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[WT] Tour of California
« on: May 02, 2018, 12:00 »
Amgen Tour of California 13th - 19th May



Stage 1  »  Long Beach  ›  Long Beach (133km)



Stage 2  »  Ventura  ›  Gibraltar Road (155km)



Scene of Alaphilippe's triumph from two years ago.

Stage 3  »  King City  ›  Laguna Seca (197km)



Another finish from 2016. Some extra climbs before we get to the race circuit.

Stage 4  »  San Jose  ›  Morgan Hill (34.7km)



Too long for my liking, but will depend on who is riding.

Stage 5  »  Stockton  ›  Elk Grove (176km)



Stage 6  »  Folsom  ›  South Lake Tahoe (196.5km)



Skujins won here previously, but the stage is tougher now with the introduction of the climb to Daggett Summit.

Stage 7  »  Sacramento  ›  Sacramento (146km)




Competing teams:




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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #1 on: May 02, 2018, 12:47 »
    https://twitter.com/GranFondoGuide/status/991482670935879680

    He won't find things easy though up against Sagan, Kittel, Kristoff, Gaviria, Ewan etc.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #4 on: May 07, 2018, 20:06 »
    It appears no Team Jelly Belly this year?  #jellybelly

    I perused the team website to see just which races they were doing, but after five minutes of not finding a clue, I realized I didn't really care anyway.

    This too:
    https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/competition/teams
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #5 on: May 07, 2018, 22:27 »
    It appears no Team Jelly Belly this year?  #jellybelly
    Yep, no more special treatment for California.

    It must have been at least a bit embarrassing for the UCI to have a WT race with Conti teams last year. So - this is my speculation - they quietly told the *us Conti teams that every team that turned ProConti for 2018 would get an invite, but Conti teams would be left out.
    That is really the only explanation for why three Conti teams suddenly stepped up.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #6 on: May 08, 2018, 05:34 »
    It must have been at least a bit embarrassing for the UCI to have a WT race with Conti teams last year.

    Especially when they won two stages. :lol
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #7 on: May 08, 2018, 11:44 »
    Aqua Blue unhappy not to be able to show Larry Warbasse off in the national champs jersey.
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  • The fens are just West West Flanders really...

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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #8 on: May 08, 2018, 12:24 »
    This entitled moaning when they miss out on a race invite they wanted is not a good look for them, arrogant and a little disrespectful towards teams that are included.

    Nobody owes them anything. If Cali want 4 US teams (who, as Lukas says, appear to have stepped up specifically for this, just like the Spanish teams stepped up for the Vuelta) then that's their right. If a race organiser made you a quiet promise and then broke it, going public is one thing, but getting mad over organisers choosing home teams is just futile and deluded.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #9 on: May 09, 2018, 07:36 »
    #holowesko

    https://twitter.com/TeamHincapie/status/993991862200471557

    TJ 2.0 didn't look too hot in Croatia, but that was a few weeks back. Rhim and Companioni are both in good form.

    #sunweb

    http://zonacycling.com/team-sunweb-confirmo-su-equipo-para-el-tour-de-california/

    Nikias Arndt (GER)
    Johannes Fröhlinger (GER)
    Jai Hindley (AUS)
    Lennard Kämna (GER)
    Tom Stamsnijder (NED)
    Mike Teunissen (NED)
    Max Walscheid (GER)

    Stage hunting.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #10 on: May 09, 2018, 08:20 »
    #sunweb

    Stage hunting.
    Walscheid for the sprints. :cool
    Kämna for the ITT. :cheer
    Fröhlinger and/or Hindley to get a GC top-20? :shh
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #11 on: May 10, 2018, 05:33 »
    #sky

    https://twitter.com/TeamSky/status/994300885789372416

    Let's see how he gets on in a pan flat TT. Anyway the big favourite for the overall from the confirmed teams so far.

    #quickstep

    https://twitter.com/quickstepteam/status/994185240682926080
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #12 on: May 11, 2018, 08:02 »
    #uhc



    Stated aims: Mannion for a top-ten in GC, McCabe likes stage three and Tvetcov for the TT. No Colombians this year.

    #efd

    https://twitter.com/Ride_Argyle/status/994708507776593920

    Martinez has been in decent nick this year.

    #mitchelton

    https://www.greenedgecycling.com/news/ewan-to-target-sprint-stages-and-yates-eases-back-into-racing-at-tour-of-california

    Jack Bauer (NZL, 33)
    Caleb Ewan (AUS, 23)
    Mathew Hayman (AUS, 40)
    Michael Hepburn (AUS, 26)
    Roger Kluge (DE, 32)
    Luka Mezgec (SLO, 29)
    Adam Yates (GBR, 25)

    I wouldn't be expecting too much from Yates.

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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #13 on: May 11, 2018, 08:15 »
    #bmc

    https://www.bmc-switzerland.com/int-en/experience/the-feedzone/van_garderen_to_headline_bmc_racing_teams_amgen_tour_of_california_roster/

    Patrick Bevin (NZL)
    Brent Bookwalter (USA)
    Joey Rosskopf (USA)
    Michael Schär (SUI)
    Tejay van Garderen (USA)
    Nathan Van Hooydonck (BEL)
    Danilo Wyss (SUI)

    Is TJ's TT-ing good enough these days to get enough of an advantage? Bevin's form is excellent at the mo, it wouldn't surprise me if he wins the TT instead.

    #ag2r



    Ben Gastauer
    Mathias Frank
    Sylvan Dillier
    Oliver Naesen
    Cyril Gautier
    Benoit Cosnefroy
    Stijn Vandenbergh

    No Bardet after all.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #14 on: May 11, 2018, 08:23 »
    Tracker app can be downloaded here or you can watch the online version here. Only live coverage of the last two hours of each stage according to the blurb.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #16 on: May 13, 2018, 02:40 »
    Tracker app can be downloaded here or you can watch the online version here. Only live coverage of the last two hours of each stage according to the blurb.
    The Tracker tends to be the best online coverage of any race I've ever seen. They generally have the technology dialed-in to provide a very worthwhile experience. While I'm not a huge fan of the race (and I still don't like the overlap with the Giro) I do enjoy the quality of coverage, and, for me, it's the rare experience of enjoying a late-afternoon, early-evening event. That NEVER happens in my time-zone.


    Now if they can just replace Phil & Paul...
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #17 on: May 13, 2018, 02:51 »
    OK, since I'm feeling a little bit lazy, and the AMGEN site is completely useless in this regard...

    What does the women's race consist of? :slow

    (Seriously, the link on the main website provides zero information).
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #18 on: May 13, 2018, 07:27 »
    Now if they can just replace Phil & Paul...

    It'll never happen. Even after they die, there'll be holograms of them (like the Elvis concerts) and robots which repeat the same phrases over and over .......... hmmmmmm.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #19 on: May 13, 2018, 07:32 »
    What does the women's race consist of? :slow

    https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/route-2018/2018-womens-route-overview

    https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/competition/womens-teams

    Two absolute pan flatters and a climbing stage which has the same finish as the men's stage 6. Not so many of the big teams are riding it as it overlaps with the much more interesting Emakumeen Bira
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #20 on: May 13, 2018, 07:36 »
    I've really enjoyed recent editions. But you're right,  the quality of the coverage makes all the difference. We got rid of P&P a while ago, it would be interesting to know how many others from the great Armstrong connections pdf
    are still involved in pro cycling
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #21 on: May 13, 2018, 13:00 »
    Two absolute pan flatters and a climbing stage which has the same finish as the men's stage 6. Not so many of the big teams are riding it as it overlaps with the much more interesting Emakumeen Bira

    It's somewhat odd that they don't really spell it out anywhere on the website, besides the info in one of those videos. So it'll be the typical format of the women preceding the men on the same or similar course (for the last three days), and with the same finish line? It's just not clear to me.

    [Edit]
    OK, now I see a bit more. I was curious to see the race profiles, but it appears you have to go to each separate stage page, and then click the corresponding link on each page. Not the most efficient way to present that info. (These all seem to be pretty short stages.)


    Women's stages profiles:

    Stage 1 Thu, May 17
    Elk Grove
    Distance: 77.1 mi / 124 km
    Start Time: 11:05 AM PST
    Est. Finish: 2:25 PM PST





    Stage 2 Fri, May 18
    South Lake Tahoe
    Distance: 67.1 mi / 108 km
    Start Time: 11:00 AM PST
    Est. Finish: 2:21 PM PST





    Stage 3 Sat, May 19
    Sacremento
    Distance: 43.5 mi / 70 km
    Start Time: 10:50 AM PST
    Est. Finish: 12:42 PM PST

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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #22 on: May 13, 2018, 19:33 »
    Final start list:

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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #23 on: May 14, 2018, 08:28 »


    This is about as much as you need to see.



    The Tour Tracker now seems geo-blocked. I tried messing about with Hola to try and get it to work, but with yesterday's stage profile in mind I didn't try for very long.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #24 on: May 14, 2018, 08:30 »


    Replay of the last time they went up Gibraltar Road.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #25 on: May 14, 2018, 08:49 »


    The Tour Tracker now seems geo-blocked. I tried messing about with Hola to try and get it to work, but with yesterday's stage profile in mind I didn't try for very long.
    Was the app geoblocked too? Like you, I wasn't interested enough in the stage to explore the options.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #26 on: May 14, 2018, 10:52 »
    Was the app geoblocked too?

    I'd presume so, but you'd have to ask someone with a non-stone age phone for confirmation.
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #27 on: May 14, 2018, 11:55 »
    The Tour Tracker now seems geo-blocked. I tried messing about with Hola to try and get it to work, but with yesterday's stage profile in mind I didn't try for very long.
    Oh FFS! :angry
    "What can we do to make our race even more accessible worldwide?"
    "I know, let's geo-block the Tour Tracker!"
    :fp :fp
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #28 on: May 14, 2018, 14:56 »
    This is about as much as you need to see.

    I'll say. Those were the "highlights"?
    That. Was. Dull. And Boring.  :zzz2
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    Re: [WT] Tour of California
    « Reply #29 on: May 14, 2018, 15:14 »
    The Tour Tracker now seems geo-blocked. I tried messing about with Hola to try and get it to work, but with yesterday's stage profile in mind I didn't try for very long.

    Hmmm, they list nearly every country under the sun on the app page, but I'm not sure what they mean by "Europe (generic)."
    https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/watchattend/app-info


    Then again, there's no listing for Australia, Japan, Russia or South Korea. But if you're vacationing in Pyongyang? You're in luck! :slow :S



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