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Tour de Romandie
« on: April 29, 2019, 08:48 »
Tour de Romandie

April 30th to May 5th

The Tour de Romandie starts on Tuesday, and the organizer has not shaken up the usual order of proceedings too much for this year’s course. There are two short individual time trials, two or three stages for Michael Alabasini, and a high mountain stage.

30.04. Prologue: Neuchâtel


01.05. Stage 1: Neuchâtel - La Chaux-de-Fonds


02.05. Stage 2: Le Locle - Morges


03.05. Stage 3: Romont - Romont


04.05. Stage 4: Lucens - Torgon


05.05. Stage 5 (ITT): Genève - Genève


The first couple of days are far from easy, but the decisive stages for the GC will probably be the final two, starting with the climb to Torgon on day 5. The finish is new to the race, and really looks like a nice one, with many hairpins winding up the road, but it's not overly tough:



And also the time trial the day after seems to more of the flowing type of parcours, with some challenges, but basically it's a course for the specialists.

As usual, the weather could be a factor, but at a first glance it seems to be difficult to see anyone else but #jumbo Primoz Roglic taking the win.
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #1 on: April 29, 2019, 09:07 »
    The race kicks off with a prologue in Neuchatel tomorrow - and it's quite a technical one, with a little hill and also some (street) cobbles:





    The weather is fine tomorrow, so this should be fun to watch.
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #2 on: April 29, 2019, 13:00 »
    https://twitter.com/TeamINEOS/status/1122826343291465728

    So Kiryienka and Swift are back in action for Sky
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #3 on: April 29, 2019, 13:41 »
    non matching shorts... a clue perhaps - a graphite kit as of TdeY?
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #4 on: April 29, 2019, 13:56 »
    https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1122844481814921216

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    Steven Kruijswijk is put forward by Jumbo-Visma as leader in the Tour of Romandie, despite the presence of Primoz Roglic. The Slovenian is the leader for the upcoming Giro d'Italia. “For Primoz, the Tour of Romandie is a preparation for the Giro. He will put the finishing touches in Switzerland, "says team leader Merijn Zeeman.


    “The goal is to finish as high as possible in the general classification with Steven" says Zeeman
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #5 on: April 29, 2019, 14:31 »
    that's a bit strange. I mean, sure, usually Tour de France GC guys are more likely to be in front in Romandie than Giro ones, but over the past one or two years I can barely remember a race where Roglic didn't go full out for a result.

    And this doesn't really strike me as a course where Kruijswijk could put enough time into everyone else to defend himself in the time trial.

    Although, to be honest, this applies for basically everyone (at least unless Thomas suddenly finds some form).
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #6 on: April 29, 2019, 21:15 »
    two or three stages for Michael Alabasini

     :lol
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #7 on: April 30, 2019, 23:55 »
    so, to everyone surprise, I guess, the prologue was won by #bahrain Jan Tratnik. So it was him instead of Rohan Dennis who took the first ever WT victory on a Merida time trial bike (in over 8 years):

    RANK NAME INT INT -> FIN FIN
    1      TRATNIK Jan      2:49 (1.)      <- 2:18 (15.) ->      5:06.79
    2      ROGLIČ Primož      2:54 (11.)      <- 2:13 (1.) ->      5:07.18
    3      BOHLI Tom      2:54 (13.)      <- 2:13 (3.) ->      5:07.50
    4      MARTIN Tony      2:57 (40.)      <- 2:13 (2.) ->      5:10.43
    5      THOMAS Geraint      2:53 (8.)      <- 2:18 (14.) ->      5:10.76
    6      DOWSETT Alex      2:57 (32.)      <- 2:14 (4.) ->      5:10.90
    7      KUNG Stefan      2:57 (31.)      <- 2:14 (5.) ->      5:11.12
    8      BETANCUR Carlos      2:51 (3.)      <- 2:21 (43.) ->      5:11.59
    9      BODNAR Maciej      2:56 (22.)      <- 2:16 (7.) ->      5:11.72
    10      COSTA Rui      2:54 (12.)      <- 2:18 (16.) ->      5:11.89
    11      BEVIN Patrick      2:57 (41.)      <- 2:15 (6.) ->      5:11.95
    12      COLBRELLI Sonny      2:51 (2.)      <- 2:21 (50.) ->      5:12.06
    13      GROSSSCHARTNER Felix      2:53 (7.)      <- 2:20 (35.) ->      5:12.54
    14      THOMAS Benjamin      2:55 (17.)      <- 2:18 (12.) ->      5:12.56
    15      ROCHE Nicolas      2:54 (10.)      <- 2:19 (29.) ->      5:12.95
    16      GANNA Filippo      2:57 (36.)      <- 2:17 (9.) ->      5:13.69
    17      KANGERT Tanel      2:55 (15.)      <- 2:19 (33.) ->      5:14.36
    18      MEYER Cameron      2:53 (9.)      <- 2:21 (56.) ->      5:14.37
    19      HAGA Chad      2:55 (14.)      <- 2:19 (34.) ->      5:14.45
    20      ALBASINI Michael      2:52 (4.)      <- 2:23 (70.) ->      5:14.51
    21      KRUIJSWIJK Steven      2:57 (33.)      <- 2:18 (13.) ->      5:14.67
    22      DE GENDT Thomas      2:56 (25.)      <- 2:19 (26.) ->      5:14.70
    23      VIVIANI Elia      2:53 (6.)      <- 2:22 (58.) ->      5:14.86
    24      CONSONNI Simone      2:57 (45.)      <- 2:18 (17.) ->      5:15.05
    24      SENECHAL Florian      2:57 (38.)      <- 2:18 (18.) ->      5:15.05
    26      KNOX James      2:57 (43.)      <- 2:18 (19.) ->      5:15.20
    27      DILLIER Silvan      2:57 (34.)      <- 2:18 (22.) ->      5:15.26
    28      NIZZOLO Giacomo      2:53 (5.)      <- 2:22 (68.) ->      5:15.31
    29      HOWSON Damien      2:57 (46.)      <- 2:19 (25.) ->      5:15.60
    30      GAUDU David      2:55 (19.)      <- 2:21 (44.) ->      5:15.81

    from what it sounds like in the post race interview, this was a major goal for him though, and he prepared specifically for it:

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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #8 on: May 01, 2019, 05:38 »
    ......and only Bahrain's second win of the year. I'm sure they expected a bit more than that after their investments over the winter in Dennis, Teuns etc.
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #9 on: May 01, 2019, 09:24 »
    01.05. Stage 1: Neuchâtel - La Chaux-de-Fonds

    so, first stage today... looks tough on paper, but often in Romandie, the groups coming in together seem to be bigger than expected.

    In 2007 the ~55k finishing circuit around Chaux-de-Fonds was exactly the same as today, with 84 guys sprinting for the win:



    And in 2011 when it was kinda similar (including the slightly harder Haut de la Cotebut with 35k to go already instead of Col de la Tourne with 26 to go now) ~70 riders came in together:



    Well, but in the end both #gerolsteiner Markus Fothen as well as #sky Bradley Wiggins don't really strike out as your usual kind of sprint winners, so it should still be interesting today.

    ...and if not, there's still the special prize to spice things up: first one to reach the 3.7k to go mark wins a wellness weekend in the Neuchâtel mountains :win :win
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #10 on: May 01, 2019, 16:52 »
    well, that was way more selective than the past couple of times...

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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #11 on: May 01, 2019, 18:21 »
    We don't care about the stage result. We need to know who won the weekend jolly in Neuchatel!
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #12 on: May 01, 2019, 18:34 »
    We don't care about the stage result. We need to know who won the weekend jolly in Neuchatel!
    David Gaudu had a tiny gap with 3.9 km to go, but he sat up, enabling Ilnur Zakarin to sweep past and win the big prize.
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #13 on: May 01, 2019, 20:28 »
    Only saw the last 2 km but it seems an interesting race. Two surprise winners, Betancur showing form, Gaudu better than expected, Roglic will win nevertheless.
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #14 on: May 01, 2019, 21:30 »
    That´s a career best so far for #lotto CF Hagen, who seems well on his way to becoming Norway´s better rider in hilly terrain. Considering that we are a nation of mountain-monkeys[1] that paradoxically can´t ride bikes fast up hills, that doesn´t have to mean that much.

    However, if you compare with #wanty Odd Christian Eiking and #riwal Alexander Kamp, who was just that little bit better to beat Hagen almost every time last year - their development seems to have stalled, whereas Hagen has definetly talen a step up. Getting a contract with a team that is good at the same things he is good at, seems to have been a very good move :cool
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #15 on: May 02, 2019, 09:53 »
    well, that was way more selective than the past couple of times...

    ... and apparently for a reason, as #wanty G. Martin pointed out after the stage: "Each day in this tour there will be opportunities for riders with characteristics similar to my own, I will have to grab them without waiting for the weekend. Time trialing is not my specialty and the stage on Saturday might be shortened because of snow, so I will not leave all my hopes for the mountain top finish on Saturday."

    So some guys probably thought it would be better to get rid of some time trial specialists early on, just in case
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #16 on: May 03, 2019, 19:55 »
    Roglic didn't win today.  :o
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #17 on: May 03, 2019, 21:32 »
    nope, by the look of it he didn't. I haven't seen the stage yet though ;)



    There's pretty bad weather forecast for tomorrow's stage, which could result in the Jaunpass and Col de Mosses to be cancelled (while the finishing climb is not in danger). The final decision will be annouced at 8am.
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    « Reply #18 on: May 03, 2019, 22:08 »
     They could always just add another time trial. :fp
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    « Reply #19 on: May 04, 2019, 07:52 »
    confirmed now, mountain sprint up to Torgon:

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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #20 on: May 04, 2019, 08:00 »
     What a shambles. One modest mountain in the whole, completely unbalanced race.
    The stage is barely more than 100kms either.
    Gaudu, arguably the strongest guy in the race, will now be lucky to make the top 10.
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    « Reply #21 on: May 04, 2019, 08:46 »
    Gaudu, arguably the strongest guy in the race, will now be lucky to make the top 10.

    who knows, his team mate Reichenbach yesterday said that a shortened, one-climb kind of stage would suit Gaudu "even better".

    But yeah, it may increase his chances to win the stage, but the time gaps will probably be minimal
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    Re: Tour de Romandie
    « Reply #23 on: May 06, 2019, 12:24 »
    But yeah, it may increase his chances to win the stage, but the time gaps will probably be minimal
    In the end, Roglic won the mountaintop finish ... and the closing ITT ... and the overall ... and the points classification.

    The *si #jumbo bee is ready for the Giro!





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