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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:15 pm 
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That climb at the end of the TT was fantastic. It would have been awesome if that was included in the road race route.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:42 am 
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'16 vs '17 Worlds......

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 2:00 am 
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It's a real shame cycling needs money so badly to stay viable. Worlds in Doha look like a ghost town. Mix in Bahrain's team and the Grio starting in Israel, maybe the worlds in 2020 will be on one of those reclaimed Saudi red sea islands.

That crowd on the climb was amazing to watch. Awesome way to finish a time trial. I'm sure the riders wouldn't agree but for the fans it was brilliant.

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2018 should be an exciting race. "265-kilometre course featuring close to 5,000 meters of climbing."

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 7:42 am 
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Not exactly linear pacing by Roglic ... Best split at the first time check, passes Bodnar (who went down), dials it back about four notches, gets passed again by Bodnar (who had 64th best first split, 3th best second(!)) and has the following splits 2-5: 14-21-10-21. Then changes bikes and crushes everyone up the last hill.

https://d2o9doy8pqmlel.cloudfront.net/1 ... esults.PDF

EBH with 8th best split up the hill looks to have found his legs for WC on home soil.

All in all this must have been the most interesting TT in a long time, even with DML dominating win.


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It would be really interesting to see some more data from Roglic's final hill climb in comparison to the others.

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Italian journalists and even ex Movistar Malori were criticizing the ITT route due to the climb beind too hard and the pure time trialist having already little chances during the year, but once in a while it's a good change and it created a good show with the fans along the route.

2018 World gonna be epic.
Of course at the end of the day it's the riders who make the race hard or not, but with a route like that you either have or don't have the legs.

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one of those pure TT-ist who cried about the route in the media finally came 9th - due to losing time on the flats... :roll:

if cycling is to be entertaining, and in order to attract sponsors and fans it has to be, b*tching about one of the most (if not THE most) spectacular ITT is either shortsighted or plain stupid.

on the one hand some people would like to preserve some old traditions (wtf would that be, racing TT on a race circuit? 300km pan flat stages? removing those hills from MSR because they werent there a hundred years ago?) on the other they would love to get paid more and have some basic job security. looking on how numerous disciplines change, pro cycling sometimes looks as if taken straight from a stone age. and when someone tries something fresh, like smaller teams, shorter punchier stages, there's always a number of folks worried about tradition. do they worry about tradition when a team folds or no one shows up to cheer for the peloton?

one more thing: one of the arguments is specialization amongst the cyclist. well, flick me. do we design racing for the athletes, or maybe let them train for specific races? I don't give a single damn about how many sprinters have to be left home because nowadays GTs don't have like a half of stages being entirely flat. no one cares for that kind of racing anymore. on the other hand - the climbers - who cry about having to learn proper bike handling skills because the stage don't always ends up at the top. for god sake, go and play pro cycling in a museum, the sport changes, I'd argue it becomes more open thus more exciting. are there really people out there who miss 'the old days', day long racing without tv broadcast, pointless hours spent on the bikes only to race up the final ascent?

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 21, 2017 11:37 am 
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It's good to spice things up and flat non-technical courses are just plain boring. Wouldn't want to see Düsseldorf happen again, but something to keep it interesting.
I really liked RIO, imo it was a bit more balanced than Bergen, but then again, it's more than boring to see the same names over and over again, and similar courses again and again.

p.s Martin seems to have major difficulties to get power out with the new team. Is it about getting bike fitted or more about mental performance?


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Brian Cookson is gone as UCI president!

BEST NEWS EVER! :thumbup:


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Lotto NL - Jumbo signing some top, young, american talent... Kuss and Powless.

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http://www.velonews.com/2017/09/news/powless-joins-lottonl-jumbo-two-year-deal_447855

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Brian Cookson is gone as UCI president!

BEST NEWS EVER! :thumbup:



Lets see how (in)effective Lappartient is, shall we?

System not figurehead thats the problem.

But you've never liked the BC/Sky thing have you? To paraphrase Basil Fawlty, " i think i may have mentioned it once, but think i got away with it"...

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The vote was 37-8, pretty much a landslide.

Cookson's problem was that he did nothing except for a few token gestures like cameras on bikes and disc brakes. The latter of which was managed extremely poorly. His major fail however was the lack of response to the increasing number of incidents involving riders and motos. Riders were dying and Cookson showed no leadership.


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