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http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/traditional-route-for-the-2019-volta-ao-algarve/

"The route is similar to the previous years offering stages for all kind of cyclists"

February 20 – 1st Stage: Portimão – Lagos, 199,1 km
February 21 – 2nd Stage: Almodôvar – Fóia, 187,4 km
February 22 – 3rd Stage: Lagoa – Lagoa, 20,3 km (ITT)
February 23 – 4th Stage: Albufeira – Tavira, 198,3 km
February 24 – 5th Etapa: Faro – Malhão, 173,5 km

It's funny, some races go over the same ground year in year out and it gets old very quickly, whereas others have your rubbing your hands in anticipation. This falls into the second category.
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    https://tourofthealps.eu/en/la-montagna-nel-dna-il-tour-of-the-alps-guarda-sempre-piu-su











    One proper MTF would be the only improvement I can see, but if they keep on giving us routes like this and the one raced this year (best stage race of 2018?), then they can call it the Tour of Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel for all I care.
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    One proper MTF would be the only improvement I can see, but if they keep on giving us routes like this and the one raced this year (best stage race of 2018?), then they can call it the Tour of Tarquin Fin-tim-lin-bin-whin-bim-lim-bus-stop-F'tang-F'tang-Olé-Biscuitbarrel for all I care.
    :lol

    I find the name a bit pretentious as well.
    It really is the Tour of Trentino-Südtirol-Tirol-that-will-never-venture-outside-these-regions.
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    :lol

    I find the name a bit pretentious as well.
    It really is the Tour of Trentino-Südtirol-Tirol-that-will-never-venture-outside-these-regions.

    Maybe they should call it the Giro del Trentino.
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    Maybe they should call it the Giro del Trentino.
    Maybe they should!

    I think the new funding sources (Tirol & Südtirol tourism agencies and stuff) wouldn't like to have Trentino mentioned in the name, but not themselves.
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    Maybe they should!

    I think the new funding sources (Tirol & Südtirol tourism agencies and stuff) wouldn't like to have Trentino mentioned in the name, but not themselves.

    OK, Tour of some of The Alps.
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    Is there a Bridge of Spies on this route Pau T'Pau?


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    https://www.directvelo.com/actualite/71145/tour-la-provence-22-equipes-annoncees

    Teams for the Tour la Provence:

    WorldTour

    AG2R La Mondiale
    Groupama-FDJ
    Astana Pro Team
    Deceuninck-Quick-Step
    Movistar Team
    Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
    Team Sky
    Team Sunweb
    Trek-Segafredo

    Continental Pro

    Cofidis
    Delko Marseille Provence
    Direct Energie
    Team Arkéa-Samsic
    Vital Concept-B&B Hotels
    Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
    Corendon-Circus
    Israel Cycling Academy
    Wanty-Groupe Gobert

    Continental

    Natura4Ever-Roubaix Lille Métropole
    St-Michel Auber 93
    Amore & Vita-Prodir
    WSA-Pushbikers

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    https://www.cadelevansgreatoceanroadrace.com.au/news-media/news/a-record-15-uci-worldtour-teams-confirmed-for-2019/

    CEGORR teams:

    AG2R LA MONDIALE
    ASTANA PRO TEAM
    BORA - HANSGROHE
    LOTTO SOUDAL
    MITCHELTON - SCOTT
    DECEUNINCK - QUICK STEP
    TEAM DIMENSION DATA
    EF EDUCATION FIRST
    CCC TEAM
    TEAM KATUSHA ALPECIN
    TEAM JUMBO VISMA
    TEAM SKY
    TEAM SUNWEB
    TREK - SEGAFREDO
    UAE TEAM EMIRATES
    KORDA MENTHA REAL ESTATE (Australian Nat team)

    No PCT invites. Will any bother going to Australia if only one race (Herald Sun) is on the table?
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    No PCT invites. Will any bother going to Australia if only one race (Herald Sun) is on the table?
    As long as the Herald Sun Tour pays for the plane tickets, why not ... ;)
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    https://twitter.com/ollieman56/status/1074606988334649346

    How much of a sprint has MVDP got?

    EDIT: A decent one by the looks of who he beat last year.

    He's also down for Nokere too.
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    That 23.4-km profile is the whole stage, by the way.

    Personally, I think that may be taking it a bit too far. We had a 36-km stage this year already; this is 33 percent shorter again.
    If they continue at this rate, we'll end up with a mass-start stage up a one-kilometre, 20-percent wall before 2030!
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    That 23.4-km profile is the whole stage, by the way.

    Personally, I think that may be taking it a bit too far. We had a 36-km stage this year already; this is 33 percent shorter again.
    If they continue at this rate, we'll end up with a mass-start stage up a one-kilometre, 20-percent wall before 2030!

    I quite like the idea.
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    The Vuelta finally gets rid of the combined jersey

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    Beginning with the race’s 2019 edition, La Vuelta’s white jersey, which thus far has been worn by the leading rider in the combined ranking, will be worn by the best young cyclist in the peloton. The jersey will correspond to the rider aged under 26 that stands in highest place in the overall standings. Until now, there was no specific jersey associated with this placing, although it was recognised with a trophy sponsored by the sports daily AS, La Vuelta’s official newspaper. The sponsor of this new white jersey will now be Feníe Energía, which over the past two years has sponsored the most aggressive rider prize. The combined ranking disappears, although its sponsor – Fertiberia – will continue to be linked to La Vuelta.
     
    Following La Vuelta 18, which was characterized by youth, with the second youngest podium in the race’s history, La Vuelta has decided to strengthen its commitment to the promising riders in the peloton. As with the leaders in other rankings, the best young cyclist will wear a jersey that makes them stand out within the group. La Vuelta is therefore following the example of the Tour de France, whose white jersey for the best young rider has been worn by such famous names such as Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Romain Bardet. La Vuelta first began to honour the best riders under the age of 26 in 2017 with a trophy sponsored by AS, the race’s official newspaper. The two winners of this prize so far have been the Colombian Miguel Ángel López (Astana Pro Team), in 2017, and Spain’s Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors), in 2018.

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    This new white jersey for the best young rider puts an end to the combined ranking, as it will no longer be part of the in-race prizes. This ranking was based on the criterion of a sustained performance, taking the best cyclists in the overall standing, the mountain, and the table by points. La combinada made their first appearance in La Vuelta in 1970, and the first rider to wear the jersey was the Belgian Guido Reybrouck. From then on, it featured intermittently until it was finally fully reinstated in 2003. The honours board for past winners of this prize include such famous names as Eddy Merckx, Sean Kelly, Tony Rominger, Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Chris Froome, among others.

    https://www.lavuelta.es/en/news/2019/the-white-jersey-sponsored-by-fenie-energia-to-honour-the-best-young-rider-of-la-vuelta/16759
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    Paris-Nice

    Cofidis
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    5 French teams, maybe this is how much of it will be this year before next year's changes.
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    maybe. There hasn't been a foreign wildcard team in Paris Nice since #iam Iam in 2014 though
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    ASO press release, the first two wildcards for the Tour go to #wanty Wanty and #cofidis Cofidis

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    In accordance with Union Cycliste Internationale rules, the eighteen UCI WorldTeams are invited:
     
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    In addition to these eighteen teams, the organisers have awarded wildcards to the top two teams in the Europe Tour classification:
     
    WANTY - GROUPE GOBERT
    COFIDIS, SOLUTIONS CRÉDITS
     
    The final two teams will be announced at a later time.

    this comes as a bit of a surprise, and it means (at least) one of #direct Direct Energie, #arkea Arkéa Samsic and #vital Vital Concept will not end up as a happy chappy
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    https://twitter.com/LasterketaBurua/status/1065607732512899073

    ...... and the teams.

    https://cyclingpro.net/spaziociclismo/continental/challenge-mallorca-2019-completo-lelenco-delle-squadre-iscritte-ce-lamorevita-prodir/

    WorldTour

    Bora – Hansgrohe
    Katusha – Alpecin
    Lotto – Soudal
    Movistar
    Trek – Segafredo
    UAE Team Emirates

    Professional

    Arkéa – Samsic
    Caja Rural – RGA
    Cofidis
    Direct Energie
    Euskadi – Murias
    Israel Cycling Academy
    Rally Cycling
    Roompot – Charles
    Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise
    Wanty – Groupe Gobert

    Continental

    Amore & Vita – Prodir
    Team Euskadi
    Team Sauerland
    Bike Aid
    Canyon DH
    Interpro Cycling Academy
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    Selezione spagnola di Pista
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    http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/la-volta-anuncia-los-seis-invitados-15-01-2019

    Catalunya wildcards:

    Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
    Euskadi - Murias
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    Wanty Groupe Gobert

    No Burgos!
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    http://www.biciciclismo.com/es/la-volta-anuncia-los-seis-invitados-15-01-2019

    Catalunya wildcards:

    Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
    Euskadi - Murias
    Arkea Samsic
    Cofidis
    Roompot Charles
    Wanty Groupe Gobert

    No Burgos!

    ..... and just thinking about it at work, no W-52 either!

    You'd think this race especially would have been one that they would have targeted for an invite, but the organizers obviously don't want to play ball. Pais Vasco usually only invites four teams, so they probably won't be there either. What does that leave at WT level? Turkey?
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    ..... and just thinking about it at work, no W-52 either!

    You'd think this race especially would have been one that they would have targeted for an invite, but the organizers obviously don't want to play ball. Pais Vasco usually only invites four teams, so they probably won't be there either. What does that leave at WT level? Turkey?
    Leaves me wondering what exactly the point was of them going ProConti?
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    And here are the teams and participants for the French season opener, the anthematic La Marseillase, to be raced on February the 3rd. It is a quite good startlist for a race at this level, actually. Last year, the old teammates at #fdj, who both changed teams,   #ag2r Alexandre Geniez beat #wanty Odd Christian Eiking in a small group sprint finish. With this year startlist, they may find it hard to get back on the podium, but then again it is early early season and Eiking is very often in shape a few weeks before he should, just to collapse with some illness or other when the seasons objectives are just around the corner.

    http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?detp=view&_ap=startlijst&editie_idd=MjkzODY=
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    Leaves me wondering what exactly the point was of them going ProConti?

    all eyes on Alarcon to win the Vuelta a Espana then, I guess ;)

    They could probably get a wild card for San Sebastian, but that one is during the Volta.
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    And here are the teams and participants for the French season opener, the anthematic La Marseillase, to be raced on February the 3rd.

    http://www.cyclingfever.com/editie.html?detp=view&_ap=startlijst&editie_idd=MjkzODY=

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