Seems rather pointless unless the weather intervenes on the road stage.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #104 on: September 10, 2017, 20:09 »


    Rally get their Autumnal European adventure off to a winning start.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2017
    « Reply #105 on: September 10, 2017, 20:25 »
    To misquote search slightly, what kind of race comes up with a parcours consisting of a TT and seven sprint stages?!



    The last two stages were at least a little bit selective. If they had been the sprint stages and not the GC days then we might have been cooking with gas, but they weren't. I just don't know what the thinking was ....... and with every stage broadcast in full. Bring back the 2012 and 2014 style courses please.
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