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Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
« Reply #30 on: September 07, 2021, 18:57 »
Stage 4: Aberaeron › Great Orme, Llandudno (210.43km)



So the finish is (watch from 34m30).....



......followed by this.



The weather forecast looks fine for tomorrow, so fingers crossed for some excellent race action as they go round the headland and then up the steep slopes alongside the tram.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #31 on: September 07, 2021, 19:23 »
    Now how is Hayter going to get on tomorrow against Alaphilippe etc? Well he did win on a murito earlier on this year at the Ruta del Sol. However all is not as it seems. Watch from 1h45m onwards for the finish.



    The final part had some real gnarly cobbles (as an aside, hopefully the Vuelta will visit soon). It's not often a murito would have a top-3 of Hayter, Lopez and Bystrom.

    So tomorrow will be different. No need to sit down for this particular climb. I think he'll be doing well if he comes in with the same time as WVA and in all likelihood that will keep in very much in the hunt for the GC.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #32 on: September 08, 2021, 09:37 »
    Today's final is now also on Climbfinder


    https://climbfinder.com/en/climbs/the-great-orme-llandudno-ty-gwyn-road

    looks like there will be a tailwind
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #34 on: September 09, 2021, 07:54 »
    Stage 5: South Cheshire › Warrington (153.24km)



    Normal service is resumed weather-wise. Blobs of rain are shown moving across the satellite forecast. Some of it quite heavy with a chance of thunder.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #35 on: September 09, 2021, 20:14 »
    https://twitter.com/TourofBritain/status/1435970037584596996

    Well that's one way to gain the needed bonifications. :shh

    Hayter's second bit of luck was Nizzolo blocking Cavendish. Not sure if the Manxman would definitely have come round, but it would have been close.

    Only saw the last 10km or so, but special mention to Bigham, Blevins and Zuk for a brave effort to stay away.

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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #36 on: September 09, 2021, 20:31 »
    Stage 6: Carlisle › Gateshead (198.22km)



    Jumbo are down to four riders (Tony Martin was a DNS today).

    Ineos will be more than happy for a break to take all the bonuses.

    So it's up to Deceuninck/I-SUN to keep the break in check if they fancy playing both for the stage and to improve their GC. I think Uncle Pat's men will more likely try to get someone in the break themselves.

    Lampaert for the win tomorrow is my prediction.

    ps. The weather forecast is the same as today's. Blobs of rain passing through.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #37 on: September 09, 2021, 20:37 »
    that bump with ~15k to go also looks quite a bit steeper for the first ~1.5k. Could be interesting

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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #39 on: September 11, 2021, 05:29 »
    Stage 7: Hawick › Edinburgh (195.41km)



    Wind and rain would be nice.

    .....but we're not going to get them.

    Still, it's rolling roads all day and there should be another battle to get the break sorted + tactical stuff as the three big teams try to assert themselves.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #40 on: September 11, 2021, 07:55 »
    how did they manage to find such a flat, non-cobbled finish in Edinburgh? ;)
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #41 on: September 11, 2021, 16:31 »
    Xandro Meurisse, Mauro Schmid, Carlos Barbero and Rhys Britton came home, between 3 and a half and 4 minutes down, but have been given the same time as the reduced peloton.
    So, I guess that confirms there was a crash, just moments after the director chose to switch cameras.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #42 on: September 11, 2021, 18:54 »
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #43 on: September 12, 2021, 09:14 »
    Professional cycling is professional because the attention it can give to sponsors, used wisely, is worth Euros. Many Euros. #jumbo Jumbo-Visma are very aware of that, I know (from reading interviews with the Visma leaders) that the sponsors are not doing it for fun, they are investing to achieve their commercial objectives.

    There are things you can do, besides winning the most iconic stages in the Tour de France, winning the Vuelta and such stuff which is basically the equivalent of a marketing home-run. The cycling team has noticed that and this season only I think there have been 3 instances of Jumbo riders handing over stuff to young fans. Pascal Eenkhorn is the new champion of using social media to generate more attention for the sponsors:

     https://twitter.com/tourofbritain/status/1436709352979697665

    Being systematic at almost everything they do, remember this was at least the 3rd attempt to use this social media effect to their marketing advantage.  Everything takes a bit of practice, but chapeau to the J-V team.

    Other teams could take notice that you don´t need a Grand Tour win every year to succeed at such marketing moves.

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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #44 on: September 12, 2021, 09:59 »
    Coming soon - PR Opportunity Sprints - A new way to spice up boring breaks.

    The riders spy off in the distance a small child on bike/disabled person in a wheelchair/owner of a cute dog. They now rush as fast they can to hand over their bidons to them. 5 PR points to the winner.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #45 on: September 12, 2021, 10:07 »
    Stage 8: Stonehaven › Aberdeen (173.3km)



    We can't really hope for too much excitement from that profile. A strong break would help.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #46 on: September 12, 2021, 10:12 »
    some proper Worlds preparation for #jumbo Wout van Aert should better include a 130k solo, I guess.
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #47 on: September 12, 2021, 10:15 »
    Coming soon - PR Opportunity Sprints - A new way to spice up boring breaks.

     :lol
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #48 on: September 12, 2021, 11:44 »
    @Leadbelly

    Apparently, they had a vacancy in the #jumbo Jumbo-Visma team. This one wasn´t even in the very speculative section of our transfers predictions thread.

     https://twitter.com/issieatch/status/1436986729169399808
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    Re: [2.Pro] Tour of Britain
    « Reply #49 on: September 12, 2021, 16:10 »
    It's funny how they managed to rustle up a jersey at such short notice. It's almost like they have one ready in the bus for just such purposes... :P

    https://twitter.com/TourofBritain/status/1437052043714338829

    I thought the big man was gonna do it, but it was not to be. Can't have many race days left. Maybe his last hurrah will be in the break at Paris-Roubaix.



    Those bonuses were enough to give Van Aert the overall.



    Been a decent race. I wasn't too enamoured with the stages when I saw them, but the small sized teams and the up and down roads have given some good racing and memories.
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