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Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
« Reply #30 on: February 17, 2019, 20:08 »
Team Named Rocket (no really)
One of the team sponsors is Named - the sports nutrition wing of which is a fairly well-known sponsor.
It's short for Natural Medicine.

So the team isn't actually named Rocket ... it's NaMed-Rocket.
Much less fun, I know. :P
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #31 on: February 17, 2019, 21:08 »
    PCS has been going on about this being the strongest ever field for a .2 race. Any other takers for that title?

    Going by last year's start lists, Tour de Savoie Mont Blanc, probably.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #32 on: February 18, 2019, 11:21 »
    Yeah it's difficult to define strongest. PCS could just be seeing MVDP and Devolder with his two RVV titles, but if you're just going by palmares then any of the numerous .2 races that Rebellin has raced in the past 7 or 8 years might be defined as the strongest.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #33 on: February 18, 2019, 12:12 »
    yeah, I was more thinking about the (amount of PCT) teams involved than about the riders, but PCS probably has some kind of database to back it up
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #34 on: February 20, 2019, 20:45 »
    Start list has now been finalized. Lots of potential winners for both the sprints and GC.

    Jans, after a solid start in Besseges, is probably the favourite for the sprints, but Minali and Krieger should push him and there's a plethora of other guys in the hunt.

    GC is a bit tougher. If everyone was in decent nick, Pronksiy or Rogina might get the burden of being favourite, but with it being early season, who knows? Another rabbit out of the hat from Ovechkin wouldn't surprise me.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #35 on: February 21, 2019, 18:49 »
    https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1098564370710302722

    http://kometacyclingteam.com/en/michele-gazzoli-fifth-in-the-fight-for-the-inaugural-volata-of-the-tour-of-antalya/
    https://cccsport.eu/kolarze-ccc-development-team-po-pierwszym-etapie-tour-of-antalya/

    Reading a few of the team's race reports gives a bit of an idea about the stage.

    It was a nervous peloton and bad road conditions for most of the stage. Valter (CCC Devo) said "the section that could be described as gravel was very demanding. It was 40 - 50 km long". A potential G-Factor of 0.35

    There were a few crashes in the closing stages and that, plus the technical nature of the finale ("located on the seafront promenade, but before the riders entered the final straight, they had to defeat, among others a small driveway and winding park alleys") led to the splits in the pack.

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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #37 on: February 21, 2019, 20:03 »
    Is this a tour of duty for #corendon Van der Poel or what?
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #38 on: February 21, 2019, 20:14 »
    Is this a tour of duty for #corendon Van der Poel or what?

    https://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/van-der-poel-vorig-seizoen-was-goed-dit-seizoen-nog-net-iets-beter/

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    "On Tuesday I will leave for Antalya", the Dutch champion on the road looks ahead to his first race of the year. "I am still fresh. In itself I come out the season well. The most difficult thing is to stay fresh in the head. For the physical I am less afraid than the mental. It has been mentally a difficult season, the weeks before the World Cup. The skiing week has pleased me and the Tour of Antalya will be fun, so I'm mentally ready. "

    Van der Poel fought against the high expectations in the field, he admits. "Now it's nice to drive around with slightly fewer expectations in the coming weeks. I was free to choose what I wanted to drive. It was not an obligation to go to Antalya, but I wanted to do something for Corendon. Otherwise I still went on an internship, then I would rather go to race rhythm and some extra training "
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #39 on: February 22, 2019, 05:30 »
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #40 on: February 22, 2019, 08:50 »
    There is also a van der Poel interview in Het Nieuwsblad today. He says, that everyone in the team will get a chance to go for results this week, defending the GC is not a target, especially as stage 3 is too hard for him anyway.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #41 on: February 22, 2019, 18:45 »
    https://twitter.com/maartenmaleis/status/1098938335723167744

    https://cccsport.eu/kolarze-ccc-development-team-po-drugim-etapie-tour-of-antalya/
    http://kometacyclingteam.com/un-final-de-locos-deja-al-kometa-cycling-team-sin-la-baza-de-gazzoli/

    Good on Kometa and CCC Devo giving these little reports. It would be very difficult otherwise to glean anything about the stage.

    A very fast start to the day - 60km/h for the first 20km according to the organizers! Similarly to yesterday there was a chaotic finish with three crashes within the last kilometre.



    GC day tomorrow.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #42 on: February 23, 2019, 08:45 »
    https://twitter.com/tourofantalya/status/1099226525805801473

    Bad weather and crashes breaking up the field. About half the stage done.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #43 on: February 23, 2019, 08:56 »
    https://twitter.com/tourofantalya/status/1099228884288106497

    Dunne, Rabitsch and Boggy are three of the missing five.

    Not many climbers in there. Burke, Rabitsch and Zimmerman the best as far as I can see. MVDP could have a chance after all.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #45 on: February 23, 2019, 09:41 »
    https://twitter.com/tourofantalya/status/1099241758943256576

    2km to go. He was at 32 seconds in the GC.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #46 on: February 23, 2019, 10:11 »
    https://twitter.com/tourofantalya/status/1099249019191287809

    Lopez and Plaza weren't part of the break, so Rekita was the last man standing. All three were at 32s and therefore the Pole should be the new leader.
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    Re: Smaller Race Results and Discussion 2019
    « Reply #48 on: February 25, 2019, 08:37 »
    https://twitter.com/FrontSet/status/1099648530220834817







    Lonardi's performance grabbed my attention. Up there in the sprints and the MTF.
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     While all eyes are on Belgium, this weekend, there are also a brace of really good one day races going on in the South of France. I say good, because they have become personal favourites of mine, due to both the quality and location of their parcour.

    Today, we have the Classic de l'Ardèche: 



    Tomorrow, we move across to the Eastern bank of the Rhone, for the

    Royal Bernard Drome Classic.



    Both races have extensive coverage from L'Equipe.
    The Classic de l'Ardèche will be shown directly after Het Nieuwsblad, from around 4pm, for two hours.
    The Royal Bernard Drome Classic will be shown live from 1pm GMT, for three hours, but is an obvious clash with KBK.
    So maybe the best option may be to wait for 4 hours of both races, back-to-back on Monday, from 12-30pm GMT.

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    https://www.firstonetv.live/Live/France/L'%C3%89quipe-27
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    Quite a few non-starters for KBK today - Ackermann (?), Van Baarle, Demare, Stuyven and Denifl.
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    Yesterday #direct Pim Ligthart won the Ronde van Drenthe, beating his training buddy #alecto Robbert de Greef in a two men "sprint"



    Short highlights are available on the website of RTV Drenthe



    Lighthart was very emotional at the finish. Sounds like he's gone through a lot over the past year.
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    Grand Prix de Denain - Porte du Hainaut

    Sunday, March 24th

    Already last year the GP Denain planed to change its character from "just another sprinters' race" to a cobbled classic, with 10 sectors of pavé, but due to bad weather all but one had to be thrown out again one hour before the start.

    Rouleur did a nice feature about it back then:



    https://rouleur.cc/editorial/grand-prix-denain-cobbled-classic/

    Now they are back with two more - 12 sectors of pavé - and no problems with the weather in sight:



    Initially, by adding cobbles and moving the race to a Sunday, the idea was not only to make the race more entertaining, but also to attract a broader audience and more high-profile teams to participate.

    The interest in preparing for Paris Roubaix under race conditions seems to be low though, so in terms of teams this has not been fruitful so far:



    The ~pdf provisional start list looks still decent though, with guys like #corendon van der Poel, #roompot Boom, #ag2r Vandenbergh, #trek Kirsch, #wallonie Planckaert, #wanty Backaert, #direct Gaudin, #cofidis Claeys and others usually always willing to tear the race into pieces early on.

    Unfortunately there don't seem to be coverage on Eurosport this time though, but some local France 3 channels are broadcasting the race live, so let's hope that there'll be a stream at least.
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    The Tour de Normandie

    is rolling on to stage 4 tomorrow (Thursday 28 March) . Stage winners so far:
    Stage 1 #riwal Nicholas Brøchner
    Stage 2 #seg Alberto Dainese
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    Stage 3 #metec De Kleijn
    The GC is so far dominated by stage winners and bonus seconds, with #riwal Brøchner ahead of #metec De Kleijn by 3 secs.

    An incident in today's stage 3 involved a race motorcycle that clipped #coop Lois Bendixens front wheel, sending him into the ditch. Bendixen and his team are susequently punished for motor pacing him back to the peloton. #coop Coop has to race without a support vehicle tomorrow, and Bendixen will be de-placed in all competitions (and fined, I believe), but he is allowed to start. 

    What's special about the situation is that the motorcyclist in question has said he was sorry for causing the accident, it was his fault, but the head commissaire says it was Bendixen who was responsible for what happened, and applied the penalties. What does the supreme tribunal of velorooms think about this, doesn't this sound a bit harsh? I guess that normally, if a race vehicle causes an accident involving some riders, they will be allowed to draft on their own team car to get back to the peloton?
     1. (that's got to be as close to 2 Danish stage wins as possible)
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    An incident in today's stage 3 involved a race motorcycle that clipped #coop Lois Bendixens front wheel, sending him into the ditch. Bendixen and his team are susequently punished for motor pacing him back to the peloton. #coop Coop has to race without a support vehicle tomorrow, and Bendixen will be de-placed in all competitions (and fined, I believe), but he is allowed to start. 

    What's special about the situation is that the motorcyclist in question has said he was sorry for causing the accident, it was his fault, but the head commissaire says it was Bendixen who was responsible for what happened, and applied the penalties. What does the supreme tribunal of velorooms think about this, doesn't this sound a bit harsh? I guess that normally, if a race vehicle causes an accident involving some riders, they will be allowed to draft on their own team car to get back to the peloton?
    Commissaires gotta commissaire. :snooty
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    The Tour de Normandie

    is rolling on to stage 5 tomorrow (Thursday 28 March) . Today, in the 4th stage, a Norse invation led by Ganger-Rolv #joker Ole Forfang  flipped the GC around and it is now the two stronger *no teams battling each other as #unox Erik Nordsæter Resell on 2nd. The time gaps are still small and other can sign on for the their podium bids later.

    It was a succesful early attack forming a breakaway group and then finally by going solo from the 3km mark that led to the renewal of the GC list. Forfang won the stage, Resell on 3rd with the last breakaway rider, #tarteletto Elias von Brussegem squeezing in before Resell. The peloton arrived 15 secs later. 


    Stage winners so far:
    Stage 1 #riwal Nicholas Brøchner
    Stage 2 #seg Alberto Dainese
    Stage 3 #metec De Kleijn
    Stage 4 #joker Forfang

    Browsing the results list I noticed the presence of Stein-Erik Eriksen for #coloquick. He better be good in the downhill sections.
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    The Tour de Normandie

    Apologizing for lack of updates yesterday, here comes a two-stage update. Normandie continues to be rolled over by the Norse invasion. (The chief known as Ganger-Rolf to the norse is called Rollon down here, and roll on is what they do!

    Except the Hungaryans are here too, #seg Barnabas Peak sneaking in a stage win from a late attack, winning in front of teammate #seg Ablerto Dainese taking the sprint in the peloton, 3 seconds behind. #joker Ole Forfang remained in the lead with #unox Resell on second in GC.

    The Tour de Normandie is one of the more prestigeous stage races at 2.2 level. The winnners since 2012 are Jerome Cousin, Silvan Dillier, Stefan Küng, Dimitry Claeys, Baptiste Planckaert, Anthony Delaplace and Thomas Stewart. Only Stewart, who won last year,  is still riding Conti with #dhb,  the others are now in the pro ranks, some even in the World Tour. .

    In today's stage , there was a huge split in the peloton and #unox Resell ended up behind it, loosing more than 1 min, and thus he's no longer in contention for the GC podium. #joker Forfang was in the right group and retains the lead, I think he has added some bonus seconds somewhere too, as now it seems to be with more than 30 seconds which is a lot in a quite flat stage race without time trials.

    However, with the GC in focus in #joker and with #unox also doing good on previous stages, today it was payback time for the now much decimated #coop squad. A lot has been stacked against them in this race, with falls, commisaires and broken elbows they now have only 2 riders left in the race, and yet managed to win the stage, with #coop Trond Trondsen taking the sprint. That's worth a chapeau and a  :cool .

    Stage winners so far:
    Stage 1 #riwal Nicholas Brøchner
    Stage 2 #seg Alberto Dainese
    Stage 3 #metec De Kleijn
    Stage 4 #joker Forfang
    Stage 5 #seg Peak
    Stage 6 #coop Trondsen

    Pity there's no TV service as tomorrow's race will be a thriller for the GC and we will see #seg and #metec do everything they can to leave #joker Ole Forfang in the dust behind some hedgerows. It is dead flat from St-Lô to Caen. If the wind picks up, it can be quite some race (on the other hand, the Joker podcast run by - yep, exactly that man: Forfang - is called  "Førstevifta", which translates directly to "first fan"  in english but it means the first group when riding in echelons. I guess they're ready for it...

    Got to give a thumbs up to the boys in blue, after loosing key riders to #unox and #didata, and some important support personell too (DS and trainers) they have re-formed the team and it is still hard to beat!

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    The Tour de Normandie is one of the more prestigeous stage races at 2.2 level. The winnners since 2012 are Jerome Cousin, Silvan Dillier, Stefan Küng, Dimitry Claeys, Baptiste Planckaert, Anthony Delaplace and Thomas Stewart. Only Stewart, who won last year,  is still riding Conti with #canyon,  the others are now in the pro ranks, some even in the World Tour. .
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    We have #canyon # canyon as kit smiley for the women's team Canyon-SRAM as they are at a higher level than the men's Conti team Canyon-dhb p/b Bloor Homes - which leaves the problem of what to call the men's team's kit smiley, of course.
    It's #dhb # dhb, using the second title sponsor.
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    The Tour de Normandie

    Final stage today ended with a Danish stage victory as #waoo Johan Langballe won the sprint from a small breakaway group of 4, just 7 seconds ahead of the bunch. #metec Arvid De Kleijn won the sprint in the bunch, but with #joker controlling the race and just rolling in at the back of the pack, no gaps and all the bonus seconds gone, the #yellow GC victory goes to #joker Ole Forfang.

    Stage winners so far:
    Stage 1 #riwal Nicholas Brøchner
    Stage 2 #seg Alberto Dainese
    Stage 3 #metec De Kleijn
    Stage 4 #joker Forfang
    Stage 5 #seg Peak
    Stage 6 #coop Trondsen
    Stage 7 #waoo Langballe

    Winner GC: #joker Forfang
    Winner points: #seg Alberto Dainese
    Nations wins: tie between Norway and Denmark with 2 both, but Denmark wins because the second stage was won by a Dainese![1]

    The #joker boys in blue has controlled the race since taking the lead in stage 4. Their tactic for the final stages has been quite simple: put the team in front of the pack and pedal! There has been many attacks but all the important ones have beeen taken care of.
    Does this mean they actually ride 2.2 races like it's team Sky on a tour through French landscapes now? That's a bit of a development, races at this levelused to be a bit less controlled.  Anyway, this is hardly due to the salaries.  :-x Good work!
     1. I will  find my own way out :fp
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    Joe Martin Stage Race 4th - 7th April



    Stage 1: Fayetteville > Fayetteville (167km)



    Stage 2: Fayetteville > Fayetteville (187.2km)



    Stage 3: Devil's Den State Park TT (4.84km)



    Stage 4: Fayetteville Criterium (61.3km)



    Pretty much the same course as last year with the hill top finish on stage 1 and the TT probably proving decisive.

    Competing teams:

    303 Project (Easter and Van Zyl)
    Aevolo (Villalobos, Islas and Rojas)
    Canel's - Specialized (Villalobos, Santos and Corte)
    DCBank Pro Cycling (Daniel and Pavlic)
    Elevate - KHS (Castillo, Cheyne, Piccoli, Roberge, Rodriguez and Young!)
    Floyd's Pro Cycling (Cowan, Swirbul and Tvetcov)

    CS Velo Racing
    DNA Racing
    First Internet Bank Cycling (Bassett)
    Foundation CCB
    Gateway Devo Cycling (Yates and Schunk)
    Giant Lakeside - Audi McKinney (Orset!)
    Project Echelon
    Rio Grande Elite (Wachtendorf)
    Support Clean Sport / BSCG / Guttenplan Coaching
    Novo Nordisk Devo
    Toronto Hustle (Varabei)
    Total Civil Construction
    Veloselect Racing

    Holowesko and UHC provided some PCT prestige last year, but there is none this time around. Hagens Berman and Rally haven't attended since 2017.
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