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Race News 2021: Rumours, Dates, Parcours and Wildcards
« on: October 22, 2020, 11:04 »
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The Vuelta a San Juan is on the calendar ....... for now. However what UCI categorization it is given and what teams will be there is not clear.

At the very minimum it should be .2 with just the local CTs and some clubs. The organizers are trying however to remain at the .Pro level and in addition to the locals to have national teams from Colombia, Ecuador, Italy, Spain etc. Italy do usually go there with their track team, but it doesn't seem realistic to expect Ineos, Movistar etc to allow their stars to go ride there.

Other than the TT and the climb to Alto Colorado all stages would begin and end at the Villicum racetrack which doesn't sound too thrilling.
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    https://twitter.com/HeraldSunTour/status/1296706521351561217

    Old news, but might as well put it here in case anyone didn't know.
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    The Vuelta a San Juan is on the calendar ....... for now.

    https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1329124756709380100

    Looks like it's going ahead. :cool

    Just three WT at the moment Bora, Deceuninck and one other (surely I-SUN).
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    Looks like it's going ahead. :

    And this year, I know where it actually is!  :P
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    Furahi Day had me scratching my head for a bit. Is it just a phonetic Friday? Kinda

    https://funlugha.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/its-furahi-day-2/

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    Happy new weekend everybody!

    And just in case the joke flew right past you, Furahi Day is what young folks in E.Afrika call Friday, notice they sound kinda similar. And of course I’d jump into any opportunity to give a wee Swahili lesson so here goes:

    ‘Furahi‘ comes from the noun ‘furaha‘ which means happiness, so basically ‘furahi‘ means be happy! Needless to say, Furahi Day for us is the day that we are all happy (like seriously who dares be grumpy on a Friday?!)

    So have fun everybody and if you do drink, do the smart thing and get yourself a taxi (or a sub driver)!
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    It's Furahi Day! :D



    Nice mix of teams from all corners of the globe.

    The stages don't look bad either. Not much there for the sprinters.
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    A new old race to kick off the European season.

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    Next season 2021 will see a prestigious test that should never have disappeared. The Valencia Grand Prix was a professional cyclist race that was celebrated annually in the Valencian Community at the beginning of the cyclist season. Each year it was the exit gun to the men's professional competition in Europe. The one day test was held between 1969 and 2005, when it ceased to take place.
    Now, next January 24, the fans of cycling will enjoy again with the number 52 edition of a classic Valencian that once awoke passions. ′′ It consisted of a flat race, very much given to massive arrivals solved at the sprint. That's why the international platoon's great sprinters entered their name in the Palmares of the Valencian competition ", former Alicantino professional cyclist Antonio Molina recalls. Names like Sunday Perurena, Noël Dejonckheere, Mathieu Hermans, Sean Kelly, Laurent Jalabert, Mario Cipollini, Erik Zabel, Alesandro Petacchi and Oscar Freire"
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    A new old race to kick off the European season.

    Just checked CQ and this will be the first .2 race of any kind in Spain since 2013 (Vuelta a Leon and Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid which were respectively won by Jordi and Vakoc), and the first .2 one-day race since 2007 (Klasika Txuma won by Shpilevsky)!
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    Just checked CQ and this will be the first .2 race of any kind in Spain since 2013 (Vuelta a Leon and Vuelta a la Comunidad de Madrid which were respectively won by Jordi and Vakoc), and the first .2 one-day race since 2007 (Klasika Txuma won by Shpilevsky)!
    I guess it starts at 1.2 because it has to - after such a long hiatus, you can't just jump in at a higher level anymore. The target must be 1.1 at least, to attract more than just a few pro teams.

    As 1.2, the race is limited to *es ProTeams + up to 2 foreign ProTeams, and of course Continental and non-UCI teams.
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    http://voltaaoalgarve.com/en/record-number-of-worldteams-in-algarve/

    Teams for Algarve:

    Astana-Premier Tech
    BORA-hansgrohe
    Cofidis
    Deceuninck-Quick-Step
    Groupama-FDJ
    INEOS Grenadiers
    Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
    Israel Start-Up Nation
    Jumbo-Visma
    Lotto Soudal
    Movistar
    Team DSM
    Trek-Segafredo
    UAE Emirates

    Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
    Rally Cycling

    Atum General-Tavira-Maria Nova Hotel
    Efapel
    Feirense
    Kelly-Simoldes-UDO
    L.A. Aluminios-L.A. Sport
    Louletano-Loulé Concelho
    Radio Popular Boavista
    Tavfer-Measindot-Mortágua
    W52-FC Porto
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    Catalunya wildcards

    https://twitter.com/VoltaCatalunya/status/1351473540843843585/

    no #cajarural (again, same as in 2019) and #burgos.
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    An extra wildcard would be good, but for me it wouldn't matter where the team was from. In fact looking at the Fundacion and Burgos squads (with a couple of exceptions), not inviting the locals would be the best option.

    I'm all for Delko (Vuelta) or Gazprom (Giro) being given a shot at a GT. Maybe Rally and Uno-X could muscle in on things in future years.
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    It's probably easier to convince the UCI playing that national card, instead of saying, "hey, let's please through your reduced-peloton rider safety rules out of the window again" ;). And in the end it won't make much of a difference, as they are always likely to invite (at least) one domestic team anyway

    Personally I wouldn't mind it being linked to success though, like the former one for the Coppa Italia winner.
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    https://twitter.com/WielerFlits/status/1359138206210482182

    5-8th August

    Etappe 1: Tromsø – Tromsø (166 km)

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    In the final of that stage, the Mackbratta climb of 1.1 kilometers is at 7.4% three times. After the top of the last hill it is still more than two kilometers down towards the finish line.

    Etappe 2: Nordkjosbotn – Kilpisjärvi *fi (172 km)

    Since it's finishing in Finland, I'm presuming a sprint finale.

    Etappe 3: Finnsnes – Målselv (184,5 km)

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    Etappe 4: Gratangen – Harstad (161 km)

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    On the local circuit lies the Novkollen, a climb of 1.4 kilometers at 6%, which has to be conquered three times.

    Maybe with the Finnish stage we could see Ampler get an invite.
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    5-8th August
    Same route as planned for 2020 that had to be cancelled. :cool
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    They could cancel/postpone Paris-Roubaix for the 2nd time in a row.  :(

    https://www.msn.com/fr-fr/sport/other/paris-roubaix-quand-les-fran%C3%A7ais-pensent-annuler-les-belges-ne-se-posent-m%C3%AAme-pas-la-question-pour-le-tour-des-flandres/ar-BB1eQupZ?ocid=uxbndlbing

    Belgian Flemish races are going on problem-free. Thomas Van den Spiegel of Flanders Classic does not understand why the French consider dropping Paris-Roubaix. He claims that cycling is a sport that could be organised if the right measures are taken and in collaboration with the autorities. No crowd at start and finish and at the key points of the route. Good communication, mandatory mouth masks. It works very well. The audience accept it. Says the organiser !
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  • "Paris-Roubaix is the biggest cycling race in the world, bigger than the Tour de France, bigger than any other bike race" (Sir Bradley Wiggins)

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    OK so Paris-Roubaix is called off for the second year in a row. I hope that ASO and the UCI will realise that a race such as this one cannot be cancelled two years in a row and will only be postponed.

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/paris-roubaix-called-off-due-to-covid-19-situation-in-northern-france/

    During World War II Paris-Roubaix was cancelled for only 3 years but then organisers found an alternative : Paris-Reims. Last year, there was no alternative.
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    OK so Paris-Roubaix is called off for the second year in a row. I hope that ASO and the UCI will realise that a race such as this one cannot be cancelled two years in a row and will only be postponed.

    https://www.cyclingnews.com/news/paris-roubaix-called-off-due-to-covid-19-situation-in-northern-france/

    During World War II Paris-Roubaix was cancelled for only 3 years but then organisers found an alternative : Paris-Reims. Last year, there was no alternative.

    I see that Cyclingnews is still reporting this fake news as fact, even though L'Equipe has since reported that nothing will be decided until next week.
    It appeared in an article in Le Parisien and everybody jumped on board without checking.


    https://twitter.com/willfoth/status/1374724114481623040
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    I see that Cyclingnews is still reporting this fake news as fact, even though L'Equipe has since reported that nothing will be decided until next week.

    I checked the P-R website today and neither in English nor French version are there any notice of cancellation. If that isn't a primary source, what is?
     
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    Sorry for propagating fake news. Quite frankly I didn't really have time to check the source. Hopefully it will be held on 11 april
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    https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1374877709965332488

    Unfortunately there is no doubt about this.

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    lets hope PR still goes ahead.

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    https://twitter.com/Cyclingnewsfeed/status/1374877709965332488

    Unfortunately there is no doubt about this.


    Yeah, I read about this: the UCI cutting the race to 3 days was probably as big a factor as Covid.
    What a way to promote the sport by marginalising the only ranked stage race in the US.
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    Terrible.

    Who would've ever imagined such an impact this far on from the arrival of Covid-19?
     :(
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