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Tour des Fjords
« on: May 22, 2017, 22:55 »
So, there's nothing else going on this week, everybody will tune in to the Tour des Fjords, now in its 5th season  :cool

The weather forecast this time: looks quite good with some chances for rain on the first two stages, but also chances for sun, and (as usual) it looks sunny and good for the final stages this weekend in Stavanger.  :cool

Last year, the Tour des Fjords had an (apparently) exceptional appeara nce on the fall side of the calendar, but it is now back in may, chained with the Tour of (eastern) Norway making it only a few calculations from being a continous10-day tour.

The chained set-up with Tour of Norway means we get mostly the same international teams with mostly the same riders and then the same national teams with changed crews if the rest of the team is not on the injured list. In addition we get some more conti-teams, from Denmark and Sweden. It looks like a set-up for good racing and this race usually delivers, at least the final stages in Stavanger/Sandnes area always have had good racing.

Previous winners have one thing in common: they raced for #katusha Katusha. This year, they're not in the race. This sets up the strange scenario where #didata Edvald Boasson Hagen now is the favorite for winning a race more or less made for #katusha Aleksander Kristoff. As you might be aware of, they are best friends and after the race finishes not far from the Kristoff residence Edvald may be invited for cakes and coffee. 

I will come back tomorrow with more on riders and stages.
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #1 on: May 23, 2017, 21:39 »
    Ok, stages for 2017:

    Stage 1 (Wednesday, May 24): Balestrand – Førde (189,9 km)
    Stage 2 (Thursday, May 25): Gulen – Norheimsund (185,1 km)
    Stage 3 (Friday, May 26): Odda – Kopervik (180, 2 km)
    Stage 4 (Saturday, May 27): Stavanger-Sandnes (162,4 km)
    Stage 5 (Sunday, May 28): Hinna Park – Stavanger-Stavanger (163 km)

    Stage 1 (Wednesday, May 24): Balestrand – Førde (189,9 km)

    Tour des Fjords this year are taking on the high mountains that Tour of Norway stepped away from, and they go right from the start of stage 1 with the Gaularfjellet (767 m.a.s.l. and  Rørvikfjellet (525 m.a.s.l) climbs. However, from there it is more than 100 km to the finish line, in more or less flat terrain.

    Stage 2 (Thursday, May 25): Gulen – Norheimsund (185,1 km)

    Stage 2 continues the theme with big climbs early on the stage, but adds one climb to Kvamskogen 45 km from the finish,  which tales place on a local loop around the Hardanger towns of Norheimssund and Øystese, ending in Norheimssund. This finish was also used two years ago, when (guess  who) Aleksander Kristoff won.
    The climb to Kvamskogen (462 m.a.s.l) is not scary, I count it as the easiest of three climbs on our local sportive, the Bergen-Voss race. There is one unmarked climb before it which is much steeper but the way they approach it they only do the upper half and it won't be decisive in any way.

    Stage 3 (Friday, May 26): Odda – Kopervik (180, 2 km)

    Stage 3 and again we are looking at big climb early (also featured on last years race). The rest of the stage is along-the-fjord-cruise-on-wheels with a couple of minor climbs thrown in and not labeled. The finish will take place in Kopervik , a smaller town on a big island west of Haugesund. A bunch sprint is expected.

    Stages 4 and 5 will be familiar to Tour des Fjords followers, as they are more or less identical to last year and the year before and the year before that.

    Stage 4 (Saturday, May 27): Stavanger-Sandnes (162,4 km)

    Stage 4 to Sandnes features a hilly finale and is usually won by some danish rider named Kragh Andersen. 

    Stage 5 (Sunday, May 28): Hinna Park – Stavanger-Stavanger (163 km)

    Stage 5 features an exposed stretch along the Jæren beaches that so far never produced the much anticipated bordures. Instead, the race is usually resolved (both stage and GC) after a few laps around Stavanger city center and up the desperately steep and claustrophobically narrow Grisabakken which forces a Flanders-style selection even if there are no cobbles.

    The two Stavanger area stages have produced the best racing in Norway several years in a row. For the landscapes, Stage 1 should not be missed – but tune in early as the finish line town of Førde is known as one of Norway's less charming places.

    (Interactive maps for all stages can be found on the race website.)
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #2 on: May 23, 2017, 22:05 »

    The race would be better if the first three stages are ridden in reverse.

    As you might be aware of, they are best friends and after the race finishes not far from the Kristoff residence Edvald may be invited for cakes and coffee. 
    Even after the World Championship in Qatar?  ;)
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #3 on: May 23, 2017, 23:26 »
    Even after the World Championship in Qatar?  ;)
    I'm led to believe that that paragraph was an example of *no deadpan irony. ;)
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #4 on: May 24, 2017, 07:57 »
     I shall try to endure TV 2's coverage of ad breaks, but for me they spoil them with a bit too much cycling. :D

    After Sporza's virgin Tour of Belgium coverage, that is.
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #5 on: May 25, 2017, 10:59 »
    Apologies for missing review of the riders, it seems I have a bit less time on my hands now than I thought I had.
    Here's a results list instead:



    The main climbs happened before TV live pictures and supposedly there was a quite large group getting away up the mountain, splintering so riders passed the top in groups of 2 and 3. There was a complete regroup and more or less a restart of the race before the next climb and the 5 riders that got into the break were never reeled back in, except #joker Forfang who suffered from cramps n the final lap on the loop course in Førde.
    The peloton lost 0:27 on the road, and those looking for a GC win and looking for chances to take back those seconds on the road might want to try today. That could include people like #roompot Pieter Weening and #tss Andreas Vangstad and maybe #didata Edvald Boasson Hagen, all active in the Lillehammer stage of Tour of Norway last week. The climbs on the transport section are either too far from the finish and/or not steep enough, so the race will mooe likely be settled in the local laps between Norheimsund-Øystese-Norheimsund. Kristoff won here the last time so it is not that bad. Then again I did not predict that the break could stick yesterday.  :shh
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #6 on: May 25, 2017, 20:38 »
    A wet day here today, and a dark stage with no fewer than 51 tunnels on the way from Gulen to Norheimsund. As expected nothing really big happened up to Kvamsskogen (the climb isn't steep enough) but on the wet  and rainy descent down the narrow gorge called Tokagjelet, where the road snakes in and out of tunnels and rocky ledges with nothing but void on the outside. Timo Roosen made a brave attack with more than 30 km to go, slipped away, built more gap on the shorter steeper climbs between Norheimsund and Øystese, and managed (with help from questionable moves by #jumbo Lars Boom, messing up Sport Vlaanderens chase by almost forcing the chase off the road) to stay away - with some 3 secs gap at the finish line.



    The race continues very open, the WT teams are not really controlling it. Tomorrow is perhaps the easiest stage on the non-climbers, again with the big climb of the day early but nothing worth mentioning late - a cruise to the coast and a bunch sprint in Kopervik expected.
    In such an open race that is not guaranteed anyway, but if comes down to a sprint I think #didata REGUIGUI Youcef is the quicker in the bunch especially if he gets the leadout from Edvald.
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #7 on: May 30, 2017, 13:42 »
    And then came three stage wins & the GC for EBH.

    Stage 3:

    Stage 4:

    Stage 5:

    Final GC:



    Also, Hegreberg has sold out to Velon:
    This race will be shortened to 3 stages for next year, with a 3-day "Hammer Stavanger" following it. :(
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #8 on: May 30, 2017, 21:13 »
    Looks like what they had to do, most of the racers from Rogaland are on Katusha and no Katusha = visibly reduced crowds = less money.
    So, sail in velon, Katusha is tied to the mast, Kristoff and Bystrøm aboard, and at least there will be crowds!
    (Then look what happens when Kristoff signs for a non-Velon team...)
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    Re: Tour des Fjords
    « Reply #9 on: May 30, 2017, 22:12 »
    Looks like what they had to do, most of the racers from Rogaland are on Katusha and no Katusha = visibly reduced crowds = less money.
    The saddest part of this is that it will probably mean no participation for the *no PCTs.
    :(
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