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Dwars door West-Vlaanderen - Johan Museeuw Classic

Sunday, March 5th

The 2nd race of the Napoleon Games Cup takes place today, and it's a new addition to the cycling calendar, risen out of the ash of the stage race Driedaagse van West-Vlaanderen. It has cobbles and hills, + it's raining, so it should be good



The list of participating teams looks alright as well
  • #verandas VERANDA'S WILLEMS - CRELAN
  • #lotto LOTTO SOUDAL
  • #quickstep QUICK - STEP FLOORS
  • #bmc BMC RACING TEAM
  • #fdj FDJ
  • #jumbo TEAM LOTTO NL - JUMBO
  • #topsport SPORT VLAANDEREN - BALOISE
  • #wanty WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT
  • #wallonie WB VERANCLASSIC AQUALITY PROTECT
  • #roompot ROOMPOT - NEDERLANDSE LOTERIJ
  • #cofidis COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CREDITS
  • #fortuneo FORTUNEO - VITAL CONCEPT
  • #aquablue AQUA BLUE SPORT
  • #gazprom GAZPROM - RUSVELO
  • #academy ISRAEL CYCLING ACADEMY
  • #cibel CIBEL - CEBON
  • #pauwels PAUWELS SAUZEN - VASTGOEDSERVICE CONTINENTAL TEAM
  • #tarteletto TARTELETTO - ISOREX
  • #delta DELTA CYCLING ROTTERDAM
  • #monkey MONKEY TOWN CONTINENTAL TEAM
  • #anpost AN POST CHAIN REACTION
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The race is live on VTM. Too bad it's one of three today at the same time :(
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    14-25 to 16-45cet.
    3 races, no problemo: TV record is my friend. ;)
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    14-25 to 16-45cet.
    3 races, no problemo: TV record is my friend. ;)

    Well, I can do recording, ok - but only races that are broadcasted...
    Rumours have it the peloton is burst to pieces already. Sounds great! The Napoleon cup is on a positive trend! :)
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    Of course, if this turns out someday to be the industry standard integrated handlebar-computer-braking solution then I'll eat my kevlar-reinforced aerodynamic hat.

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    I watched parts of it. Maybe expectations were a bit too high after the good opening weekend and a brilliant le Samyn, but I felt it was a bit underwhelming
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    Handzame Classic

    Friday, March 17

    The next race of the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup is the self-appointed Primavera van het Noorden on Friday - the sprinters "classic" for all sprinters not going to Italy for Milano-Sanremo. In the past years Erik Baska, Gianni Meersman, Luka Mezgec, Kenny de Haes and Francesco Chicchi made it on the honor list. So well... yeah, some of those have won one or another race elsewhere in their career at least.

    Defending champion #bora Erik Baska is not one of them. But maybe he can make it 2 on Friday.
    • WorldTour:
      • #quickstep Quick-Step Floors (Bel)
      • #lotto Lotto-Soudal (Bel)
      • #katusha Katusha-Alpecin (Zwi)
      • #bora Bora-Hansgrohe (Dui)

    • Professioneel continentale teams:
      • #wanty Wanty-Groupe Gobert (Bel)
      • #topsport Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise (Bel)
      • #verandas Veranda’s Willems-Crelan (Bel)
      • #wallonie WB-Veranclassic (Bel)
      • #roompot Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij (Ned)
      • #gazprom Gazprom-Rusvelo (Rus)
      • #ccc CCC-Sprandi Polkowice (Pol)
      • #academy Israel CA (Isr)
      • #aquablue Aqua Blue Spor (Ier)
      • #nippo Nippo-Vini Fantini (Ita)

    • Continentale ploegen:
      • #joker Joker-Icopal (Noo)
      • #pauwels Pauwels Sauzen-Vastgoedservice (Bel)
      • #coop Team Coop (Noo)
      • #anpost An Post-Chainreaction (Ier)
      • #sunweb Development Team Sunweb (Dui)
      • #leopard Lepoard PC (Lux)
      • #tarteletto Tarteletto-Isorex (Bel)
      • #cibel Cibel-Cebon (Bel)
    The provisional start list features some more or less prominent names though...



    ...among those last year's Coupe de France winner #katusha Baptiste Planckaert, #lotto Kris Boeckmans, #lotto Moreno Hofland, defending Napoleon Cup champion #verandas Timothy Dupont, #wallonie Roy Jans, U23 world champion #joker Kristoffer Halvorsen, the Canadian Cannonball #academy Guillaume Boivin, #aquablue Adam Blythe and 2013 race winner #wanty Kenny de Haes. Additionally #quickstep Quick Step brings some firepower for potentially successful attacks, namely Dries Devenyns, Jack Bauer and Iljo Keisse.

    A profile can be found in the ~pdf technical guide, but is not of much use anyway. Still... as we all know, boring cycling is better than no cycling: the race will be live on VTM, and maybe also on some local Eurosport channels.
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    I can now confirm that the race will be shown on the Eurosport player from 15-45cet.
    Probably without commentary, but given the alternative would probably be Kirby, that's a win, win in my book! :D
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    Finally! The #joker train is back on track after derailing outside Nokeren this wednesday!

    Fantastic sprint by #joker #rainbow Kristoffer Halvorsen (aka. "Doffen") handling chaos like Viviani!



    Where's the jumping happily around on the floor smiley when you need it?  :D
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    Dancing chicken do?

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    I dunno, in some aspects I don't quite easily identify as a bird  ;)

    Anyway, here's more. Fast forward to 22 minutes should give you the last 2.5 km.
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    Race #4: Market Heistse Pijl

    Saturday, June 3rd

    The Napoleon Cycling Cup has been on a break for a while, but it kicks off again on Saturday with the Heistse Pijl. Here are the cup standings after 3 of 10 races:

    RANK TEAM NAME POINTS
    1      #wanty      VAN KEIRSBULCK Guillaume       36
    2      #jumbo      VAN EMDEN Jos       30
    3      #roompot      ASSELMAN Jesper       24
    4      #bmc      DILLIER Silvan       22
    5      #quickstep      KEISSE Iljo       19
    6      #wallonie      KIRSCH Alex       17
    7      #joker      HALVORSEN Kristoffer       16
    8      #aquablue      HANSEN Lasse Norman       15
    9      #aquablue      BLYTHE Adam       14
    10      #wanty      DEHAES Kenny       13

    This may change significantly though, as the course of the Heistse Pijl seems to be the same as last year, not offering many opportunities for attacks. So the quick guys should move up in the rankings as it probably will end up in a pretty straight forward sprint

    There is no list of participating teams available yet, but the race will be broadcasted live on VTM (and maybe also on Eurosport, in some countries at least)
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    Race #5: Halle-Ingooigem

    Wednesday, Juni 21st

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    Halle-Ingooigem is a one-day cycling race in Brussels which won the first edition in 1945 by Rik Van Steenbergen. Briek Schotte, another Flandrien, then was second. Between 1970 and 2000, were a lot of beautiful names on the honor roll, including Patrick Sercu, Eric Vanderaerden and Eddy Planckaert. In 2005 it was promoted to the category 1.1 UCI Europe Tour. Numerous stage winners in the Tour de France, including Janek Tombak and Baden Cooke came here to win. In recent years Halle-Ingooigem has become a true sprint festival and as the ultimate preparation course for the national road champion shelves.

    Each edition of Halle-Ingooigem is started with 4 or 5 Pro Tour teams and a significant number of professional continental teams, plus the continental teams from home and abroad. The trail is about 200 km and consists of a slightly undulating run between Halle and Ingooigem through the Pajottenland and the Flemish Ardennes. In 2015 were quite a few Belgian top to start with, inter alia, local rider from Sep Marcke. On June 22, 2016 the 69th edition of Halle-Ingooigem is disputed and will be part of the Napoleon Games Cycling Cup - according to the Board of Yvegem Sporty "an excellent initiative to make our bike race even more national and international attention."

    After four bunch sprints in a row, last year the breakaway stayed clear and Dries de Bondt took a fantastic victory ahead of Jens Keukeleire. Also generally, very different outcomes are possible on a parcours including the Kanarieberg, the Kruisberg, the Hotondberg and the Knokteberg. On the 17.7km finishing circuit (which they do four times) there are only two climbs though, the Hellestraat and the Tiegemberg, with the last one 12km away from the finish.


    ~pdf Technical Guide

    Participating Teams:
    • #quickstep Quick-Step Floors
    • #lotto Lotto - Soudal
    • #fdj FDJ
    • #jumbo Team Lotto NL - Jumbo
    • #teambe Nationale selectie België
    • #cofidis Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
    • #fortuneo Fortuneo - Vital Concept
    • #roompot Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij
    • #topsport Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
    • #verandas Veranda's Willems-Crelan
    • #wanty Wanty - Groupe Gobert
    • #wallonie WB Veranclassic Aqua Protect
    • #anpost An Post - Chain Reaction
    • #beobank Beobank - Corendon
    • #cibel Cibel-Cebon
    • #era ERA - Circus
    • #isowhey IsoWhey Sports  SwissWellness
    • #marlux Marlux - Napoleon Games
    • #pauwels Pauwels Sauzen - Vastgoedservice Continental Team
    • *be T.Palm Pôle Continental Wallon
    • #tarteletto Tarteletto - Isorex
    The provisional startlist looks very good, with guys like Gilbert, Terpstra, Keukeleire, Theuns, Stuyven, Vanmarcke, van Aert, Greipel, Roelandts, Bouhanni, van der Poel, Vantomme, Jules, Demare, McLay, Wijnants and so on :cool

    Eurosport doesn't seem to cover it this time, but the race is live on VTM on from around ~15:30 cet
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    ~pdf final startlist

    many of the bigger names (Gilbert, Terpstra, Greipel, Roelandts, van Aert) will not turn up, contrary to earlier announcements, but let's hope it'll still be a decent race
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    many of the bigger names (Gilbert, Terpstra, Greipel, Roelandts, van Aert) will not turn up, contrary to earlier announcements, but let's hope it'll still be a decent race
    Gives a chance for the 'sub-toppers' to show what they can do. :cool
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