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Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
« Reply #30 on: February 04, 2020, 15:17 »
From the reports I read, this actually was a stage worth watching, with LOTS of crosswinds.

The result is a bit surprising, with #uae Costa winning the sprint? but hey, Sergey - still in the race for GC  :shh

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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #31 on: February 04, 2020, 18:59 »
    The live coverage started at just the right time as that was when Bahrain (mainly) really started to push the pace. There were a few crashes (Bonifazio, Reza and Cherkasov were some that I saw go down) and it split very quickly into 3+ grps.

    The comms were saying that when they hit 50km to go there was going to be a turn into even more favourable winds, but it didn't pan out that way. Grp 2 (Terpstra and Bouhanni were in there) made it back shortly afterwards, and when the Haussler and co break went, it was the turn of the much larger grp 3 to make it back on.

    Quite an exciting finish with them giving a healthy advantage to the 4 men going into the final kicker. It was those 600m or so at ~6% that gave us the rather unusual mixture of riders in the top-ten.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #32 on: February 04, 2020, 19:59 »
    Bouhanni could win the GC.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #33 on: February 04, 2020, 21:12 »
     Tom Dumoulin has picked up where he left off last season, by pulling out of Valencia.
    Taken ill apparently.
    Still, he has plenty of time to recuperate since his next race is Tirreno, over a month away.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #35 on: February 05, 2020, 21:20 »
    Yeay! The top 10 dude is back!  :onfire1
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #37 on: February 06, 2020, 21:21 »
    He is in top 10 again   :cool
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #38 on: February 07, 2020, 06:18 »
    He is in top 10 again   :cool
    Who, Lucas Carstensen? :P

    Hailing from Hamburg(-Harburg), he's the closest to a local pro I have. And slowly, but surely, his #bikeaid exploits happen in races with ever-higher-level competition. :cool
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #39 on: February 07, 2020, 20:12 »




    I take it the racing hasn't lived up to what we hoped after the first stage excitement?
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #41 on: February 09, 2020, 21:03 »
    I'll try and tidy this thread up a bit.

     Tour de Saudi Arabia final stage saw the serial biter bitten.

    https://twitter.com/bguyot1982/status/1226126209274302467

     Which probably had the race jury in stitches as the result stood.



    It also robbed old Bouhoo of the overall GC win.




     The weekend at Etoile de Besseges saw the return of Ben O'Connor and Alberto Bettiol in some ominous form.

    Stage 4
    Ben O'Connor (NTT) took the mountain finish after NTT placed 4 men in the break, with that man Bettiol first home from the peloton, after a late surge.



    Stage 5 was an ITT and it was Bettiol that took the honours, while Cosnefroy narrowly held on for the overall victory.





    If anybody fancies Valenciana.....
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #42 on: February 09, 2020, 22:02 »
    I'll give it a shot, Valencia here I come  :P

    First, the summary picture, stolen from Lukas' twitter feed:
    https://twitter.com/bsirnik/status/1225880052560207872

    Then, I will skip right to the overall results (this is pretty backwards but I think it should do the job):

    That's two stage wins (everything finishing uphill, basically) and the GC for the young Slovenian at #uae.
    One could ask why, and one possible explanation is this team actually prioritizes this time of year and want their best riders in shape for the most important race of the year, the UAE tour.
    If we look at how - he had the punch to outpunch Valverde on the short uphill finish and the guts to attack as soon as possible on the long uphill finish, and no one could reel him in, even though the gaps weren't large. I think Wout Poels @ #bahrain will give Pogacar a bit of a challenge on the Jebel Jais. I seem to remember he fell from first place on the final little steep twist there some time before, possibly in 2015 when he finished 3rd?  (The race was called Abu Dhabi tour back then and not a WT race).
    Apart from Pogi, there was a decent race from a few more young climbers as well, #mitchelton Jack Haig and #ineos T G Hart. Are they also on listed as captains at the UAE tour?
    Among the sprinters, the race wasn't very surprising either. Total ductch dominance, stagewins:  2x #jumbo Dylan Groenewegen and 1x #quickstep Fabio Jakobsen. The rest split top 10 between them,  as expected. Noted that #uae is now running Kristoff in solo mode without any support whatsoever in the sprint and he still scrapes in a 3rd and a 4th on quite easy days.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #43 on: February 10, 2020, 02:40 »
    Tour de Saudi Arabia final stage saw the serial biter bitten.

    Really nice breakdown here from Lanterne Rouge.
    If it cost the Frenchman not only the stage win, but the GC as well, then he must've lost his mind.  :lol  :-x



    I quite like that Bahrain - McLaren kit, but it still seems so odd to me to see Haussler leading out "lead-out man" Cavendish. The last time I saw Heinrich play lead out to Mark, it ended with a broken soul and tears for a lifetime.

    Then


    Now
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #44 on: February 10, 2020, 08:55 »
    I quite like that Bahrain - McLaren kit, but it still seems so odd to me to see Haussler leading out "lead-out man" Cavendish. The last time I saw Heinrich play lead out to Mark, it ended with a broken soul and tears for a lifetime.



    Another incident springs to mind between the two riders, it'd completely passed me by that Cavendish's transfer would make them team mates. Maybe Heinrich has forgotten about it too.



    http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/7353/Haussler-says-hes-got-no-respect-for-Cavendish.aspx

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    "I've got nothing to say to him. I think the people can make their own decision about what happened. Crashes do happen, but not crashes like that. I certainly don't respect him as a rider, or as a person."

    Reports at the time suggested that Cavendish spat at Haussler as he lay on the ground, injured.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #45 on: February 10, 2020, 13:20 »

    The classic "quick sand" crash!
    It's hard to blame Mark when the road opened up and swallowed his melting front tyre though.

    Or maybe he rode into a portal and entered into another dimension.  :o
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #46 on: February 10, 2020, 13:55 »
    I have to admit, it took quite some time for me, but now that I have seen this picture I understand the meaning of ‘flat’. :slow

    How did he manage this?  :S
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #47 on: February 10, 2020, 15:25 »


    Let's just say there was a coming together. Haussler's front wheel goes into Cavendish's and causes it to buckle.

    1m09 for a slo-mo
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #48 on: February 10, 2020, 16:15 »
     Now look what you boys have gone and done. :P

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/cycling/51443580
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #49 on: February 10, 2020, 16:29 »
    Now look what you boys have gone and done. :P

    I'm not clear on that. Did he "miss out" or did he choose not to participate in required qualifying events?
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #50 on: February 10, 2020, 17:22 »
    I'm not clear on that. Did he "miss out" or did he choose not to participate in required qualifying events?
    He 'missed out' wasn't eligible for Worlds selection because he didn't participate in any track World Cup event. Why he didn't participate in a track World Cup is anyone's guess.
    By extension, he can't be nominated for a track event in the Tokyo Olympics ... but, at least in the last Olympics, there was a loophole:
    If Cavendish is selected for the Olympics road race, he is free to participate in any track events as well (provided he can get whoever is nominated for that event to step aside if *gb has only qualified one spot).
    That could work - Cav gets a RR spot and then teams up with some trackie for the Madison, leaving some other trackie free to concentrate on the team pursuit/individual pursuit/omnium/whatever.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #51 on: February 11, 2020, 13:59 »
    Starting on Thursday we have the Tour of Provence, which is a very hilly affair and features non other than a finish on the Ventoux, albeit at the chalet.

    Stages 2,3 and 4.







     A host of World teams will be in attendance, along with some other strong teams.

     #movistar  errm
     #sunweb Kelderman, Ooman, Hirschi
     #ag2r  Peters and Geniez
     #trek
     #deceuninck  Asgreen
     #astana  Lutsenko, G Izagirre
     #cofidis  Hansen, Herrada
     #ntt  Pozzovivo, Kreuziger, Nizzolo
     #ineos   Sivakov, Dunbar, Moscon
     #groupama   Pinot, Gaudu, Molard
     #jumbo   :gesink
     #ef   Carthy, Vanmarcke
     #ccc
     #israel

    Proteam top dogs.

     #arkea  N Quintana, Barguil




    The good news here is, while L'Equipe, who normally show the race live, but this year showing the race as live, it has been picked up elsewhere.

    GCN Racing on YouTube will bring live coverage, so with English commentary, each afternoon..
    Eurosport have ambient sound coverage on the player.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #52 on: February 11, 2020, 14:14 »
    Should be a good race with this parcours.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #53 on: February 11, 2020, 16:01 »
    Stages 2,3 and 4.
    What a parcours.
    The Ventoux/Chalet Reynard finish is the most boring profile of those! :o
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #54 on: February 11, 2020, 20:42 »
     Missed out Murcia, but the two day race will be televised live from 15-30cet, this Friday and Saturday.
    The all important linky for that one.

    http://webtv.7tvregiondemurcia.es/

    Confirmation that the Trofeo Laigueglia will be televised live on Rai Sport, this Sunday. Their Italian coverage is encrypted these days and feeds are not easy to find. Facebook may be another option.

    I don't know what the situation is with pmg sport this year, but there is nothing showing on their site.
    However, I have found this which could become a useful tool for spotting Italian and other coverage.

    http://www.cicloweb.it/ciclismo-in-tv/action~month/exact_date~1580511600/request_format~html/
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #55 on: February 12, 2020, 21:22 »
    Is that the Japanese Viviani who’s just got his first win in Langkawi?
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #56 on: February 13, 2020, 06:26 »
    It's good that some things haven't changed. Harrif Salleh continues to be the gun sprinter in TSG. 2 wins in Langkawi is impressive.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #57 on: February 13, 2020, 16:41 »
    Is that the Japanese Viviani who’s just got his first win in Langkawi?

    That one was Kuboki. I think Nakane may be more of a Battaglin
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #59 on: February 17, 2020, 10:51 »
    Tour of Antalya 20th - 23rd February



    Stage 1: Antalya - Antalya (149.2km)



    Stage 2: Kemer - Antalya (165.3km)



    Stage 3: Aspendos - Termessos (101.6km)



    Stage 4: Side - Antalya (136.8km)



    Slight variations on stages we've had in previous editions, but three sprints and a climb should be what we get unless the weather is bad (which has happened).
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