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The Tour de Luxembourg is on this week, and #cofidis Christophe Laporte won both the prologue as well as the first stage...





no idea really how he escaped from a relegation today though:

https://twitter.com/wcsbike/status/1136663741188268035

I mean, the organizers did their part as well of course, setting up the worst possible kind of sprint finish, with the corner + those crappy kind of barriers with the foot on the inside of the road, but this is still one of the most dangerous sprints I have seen in a while, starting on one side of the road, and finishing it on the other - and this time not with just getting others in danger of being injured, but with exactly that result for #wallonie Justin Jules
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    Some of the teams for Utah:

    303 Project (USA)
    Arapahoe-Hincapie-BMC (USA)
    Aevolo Pro Cycling (USA)
    EF Education First (USA)
    Elevate – KHS (USA)
    Hagens Berman Axeon (USA)
    Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
    Manzana Postobon Team (Colombia)
    Neri Sottoli-Selle Italia-KTM (Italy)
    NIPPO-Vini Fantini-Faizanè (Italy)
    Rally UHC Cycling (USA)
    Trek-Segafredo (USA)
    Team BridgeLane (Australia)
    Wildlife Generation Pro Cycling-Maxxis (USA)

    I would expect another two or three teams. Jumbo, Mitchelton and Floyd's the likely candidates, but others could benefit if the first two have other plans.

    https://twitter.com/TourofUtah/status/1148780383338729472

    Added to that earlier list are:

    #dcbank
    #canels
    #worthy / #floyd
    #dauner

    Quite a drop off in team strength from last year.

    2018: 5 WT and 6 PCT
    2019: 2 WT and 5 PCT

    Not that it means we'll get boring racing, but sponsors may be less keen in the long run if it continues like that.
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    Added to that earlier list are:

    #worthy / #floyd

    Odd that they're being so cryptic about the reasons for the name swap. :slow
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    Odd that they're being so cryptic about the reasons for the name swap. :slow
    Either the Mormons don't like cannabis, or Floyd is out of money.
    Or something entirely different. :S
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    Either the Mormons don't like cannabis, or Floyd is out of money.
    Or something entirely different. :S

    I only just read the original blog in its entirety. From that, my humble take on the situation is that Floyd is giving Worthy Brewing the chance to showcase their brand at one of the biggest races the team is likely to be a part of this season.

    Worthy Brewing is a presenting sponsor of the team, and Roger Worthington, the man behind the company, is close with Floyd, is a bike racer himself, and directly involved with race promotion. He's also an attorney, and was one of the sponsors behind Team Ouch (which Floyd represented at the Tour of California back in 2009, for those who remember that little stint). The man is heavily involved with the sport of cycling, from many angles, and it appears that this is designed to throw some much-deserved attention his way, and to share the spotlight.



    Roger Worthington on a training ride with Floyd Landis, February 12, 2009.


    It's odd to change primary sponsors on a race-by-race basis, and I've no idea how that works with licensing, etc, but it's also an interesting approach, as various companies could benefit by the exposure of key events on a selective basis.

    As long at the team communicates properly with their fan base throughout, and makes it clear what is happening and why (which they've somewhat failed to do here), it could be a positive approach.

    #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd #floyd

    (I could be wrong about all this, of course, but I like the narrative I've created here. :P)

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    One thing they didn't take into account is the extra work it makes for kit smiley creators *cough* *cough*

    #worthy #worthy #worthy
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    One thing they didn't take into account is the extra work it makes for kit smiley creators *cough* *cough*

    #worthy #worthy #worthy
    The race isn't for another month! :P
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    https://www.tourofbritain.co.uk/worlds-leading-teams-return-to-the-ovo-energy-tour-of-britain/

    Participating teams for ToB:

    AG2R La Mondiale (France)
    Canyon dhb p/b Bloor Homes (Great Britain)
    Corendon – Circus Cycling Team (Belgium)
    EF Education First Pro Cycling (USA)
    Great Britain Cycling Team (Great Britain)
    Israel Cycling Academy (Israel)
    Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
    Madison Genesis (Great Britain)
    Mitchelton – SCOTT (Australia)
    Movistar Team (Spain)
    Riwal Readynez Cycling Team (Denmark)
    Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Belgium)
    SwiftCarbon Pro Cycling (Great Britain)
    Team Dimension Data (South Africa)
    Team INEOS (Great Britain)
    Team Jumbo – Visma Cycling (Netherlands)
    Team KATUSHA ALPECIN (Switzerland)
    Team Sunweb (Germany)
    Team WIGGINS Le Col (Great Britain)
    Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team (Belgium)
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    One thing they didn't take into account is the extra work it makes for kit smiley creators *cough* *cough*

    #worthy #worthy #worthy
    The race isn't for another month! :P

    The race starts tomorrow!  :o  ;)
     
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    #worthy #worthy #worthy

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    Apparently there'll be no 2019 Tour of Hainan in October/November as the race wants to move to February/March in order to keep its HC/ProSeries status:
    https://twitter.com/coimbrawu/status/1177114362257055744

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