CX worlds *spoilers

specialgueststarspecialgueststar Posts: 3,218
edited 2 February in Pro race
wow for Pidcock
1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu NED 1'08'52
2 PIDCOCK Thomas GBR + 1'20
3 AERTS Toon BEL + 1'45
4 VAN AERT Wout BEL + 2'04

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  • m.r.m.m.r.m. Posts: 1,621
    MvdP godlike per usual. Strong comeback for WVA.
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  • jimmythecuckoojimmythecuckoo Posts: 4,392
    Good race despite the uninspiring setting.

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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,355

    Good race despite the uninspiring setting.

    i think the biggest problem cross faces is the number of races that look like a school sports day
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 44,470 Lives Here
    gsk82 said:

    Good race despite the uninspiring setting.

    i think the biggest problem cross faces is the number of races that look like a school sports day
    It feels exceptionally contrived.
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 427
    gsk82 said:

    Good race despite the uninspiring setting.

    i think the biggest problem cross faces is the number of races that look like a school sports day
    Much as I'm a fan of the sport - far too many races are held on flat, farmers fields/ parks; most of which are pretty uninspiring. The only elevation changes tend to be from man made bridges, as was the case over the weekend.
    I'd like to see more courses with natural elevation changes, and maybe more hilly venues.
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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,103
    Given the heartlands of the sport are in Flanders, what do you expect the courses to look like?
  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,355
    edited 6 February
    andyp said:

    Given the heartlands of the sport are in Flanders, what do you expect the courses to look like?

    They could just do crits based on the famous cobbles. Like i imagine koppenbergcross is. I've never seen it.
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  • rick_chaseyrick_chasey Posts: 44,470 Lives Here
    It's a shame they're not end-to-end, but then presumably most of the revenue comes from ticket sales.
  • webboowebboo Posts: 2,079
    Wont Van Aert won the DVV in Lille today beating the best of the rest as MVP wasn’t racing, he looked like he was getting back to his best.
  • pinnopinno Posts: 37,627
    Tabor, Czech Republic finals come to mind - not such a 'contrived course'.
    MvdP has one helluva career in front of him if all goes well.
    Primed for a long string of classics.
    Perhaps Pidcock sees an opening now?
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  • jct1993jct1993 Posts: 7
    Tom rode an incredible race. Just like last year in the u23 - used his noggin and stuck it to the Belgians big time. Note that he's still only 20
  • No_Ta_DoctorNo_Ta_Doctor Posts: 9,365
    edited 13 February
    Surprised nobody has posted this yet, behind the scenes with Trinity riders Pidcock and Cameron Mason (8th in the u23)

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  • pinnopinno Posts: 37,627
    Cheers for that NTD.
    Why did the Belgians get pride of place at the start line? Who decides the start position?
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  • gsk82gsk82 Posts: 2,355
    pinno said:

    Cheers for that NTD.
    Why did the Belgians get pride of place at the start line? Who decides the start position?

    Its linked to rankings or world cup points or something
    "Unfortunately these days a lot of people don’t understand the real quality of a bike" Ernesto Colnago
  • andypandyp Posts: 8,103
    pinno said:

    Cheers for that NTD.
    Why did the Belgians get pride of place at the start line? Who decides the start position?

    It's based on the UCI rankings. Belgium have 5 riders in the top 8, all of whom were selected, hence why they dominated the front row.
  • bobmcstuffbobmcstuff Posts: 7,812

    Surprised nobody has posted this yet, behind the scenes with Trinity riders Pidcock and Cameron Mason (8th in the u23)

    Awesome that, cheers
  • pinnopinno Posts: 37,627
    andyp said:

    pinno said:

    Cheers for that NTD.
    Why did the Belgians get pride of place at the start line? Who decides the start position?

    It's based on the UCI rankings. Belgium have 5 riders in the top 8, all of whom were selected, hence why they dominated the front row.
    A bit like massed starts in MTB racing. If you were in the form of your life and capable of winning it but sitting 6 rows back, the odds would be against you.
    But I don't know what any alternative would be.
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    W - Wiggle Honda

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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,103
    I think Wout Van Aert started on the third row and finished fourth, so it doesn't hugely handicap the lower ranked riders in the elite categories, especially given the relatively small size of the fields in those two races.
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 427
    The grids for next seasons World Cup have been altered; it's seemingly complicated, but, as I understand it, one of the new regs is as follows;
    Riders ranked in the top 50 in MTB XC and/or Road get a slot on the 4th row, unless they're already ranked higher up.
    Presumably to attract riders who wouldn't bother as they'd start right at the back.
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  • andypandyp Posts: 8,103
    Interesting article in the mainstream press on Pidcock;

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2020/feb/16/tom-pidcock-cyclo-cross
  • Mad_MalxMad_Malx Posts: 3,879
    edited 16 February
    andyp said:

    Interesting article in the mainstream press on Pidcock;

    https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2020/feb/16/tom-pidcock-cyclo-cross

    They couldn’t pass up a chance to shoehorn a (mech) doping smear into an otherwise interesting article. Why choose Canc when they could of gone with (the only known?) case, in CX?
  • andyracandyrac Posts: 427
    edited 17 February
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