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Tour of Beijing 2014 *Spoilers*

frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
edited October 2014 in Pro race
Stage 1 Results
SLO 1 MEZGEC, Luka (GIANT-SHIMANO) 4:22:58
AUS 2 EWAN, Caleb (ORICA GreenEDGE)
USA 3 FARRAR, Tyler (GARMIN SHARP)
ITA 4 MODOLO, Sacha (LAMPRE - MERIDA)
BEL 5 MAES, Nikolas (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP)
NED 6 HOFLAND, Moreno (BELKIN)
AUS 7 VON HOFF, Steele (GARMIN SHARP)
NED 8 VAN POPPEL, Boy (TREK FACTORY RACING)
ITA 9 APPOLLONIO, Davide (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
FRA 10 LE GAC, Olivier (FDJ.fr)

General Classification after Stage 1
SLO 1 MEZGEC, Luka (GIANT-SHIMANO) 4:22:48
AUS 2 EWAN, Caleb (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 4
GER 3 KERN, Julian (AG2R LA MONDIALE) + 5
USA 4 FARRAR, Tyler (GARMIN SHARP) + 6
FRA 5 ROY, Jérémy (FDJ.fr)
BEL 6 VAN DER SANDE, Tosh (LOTTO BELISOL) + 8
BEL 7 GILBERT, Philippe (BMC RACING) + 9
ITA 8 MODOLO, Sacha (LAMPRE - MERIDA) + 10
BEL 9 MAES, Nikolas (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP)
NED 10 HOFLAND, Moreno (BELKIN)

Last 5km: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZxyC3oFELU
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  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Entire stage 1 coverage if you are interested:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... 40nu7SA_gI
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  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay Posts: 1,982
    It's a long and expensive way to go for just 167km of riding:

    DNF Oliveira Nelson (Lampre-Merida) - TBC
    DNF Visconti Giovanni (Movistar) - staying with Movistar
    DNF Kiserlovski Robert (Trek) - off to Tinkoff
    DNF Cummings Stephen (BMC) - off to MTN
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,932

    Check out sponsor on shorts:
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    Can't work this out and none the wiser from their website. Who?
  • RichN95.RichN95. Posts: 22,890
    Mad_Malx wrote:
    Can't work this out and none the wiser from their website. Who?
    WO. Chinese mobile company which Telefonica (owners of Movistar) have some sort of stake in.
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  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,932
    RichN95 wrote:
    Mad_Malx wrote:
    Can't work this out and none the wiser from their website. Who?
    WO. Chinese mobile company which Telefonica (owners of Movistar) have some sort of stake in.

    Ah - so the question should have been 'Wo?'
    Thanks Rich.
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    It's a long and expensive way to go for just 167km of riding:

    DNF Oliveira Nelson (Lampre-Merida) - TBC
    DNF Visconti Giovanni (Movistar) - staying with Movistar
    DNF Kiserlovski Robert (Trek) - off to Tinkoff
    DNF Cummings Stephen (BMC) - off to MTN

    Were these down to crashes? Some good riders there
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay Posts: 1,982
    Paul 8v wrote:
    It's a long and expensive way to go for just 167km of riding:

    DNF Oliveira Nelson (Lampre-Merida) - TBC
    DNF Visconti Giovanni (Movistar) - staying with Movistar
    DNF Kiserlovski Robert (Trek) - off to Tinkoff
    DNF Cummings Stephen (BMC) - off to MTN

    Were these down to crashes? Some good riders there

    Knee pain for Cummings apparently but I suspect all are suffering from a lack of motivation.
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay Posts: 1,982
    Smog means the stage ends 36.5km short of the original finish line. It's also pretty cold.
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay Posts: 1,982
    Finish on the summit of the climb - Gilbert (BMC) takes the win ahead of Van Resburg (Giant) and Costa (Lampre). Some splits in the bunch.
  • Art VandelayArt Vandelay Posts: 1,982
    About a dozen fans to see the finish including 2 wearing 'Despicable Me' suits. Gilbert jumps straight in the team people carrier after the race.
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    I can understand a lack of motivation, there is no point pushing yourself and sucking in all that smog.

    This race really isn't a great advert for China, the fact the air quality is so poor in places you can't ride a bike and the most exciting thing in your local town is a substation, or if you're really lucky there's a petrol station that sells sweets at the weekend (That's not even a joke). What a depressing place to live.

    TFR vying for the trophy of worst cold weather gear but not quite snatching it from Astana who thankfully aren't racing as I'm not sure I could take it if they were both there.

    On a plus note we have a bit of vegetation today.
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Gilbert win! Wooo.
    What a race, I cant think of one substantial set of people who are sad this race is going away.

    Ps. Paris Tours tomorrow. Degenkolb is in town and has won already this week.
    Giro d'Emilia today - great race.
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  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,382
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    José Been ‏@TourDeJose · 4h4 hours ago
    Happy bike riding! Please stop this!!

    RT @PDChina: This is Beijing, in the morning of today, October 11, 2014

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    José Been ‏@TourDeJose · 8m8 minutes ago
    And the crowds wait at the finish line but the finish line is not the finish line RT @DaniBici:
    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • FJSFJS Posts: 4,820
    They still had to ride the last km or so of the original finish in procession, through the smog, and Gilbert even redid his victory! Somewhat better crowds there: http://www.cyclingfans.com/node/15829 (from 2:09:00 on; actual shortened race finish at ca 45:00)
  • tailwindhometailwindhome Posts: 14,382
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    Believe that a farther shore
    Is reachable from here.
    Believe in miracles
    And cures and healing wells
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
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    Only the finest fish fingers grace the cap'ns table!
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    FJS wrote:
    They still had to ride the last km or so of the original finish in procession, through the smog, and Gilbert even redid his victory! Somewhat better crowds there: http://www.cyclingfans.com/node/15829 (from 2:09:00 on; actual shortened race finish at ca 45:00)
    What a load of old... :roll:
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Giro d'Emilia today - great race.

    Dont think there will be many people happy with the result.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 46,516 Lives Here
    Smog means the stage ends 36.5km short of the original finish line. It's also pretty cold.

    That this is an issue shows what a waste of time this race is.
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    Bit of a breakaway today, currently at 1:34 but Cheng and the boys have been putting pressure on at the front of the peloton, so much so there have been a few splits Dan Craven and his beard are among the victims.

    Some much more interesting terrain today, it no longer looks like a post apocalyptic wasteland, which is nice. The twisty parcours seems to be giving us some better racing and there doesn't seem to be any smog warning today.
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    Tyler Farrar takes his first win of the season ahead of Mezgec and Nikolas Maes of OPQS, quite a messy run in, I was surprised no one went down in the final corner. Giant were uncharacteristically all over the place so it strikes me they hadn't had much of a recce of the course prior to this.
  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    It was actually a very well timed sprint from Farrar who made up 13 places in the final sprint. Gilbert still holds the red jersey by 5 seconds.
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
    Pleased for Farrar. Going out with a bang.
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  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    Ah of course, I forgot he was going to MTN
  • frenchfighterfrenchfighter Posts: 30,642
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    Stage 4 Results
    IRL 1 MARTIN, Daniel (GARMIN SHARP) 4:12:14
    COL 2 CHAVES RUBIO, Jhoan Esteban (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 2
    BEL 3 GILBERT, Philippe (BMC RACING)
    POR 4 FARIA DA COSTA, Rui Alberto (LAMPRE - MERIDA)
    COL 5 ARREDONDO MORENO, Julian David (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 10
    ITA 6 NOCENTINI, Rinaldo (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
    FRA 7 BARGUIL, Warren (GIANT-SHIMANO)
    COL 8 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP)
    RUS 9 CHERNETSKI, Sergei (KATUSHA)
    ESP 10 LOPEZ GARCIA, David (SKY) + 13

    General Classification after Stage 4
    BEL 1 GILBERT, Philippe (BMC RACING) 15:19:47
    IRL 2 MARTIN, Daniel (GARMIN SHARP) + 3
    COL 3 CHAVES RUBIO, Jhoan Esteban (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 9
    POR 4 FARIA DA COSTA, Rui Alberto (LAMPRE - MERIDA) + 11
    RUS 5 CHERNETSKI, Sergei (KATUSHA) + 23
    FRA 6 BARGUIL, Warren (GIANT-SHIMANO)
    COL 7 ARREDONDO MORENO, Julian David (TREK FACTORY RACING)
    ITA 8 NOCENTINI, Rinaldo (AG2R LA MONDIALE)
    COL 9 URAN URAN, Rigoberto (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP)
    BEL 10 SERRY, Pieter (OMEGA PHARMA - QUICK-STEP) + 26

    Gilbert held on! My man Chaves showing his talent once again.

    Full coverage:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=pl ... jKi9_AEax4

    Pan flat tomorrow.
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  • Paul 8vPaul 8v Posts: 5,458
    Quite a good stage today, Garmin are having a good end to the season. Great bit of attacking by Ryder, shame he couldn't make it stick but he whittled down the peloton ready for Martin to attack.

    The intermediate sprints tomorrow could be interesting with only 3 seconds separating Gilbert and Martin.
  • DeVlaeminckDeVlaeminck Posts: 5,576
    I take it there is no UK TV coverage of this ?
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  • JSCLJSCL Posts: 1,259
    I take it there is no UK TV coverage of this ?
    Eurosport have been showing it.
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  • The last half dozen kms were good viewing, with Ryder Hesjedal looking lke he might get away, but then running out of gas and being caught, it was Dan Martin who got the stage with a 400 metre uphill sprint on a snaking road after patiently holding a good position near the front of the chasing peloton. Nice scenery too, so worth catching the highlights if you can.
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