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Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
« Reply #60 on: February 17, 2020, 10:55 »


Since we have a bumper field of 29 teams, you will probably need to check the link below to see all the runners and riders.

https://firstcycling.com/race.php?r=8472&y=2020&k=start
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #61 on: February 17, 2020, 10:58 »
    According to the race website there will be a live broadcast of the race. It could just be a finish line cam, but the YouTube channel is below.

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmiZbBcynib3NBl3k36TODA/featured
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #62 on: February 17, 2020, 11:11 »
    A fair few teams (Russia, Minsk, Salcano, Mazowsze Serce Polski, Spor Toto, Ukraine, Sidi Ali and Felbermayr) have been out here for several weeks now. It's a training camp with a handful of .2 races thrown in for good measure.

    The winners have been:

    GP Belek - Emre Yavuz (Salcano)
    GP Manavgat - Branislau Samoilau (Minsk)
    GP Alanya - Pawel Bernas (Mazowsze Serce Polski)
    GP Gazipasa - Mamyr Stash (Russia)
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #63 on: February 17, 2020, 11:21 »
    PCS has some names on the provisional start list already, with not too many climbers on there. Could be a good chance for Sapura again, if they really line up Celano, Ficara and Tvetcov
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #64 on: February 17, 2020, 11:45 »


    Results

    Human Voyage, the organisers of this race and Langkawi have said that they'll need to get a strong list of teams for 2020 to keep their status or get demoted to 2.1.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #65 on: February 17, 2020, 11:54 »
    Human Voyage, the organisers of this race and Langkawi have said that they'll need to get a strong list of teams for 2020 to keep their status or get demoted to 2.1.

    yeah, Langkawi is one of the races struggling to fit the criteria



    Last year they had the excuse of the late date change (with only 4 of those teams on the start list), but this year they only had 6 again, so I guess it's likely that they will drop down to 2.1
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #66 on: February 17, 2020, 21:34 »
                                     46th Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta (2.Pro)

     Pretty much follows the tried and tested race formula again this year.



    Stage 1  »  Portimão  ›  Lagos   (195.6k)


    Stage 2  »  Sagres  ›  Alto da Fóia   (183.9k)


    Stage 3  »  Faro  ›  Tavira   (201.9k)


    Stage 4  »  Albufeira  ›  Malhão   (169.7k)


    Stage 5 (ITT)  »  Lagoa  ›  Lagoa   (20.3k)


     A dozen world teams turning up with a few regular folks kicking off their season.

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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #67 on: February 17, 2020, 22:17 »

     Pretty much follows the tried and tested race formula again this year.

     A dozen world teams turning up with a few regular folks kicking off their season.


    Sounds like same all over again?

    Let's see if these newcomers can kick up some dust!  (<--link to more!)

    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1229290920878780417
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #68 on: February 18, 2020, 08:19 »
    66th Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol (2.Pro)



    At one time the only game in town, this traditional warm up race of the stars now faces stiff opposition from it's local neighbours, and the warmer climate countries. As a consequence, this year's startlist looks somewhat thin of big names.



     Another factor that may be effecting attendance is the severity of the parcour, which contains over twelve and a half thousand metres of climbing and has an opening stage that comprises almost a third of that total.

    Stage 1  »  Alhaurin de la Torre  ›  Grazalema   (173.8k)


    Stage 2  »  Siviglia  ›  Iznajar   (198.1k)


    Stage 3  »  Jean  ›  Ubeda   (176.9k)


    Stage 4  »  Villanueva Mesia  ›  Granada   (125k)


    Stage 5 (ITT)  »  Mijas  ›  Mijas   (13k)



     Both Andalucia and Algarve will be televised live, back-to-back on Eurosport, although things may get a bit compressed over the weekend.
    Best bet could well be the player.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #69 on: February 18, 2020, 16:33 »
    52nd Tour Cycliste International du Var et des Alpes Maritimes (2.1)

    The third European stage race of the week takes place in France, once again in Provence. With an increase from two to three days, Var looks to have cracking, not to mention iconic parcour.



    It brought a smile to my face to think that the first stage is possibly the easiest of the extended weekend.

    Stage 1  »  Le Cannet  ›  Grasse   (186.8k)


    Stage 2  »  Pégomas  ›  Col d'Eze   (175.7k)


    Stage 3  »  La Londe  ›  Le Mont Faron   (136k)


    No less than eight world teams are turning up with support from the heavy hitters at pro level.
    Over this short of terrain, it's hard to not view the recent Ventoux record breaker, Nairo Quintana, as the odds on favourite, yet he will not be short of some stellar opposition.




     Now the bad news: As yet I have been unable to find any sort of coverage of this race. Possibly the local F3 will be on board, but both Eurosport and L'Equipe are conspicuous by their absence. Although in recent years, Eurosport have produced a belated highlights package.
    Watch this space, I guess.

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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #70 on: February 18, 2020, 20:36 »
    52nd Tour Cycliste International du Var et des Alpes Maritimes (2.1)

    The third European stage race of the week takes place in France, once again in Provence. With an increase from two to three days, Var looks to have cracking, not to mention iconic parcour.
    ...

    So Mont Faron finish preceded by the Paris-Nice final preceded by ... my stage  ;) One of the areas where I have been cycling a bit outside Norway is featured in stage 1, with both the Tanneron, Mur de Fayence, St Paul etc - place I really like cycling!
     
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    Stage 1  »  Le Cannet  ›  Grasse   (186.8k)


    Concerning TV coverage, it has traditionally been weak or none for this race, and you are better off watching the Iberian peninsula races this weekend. Direct Velo usually has decent live ticker coverage.

    EDIT> those starred riders are a weird selection but I guess it is firstcycling algorithms that thinks #ntt EBH is a better hilly parcours rider than the Dane on the same team.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #71 on: February 19, 2020, 19:23 »
    The Ruta del Sol stage featured five categorised climbs, all category three apart from the big first category climb, which ramped up in the final 20km and produced two clear favourites to take the overall win.
    A group of 11 riders escaped the peloton in the early stages , but were reeled in at the foot of the Palomas climb.
    Loic Vliegen then fired his own move and managed to hold a 20-second advantage for a considerable amount of the climb.
    Mikel Landa then made the race defining move, as only reigning champion, Jakob Fuglsang was able to respond.
    The pair the raced clear of the floundering chases, the gap only closing significantly, when the pair finessed the finish.
    Fuglsang led Landa along the narrow and rough street, then left him with 100m to the line.






    Post Merge: February 19, 2020, 19:56
      Meanwhile, the Volta ao Algarve stage came down to the predicted sprint finish, but a tense final 30km offered some enticing racing on an uncategorised climb, with attacks flowing from the peloton.
      Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Jakobsen put in a tactically perfect effort to comfortably power past Viviani (Cofidis) in the finishing straight and take the win, moving into the race lead in the process.



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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #72 on: February 19, 2020, 22:42 »
    The distinctive yellow-red uno-x jersey #unox and their matching helmet makes it easy to spot the team on helicopter camera coverage. Today the team behaved very well, handling both quite narrow roads with the chasing peloton and the more hectic finale with several small attacks from the intermediate sprint, where the break was reeled back in by the usual suspect (#quickstep TDQ) to the finish line - that must have been some 30 km with U-23  style racing, of course they could do that well.
    With 7 km left DS Arvesen was interviewed and he said they would be happy with a top 10. Hoelgaard had good speed, but quite humble positioning in the sprint until he found Kristoff’s back. I don’t know the current status but before Hoelgaard joined FDJ, he was faster than Kristoff, and if he still has some of that speed he could have moved into the top 5 if Cimolai hadn’t almost-bodychecked him, forcing him to break.
    To shed some light on the racing itself, Kristoff said it was one of the lightest days he could remember, something like 200W average for him, and thus he wasn’t surprised at all to see all parts of the uno-x team doing their job as planned today.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #73 on: February 20, 2020, 09:18 »
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    Can't see anything on that YouTube channel yet about an upcoming stream, but there were some talking heads at the start line on this TV station. Maybe they'll have more later.

    Several of the teams are here with multiple sprinters and therefore it ain't too easy to pick a winner today or on the other sprint stages as they might not always stick with the same designated leader.

    FWIW I-SUN have said that today they are going with Einhorn.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #74 on: February 20, 2020, 17:54 »
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    Celano was a DNF.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #75 on: February 20, 2020, 18:50 »
     I didn't really watch too much of today's stage in Andalucia as I quickly got fed up of Kirby's repeated bullsh*t about the final climb not being in the race handbook.

    Juan Felipe Osoria (Burgos-BH), Taco van der Hoorn (Jumbo-Visma), Alexis Gougeard (Ag2r La Mondiale), Jerome Cousin (Total Direct Energie) and Britain’s Matt Holmes (Lotto-Soudal) made up the day’s escape, but that group were eventually caught near the summit of the final categorized climb.
    After dropping down again, they faced a short and sharp climb in the final kilometre, averaging more than eight per cent gradient and reaching a maximum of almost 18, up to the line.
    Gonzalo Serrano from Caja-Rural launched a huge attack in the first 200 metres of the climb and pulled out a considerable gap. The bunch surged behind as Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren) and Juan José Lobato (Fundación-Orbea) tried to chase down the leader, but Serrano held on to take his first pro win.





     Meanwhile, Remco Evenepoel beat out a number of elite climbers to take the summit finish victory on stage two of the Volta ao Algarve.
     The young Belgian sensation opened his sprint 200m from the finish line, pulling away from the likes of Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Miguel Ángel López (Astana) and Vincenzo Nibali (Trek-Segafredo) before holding off a late challenge from Bora-Hansgrohe’s Max Schachmann.
     Geraint Thomas was dropped with 3km to go, with Ineos (Ben Swift) then turning to try and set things up for Michał Kwiatkowksi, before the Polish rider also blew up in the final kilometre.
     Mathieu van der Poel was dropped from the bunch just a km earlier than Thomas.





     
     
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #76 on: February 21, 2020, 03:35 »
    Next up for Remco should be Algarve where the level of competition will be much higher.
    Go on...  :P

    Meanwhile, Remco Evenepoel beat out a number of elite climbers to take the summit finish victory on stage two of the Volta ao Algarve.
    :win


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    Mathieu van der Poel was dropped from the bunch... :o
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #77 on: February 21, 2020, 10:58 »
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    https://twitter.com/Nick_Doup/status/1230807336840658944

    Rain and hail.

    Only 54 riders in the peloton according to PCS.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #78 on: February 21, 2020, 12:08 »
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    https://twitter.com/ViniZabuKTM/status/1230824098915323904

    Under 40km to go. The gap from the chasers to the peloton is coming down. It was over 5 minutes, but is now down to 3m15.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #79 on: February 21, 2020, 18:16 »
     Stage 3 in Andalucia ended up having very little in the way of television coverage.
    Unfortunately the loss of pictures was apparently partly due to military planes being in the area. Which meant a lot of the action went unseen for everyone who wasn’t at the roadside between Jáen and Ubeda.
     
     
     We did catch the finish (just) when the road kicked up in the final sharp incline and a further fiasco took place.
    Jakob Fuglsang was in third wheel on the approach to the finishing straight when the two riders in front of him, Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-McLaren) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott), misread a sharp corner and went wide, allowing Fuglsang through to sprint for the line.



    I don't know what today's video highlights managed to capture.



    Meanwhile, in Algarve, Quick Steps run of wins was ended by a great collective effort from Sunweb, who pretty much bossed the bunch for the final 5 kms. A rejuvenated Sacha Modolo took second with Jakobsen only managing third.
     The stage was three marred by a crash that saw three Trek-Segafredo riders collide with a traffic island and Edward Theuns, Jasper Stuyven and Koen de Koert all went down. For a while it looked as if both Theuns and Stuyven might be seriously injured.
    Fortunately they were able to get back on their bikes and finish the stage.



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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #80 on: February 21, 2020, 18:32 »
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    https://twitter.com/TourDeJose/status/1230838129814331397

    :onfire2



    The biblical weather certainly didn't help, but most of the damage was done by the climbs in the middle of the stage. Hence why there are numerous climbers still in the GC hunt. A few lost time due to crashes in the final km. I'm thinking Bernas, Busato, Zoidl, Budyak and defending champion Rekita were among those involved.

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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #81 on: February 22, 2020, 19:32 »
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    https://twitter.com/tourofantalya/status/1231158483573264385

    Not very selective as it turned out.



    Zoidl and Badilatti will both be cursing those lost seconds in the finale yesterday. The beneficiary is Max Stedman, but his lead is anything but secure going into the final day as Van Rooy and Vermeersch could both very easily get some bonifications.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #82 on: February 23, 2020, 07:53 »
     Didn't get a chance yesterday as there was simply to much sport to watch. :D

    In Andalucia, from the large breakaway, by the approach to Alto del Purche, (Monachil)Vuelta a España stage winner Ángel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) was the only man left out front. His lead just 20 seconds with 28km remaining.

    The already reduced peloton began to split apart on the opening slopes of the climb. Mikel Landa, Jakob Fuglsang and Jack Haig were all looking very fresh, tucked in the front of the group, with the Dane launching an attack halfway up the climb. A group of five led by Landa began chasing him down and within a kilometre Fuglsang was brought back into the fold. Jack Haig finally showed his hand and attacked with 18km remaining, with McNulty being dropped as he paid for his previous efforts.

    Fuglsang and Landa were the only two who could follow Haig and the trio descended down winding rounds into Granada keeping McNulty and Izagirre at bay, 30 seconds behind with 3km to go.
    Haig proved to have the freshest legs and cross the line first to deny the Dane a third stage win.





    In Algarve, Miguel Ángel López took the stage four win at the Volta ao Algarve with a late attack as Remco Evenepoel finished third to close in on the general classification.

    The Astana rider left his attack until the closing stages, jumping clear and powering away towards the finish despite the best efforts of Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) to bring him back.
    Ineos’ Geraint Thomas and Michał Kwiatkowski once again fell away on the final climb, not troubling the top placings.

    Earlier, Volta winner João Rodrigues (W52 / FC Porto) attacked his breakaway companions three climbs from home and went solo, only to be swept up by the Quick Step train on the approach to Malhão.




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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #83 on: February 23, 2020, 09:48 »
    Just goes to show Remco isn’t quite Superman yet.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #84 on: February 23, 2020, 13:48 »
     A whole 3 minutes worth from Haut Var, Col d'Eze and Nairo Quintana absolutely destroying everyone again.
    An unbelievable gap at the end.









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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #85 on: February 23, 2020, 21:39 »
     Well, there isn't a lot to be said about ITTs as the times speak for themselves.

    Andalucia:

    Stage.



    GC.




    Algarve:

    Stage.



    GC.

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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #86 on: February 23, 2020, 22:49 »
    Oh come on

    I want to buy an argument!

    https://twitter.com/ammattipyoraily/status/1231702187442659335

    My take on it: Superman has an identical twin that lives in a secret high-altitude location in Colombia where he does nothing but practice on his team trial bike for years at a time. Occasionally, Miguel lets him start a race in his name, but

    Such as today, but still, most notably, when he rolled over Cancellara in the Tour de Suisse. That was even more of an eyebrow raising performance. :slow

    In the meantime, we get the good old Miguel (a few minutes older than his secret identical twin) just trodding around the course of a GT ITT and looking no good at all. This continues to puzzle me.

    He is a light climber but he churns out speed on lower RPM than most of the lightweights. The feet of a certain maybe-never-fully-accepted-englishman looks like the blades of a jet engine in comparison. Lopez looks almost like Kristoff, in that in most groups his legs are always moving a little slower than the others.

    As a climber, his way of pedaling puts him at a disadvantage on very steep climbs and climbs which require lots of accelrations. It seems to me that road width is a good predictor of his climbing performance: The wider the ski station access road becomes, the further up the results list you will find the Superman. It is sort of the only thing that links Sierra Nevada and Switzerland: better roads. Good ski station access roads also tend to be less steep, as we all know it is bad for business if buses with visitors come sliding down the road. The other factor is altitude.

    In the Algarve, there is no altitude worth talking about for a boy born at 2600 meters above sea level. Also, the roads in the time trial are quite narrow and turning and includes short steep climbs. The road surface is many places is quite coarse. The ski station access roads are autostradas in comparison. What I am getting at is that this performance by Lopez is not his best time trial, but a very good result in terrain that was not in his favor. It could well be that he has improved on terrain he doesn't really like.







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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #87 on: February 24, 2020, 09:02 »
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    https://twitter.com/tourofantalya/status/1231559311471587328







    The cycling gods were smiling on Stedman. Van Rooy was involved in a crash and Vermeersch finished fourth in the sprint.
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    Re: 2020 Smaller Race Results and Discussion
    « Reply #89 on: February 28, 2020, 08:29 »
    2 other new "classic" races also on this weekend. Both held in the regions of Ardèche and Drôme.

    Saturday.
    20th Faun-Ardèche Classic (1.Pro)



    Sunday.
    8th Royal Bernard Drome Classic (1.Pro)



    Alaphilippe, Nibali, Mollema, Bardet, Latour, Madouas, Bettiol, Barguil, Calmejane, Kreuziger, Visconti all riding one or both.

    This year, L'Equipe only seems to be covering the Faun-Ardèche Classic, (Verity tv on Facebook for Royal Bernard Drome Classic) but Eurosport player has both races live, which means replays will be available to round off a perfect opening weekend.
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