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2020 road racing national championships
« on: August 23, 2020, 11:23 »
Well, as a warmer up for today´s races... can they do this?  :S

https://twitter.com/maglianera86/status/1297454380124430339
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    Re: 2020 road racing national championships
    « Reply #1 on: August 23, 2020, 22:14 »
    Both the women's and the men's races were photo-finish stuff in Norway's national championship.

    I didn't follow the women's race but AFAIK one of the attacks went in and it was a small group sprint. The winning margin was less than 0.01 s (ie some thousands of a second.)

    I did watch all the televised part of the men's race (recording) this evening and from the cameras was turned on it was first typical BOTD and then #unox leading out the peloton, about two minutes behind.

    #unox was by far the strongest team in the race, with a lot of good cyclists in a 16(!) man group. However, today #coop the continental team with a much smaller group was actually matching #unox quite well quite deep into the finale. The main task for any team that want to win the championship, is to drop #uae Kristoff, because if someone should happen to bring him along to the sprint he would be the champion 11 times out of 10.

    There was a fire alarm in the building across the square here, and a commercial break when I came back, and after that they showed a new 5 man group on the attack, with one #unox rider, a #ringerikskraft rider, a #joker rider, a #coop rider and ....  :o was that #uae Aleksander Kristoff? Last seen on the attack in de Ronde back in 2015 I think it was. No, hang on - Tour des Fjords 2016, it was - third stage. This started some 65 km out and they kept it going for a long while, but #unox never let them very far up the road with an approximately  1 minute gap at the most.

    The parcours ("løypa") was identical to last year's (this being a corona crisis solution to get the championship hosted somewhere...) and from when Kristoff's attack group was reeled in it all became a very tactical race, with small groups attacking, small groups chasing , and go -stop-go in the bunch a little bit further back. #unox didn't try to control the race (because then Kristoff would take it), instead they opted to put at least one of their guys in all the attacking groups.

    In the end, after 29 attacks, a front group crystallized with about 10 km to go and 2 remaining climbs. Featuring #unox Jonas Hvideberg, #lotto Carl Fredrik Hagen and #uae Sven Erik Bystrøm. #lotto Hagen needed to drop the other two on a climb, but failed. Hvideberg was maybe not the first pick for #unox in the finale but he did pretty well, his positioning work into the last 90 degree left hander left Hagen lost behind and he surpised Bystrøm by starting his sprint early, Kristoff style. Bystrøm was able to lock on to his rear wheel and follow the accelration in the uphill, curved sprint, but he had to branch out to the outside position taking the longer line through the curve and they reached the finish line tied for 1st position to my eyes.

    The photo-finish was also hard to decide and it took more than 5 minutes before #uae Bystrøm was pronounced the winner.  A well deserved win, and one that sparked a few good comments "only championships matter" said Bystrøm. His last win was in 2014 World Championship for U23  :D

    CF Hagen finished in third place, that might have been something hung up from last year because he also finished in 3rd place last year, on the same course. Consistency is king, Calle!

    For us ordinary Norwegians this probably means another year with a sh*tty #champno jersey courtesy of the #uae.
    For CFH, not much - everybody knows he is this good.
    For #unox, even if they did not win - another rider shows his class now. Hvideberg is ready for the classics, anywhere..

    The results:
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    Re: 2020 road racing national championships
    « Reply #2 on: August 24, 2020, 08:18 »
    The photo-finish was also hard to decide and it took more than 5 minutes before #uae Bystrøm was pronounced the winner.

    But wasn't there some controversy about this? or did they manage to get a more conclusive photo in the end?
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    Re: 2020 road racing national championships
    « Reply #3 on: August 24, 2020, 09:41 »
    In the end...

    https://twitter.com/UnoXteam/status/1297626096092028928

    but there was a protest by Unox.
     
    I have seen the finish line photo (but can't find it right now) and the interpretation can absolutely be questioned.
    Complaining is often seen as bad loosers here, but this protest was very understandable.

    In cross country skiing they don't try to split at less than 1/100th of a second. It is uncertain and meaningless.
    Cycling should do the same, this should have been a shared win.
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    Re: 2020 road racing national championships
    « Reply #4 on: August 24, 2020, 10:23 »
    I have seen the finish line photo (but can't find it right now) and the interpretation can absolutely be questioned.
    Complaining is often seen as bad loosers here, but this protest was very understandable.

    In cross country skiing they don't try to split at less than 1/100th of a second. It is uncertain and meaningless.
    Cycling should do the same, this should have been a shared win.
    Here's the finish photo:
    https://twitter.com/Sykkelsjefen/status/1297589706910302209

    Not the greatest quality, making it very hard to see.
    As you say, it should just have been a shared win ... but apparently the NCF rules for championships say that there cannot be two champions. :S
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    Re: 2020 road racing national championships
    « Reply #5 on: August 24, 2020, 11:03 »
    AM I only one who was shocked to find out this was LL Sanchez's first national title?
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    Re: 2020 road racing national championships
    « Reply #7 on: August 24, 2020, 23:03 »
    High resolution picture (click it) from yesterday's photo finish in *no national championship

    On this link (landevei magazine) ---- does it work for you?



    If it works who's your winner? (#uae Bystrøm closest to the camera, #unox Hvideberg closer to the fence)

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    Re: 2020 road racing national championships
    « Reply #8 on: August 24, 2020, 23:15 »
    If it works who's your winner? (#uae Bystrøm closest to the camera, #unox Hvideberg closer to the fence)
    Dead heat, both get a #champno jersey ... or a jersey that's half a Norwegian *no, half the regular team kit.
    Or the #champno is awarded to whichever team does a better job of it. :D
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